November 24, 2017

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SAVING PRIVATE KAEPERNICK. Or, Dispatches from the Intersection of the JournoList and the Memory Hole:

● Shot: Social media users are tearing into Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren for posting a photoshopped image of Colin Kaepernick that depicts him taking a knee in front of the D-Day landings.

The Hill, today.

● Chaser: Hillary’s Campaign Spokesman [Brian Fallon] Compares D-Day Soldiers To Antifa.

—The Daily Caller, August 16th.

● Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic, went a bridge too far, comparing the uber-left group Antifa to the intrepid soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in World War II.

—The Daily Wire, August 16th.

CNN Anchor [Chris Cuomo] Compares Antifa Domestic Terrorists To U.S. Army In WWII., August 16th.

Found via Stephen Miller, who tweets, “journos dunking on [Lahren’s Photoshop] seem to forget different they made the exact same comparison with Antifa.”

UGH: As Malaria Resists Treatment, Experts Warn of Global Crisis.

We came close to eradicating malaria once, but environmentalists ruined it.

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CHANGE: Abortion rates in US hit historic low, CDC report finds.

I’LL AVOID THOSE THEN. FOR SAFETY. Male triathletes may be putting their heart health at risk.



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WATCH: Colin Kaepernick Participates in ‘Unthanksgiving Day:’

Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick took his woke SJW act to Alcatraz Island Thursday to take part in what has become an annual event among Native American activists: the Alcatraz Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering, also known as “Unthanksgiving Day.”

Kaepernick really does sound like an escapee from a Tom Wolfe novel these days. But the Alcatraz detail is the point where Wolfe would say to himself while typing, “There’s no way I can put this into my next novel —- no one would believe it could be true.”

HIJAB BARBIE: Perfect Christmas gift for non-Muslim parents who want to stick it to Trump.

Is there a big demand for hijab Barbie? Mattel thinks so. One obvious market for the doll is the liberal, non-Muslim parent who wants to make a statement to the world about tolerance and intersectionality.

This is the kind of person who dresses a baby boy in pink to trap the unwary into an uncomfortable/sanctimonious discussion about gender roles. These parents will have a special glow of virtue about them in the checkout line. In fact, they will make a special effort to go to the mall instead of ordering online so they can chat up the patient checkout person about the social importance of their purchase.

But kids love to experiment with juxtaposition, so what happens on Christmas morning when their girls (or boys, whatever!) immediately put hijab Barbie into a skimpy bikini? Odds are they will get a stern lecture on cultural sensitivity. Because really, kids, this isn’t about you having fun; it’s about your parents sticking it to Trump.

There’s nothing a committed progressive can’t ruin.

#ENVIROFAIL: Energy-Saving LED Lighting Has Backfired in a Spectacular Way.

INCHON II IF BY SEA: South Korea Has a Secret Weapon If North Korea Starts a War.

Under the mentorship of the U.S. Marine Corps, South Korea has maintained one of the largest marine forces in the world. As one USMC colonel put it during the Vietnam War, which saw a brigade’s worth of South Korean marines (and their U.S.-trained officers) sent to Southeast Asia, “We taught them everything we know, and now they know it better than us.” Today, the Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) consists of twenty-nine thousand marines organized into two divisions and a brigade.

In past years, the ROKMC has operated as a theater reserve, capable of rapidly reinforcing areas where invading North Korean forces might stage a breakthrough. This could be accomplished by moving troops over land, but it could also be done by sea: in 1975, the ROK Navy had twenty landing ships, including eight tank landing ships, and sixty other amphibious craft. If necessary, the ROKMC could stage its own, smaller-scale version of Inchon, though staging an attack into North Korea was not yet feasible.

After the end of the Cold War and the abandonment of North Korea by its Soviet ally, contingency plans involving the ROKMC began taking a more audacious tone. OPLAN 5027-94, one of the Pentagon’s contingency plans for the Korean Peninsula, envisioned a U.S. and South Korean amphibious landing at Wonsan to make an end-run on Pyongyang. The ROKMC would be used not just to defend South Korea, but to destroy the North Korean government.

I don’t know how to say “Semper Fi” in Korean, but I’d wager the men and women of ROKMC do.

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THE PERVALANCHE CONTINUES: New John Conyers (D-MI) Accuser Comes Forward, Says He Attended Meeting In Underwear. “Sloan said that she approached several people, including committee staff, a reporter, and a high-ranking member of then-House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt’s staff about Conyers’ behavior but was told nothing could be done.”

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Pornhub to open erotic NYC shop with live-streaming bed videocam.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Free Speech on Campus and Academic Freedom Under Attack in Arkansas.

IT NEVER ENDED: The End of the End of History.

CONSEQUENCES: Facing Title IX discrimination suit, Penn settles with student accused of rape. “The man, who is black, filed a lawsuit calling the investigation a ‘sham’ and alleging it was racially biased. The accuser is white, and the man argued that the school’s investigation relied an image of him as the ‘young African-American male as aggressor.'”

That’s the dirty secret of these. The feminists are always aiming at Haven Monahan, but they wind up hitting a black guy. Maybe because “Haven Monahan” doesn’t exist, except in the frenzied mind of a crazy woman.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Google Plans ‘Knowledge Cards,’ ‘Newstrition Labels’ to Highlight Credible Sources.

I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS HITLER: Is Donald Trump, of All Presidents, Devolving Power Back to the Legislative Branch? “President Trump has proved to be a full-spectrum deregulator. His administration has been punctilious about the institutional prerogatives of Congress and the courts. Today there is a serious prospect of restoring the constitutional status quo ante and reversing what seemed to be an inexorable regulatory expansion.”

More from Josh Blackman: Is Trump Restoring Separation of Powers?

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG: Islamic State beheads 15 of its own fighters.

REQUIEM FOR A HIT MAN: A doomed hired gun unburdens himself in a jailhouse interview that sheds light on the shadow battle between Russia and Ukraine.

In a jailhouse interview with The Wall Street Journal in February, Mr. Makhauri expanded upon the murky world he inhabited, politely answering questions about his life for two hours while handcuffed in a hallway. He worked as an agent, he said, wherever there was a fight against Moscow’s influence, including Chechnya, Georgia, Turkey and Syria. Ukraine, his last place of employment, would turn out to be more hazardous than he reckoned.

Ukraine has become a magnet for hired guns as Kiev tries to fight its former master Moscow’s bid to reassert control. With a stalemate on the battlefront between Russian-backed rebels and the government, Moscow and Kiev appear to have turned to contract killings to settle scores and winnow the ranks of commanders in the war, Western diplomats say.

Most of those killings have been carried out far from the almost daily volleys of artillery in eastern Ukraine, turning Kiev into a hotbed of spies and hit men.

Victims have included the head of a Ukrainian special forces unit, Maksim Shapoval, who was blown up in his car at an intersection in downtown Kiev in June, and a former Russian prosecutor and parliament member, Denis Voronenkov, who had recently fled to Kiev for protection and was shot dead on a chestnut tree-lined boulevard in March.

This one is behind the WSJ paywall, but maybe you can find away around it here.

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THIS DOESN’T TAKE A CLASSIFIED STUDY: Newly Declassified Documents Prove America’s North Korea Strategy Has Failed.

#PANIC: Ron Klain: Conservatives have a breathtaking plan for Trump to pack the courts.

Conservatives have a new court-packing plan, and in the spirit of the holiday, it’s a turducken of a scheme: a regulatory rollback hidden inside a civil rights reversal stuffed into a Trumpification of the courts. If conservatives get their way, President Trump will add twice as many lifetime members to the federal judiciary in the next 12 months (650) as Barack Obama named in eight years (325). American law will never be the same. . . .

Trump is wasting no time in filling the 103 judicial vacancies he inherited. In the first nine months of Obama’s tenure, he nominated 20 judges to the federal trial and appellate courts; in Trump’s first nine months, he named 58. Senate Republicans are racing these nominees through confirmation; last week, breaking a 100-year-old tradition, they eliminated the “blue slip” rule that allowed home-state senators to object to particularly problematic nominees. . . .

But even this plan — to fill approximately 150 judicial vacancies before the 2018 elections — is not enough for conservatives.

Enter the next element of the court-packing turducken: a new plan written by the crafty co-founder of the Federalist Society, Steven Calabresi. In a paper that deserves credit for its transparency (it features a section titled “Undoing President Barack Obama’s Judicial Legacy”), Calabresi proposes to pack the federal courts with a “minimum” of 260 — and possibly as many as 447 — newly created judicial positions. Under this plan, the 228-year-old federal judiciary would increase — in a single year — by 30 to 50 percent.

So I guess we’ve made the turn from “Trump is Hitler” to “Trump is an incompetent boob” to “Trump is scarily competent at things I don’t like.” Just as Scott Adams predicted. . . .

CHANGE? Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes power and vows to serve all citizens.

SPIKED: #MeToo is a menace to democratic politics.

Related: Ruth Marcus: Are we now at risk of overreacting to sexual harassment? It’s never an overreaction until it starts to hurt Democrats. As Richard Fernandez said, they put these torpedoes in the water to take out Trump, but now they’ve circled back around.

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FLASHBACK: “Don’t read this book, and don’t weep.” Christopher Hitchens on Anita Hill’s memoir.

LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE GOING TO, THOUGH: Vox: Democrats were wrong about Bill Clinton and shouldn’t make the same mistake with Al Franken.

AS RICHARD FERNANDEZ SAID, THE TORPEDOES THE DEMOCRATS PUT IN THE WATER HAVE CIRCLED BACK ON THEM: Report: Trump stuck by Moore partly because Pervnado made it easier to. All those Democrats accused of worse did kind of undercut the righteous indignation.

A ROADMAP FOR THE 21st CENTURY EDITION OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION: The Sexual “Reign of Terror”: How we got here and where we’re going.

SO THIS WILL BE DEPLOYED MOSTLY AGAINST CONSERVATIVES, BUT LEFTIES WON’T BE SAFE EITHER: University Of Arkansas To Change Tenure Policy To Permit Firing Of Faculty For Lack Of Collegiality.

HMM: Vasectomies may increase sex drives and make orgasms better. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, a single-testicle vasectomy was used for just those purposes (William Butler Yeats, among many eminences (Freud, too), had the “Steinach operation” and praised it, and experienced a second flowering of his art afterward), but that was later dismissed as quackery. Maybe not.

And thanks to Prof. Bob Leggett of the University of Tennessee English Department, who taught me about Yeats’ operation in Modern British Poetry when I was 19. Everything you learn comes in handy eventually!


Related: The Abrupt Shaming of Charlie Rose. “Every powerful man who is getting caught up in this wave isn’t living by the Ten Commandments, but by the ‘Access Hollywood’ code: When you’re a star, the women will let you do it. You can do anything. Charlie Rose exploited women for decades as he produced shows at Bloomberg’s TV studio for PBS and hosted shows on CBS. None of those news agencies ever seemed to find any wrongdoing worth reporting inside their own offices. The embarrassment and shame should also be theirs.”

INTERESTING: The Rise of the Beta Male Sexual Harasser: He is the offspring of the unhappy marriage between feminism and the sexual revolution.

One can see in such deluded musings why the feminists prefer Beta Male sexual harassers to the Mike Pences. Whether one is “responsive to claims of sexism” is determined in their eyes not by the person’s virtue but by his politics. They will take a goatish Al Franken over a chivalrous Mike Pence. Or take Al Gore, one of the leading Beta Male pols of his generation, who has completely escaped notice during this frenzy, despite credible reports of his having lunged at a masseuse. You won’t see his face in any of the mainstream media’s montages of sexual harassers, lest that set back the cause of climate-change activism. For all the talk of a Clintonian “reckoning,” the feminists still agree with Nina Burleigh that the advance of liberal politics, or as she put it “keeping theocracy off our backs,” is worth “kneepads.”

In the coarseness of that remark, in its shameless admission that feminism seeks power not decency, one could hear the rumblings of today’s scandal. . . . From the sordid bed of the sexual revolution and crass feminism has come a new creature — the male feminist pig.

Flashback: “Not that being an environmentalist makes a guy a saint, but Gore seemed almost desperate to have us see him as more moral than the average Al. . . . The greenest of the green people I talked to felt betrayed. Gore was their leader and the movement is now, um, stained. The woman even said, according to the transcript of her interview with Portland, Ore., police made public on the Internet, that her ‘Birkenstock Tribe’ friends told her to ‘suck it up’ and not tell anyone or the ‘world’s going to be destroyed from global warming.’”

November 23, 2017

IN NATIONAL REVIEW, OF ALL PLACES: This Thanksgiving, Thank Donald Trump:

This Thanksgiving, Americans in general — and free-market conservatives in particular — have plenty for which to be grateful. And much of it would be absent had the White House’s current occupant not become president on November 8, 2016. The day after Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, Princeton University economist Paul Krugman called Trump’s victory “the mother of all adverse effects.” He predicted “very probably . . . a global recession, with no end in sight.” • The Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 all hit record highs on Tuesday. The Wilshire 5000 Index calculates that some $3.4 trillion in new wealth has been created since President Trump’s inauguration and $5.4 trillion since his election. Fueled by the reality of deregulation, expectations of lower taxes, and a new tone in Washington that applauds free enterprise rather than excoriate it, the economy is on fire. • Atop the second quarter’s 3.1 percent increase in real GDP, and 3.0 in 3Q, the New York Federal Reserve Bank predicts that 4Q output will expand by 3.8 percent. This far outpaces the feeble average-annual GDP growth rate of 1.5 percent on President Obama’s watch. Meanwhile, the IMF expects global GDP to rise by 3.5 percent this year. So much for a Trump-inspired “global recession.”

Unemployment is at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low. New unemployment claims in September were at their most modest since 1974. Goldman Sachs on November 20 “lowered our unemployment rate forecast to 3.7 percent by end-2018 and 3.5 percent by end-2019.” According to the Wall Street powerhouse’s chief economist Jan Hatzius, “Such a scenario would take the U.S. labor market into territory almost never seen outside of a major wartime mobilization.” . . .

• For every new regulation that Trump has imposed, 16 have been erased.

• The FCC has begun to dismantle Obama’s “Net Neutrality” takeover of the Internet, which functioned marvelously, thank you, before his needless e-power-grab.

• Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is on the bench, along with 13 constitutionalist lower-court judges. At this stage in Obama’s presidency, the Senate had confirmed just seven of his district- and circuit-court nominees.

Much more at the link, concluding with this: “The Never Trump faction still claims that the president of the United States ‘is no conservative.’ And yet, with rare deviations (such as free trade), he spends nearly every day implementing the conservative agenda. Ideas that center-Right activists have demanded for decades are becoming public policy, one after another — to the pleasant surprise of even some of Donald J. Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters.”

Did I mention this was in National Review, of all places?


KURT SCHLICHTER ON THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR: No. 1: Be Thankful That Hillary Is Not Our President. “Every day, it is a joy to awaken, unlike Hillary Clinton, without a hangover. Oh yes, and also to awaken knowing that Felonia von Pantsuit is not, and will never be, our president. Can you imagine if she were? She is as vindictive as she is stupid.”

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Hollywood and DC: Never Our Betters and Often Much Worse.



There is no doubt that the Sexual Harassment Apocalypse will also destroy some Republicans — new allegations against Roy Moore seem to emerge every day — but on balance, these exposures mainly involve liberal men in politics, journalism and Hollywood. This is deeply ironic, of course, because Democrats campaigned in 2012 on the claim that there was a Republican “War on Women,” Hillary Clinton made feminist “empowerment” a major theme of her campaign in 2016, and it was only because Hillary lost that we have now entered this climate where feminists are willing to pour gasoline all over the machinery of male Democrat power, strike a match and burn it to the ground.

You can thank the 63 million Trump voters for this “empowerment.”


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THE SCIENCE WAS RIGGED: Researchers Publish Bombshell Report That Suggests Sugar Industry Conspiracy.

DIVERSITY PROBLEM: Of the 16 political events held at the University of Alabama in the past year, just two have featured conservative speakers or topics, while nine have presented liberal perspectives. And it’s not the students’ fault: “The liberal events, often hosted by university departments, addressed topics like social justice, Black Lives Matter, and climate change, while the conservative events featured well-known personalities and were sponsored by student groups.”

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THAT’S THE EQUIVALENT OF THROWING AWAY MORE THAN 300 MODEL 3 SEDANS EACH DAY: Tesla’s Burning Through Nearly Half a Million Dollars Every Hour.

Over the past 12 months, the electric-car maker has been burning money at a clip of about $8,000 a minute (or $480,000 an hour), Bloomberg data show. At this pace, the company is on track to exhaust its current cash pile on Monday, Aug. 6. (At 2:17 a.m. New York time, if you really want to be precise.)

To be fair, few Tesla watchers expect the cash burn to continue at quite such a breakneck pace, and the company itself says it’s ramping up output of its all-important Model 3, which will bring money in the door. Investors don’t seem concerned. Tesla shares rose almost 3 percent to $317.81 Tuesday, giving it a market capitalization of $53 billion. Ford Motor Co. is worth $48 billion.

But still, its need for fresh cash came into high relief last week when Musk unveiled his latest plan to raise funds. He’s asking customers to pay him upfront to order vehicles that may not be delivered for years.

That seems… unwise.

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BIPARTISAN BOMBER: Woman accused of mailing explosives to Gov. Abbott, Former Pres. Obama. “Other court documents say Gov. Abbott opened the package, but it failed to explode because he didn’t open it right. If opened correctly, documents say ‘it could’ve caused severe burns and death.’ She was allegedly upset with Gov. Abbott for not receiving support from her ex-husband. Federal investigators say they were able to connect Poff to the packages using pieces of the shipping labels, and also matched cat hair found in the box mailed to President Obama with her cat.”

OPEN THREAD: Talk about your Thanksgiving plans, or whatever you want, in the comments here. (Bumped).

GODSPEED? This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat.

Seeking to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the shape of the Earth, a California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a rocket he built from scrap metal.

Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program.

Hughes’s ultimate goal is a subsequent launch that puts him miles above the Earth, where the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to photograph proof of the disc we all live on.

“It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,” Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight. Theories discussed during the interview included NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets from blimps.

Hughes promised the flat-Earth community that he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which will launch from a heavily modified mobile home — though he acknowledged that he still had much to learn about rocket science.

I think — I hope — he’s putting us on.

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CHRIS BUSKIRK: Without Thanksgiving There Is No July 4th.

MARS NEEDS BEER! Budweiser begins space experiments aimed at brewing beer on Mars.

Well, this is the 21st century, you know.™

I THINK WE’RE ALL THANKFUL WE’RE NOT HERE: With Al Franken This Thanksgiving.

THANK YOU, NASA: Cassini Team Unveils Farewell Photo of Ringed Planet.

SARAH HOYT: How to Deal with Leftist Turkeys on Gobbler Day.

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DOESN’T THIS SEEM POTENTIALLY SELF-SERVING? Conyers: Allow ‘People Who are Incarcerated’ to Vote.


Sebelius extended her criticism to Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton White House for what she called a strategy of dismissing and besmirching the women who stepped forward—a pattern she said is being repeated today by alleged perpetrators of sexual assault—saying that the criticism of the former first lady and Secretary of State was “absolutely” fair. Sebelius noted that the Clinton Administration’s response was being imitated, adding that “you can watch that same pattern repeat, It needs to end. It needs to be over.”

Ann Althouse comments: “It’s still too little, too late. Too easy to say this now when it’s convenient. Nevertheless, good to hear.”

Plus, from the comments: “And why did Obama not say anything?”


They fought us tooth and nail on this issue for 19 years. They mocked the right’s concerns and made flaming hypocrites of themselves abandoning their own concerns (sexual harassment, respect for women). Having done all of that, the left is now casually switching sides on the field, like a football team after half-time. As someone who lived through all of this, their sudden, convenient about-face is just astounding to behold. Two decades of their smug, snooty garbage and now it’s just “Okay, you were right all along.”

I’m not sure why Sexton is so astounded; for three-quarters of a century, the hard 180 has always been the left’s favorite move.


DO YOUR PART AND FRY MORE FOODS: The Telegraph (UK) is good at finding “scientists” who will say anything. Here, finally, they find some scientists who have useful information:

“In large cities like London, cooking fat is known to be responsible for 10 per cent of small particles in the air, so researchers believe frying food could have a noticeable impact on cloud formation and rainy weather. In fact, the effect is so large it could even have a cooling effect on the planet, and potentially slow down global warming.”

I, for one, am waiting for the government to offer tax incentives on deep fryers, because, you know, global warming. I’m willing to make that sacrifice if it helps Mother Gaia.

GIVING THANKS: Easily Overlooked Signs of a Gradually Improving Country.

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IT’S ALWAYS THEIR SEASON FOR GIVING: Male Dolphins Are Total Gift-Bearing Players When Courting Females.

SO A WOMAN SENT TEXAS GOV. GREG ABBOTT A PACKAGE BOMB, and he opened the package himself, but it failed to detonate because he opened it the wrong way. You’d think a governor being nearly blown up would be bigger news.


At the very least, it’s better advice than Newsweek is offering up for you today.

“SOD OFF, SWAMPY” — EQUINE EDITION: Woman on horseback whips the hell out of hunting ‘saboteur’ who grabs animal’s reins in angry clash.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Gillman & Chemerinsky: Professors Are Losing Their Freedom of Expression.

I KNEW I LIKED HER: WaPo columnist: Sanders humiliates the media daily.

SO BAD… THEY’RE STILL JUST BAD: 7 Turkey Films for Turkey Day.

HISTORY: The First Thanksgiving Was Nothing Like What You Were Taught.

Among the most compelling historical accounts of that world comes from Charles Mann’s intriguing 2005 book, “1491,” a revisionist history of the pre-Columbian Americas that renders our storybook conception of the first Thanksgiving obsolete and, by comparison, rather boring. The truth is, the Pilgrims were able to survive and establish their colony because they were drawn into the political machinations of Massasoit, a shrewd and calculating Indian leader who was trying to figure out how to save his people from apocalypse.

The Indians Drew The Pilgrims Into a Political Alliance
Massasoit was the sachem, or political and military leader, of the Wampanoag confederation, a loose combination of villages in southeastern Massachusetts. About five years before the Pilgrims arrived, Massasoit’s people had been decimated by diseases brought by earlier European traders. Entire villages had been depopulated—including a Patuxet village that the newly arrived Pilgrims settled into and named New Plymouth.

As Mann explains, Massasoit was in a bind. The epidemic that had hit the Wampanoag hadn’t touched their longtime enemies to the west, the Narragansett. Massasoit feared his weakened people would be overrun, so he decided to gamble and let the Pilgrims stay. European traders had been visiting New England for at least a century, but Indian leaders always forbid them from establishing permanent settlements. The relationship was strictly transactional. Far from seeing the Europeans as superior, writes Mann, the Indians had good reason to take advantage of these strange newcomers.

Fascinating stuff — read the whole thing.

MARC THIESSEN IN THE WAPO: This Thanksgiving I’m Grateful Hillary Clinton Isn’t President: Read the whole thing.


NOTE TO POLITIFACT:THIS IS A JOKE!  Turkey pardoned by Trump had multiple contacts with Russian officials.

YEAH, BUT WHO DOESN’T?  Whales love a nice exfoliating rub down.

PEOPLE JUDGE EVERYTHING.  AND?  JUDGEMENT IS A HUMAN RIGHT:  People judge married couples with different last names.

MY CATS SAY THIS WAS FINANCED BY BIG CANINE: Dogs really, really want us to be happy: study.  And besides they want me to be happy too.  In my free time.  After I cater to their needs.

WHERE DID I PUT MY SHOCKED FACE?  Newsweek Shocker: Women, Gay Men Like Guys With Money, Muscles.  I tell you, Newsweek was way overpriced at $1.

SHE MADE HER BED:  Lena Dunham Experiences the World She’s Helped Create.

OF COURSE SHE DOESN’T:  Feminist Emily Lindin Doesn’t Care if Men Lose their Jobs over False Allegations.  That’s because she’s androphobic.  And probably amoral.

ARE YOU GUYS ALSO STARTING TO WONDER WHAT KIND OF FAMILIES LIBERALS GREW UP IN?  A New Girl Scouts Ruckus: People React to Message “Parents Shouldn’t Force Daughters to Give Hugs During Holidays”.


CREATING SERFS FOR THE STATE:  EU Game Tells Kids to Collect More Taxes.

WHAT WAS AL FRANKEN DOING IN WISCONSIN?  Clown Faces Sex Raps For Haunted House Groping.