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SCREW VACCINES. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITHOUT BACON:  Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China’s pigs.

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL. Harvard Climate Loon: Keto Dieters Are Killing the Planet Because Bacon and Butter or Something.

(Classical reference in headline.)

NOW DO BACON: Countries with more butter have happier citizens.

BACON: IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Stonehenge construction may have been aided by lots of pig fat.

SAY NO TO OLIVE OIL? “Unfortunately, we’ve grown used to this kind of dietary flip-flop. Many Americans have begun to wonder if even the experts know what they’re talking about. One day margarine is good for you, the next it’s bad. One day vitamin E protects against heart disease, the next it offers no benefit at all. Now it’s olive oil’s turn.”

A one-shot study with ten subjects is far from dispositive. (And note the presence of bread, giving the non-salmon meal a lot more carbs). But I’m cooking everything in beef tallow and bacon grease from now on, just to be safe.

LOVIN’ IT: Leaked documents show that McDonald’s is adding international hits to its American menu, including the Spanish Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger and the Dutch Stroopwafel McFlurry.

How did Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger not originate in this country?

IN THE MAIL: Bacon & Butter: The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet Cookbook.

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IS IT REALLY THAT STRANGE? A Strange Relationship Between Vegetarianism and Depression: New research connects vegetarianism and depression. The question is why? Well, for one thing, there’s no bacon.

TO BE FAIR, THEY’VE FORGOTTEN A LOT OF STUFF: Salena Zito: Amtrak forgot trains aren’t planes.

What happens inside the train matters as well. One of the true charming parts of the ride is the dining car experience. It isn’t just the warm, buttery grits and the crisp bacon. It is the people you meet because of the communal dining.

It was there on the Friday before former President Barack Obama’s first inauguration that I met African-Americans traveling from as far as California by train to attend his inauguration. From veterans of the civil rights movement to young people caught up in his aspirational rhetoric, we were all sitting, conversing, sharing stories, and experiences.

Last Monday, when I boarded the train for the first time this winter, I discovered the warm, buttery grits were no longer an option, replaced by a tub of yogurt and granola. In a box. Dinner now came in a box. So did lunch. Gone were the crisp, white tablecloths, and gone were the people who always cheerfully made whatever meal you wanted.

Why make riding the train pleasant?


THANKS, BRETT KAVANAUGH, FOR GIVING US the new, feisty Orrin Hatch.

DISPATCHES FROM THE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARY: ‘Bringing home the bacon:’ Idioms referencing meat may become obsolete as veganism rises.

To be fair, this is a headline from the London Independent, which doesn’t exactly have the best track record in the world when it comes to future predictions. But as Jim Treacher tweets, “These people toughed it out during the Blitz. What the hell happened?”

Somebody should write a book on that topic — and Peter Hitchens already has.

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL WINNING: Americans are pigging out on bacon as Trump’s trade war cuts chicken demand.

BOTTOM STORY OF ALL TIME: Here’s What Nutritionists Really Think About Bacon.

JOHN ELLIS: The Left Is Hoping to Eliminate Steak, Hamburgers, and Bacon. “Americans need to be aware of the growing attack on meat and the meat industry.”

The cold, dead hand won’t be the one holding my hamburger.

IN THE MAIL: Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South’s Favorite Foods.

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JUST LIKE IT DID IN 2016: Hollywood to help turn out Democratic voters.

The Washington-based Democratic Attorneys General Association lobby and two dozen other progressive groups have lined up actors Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon for an 11th hour voter turnout program.

They’re seeking 1 million volunteers in the weekend before the Nov. 6 elections to knock on doors and urge people to vote.

“We need to come together to devote 1 million hours of volunteer time to make the Big Blue Wave a reality,” said the Democratic Attorneys General Association.

“Be on the right side of history,” Sedgwick said. “Don’t just vote this year, volunteer,” her hubby of 29 years added.

Two old rich people telling you to be on the right side of history.

NOT AMERICA’S FINEST MOMENT: The Deportation of Mexican-Americans in the 1930s: Putting aside the merits of deporting legal immigrants during the Great Depression, the failure to give American citizens a reasonable opportunity to prove their citizenship was criminal. What’s odd about this otherwise informative article, however, is that while it’s about deportations that continued through the late 1930s, somehow Donald Trump is mentioned three times but Franklin Roosevelt not at all.

At almost the same time the deportations began, Congress passed the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, meant to prop up union wages, in part by preventing itinerant African-American workers from getting jobs on federal construction projects. When a southern Congressman noted with amusement that his northern colleagues were enthusiastically discriminating against blacks, a supporter of the bill from the north responded that it wasn’t about blacks, he’d also support the bill if it were “Mexicans” taking the jobs!



LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND RESEARCHERS: Bacon Is Bad For Your Mental Health, Say Researchers.

CLAIM: Ocasio-Cortez’s Socialism Can Work in the Midwest — With a Rebrand.

The most radical economic policy on Ocasio-Cortez’s platform — a federal job guarantee — meanwhile, actually polls quite well in “flyover country.” In a survey commissioned by the Center for American Progress, a supermajority of voters agreed that “for anyone who is unemployed or underemployed, the government should guarantee them a job with a decent wage doing work that local communities need, such as rebuilding roads, bridges, and schools or working as teachers, home health-care aides, or child-care providers.”

Critically, support for this premise was almost exactly as strong among rural-dwelling demographic groups as it was among urban ones: According to DFP’s modeling, CAP’s proposal boasts roughly 69 percent support in urban zip codes, and 67 percent in rural ones.

There are a lot of reasonable, technocratic objections to the job guarantee as a policy. But polling suggests that there is majoritarian support for a massive public-jobs program of some kind — and that framing said program as “guaranteed jobs” might be politically effective.

Other items on Ocasio-Cortez’s platform poll similarly well. A bipartisan majority of voters have espoused support for “breaking up the big banks” in recent years, while nearly 70 percent of Americans want the government to take “aggressive action” on climate change, according to Reuters/Ipsos.

Everything is popular until the bill comes due.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): There’s always been support for WPA and CCC-like programs. But the unions, which hated them even back in FDR’s day, have blocked them. Bundle this with repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act’s “prevailing wage” rule — which is basically a union subsidy — and you might have something. Of course, with today’s critical labor shortage, none of this is exactly a priority.

FINE, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE STRATEGIC BACON RESERVE? America has a record high stockpile of cheese at 1.385 billion pounds.

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Trump’s Trade Spat With Mexico Is Making Bacon Cheaper.

WELL, CAN’T ARGUE WITH THAT: Starting a Keto Diet for Fun and Profit. And Bacon.

BACON BACON BACON: Starting a Keto Diet for Fun and Profit. And Bacon.

Eat all you want as long as it’s meat: I lost 20 pounds and nearly completely resolved my type 2 diabetes.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Don’t forget to maintain the canned bacon stockpile.

SAVE ON Emergency Food from Mountain House.

UPDATE: In the comments, a strong suggestion that I also post a link to Canned Bacon. It’s fully cooked and ready to eat!

DOWNLOAD IT WHILE ITS HOT: Prevailing Wage Legislation and the Continuing Significance of Race. My latest academic article:

Since the early twentieth century, labor unions have lobbied federal and state governments to enact and enforce laws requiring government contractors to pay “prevailing wages” to employees on public works projects. These laws, currently active at the federal level and in approximately thirty states, typically in practice require that contractors pay according to the local union wage scale. The laws also require employers to adhere to union work rules. The combination of these rules makes it extremely difficult for nonunion contractors to compete for public works contracts.

Meanwhile, construction unions have been among the most persistently exclusionary institutions in American society. Not surprisingly, in many cases, the history of prevailing wage legislation has been intertwined with the history of racial discrimination. Economists and others argue that prevailing wage legislation continues to have discriminatory effects on minorities today. Union advocates, not surprisingly, deny that prevailing wage laws have discriminatory effects. More surprisingly, they deny that the granddaddy of modern prevailing wage legislation, the federal Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, had discriminatory intent.

Part I of this Article discusses the discriminatory history of the most significant of all prevailing wage laws, the Davis-Bacon Act. As discussed below, Davis-Bacon was passed with the explicit intent of excluding African American workers from federal construction projects, and its discriminatory effects continued for decades.

Part II of this Article discusses the controversy over whether prevailing wage legislation continues to have discriminatory effects. The section begins with a discussion of the empirical literature on the effects of prevailing wage discrimination on minority employment. The section next presents evidence that construction unions continue to discriminate against members of minority groups, albeit much more subtly than in the past. The section concludes by recounting allegations that prevailing wage legislation serves to exclude minority contractors from obtaining government contracts.


JAMES HOHMANN: The far left is winning the Democratic civil war.

THE BIG IDEA: Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Democratic moderates.

The success of very liberal candidates in primaries across four states is causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists in Washington, who worry about unelectable activists thwarting their drive for the House majority. But it also reflects a broader leftward lurch among Democrats across the country since President Trump took office.

— In Nebraska, a liberal social worker and political neophyte who built her campaign around “Medicare for All” scored a shocking upset in a Democratic primary to take on Rep. Don Bacon (R). Kara Eastman, 45, beat former congressman Brad Ashford, 68, in an Omaha-area district that national Democrats believed they could pick up in November.

Eastman advocated for universal background checks to buy guns, raising taxes and decriminalizing marijuana. “I’m tired of hearing Democrats don’t have a backbone, that we don’t stand for anything,” she said in a commercial that touted her support for universal health care. “That changes now!”

Ashford had the full-throated support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which must now reevaluate whether to invest in the race.

That’s just the initial bullet point in the wake of this week’s primary races. There’s a lot to unpack in this one — none of it good for Democrats seeking to haul their party back towards the center.

WOULD YOU LIKE BACON WITH THAT? Happy Passover from the Manitoba New Democratic Party Caucus!

More here: Manitoba NDP runs into trouble over Passover pic that shows family baking bread.

SOCIOLOGIST: Vegan Diets Promote ‘White Masculinity.’ “A sociology instructor at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is warning in a new academic article that vegan men are guilty of perpetuating ‘white masculinity’.”

Well, we can’t have that — I’d better grill bacon cheeseburgers for dinner tonight, just to be safe.

BETTER? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?  How to make bacon taste even better.

I’LL TAKE MY CHANCES: Yes, bacon really is killing us.

TOM COBURN: Earmarks Are Inherently Corrupt. Congress Has No Business Resurrecting Pork Barrel Politics.

Ultimately earmarking is not about solving problems, but about the ability of congressmen to take credit for obtaining benefits for their constituents. There is no shortage of federal grant programs that dole out billions of dollars every year to fund almost any conceivable project that demonstrates merit, and even many that do not. But these are awarded based upon merit and competition and therefore do not allow politicians to take as much credit for bringing the bacon back home.

Disclosing the name of each member of Congress requesting an earmark, along with the recipients, while necessary, is not enough to fix the process either. Few, if any, members of Congress read the recently passed tax reform bill or most of the other bills that are approved. How much time would it take to review thousands of pork projects stuffed into a bill before casting a vote, and how many members would actually take the time to do so?

I am disappointed that many within the Republican Party, which is supposed to stand for limited government and fiscal responsibility, are leading the charge to resurrect earmarks. After failing to repeal and replace Obamacare and making no effort whatsoever to balance the budget last year, Washington Republicans are now moving forward with restoring earmarks for special interests and granting amnesty for illegal immigrants. These are the very same issues the Republicans were focused on the last time the party lost its majorities in Congress in 2006.

I wish Coburn hadn’t retired from public office.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Scientific breakthrough cuts cancer risk from bacon.

INSANELY PURSUING OFFENSE:  CNN Is Crazy, Bacon Edition [with comment by Paul].

IT’S COME TO THIS: “CNN political commentator Hilary Rosen accused a Georgetown student of anti-semitism and bigotry because he wore a bacon-themed onesie to a basketball game.”

He’s an anonymous potential viewer – better doxx the daylights out of him, CNN! Or hire him as a newsreader, if he actually is anti-Semitic.

UPDATE: CNN contributor jumps to conclusions and is left eating crow. “It turns out the fan’s name is Michael Bakan, and he regularly wears the get-up just because his last name is pronounced like the non-Kosher breakfast staple.”

This is CNN.

WELL, IF I QUIT EATING RED MEAT, MY RISK OF DEPRESSION WOULD AT LEAST DOUBLE: Red meat halves risk of depression: Women who reduce lamb and beef in their diets are more likely to suffer depression, according to the new study.

Of course, if you need the heavy guns, bring out the bacon.

SHOSHANNA WEISSMAN: Al Franken Doesn’t Get the Joke: The Senate grills a judicial nominee, Don Willett, about his corny tweets. “Only Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana showed any interest in how Justice Willett would conduct himself as a federal judge. Whereas Mr. Kennedy asked about his views on fundamental rights, the Democrats were content to grill him about bacon.”

SALENA ZITO: America still hasn’t recovered from Trump’s shocking win. But what she really means is, Democratic America hasn’t recovered:

There’s still a sharp pain in Sarah Moberly’s gut. The hurt and disbelief she felt watching the presidential election one year ago remains ever-present.

In fact, it has escalated.

“Honestly, I feel absolutely worse today than I did last year and it just keeps getting worse every day,” she told The Post. “The moment that Hillary conceded, it was a feeling of complete doom. That’s the only way I can put it. I went to bed, I put the covers over my head. I woke up the next morning, I put the covers back over my head, and I didn’t want to get out of bed for like a week,” she said. “I kept thinking, this is a dream and that I’d wake up. Nope, that wasn’t a dream that really just happened.”

And compare and contrast:

The table is stacked with comfort food — mashed potatoes, burgers, french fries, eggs and bacon — but it’s offering little solace. Moberly fidgets and can barely make eye contact with the Trump voters, even when they try to engage with her. . . .

Suddenly Moberly turned to Stearns, an insurance agent and female Trump voter, and spoke: “It’s hard for me to look at another woman who voted for him, with the misogyny that has been involved in this whole process. I don’t understand how you voted for him.”

Shrugging, Stearns politely smiled. “I can agree to disagree. I’m one of those kind of people.”

Trump Derangement Syndrome is real, and it’s not improving. And yes, it’s truly derangement:

WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS: Tactical Bacon. Because everything’s better when it’s tactical!

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD INVESTIGATE THIS THOROUGHLY: House Dem IT Suspects Wanted Untraceable Payments — And Sure Enough, Millions Disappeared.

A Pakistani family under criminal investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police for abusing their access to the House of Representatives information technology (IT) system may have engaged in myriad other questionable schemes besides allegedly placing “ghost employees” on the congressional payroll.

Imran Awan, his wife Hina, and brothers Abid and Jamal collectively netted more than $4 million in salary as IT administrators for House Democrats between 2009 and 2017. Yet the absence of signs of wealth displayed among them raise questions such as was the money sent overseas or did something other than paychecks motivate their actions?

Capitol Police revoked the Awans’ access to the congressional IT system in February 2017 after a major data breach was detected. Their access had allowed them to read emails and files of dozens of members, including many serving on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

House Democrats have been nonchalant about the allegations, with some saying it was just a misunderstanding or the Capitol Police framed the Awans due to Islamophobia.

But official documents, court records and multiple interviews suggest the crew may have engaged in tax fraud, extortion, bankruptcy fraud and insurance fraud and the money could have been funneled overseas. Abid has hired high-profile attorney James Bacon who specializes in anti-money laundering litigation.

The Awans share modest homes, drive unremarkable cars and report little in the way of assets on congressional disclosures. The family owns significant amounts of Virginia rental properties, which are heavily financed, with second mortgages sometimes taken out. It’s unclear where the rental income goes because the Awans insist tenants pay in odd ways.

Weird that this is getting so little attention. Okay, not all that weird.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “Has anyone made the connection between the DNC protecting the Pakistani IT staff that might have hacked their email and the sudden claims of Russia hacking? Plus if this was an inside hack wouldn’t that explain Seth Rich, Obama not “acting sooner” on the ‘Russia hack?’ And every other claim the left had made?” Something’s happening here, but what, exactly, isn’t clear.

YOU CAN HAVE MY BLT WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD, BACON-SCENTED FINGERS. Why It’s Hilariously Hypocritical For Food And Wine To Lecture About The BLT’s Carbon Footprint: “That’s somewhat rich coming from a magazine, a publication that no doubt produces its own rather large carbon footprint, made even more awkward by the fact that this product is made of dead trees. Perhaps Food and Wine can ask Adam Cole to do a video on the carbon footprint of producing a monthly magazine.”

WHAT A WASTE: California Mosque Suffers Bacon Hate Crime, Perp Gets Stiff Sentence.

Bacon is love.

GOOD MORNING: Liz Sheld’s Morning Brief has everything you need except bacon.

HEALTH: Amazon tribe has lowest heart risk ever seen.

Known as the Tsimane, the small forager-farmer community in Bolivia was five times less likely to develop coronary atherosclerosis (artery hardening) than people in the United States — where it is a major killer, scientists wrote in The Lancet medical journal.

They pointed to the community’s low-fat, high-fibre diet and non-smoking, physically active lifestyle — factors which most scientists agree contribute to good health.

The study was an observational one, meaning it merely uncovered a correlation between lifestyle and heart health, and cannot conclude that one causes the other.

In that case, pass the bacon.

BACON, OF COURSE. DUH. What Would You Order For Your Last Meal?

STUDY: Americans Are Eating Too Much Bacon and Too Few Nuts.

Considering how often these studies are found to be useless or just plain wrong, try adding more nuts and more bacon to your diet.

WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS: Canned Bacon Grease. (Bumped. Because bacon.)

I BLAME DANA LOESCH: Americans Are Eating So Much Bacon That Reserves Are at a 50-Year Low.

AT AMAZON, you can get the Bacon Express. It’s like a toaster — but for bacon. You know you want it.

AMERICA IS GREAT AGAIN: A Toaster Just for Bacon Will Make Every Meal So Much Better. It’s called the “Bacon Express.”

BIG MACS ARE DELICIOUS AT ANY SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL: Junk food cravings are triggered by the mere thought of being low class. I like a Bacon McDouble with Big Mac sauce, too. That said, I’m not so sure that this study doesn’t count as junk itself.

SHOULD A PORK LOVER GO VEGAN: Heaven forbid, but there is bacon-flavored seaweed.

AT PROMINENT DEMOCRATIC LAW FIRM, “Bonuses” Are Linked To Donations.

Jon Tester didn’t come all the way from Montana for the scrambled eggs and bacon. The US senator, virtually unknown in Boston, was in a conference room at the Thornton Law Firm that June morning to cash in at one of the most reliable stops on the Democratic fund-raising circuit, a law firm that pours millions into the coffers of the party and its politicians.

Tester, a massive, jovial man who raises livestock on his family farm, was more compelling than many of the other breakfast guests, all of them political candidates the firm hoped would defend the interests of trial attorneys. But the drill was basically the same. The personal injury lawyers listened politely for a few minutes, then returned to their offices. And Tester walked away with $26,400 in checks.

But a striking thing happened the day Tester visited in 2010. Partner David C. Strouss received a payment from the firm labeled as a “bonus” that exactly equaled his $2,400 contribution to Tester’s campaign, the maximum allowed. A few days later, partner Garrett Bradley — until recently the House assistant majority leader on Beacon Hill — got a bonus, too, exactly matching his $2,400 gift to Tester.

This pattern of payments — contributions offset by bonus payments — was commonplace at Thornton, according to a review of law firm records by the Spotlight Team and the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based nonprofit that tracks campaign finance data.

From 2010 through 2014, Strouss and Bradley, along with founding partner Michael Thornton and his wife, donated nearly $1.6 million to Democratic Party fund-raising committees and a parade of politicians — from Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada to Hawaii gubernatorial candidate David Ige to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Over the same span, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as “bonuses” in Thornton Law Firm records; more than 280 of the contributions precisely matched bonuses that were paid within 10 days. That payback system, which involved other partners as well, helped make Thornton the 11th-ranked law firm nationally for political contributions in 2014.

Just another money laundry. They seem to have a lot of them.

Plus: “Reimbursing donors is ‘among the most serious campaign violations, in the view of both the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice,’ said Daniel Petalas, an attorney who served as acting general counsel of the FEC until September.” I’m sure that Loretta Lynch will be right on this.

FASTER, PLEASE: Jeff Bezos on nuclear reactors in space, the lack of bacon on Mars and humanity’s destiny in the solar system.

Mars needs bacon!

TEACHING WOMEN NOT TO OBJECTIFY: At D.C.’s ‘Magic Mike’-inspired brunch, it’s all beefcake, with a side of bacon.

MISTER, WE COULD USE AN AD MAN LIKE DON DRAPER AGAIN. James Lileks on modern advertising:

Here’s your Male Archetype 2016: big hole in his ear, inked arm, curated beard, ineffably self-satisfied, involved in artisanal jams but yet bacon-aware because he’s a Man, and concerned with sustainability because he wears only thrifted tees.

We’re supposed to admire him but not really. He’s a cliche, a laughable sort — but not really. Women are supposed to be impressed that he can get out a stain, and they’ll say they wish more men could just . . . take care of themselves, you know? But tbh they’re sorta messy themselves and can’t do much in the way of domestic stuff either. It would be nice if a guy knew how to do that stuff. Some of it. Not all of it. And not if he, like, has lots of ideas about domestic stuff, and is always saying you’re doing it wrong when you try to make a sandwich or lectures you for using Conflict Olive Oil. IT’S SO COMPLICATED

If you thought the “Man stupid, woman wise” cliché on TV was getting old, you have no idea just how long it’s been around. Read the whole thing.

CRACKING DOWN ON CHILD ABUSE: In Italy, Parents Who Force Vegan Diet Could Go To Jail. I’m not saying that it’s actual child abuse to deny a kid bacon, but . . . well, yeah, I pretty much am saying that.

IS THERE NOTHING IT CAN’T DO? Elderly British woman fends off burglar with bacon.

(H/T: AoS.)


Well, the people who initially created them certainly were. In addition to the Davis-Bacon Act of the 1930s, which John Ellis mentions in his article at PJM, E. A. Ross (1866-1951), who coined the “race suicide” theory as an early “Progressive” intellectual, gave his justification for a minimum wage in starkly racist terms at the turn of the 20th century: “The Coolie cannot outdo the American, but he can underlive him.” He wasn’t alone amongst his “Progressive” peers in espousing such justifications.

On the other hand, such laws are leading to dramatic new advancements in robotics, so they’ve got that going for them…

SCIENCE, UNSETTLED: Skipping Breakfast Isn’t Actually Bad For You.

The idea that a hearty breakfast is good for your health dates back to the 1920s, when Edward Bernays, a public relations guru, led a nationwide media campaign encouraging people to start their mornings with bacon and eggs. One of Mr. Bernays’s clients at the time was Beech-Nut Packing Company, which sold bacon and other pork products.

In the decades that followed, dozens of observational studies reported that breakfast eaters tended to be leaner. Though these studies could not show cause and effect, many health authorities and food companies asserted that they proved that eating breakfast protects against weight gain.

But experimental studies that randomly assigned people to eat or skip breakfast have found no such thing.

So much “wisdom” on health and nutrition seems to be like this.


Drive farther north on I-75, past Flint and Saginaw and into the scenic woods of northern Michigan, and you’ll find people who remember when the area was thriving. For generations, blue-collar workers poured out of city factories on Friday afternoons and headed to their cottages, which, along with defined pensions and new cars they helped build, were emblems of the 20th-century American middle class.

That era is gone—and along with it, for many Michigan residents, went the family cottages. What’s left is a core of hard-bitten residents who couldn’t be more disconnected from the political system.

In December 2014, I stopped by northern Michigan diner for breakfast. It smelled like bacon and wet socks. I sat at one table, scrolling through Twitter as news broke from Washington that the economy is on a supposed upswing. At four other tables sat five regular customers sharing a single conversation.

“I leave my Christmas lights on for two hours—tops,” said the waitress, flitting between regulars with a pot of off-brand coffee.

“An hour for me,” said the local cop. The farmer at the next table nodded his head, “That’s about all I can afford, too.”

In Washington and New York, people celebrate economic numbers. In Michigan, people number the minutes they can afford Christmas lights.

Omitted from Fournier’s reporting: “Under my plan. . . electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.”

UPDATE: From the comments:

Let’s be very direct here. These are exactly the people that Obama was promising to help out 8 years ago, and their lives have gotten worse, not better. This necessarily has to mean some combination of the following three premises are true:
1. Obama was disingenuous in his pledges to help the working class
2. Obama is ineffective/incompetent at accomplishing his promises
3. Obama’s policies themselves are the wrong policies to help the working class
A pretty unflattering picture even before we “embrace the healing power of ‘and.'”


ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: “Does feminism require vegetarianism? This is something I am asked about often.”

“Bonus question: ‘Is meat consumption a heterosexual thing?'”


VIDEO: MAKING MACHINE-GUN BACON WITH TED CRUZ. “Ladies and gentlemen, your Iowa Caucus winner:”

Related: Cruz Tops Trump; Rubio Nearly Overtakes The Donald Dem race too close to call as O’Malley decides to drop out.

I STILL BELIEVE IN AMERICA: Bacon shot glasses dipped in chocolate and filled with whisky.

THEY CAN’T VET TERRORISTS, BUT THEY’VE GOT TIME FOR THIS: FBI offers $5,000 reward after bacon found at Vegas mosque.

Put a crucifix in urine, meanwhile, and you can get an NEA grant.

THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED. DON’T YOU CARE ABOUT THE PLANET? Carnegie Mellon study finds eating lettuce is more than three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon.

WELL, IT’S BECAUSE OF ALL THE BACON WE EAT. WHICH MAKES IT HARAM: “The American Blood Is Best, and We Will Taste It Soon.”

MIZZOU AND THE MASTER OF OUR UNIVERSE: “Ironic his name is Wolfe. The incidents surrounding University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe’s resignation following protests of racial insensitivity on campus might as well be plot points in a novel by Tom Wolfe. They are certainly as funny,” Matthew Continetti writes at the Washington Free Beacon: 

The graduate student on hunger strike against oppression is the son of a millionaire railroad executive. The administrators who gave in to the radicals’ demands did so not out of sympathy or solidarity but out of fear of a football strike. The professor who called for “muscle” to help her expel a reporter from a protest held a “courtesy post” in the department of journalism. The details of the saga—including, and I am not making this up, a “poop swastika”—read like a missing chapter of Wolfe’s 2004 novel I Am Charlotte Simmons.

I don’t know if he invented it, but it was through Tom Wolfe’s 1973 anthology The New Journalism that I discovered the phrase “Muggeridge’s Law,” named after British author Malcolm Muggeridge. As Wolfe wrote, “We live in an age in which it is no longer possible to be funny. There is nothing you can imagine, no matter how ludicrous, that will not promptly be enacted before your very eyes, probably by someone well known.”

And that’s happened to Wolfe as well. As he noted a couple of years after Bonfire of the Vanities was published in the fall of 1987, Al Sharpton, who became notorious almost concurrently with Bonfire’s release for ginning up the Tawana Brawley fable makes Bonfire’s fictitious press-hungry shakedown artist Rev. Bacon look like “a little divinity student” in comparison.

Similarly, having reread 2004’s I Am Charlotte Simmons a few months ago, I was struck by how its nonstop sex and booze debauchery now almost reads like the good ol’ days of “higher learning,” in comparison to the past couple of years. Not the least of which, the false rape accusations by Rolling Stone, followed concurrently by Emma Sulkowicz wandering around the Columbia campus with a mattress — all the way to graduation! — before releasing her own sex tape; a real life walking self-satire Wolfe would have never dared to have dreamed up.

Charlotte also contains this mock “Who’s Who”-style biography on one of that novel’s fictitious professors, which helps to describe one aspect of today’s college craziness:

Victor Ransome Starling (U.S.), Laureate, Biological Sciences, 1997. A twenty-eight-year-old assistant professor of psychology at Dupont University, Starling conducted an experiment in 1983 in which he and an assistant surgically removed the amygdala, an almond-shaped mass of gray matter deep within the brain that controls emotions in the higher mammals, from thirty cats. It was well known that the procedure caused animals to veer helplessly from one inappropriate affect to another, boredom where there should be fear, cringing where there should be preening, sexual arousal where there was nothing that would stimulate an intact animal. But Starling’s amygdalectomized cats had gone into a state of sexual arousal hypermanic in the extreme. Cats attempted copulation with such frenzy, a cat mounted on another cat would be in turn mounted by a third cat, and that one by yet another, and so on, creating tandems (colloq., “daisy chains”) as long as ten feet.

As Mickey Craig and Jon Fennell wrote in “Love in the Age of Neuroscience,” their review of I Am Charlotte Simmons in the New Atlantis in 2005:

The setting of I Am Charlotte Simmons is truly “postmodern” — a world dominated by Nietzsche and neuroscience, a world which has jettisoned the moral imagination of the past. Not only is God dead, but so is reason, once understood as the characteristic that distinguishes man from the rest of nature. We now understand ourselves by studying the behavior of other animals, rather than understanding the behavior of other animals in light of human reason and human difference. We learn that it is embarrassing for any educated person to be considered religious or even moral. Darwin’s key insight that man is just another animal, now updated with the tools and discoveries of modern biology, has liberated us from two Kingdoms of Darkness. Post-faith and post-reason, we can now turn to neuroscience to understand the human condition, a path that leads to or simply ratifies the governing nihilism of the students, both the ambitious and apathetic alike.

And the rush to nihilism really has been this week’s leitmotif hasn’t it? Welcome to “A New Age of Antiquity,” as John O’Sullivan of National Review dubbed the 21st century, based upon his perceptive reading of Back to Blood, Wolfe’s most recent novel.


● “How much is liberalism like a religion?”

—The subhead of Tyler O’Neil’s new article today at PJ Media exploring “The Theology of Liberalism.”

● “And since every good religion needs a devil, [the World Health Organization] has chosen bacon.”

The last sentence of Robert Tracinski’s new article today at the Federalist on “The WHO’s Bacon Fatwa And The New Puritanism.”

As H.L. Mencken famously defined the term, “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy,” which sums up the worst inner demons of the political correct, the socialist bureaucrat, and SJW rather well, doesn’t it?


THERE IS NO MATH IN J-SCHOOL: Bacon causes cancer? When pigs fly!

DA TECH GUY: Bacon Panic + Poor Math Skills = Easy Money.

BACON PANIC + POOR MATH SKILLS = EASY MONEY: “In other words, if this study is absolutely positively spot on correct eating that hotdog every single day for your entire life raises your odds of catching colorectal cancer by nearly but not quite….1%.”

MORE STEAK FOR ME: Bacon Panic + Poor Math Skills = Easy Money.  Brought to you by the same jokers who pushed “Diet for a Small Planet.”

THIS, OTOH, LOOKS LEGIT: Study: Red Meat Takes Years Off Of Cow’s Life.

WE SHOULDN’T ALLOW BACON, THOUGH, BECAUSE IF YOU GET BACON ARE YOU REALLY EVEN BEING PUNISHED? After firestorm, pork roast is back on the menu at federal prisons. “Federal officials had said that the ban on pork was not influenced by objection from Muslim inmates. But some Muslim groups reported receiving angry e-mails and social media posting following the decision.”


Two in five of 1,789 vegetarians questioned owned up to treating themselves to a sneaky kebab after a few drinks.

And one in three said they indulged in meat every time they went out drinking.

Twenty-seven per cent of the lapsing veggies said they ate bacon, while 19 per cent opted for fried chicken and 14 per cent confessed to munching on sausages.

George Orwell, who railed against his fellow socialists’ obsession with vegetarianism in 1937’s The Road to Wigan Pier, noting with anger that “One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England,” wouldn’t be much surprised by their hypocrisy after knocking back a few.  Plus ça change.

CHANGE: ‘Who needs this?’ Police recruits abandon dream amid anti-cop climate.

Police departments face a recruiting shortage amid a growing anti-cop mood that some fear has taken the pride out of peacekeeping and put targets on the backs of the men and women in blue.

Open calls for the killing of police have been followed by assassinations, including last week’s murder in Texas of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy. Instead of dialing back the incendiary rhetoric, groups including “Black Lives Matter” have instead doubled down at demonstrations with chants of “Pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon.” Public safety officials fear the net effect has been to demonize police, and diminish the job.

“It’s a lot harder to sell now,” Jeff Roorda, business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association and former state representative, told “This is a very real phenomenon.”

Roorda’s colleagues witnessed the fierce, anti-police rioting that followed the police shooting last year of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. Even though a grand jury and a federal Justice Department inquiry did not fault Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, debunked claims that the cop killed Brown as he held his hands up and begged for his life have animated the Black Lives Matter movement as it spread around the nation.

Roorda, who spoke in defense of police in the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting, said protesters took to Twitter to promote a #KillRoorda hashtag.

“You no longer just have to worry about your life while in uniform,” he said. “Now you have to be worried about the well-being of your family,” he said.

Who could have seen this coming?


In the past week, two television reporters in Roanoke, Va. — Alison Parker and Adam Ward — were murdered by a black man who hated whites, and a white police officer in Houston — Darren Goforth — was murdered by a black man. Neither crime has been labeled a hate crime. And no mainstream media reporting of the murders attributes either to race-based hate.

For the mainstream media, the Roanoke murders were committed by “a disgruntled former employee,” and regarding the Houston policeman, the media report that, in the words of The New York Times, “a motive for the shooting remained unclear.”

The disregard of anti-white hatred as the motive for blacks who murder whites even when the murder is obviously racially motivated comes from the same people who denied that the Islamist Nidal Hasan’s murder of 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood was religiously motivated. These people — all on the left — have an agenda: to deny black racism and Islamist-based violence whenever possible. Only white police and other white violence against non-whites is clearly racist — even when not. . . .

So, too, the mainstream media depicted the black murderer of eight white people at a Connecticut beer warehouse in 2010 as a man who had been angered by white racism, not as the white-hater he was. Under the headline “Troubles Preceded Connecticut Workplace Killing,” a New York Times article reported: “He might also have had cause to be angry: He had complained to his girlfriend of being racially harassed at work, the woman’s mother said, and lamented that his grievances had gone unaddressed.”

And a Washington Post headline read: “Beer warehouse shooter long complained of racism.”

The fact was that the man was fired for stealing beer from his workplace, and there was a video of him doing so.

The left denies black racism in another way. When a white racist murdered nine blacks in a Charleston, S.C., church this past June, the left and the media correctly stressed the murderer’s racism. Indeed, whenever blacks are killed by whites — which, it is worth noting, is many times less likely than a white being murdered by a black — and especially by white police officers, the left attributes the killings to racism. But when blacks kill whites, the left attributes the killings to guns. This is all reinforced by the left’s position that only whites can be racist, because only the powerful can be racist, and whites have all the power. . . .

The left has been supplying both victimhood and lies to black America. The lies are that America is a racist society — as the president of the United States himself has said, racism is “still part of (America’s) DNA” — that the greatest problem facing young blacks is racism, and that white (and even black) police routinely kill blacks for no reason other than racism. . . .

Those lies in turn produce the anger-inducing victimhood that pervades too much of black life. Just this past weekend at the Minneapolis State Fair, a “Black Lives Matter” group chanted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”

Some blacks — as in Houston this past weekend and in Louisiana two weeks earlier when a black man murdered another white policeman — are taking this message literally and randomly murdering police officers. And some other blacks just want to kill whites, whether or not they are police. Such is the power of victimhood and lies.

There is a lot of blood on the left’s hands. And there will be more.

The far left notion that only whites can be racist has been part of Critical Race Theory (of which Obama has long been a proponent), which is a key component of Critical Legal Theory. CRT/CLT’s core philosophy is that whites have all the “power,” and design laws to keep minorities from getting any “power,” thus perpetually victimizing those minorities.  The far left needs hatred of whites and victimhood like fire needs oxygen; without them, its distorted view of law and society withers and dies.

The inherent evil of this far left philosophy should be obvious, as one of the founding fathers of the movement, Saul Alinsky–whose devotees include both Barack Obama and Hillary Clintonincluded in the beginning of his book, Rules for Radicals, the following statement of admiration for the community organizing talents of the devil:

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

The devil works in obvious ways sometimes. Hating other individuals simply because of the color of their skin–even if you think that brings them “power” or “privilege”–is racism. But at least two generations of Americans have been taught the opposite, thanks to the far left dominance of the academy. Prager is sadly correct when he ascribes growing black-on-white racial hate crimes to the far left’s “victimhood” narrative, as well as his conclusion that more bloodshed is likely to come.

READER PRODUCT PLUG: Reader Frank Snyder writes: “If you’re interested in plugging a great product on Amazon, you might want to consider Kelly’s Delight Maple Bacon Cane Syrup. It’s pretty amazing when used in cocktails or ice tea. Disclosure: The owner is a friend and former student of my business-professor wife. But put a dollop in some bourbon or a little on some vanilla ice cream and it speaks for itself.”

THAT TALKING POINTS MEMO IS “DISGUSTED” IS JUST A BONUS: Ted Cruz is making bacon with a machine gun.

MAKING A Bacon Potato Cheddar Tart.

ANJEM CHOUDARY WANTS YOU TO HAVE NO FUN, EAT NO BACON, TRADE NO STOCKS: Man, radical Islam morphed into Sacramento so slowly, I hardly even noticed. Or is it the other way around?


Glenn: Three 1/2 week update: 17# wt. loss, wearing medium scrubs for the first time in 30 years, two notches on every belt, even my shoes are looser. Interestingly, my GI tract has calmed down, much less volume of stool with volume of leafy greens and veggies up. Urine is really concentrated and stinks with the ketotic state. Have gone from bourbon and coke to “on the rocks” and learning to like it. Have been busy at work, traveling, and only managing two workouts/week, and still the weight falls off. Drinking lots of Lacroix flavored water, and avoiding any sugary drinks. Backslid tonite though, I made steak fajitas from scratch, and there is no such thing as a low carb tortilla ! (They were fantastic) First time in three weeks that I’ve felt “stuffed” even though I’ve been shoveling down steaks, fish, shrimp, eggs, bacon, sausage for breakfast and dinner. Typical breakfast after a workout is three eggs over easy with five pieces of bacon or three pieces of sausage. Have finally gotten into Rippetoe’s “Starting Strength” and will begin lifting with my workout tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration to jumpstart my weight loss, and I’ll keep you updated. Thanks again.

I’m not as strict on the low-carb thing as Taubes suggests, though I generally keep them down. But I’m not really trying to lose weight.

CHANGE: Aging nuns, their orders no longer able to provide care, get care at Jewish nursing home.

Rooney and 57 other sisters, ages 73 to 98, have since adjusted nicely to their new accommodations and neighbors, becoming an active part of classes and continuing their ministry with good deeds like holding the hands of dying patients on the hospice floor.

“This is home now,” said 83-year-old Sister Grace Henke. “When we first came, we were fish out of water.”

It’s an unusual situation that reflects a reality of the nation’s Catholic nuns in the 21st century: Fewer young women are devoting their lives to religious orders, and those who are already nuns are aging and facing escalating health care needs.

There are now more sisters over age 90 than under age 60, said Mary Gautier, a researcher at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. The center’s 2009 study found that 80 percent of the nuns in the country were over 60.

“Their model of caring for their older sisters is no longer sustainable,” said Robin Eggert, president of the Realm consulting group, which has worked with several nuns’ orders to find solutions.

Of course, there’s a downside: “I miss the bacon.”

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Bibi Is Back: The Consequences for U.S.-Israeli Relations.

Bibi’s win is another in a long string of Middle East failures by President Obama and will add to the belief by both our friends and our enemies in the region that the costs of being Obama’s friend can outweigh the costs of his enmity. Egypt’s President Mubarak thought he was Obama’s friend; so did his successor President Morsi. The Syrian moderate rebels expected their friend in the White House to back them. The Zionist Union thought that promising to work more closely with Obama was the ticket to an electoral win in Israel. Meanwhile, as Bibi can now testify, those who defy this White House don’t seem to pay much of a price: just ask Syria’s Assad or, for that matter, his patrons in Iran. ISIS has more visibility and power in the Middle East than al-Qaeda ever did, while the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq who saved America’s bacon during the surge and who counted on American influence to protect their interests in postwar Iraq are being overrun by Shi’a militias. . . .

If Bibi’s election message is that the peace process as we have known it needs fundamental change and reshaping, he is right. But if his intention is to kill it, or even to proclaim a moratorium during which Israel will create so many new facts on the ground that the concept of a Palestinian state no longer looks viable, then U.S.-Israeli relations will continue to cool.

Yeah, I’m not sure anything Bibi could do would make Obama happy, except maybe die. And I don’t think the Palestinians have done anything to deserve their own state.

UPDATE: A reader emails: “I’ve been watching Obama’s growing hostility for years now. The Jewish analogy I have used for him is Pharaoh. If you recall in Exodus, the Jew-hating ruler was so bent on destroying the Jews, he ignored all of Mose’s warnings and destroyed himself and his country instead. The term for that is hubris. Self-defeating arrogance that puts yourself above Hashem. In my estimation, Obama has only experienced three plagues so far, with four lying in wait. He’s cursing the wind now and it won’t be long before he completely loses control. It should be quite a sight.”


And don’t forget the self-described “bacon-eating vegan” who was left shocked and tearful upon discovering that her degrees in “social justice studies” and “gender studies” have zero value in the job market. “My degrees mean NOTHING,” tweeted she. “I don’t even know how to process the reality that is my life now.”

Sorry, they took your money and left you with nothing. It happens.

TO CELEBRATE, I HAD AN OMELET FOR LUNCH: The return of the egg? New dietary guidelines may downplay cholesterol risks. With bacon, of course.


There are no more knockouts in international relations; just a bare-knuckle eye-gouging brawl that go on for 100 rounds, with the man behind on points revived by speed and dextrose so that he can answer the bell. This is the humanitarianized conflict of today.

In the process, however, the stop-and-go fighting preferred by the elites builds up a huge head of primal hatred, which like a pustule that cannot be lanced creates an unreasoning yet understandable desire for revenge. This is what we see in Jordan’s threat. The balm of hashtags and candles finally fails lose their potency only to be replaced an almost desperate desire to end the conflict, whatever the cost, however great the brutality. The idea of an eternal stalemate, so beloved by lawyers, becomes unbearable to the public until it unleashes an unstoppable monster that neither lawyers nor journalists can control.

However illegal it may be to shoot the ISIS prisoners there will be a lot of cheering among the great unwashed if Amman executes the whole kit and caboodle. There is a point when people are finally all out of sympathy for Mughniyah and his human rights. It is when populations become tired of the lawyers that the real danger begins. The question is: how far are we from not giving a damn?

I think concerns about human rights and international law are cultural imperialism. ISIS’s behavior, and the Jordanian response, reflect the culture of the Arab world. It would be as insensitive of us to impose a western culture of lawyers and human rights on the region — or even to employ one there ourselves — as it would be to serve bacon at a mosque. Because no culture is any better than any other, and who are we to say that killing everyone in an enemy held city and building a pyramid of skulls outside is wrong — for them, or for that matter, for us?

Of course, on a smaller scale, if we don’t want to reach the point at which people are “tired of lawyers,” it behooves the lawyers to be less tiresome, and bossy.

INDEED THEY DO: In Wake of Rolling Stone Fiasco, UVa Officials Also Have Some Explaining to Do.


Also: Bacon-Flavored Toothpicks.

OKAY, SO MAYBE this whole bacon thing has jumped the shark.

MY FAVORITE TWEET THIS WEEK: Made @instapundit s lamb and guiness stew again. Perfect meal for cold nights. I cooked bacon with the onion. Here’s the recipe. Bacon couldn’t hurt!

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Raise A Pig That Tastes Like Whiskey. “Whiskey-flavored bacon? Look, it was only a matter of time before someone tried this.”

Result, unsurprisingly: “It was hands down the best-tasting pig I’ve ever eaten.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Now VSU Is in Trouble. “Enrollment at Virginia State University in Petersburg is down by 550 students this year, and the historically black university is facing a $5.3 million shortfall, including a $2.4 million reduction in state support. . . . Norfolk State University, Virginia’s other public, historically black university , is facing difficulties as well, while St. Paul’s College, a private college, closed last year.” The HBCUs, founded when most schools didn’t admit blacks, have been in trouble for a couple of decades. Now, however, they’re also facing a secular decline in higher education as a whole on top of that.

HOME COOKING and the Left’s resentment of effort. If you’re poor, you should be preparing most or all of your food. It’s much cheaper. Plus:

I am a man who does most of the everyday cooking for my family. I don’t mean that I share the cooking; I do virtually all of it. Nor do I mean that I’m a stay-at-home dad. I work full-time, and then some. I bring home the bacon and cook it up in a pan. (And I look just like the guy in the stock image above. Really.) So I can say a little something about this supposed “tyranny.”

Which is, obviously, no big deal. Everyone does it and has been doing it since man first tamed fire. It’s not a hardship any more than any other aspect of life. You might as well write an essay on how difficult it is to get out of bed in the morning, or do the laundry, or mow the lawn, or keep track of the bills, or do a thousand other things that people do every day. Cleaning toilets is a real bummer, you know, so maybe that’s tyranny, too.

Well, you’ve just outlined the next month of Amanda Marcotte columns.

IT’S COME TO THIS: The War On Bacon Is Real.

HORRIFYING NEWS: Bacon is about to get really expensive.

You can always stock up. There’s even Tactical Bacon, if you prefer that.

I LOVE BENTON’S BACON from Madisonville, Tennessee. Here’s a short film about them.