July 20, 2017

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AS KURT SCHLICHTER SAYS, LEFTIES AREN’T GOING TO LIKE THE NEW RULES: Conservative groups plan Saturday protest at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

CULTURE-WAR TRAVEL BANS ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, Virginia Postrel writes:

For a state that prides itself on its cosmopolitanism and world-renowned research universities, [California’s] rule is perverse. By declaring that even minor carve-outs for conscientious objectors violate its anti-discrimination tenets — and that those tenets almost always trump other considerations — this proudly diverse state seeks to impose cultural homogeneity on the entire nation.

The travel ban is especially ironic as liberals lament state preemption laws that prevent cities in conservative states from enacting left-wing measures. California is trying to export its policies to places that aren’t even in its jurisdiction. And in many cases the ban punishes the same liberal oases hammered by conservative preemption statutes. It doesn’t matter if your conference is in Charlotte or Austin; California wants nothing to do with it.

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California’s intolerance in the name of tolerance is also selective and ethnocentric. It applies only to U.S. destinations. For many LGBT people around the world, living under Texas or Kansas law would be a great liberation. Forget high-profile offenders like Russia. What about Turkey or Singapore? A consistent policy would even deny travel funds for Poland. If the community of scholars can span regimes as diverse as China, India, and Iran, surely it can make room for North Carolina.

Related: Gov. Jerry Brown, in a counter to Trump, lands in China to affirm climate change alliance.

ELIMINATIONISM: Bill Nye: Older people need to ‘die’ out before climate science can advance.

Scratch an environmentalist, and a genocidaire bleeds.

SHOW ME THE MAN AND I WILL FIND YOU THE CRIME: Mueller widens witch hunt investigation.

AL GORE: ‘Some Levels of the Earth System Have Crossed a Point of No Return.’

NPR: Want To Slow Global Warming? Researchers Look To Family Planning.

Say, what could go wrong?

Funny how media sites never propose shuttering their own air-conditioned server farms and broadcasting studios as an option — or notice that they’ve been playing the role of Chicken Little for half a century:

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IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID: The Mystery of Why Japanese People Are Having So Few Babies.

Japan’s population is shrinking. For the first time since the government started keeping track more than a century ago, there were fewer than 1 million births last year, as the country’s population fell by more than 300,000 people. The blame has long been put on Japan’s young people, who are accused of not having enough sex, and on women, who, the narrative goes, put their careers before thoughts of getting married and having a family.

But there’s another, simpler explanation for the country’s low birth rate, one that has implications for the U.S.: Japan’s birth rate may be falling because there are fewer good opportunities for young people, and especially men, in the country’s economy. In a country where men are still widely expected to be breadwinners and support families, a lack of good jobs may be creating a class of men who don’t marry and have children because they—and their potential partners—know they can’t afford to.

“The gender stuff is pretty consistent with trends around the world—men are having a harder time,” said Anne Allison, a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University who edited the recent collection of scholarly essays Japan: The Precarious Future. “The birth rate is down, even the coupling rate is down. And people will say the number-one reason is economic insecurity.”

I’d wager that there are cultural elements at play, too. But overall, there may be no greater expression of confidence about the future than starting a family.

FREE TO SEARCH FOR THE REAL KILLER, ONCE AGAIN: O.J. Simpson is granted parole after serving nine years for Vegas robbery.

Related: Is this parole board official trolling O.J. Simpson with his Kansas City Chiefs tie? “It’s worth pointing out that Marcus Allen played for the Chiefs from 1993 to 1997. According to Faye Resnick’s book ‘Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted,’ Brown was sleeping with Allen while she was married to Simpson.”

Update: CNN Legal Analyst Compares John McCain to O.J. Simpson.

This is CNN.

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ANN ALTHOUSE ON NPR: “On whether they are silencing Milo, they are silencing themselves. That gives free rein to all who want to say NPR was flummoxed by the troll who wouldn’t troll on cue but spoke rationally about the value of a troll”

ORAL AGREEMENTS AREN’T WORTH THE PAPER THEY’RE WRITTEN ON: Elon Musk Says He Has ‘Verbal’ OK To Build N.Y.-D.C. Hyperloop.

“BOY OH BOY. REMEMBER WE SAID THAT AFTER OBAMA LEFT OFFICE, WE’D FIND OUT THE DAMAGE HE DID? It’s much worse than I imagined.”

Just think of the Democratic Party as “what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party,” and it all makes sense, to merge the favorite sayings of Glenn and Michael Walsh.

EZRA KLEIN: Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care.

As Andrew Breitbart pointed out years ago, liberals portray conservatives as either evil or dumb. I see we’ve moved on to dumb.

FRED SIEGEL: Remembering The New York Riots, 40 Years Later.

DEFINING DEVIANCY DOWN: ‘Nobody kill anybody’: Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore.

Why are Democrat-monopoly cities such cesspits of violence?

Related: “Gov. Hogan [R] rides a tide of high approval ratings despite the 2-to-1 Democratic majority in State,” WJZ, CBS’s Baltimore affiliate tweets. “Despite?” Fox Butterfield, call your office.

(Classical reference in headline.)

CALIFORNIA SECSTATE: ‘Not Hiding Anything’ from Trump’s Election Commission.

VIDEO: Pilot of small plane sticks landing on NY highway, pulls over for police.

“You know that cop was loving [this.] ‘You guys won’t believe what I pulled over today.’”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter: Trump ‘Voter Suppression Commission’ Is ‘Threat to Democracy.’

NewsBusters, today.

Jonathan Alter Demands Gore Presidency In Spite Of Outcome.

—The Media Research Center, November 9th, 2000.

UPDATE: “MSNBC analyst, Jonathan Alter (Democrat-Barack Obama -Hillary Clinton) Is Textbook Example of Democrat party operative with Byline. Alter’s parents are Chicago Democrat machine hacks,” Steve Bartin writes at Newsalert. Just keep scrolling for the details.

NOW OUT FROM HARRY TURTLEDOVE: The Hot War: Armistice.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SCHOLARLY DEBACLE EDITION: Even Rick Perlstein Questions the Merits of “Democracy in Chains.”

DOUBLING DOWN: Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions.

THAT WOULD BE NICE: Jeff Sessions Should Drop His Expansion of Civil Asset Forfeiture.

FASTER, PLEASE: Vaccines promoted as key to stamping out drug-resistant microbes.

BRUCE BAWER: Highlights From a Summer in Eurabia.

You’ll want to read the whole thing.

SAYS THE MAN WHO BY ALL APPEARANCES GOT BULLIED INTO CLAIMING THAT A MANDATE IS A TAX: Chief Justice Roberts says criticism won’t stop judges.

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: President Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Meets, Smeared by Deniers.

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BUT WHEN WILL THEY GET SERIOUS ABOUT ISLAMISTS INSIDE THEIR OWN BORDERS? Germany Is Now Warning Travelers About Going To Turkey.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The collapse of GOP support coincides with the popularization of a militant brand of liberal political activism that gestates on college campuses.

Noah Rothman for USA Today:

The Missouri story is indicative of the broader crisis on at many American colleges. Increasingly, the evidence shows, they are places of strictly enforced intellectual, cultural and political homogeneity. That rigid conformity may be enforced from below by energetic activists, but it finds succor and rationalizations for its conduct from above.

A study of “Faculty Voter Registration in Economics, History, Journalism, Law, and Psychology” published in Econ Journal Watch in late 2016 found that at 40 leading universities, registered Republicans were outnumbered by their Democratic counterparts by an average ratio of 11.5-to-1. This disparity isn’t new, but it’s been exacerbated as identity politics has polarized the academy.

The Heritage Foundation’s Kim Holmes, author of The Closing of the Liberal Mind, blames the rise of multicultural studies departments. “If you’re going to have a Gender Studies Department, or something like that, the progressive assumptions are built into the very idea of the department, so you’re not going to hire any conservative professors,” said Holmes. If conservatives self-select out of programs like these, it follows that those who emerge from these programs will consider conservative ideas alien and threatening.

The irony of course is that it’s a mainstay of progressivism that only conservatives are held hostage by such primitive thinking.

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ROGER SIMON PROFFERS ADVICE TO TRUMP: Cultivate the Fine Art of Boredom.

Calvin Coolidge, pictured below with his ghostly Jedi halo, once said that one of his administration’s greatest accomplishments was that it minded its own business. The Tea Party’s goal, as Glenn has said, was a government that would leave us alone. In the days of Leviathan government, is that still possible?

JAWBONING WORKS: Jeh Johnson: Trump ‘scared off’ illegal immigrants with ‘rhetoric.’

UPDATE: Link was broken before. Fixed now — sorry!

GOOD LORD: Low IQ costs Oregon parents their kids.

IT WAS ALWAYS JUST AN EXCUSE FOR GRAFT, AND THAT HAS GONE VERY, VERY WELL: California’s Green Policies Are Going Haywire.

Jerry Brown can label this extension as “courageous” as he wants, but it won’t change the fact that this is merely extending the life of a broken policy.

Let’s take a look at the current state of California’s carbon market. The system ostensibly works by auctioning off carbon credits to emitters, but these auctions have been resounding failures. Credits have been selling for the bare minimum price allowed by the scheme, and emitters are buying the bare minimum of credits required by the state. In other words, companies aren’t buying into the plan (literally), which doesn’t just reflect poorly on the outlook industry has on the state’s carbon market, it also dilutes the price of carbon to levels too low to actually incentivize heavy emitters to change behaviors.

Read the whole thing.

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Has the Republican Party Lost Its Backbone?

CHANGE: Trump Kills 16 Regulations For Every New 1, Crushing 2-for-1 Goal.

MAKE AMERICA HAPPY AGAIN: Survey: Americans Are Happier Than They Have Been In Years.

ALL IS PROGRESSING AS MARK STEYN HAS FORESEEN: As Europe’s migrant crisis enters a new phase, it’s clear that European leaders have neither the will nor desire to preserve their own civilization.

John Daniel Davidson:

Take women’s rights, for example. In Europe as in America, the equality of the sexes has for decades been held as an immutable fact. But Europe is even more militant about its feminism than America. For Europeans, the very idea of a housewife is backwards and oppressive; mothers are expected to work and send their children to state-subsidized child care, not opt out of the workforce to raise a family. This is the official policy of the EU, which has entire commissions dedicated to ensuring more women enter the workforce.

For Muslim immigrants to Europe, who come from societies in which women are generally subordinate to men, this comes as a shock. Yet for a long time Europe insisted that newcomers adopt western attitudes regarding women’s rights and sexual freedom. As Christopher Caldwell has noted, this was the only non-negotiable demand Europe made of its immigrants. The European ruling class might have been willing to look the other way on free speech and denounce as fascist anyone who worries about Islam and terrorism, but on feminism there was no room for negotiation: “It is the litmus test according to which assimilation—and even membership in the national community—is judged. It is the one area where Europeans retain both a deep suspicion of Muslim ways and a confidence in their own institutions that is free of self-doubt.”

At least, that’s how it used to be.

Read the whole thing.

Professional feminists have no interest in protecting the rights of Western women, because it’s different when they’re being oppressed by oppressed “migrants.”

SO THIS REUTERS HEADLINE LOOKS BAD FOR TRUMP, BUT IF YOU READ PAST THE HEADLINE HIS BASE IS ACTUALLY MORE SUPPORTIVE THAN IN MAY: One in eight people who voted for Trump having second thoughts. In May, 82% of Trump voters said they’d vote for him again. In July, it’s 88%. His support has actually increased by 6%. A more accurate headline would be something like Trump’s Base Happier Than In May: Support Rises 6%. But, you know, narrative.

UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

YOU CAN’T JUDGE THEM. THAT’S THEIR CULTURE! Govt To Take Over Muslim School Where Child Died and Books Say Husbands Can Beat Wives.

EXPERTS WARY THAT U.S. COULD TRADE CHINESE SOUTH CHINA SEA CONTROL FOR NORTH KOREA DENUCLEARIZATION: I say this cynical trade and sell-out won’t happen but somebody sure needs to write about that. (HINT: It’s Option 3.) (Bumped from earlier this morning, but now with additional hint.)

HINT 2: Read the North Korea options essay (second link). This trade won’t happen. However, there are people in southeast Asia who are scared it might. It is a course of action option– a very bad one. However, I think it’s a deal Beijing’s imperialists believe is possible, which says something about Beijing’s imperialists.

SO I GUESS THIS MEANS THAT CHARLES C.W. COOKE IS WORKING FOR PUTIN TOO: Louise Mensch’s Destructive Fantasies. I think she’s actually secretly working for Trump, throwing out endless absurdities to discredit his conspiratorial opposition. In which case, Mission Accomplished!

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SHUT UP, THEY EXPLAINED: UC Berkeley BLOCKS Shapiro Event At University On September 14.

On Wednesday, Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans were told by the University of California, Berkeley administration that Berkeley would not facilitate an event by Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro on September 14 on campus. Instead, administrators have informed YAF and BCR that they are “unable to identify an available campus venue.”

I think what they meant to say is that they are unable to identify a safe campus venue, because the Berkeley administration has taken a sort of wink-and-nod approach to violence against conservatives.

IRAN THREATENS U.S. TROOPS NEAR ITS BORDERS:

The head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned the U.S. that it better move its forces away from his country if Washington imposes new sanctions on his paramilitary group.

The Trump Administration just certified Iran as compliant with the Obama-Ayatollah Nuclear Collusion Arrangement and this is the thanks we get.

ANDREW MCCARTHY: Mueller’s Investigation Must Be Limited and Accountable. I predict it will be neither. I think that Mueller should resign, or alternatively be replaced by a second independent counsel to look at any obstruction issues, while Mueller is limited to the Russia issue, which appears to be a nonstarter.

Related: Is Mueller Too Conflicted To Investigate Trump Fairly?

Plus: Alan Dershowitz on James Comey’s leaked memos: Who will guard the guardians?

OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST AREN’T: ‘Dunkirk’ reviewers show their lack of historical knowledge.

Never has so much ignorance been rendered about such a great feat by so few.

Such is the historical record of reviewers of the new movie, “Dunkirk.”

First, a brief historical primer. Dunkirk was the site of the British Army’s evacuation from northern France in May-June 1940. The evacuation was made necessary after the British Army in France, deployed as the British Expeditionary Force, was encircled by a rapidly advancing German army. Thanks to the immense courage of rearguard forces, RAF pilots, and British civilians (who lent their boats to the effort), 200,000 British soldiers and 140,000 French, Belgian and Polish soldiers were saved from capture.

Now to the reviews…

At USA Today, Brian Truitt laments “the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color.” This, Truitt explains, “may rub some the wrong way.”

Let me be clear. The “some” that might be offended are the same “some” that attempt to swim with polar bears and saltwater crocodiles. The Washington Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold beat me to it, explaining why Truitt’s review is so silly. But let me add one point. What measure of honor would there be to inject “actors of color” into a historical event in which no persons of color served? It would be like making the civil rights movie, Selma, but hiring all white actors to play the parts that black demonstrators played in real life.

In a similarly silly take, at Slate.com, Dana Stevens suggests the British Army at Dunkirk was the “last bulwark against Nazi invasion of the British mainland.”

Read the whole thing, and weep.

U.S. ARMORED VEHICLES SEEN POURING INTO SYRIA:

Over the last week videos and pictures posted by Kurdish activists on social media show flatbed trucks delivering U.S.-made MRAP, M-ATVs, and up-armored bulldozers into Syria.

Military officials say these vehicles are not part of the U-S.-led coalition’s aid to Kurdish allies on the ground who are currently engaged in a tense street-by-street urban battle in Raqqa — ISIS’s self-proclaimed capital.

Stay tuned for more on this.

EXPERTS WARY THAT U.S. COULD TRADE CHINESE SOUTH CHINA SEA CONTROL FOR NORTH KOREA DENUCLEARIZATION: I say this cynical trade and sell-out won’t happen but somebody sure needs to write about that. (HINT: It’s Option 3.)

WALTER WILLIAMS: The Key Facts About Slavery That the Left Conveniently Ignores.

Slavery is by no means peculiar, odd, or unusual. It was common among ancient peoples such as the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Greeks, Persians, Armenians, and many others.

Large numbers of Christians were enslaved during the Ottoman wars in Europe. White slaves were common in Europe from the Dark Ages to the Middle Ages. It was only after A.D. 1600 that Europeans joined with Arabs and Africans and started the Atlantic slave trade.

As David P. Forsythe wrote in his book, “The Globalist,” “The fact remained that at the beginning of the 19th century an estimated three-quarters of all people alive were trapped in bondage against their will either in some form of slavery or serfdom.”

While slavery constitutes one of the grossest encroachments on human liberty, it is by no means unique or restricted to the Western world or United States, as many liberal academics would have us believe.

Much of their indoctrination of our young people, at all levels of education, paints our nation’s Founders as racist adherents to slavery, but the story is not so simple.

Read the whole thing.

“Everybody does it” is no excuse, but not everybody fights a horrible Civil War over it, then constitutionally elevates former slaves to full citizenship.

LEGALIZARLA: Uruguay Becomes First Nation to Oversee Pot Sales, From Seed to Smoke.

The new policy comes as much of Latin America, Canada and numerous U.S. states have legalized marijuana for limited use, even as several countries continue to have tough interdiction policies against the cocaine trade.

Some leaders in the region on the front lines of the U.S.-backed war on drugs have increasingly voiced fatigue with those hard-line policies. But so far, Uruguay has most decidedly broken with the prohibitionist approach, making this country’s experiment a test case that is being closely watched by governments and activists on both sides of the drug-legalization debate.

The move has also encouraged businesses, like Vancouver-based International Cannabis Corp., which has a license to harvest and export the marijuana it is producing in Uruguay.

“We are ready to start exporting to more than 12 countries, and we will do it with a seal of quality from the Uruguayan Health Ministry,” said Alejandro Antalich, chief executive of the company.

The report also claims that Uruguay’s program has “enthralled pro-pot activists and smokers abroad but has lukewarm support at home.” But the expected tax revenues certainly have big support in Montevideo.

KURT SCHLICHTER: We Must Elect Senator Kid Rock. ” His campaign slogan should be ‘You’ve done a lot worse,’ because we have.”

PATRICK POOLE: Why Did NPR Lie About the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas?

LEFTIST POLITICAL VIOLENCE: Police release video of ‘person of interest’ in Heller threat.

Las Vegas police have released a video of a person of interest in the investigation into a threatening note that was left on the door of Sen. Dean Heller’s (R-Nev.) district office.

Police described the individual as a white adult male between 50 and 60 years old wearing a black baseball cap, shorts and a collared shirt.

A threatening note telling Heller to vote against the legislation was found taped to the door of his district office on Sunday.

The Nevada Independent reported the note warned Heller that the individual would loser their healthcare if the senator voted for the ObamaCare repeal and replace plan, and Heller would die in return.

I hope they find this person, and give him free government healthcare in prison.

TRUMP TURNS ON SESSIONS, A TRAGIC TRUMPCARE AUTOPSY, AND RUSSIA-RUSSIA-RUSSIA: Liz Sheld is on travel, but Tyler O’Neil has all that and more in today’s morning brief.

PROCUREMENT: DARPA, BAE Systems Developing Small Unmanned Underwater Vehicles to Hunt Enemy Submarines.

Well, good. Small and quiet, air-independent propulsion subs like China is building can be tough and dangerous to root out of coastal waters.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Toni Airaksinen: Prof alleges rampant anti-Christian discrimination in academia.

Maranto claims that religious discrimination impacts Christians at all rungs of academia, from undergraduate students to tenured professors, but says that “compared to racial and gender discrimination, this kind of religious discrimination gets little attention from researchers,” whose disinterest in the subject he considers revealing in and of itself.

Maranto told Campus Reform that he believes Christians face an unusual level of religious discrimination in academia, especially compared to observant followers of religions like Islam or Hinduism, remarking that “we’re not at all critical of those traditional faiths, but we are often very critical of traditional Christianity, and I think there’s a double standard there.”

Well you have to discriminate against some people, or you’re not being inclusive.

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Claims He Never Said Republicans’ Health Plan Was Going to Kill People.

As Ken Layne said, “We can fact-check your ass.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: My University Treated Me Like A Criminal Over A Joke.

For the past six years, I have taught an undergraduate course on international economics at Johns Hopkins University. Most of my students thought it was a very good course. So I was shocked when, on December 6, 2016, I was met at the door of my classroom by Johns Hopkins security personnel and barred from entering.

The next day, I received a letter from my dean suspending me from my teaching duties—just three classes before the end of the semester.

What had I done to cause such a reaction by the administration? I had told a joke when discussing off-shoring, the practice of firms shifting work abroad, often in search of lower wages. Here it is:

An American loses his job due to his work being off-shored. He is very depressed and calls a mental health hot line. He gets a call center in Pakistan where the call center employee asks, “What seems to be the problem?” The American responds that he has lost his job due to the work being sent overseas and states, “I am really depressed and actually suicidal.” The call center employee says, “Great. Can you drive a truck?”

The lecture on off-shoring took place several weeks earlier. The stated reason for my suspension was that three students (out of 68) complained that my joke had created a “hostile learning environment” in the class. That’s a charge most college administrators now take with the utmost seriousness.

At the time of my suspension, the investigation into those complaints by Johns Hopkins’ Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) had not even started, but still the administration somehow concluded that my teaching had to be terminated immediately.

I believe that the real reason I was barred from class and suspended was that in response to being informed two weeks earlier that a complaint had been made, I had noted the Orwellian characteristic of the OIE.

Two points: Of course it’s Orwellian, but you’re not supposed to rub their noses in it. Second, they didn’t treat him like a criminal. If he were an actual criminal, they’d probably have offered him a scholarship.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE: Fmr. U.N. Amb. Power Emerges As Central Figure In Obama Unmasking Investigation.

OF COURSE THEY DO: Group that Protested NRA Over ‘Violent’ Rhetoric Embraces Convicted Cop Killer.

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD TO PUBLICATION: How Did We Get to This Point?

EVERYONE IS A LOSER FOREVER IN THE VICTIMHOOD STAKES: That Didn’t Take Long.

IS THIS MORE OR LESS EMPOWERING THAN FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION AND WIFE BEATING?  ‘Halal sex’ guide aims to empower Muslim women in the bedroom.

HEY, IT’S THE LEAST YOU CAN DO:Not Enough Sex? Stop Having Threesomes With the Government.   You don’t know where that government has been, nor the diseases it’s carrying.  Next thing you know, you’ll wake up with Hoof ‘n Mouth disease.

INDEED:Why McCain’s Glioblastoma Will Be the Fight of His Life.

WELL, I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE: Stop snacking and eat a big breakfast if you want to lose weight.

July 19, 2017

“PRO TIP: REPLACE ‘BOOK’ WITH ‘WEDDING CAKE:’” D’oh! Bookseller’s dilemma backfires big time when just one word is replaced.

THE LEFT’S ‘HAMBURGER PROBLEM’ IS NOT GOING AWAY, Kyle Smith writes at NRO:

Progressives have a problem: They ladle unto every decision, even the most mundane and trifling one, an unattractive glop of gooey political significance. They can’t resist warning the rest of us that we’re abetting the destruction of the planet every time we, say, tuck into a Quarter Pounder.

Josh Barro is a recovering ex-Republican who is now a member of a niche political group: the non-crazy Democrats. He coined a cute phrase — “the hamburger problem” — to describe the relentless politicization of everything by progressives and Democrats. He writes, “Democrats’ problem isn’t that they’re on the wrong side of policy issues. It’s that they’re too ready to bother too many ordinary people about too many of their personal choices, all the way down to the hamburgers they eat.” He cites nonstop Democratic hectoring on, inter alia, the team name of the Washington Redskins, the way men sit on subway trains, and even some Americans’ choice not to abide by China’s one-child standard as the reasons why the party is today as electorally wobbly as Rocky Balboa in the 15th round. Yet the GOP’s success puzzles him still, because so many core Democratic cultural ideals (notably, gay marriage and marijuana decriminalization) poll more and more strongly.

When John Stuart Mill called the British conservatives “the stupidest party,” it stuck. Today the Democrats are the Annoying Party. The Left thinks Americans are picturing Mary Poppins when they talk about the nanny state; in truth, they’re thinking of Nurse Ratched. The prospect of a new set of nuisances being dreamed up and lashingly enforced by Hillary Clinton is what led voters to roll the dice with an Atlantic City grifter.

Related: Rod Dreher on the left’s “Law of Merited Impossibility, which states: ‘It will never happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it.’”

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CULTURE OF LAWLESSNESS: LEFTIST JUDGES TURN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW INTO A SHAM. Though to be fair, there hasn’t been much pushback from judges on the right, either.

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SARAH HOYT: Not Enough Sex? Stop Having Threesomes With The Government.

DRUG EXPIRATION DATES: Largely meaningless.

BRITAIN’S EXCLUSIVE CLUB FOR ROUGH MEN: Great title, good read.

MEANWHILE, BACK IN REALITY, BERNIE BROS SHOOT CONGRESSMEN AND CNN THREATENS THEIR VIEWERS. Pelosi: The Republican Budget “Stirs” Up Violence.

Reminder:

RATS ON THE WEST COAST, BEDBUGS UPTOWN: Man contracts hantavirus after staying in cabins at California park, family says.

A man was hospitalized with hantavirus, a rare and potentially fatal rodent-borne respiratory disease he may have contracted after staying in cabins at California parks, his family said.

Spencer Fly, 22, began having symptoms of the disease during the Fourth of July weekend, his family told Fox 40. The family wrote on a crowdfunding page they were camping at Lee Vining when Fry began having consistent headaches over five days. One day, he woke up with a 104-degree fever.

“My mom, Haven Fry, and I insisted he return Sacramento with us not knowing how fast this was going to progress,” Fry’s brother wrote.

“After a couple hours in the ER vomiting began and his lungs began to fill with fluid. He was quickly rushed to the ICU where he has now been for 9 days,” he added.

Not good.

NETFLIX AND CHILL: Television’s 10 Best Anti-Heroes of All Time.

Alas, neither Julie Newmar’s nor Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman made the cut.

BRAWN IN AN AGE OF BRAINS: At City Journal, Victor Davis Hanson asks, “Does physical labor have a future?”

Read the whole thing.

PROGRESS? Google unveils new ‘smart feed’ in Search with a ‘follow’ option.

At an unveiling in San Francisco on Tuesday, the Mountain View search giant gave a preview of the new “smart feed” scheduled to roll out for Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices. It identifies areas of interest selected by a user, and their history of using Search, YouTube and other Google products, to produce a stream of news stories and other information intended to be unique to each user.

“None of us has quite the same mix of passions, interests and goals as the next person,” said Shashi Thakur, Google’s vice-president of engineering for Search. “It’s hard to find one place to stay in the know about exactly what matters to you.”

A “follow” button will appear next to certain search results including those concerning movies, sports, bands and celebrities. Hitting the button puts the topic into the feed.

The feed also relies on Google’s algorithms, which find out about a user’s interests by combing through their search history, the videos they watch on YouTube, music downloaded via Google Play, and their use of all other Google services. Location data is also used, according to Google.

Sounds helpful, but I’ll never be comfortable with that level of tracking.

DIESEL IN DECLINE: Porsche may abandon diesel in push for electric cars, CEO says.

DAVID STEINBERG: The Voter Purges Aren’t Coming, Just Another Silly Democratic Narrative.

I’VE LONG SUSPECTED THIS: That Drug Expiration Date May Be More Myth Than Fact.

SOMETHING THAT CAN’T GO ON FOREVER, WON’T:

● Shot: Illinois state workers highest paid in nation. Cost of Living Gives Illinois State Workers Top Stop.

Newsalert, today.

● Chaser: Moving out: Illinois has country’s worst outbound rate in 2016.

Illinois Policy, January 3rd, 2017.

THE PATRIARCHY — IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Peter Daou goes off on pretty much EVERYBODY after HuffPo reality check about Hillary.

ANTISOCIAL MEDIA: A massive botnet was tweeting you porn for months.