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SHARYL ATTKISSON: The New Woke Times.

As demanded by the mob of staff, the Times adds an editor’s note to Cotton’s column. It says the op-ed had been approved in a “rushed” editorial process that did not meet its standards. Sulzberger emails employees, “Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years.”

Days later, editorial chief Bennet is finished. The Times announces he has resigned. The same newspaper that defended controversial op-eds such as the one signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2013, and even an anti-Trump opinion piece that hadn’t been signed at all and was published anonymously, was now adjudicating the words of a prominent US senator to be just too incendiary.

It is a strange place, indeed, where news reporters can editorialize but op-ed editorials cannot. On June 1, 2020, after President Trump walked through a public Washington, DC, park amid national protests and riots—to a church that had been burned a block away—Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, tweets:

Trump just stands in front of the church and holds up a bible while posing for photos. He does not even go inside for a faux tour of the damage or make a pretense of having any purpose in going there other than to pose for photos.

The latest developments remove any lingering doubt as to how the Times sees its modern mission: serving and pleasing the left-wing activists on its staff and the liberal activists who dominate on the news and social media. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger’s dictum when he fired the newspaper’s public editor in May 2017 had come to pass in a terrible way. Recall that, at the time, he declared that the Times’ followers on social media would “collectively serve as a modern watch- dog, more vigilant and forceful than one person could ever be.”

The Times let itself become hopelessly slanted. Captive to organized feedback on social media. Beholden to irredeemably conflicted staff members. Consumed by internal demons.

Make no mistake: other media outlets are taking note. In this way, they are motivated to self-censor news and information, lest they draw the wrath of the mobs. One editorial figure at a major international publication who did not want to be identified recounted numerous pieces he has recently killed for fear of the organized backlash.

“They can bankrupt me,” he tells me. “Facebook, Twitter, Google— they can ruin you in a matter of hours. For somebody like us, they can destroy you. So what do we do? We pull our punches. To raise certain issues is to cut your own throat.” He continues, “The newsman in me says, ‘Tell the truth,’ and that sounds great. But if I do that and destroy [my publication] in the process, what kind of pyrrhic victory is that?”

The information landscape becomes ever narrower, squashing diversity of thought and facts. Pretty soon, we won’t know what we don’t know. And that will be that.

All is happening in accordance with the prophecy:

 

 

YOU CAN’T SAY THAT ON YOUTUBE: LifeSite has had its YouTube channel turned off for a week because it posted a video of a Canadian doctor explaining why he believes the Coronavirus Pandemic is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated.”

This action is a “first strike” against LifeSite. Get three strikes on YouTube and you are banned permanently. That is known as “de-platforming.” Which should also be known as YouTube cutting off its nose to spite its face.

Or to put it another way, the first strike is a hard slap up the side of your face. A second strike is a gut punch to the belly. Third strike is the bullet in the back of the head. You do what you are told, to quote Dr. Faux Chi.

AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES HIS CONSTITUENTS, GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD. Exclusive: Target Restores Transgender Craze Book After PJ Media Inquiry.

ELECTION INTEGRITY, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG: Al Gore’s Revenge.

Now, let’s stipulate up-front that Gore’s arguments had some merit. The punch card system in use in Florida was, in fact, problematic. Hanging chads, and to a lesser extent, “pregnant” chads (dimpled, but not fully punched, ballot holes) could reasonably leave voter intent somewhat unclear.

However, the decision to decommission lever machines is another matter. According to an excellent 2012 article by Eliza Shapiro in The Daily Beast

The machine was developed in 1895 by Republic Steel of Ohio, says Ransom Shoup, a descendant of Samuel Shoup, the inventor of the lever voting machine, and the former president of Shoup Voting Solutions. “At one point,” says Shoup, “there were 8,000 machines in New York’s five boroughs. There were machines in 41 states.”

And the lever machines were, most importantly, mechanical. They relied on gears and sprockets to move, in essence, odometers on the back panel of the voting machines that corresponded to candidates’ names on the ballot. No amount of chicanery, short of reworking the entire guts of a machine, could cause the lever machines to generate false results. And, absent the ability of elections workers or other sinister political operatives to enter a machine and cast bogus votes (a near impossibility in a state like New York, which has long provided bipartisan supervision of all aspects of its voting process).

The lever machines did not do the math for you—elections workers (from both major parties) had to take the data off the “odometers” and hand-tabulate the numbers, and then telephone them in to their county’s Board of Elections. There was a slim possibility for mathematical errors, transposing numbers, or even, in those places with non-existent opposition party organizations, perhaps more sinister acts—but the machines were also exceedingly easily audited. And, with elections workers manually signing in voters (and comparing signatures to a published log) the number of votes cast needed to match the number of voters. It was not a fool-proof system, but it was pretty darn close.

Progress ain’t always better — and do read the whole thing.

MICHAEL WALSH: Status of High Stakes Election Continues to be Unclear.

14) During one of his few campaign appearances, the bumbling Biden made the following unconditional statement: “We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” Imagine the howling on the left had Trump said something like that. And yet fraud and the Democrat Party have gone hand-in-hand at least since Tammany Hall in the 19th century. Indeed, it has become the punchline of a joke everybody knows, including Democrats. Except they’re proud of it.

15) Some conservative commentators, among them lawyers, have tried to make the point that, yes, there’s fraud but it really doesn’t matter unless it materially affects the outcome of the election. These are the same lawyers, by the way, who employ the doctrine of falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus (false in one detail, false in all) to discredit eyewitness testimony in big trials.

16) But fraud is fraud and therefore its presence should rightfully invalidate the entire election, at least within each state where it provably occurs. It ought not to matter whether it involves outright ballot theft, forged ballots, illegal-alien ballots, fake “early voting” ballots, or obviously manufactured ballots delivered days after the nominal end of Election Day.

17) There was a time, perhaps, when a Richard Nixon—who knew he’d been cheated in Illinois by Chicago’s Mayor Daley out of the 1960 election—could put country before party and refuse to challenge JFK’s hairsbreadth victory. But those days are long gone; the stakes are simply too high.

18) Everybody back then knew the Nixon and Kennedy differed in policy, not in love of country. Today’s critical-theory Democrats don’t love the country as founded, they love it for the kind of socialist utopia into which they’d like to fundamentally transform it. Don’t be fooled by their expressions of “patriotism.”

Read the whole thing.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: Revolt of the Deplorables: A new correlation of forces.

The 2016 loss might have been accounted a lucky punch but 2020 was a set piece maximum effort by progressives backed by money, gangs, social censorship and deep state support on a massive scale; yet it didn’t move the needle. It should have impressed, rather it showed the limits to the power of the American elite.

It was the most anticipated, polled, forecasted and analyzed US presidential election in history and yet the expensive estimates proved to be worthless, a massive intelligence failure that paralleled Neil Ferguson’s ill-fated projections of the coronavirus pandemic. The limits of elite prescience of over complex phenomena were demonstrated for all to see. The embarrassing surprise cast doubt over ambitious progressive projects based on social, biological or climate engineering since the requisite degree of “scientific” certitude simply did not exist to predict even in a mundane election.

The populist uprising is now objectively too powerful for progressives to crush. The left must live with it, negotiate with it, coexist with it because they can no longer bulldoze it away. By the same token the populists must accept that progressives are similarly too powerful to ignore.

Indeed.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Boy, 12, dares to speak up for President Trump in class. Teacher asks student why he supports ‘a racist and a pedophile.’ Bad idea. “Once Jackson’s family found out what went down in his class, they fought back. They contacted a First Amendment attorney and asked the school for an apology, WBZ said — and got one. Jackson told WHDH that the teacher later apologized to him in front of the entire class, and he said that helped.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: They keep trying to cancel this conservative professor. He refuses to back down.

“The actual process approved by the political science department is chilling: a single faculty member with an axe to grind against another can propose a statement of condemnation against the other’s extramural statements,” Schalin wrote. “…Given this political climate, the new process is a blueprint for condemnation of legitimate scholarship based on ideological reasons.”

For his part, Gilley has the receipts — he used a Freedom of Information Act request to gain access to all his peers’ hand-wringing over him and posted them on his personal website under the heading “The PSU ‘Diversity’ Investigation.”

Also, true to form, he’s not worried.

“The key point here is this is totally illegal and unenforceable and the department knows it,” Gilley told The College Fix in an interview.

But the action is another big red flag, he added.

“The academic left has realized the revolution can only go so far, so they need to come up with technical reasons to sanction faculty who are not toeing the party line,” Gilley said.

But Gilley is not slowing down. He is working to find a new publisher for his book and also recently launched a “Critiques of BLM Reading Group” for college students. Predictably, the reading group drew backlash within academia. That hasn’t stopped Gilley from offering it.

He’s also got his share of supporters, too. A Change.org petition titled “Vindicate Dr. Bruce Gilley’s Personal and Professional Reputation” has more than 4,000 signatures.

Read the whole thing. As a wise community organizer advises, get in their faces, and punch back twice as hard.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Orthodox Jewish Rabbis Sue Cuomo for ‘Blatantly Anti-Semitic’ COVID Order.

DEMS WANT CITIZENS UNITED REPEALED, BUT WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS: RNC files FEC complaint against Twitter, claims company made ‘illegal in-kind contribution’ to Biden campaign. “The RNC claims that by limiting circulation of the New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s business dealings, and Joe Biden’s alleged knowledge of those dealings, they violated federal campaign finance law.”

A friend texts: “What’s that thing about punching back? It’ll be increasingly hard for the msm to suppress this, but I have full confidence they’ll do their best.”

Related: Howie Carr: It’s a crime you haven’t heard about Hunter Biden’s latest.

I didn’t think the Democrats were planning to dismantle the First Amendment and end free speech until after they won the election next month.

But their plans have changed, obviously.

Which means that this treasure trove of Hunter Biden emails (leavened with some amateur porn and photos of Hunter passed out next to his crack pipe) must really be a “bombshell.”

How big is this scandal if Big Tech has to try to shut down all transmission of the damning stories about the favored candidate of both Silicon Valley and Communist China (but I repeat myself)?

It’s so criminal that they’re doing their damnedest to make sure that America’s low-info, COVID-panicked voters will never even hear about it, and will never realize just how corrupt Dementia Joe and his family are.

Ouch. Related: Richard Fernandez:

MORE: The Media Does Not Want You To Read, Share, or Discuss The New York Post‘s Hunter Biden Scoop.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump Eviscerates the False Narrative About His Proud Boys Answer to White Supremacy Question.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Kyle Rittenhouse’s Lawyer Will Sue Biden for Libel Over False Accusations in New Ad. “I am getting ready to teach @JoeBiden a lesson he will never forget. He falsely accused a 17-year old boy & prejudiced Kyle’s legal rights.”

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD:

And given how Baltimore has done during Mfume’s tenure, I don’t think his “experience” says what he thinks it does.

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH – hang on, checking notes – THE WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE IS A VOICE OF SANITY: The New York Times and Nikole Hannah-Jones abandon key claims of the 1619 Project.

It is not entirely clear when the Times deleted its “true founding” claim, but an examination of old cached versions of the 1619 Project text indicates that it probably took place on December 18, 2019.

These deletions are not mere wording changes. The “true founding” claim was the core element of the Project’s assertion that all of American history is rooted in and defined by white racial hatred of blacks. According to this narrative, trumpeted by Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones, the American Revolution was a preemptive racial counterrevolution waged by white people in North America to defend slavery against British plans to abolish it. The fact that there is no historical evidence to support this claim did not deter the Times and Hannah-Jones from declaring that the historical identification of 1776 with the creation of a new nation is a myth, as is the claim that the Civil War was a progressive struggle aimed at the destruction of slavery. According to the New York Times and Hannah-Jones, the fight against slavery and all forms of oppression were struggles that black Americans always waged alone.

The Times’ “disappearing,” with a few secret keystrokes, of its central argument, without any explanation or announcement, is a stunning act of intellectual dishonesty and outright fraud. When it launched the 1619 Project in August 2019, the Times proclaimed that its aim was to radically change what and how students were taught about American history. With the aim of creating a new syllabus based on the 1619 Project, hundreds of thousands of copies of the original version of the narrative, as published in the New York Times Magazine, were printed and distributed to schools, museums and libraries all across the United States. A very large number of schools declared that they would align their curricula in accordance with the narrative supplied by the Times.

I agree with the conclusion, but it’s awfully rich coming from the source.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): A friend on Facebook comments: “In a way this is a good day for serious historians. A bunch of charlatans have been forced to back down. There are lessons to be learned more widely about pushing back against dishonesty and bad faith in academia. In years to come this might be seen as one of those turning points. And actually Trump deserves credit here too: he’s made a stink about this.”

Yes, don’t give the left a pass on its lies just because it’s easier to go along. As a famous man said, get in their face and punch back twice as hard.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: It’s On: Undercover Journalist Behind Baby Body Parts Scandal Sues Planned Parenthood for Defamation.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD — ESPECIALLY WHEN THE LAST INSTITUTION THAT FUCKED WITH YOU LEFT YOU A VERY RICH YOUNG MAN: Nick Sandmann Torches ACLU Associate, Professor Who Called Him ‘Dangerous’: ‘I Will Not Be Canceled.’

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s Home Vandalized By BLM Protestors.

Neighbors of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo quickly banded together after his home was vandalized following protests Friday night.

According to witnesses, someone spray painted the front of the mayor’s home, which had a Black Lives Matter sign in the window, with phrases that included “BLM,” Jacob Blake, along with profanities.

Liccardo said he was away visiting a relative at the time of the incident. The mayor said the vandalism does not detract from his support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Flashback to 2016: San Jose Mayor Justifies Mob Violence.

Thousands of Americans participated in that most benign of civic rituals in San Jose, California, on Thursday night: seeing a presidential candidate speak. Of course, that candidate was Donald Trump, so as these engaged citizens streamed out of the arena, they were subjected to astonishing levels of violence. An angry mob pelted eggs, tomatoes, and bottles at the spectators—as well as the police, who tried (and failed) to maintain some semblance of order. Other Trump supporters were set upon and punched. One was left with blood streaming down his face…The mayor of San Jose, Democrat Sam Liccardo, reacted angrily to the events. Not that he was particularly upset at the violent mob that attacked innocent Americans, of course. No, his ire was directed at Mr. Trump. “At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” the mayor said. Apparently it was downright “irresponsible” of Trump to even set foot in California’s third largest city.

It’s all fun and games on the left until the mob comes for you.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Texas salon owner previously jailed for opening shop during lockdown is running for state Senate.

AS A WISE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES, GET IN THEIR FACES, AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: “This is the first shot in the rebellion against critical race theory in the federal government. Casey Peterson has taken a courageous stand and the Inspector General must conduct a full investigation of Sandia Labs—and hold executives accountable.”

Related thoughts from Rod Dreher: ‘Weimar America’ Is Not Just A Slogan.

(Via SDA.)

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Project Veritas Sues Oregon for the Right to Go Undercover With Antifa in Portland.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump calls for Goodyear boycott amid outrage over ‘MAGA’ ban. Goodyear’s phones are jammed, apparently but you can always call your local tire dealers. One of mine, Jimmy Matlock, says he’s already told Goodyear that this is unacceptable.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD, AS A FAMOUS MAN USED TO SAY: Tenured Law Prof Suspended For Use Of N-Word In Torts Class Sues Emory And Former Dean For Libel And Retaliation.

AS A FAMOUS MAN ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Police create super PAC to target ‘defund’ politicians.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Pro-Lifers Threaten Suit After D.C. Arrests: D.C. cops arrest pair for ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ chalk message.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: More conservatives should sue for media abuse like Covington student Nick Sandmann.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Fordham U. sued by Chinese immigrant student it punished for posting pro-freedom message.

The lawsuit states Tong’s decision to attend Fordham was largely due to the “university’s promise of freedom of expression and stated commitment to open exploration of challenging ideas.”

The university did not respond to multiple requests from The College Fix seeking comment.

“I will never apologize nor comply for doing nothing wrong, even if this comes at a massive personal cost,” Tong said. “I am also fighting for everyone who came to me to tell me their story of being silenced. We as a people will not back down to tyrants, and we will use this case as a precedent for those who attempt to silence us.”

The lawsuit stated that Fordham’s actions have had several consequences, arguing Tong has been “marginalized from academic life,” “treated like a criminal,” “branded as a dangerous and hateful individual” and “stigmatized by the imposition of wrongful punishment for the mere exercise of his constitutional rights which he rightfully trusted would be guaranteed by Fordham’s own policies and rules.”

As a legendary community organizer once advised his constituents, get in their faces, and punch back twice as hard.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Chinese Immigrant Sues University for Sanctioning Tiananmen Post. “Fordham threatened student for posing with legal rifle.”

YOU PUNCH MY BACK I’LL PUNCH YOURS: More Than 100 Police Agencies Pull Out Of Security For the DNC Convention.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: In defence of Bari Weiss: More people need to take a stand against the Great Awokening.

AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER SAYS, GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University slaps New York Times with $10M suit for ‘made up’ COVID-19 story.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University slaps New York Times with $10M suit for ‘made up’ COVID-19 story. “The long-threatened suit stems from a March 29 viral story that suggested several students were infected after returning from spring break. In fact, no student, staffer, or faculty member on campus was, or became, infected.”

I hope Bari Weiss is lining up a lawsuit of her own, given the hostile work environment she faced at the NYT.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: New GOP Ad Issues Powerful Warning About Democrats Threatening American Culture.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD AGAINST RACISM: Support grows for UCLA prof suspended for not giving preferential treatment to black students.

CHARLES LIPSON: The Political Logic of Trump’s Executive Order on Policing.

First, it allows Trump to tell swing voters, “See, I’m not a hardline law-and-order president. I want to restore order, of course, but I want enforcement to be fair and applied in a race-neutral way. Policing is a difficult and dangerous job, but a necessary one. Whenever possible, it should be done with the least violence possible.” Who could object to that message? It is especially important for the president to deliver it after the harsh police confrontation around Lafayette Park last week and Trump’s support for it.

Second, Trump’s Rose Garden speech does something he normally does poorly: speak to the country with a unifying voice. He much prefers to punch back, not rise above. But there are times when the country cries out for unity and a calm voice, not a smack in the kisser. This is one such moment. Democrats will try to strip Trump of that unifying mantel, saying his speech and his executive order did not go far enough and were purely partisan. Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer, and their colleagues will say that they alone can speak for the country, and especially for African Americans. The mainstream media will reinforce their message.

Third, Trump’s executive order lets him embrace widely agreed-upon points about police reform, make them his own (or at least bipartisan), and leave the Democrats fighting for only the more controversial and extreme proposals.

Read the whole thing.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Homeschooling scholar-mom takes on Harvard prof who wants to crack down on homeschooling.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Republicans Sue to Stop Newsom’s ‘Brazen Power Grab’ Over California Elections.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Anti-male bias lawsuit drags college to court. “The lawsuit against Colgate University on the basis of male gender bias is the first of its kind to move to trial. The judge found that an anonymous male student received a harsher punishment than his female counterpart.”

ELON MUSK’S THREAT TO LEAVE IS A SYMPTOM OF CALIFORNIA’S DISEASE — AND, NO, IT ISN’T COVID-19.

Related: As a wise community organizer likes to say, get in their faces, and punch back twice as hard:

RED ALERT… PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION: Argh. California’s deep-blue legislature is trying to engineer the repeal of Proposition 209.  This is a real threat.

If you were around in 1996, you may recall 209.  It was the explosively controversial California voter initiative that amended the state constitution to read: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis or race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

I co-chaired the campaign back in 1996. It is important to me. It hasn’t always been complied with, but it still packs a significant punch. That’s why the legislature wants to repeal it (though to do so they must put it to another vote).

Please, if you can, sign this petition. It already has over 24,000 signatures, but it’s going to need a lot more to get attention from our esteemed legislators.

With a little luck, I will have an op-ed coming out soon on this topic. I will also be blogging on it (a lot!) over the next few weeks.  (If you are interested in reading about some of the good Proposition 209 has done, read this.)

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Judge refuses to toss anti-male bias Title IX lawsuit against university, sends to jury trial.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Liberal Billionaire Chad Richison Tries To Shut Down Conservative Think Tank. John Hinderaker: “This is one more in a long series of episodes demonstrating that liberals don’t want to argue with conservatives, they want to shut us up or drive us out of business.”

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Professor sues university for defamation, retaliation in response to his pro-Israel views.

A tenured philosophy professor at DePaul University is suing the institution and two senior faculty members for alleged retaliation against him for his pro-Israel views.

In the lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Jason Hill describes a “hostile work environment” and a “campaign of intimidation and demonization” against him because he “freely spoke his mind.”

Several faculty have “petitioned their own faculty chairs to prohibit Dr. Hill from teaching upper-level classes,” and encouraged students to “boycott his classes,” the suit alleges, claiming defamation and violation of his due process and contractual rights. He has suffered damages such as “Censorship, Financial Loss, and Public Humiliation and Scorn.”

Perhaps most explosively, Hill (above) claims he is being punished for not fitting DePaul’s stereotypes of a homosexual Jamaican immigrant of African descent.

The defendants have targeted Hill because “he has departed from the opinion” that they have “deemed permissible and acceptable for someone of his race and sexual orientation” to hold, the suit argues.

Certainly sounds plausible. Especially at DePaul, which has been a PC cesspit for years.

ROD DREHER ON GRABBY JOE BIDEN’S ACHILLES HAND:

[Damon Linker of The Week] mentions Tara Reade’s mother calling Larry King, and he mentions her friend (a self-described “strong Democrat”) going public to say that Tara told her about Biden’s alleged sexual assault at the time. I had heard about those, but until seeing Linker’s column, I had not heard about the 2008 Alexander Cockburn column in the left-wing web journal CounterPunch mentioning Biden’s reputation. Cockburn wrote:

Biden is a notorious flapjaw. His vanity deludes him into believing that every word that drops from his mouth is minted in the golden currency of Pericles. Vanity is the most conspicuous characteristic of US Senators en bloc , nourished by deferential acolytes and often expressed in loutish sexual advances to staffers, interns and the like. On more than one occasion CounterPunch’s editors have listened to vivid accounts by the recipient of just such advances, this staffer of another senator being accosted by Biden in the well of the senate in the week immediately following his first wife’s fatal car accident.

I think Linker has it exactly right. If you have forgotten about how enraged the Right was over the way the Democrats and their media allies treated Brett Kavanaugh, you may be certain that conservatives haven’t. (I wrote about it a lot back then — see here, for example — and I made it clear that I did not know whether or not Kavanaugh assaulted Ford on that night over thirty years ago; what I objected to was the kangaroo court assault on Kavanaugh by tribal ideologues of the Left. This stuff is primal with us conservatives. We saw the way the Democrats and the media treated Kavanaugh, and we saw that they could and would do that to any one of us.

If I were a Republican operative, I would start making the Biden-centered ads now about the #MeToo hypocrites in the Democratic Party. As Linker says, this is not a matter of pointing out that Biden is less of a sexual creep than Trump. That’s not what’s at stake here.

So, let me throw it to the room: if Biden is persuaded to step down before the Democratic convention, who should replace him? Who will replace him?

Read on for Dreher’s take, but feel free to speculate in our own comments section.

It’s not a good sign for the longevity of Biden’s campaign when he’s earning the wrath of DNC house organ the New York Times:

New York Times disputes Biden camp claim that paper exonerated him.

Oh my: NYT reports Dem, activist rebellion budding over Reade allegation.

In contrast:

Today is a red-letter day for the New York Times. For the first time, the paper has reported in its news section that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright once uttered the phrase “God damn America.” Wright’s comments were widely reported and widely discussed beginning with an ABC News report six months ago. Barack Obama even had to give a much-publicized speech because of those words, and others. But the newspaper of record has never seen fit to publish Wright’s quote in its news pages. Until today.

— Byron York, National Review Online, September 24th, 2008.

UPDATE: Biden Hires Harvey Weinstein ‘Damage Control’ Adviser Anita Dunn.

Like Weinstein before him — and Biden supporter Alyssa Milano, as well — Biden may soon have plenty of free time to go after the NRA.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Shady Leftist Group Weaponizes Consumer Protection Law to Silence Fox News, Network Fights Back.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: ‘Less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax’: Trump rebukes Schumer over coronavirus response. “If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (Except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the ‘invisible enemy.’ No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would liKely win.”

FLASHBACK TO 2009: “Well, shut his mouth: Blabbering Joe Biden was a swine flu dope,” said a New York Daily News editorial from Apr 30, 2009. It makes for fascinating reading nearly 11 years later:

Less than 12 hours after President Obama urged calm — along with hand-washing and covering the mouth when coughing — there was Biden on the “Today” show, pleased as punch to be on national television with Matt Lauer and ready to incite the American public to panic.

We quote: “I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not going to Mexico, it’s you’re in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway. So from my perspective, what it relates to is mitigation.

“If you’re out in the middle of a field and someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft or a closed container, a closed car, a closed classroom, it’s a different thing.”

Let’s keep all the kids home from school, why don’t we?

And destroy the already crippled world economy.

And kiss all we know and love about New York goodbye. Like our jobs.

Later, after someone read him the “Idiot’s Guide to Public Health Procedures for Powerful Politicians,” Biden dispatched aides to say he didn’t mean to say what he said. The aides had to say that because saying what Biden said made him a jerk.

Read the whole thing.

 

 

GOOD: In Pennsylvania, natural gas industry prepares for battle.

After years of ideologues and elites using the natural gas industry as a punching bag for politics and climate change activism, Nick DeIuliis, the CEO of CNX Resources, one of the largest natural gas producers in Western Pennsylvania, has had enough.

In remarks at a Rotary Club speech at the storied William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh last week, the blue-collar man who earned degrees in engineering and law, and his job at the top, decided to speak out to defend an industry that has become a regional economic game-changer.

“Natural gas and manufacturing have been demonized and ridiculed on a consistent and regular basis by a cabal of misguided, insulated elites,” DeIuliis stated in his speech in front of 80 of the region’s top business and professional leaders.

The usually reserved DeIuliis said in an interview with the Washington Examiner after the event that he had decided to speak out because he was tired of the natural gas and manufacturing industries being held to a completely different standard than other industries, tired of being used a political wedge issue, and tired of the people working with him being portrayed as the enemy of the well-being of our climate.

It is a stand in this lead-up to the presidential contest in the fall that a variety of local Democrats and Republicans will consider a blueprint for how to stand up to elites.

In the speech, the well-respected business leader took umbrage with how the mayor of Pittsburgh, William Peduto, has used the industry as a personal weapon. He was referring to Peduto’s speech last fall to environmental groups, in which he advocated a ban on further petrochemical development in the region.

DeIuliis also took aim at some of the public pension managers and foundations that are divesting their fossil fuel investments, as well as tech giants who, on the one hand, say they are doing this to save the climate even as they help China — far and away the world’s largest carbon polluter — silence its pro-democracy youth.

Punch back twice as hard.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Schumer’s SCOTUS Threats Should Place Him on ‘Red Flag’ List, Gun Rights Leader Says.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Covington Catholic student suing 5 more news outlets, including NYT, CBS, ABC.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Cruz scorches Sotomayor over court critique, turns tables on her dissent.

“I read it a little bit like an arsonist complaining about the noise from the fire trucks,” Cruz said of Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion in Wolf v. Cook County, which dealt with regulations placing restrictions on non-citizens applying for visas to enter the U.S.

A lower court had issued a nationwide injunction against the administration, blocking the regulations, although the Cook County case only dealt with an Illinois injunction. Sotomayor used her to dissent to rail against the administration for its repeated tactic of applying for emergency stays so injunctions could be put on hold.

“It is hard to say what is more troubling,” Sotomayor wrote, “that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that the Court would grant it,” she wrote.

But Cruz turned the issue around, stating that the Trump administration would not have to take such measures if judges were not granting an unusual number of nationwide injunctions.

“If you look to the facts of what’s happening with nationwide injunctions, I think it will explain why the Department of Justice has had to ask the Supreme Court to intervene over and over again,” Cruz said.

Indeed.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump Destroys CNN and Jim Acosta After Stupid Question About Russian Interference.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Conservative group threatens to sue university over 2019 incident.

THE POLITICS OF DANCING: “The vast majority of people worldwide, as well as millions in the UK, do not have their needs met – let alone live lives of luxury from which air travel and weekly shopping sprees could be painlessly stripped out and replaced for example with dance lessons.”

To fight global warming of course. David Thompson reads the London Grauniad, so you don’t have to.

Another British leftist proposes a far more radical solution, to which PJM alumnus Michael Walsh punches back hard: Want to Stop Climate Change? Kill Yourself! “So the next time you’re tempted to swallow the myth of ‘man-made climate change’ that’s going to kill us all, remember that the queer-theory atheist feminist vegans want you dead anyway, so why bother to indulge their lunacy? Them first — the rest of us are happy to take our chances, just as mankind has been doing for thousands of years and will continue to do so for thousands more.”

BIDEN IS A PUNCHLINE: Mayor Pete Punches Back: Biden Reducing Small-Town Americans ‘to a Punchline.’

It isn’t a funny joke, but he’s still the punchline.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Five Britons contract coronavirus in French ski resort. “Five British nationals on a ski trip have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus at a mountain resort in France, after staying in the same chalet with a person who had been in Singapore, French health officials said on Saturday.”

Apple Contractor Tells Employees To Stay Home As Coronavirus Cases Nearly Triple.

Hundreds of Miles from Hubei, Another 30 Million Chinese Are in Coronavirus Lockdown. “More than 500 miles from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, 30 million people are in lockdown — some quite literally locked in their homes — as Chinese authorities resort to extreme lengths to curb the spread of a respiratory illness that has stubbornly defied containment. Across the coastal province of Zhejiang, the worst-hit area after Hubei province, four big cities have essentially put their populations under a form of house arrest: Only one person from each household is allowed to leave, and only every second day, to buy supplies.”

First American Citizen Dies of Coronavirus.

Royal Caribbean Delays NJ Cruise Ship Departure Over Coronavirus Fears; 4 Evaluated.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam admits government supply of surgical masks down to its last month but says 48 million more are on the way.

Coronavirus: Singapore mounts second evacuation flight from Wuhan.

Novel coronavirus can transmit via aerosol: expert.

Coronavirus: 722 dead, 34,546 people have been infected in latest update.

Coronavirus: China’s state media calls for police to explain charges brought against ‘rumour-mongers.’

Megacities put up coronavirus entry barriers as China goes back to work.

Thailand reports 7 new coronavirus cases.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Ex-Trump aide Carter Page files suit against DNC over dossier: ‘This is only the first salvo.’ “Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court against the Democratic National Committee, law firm Perkins Coie and its partners tied to the funding of the unverified dossier that served as the basis for highly controversial surveillance warrants against him. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois’ Eastern Division Thursday morning, and was described by his attorneys as the “first of multiple actions in the wake of historic” Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse.”

Perkins, Coie has pretty much gotten a pass for its sleazy behavior so far. That may be about to change.

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

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

Read the whole thing.

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

Party operatives with bylines, you might say.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: UConn students arrested for ‘ridiculing’ speech are now suing.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Professor sues U. New Mexico for suspending him after student blackmails him.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Iowa State ‘chilling’ political speech weeks before caucuses. That could soon change.

DON’T FLATTER YOURSELF, SPARKY — YOU HAVEN’T REALLY CHANGED: Trump Has Made Us All Stupid: The decline of discourse in the anti-Trump echo chamber. “This is Trump’s ultimate victory. Every argument on every topic is now all about him. Hating Trump together has become the ultimate bonding, attention-grabbing and profit-maximization mechanism for those of us in anti-Trump world. So you get a series of exaggerated fervors — the Mueller report! Impeachment! The Steele dossier! — that lead ultimately nowhere. Most of this week’s argument about the Middle East wasn’t really about the Middle East. It was all narcissistically about ourselves!”

Related: TDS Peggy agrees with Trump but won’t admit it. She’d never lunch again if she did. “So I thank Noonan for pulling that punch in 2016. She now has the president she did not want but really needed. And he is changing her mind on Red China and about social media because he is right. That’s leadership.”

UPDATE: Donald Trump and the mythmakers. “The more successful Trump’s reality-based policies towards Iran and Israel are, the harder it will be for the foreign policy establishment to restore their delusion-based policies when he leaves power.” The foreign policy “experts” aren’t afraid Trump will fail — they’re praying for that. They’re afraid he’ll succeed.

Plus: NeverTrumper Realizes It Backfired. “If Kim Jong Un can hold talks with President Trump, why can’t Obama and all his pussyhats?” Kim is more of a realist.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: NY Times Slapped With $5M Lawsuit For Citing SPLC, Branding Immigration Hawk a ‘White Nationalist.’ I would have added a zero to the claim, though to be fair he’s also asking for punitive damages.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: NY Times Slapped With $5M Lawsuit For Citing SPLC, Branding Immigration Hawk a ‘White Nationalist.’

Read the whole thing.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Reza Aslan to Face the Music For Calling Nick Sandmann’s Face ‘Punchable’ In Now-Deleted Tweet.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Harry Potter’s J. K. Rowling Declines to Apologize to Wokescolds.

Related: Has J.K. Rowling figured out a way to break our cancel culture? Great observation by Megan McArdle, in of all places, the Washington Post:

If you’d prefer reasoned debate, it will start with a collective realization that mobs can’t do much except make noise. They’re not actually very big, for starters — the number of people who replied to Rowling’s tweet wouldn’t fill most Texas college football stadiums, and reasonable people don’t choose their views by polling the crowd at the Aggies-Longhorns game.

More important, most mobs aren’t committed to the effort beyond flicking a thumb. Institutions that ignore the mob are often astonished at how little difference all the outrage makes to their business — and I’d bet Rowling won’t see much evidence of this controversy in her royalty statements.

The censorious power of Mrs. Grundys always depends on the cooperation of the governed, which is why their regime collapsed the moment the baby boomers shrugged off their finger-wagging. If Rowling provides an unmissable public demonstration that it is safe to ignore the current crop, we can hope others will follow her example, and the dictatorship of the proscriptariat will fall as quickly as it arose.

Why, it’s like “Twitter sentiment is a Styrofoam iceberg. You may think 9/10 of it is underwater, but actually, 9/10 of it is visible,” to coin an Insta-phrase. Somebody should write a book about this stuff.

Now if only the Washington Post could learn to avoid such hectoring itself: Dear men who are afraid to see ‘Little Women’: You can do this.

As one Twitter wag wrote in response, “Perspective: Dear women who are afraid to see *insert manly movie here*: You can do this. See how dicky that sounds? It makes me not want to see that movie and I loved the book when I was a kid.”

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: GOP demands apology after liberal PAC features ‘regretful’ Trump voter who didn’t vote in 2016.

An allegedly regretful Trump voter in Pennsylvania, highlighted in videos by a Democratic political action committee and by The New York Times, never actually voted in 2016.

News organization JET 24, an ABC affiliate, found after checking county voting records that Mark Graham of Erie County, Pennsylvania, did not vote in the presidential election three years ago.

Mr. Graham is featured in videos funded by America Bridge, a Democratic PAC, as part of a $5 million advertising campaign in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

In an ad, Mr. Graham states, “I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because I thought he would make a change.” But he laments the change was “not for the good,” and complains that the president “plays favorites for people like himself … he doesn’t understand life around here.”

He was also featured in two New York Times articles about dissatisfied Trump voters and swing voters. The Times has since issued corrections and verified that Mr. Graham did not vote in 2016.

Fake news. But to be fair, I think it would be awfully hard to find people who voted for Trump in 2016 who are disappointed.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Israeli Student at Columbia Files First Violation of Title VI Lawsuit under Trump’s Executive Order.

AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Boris Johnson threatens BBC with two-pronged attack.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: University ditches ‘Women’s Night’ at gym after male student threatens Title IX complaint. “Spears got help from the University of Michigan-Flint economist Mark Perry. The professor has played a leading role in various Title IX complaints against universities that partially or wholly exclude men from certain activities and programs.” Good work, Prof. Perry.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Republican lawmaker asks Lindsey Graham to ‘rethink’ Senate’s impeachment strategy.

While Trump and his conservative allies in the House are pushing for an aggressive defense in the Senate impeachment trial — which they view as a chance to go on offense and clear the president’s name — Senate GOP leaders are taking a different approach. They’ve made clear that they don’t want the trial to turn into a spectacle, increasing the likelihood that long-simmering tensions between the House and Senate GOP could boil over.

“It is urgent we fight fire with fire and tell them enough is enough,” Banks said in the letter, obtained by POLITICO. “House Republicans have done all they can to push back and expose their motives to the American people, soon it will be at your doorstep.”

Banks also asked Graham to reconsider his position on conducting a speedy trial.

“We need to take our time and figure out exactly how Congress found itself in the current situation: poised to impeach a president on a completely partisan vote with no evidence and flimsy charges just before his re-election bid,” he wrote.

If the Senate could turn impeachment back on House Dems, it would be quite the feat of political jujitsu.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump-connected impeachment fails at UF as leftist narrative is torched. Weird how college speakers getting paid five-figure sums isn’t a scandal until one of them is a Republican. But then the campus-speaker biz is just a way to launder taxpayer money into the hands of lefty activists. Likewise much of the documentary biz. So what was going on here was basically just a species of turf protection.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, “DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION” EDITION: A professor joined the Trump administration and faced systemic bias when she returned, lawsuit says.

Whitney Bailey’s career at Oklahoma State University was going great – until the professor accepted an appointment to the Trump administration.

When she returned to campus after her public service, Bailey says she faced political discrimination from administrators, whom a review committee found had engaged in “systematic failure to follow university policy” regarding Bailey. It resulted in her also losing paid gigs she put on hold for public service.

Bailey filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the taxpayer-funded institution, as well as its provost, dean, department and assistant department heads, News 9 reports. The officials were in charge of her promotion request when Bailey returned.

Good. Punch back twice as hard.

FAKE NEWS: FedEx’s Fred Smith Punches Back Twice As Hard.

The New York Times published a distorted and factually incorrect story on the front page of the Sunday, November 17 edition concerning FedEx and our billions of dollars of tax payments and billions of dollars of investments in the U.S. economy. Pertinent to this outrageous distortion of the truth is the fact that unlike FedEx, the New York Times paid zero federal income tax in 2017 on earnings of $111 million, and only $30 million in 2018 – 18% of their pretax book income. Also in 2018 the New York Times cut their capital investments nearly in half to $57 million, which equates to a rounding error when compared to the $6 billion of capital that FedEx invested in the U.S. economy during that same year.

I hereby challenge A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times and the business section editor to a public debate in Washington, DC with me and the FedEx corporate vice president of tax. The focus of the debate should be federal tax policy and the relative societal benefits of business investments and the enormous intended benefits to the United States economy, especially lower and middle class wage earners.

I look forward to promptly hearing from Mr. Sulzberger and scheduling this open event to bring further public awareness of the facts related to these important issues.

I doubt he’ll show. Based on experience to date, Pinch is neither articulate nor brave.

LEFTY FLASHBACK: CounterPunch: Impeachment, Brought to You by the CIA.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Tulsi Gabbard hijacks The View segment to confront Joy Behar over ‘useful idiot’ comment.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: UMich nixes ‘Bias Response Teams’ amid free speech lawsuit.

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF VIOLENCE? Baton attack during June protests in downtown Portland lands man in prison for nearly six years:

A 24-year-old man who hit another man over the head with a baton in June during dueling downtown Portland demonstrations was sentenced Friday to nearly six years in prison.

Gage Halupowski pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in connection with the June 29 attack on Adam Kelly outside The Nines Hotel along Southwest Morrison Street. Halupowski was identified as one of several masked, black-clothed demonstrators seen on video hitting and pepper-spraying Kelly after he appeared to come to the aid of another man who’d been attacked during the protests, authorities said.

Kelly, a right-wing protestor at the demonstrations, wrote on Facebook at the time that the blows to his head led to him suffering a concussion and needing 25 staples to close the wounds.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero said Halupowski hitting Kelly in the back of the head with an expandable baton was “completely unexplainable, completely avoidable and didn’t need to happen.”

* * * * * * * * *

Halupowski was one of three people arrested during rival demonstrations between far-right and anti-fascist groups on June 23. Police at one point declared the protests a civil disturbance.

At least eight people were injured, including three police officers and conservative writer Andy Ngo.

Earlier: Nancy Pelosi tells 2020 Dems, “You have to be ready to take a punch. And therefore you have to be ready to throw a punch—for the children.” And other examples of leftist violence and violent rhetoric at the link.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Why Woke Comedy’s ‘Punching Down’ Rule Is a Joke.

Trump fans aren’t rich. They often hail from cobalt blue collar backgrounds and have little political clout. In short, they’re low on the cultural ladder and, therefore, shouldn’t be targets of ridicule.

Yet they are, both in this sketch and across the comedy landscape. Earlier this year far-left comedian Jimmy Kimmel uncorked this screed.

“Like many Americans who have been repeatedly punched in the head, Colby Covington is a big Donald Trump supporter. And there’s nothing Donald Trump loves more than people who love Donald Trump.”

So where’s the outrage? Is anyone more marginalized than Trump supporters these days?

They’re repeatedly beaten up, mocked on national TV and some higher profile supporters are chased out of restaurants.

Meanwhile, today’s woke comedy police cite “punching down” as the biggest thought crime on the books.

To be fair, woke comedians say a lot of stuff, none of it funny.

LIZ WARREN WILL BE A TERRIBLE NOMINEE. AND SHE’LL PROBABLY BE THE NOMINEE. Warren’s same-sex marriage quip captures what some find exciting — and others distressing — about her.

About 90 minutes into Thursday’s forum on LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, a gay rights leader posed a question to Sen. Elizabeth Warren: How would she respond if a voter approached her and said, “I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman?”

Warren (D-Mass.) responded with a theatrical seriousness. “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” she deadpanned, pausing a beat for the audience to catch the joke. Then she added, “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman — I’m cool with that.’ ”

She finished with a zinger: “‘Assuming you can find one.’ ”

How dare she assume his gender. But there’s also this:

After landing her punchline, Warren turned, took a few steps and smiled broadly as the room exploded in laughter. Her response went viral online, and by Friday afternoon, Warren’s campaign team, which rarely brags about such things, was crowing that the clip had garnered more than 12 million views on Twitter.

The glitterati gushed. “The single greatest response to this question, in or outside politics,” wrote actress Minnie Driver. “Made my day,” added actress Alyssa Milano. Javier Muñoz, who recently played the title role in the smash musical “Hamilton,” posted seven emoji of clapping hands.

But Republicans and some Democrats warned that the quip at the CNN-sponsored forum would play poorly among a big swath of voters.

“It’s about telling people who don’t agree with you that they are backward by definition,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic strategist who advised Bill Clinton’s presidential reelection campaign. The line was a “stab” to those who don’t agree with her, he said, and “it is a battle cry for men to turn out against Elizabeth Warren.”

Yes. If you don’t want to be made to care, you’ll want to vote against Elizabeth Warren.

Plus: “Still, one issue for Warren could be how such comments play with black voters, some of whom are socially conservative. Warren probably will need to appeal to African Americans to secure the Democratic nomination and win the White House, but has so far made few inroads with the black community.”

AS A GREAT MAN ONCE SAID, GET IN THEIR FACE — PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Nancy Gets A Wakeup Call.

Nancy Pelosi was greeted by at least 300 Trump supporters while attending a fundraiser at the Greenville, South Carolina Hyatt Regency on Friday. The Speaker was confronted by a sea of MAGA caps, “Impeach Pelosi” signs, and at least one woman draped in a “Women for Trump” banner and wearing a Pelosi mask. (A degrading task, but somebody had to do it.)

This is unusual for Republicans, who have traditionally maintained a live and let live policy toward the Democrats no matter what the circumstances. This is a large part of the “Republican as wimp” stereotype that has dominated the political scene for generations. The Demunnists were street fighters, toughies from the unions and the slums, whereas the GOP were the “little man on the wedding cake.”

This started to change in 2000 with the attempted Gore coup in Florida. Republicans actually set aside their plaid jackets and contrasting waistcoats to demonstrate in front of the vote-counting offices. This was the first time this had occurred since the civil war, and was a harbinger as to how things were beginning to change.

This is not something that Nancy could possibly welcome. Most of the Dem strategy is based on the assumption that the party of the Bushes, Romney, and Ryan will never strike back. But the ground is shifting, and a new GOP, brought to life by the Orange Cthulhu, is beginning to stir.

So far nobody has chased Nancy or Adam or Little Sandy from a restaurant or confronted them on the street. It would be a shame if anyone did. But these things have a logic of their own and will go the way they go. Fires of this type, once set, will burn until they burn out. The Dems, in their embrace of violence, lies, manipulation, and gutter tactics, have opened a door, and they must deal with whatever emerges.

They always seem to think that they can violate norms, rhetorical, political, and otherwise, that benefit them with impunity.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Appeals court upholds $130,000 judgment against Pomona College for railroading accused student. There should be at least one more zero on this award, but it’s still progress.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Media Horrified That President Who Always Punches Back Keeps Punching Back. “Au contraire, tiny media brains, the strategy seems quite clear. If the MSM is going to ratchet its noise level up to 11, Trump’s going to take his to 12. We are over three years into them trying to wear him out only to have him continually prove that he has more stamina.”

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: In face of hostile MSM interviewers, Trump advocates take control and interrupt their narrative.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: NRA 1, San Francisco Board of Supervisors 0.

AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES, GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: NRA and San Francisco: City Backs Down in Face of Lawsuit.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Libel Lawsuit Over University Rape Allegations Can Proceed. “Plaintiff Alex Goldman filed this action, pursuant to this Court’s diversity jurisdiction, alleging defamation and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and business relations by defendant Catherine Reddington.”

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: GOP calls on Biden to release his Ukraine calls. Pretty sure Trump can do this on his own. . . .

THE IMPORTANCE OF PUNCHING BACK:

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: General Flynn Goes On Offense Against the Deep State. I like the request for “Any and all evidence that during a senior-attended FBI meeting or video conference, Andrew McCabe said, ‘First we fuck Flynn, then we fuck Trump,’ or words to that effect.”

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: NRA sues San Francisco for declaring it a domestic terrorist organization.

HE PUNCHES BACK: Trump name-calls — “Bad ‘actress’ Debra The Mess Messing” — and challenges people to think again about the exile of Roseannne. And he supports his supporters.

GET IN THEIR FACE, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD, AS A LIGHTWORKER ONCE SAID: 2,000 People Plan BBQ At House Of Vegan Who Sued Neighbours For Cooking Meat.

VIDEO: Bernie Punches Speed Bag, Speed Bag Punches Back. “I’ve watched this clip approximately a million and six times already, and it still hasn’t gotten old.”

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Nancy Pelosi tells 2020 Dems, “You have to be ready to take a punch. And therefore you have to be ready to throw a punch—for the children.”

If Sarah Palin or Donald Trump had said this, it would lead the 6:30 PM news broadcasts. Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines to understand how Pelosi can say this with impunity.

Flashbacks:

Sen. Rand Paul had part of his lung removed this weekend because of damage from 2017 attack.

Actor Jeff Daniels to CBS’s Stephen Colbert: ‘We Need Someone That Can Punch Trump in the Face.’

Ilhan Omar Retweet Suggests Rand Paul Deserved to Be Assaulted.

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to 2020 Dems: Don’t Run Away from Trump — ‘Punch Him in the Face.’

Parents cheer as kids bash an ICE agent piñata and throw balls at the painted image of President Trump.

Joe Biden: I Want to ‘Beat the Hell Out of’ President Trump.

Patti LuPone defends violent attack on Rand Paul.

CNN Host Palled Around with, Promoted ICE Firebomber’s Antifa Group.

Leftist Thug Caught on Video Assaulting Conservative Berkeley Student While Fellow Students Laugh.

Journalist Andy Ngo Beaten Up at Portland Antifa Rally.

● John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation and the “political director” for CBS, wrote an article for Slate in 2013 charmingly titled “Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party.”

Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: College settles anti-male bias lawsuit rather than face a jury.

The actions of Grinnell officials were called into question by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger in the July ruling.

One of them is former chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, Marsha Ternus, now a lawyer in private practice who specializes in student conduct adjudications.

She apparently refused to consider evidence that one of Doe’s female accusers consented to sexual activity with him. Ternus also may have relied on gender stereotypes about women and birth control to determine that Doe lacked consent, and appeared to go easier on a female student found responsible for sexual misconduct in a different case.

Ebinger scrutinized the actions of other officials. Andrea Conner, assistant vice president for student affairs, invited Ternus to possibly violate a policy she oversaw, while Title IX Coordinator Angela Voos invented a policy requirement in her deposition.

The judge even called out Grinnell’s legal team for falsely characterizing its adjudication policy in her court.

I hope they’ll be sanctioned.