January 19, 2020

PAUL BEDARD: On edge: Unarmed Virginia gun protesters ask armed friends to ‘watch over us.’

ROGER KIMBALL ON THE PRIMARY: Democrats Consume Themselves.

WHEN HACKS CAN’T EVEN HACK RIGHT.

DUMBEST HOT TAKE OF 2020: Trump voters motivated by racism may be violating the Constitution. Can they be stopped? Of course, the year is still young. But the nonstop desire of lefties to beat Trump by doing anything other than simply winning an election speaks volumes.

OF COURSE HE DOES: Senator Biden Paid Men More Than Women, Now Blames Pay Gap on White Men.

BUT IT WAS NICELY AUTOGRAPHED: Pelosi’s Pen not Mightier than Trump’s Sword.

January 18, 2020

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BUT I’M SURE IT’S TRUMP’S FAULT SOMEHOW: Puerto Rico governor fires emergency director after aid is found sitting in warehouse. “Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island’s emergency management director on Saturday, after a video showing aid sitting unused in a warehouse went viral on social media. Some of the aid has allegedly been sitting in the warehouse since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017.”

OPEN THREAD: This is your time.

“STUMBLES.” Donald Trump Stumbles Into a Foreign-Policy Triumph.

UPDATE: From the comments: “We musn’t underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they blundered into Berlin in 1918.”

THEY WEREN’T “MISTAKES,” THEY WERE CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT AND PEOPLE NEED TO GO TO JAIL: The FBI Wants To Treat Carter Page Warrant Mistakes Like Training Problems. A Court Adviser Says That’s Not Enough.

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LEARN TO CODE: Harry and Meghan drop royal duties and HRH titles. “The couple will also no longer formally represent The Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex intend to repay £2.4m of taxpayer money for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home, the statement added.”

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A governor whose medical school yearbook photo is him wearing a Klan hood has *cages* put up several hundred feet from a Virginia civil rights monument ON Martin Luther King Jr Day to contain citizens trying to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly…

And the liberal masses still support him.

You can’t make this up.

They’ve never minded cages . . . for their opposition.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections.

PEOPLE DON’T KNOW IT, BUT PAUL EHRLICH’S WORK WAS ACTUALLY A LONG-RANGE PSYWAR ATTACK DESIGNED TO BLOCK CHINESE DOMINANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: China’s Birthrate Hits Historic Low, in Looming Crisis for Beijing. “It’s a society where nobody wants to get married and people can’t afford to have children.”

There was some collateral damage, as far too many Americans were dumb enough to believe Ehrlich’s work, but that just made it more persuasive to the Chinese. And still less damaging than a global thermonuclear war would have been. A rare 21st Century win for the CIA . . . .

AN “UNEXPECTEDLY” BRIEF TIME-OUT: Twitter mistakenly suspends and later reinstates Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

IF IT DOESN’T, IT MEANS THE PREFERENCE CASCADE IS UNDERWAY: ‘Will This Kill My Career?’ Actor Laurence Fox Comes Out as Pro-Trump.

SHERIFF JIM WILSON: Trends & Self-Defense Training: Choose What Works for You. Weird, the picture they chose is of my exact daily carry rig.

WELL, YES: Critical Race Theory is Rooted in Cultural Marxism. And the goal is not the well-being of black people, or of America.

I HOPE THIS FIZZLES, BUT WHO KNOWS: China reports new virus cases, raising concern globally before key holiday. “China reported four more cases of pneumonia believed to be caused by a new coronavirus strain, causing rising concern globally that a disease health officials do not yet fully understand could spread during a key holiday period. . . . Though experts say the new virus does not appear to be as lethal as SARS, there is little known about its origins and how easily it can spread. Thailand and Japan have confirmed new cases of the virus earlier this week, stoking worries globally as many of the 1.4 billion Chinese people will travel abroad during the Lunar New Year holidays that begin next week.”

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THIS WOULD SERVE BIG TECH RIGHT AFTER ALL ITS SHILLING FOR THE DEMOCRATS: Joe Biden wants to revoke Section 230.

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SUZANNE VENKER: Looking masculine is one thing, being masculine is another.

WHY THE LEFT KEEPS LOSING:

In these pages in October I suggested that British politics had reached a Hobbesian moment. Voters demanded a government, not anarchy presided over by a gibbering rabble. The clean-out in the Commons followed from this imperative. The single most important lesson of the previous three and more years is the abject incompetence of Britain’s centrist political class. Their comical despair today comes from their inability to grasp the part they played in the debacle that has engulfed them.

Sounds familiar.

HEH:

Congratulations, you’ve just invented the vaccine.

GO VOLS: UT Cheer Team earns National Championship.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Conservative group has enough, sues New Jersey school over ‘unconstitutional’ policies.

HERE’S AN AGENCY THAT COULD USE A THOROUGH RE-STRUCTURING:  The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) was supposed to ensure that federal contractors do not discriminate.  Alas, in the Orwellian world we live in, it instead ensures that they do.

THEY’RE UP AGAINST A REALITY-SHOW KING: Byron York: Can Democrats produce a daily impeachment show?

“BAIL REFORM”: It’s unusual for wrongheaded reforms to unravel as quickly as New York’s appears to be doing.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will be conducting a briefing on bail reform in May. Maybe by then everyone will agree that New York’s effort was a mistake, and they will have moved on to something else.

#JOURNALISM:

IT’S WEIRD HOW “FIX AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY” ALWAYS TURNS OUT TO MEAN “RIG THINGS SO THE LEFT ALWAYS WINS.” Harvard releases radical proposal to fix America’s democracy that divides Washington D.C. into 127 new states, adding enough votes in Congress to rewrite the constitution and eliminate the Electoral College.

UPDATE: Eugene Volokh emails to suggest that this is making too much out of a student note in the Harvard Law Review. On the one hand, I get it, but on the other hand, this is how crazy and stupid ideas start out, so I think it’s important to mock them early. And in particular the use of “fix our democracy” to mean “rig things so the left always wins.”

Also, it’s never a bad time to mock Harvard in general, or Harvard Law in particular.

THE BABYLON BEE IS SAVAGE: Pelosi Releases Limited-Edition Replica Of Dentures Worn During Trump Impeachment. The signature is a nice touch.

GOOD. IT SHOULD. New York’s bail reform disaster is about to become a major election issue.

BUT IT’S ALL JUST SO VERY AMUSING: If CNN Can’t Take Punches, They Shouldn’t Be Throwing Them.

Under Trump, more and more Republicans are learning to be Groucho — I mean, even Martha McSally — but the Democrats are still cluelessly doing Margaret Dumont.

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January 17, 2020

“I WOULDN’T GO TO WAR WITH YOU PEOPLE. YOU’RE A BUNCH OF DOPES AND BABIES.” “Ironically, it makes the people Trump called ‘dopes and babies’ look like dopes and babies.” If the epithet fits, you should quit. Plus: “Why should those people be facilitated in their comfort and established old ways? During the Vietnam War era, we would have reacted with derision at expectations like that.”

SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL:  On this day in 1994, the Northridge quake shook Southern California.  It was the first (but alas not the last) earthquake to scare the living daylights out of me.

THE IGNOBLE EXPERIMENT: One hundred years ago today, Prohibition began.

NORTHAM’S REALLY TURNED OUT TO BE SCUM. How a Democratic Governor and the Mainstream Media Tried to Delegitimize a Civil Rights Rally Before It Even Started. “Northam probably knows more about white supremacy than I do, given his history, but this is starting to get ridiculous.”

UPDATE: So I’m wondering: What if Virginians rebelled and overthrew Northam’s government? It’s unlikely, but if they did, federal intervention is also unlikely. There have been two such cases in American history — the Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island, and the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, and in both cases the federal government didn’t intervene. To intervene, the president would have to make a declaration under the Insurrection Act, and there’s no obligation that he do so. And the question of which state government is legitimate is, according to the Supreme Court’s decision in Luther v. Borden, political and non-justiciable.

Which means that if Northam were to be physically removed from office and a new state government put in in his place — possibly with a new legislature — it would be up to Trump to decide whether to restore the status quo ante, or to recognize the new state government as legitimate.

This probably won’t matter, but it’s worth noting, and I doubt very much that Ralph “Coonman” Northam has thought about it at all.

SAVAGERY FROM THE BABYLON BEE: Gov. Northam Says Virginia Should Be Kept Comfortable While Lawmakers Debate Whether to Kill It.

OPEN THREAD: Make yourself at home.

WELL, GOOD: Court Smacks Down Children’s Attempt to Force Climate Policy by Lawsuit.

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC 76: Sounds Like Biden Thinks Beto Is Latino. “‘There will be Latinos in my cabinet and I guaranteed there will be Latinos in my White House. And both of them are qualified,’ he said referring to O’Rourke and [Julian] Castro.”

WHY IS BERNIE’S CAMPAIGN SUCH A CESSPIT OF LAWLESSNESS AND HATE? Sanders Field Organizer in Iowa Bailed Out By Regional Field Director After Arrest, Still No Comment from Campaign.

IF CNN CAN’T TAKE PUNCHES, THEY SHOULDN’T BE THROWING THEM: “Martha McSally did everyone a huge favor by calling these clowns out…For decades the left has demonized Fox News and other right wing outlets, the response from the conservative movement in the past has been to say, ‘come on guys, we’re not that bad.’ Well that time is over. There is a new conservative movement and this one doesn’t play that game, this one is ready to punch back just as the good senator from Arizona did Thursday afternoon.”

Read the whole thing.

Related: Seething McSally: Reporters Are ‘In Cahoots With The Democrats.’

Party operatives with bylines, you might say.

GOOD AND HARD: California’s AB5 — Are We Having Fun Yet?

New article from Nina Yablok (aka Mrs. Ed Driscoll), who is still licensed to practice law in California, and who spent a great deal of time arguing independent contractor (IC) issues in front of the California Employment Development Department, which does innumerable IC audits. Nina was also PJM’s legal counsel until its acquisition last year by Salem.

UPDATE: CA Gig Bill Author Throws Temper Tantrum in Interview, Calls Those Affected Liars.

(Bumped.)

TRUST BUT VERIFY. WELL, ACTUALLY, JUST VERIFY: The Misleading Math of Climate Activism.

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I AGREE. FIGHT THE BIGOTRY! Boris Johnson says veganism is a ‘crime against cheese-lovers.’ As Jesus said, blessed are the cheesemakers.

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GOOD, DON’T PULL PUNCHES: Acting ICE Director blames New York’s sanctuary policy for murder of 92-year-old woman.

THIS IS DEFINITELY AN ‘ARE YOU F—ING KIDDING ME?’ KINDA DAY:” Trump Adds Starr and Dershowitz To His Senate Impeachment Defense, and Monica Lewinsky weighs in.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Two Tsunamis are About to Hit Higher Education.

#JOURNALISM:

“PUTTING THE FAT IN FATWA:” ISIS’ very own ‘Jabba the Hutt’ captured in Iraq.

THE TYRANNY OF THE MINORITY: Cancel culture is real. It destroys lives, ruins careers, causes suicide and silences reasonable debate.

Read the whole thing.

WELL, YES. BUT GOOD LUCK WITH THIS CONGRESS: Tell Congress to Retract Their Praise for CAIR.

MORE GOOD NEWS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT? This isn’t the big-deal final Title IX regulation (yet), but proposed new grant requirements could be a boon to student free speech and free association rights all the same. Of course, caution is always recommended — it’s a government regulation, after all!

WEIRD, I WAS TOLD HE WAS JUST AN ANGRY TODDLER WHO LASHED OUT WITHOUT THINKING: Cramer says ‘tariffs worked,’ Trump’s strategy forced China to agree to a trade deal.

OUT ON A LIMB: Why Unlocking More Oil and Gas is Good for Every American – And the Environment. “Drill baby drill. Right here in America.”

From Ryan Sitton, the Texas Railroad Commissioner, in Real Clear Energy. 

THERE AREN’T REALLY VERY MANY TRANS ACTIVISTS, AND NOBODY SHOULD BE PAYING THIS MUCH ATTENTION TO THEM: Transgender Writer Forced to Retract Trans-Themed Science Fiction Story.

THIS WAS PREDICTED BY A LARGE NUMBER OF INSTAPUNDIT AND VODKAPUNDIT COMMENTERS: Now We Know Why VA Was Afraid of Violence at Gun Law Protest: Antifa’s Showing Up.

Pat yourselves on the back everyone, but not with your drawing hand.

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REVIEW: Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it. “This review contains detailed information about the Netflix series the goop lab with Gwyneth Paltrow. If you plan to watch the show (please, don’t) and do not wish to know details in advance, this is not the review for you. Normally, we would refer to such information as ‘spoilers,’ but in our editorial opinion, nothing in this series is spoil-able.”

This is the most scathing review I’ve read since the New York Times wrote up Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar in a classic of the genre.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NEWS: In Case of Emergency, Please Remove Your Bra. Awaiting reports from Hong Kong on how bras work as tear gas filteers.

JIM TREACHER: Martha McSally Registers LiberalHack.com, Liberal Hacks Seethe.

#SILENCING: The New York Public Library opts to cancel un-PC feminists. I’m so old, I can remember when librarians opposed censorship. Of course, they were brave when they stood up to the right, but it’s different when censorship is coming from the left because reasons.

HUH: 98.6 Degrees Fahrenheit Isn’t the Average Any More.

In a new study, researchers from Stanford University argue that Wunderlich’s number was correct at the time but is no longer accurate because the human body has changed.

Today, they say, the average normal human-body temperature is closer to 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

“That would be a huge drop for a population,” said Philip Mackowiak, emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and editor of the book “Fever: Basic Mechanisms and Management.”

Body temperature is a crude proxy for metabolic rate, and if it has fallen, it could offer a clue about other physiological changes that have occurred over time.

“People are taller, fatter and live longer, and we don’t really understand why all those things have happened,” said Julie Parsonnet, who specializes in infectious diseases at Stanford and is senior author of the paper. “Temperature is linked to all those things. The question is which is driving the others.”

My temp has always run right around 98° even, which I had thought made me an outlier, but now I guess not.

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SUZANNE VENKER: Never Marry A Feminist.

LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THE MODERN DEMOCRATIC PARTY TOUCHES, IT’S BEEN DEVALUED AND MADE PARTISAN: Roger Kimball: Impeachment is now just another bludgeon in the armory of political warfare. “The Democrats have been talking about impeaching Donald Trump from the day he was elected. As Rep. Al Green memorably put it back in 2018, ‘I’m concerned if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected.’ And we can’t have that, can we?”

I AGREE: Ryan Sitton: Why Unlocking More Oil and Gas is Good for Every American – And the Environment. “America has actually reduced emissions faster than any other industrialized country, thanks to the market-driven switch to natural gas.”

Have you hugged a fracker today?

IT’S NOT US; IT’S YOU: Justin Amash’s Biggest Fiscally Conservative National Donors Are Abandoning His Re-election Bid. “Club for Growth and FreedomWorks cease supporting the congressman they’ve showered with awards.”

WELL, GOOD, I LIKE A NICE CAESAR SALAD: CDC: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over.

THAT’S DIFFERENT BECAUSE SEVEN REASONS, AND ALSO SHUT UP: Seven Times the GAO Found the Obama Administration Violated Federal Law.

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