September 26, 2017

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Venezuelan families scavenge for food to survive hunger.

Many families are now forced to scavenge for food in what was once South America’s richest country.

At a soup kitchen run by the Catholic Church in Caracas, there are rarely any leftovers. It only serves 100 children every day, so the kitchen, which runs on donations, is forced to turn people away.

“Every day, more children come. Our crisis is such that, as they say, shame has been forgotten,” Judith Arcia, a cook at the soup kitchen told Al Jazeera.

“People would rather beg for a plate of food for their children, than watch them go hungry.”

Arcia said many of the children are given a special formula after arriving, when they are found to be severely malnourished.

The parents – who are not entitled to a meal – are not so lucky.

“Sometimes my wife and I do without food so at least the children can eat twice a day,” a parent told Al Jazeera.

Chavez and Maduro love poor people so much that they made millions more of them.

RELATED: Venezuelan politicians seek refuge abroad.

VIDEO: Unaired pilot episode of The Beverly Hillbillies.

“A FIRST LOVE DIES HARD”: The New York Times Is Working Overtime to Rehab Communism and Socialism in 2017.

NOW OUT FROM LISA DE PASQUALE: The Social Justice Warrior Handbook: A Practical Survival Guide for Snowflakes, Millennials, and Generation Z.

RUN, JOE, RUN! Joe Biden’s Platform for 2020: Anti-Populism. “By criticizing the views of both Berniecrats and Trumpites, Biden is positioning himself as the antidote to populism in all its forms and flavors.”

At this early stage, you could sum up the Democrats’ 2020 presidential hopefuls with the title of an old Adam Ant song: “Desperate But Not Serious.”

FASTER, PLEASE: New process opens drug development for new steroid class.

I’LL BET THIS REPORT IS RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA, TOO! Leaked Descriptions Of Infamous “Russia Ads” Derail Collusion Narrative “They Showed Support For Clinton.”

STEPHEN MILLER: Does the left ever want to win elections again?

I don’t need to debate the merits or the wisdom behind Kaepernick’s actions.There’s been too much of that already. But what is up for debate is the wisdom of the political left throwing in with a gesture that still, to this day and despite what you see on cable news and social media, remains largely unpopular with the voting public. In 2016, a Quinnipac poll found that only 38 percent of those supported NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. A Reuters poll found that 72 percent found the protest to be unpatriotic but also that 64 percent agreed there should be no punishment or fine.

Thanks to Trump’s reinvigoration of the debate, it didn’t take long for pundits on the left to start suggesting that taking a knee during the national anthem is now a direct protest of Trump himself. D.C. Bureau chief for Mother Jones, David Corn outright stated “The kneel will now become a sign of opposition to Trump,” effectively hijacking the gesture from black activists. Washington Post social justice reporter Wesley Lowery called on colleagues to demand a reasoning from players who chose not to kneel. No word yet if Lowery chose to ask Pittsburgh Steelers tackle and former Army Ranger and Bronze Star recipient Alejandro Villanueva why he chose to stand for the anthem in the tunnel, the only player from the team to do so. Villanueva’s jersey sales have now skyrocketed in only a day. Jon Schwarz from the left leaning site The Intercept wrote “The National Anthem is a Celebration of Slavery”

The left has chosen to make kneeling for the national anthem now a referendum on Trump himself. A larger problem for them, and the NFL in general, is they picked this fight on a day meant to honor Gold Star mothers.


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Should Student Evaluations Rate A Professor’s Inclusiveness?

OH, CANADA! Canada Refuses Entry to Chelsea Manning for Crime That Would ‘Equate’ to ‘Treason.’

You read that right: Canada’s Trudeau government is more sensible than the previous American administration.

RICHARD EPSTEIN: Farewell to Title IX’s Kangaroo Courts.

MISTY SCATTERED WORD PICTURES: “Look, we live in strange times.  It seems that every time I turn around I hear of another science fiction magazine being in trouble, and yet, wouldn’t you know it, the Puffington Host has decided to publish some and picked Barbra Streisand to write it.”

Hey, it’s 2017 — of course Barbra Streisand is writing about politics. Fortunately, Sarah Hoyt is fisking up a storm in response; read the whole thing.


The president has been very attentive to the situation, personally calling me several times. FEMA and the FEMA director have been here in Puerto Rico twice. As a matter of fact, they were here with us today, making sure that all the resources in FEMA were working in conjunction with the central government.

We have been working together. We have been getting results. The magnitude of this catastrophe is enormous. This is going to take a lot of help, a lot of collaboration. So, my call is to congressmen and congresswomen to take action quickly and conclusively with an aid package for Puerto Rico.

This should include an infrastructure upgrade.

THE MARITIME UNIONS WILL BE HAPPY, BUT I DON’T LIKE THIS: US not waiving foreign ship restrictions for PR. “The Trump administration says it is not planning to waive federal restrictions on foreign ships’ transportation of cargo to Puerto Rico and other areas affected by Hurricane Maria, as it did following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security says officials believe there is sufficient capacity of U.S.-flagged vessels to move goods to Puerto Rico. Spokesman David Lapan said most of the humanitarian shipments to Puerto Rico will be through barges, which make up a significant portion of the U.S.-flagged cargo fleet.”

Of course, we should really just repeal the Jones Act.

SNAG: Elon Musk’s Plan to Girdle Earth With Satellites Hits Turbulence.

SpaceX, the rocket startup Musk runs, filed for permission for its constellation of refrigerator-sized satellites late last year. Selling broadband from orbit is a key part of how SpaceX plans to make money beyond its original rocket-launching service.

But the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is poised to deal the project a setback with a decision that could force power reductions on SpaceX satellites, and potentially limit the spectrum they can use, making them less effective.

The regulator will in part defer to the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the United Nations, on how these new satellite systems need to coordinate and share spectrum, according to a draft set of rules set for a vote Tuesday. The package is likely to pass as it’s backed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who leads the agency’s Republican majority.

I wonder if the expense and risk inherent to space launches might encourage Musk and his competitors to come up with a better self-regulatory scheme — and faster than the FCC and UN could.

NASHVILLE: ‘We ask … that he can repent of what he has done:’ Nashville churches hold vigils after shooting.

Weird how little attention this story has gotten.

CAN’T HE JUST IDENTIFY AS A WOMAN? 11th Circuit: Gay Man Cannot Deduct Costs To Father Children Through In Vitro Fertilization As Medical Expenses. Note this badthink:

Because the human reproductive process entails distinct male and female functions, because Mr. Morrissey’s body’s own function within that process is to produce and provide healthy sperm, and because Mr. Morrissey was and remains capable of performing that function without the aid of IVF-related treatments, those treatments did not “affect[]” any “function of [his] body” within the meaning of Section 213(d)—and accordingly do not qualify as deductible “medical care” within the meaning of Section 213(a). …

You could lose an academic job for such statements.

DAILY CALLER: What’s True, False And In-Between In The Trump Dossier?

I SUSPECT THESE WOULD MOSTLY BE CIVILIANS: Korean War Estimates 20,000 Deaths Daily in South Korea.

THE 21st CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT THE WAY I HAD HOPED: Dear doubters, Rapper B.o.B wants to prove the Earth is flat once and for all — and CNN is on it:

B.o.B.’s campaign says the plan is to “launch multiple satellites into space” in order to observe, and try to disprove, what centuries of science and technology have already confirmed. All he needs is a small investment of $200,000 dollars (and launch approval, of course).

OK, I’ll give him that — launching satellites into space to photograph the earth is an extremely good idea, and someone should get going on that project straight away.

IN THE MAIL: From John Braddock, A Spy’s Guide to Strategy.

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ROCKET MAN ACCUSES TRUMP OF DECLARING WAR: Is North Korea trying to put China in a “war trap?”

THE USE OF “STEM” IN THIS HEADLINE IS PROBABLY SEXIST: Prof Claims Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against Him Stem from Disagreeing With Woman.


From an interview with former NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis:

TCB: Is there a level of hypocrisy when countries who engage in offensive cyber operations abroad but then condemn it when others do it against them, calling it an infringement on their sovereignty?

Inglis: We need to understand that we live in a bit of a glass house, and therefore, the things we practice could become the norms for others who might practice those things against us. There is a certain symmetry here, which is that what we can do to others, can easily be done to us. There are very low barriers to entry – it doesn’t require extraordinary capabilities to do anything, frankly, in cyberspace. Any feature can be picked up, turned around, and used in the reverse direction. In that sense, the old adage, don’t through stones in a glass house because you live in that house and the impacts will come back to you, is true in cyberspace.

Mutual Assured Destruction was never good policy — it was just a Cold War acknowledgement that both sides could build enough nukes to destroy the other, and that there was no way, with the technology of the time, for either side to defend itself.

Since the barriers to entry are far, far lower in digital warfare than in nuclear warfare, you would think that we would take digital defense much more seriously than we seem to do.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called early elections for next month, invoking the North Korean threat to argue for a renewed mandate. . . .

For Abe, the snap elections may look like an opportunity amid crisis. With North Korea’s missiles now regularly overflying Japan, the Prime Minister sees a chance for a rattled populace to embrace his long-sought revisions to the pacifist constitution. For now, Abe is publicly proceeding with caution on that front; his announcement speech did not explicitly mention changing the constitution, which remains a controversial proposition. But his rhetorical focus on the North Korea threat was clearly meant to bolster his image as a trusted defender of Japan’s security, a vigilant leader who will do what it takes to keep Japan safe.

Abe is also running on his economic track record, at a moment when Japan has hit its longest growth streak in 11 years and his Abenomics agenda seems to have finally turned a corner. His announcement speech touted a new $18 billion package to help subsidize education and childcare—just the kind of economic stimulus that may prove popular with voters. With the economy on the upswing, public support for a tougher defense posture growing, and Abe’s approval rating climbing, he has some reason to believe that he has a winning message. The latest poll numbers are on his side, too: Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) currently enjoys 44% support over a frayed and divided opposition.

But snap elections are also a riskier proposition than they might initially seem. Abe has only recently recovered from a summer that saw his approval ratings plummet amid an influence-peddling scandal. He may also face a stronger-than-expected challenge from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, an ex-LDP member who delivered Abe an electoral drubbing in Tokyo’s regional elections this summer.

Well, stay tuned.

IS MERKEL SAFE?: That’s now a QTWTAIN, according to John O’Sullivan. He concludes:

Not only is Merkel seriously wounded today, therefore, but the sense that Germany is the solid reliable rock on which European unity can rest securely is shaken, too. As Cas Mudde pointed out yesterday in a superb analysis of the results in the Guardian, the election has reversed the impact of Macron’s presidential success. Where Macron’s victory was hailed (by, among others, Jean-Claude Junker) as the defeat of populism, the German results show that populism has now spread to regions thought immune to the virus. Though the populist parties in both countries are very far from winning office, they are still around and their rise is shaping (or reflecting) massive changes in political structures and party loyalties. And it’s not over.

Read the whole thing.

SPORTS ARE HAVING A BAD YEAR: FBI Arrests 4 NCAA Basketball Coaches Connected to Fraud and Corruption.

WELL, GOVERNMENT HEALTH ADVICE HAS HAD A BAD DECADE: “People just don’t want to listen to the government when it comes to alcohol advice anymore.”

SALENA ZITO: NFL anthem protests leave Pittsburgh fans conflicted about game they love.

Read the whole thing.


CHANGE: Enormous Turnout for Kurdish Independence Referendum. “Nearly 80% turnout as tensions escalate with Turkey and Iran.”

REGULATORY DARK MATTER: My colleague Wayne Crews has a new video out explaining just how the administrative state has become so dominant – through the use of guidance, memos, interpretations and so on that have the effect of law without any of the approval process the law supposedly demands. More here, with links to Wayne’s longer-form work.

2017 IN A NUTSHELL: ‘Free Speech Week’ ends early amidst potential lawsuit.

ROCKET MAN’S REGIME THREATENS TO SHOOT DOWN U.S. AIRCRAFT “ANYTIME”: That’s what North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said yesterday. Last Saturday North Korea said a missile attack on the U.S. mainland was inevitable because Trump had insulted North Korea’s “dignity.” That comment tells us Trump’s latest taunts struck their target: dictator Kim Jong Un.


BRUCE BAWER: Misrepresenting Germany in the New York Times.

Case in point: a 14-minute “Times documentary” entitled “Seeking Asylum in Germany – and Finding Hatred.” Credited to Ainara Tiefenthäler, Shane O’Neill, and Andrew Michael Ellis, and posted front and center on the Times website last Thursday, it’s about Abode, a tall, lanky 22-year-old Libyan refugee who, at the beginning of the film, has been living in the Saxon town of Bautzen (pop. 41,000) for over two years.

From the outset, Abode is presented as an innocent victim of racist hatred. We see him in his room at the Bautzen asylum center, talking softly, his large brown eyes oozing sensitivity. We see a cell-phone video in which a young white woman half his size kicks and hits him, apparently without provocation. We see him rehearsing for a hip-hop stage adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in which he plays Mercutio; the theater director, a middle-aged woman, speaks of him glowingly.

Providing contrast to this peaceable young man, we see a ragtag neo-Nazi group in Bautzen’s town square, waving flags and praising Donald Trump. And we see close-ups of racist online comments (in German) about refugees.

Abode says that when he used to see pictures of Europe on TV, he thought it looked wonderful. But now he hates it. “Libya is the land of good,” he says. Germany, by contrast, is a land of Nazis.

“Nazi” is a word he uses a lot. He says he’s had “problems with Nazis and the police” ever since his arrival in Germany. Eventually we discover that he’s been described in the local media as the head of a gang of refugees who engage in rioting and violence. We see a newspaper front page featuring a picture of him aiming a machine gun.

Read the whole thing.

YES, IT IS: New draft of ‘Is Qualified Immunity Unlawful?’ If you are concerned with police misconduct and excessive violence, and you should be, the single most productive thing you could do would be to get rid of qualified immunity, which is a judicial creation with no basis in the Constitution. Yet hardly anyone is talking about this. Why?

THE REAL WAR ON BLACK MEN: Hard Data, Hollow Protests. The death toll from Black Lives Matter (and its shills in the NFL and the media) continues to grow, as Heather Mac Donald writes in City Journal:

The FBI released its official crime tally for 2016 today, and the data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend.  Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide-victim total to 7,881. Those 7,881 “black bodies,” in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation’s population. The increase in black homicide deaths last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.

Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks. In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to the Washington Post. The Post categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as “unarmed.” That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest. Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers—committed vastly and disproportionately by black males. Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243. . . .

Four studies came out in 2016 alone rebutting the charge that police shootings are racially biased. If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. That truth has not stopped the ongoing demonization of the police—including, now, by many of the country’s ignorant professional athletes. The toll will be felt, as always, in the inner city, by the thousands of law-abiding people there who desperately want more police protection.

Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James could not be reached for comment.

SKY STREAK: An F/A-18E Super Hornet over the Philippine Sea. The jet is flying by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

QUESTION ASKED: CAN WE STOP CALLING IT A ‘MUSLIM BAN’ NOW? “The list of restricted nations never included some of the largest Muslim countries. Now it includes North Korea and Venezuela.”

BODIES OF WATER ARE PEOPLE, TOO: The State of Colorado Is Being Sued by…the Colorado River?

Bringing a suit on behalf of the Colorado River is hardly a novel concept in the international arena; similar efforts in Ecuador, Colombia, India and New Zealand have established legal rights for natural resources in those countries.

“There’s a new international law emerging,” says Flores-Williams. “It’s leveling the playing field between corporations and nature, which traditionally has had no say. Now you have courts in India issuing judicial orders on behalf of the Ganges River.”

But in the United States, in order to file a suit on behalf of a natural entity like the Colorado River, you must establish that harm is being done to human beings, because the U.S. legal system is based around people.

The important question is, Does the Colorado River self-identify as a human being — and if so, what is xits preferred gender?

HMM: Flag on the play? The NFL might get in trouble with the IRS for getting political.

Most people think of the NFL as big business — but nothing could be further from the truth.

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization beholden to IRS restrictions on political campaigning, the NFL cannot endorse a political candidate, nor campaigns nor political issues.

The players are walking a fine line with their very public #TakeAKnee political protest.

The IRS tax code clearly states that while it is perfectly appropriate for the NFL to encourage citizens to vote, their actions must not cross the line of favoring or encouraging their fan base to go against a candidate or group of candidates in the future.

I’m not sure about that. The players don’t work for the NFL, but for the various teams, right?

GOOD NEWS: U.S. Gas Prices In Some Markets Already Back Down To Pre-Harvey Levels.

JON GABRIEL: Red Team? Blue Team? Start Your Own Team.

Remember when multimillionaire President Trump criticized a multimillionaire football player last night? Well today, a multimillionaire basketball player said he didn’t want to go to the White House no more. So, President Trump said the multimillionaire basketball player wasn’t welcome at the White House in the first place. And then a different multimillionaire basketball player tweeted something mean at President Trump.

Honestly, I’m just happy the Republic hasn’t collapsed.

A few million put on their Red Team uniforms and rushed to their computers. Another few million put on their Blue Team uniforms and grabbed their iPhones. To the barricades, citizens!

Then they wasted a beautiful Saturday afternoon tweeting at each other.

Melissa and I spent Saturday doing chores and then drinking and talking too loudly with old friends — highly recommended.

DEPRAVED ART IS THE BEST ART: “Egyptian authorities have arrested seven people they accuse of being gay and promoting homosexuality for allegedly raising the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement at a concert last week, even though there is no law banning the practices.”

Linda Sarsour could not be reached for comment.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: More NFLOL, DACA/Amnesty on the Senate Table, and Much, Much More.

DONALD SENSING: The NFL lies down on its deathbed and forbids itself rise. “I posted 23 days ago that The NFL continues its slow suicide, with both attendance and TV viewership having declined for a few years in row now. With this weekend’s demonstrations, the NFL has made full transition from an athletic organization to a political one. So what will attendance and viewership do now? Well, Sunday night’s game – after the full afternoon of televised abstentions and kneeling – was down eight percent from just last week and was the worst this year.”

THE NEW-NEW LABOUR: Expel Jewish Group From Party, Israel Like Nazis.

A fringe event at Labour conference has heard calls to expel Jewish activists from the party, while a speaker compared Israel to Nazis and the audience was banned from tweeting in an attempt to silence “hostile” coverage. The room echoed its agreement as a speaker protested that the Jewish Labour Movement was given a campaigning awarded yesterday, instead calling for the group and Labour Friends of Israel to be “kicked out” of the party. A speaker, Miko Peled, said Israel and Israelis should not be treated differently to white South Africans during Apartheid or Nazis. He claimed Israel was committing “genocide” in Gaza. He said those present should stop calling Israel by its name, a view taken up by other speakers who then referred to it only as “the Zionist state”. The notorious Tony Greenstein, who was suspended by Labour for ranting about “Zionist scum” was applauded, and there were cheers for Ken Livingstone.

Things like this are becoming less fringe and more “respectable,” because of course the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.


LET’S HOPE SO: Iran’s supposed missile launch was fake, US officials say.

The video released by the Iranians was more than seven months old – dating back to a failed launch in late January, which resulted in the missile exploding shortly after liftoff, according to two U.S. officials.

President Trump had originally responded to the reported launch in a late-Saturday tweet, saying, “Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!”

This was after Trump, speaking before world leaders at the United Nations, called the Iran nuclear deal an “embarrassment” to the United States.

One embarrassment doesn’t negate the other.


Last week, Valerie Plame Wilson got into trouble for retweeting a vile anti-Semitic screed accusing American Jews of being dual loyalist war mongers. The problem wasn’t what she was saying—similar accusations have been made by everyone from Barack Obama on down for years. The problem was how she was saying it: Unlike her allies in the progressive camp, Plame was foolish enough to implicate all Jews in advocating war with Iran, instead of simply identifying a few convenient culprits for calumny.

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The mess Plame created for herself is an illustration of what happens when you go “too far” in what’s now the acceptable pursuit of Jew-baiting, which was mainstreamed by the anti-Iraq war “netroots,” further perfected by Obama administration sycophants in selling the Iran Deal and then, in different form, enthusiastically endorsed and used by Steve Bannon and Trump during last year’s presidential campaign. Herewith is a chronological collection of comments from elected officials, commentators and former military officers along this theme:

— In October 2002, an Illinois State Senator named Barack Obama delivered a speech in Chicago opposing war with Iraq. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war,” Obama declared. “What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.” Few of the people listening to the speech that day could have known whom the future president was talking about. Presaging Giraldi’s condemnation of “chairborne warriors,” Obama set his sights not on the Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, National Security Advisor, House Speaker, Senate Majority Leader, or Senate Minority Leader–all of whom had far more influential roles in the decision-making process leading up to war, and all gentiles – but on two Jewish individuals, one of whom, Perle, did not even serve in the Bush administration but sat on a nondescript advisory committee to the Defense Department, and who would otherwise have remained obscure had not their ethnic background taken on totemic importance in the fevered imaginations of conspiracy theorists.

Read the whole thing.

THE BROKEN EVERYTHING FALLACY: Fed Suggestion That Hurricanes are Good for Economy? Hardly.

Paul Krugman for Fed Chair?

BOURGEOIS VIRTUES: How Did Marriage Become A Mark Of Privilege? “Marriage, which used to be the default way to form a family in the United States, regardless of income or education, has become yet another part of American life reserved for those who are most privileged. Fewer Americans are marrying over all, and whether they do so is more tied to socioeconomic status than ever before. In recent years, marriage has sharply declined among people without college degrees, while staying steady among college graduates with higher incomes. . . . College graduates are more likely to plot their lives methodically — vetting people they date until they’re sure they want to move in with them, and using birth control to delay childbirth until their careers are underway. Less educated people are more likely to move in with boyfriends or girlfriends in a matter of months, and to get pregnant at a younger age and before marriage. This can make financial and family stability harder to achieve later on.”

As I mention in this week’s USA Today column, the clerisy practices the bourgeois virtues, they’re just not allowed to praise them.

Plus: “Mr. Wilcox suggests a bigger emphasis in high schools and pop culture on what’s known as the success sequence: degree, job, marriage, baby. ‘The idea is that if people follow that sequence, their odds of landing in poverty are much lower,’ he said.”

Weirdly, that’s pretty much what Amy Wax and Larry Alexander said.


Well, build a wall, maybe. Or repeal ObamaCare.

Related, from IowaHawk:

UNITY FOR WHOM? THOSE WEARING I-LOVE-ME-JACKETS?  NFL Players Memo To Roger Goodell: Declare November As Unity Social Justice Month

SO ABOUT MERKEL:  German elections: One more such “victory” and Merkel is undone.

THE NFL CHOOSES TO ROLL LEFT AND DIE:   The NFL and the National Anthem.

THE NFL TURNS MAOIST:  Good News: A Steeler Issues an Apology for the Anthem Protest
Bad News: It Was the Lone Player Who Stood for the Anthem, Apologizing for “Throwing [His] Teammates Under the Bus”.

OOH, BOY, SHALL WE: Shall We Have a Conversation About Arrest Statistics for Those Privileged NFL Players?

OFFICIAL CHILD ABUSE:  8th-Graders Made to Lie in Dark with Wrists Taped, Watching ‘Roots’ at Calif. School.

OF COURSE SHE DOES:  Dianne Feinstein Laments Return of Due Process.

SOMEHOW A FEW TYPOS GOT BY MY EDITORS BUT WELL… I WAS VERY ANGRY, SO THERE WERE MANY OF THEM:  The Puffington Host Now Doing Bad Science Fiction. The typos will be dealt with.

September 25, 2017

JOSH BLACKMAN & SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: The Emoluments Clauses litigation, Part 1: The Constitution’s taxonomy of officers and offices.

AT AMAZON, bestsellers in Military History.

BRET STEPHENS: The Dying Art of Disagreement.

DAVID FRENCH: I Understand Why They Knelt.


AMERICA’S TEAM KNEES AMERICA? Cowboys Take A Knee In Prayer Before National Anthem.

“According to Kristi Scales, the pregame kneel was in prayer for equality and unity, and purposely not during the anthem.”


UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Hugh Hewitt says this is an effort at de-escalation. That’s a good idea, but I don’t know if it will be interpreted that way.

21ST CENTURY MEDICINE: Studying 1 million people to end cookie-cutter health care.

ROB LONG: The Age of the Outraged is killing all my best gags.

In an outrage culture, it pays to be outrageous, as Glenn has written about Milo Yiannopoulos (see also: the 45th president). But as Long writes in the London Spectator, that’s increasingly difficult when you’re dealing with network TV censors terrified of offending an incredibly diverse audience base comprising of both elderly core viewers, and crazed millennial SJWs, whose immediate response is first this…

Artwork by Jon Gabriel of

…And then a raging Tweetstorm.


One afternoon in 1978, Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale—the two prime architects of the band Devo—were fidgeting in Peter Rudge’s office, near the Warwick Hotel, in Manhattan, with Mick Jagger. Rudge was the Rolling Stones’ manager, and Devo had recorded an odd cover of the band’s hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”—so odd that their label said they needed Jagger’s blessing to release it. Mothersbaugh put the tape in a boom box and pressed Play.

Read the whole thing.


‘MY FAULT ONLY’: Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva apologizes in press conference for throwing Steelers ‘under the bus:’

Villenueva:”I made coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault and my fault only…Every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself, I feel embarrassed.”

Oh to have been a fly on the wall when Mike Tomlin read Villenueva the riot act, as he trips up yet another player. First class, Steelers and NFL.

Related: Ben Roethlisberger’s sleepless regret after Steelers’ protest.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Very Model of a Modern Male Millennial:

Here’s the strangest part: I didn’t start out this way. I was a very industrious kid. I got my first job, working in a nursery, when I was 12 years-old. I worked at a responsible job in a church rectory until I was 17. I have never “not” worked. I’m an Eagle Scout and (nominally) a Knight of Columbus. I went to college, got the quarter-million dollar degree – the diploma hangs above my bed like the Sword of Damocles – and I’m faithfully paying off the student loans by working part-time jobs. There are the “seeds” of traditional masculinity inside me, and I never consciously rejected them.

But something has changed, and it hasn’t changed only for me, but for my contemporaries, too. Most of us are still living at home; a few of us have married, but we’re mostly still single. Why haven’t we moved on?

Why, indeed?

WAR ON WOMEN UPDATE: Sanders Donor Clarifies She Doesn’t Want Betsy DeVos to Be Raped, Just Tortured.

As Glenn noted in August:

Two months ago, Steve Scalise was shot by a Trump-hating, Bernie-backing gunman who set out intentionally to massacre Republican congressmen.

The next day: ‘F*ck Steve Scalise’: HuffPost writer wishes ‘violent resistance’ were more ‘organized.’

Why is the Democratic party, and its socialist fellow travelers, such a cesspit of violent rhetoric — and at times, actual violence?

I DONATE TWO OR THREE TIMES A YEAR: Frequent blood donations safe for some, but not all. “Blood donors give about a pint of blood each time, explained Murphy, who co-authored an editorial published with the study. That depletes them of about 200 to 250 milligrams of iron, he said. And it takes the average donor about six months to fully recover those iron stores, if no supplements are used. That window shrinks to around 90 days if a donor takes a standard daily iron pill, according to Murphy. Yet the currently recommended blood-donation intervals do not reflect that.”

RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: Fired Chicago Police Superintendent Blasts Obama, Lynch.

He said that politicians and political leaders have characterized data-driven policing as systemic racism, but according to McCarthy, the issue is a flawed economic system that disenfranchises African-American communities. Police, he said, have been repeatedly used as the poster child for questionable interactions involving African-Americans in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Dallas and St. Louis.

He said that disenfranchised communities suffer from poverty and lack family structure, education, resources, optimism, healthcare and public services. These communities also deal with rampant narcotics activity and rampant alcohol abuse, he said, calling it a broken landscape that creates legal cynicism. That cynicism fuels the belief that the law and its agents are ill-equipped to ensure public safety, he said.

“It’s an indictment of the entire system of government that is not providing what those communities need. Look at Flint, Mich. Look at what happened there,” he said. “You don’t see state’s attorneys on the street. You don’t see U.S. attorneys on the street. You don’t see elected officials on the street, unless they’re campaigning, of course.”

What’s exacerbating the problem, he said, is public reaction to questionable incidents involving police and minority groups.

“We’ve misdiagnosed the problem,” he said. “The problem in this country is not the police. The problem in this country is a social and economic divide that puts people in those disenfranchised communities in the positions that they’re in. In essence, we’re taking the wrong medicine for what ails us.”

Turning the police into well-armed social workers was always doomed to fail.

JIM TREACHER: I Just Got Suspended From Twitter For Sending The Wrong Emojis To Bradley Manning.

The 21st century isn’t turning out the way I had hoped, to coin an Insta-phrase.

INSERT CONGRESS JOKE HERE: Scientists Just Discovered A Brainless Animal That Sleeps.

JACK DUNPHY: Journalists Shouldn’t Be Exempt from the Law.

THEY DISHONORED THE EED PLEBNISTA. Star Trek: Discovery Cast Takes a Knee After Show’s Premiere.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Likens Trump Supporters to Racist Klingons.

(Classical reference in headline.)

SOMETIMES IT’S NOT-SO-NICE TO MAKE TWITCHY: Shannon Watts tries to stomp NRA after Tenn. church shooting, steps on BIG rake instead.

PRIVACY: Apple does right by users and advertisers are displeased.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Sunday Night Football Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests.

Related: Michelle Malkin on the Show Biz Meltdown: Bombs Away!

(Via SDA.)


Phil Long is a pretty big deal here in southern Colorado.