November 17, 2019

SO WE’RE IN DFW, where our CRJ75 is grounded after the pin securing the door cable failed when they tried to close the door, forcing them to deplane us while they try to figure out what to do. This is the second time I’ve experienced this exact failure, suggesting that it’s a not-uncommon issue, though the airline folks seem flummoxed. Canadair, you may want to look into this. Meanwhile, waiting to see if they’ll fix it, or get us another plane.


EYES WIDE SHUT: Prince Andrew’s Epstein-Related BBC Interview Was “Catastrophic Mistake.”

During the interview, the Duke of York was also asked about Virginia Giuffre, who was pictured with and claimed she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17-years-old.

“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” said the Duke.

“You don’t remember meeting her?” he was then asked.

“No,” responded Prince Andrew.

During his answer, the Duke blinked no less than 10 times in the space of just 10 seconds…

Earlier: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN Have Corporate Parents; What Will They Do About Cover-up of Epstein Story?

OUT ON A LIMB: Most Say Media Working With Democrats to Impeach Trump.

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Northwestern’s bungling student journalists were just copying the professionals.

On and on it goes: NPR fired a movie critic, David Edelstein, for making a joke about an infamous movie scene (that butter in “Last Tango in Paris”). ESPN hired the controversial commentator Rush Limbaugh and then fired the controversial commentator for producing controversial commentary, i.e. that a black quarterback had been overestimated for reasons of racial politics.

The strange thing is that while doing real journalism will get you fired or produce a groveling apology, inept journalism generally will not: Nobody actually got fired when Rolling Stone published a hard-hitting story in 2014 about a horrifying rape at the University of Virginia that turned out to be an utter fiction; managing editor Will Dana was permitted to make a graceful exit some months later without the stigma of being given the boot. The New York Times published a hit piece during the 2008 presidential campaign suggesting John McCain was having an affair with a lobbyist based on precisely squat (the paper’s own ombudsman confessed as much) and later published an absurd non-retraction retraction — after the election, in the face of litigation. Jim Rutenberg, the lead author on that article, still writes for the Times.

Read the whole thing, as needless to say, Kevin knows a thing or two firsthand about “professional” journalism’s cowardice in the face of the mob. Thinking of the MSM as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, does help to make a bit more sense of it all, however.

MAYBE LOUISIANA GUV WAS MORE PRO-LIFE WIN, LESS TRUMP LOSS: Rod Dreher, who knows a thing or seven about Louisiana politics, offers a number of observations about why Gov. John Bel Edwards won re-election, including the fact his GOP opponent had no platform. That’s right, no platform.



UPDATE: As Ambassador De Sadesky would say, our source was the New York Times…

(Updated and bumped.)

THE CORBYNIZATION OF JEREMY CORBYN’S PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Labour Election candidate ran secret Facebook group which advises party ‘Holocaust deniers’ how to beat charges of antisemitism.

Related: New letter supporting Jeremy Corbyn signed by Roger Waters, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky and more. The signatories “describe Corbyn as a ‘life-long committed anti-racist’ and claim that ‘no political party or political leader has done more to address [antisemitism] than Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.’”


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SWEDEN: Abandoning Malmo To Its Criminals.


California state government on Friday stopped buying gas-powered sedans as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The directive by the state’s Department of General Services, which oversees purchasing and contracts for California state government, exempts public safety vehicles.

Sad! Why shouldn’t the CHP be driving Priuses as well? As Jim Treacher asked in September when a Fremont, CA “Tesla Electric Cop Car [Ran] Out of Juice While Chasing Bad Guy,” “The police are supposed to protect and serve. But what’s the point of protecting and serving the public if you’re not protecting and serving Gaia? It’s good to stop crime, but there won’t be any crime at all if everybody gets killed by the weather. That’s why I’m glad to see police departments switching to electric cars. Unlike those dirty gas-burning cars, electric ones are powered by… magic, I think? Goodbye, boys in blue. Hello, guys in green!”

FIGHT THE POWER: New Zealanders Are Keeping Their Guns And Buying More.


● Shot: “We’re not pushing the party left, we’re bringing the party home. It’s time that we become the party of FDR again.”

—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Coralville, Iowa, November 9th.

● Chaser: Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I’m Absolutely Comfortable’ Using Concentration Camp Term to Describe Border.

—Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media, June 19th.

● Hangover: Ocasio-Cortez agrees with host calling Israeli Government “criminal” “white supremacist Jews.”

Twitchy, July 30th.

● The D.T.s: New Documents Reveal FDR’s Eugenic Project to ‘Resettle’ Jews During World War II.

Tablet, April 29th, 2018.

NBC ASKS WHY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS A CESSPIT OF HOMOPHOBIA: Pete Buttigieg is struggling with black voters — and not just because he’s gay.

UPDATE: ABC ponders why the Democratic Party is a cesspit of sexism and racism: Kamala Harris’ Campaign In Free Fall, ABC Blames ‘America.’

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A WEAK CIVIL SOCIETY BREEDS THIS SORT OF THING: The generator mafia in Lebanon. “Nakhle, an official in the Energy Ministry, was admitting that the generator mafia bribes Lebanese politicians to make sure that EdL stays weak and blackouts persist.”

GENTLEMEN, YOU CAN’T TYPE HERE, THIS IS TWITTER! Twitter Suspends Pro-Trump Accounts Tweeting ‘I Hired Donald Trump to Fire People Like Yovanovitch.’

Somebody should write a book about how social media tips the scale.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: Al Sharpton gets $1M in pay from his own charity.

After all these years, Reverend Bacon still knows how to bring home the bacon.

(KICKS STONE) THUS DO I REFUTE IT. New Quantum Physics Experiment Suggests Objective Reality Doesn’t Exist.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Heating Up Your Car This Winter Could Get You Fined In Massachusetts.

IS IT TIME FOR ‘RESTITUTION-BASED IMMIGRATION REFORM’? Bruce Ashford is Provost of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his proposal comes out of a resolution approved by the Southern Baptist Convention. Step one is no amnesty.

OUT ON A LIMB: San Francisco And NYC Begin To See The Ugly Side Of Socialism.

FORMER NEW YORK MAYOR APOLOGIZES, SAYS HE WAS WRONG TO KEEP CRIME LOW: Michael Bloomberg Apologizes for Stop-and-Frisk: ‘I Was Wrong.’

THE DRAMA OF THE GIFTED CHILD: Kaepernick’s Kaper (Updated).

Note the Nike-endorsed former player’s choice of T-shirt for what was billed as a politics-free return to football:

IS HE SURE? CRAZINESS SOLD AWFULLY WELL IN 2008: Obama speaks out on 2020: Voters ‘don’t want to see crazy stuff.’


NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED: Elise Stefanik Hits a Nerve with Democrats.

Why is the left such a cesspit of sexism?

QED: Our ‘moral betters’ like Joan Walsh and Chrissy Teigen show us who they really are in tweets to Elise Stefanik (screenshot).

UPDATE: The Knives Are Out For Elise Stefanik.

As  Erielle Davidson of the Federalist tweets, “Nothing angers a Leftist more than a strong GOP woman. Two reasons: it shows the Left doesn’t really care about ‘supporting all women’ (lol) and it derails their narrative that the GOP is anti-woman (it’s not).”

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A NEW LIFE AWAITS YOU IN THE OFF-WORLD COLONIES: Male sex robots to replace men as women leave loveless relationships to fulfil desires.

(Classical reference in headline.)

SO THIS BASICALLY MEANS THEY THINK IT WAS A HOAX, RIGHT? University refuses to say if results of hate crime investigation will be made public.

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SO IN OTHER WORDS, THEY’RE NOT STUPID: Poll: 53% of Black Voters, 60% of Other Minority Voters Say Media Are Trying to Help Impeach Trump.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What are the Best and Worst U.S. Airports of 2019?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University invites students to ‘Decolonize your Thanksgiving.’ Meh. We should be celebrating colonialism.

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NEWSPAPERS CONCERN TROLL THEIR HOMETOWN SPORTS TEAMS, INSULT THEIR FANS: For an organization that values public relations, skipping Colin Kaepernick’s workout seems like a strange decision for the Cowboys

—The Dallas Morning News, Friday. And from the Arizona Republic, also on Friday: 

No other industry trashes its customers like the DNC-MSM.

Related: Breaking: Kaepernick’s Kaper.

CAN YOU SOLVE THIS ‘CHICKEN-AND-EGG DILEMMA’ ON THE ORIGIN OF LIFE? NBC “Dateline” cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace claims there is no solution: Which came first, the machine that makes the protein required for life or the protein required to make the machine that makes the protein that’s required for life?

HA HA: Impeachment poll: Trump’s approval rating back up to 50%. Oft evil will shall evil mar.

RADICAL CHIC, THE GERITOL YEARS: Jane Fonda Cheers From Safe Location As Her Friends Are Arrested.

The irony isn’t lost on reasonable people that Jane Fonda, who wishes to usher in a socialist utopia in America via the Green New Deal, is unwilling to continue to be arrested because of the likely length of her next sentence. If she is put away for a month, she says it will interfere with her upcoming filming schedule for the next season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. She would suffer financially, as would the production and her cast mates.

As Mark Steyn once wrote, “When the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dumped some of his closest cabinet colleagues to extricate himself from a political crisis, the Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe responded: ‘Greater love hath no man than to lay down his friends for his life.’”

Related: “Obviously I’m trying to recycle, although that’s hard to do in Beverly Hills.”

DANIEL JOHN SOBIESKI: Time to Subpoena Alexandra Chalupa.

Thanks to disgraced FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who told us in a text message that “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing,” we know that President Obama was kept fully informed about the deep-state coup against President Trump. Liar and leaker James Clapper has thrown Obama under the bus by saying the plotters would not have proceeded without President Obama’s approval.

In a CNN interview deep-state conspirator and perjurer James Clapper gave with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he points his finger directly at Obama as leader of the coup against Donald Trump. . . .

Now we find out, thanks to Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch that DNC contractor Alexandra Chalupa, who worked with Hillary Clinton to get Ukraine dirt on Trump, visited the Obama White House 27 times and even had meetings with the alleged Ukraine whistleblower whose name dare not be spoken, Eric Ciaramella.

This is the whistleblower coached by Adam Schiff and who colluded with him, a deep-state CIA agent whom we are told might wet his pants out of fear if his identity was publicly acknowledged. Ironically, as I noted recently, in a major goof-up, Schiff forgot to redact Ciaramella’s name in a posted PDF of the transcript of Ambassador Bill Taylor’s testimony.

Read the whole thing.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: Two Patients Reported with Black Death Bubonic Plague in China.

REP. ELISE STEFANIK, HERE’S THE LEFT’S REWARD FOR YOUR COURAGE: Geez, why does it appear that being a smart, courageous, tough young woman only counts if you are part of the Resistance, not one of those mean, bigoted, unsophisticated bumpkin Republicans who are shredding it?

NOT AS FUNNY AS IT SHOULD BE, THESE DAYS: Historians Still Unable To Determine How Americans Were Able To Build Hoover Dam.


Perhaps when her campaign is over, ABC will hire Kamala the Cop to bring their whistleblower to justice.

SURPRISE! MARRIAGE WORKS BETTER THAN SHACKING UP: New survey of 9,000 couples turns up, among much else, the interesting conclusion that “married adults are more satisfied with their relationship and more trusting of their partners than those who are cohabiting.” Who knew?

UKRAINE 2014 IS BEING REPEATED HERE IN 2019: Mickey Kaus’s observations about the parallels between Ukraine 2014 and the U.S. 2019 ought to open some eyes. Remember John McCain speaking in the square and Victoria Nuland passing out cookies to the protesters who ultimately overthrew a corrupt, but democratically elected government?

Look close enough and you just might see McCain’s face transform into that of Adam Schiff and Nuland’s into Marie Yovanovitch. As Kaus observes: “It’s not the job of the State Department to observe every jot and tittle of another country’s election laws. It’s the job of the State Department to pursue U.S. interests. If that also involves meddling in another country’s politics to a degree that would send Robert Mueller into permanent state of shock if Russia did it to us — well, welcome to the world.”

Worth thinking about.

November 16, 2019

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LEFTY FLASHBACK: CounterPunch: Impeachment, Brought to You by the CIA.

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GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Charlie’s Angels (2019) Review: Man-Hating Woketards Kill Another Franchise. “Based on a dismal opening night, and the fact that at the first screening of Charlie’s Angels in my local theater I was the only person there (something that hasn’t happened to me in 30 years), it seems safe to predict director-screenwriter Elizabeth Banks has doomed her Angels to box office oblivion.”

(Via Newsalert.)

WELL, YES: US Must Adapt to Fight Growing Space-Based Threats, Air Force Officials Say.

THE DRAMA OF THE GIFTED CHILD: Breaking: Kaepernick’s Kaper. “Stay tuned for updates. My hunch is, this workout may not come off at all, but if it does and if teams are unimpressed with his readiness to play, he’ll blame it on the NFL’s conditions that “forced” him to change the venue, and we’ll start a new round of stunts.”

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FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE: Hair care a barrier to exercise for black women, study says.

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PAUL KRUGMAN: Always wrong, never in doubt.

At some point, of course, doomsayers such as Krugman are going to be right. In the past 60 years the United States has been hit with recessions in 1960–61, 1969–70, 1973–75, 1980, 1981–82, 1990–91, 2001, and 2007–09. History says we’re probably due for another one soon. When it hits, Krugman will blame tax cuts, unfettered capitalist greed, a dearth of regulations — and maybe climate change, or whatever hobbyhorse he’s riding at the time. MSNBC hosts will hail him as a seer.

In the meantime, I’m going to continue to mock him

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Every now and again, it’s worth thinking about what the intersectional left’s ultimate endgame really is — and here it strikes me as both useful and fair to extrapolate from Kendi’s project. They seem not to genuinely believe in liberalism, liberal democracy, or persuasion. They have no clear foundational devotion to individual rights or freedom of speech. Rather, the ultimate aim seems to be running the entire country by fiat to purge it of racism (and every other intersectional “-ism” and “phobia”, while they’re at it). And they demand “disciplinary tools” by unelected bodies to enforce “a radical reorientation of our consciousness.” There is a word for this kind of politics and this kind of theory when it is fully and completely realized, and it is totalitarian.

Let me be clear here: They aren’t doing this because they’re good people who just feel too strongly about injustice. It’s because they’re terrible, awful, evil people who are using injustice as an excuse to indulge their garbage natures.

MESS WITH MAMA DREHER AT YOUR OWN PERIL: The Tucker Carlson Defense League.

IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE THIS WEEKEND, MAKE IT THIS: Glenn highlighted it earlier today and for good reason. Attorney General William Barr’s Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society is a deeply thoughtful assessment of how unbalanced our three “equal and separate” branches of the federal government have become since the 1960s.

Consider this graph on the growing intrusions of the courts into the everyday decisions of living:

“In recent years, we have lost sight of the fact that many critical decisions in life are not amenable to the model of judicial decision-making. They cannot be reduced to tidy evidentiary standards and specific quantums of proof in an adversarial process. They require what we used to call prudential judgment. They are decisions that frequently have to be made promptly, on incomplete and uncertain information and necessarily involve weighing a wide range of competing risks and making predictions about the future. Such decisions frequently call into play the “precautionary principle.” This is the principle that when a decision maker is accountable for discharging a certain obligation – such as protecting the public’s safety – it is better, when assessing imperfect information, to be wrong and safe, than wrong and sorry.”

Barr may be President Donald Trump’s best appointment. If you doubt that, just keep scrolling through his lecture.

BOMB CANADA: Hockey Broadcaster Don Cherry Keeps His Independence.

(Classical reference in headline.)

KANYE WEST GOES TO JAIL: No, not like that! He made a surprise visit to the county jail in Houston, Texas, Friday and brought his choir with him to give the inmates and officers a worship experience they will remember for a long time.

THE DRAMA OF THE GIFTED CHILD: Colin Kaepernick Moves Workout After Dispute with NFL.

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JOHN NOLTE ON FORD V. FERRARI: Exhilarating, Touching, Only-In-America Story.

John doesn’t mention what he once dubbed Hollywood’s “liberal sucker punch” appearing in this otherwise testosterone and petrol-fueled movie, which is all the more surprising coming from a leftwing monopoly institution in the days of the Green Nude Eel.


IRAN BURNING: Shock Gas Price Hike Triggers Violent Protests After Subsidy Cuts. “There are also reports that protesters have begun targeting banks, after video was posted online of what appears to show the Central Bank In Behbahan, Iran being engulfed in flames as demonstrators chant.”

UPDATE: “Thank Trump,” Rick Moran writes at the PJ Mothership:

The oil industry is broken, the economy is dead in the water, inflation is at 30 percent and rising, there’s little food, and little hope for younger Iranians. These demonstrations could easily become a referendum on the incompetent and corrupt government currently in power. That’s what happened in neighboring Iraq and Lebanon. And it wouldn’t take much to start a revolution in the streets in Iran.

Read the whole thing.

THE 21ST CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: Major Report Says Drug-Resistant Superbugs Are Already Killing More People Than Feared.

#METOO CONTINUES ITS DESCENT INTO #SELF-PARODY: Serial Groper Al Franken Mingles With Wealthy Democratic Donors.

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NOT EVERY MAN CHOOSES TO LEAD THE JANN WENNER LIFESTYLE: Rolling Stone: Men Who Abstain From Porn Are Dangerous Alt-Righters.

HAS ANYONE ASKED TOM FRIEDMAN FOR COMMENT? ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims. Weird how Gitmo, which was a rounding error in comparison, got worldwide attention from the “human rights” community and Muslim nations, while this gets crickets.

NOVEMBER OF 2019 IN THE MOVIES: Brilliant sentient robots “more human than human.”

November of 2019 in reality: Boeing abandons its failed fuselage robots on the 777X, handing the job back to machinists.

ISN’T EVERYTHING? Stacey Abrams: ‘The Electoral College Is Racist.’

HE’S RIGHT: AG Bill Barr Speaks About The Damage to Our Nation From The “Resistance.” Transcript at the link.

Related: Attorney General Barr defends Trump, assails ‘Resistance’ in fiery speech to conservative lawyers. “‘In waging a scorched-earth, no-holds-barred war of Resistance against this administration, it is the Left that is engaged in a systematic shredding of norms and undermining the rule of law,’ Barr said in a speech to conservative lawyers at the Federalist Society’s convention in Washington.”

UPDATE: Attorney General Barr Shreds The Political Left During Federalist Society Speech.. “In any age, the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion. Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the state to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection. Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursing a deific end. They are willing to use any means necessary to gain momentary advantage in achieving their end, regardless of collateral consequences and the systemic implications. They never ask whether the actions they take could be justified as a general rule of conduct, equally applicable to all sides.”

MORE ANTI-ASIAN PREJUDICE AT HARVARD: Hundreds of students shame Harvard Asian American groups for not joining pro-DACA walkout.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Ongoing free speech lawsuit against UIllinois draws broad support.


Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is joining The Atlantic as a staff writer. Applebaum will write on national politics and foreign policy, with a particular focus on Europe, for both The Atlantic’s site and the magazine. She begins with The Atlantic in January, and joins as the publication continues to expand its reporting and readership.

Announcing Applebaum’s hire, editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg wrote: “Anne is one of the great talents of our age; she is one of the world’s leading experts on, among other things, pre- and post-Communist Europe; disinformation and propaganda; and the future of democracy. The addition of her writing to The Atlantic will strengthen us enormously.”

Well, that’s one way to put it, since in 2009 Applebaum defended Roman Polanski in the Washington Post, and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella blurbed her 2017 book:



And the president’s approval rating? It’s 44.1 percent, according to the RealClearPolitics average. The day before the Ukraine transcript was released, it was 45.0 percent. After six weeks of set-your-hair-on-fire-and-do-the-funky-chicken impeachment hoo-ha, the Democrats have succeeded in reducing the president’s support by not quite one full percentage point. Minus red-hot public demand, the Republican senators won’t be escorting the president out the door.

Brooks noted in his column that an Ohio professor discovered that, of 80 students in his class, 78 had not heard about the impeachment saga and all 80 said they were uninterested anyway. Hence the Democrats’ hopecasting that getting the TV networks to sign on as their promotional partners Wednesday might turn their sad charade into a national obsession. “The first hour of a hearing and the first hearing has got to be a blockbuster,” a senior Democrat told CNN beforehand.

So . . . how’d that go? “Impeachment hearings play big on TV, less so with viewers,” ran a headline on, gulp, NBC News? NBC News is a television news outfit. For it to admit its own programming fizzled is not its usual habit. Does McDonald’s post a giant sign outside saying, “Yelp Reviewers Dislike the Quarter Pounder”?

As Yogi Berra said, “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

WAR ON CHRISTMAS UPDATE: It’s that Stupid Politically Correct Holiday Season Again.

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