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ANDREA MITCHELL MESSES UP AGAIN, AND COINCIDENTALLY, IT’S IN DEFENSE OF DEMOCRATS:

The story is not simply that NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent is so often wrong about so many things. The story is that she always seems to favor Democrats.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell marveled this week that anyone would use the word “socialist” to refer to the freshmen Democratic women, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.

“First of all, none of these members of Congress are socialists,” Mitchell said during a discussion regarding House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s defense of President Trump’s rally this week in North Carolina, “but that is the way the Republican leadership wants to frame this election. They don’t have a Democrat to run against, they’re not running against Bernie Sanders per se yet.”

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As it turns out, both Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib are members of a group called the Democratic Socialists of America, which claims to be the “largest socialist organization in the United States.” Ocasio-Cortez herself once said in an interview, “Call me a socialist. I don’t give a damn.” Further, as the Washington Free Beacon notes, an Omar staffer told a DSA representative in 2018 that “[Omar] is proud to call herself a democratic socialist, she’s very excited about this. So I hope you guys endorse us, too.”

For someone who has held herself out as a political journalist for over 50 years, Mitchell has an “unexpectedly” great difficulty in determining the ideology of those she reports on, those who work with her, and even her own. Such as this example from 2007, when interviewed by Bill O’Reilly:

Mitchell on Chris Matthews: “I don’t think he’s a liberal thinker.”

And later: “I don’t feel there is bias in what we do at NBC News. And I don’t think there’s bias in CBS or ABC.”

In 2012, when she attempted to play the race card on GOP opposition to Obama flack Susan Rice, Mitchell responded to the push back that she has no idea what her own politics are!

This POLITICO post as well as the Fox & Friends comment is so out of context I honestly don’t know how to respond to it. It ignores my reporting on all of the political ramifications as well as the sources I cite. I categorically reject Dylan Byers conclusion that over a 40-year career I am associated with any point of view and stand on my reputation.

It must take a serious effort to report on the news without having any bearings whatsoever, but if anybody can, it’s Andrea Mitchell.

PRIVACY: Read this before using FaceApp — you give up more personal data than you realize on this Russian-made app.

FaceApp, a smartphone app that allows users to apply filters onto selfies they upload, has grown in popularity again thanks to a feature that allows users to make themselves look older.

But cybersecurity experts have raised several red flags about FaceApp. It’s made by a Wireless Lab, a small company based in Russia and, according to its terms and conditions, your photos could be used in unexpected ways.

FaceApp’s privacy policy notes its affiliates and service providers “may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.”

FaceApp essentially owns images uploaded to its service and can use them in any way it wants. That could include anything from splashing your photo across a billboard to using it in the development of facial recognition technology.

Machine learning requires tons of data, which users have been happily uploading in droves in exchange for “free” apps and services.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Commentary: The unexpected effectiveness of US President Donald Trump. “It is dry stuff, this, but it matters. Mr Trump has been a trooper for the anti-government right. It is a particular effort to keep up with the environmental rules he has either scrapped or loosened. Even if he had pulled off none of these domestic ruptures, his foreign policy would be enough to mark him out as a consequential leader. To harden the US line on China is no feat by itself. . . . Political, diplomatic and corporate elites now countenance a lasting struggle with China. This was not just unforeseeable in 2016. It was unforeseeable at the start of 2018. And its implications include nothing less than the gumming up of the globalisation that Mr Trump defines himself against. . . . To say this is not to credit the president with a bureaucratic guile that is somehow lost on other observers. What he does have is an obsession with a few priorities — which is strategic behaviour of a kind — and a personal force that is difficult to thwart. . . Better President Trump than President Mike Pence, Democrats used to say, reasoning that the vice-president would chase rightwing aims more successfully. You hear less of that now. It is not clear that a more seasoned politician would have achieved a great deal more.”

We’re now squarely in Scott Adams Stage Three.

UNEXPECTEDLY: California doesn’t have enough doctors.

COLD WAR II: China To Sanction American Defense Contractors Who Sell Arms To Taiwan.

No, trade wars aren’t easy to win, and they can be unexpectedly expensive. That doesn’t mean they aren’t sometimes necessary.

THE MAN WHO BROUGHT YOU THE WAR ON FARTING COWS AND AIRPLANES. The Democratic Party Operatives with Bylines at the Washington Post have a glowing profile of Saikat Chakrabarti, AOC’s chief of staff, and the author of her infamous Green New Deal rollout in February, with a curious, and not at all unexpected admission. Just look for the “unexpected” below.

On a Wednesday morning in late May, emissaries of two of the strongest political voices on climate change convened at a coffee shop a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), was there to meet Sam Ricketts, climate director for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who is running for president almost exclusively on a platform of combating global warming. A newly released plank of Inslee’s climate change agenda had caught the attention of Chakrabarti and his boss, who had tweeted that Inslee’s “climate plan is the most serious + comprehensive one to address our crisis in the 2020 field.” Pleased by the positive reception from the demanding Green New Deal wing of the climate struggle, Ricketts had set up this meeting with Chakrabarti to establish a personal connection and share approaches to climate advocacy.

“Congrats on the rollout,” Chakrabarti told him as they sat down. “That was pretty great.”

“Thank you again for the kudos you guys offered,” said Ricketts. “We wanted to be pace-setting for the field, and I think we’re there now. … I want to ask you for input … in addition to hearing what you guys are working on.”

Chakrabarti had an unexpected disclosure. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” he said, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.” Ricketts greeted this startling notion with an attentive poker face. “Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Chakrabarti continued. “Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

As conservative national security commentator John Noonan tweets in response, “One of the central tenets of Climate Change skepticism is that the threat is exaggerated to achieve political ends that are divorced from environmental health. Here’s an outward admission that the issue is used as a stalking horse for ambitious economic restructuring.”

The socialists that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti play footsie with had some ideas on the subject in the 1920s they may wish to crib from.

Related: Democratic Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay unloads on Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff for ‘using the race card.’

HUH: Jeffrey Epstein’s Fortune May Be More Illusion Than Fact.

Mr. Epstein is routinely described as a billionaire and brilliant financier, and he rubbed elbows with the powerful, including former and future presidents. Even after his 2008 guilty plea in a prostitution case in Florida, he promoted himself as a financial wizard who used arcane mathematical models, and he often dropped the names of Nobel Prize-winning friends. He told potential clients that they had to invest a minimum of $1 billion. At his peak in the early 2000s, a magazine profile said he employed 150 people, some working out of the historic Villard Houses on Madison Avenue.

Much of that appears to be an illusion, and there is little evidence that Mr. Epstein is a billionaire.

Mr. Epstein’s wealth may have depended less on his math acumen than his connections to two men — Steven J. Hoffenberg, a onetime owner of The New York Post and a notorious fraudster later convicted of running a $460 million Ponzi scheme, and Leslie H. Wexner, the billionaire founder of retail chains including The Limited and the chief executive of the company that owns Victoria’s Secret.

ALSO FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: Jeffrey Epstein Was a ‘Terrific Guy,’ Donald Trump Once Said. Now He’s ‘Not a Fan.’

“Now?”

Trump reportedly kicked Epstein out of Mar-a-Lago more than 15 years ago, long before his recent legal troubles, or even those of 11 years ago:

President Trump has not said much about the arrest of his former friend Jeffrey Epstein, but court documents suggest that he made his opinion of the convicted pedophile well known years ago.

An ongoing lawsuit between Epstein and Bradley Edwards, who represented multiple underage victims in their civil suits against the convicted pedophile, reveals that President Trump banned Epstein from his private club in Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago.

The reason for that, according to the filing, was that Epstein had ‘sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club.’

That “now” story was a truly shitty attempt at a hit job from the NYT’s Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman, but nothing unexpected.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: If You’re a Misogynist, the New Terminator Movie Will ‘Scare the F*** Out of You.

This is a brave stance, considering how notoriously misogynistic sci-fi fans are. They’ve avoided the Terminator series, the Alien franchise, the Star Wars movies, every single one of the Hunger Games, Mad Max: Fury Road… If it’s got a girl in it, genre fans don’t want to see it!

Well, too bad, woman-haters. Women get to be in movies now, and there’s nothing you can do about it except stay home.

Remember: If you don’t pay to see a movie with a woman in it, that means you hate women. And if you pay to see a movie with a woman in it and you give it anything less than effusive praise, that means you hate women. And if you disagree that these things mean you hate women, you definitely hate women.

Now go see this movie and like it, you stupid pigs!

Heh. That strategy paid continually decreasing returns for Disney’s reboot of the Star Wars franchise — unexpectedly.

AI CHURCH FOUNDER DROPS GOD, RESTORES DRIVERS: Well, this was certainly unexpected – Artificial Intelligence (AI) church founder and driver-less car pioneer Anthony Levandowski has dropped God from his congregational statement of beliefs.

But he’s found a renewed faith in drivers, at least for now. And therein lies a couple of takeaways for senators, representatives and normal people working in Congress on transportation and technology issues.

BUT DO THEY, REALLY? “Joe Biden’s Iraq Decisions Haunt Him in 2020,” DNC house organ the Atlantic claims:

The criticism tends to focus on Biden’s Senate vote for a resolution authorizing military force in Iraq, which George W. Bush used to justify his invasion. But his time leading Iraq policy during Barack Obama’s first term is more relevant to the present moment. Whoever wins the presidency in 2020 likely will confront a similar dilemma to the one Biden then faced: a lingering U.S. troop presence, a war-weary U.S. public, and an enemy that is down but not yet defeated.

This story begins in early 2009, after Obama swept into office promising to end the deeply unpopular war in Iraq. There were still 150,000 American soldiers in the country. The newly inaugurated president turned to his vice president and told him to bring the troops home. “We were sitting in the Oval Office one day and talking about [the troop presence], and Obama looked at Biden and said, ‘Joe, I think you should do this. We need sustained focus from the White House. You know Iraq better than anyone,’” Antony Blinken, Biden’s national security adviser, told me. “It was as simple as that.”

The gravity of that mission for a man who’d played a part in starting the war was apparent. Seventy-six senators, including 28 Democrats, had joined Biden in the fateful 2002 vote, but he bore special responsibility as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. (He claimed at the time that the authorization would avert war by pushing Saddam Hussein to let weapons inspectors into the country, and later argued that Bush had misused it.) In the years since the invasion, he’d traveled often to Iraq, building relationships with the war’s key players.

Biden threw himself into the mission. He chaired meetings and oversaw negotiations. By the end of 2011, the war was over, and the American troops had left. “He is the guy who oversaw the drawdown, in effect, on the political side, of U.S. forces from 150,000 to virtually zero,” Blinken told me.

Then it all went horribly wrong.

Unexpectedly.

DID BROOKINGS BIRTH TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME? The Epoch Times’ Jeff Carlson has found something crassly partisan and almost wholly unexpected at the Brookings Institution, one of the most establishmentarian institutions of the Washington Establishment.

ANDREW MALCOLM: With 20 candidates vying for airtime, will this week’s Democratic debates matter?

If lucky, each candidate might get a total of maybe 10 minutes on camera, not much to describe their biography, positions on select hot-button topics, offer rebuttals and, since this is TV, likely offer a memorable zinger to stand out from the crowd.

Each will have an individual strategy. Frontrunner Joe Biden, for instance, must stay verbally disciplined and look presidential. He’s been doing this stuff for seven years longer than Pete Buttigieg has been alive.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is an old pro too, literally. The one-time mayor turns 78 this fall. He’s trailed Biden badly in polls and sees Sen. Elizabeth Warren closing in quickly. Sanders will stand next to Biden the second night and is the most likely to go after the ex-vice president, perhaps over Biden’s recent abortion flip.

Others may snip at each other or draw stark contrasts, but history suggests such early TV opportunities are best used to make your own introductory points — and mention your website at least once. A good impression can help immensely with fundraising in these crucial closing days of the second quarter.

These debates are quite tense and tiring affairs, as they should be testing wannabe commanders-in-chief. All will have prepared, rehearsed with staff throwing unexpected questions and insults, memorized a few key lines to utter as if they just came to mind.

He’s too kind.

SUCCESS: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches 24 satellites in government mission.

Also, In a reusability first, SpaceX catches Falcon Heavy fairing with a boat.

And: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Puts Solar Sail Into Orbit.

Only failure: The core booster missed its landing on the barge, but that wasn’t unexpected given the difficulty of this mission.

UNEXPECTEDLY:  Ilhan Omar agrees with AOC on America running “concentration camps.”

As Glenn has noted, “getting Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Omar elected was Roger Stone’s finest dirty trick.”

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Putin spy girl fears cloning extinct woolly mammoth will spread plague on world.

AND THE ANSWER IS NONE. NONE MORE WOKE: Emma Thompson’s Woke Late Night Grabs Gold In Victimhood Olympics.

UPDATE: “Unexpectedly,” Late Night didn’t grab the gold at the box office this weekend, either — despite Amazon spending nearly $50 million promoting the film:

Amazon’s Late Night, another misfire in the indie female cinema space with $4.7M after the studio spent $13M for the pic at Sundance, and from what we hear, another $35M in marketing. Poor results for a film with good exits of a B+ CinemaScore and an 80% on PostTrak from the core female 25+ audience, who showed up at 52%. Amazon observed weeks ago that Late Night was going to tank on tracking, with a $4M-$5M opening. They attempted to shift at the last minute by bowing the film in NY and LA last weekend, and notched the best specialty release theater average opening of $61.5k to date this year. Even though Amazon largely respects theatrical windows (that’s going to change with its awards season push for another Sundance pick-up,  The Report, this fall),  if you think about it, Late Night is an advertisement for Amazon Prime, because that’s the end game for this Mindy Kaling Working Girl comedy. It may also be one of the key reasons why people aren’t rushing out to it.

No, as Christian Toto notes in above, there are all sorts of reasons why people aren’t rushing out to see it.

BUT WHY IS GUATEMALA HUNGRY? The Answer Eludes Nicolas Kristof:

Kristof, who has been feeling a little literary of late, interposes snippets of high-end conspicuous consumption with his tale of Guatemalan woe. The headline reads: “The World’s Malnourished Kids Don’t Need a $295 Burger.”

Ah, but they do. That is exactly what they need.

Guatemala has many hungry children. “In another world,” Kristof writes, “on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the restaurant Serendipity 3 offers a $295 hamburger. Alternatively, it sells a $214 grilled cheese sandwich and a $1,000 sundae.”

(I am not sure about the word “alternatively” in that sentence; I believe the word he is looking for is “also.” These are And People we’re talking about, not Or People.)

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The economic arrangements that produce the $295 hamburger also produce the abundance that ensures practically no one in the United States is starving to death for purely economic reasons. Hunger, like genuine homelessness — sleeping-on-the-street homelessness, not living-in-cramped-quarters-with-people-I-would-rather-not-live-with “homelessness” — is in the United States a phenomenon that has little to do with economic exchange (much less insufficient production) but is instead mainly the product of addiction, mental illness, and — worse — the terrible condition of being a child dependent upon someone who is an addict, mentally ill, or indifferent.

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What Guatemala needs is capitalism. But what capitalism needs are physical security, property rights, an independent judiciary, political stability, the rule of law, and a functioning civil society. Guatemala does not have these.

But it does have an abundance of “bad luck.” Unexpectedly, of course.

WHERE WERE YOU THE DAY THE INTERNET DIED?

Brilliant thread filled with dire predictions which somehow, completely unexpectedly, never came to pass.

IT WAS A REALLY GOOD SPEECH: President Trump’s D-Day Speech Draws Praise From Unexpected Sources.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Bipartisan Senate Effort Predictably Kills Rand Paul’s Plan to Balance the Federal Budget. “Paul’s proposal called for cutting 2 percent from all federal line items for each of the next five years and would reduce federal spending by about $11 trillion over the next decade—even though spending would rise after the first five years.”

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Why Bernie Sanders’ Communist Misadventures Still Matter.

He traveled to Nicaragua in 1985 to meet Sandinista leaders, who had installed a socialist government after overthrowing an American-backed dictator. Sanders attended the sixth-anniversary celebration of the Sandinistas’ revolution and praised Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega.

In 1988, he visited the USSR, three years before it collapsed. After his trip, Sanders praised the Soviets’ social and cultural programs, saying American leaders had much to learn from the communist system. In 1989, Sanders traveled to Cuba to seek a meeting with Fidel Castro—though he ended up settling for the mayor of Havana.

A lot of unexpected bad luck there.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Why the UK Suddenly Is Suffering from a Physician Shortage.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Trump Has Become The Democrats’ Great White Whale.

One way of envisioning the Democratic obsessions with Donald Trump is as an addiction. We have seen the initial impeachment efforts; the attempt to get him under the emoluments clause, the Logan Act, and the 25th Amendment; the Russian collusion hoax; the Mueller investigation; the demand for his tax returns; and the psychodramas involving Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen, and Stormy Daniels. Relentless progressives have needed a new Get Trump fix about every two months.

More practically, their fixation also substitutes for a collective poverty of ideas. The Democratic party has no plan to secure the borders other than to be against whatever Trump is for. They would not build a wall, deport illegal entrants, end sanctuary cities, fine employers, or do much of anything but allow almost anyone to enter the U.S.

The homeless crisis is reaching epidemic proportions in our cities, almost all of them run by progressive mayors and city councils. None have any workable plan to clean the sidewalks of needles and human excrement. None know what to do with the hundreds of thousands who have camped out in public spaces, endangering their own health and that of everyone around them due to drug addiction and inadequate sanitation and waste removal.

On abortion, the new Democratic position seems to be that the unborn can be aborted at any time the mother chooses, up to and including the moment of birth.

The Green New Deal has been endorsed by most of the current Democratic-primary candidates, even though they privately know its utopian fantasies would shut down the U.S. economy and destroy the present prosperity fueled by record energy production, deregulation, and tax reform and reduction. . . .

For now, no one has much of an idea what Democratic candidates would actually do, much less how they would do it. . . .

The Democratic establishment has become something like novelist Herman Melville’s phobic Captain Ahab, who became fatally absorbed with chasing his nemesis, the albino whale Moby Dick. The great white whale once ate part of Ahab’s leg, and he demands revenge — even if such a never-ending neurosis leads to the destruction of his ship and crew.

Democrats can never forgive Trump for unexpectedly defeating supposed sure winner Hillary Clinton in 2016 and then systematically — and loudly — undoing the eight-year agenda of Obama.

So far, Trump seems to have escaped all of their efforts to spear and remove him before the 2020 election. Trump, like Moby Dick, seems a weird force of nature whose wounds from constant attacks only seem to make him more indestructible and his attackers even more obsessed with their prey.

So true.

HEH: Vox Media has shifted its hiring toward part-timers and contract workers since its staff unionized. Unexpectedly!

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Owners of replica Noah’s Ark sue insurers for flood damage compensation.

WHAT HATH MERKEL WROUGHT? German Jews warned not to wear kippas after rise in anti-Semitism. Import a bunch of violent anti-semites, get a lot more anti-semitic violence. Unexpectedly!

THE #METOO WRECKING BALL TURNS OUT TO BE A BOOMERANG:

Author of the article, Melissa Locker goes on to say, “It’s an infuriating addition to the challenges that women already face in the workplace, adding to their emotional labor by making sure their male bosses feel comfortable interacting with them alone and at those all-important work socialization events.”

Infuriating, maybe, but not unexpected.

As Glenn has written, “you could write a strong argument for patriarchy using only the things feminists say about the fragility of women.” Read the whole thing.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Who Gets Extra Time on the SAT? The Affluent.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-AWARENESS: Kamala Harris tells Stephen Colbert impeachment is a mixed bag, hammers Trump on infrastructure extortion.

President Trump said Wednesday he won’t work with Democrats on infrastructure or anything else until they end their investigations of him. “You’re on the Senate Intelligence Committee,” Stephen Colbert reminded Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Wednesday’s Late Show. “Are you guys going to end the investigation?” “No,” she said. “Let’s just talk for a moment about this.”

So Trump’s “going to hold America’s infrastructure hostage over the issue of the investigation,” Harris said, connecting some dots. Almost half of American families are about $400 of unexpected expenses away from “complete upheaval,” she said. The average set of tires for a car costs $400, she added, and “why do people need new tires? Because the roads are falling apart.”

She does know she’s the senator representing California, the state that has had some of the worst roads in America long before Trump took office, right? Besides, I thought Obama fixed infrastructure, early in his first term.

LET ME HAVE AN “UNEXPECTEDLY!”: Wealthy people think they’re better than others, even when they’re not.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Philadelphia’s soda tax bombed as predicted. “Sales in local retail outlets have plunged by more than 50% and mysteriously people are still drinking soda.”

UNEXPECTEDLY! Australia’s conservative coalition secures outright parliamentary majority. The left, which ran on global warming and wokeness, is having a nervous breakdown.

UPDATE: Australian stock market surges to 11-year high off the back of the Coalition’s shock election win.

FRUITS OF #METOO: Sad survey: 60% of male managers are “uncomfortable” working around women.

LeanIn.org and SurveyMonkey just released the results of a survey on the state of men and women interacting in the workplace in the age of #MeToo. The results are frustrating. The data reveals that 60% of male managers say they are uncomfortable performing common workplace activities such as mentoring, working one on one, or socializing with a woman. That’s a 32% increase over last year.

To add insult to insult, senior-level men who were surveyed are now far more hesitant to spend time with junior female colleagues than junior male ones, across a range of basic work activities. The men were 12 times more likely to hesitate to have one-on-one meetings, nine times more likely to hesitate to travel with a junior woman for work, and six times more likely to hesitate to have a work dinner with a junior woman.

Unexpectedly! More here:

But the steady stream of stories of harassment over the past few years seems to be confusing workers about how often harassment really happens. Equal numbers say that the frequency of harassment is increasing (22%) and decreasing (21%), and even more workers don’t know which way it’s going (24%).

On top of that, women feel less safe at work than they did before. Only 85% said they feel safe on the job, down from 91% last year. Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don’t seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable.

Also unexpectedly.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Journos from Prominent News Publications Found to Have Working Relationships With Antifa.

And to think, a decade ago, Iowahawk’s “Media Violence Project: Journo-politico Violence: Deadly Threat or Menacing Trend?” was originally satire.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Australian election is closer than polls indicated; conservative party could hold on.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Research Ties Marijuana Legalization to Car Accidents, Injuries.

NARRATIVE UBER ALLES: Why the Media Suddenly Lost Interest in the Latest School Shooting.

After the shooting, other than some virtue signaling by the media, the story has left the front pages, as the narrative may be inconvenient for the leftist agenda. CNN and MSNBC have lived up to their reputation as “drive-by media” by quickly moving on. No interviews with David Hogg or other gun control fanatics. So, what are some of the inconvenient aspects to this story that the media would prefer to drive by without any discussion or analysis?

Let’s start with the weapons. The two shooters, “opened fire with handguns that were concealed in a guitar case”, as reported by the Daily Mail in an unexpected good faith effort at honest journalism. Handguns? What happened to those evil AR-15’s or “assault weapons” that Democrats and the media constantly warn about? These are what the Huffington Post calls “weapons of war.”

The reality is that most gun crimes are committed with handguns not rifles. But this doesn’t fit the media narrative and it’s better to drive-by the story rather than explain this inconvenient truth.

Next are the bystanders. Remember the admonition, “When seconds count, help is minutes away”? This played out in the Colorado shooting. You can “hide under your desk,” as one option suggested by the New York Times.

In Colorado, a student who was also an aspiring Marine, took a different approach. He “jumped into action,” throwing himself on the shooter, and sadly died for his sacrifice.

He was joined by another brave student who “rushed to help his two classmates subdue the shooter.” The point is that these heroic students immediately went on offense, rather than passively hiding, perhaps unnerving the shooter and preventing this from becoming a mass casualty event.

Then there was the school vigil in Colorado, a time for holding candles and chanting about “common sense gun control measures.” Attending were local Democrat politicians, including Senator Michael Bennet, one of dozens running for president. Rather than a receptive audience, the vigil organizer, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, instead saw, “A walkout by students opposing what they viewed as politicization of the tragedy.”

This was not the narrative that the media wanted to report on. They would prefer David Hogg ranting and raving, blaming Trump, the NRA, and toxic white masculinity for the shooting. How inconvenient that the affected students chanted “mental health” and didn’t join in the predictable politicization of a tragedy by the left.

One of the two shooters didn’t fit this mold. He was anti-Christian, critical of President Trump, a registered Democrat, and supportive of left-wing Occupy Democrats. In other words, his views were perfectly aligned with the Democrat Party base, a perspective big media would prefer to avoid discussing.

Well.

AN UNEXPECTED BIT OF GOOD NEWS: Biden Echoes Libertarians’ Call on Occupational Licensing.

“You know if you are a hair braider, you braid people’s hair, you have to get a license to do something like 400 hours of training,” he said before pausing, admitting he should be “more careful” with his words, and concluding that licensing requirements were part of a greater unseen effort “not to help the worker.”

The union crowd in Washington, D.C., gave the gaffe-prone politician a laugh, and three weeks later at his presidential campaign kickoff, Biden recycled the talking point.

“Why should someone who braids hair have to get 600 hours of training? It makes no sense,” he told another labor crowd, this one packed into a union hall in Pittsburgh. “They’re making it harder and harder in a whole range of professions, all to keep competition down.”

Why, Biden continued, should unionized pipefitters, firefighters, and steelworkers care about “getting rid of these unnecessary hoops out there? Because we have to restore America’s ability and individual American’s ability to fight for their own dignity.”

The union members in the crowd and the workers standing behind the candidate applauded again — reliably Democratic voters all cheering the kind of government deregulation that has been the pet project of libertarian billionaires like Charles and David Koch for half a decade. It was a moment of pragmatic centrism.

Ball’s in your court, GOP — are you going to let Joe Biden get to your right on an economic liberty issue?

UNEXPECTEDLY: Disney’s ‘Tolkien’ Movie Cuts Out the Christian Faith That Inspired His Life and Work.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Kim Kardashian West has helped free 17 inmates in 90 days.

“Kim has been funding this project and (has been) a very important supporter of our 90 Days of Freedom campaign as part of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law last year,” Cody said. “We’ve been going around the country in courtrooms and asking judges to release these inmates.”

Barnett added that without Kardashian West footing the bill, this would not have been possible. “(Kim) has provided financial support to cover legal fees so that we can travel the country. Our relationships with our clients don’t end when they are freed. (Kim) is truly dedicated to the issue. I work personally with her, we are really grateful.”

But she’s not just paying legal fees.

“When people get out of prison, they might be incarcerated hundreds of miles from their families and they might need help getting home. Really important, critical things that people might not realize — and those are things Kim is helping with as well,” Cody added.

Last year, Kardashian West visited President Trump at the White House to discuss the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time non-violent drug offender who had already served 21 years of a life sentence. A week later, the President commuted Johnson’s sentence and she was released.

Although Kardashian West hasn’t been tweeting about each of these success stories to her over 60 million followers on Twitter, Barnett says it’s because they’ve all been “busy.”

I never thought I’d say this, but she’s doing good work.

CHANGE IT BACK: Pornhub wants to buy Tumblr and restore site to former porn-filled glory. “Tumblr owner Verizon seeks buyer months after banning adult content.”

Unexpectedly?

THEN SHE DOESN’T KNOW MUCH HISTORY: Tenn. lawmaker shocked Democrats were locked in House chamber.

Johnson said just before a 15-minute recess shortly after 5 p.m. Central, Democrats learned they did not have anyone on the three-person committee for a controversial TennCare Block Grant Bill.

Before the recess was over, Johnson said she and other Democrats decided to go outside to strategize their next move when the session resumed. Their next move met an unexpected obstacle.

“The speaker told the troopers to lock the doors and not let anyone leave,” said Johnson. “We told the speaker you have to let us out. You can’t do this. The speaker said I can do whatever I want, basically saying he was above the law.”

“State law is very clear,” said Rep. Casada later Thursday night. “You have been elected to be in there. If you shirk your responsibilities, several of the actions that can be taken is state troopers can bring you back in there [the House chamber].”

When Tennessee ratified the 14th Amendment, the Democrats (who opposed ratification) absented themselves to prevent a quorum. The speaker, consistent with the rules that allowed the Sergeant at Arms or his deputies to enforce a quorum, hired detectives to go out and bring them back. Then they were locked in until after the vote. Compared to that, this is nothing.

WHAT? LIBERAL THINK TANKER RIPS WARREN’S COLLEGE LOAN SCHEME: Something is going on when a top think tanker representing two anchors of the Washington liberal establishment takes apart a progressive favorite’s plan for no-fault college loans.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Whale with harness could be Russian weapon, say Norwegian experts.

NOW OUT FROM ALLISON SCHRAGER: An Economist Walks into a Brothel: And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Higher minimum wage means restaurants raise prices and fewer employee hours, survey finds.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Once Again, Trump’s Economy Beats the ‘Experts.’

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot: No one is too old to be president.

—Headline, the Washington Post, yesterday.

Chaser: McCain’s Brain — How might the senator’s mind deteriorate over the next eight years? John McCain is old and, as several news outlets have reported, he’s only getting older.

—Headline, subhead and lede, Slate, then-owned by the Washington Post, June 11, 2008.

Hangover: “The big question he bumps into wherever he goes is his age. Reagan will be 69 in 1980 a year older than William Henry Harrison the country’s oldest president who died a month after his inauguration in 1841.”

—The Washington Post, September 24, 1978.

Typing “John McCain is too old to be president” into Google and setting the date range to cut off at January 1, 2009 brings up just about every major DNC-MSM news site grousing about McCain’s age when the 2008 DNC candidate was the much younger Barack Obama. Now that their leading candidates include Biden, Bernie, and Warren, the media aren’t interested in exploring that topic. Unexpectedly.

OUCH: Tesla Posts $700 Million First-Quarter Loss as CEO Elon Musk Says It Will Offer Insurance.

Analysts expected that Tesla would lose in the neighborhood of 69 cents per share in the first quarter, but Tesla’s real numbers, released today, were much, much worse than that. Tesla lost $2.90 a share, or $702.1 million in the quarter, according to CNBC, almost as much as they lost in the same quarter last year, mostly because of falling demand. Things still aren’t looking up.

The falling demand, much more than the financial loss, is what will worry Tesla the most. That’s because Tesla always positioned the Model 3 to be the mass-market car that would drive profit at the company. But the $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla started phasing out on January 1, and while the company still sold 63,000 cars this quarter, that was also below analysts’ expectations.

Tesla doesn’t have much time to waste in its effort to grow from boutique carmaker to mass producer, as the bigs here and overseas move big into electric over the next two to five years.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Easter Bunny brawler is Pasco man and fugitive from New Jersey with violent past.

Actually, when New Jersey Man becomes Florida Man, this kind of thing is to be totally expected.

“STRIDENT REGULATION:” Unexpected candor on a Kamala Harris presidency in the New York Times.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: U.S. Authorities Arrest Ex-Marine for Anti-Kim Raid on Spanish North Korean Embassy.

UNEXPECTEDLY! New York state tax revenues plummet by $3.7 billion. In the midst of an economic boom. Well, we know where New York is on the Laffer Curve now.

UNEXPECTEDLY:BuzzFeed collusion ‘bombshell’ not looking so good following release of Mueller report.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Florida man threatened to destroy town with army of turtles.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Doctors find four bees in woman’s eye, feeding on her tears.

DISEASE IS ANTI-VAX, TOO: Measles cases now reach 465 in the U.S., mostly in kids. “CDC reports the second-largest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000.”

The numbers are preliminary. The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

Cases have been confirmed in 19 states, up from 15 states the week prior. Outbreaks have hit several states, including California, Michigan and New Jersey. New York City accounted for about two-thirds of the U.S. cases reported last week.

Outbreaks have been linked to U.S. communities with pockets of unvaccinated people and travelers who get measles abroad.

Unexpectedly.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: NASA wants to go check out the poop the Apollo missions left on the moon.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: How a Few Stubborn Dutchmen Are Keeping Corporate Behemoth Wendy’s Off an Entire Continent.

“UNEXPECTEDLY,” NOW IN STEREO: “’New York Times’ Journalist Describes An ‘Almost Unimaginable’ Crisis In Venezuela,” NPR reports.

CTL-F “Socialism” yields zero returns. And the photo atop the article, of an elderly woman dramatically holding a candle in a dark room, is particularly rich coming less than a week after the left’s annual “Earth Hour” blackout stunt, and blanket coverage of AOC’s Green New Deal fantasies.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Surprise! NYC Losing Restaurant Jobs to $15 Minimum Wage.

Some people stockpile food and ammo. My basement has a freezer filled with Sarah Hoyt Shocked Faces, and several crates of Unexpectedlys.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Dick’s Sporting Goods Loses $150 million On Gun Control Crusade.

Now Bloomberg’s own media outlet, Bloomberg.com, is reporting that Dick’s itself estimates the price of its anti-gun advocacy at $150 million in lost sales in 2018, or almost 2% of the company’s annual revenue.

And while anti-gunners insisted they would reward Dick’s with increases in their own business, the same article mentions a new Stanford University study that casts doubt on that premise. According to that research, “Respondents said they were more likely to buy a product to support a CEO’s political stance than they were to boycott in disagreement, but their actions revealed the opposite.” The article continued, “When asked for specific examples, 69 percent could name a product they’d stopped buying, and only 21 percent could recall a product they started buying.”

So it seems, unsurprisingly, that being boastfully anti-gun is a dumb idea for a gun store, as is counting on the professed loyalty and support of anti-gunners (who, let’s face it, probably aren’t likely to be the most athletically inclined people and to need the other types of wares that Dick’s sells anyway).

Nevertheless, Stack remains defiant. “It was worth it,” the article quotes him as saying.

Shareholders ought to sue.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT WORKING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: “I Broke Up With Her Because She’s White,” notes a columnist in the New York Times’ “Modern Love” section:

But the real reason I think I can no longer date white women isn’t any of that. It’s because in today’s hashtag-woke society, there is mad pressure to be hashtag-woke. To be aware of the implications of whom you’re attracted to and why. Which means that in the eyes of others, the color of the women I date is a big deal. Like I’m the problem. Like I’m betraying my people if I date white women.

But I was taught that we were all one people!*

I see people watching me with a stink eye, noses turned up, as if they think black and brown people would somehow be better off if I dumped my white girlfriend. It’s a lot of pressure. Along with each watchful eye, the whispers of, “Pick a side, Chris, pick a side,” fill my already noisy mind.

I started reading James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and other black and brown authors looking for guidance, a road map, help on what it means to be a brown man in the world. Like: Yes, our bodies have been colonized. Yes, I am a child of blackness. Yes, the black body has done more for society than it has gotten in return. Yes, society seems to want to embrace a lot of things associated with blackness without actually being black.

How did we get here? If everyone is so woke, why are things so terrible?

Found via Allahpundit, who tweets, “It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at this [last] line.”

“Unexpectedly,” the institutional left is once again acting like the mirror image of the alt-right.

* Not reading the New York Times since the early 1990s, you weren’t.

 

AOC IS STUDYING THIS ARTICLE LIKE IT’S A HOW-TO GUIDE: Venezuela returns to ‘Middle Ages’ during power outages.

Gosh, that’s quite a bit of “unexpected” bad luck.

YOUR DAILY HOURLY TREACHER: United Airlines Goes Gender-Neutral or Whatever. In over a century of manned airflight, there’s one nagging problem that has never been addressed: misgendering. That ends today:

 

What could go wrong?

In recent years, United has had a slew of bad publicity, including at least one passenger dragged off a flight, and another who was a 63 year old attorney, teacher, and human rights advocate forced to give up her first class seat for far left Rep Sheila Jackson Lee, only to be dubbed a racist (unexpectedly!) by Lee because she complained. The airline cast off a wide swatch of conservatives when it virtue signaled to the left that it was removing travel discounts for NRA members. Here’s a way for United to get the uber-woke crowd off their backs — at least for a little while.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Gavin Newsom’s death-row betrayal.

As a gubernatorial candidate, Newsom solemnly pledged to abide by the voters’ death-penalty decisions, despite disagreeing with them. He promised to be “accountable to the will of the voters” and not let his “personal opinions” interfere with “the public’s right to make a determination” about capital punishment. His spokesman last year told the San Francisco Chronicle that Newsom “recognizes that California voters have spoken on the issue and [would] respect the will of the electorate.” In editorial-board meetings, Newsom agreed that “it would be an affront for a governor to say ‘Here’s what I’m going to do by fiat.'”

His word was not to be trusted.

Why would Californians have ever trusted his word? Newsom has long enjoyed instituting his vision by fiat, something voters of the formerly Golden State evidently didn’t mind when they elected him.

THE 21ST CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED, ESPECIALLY IN DE BLASIO’S NEW YORK: Cuomo, NYPD chief call to ban repeat masturbators from NYC subway.

Related (from Ed): “Unexpectedly,” De Blasio can’t make the sale as a presidential candidate: De Blasio’s sad road show.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Man uses nude mannequins to get revenge after neighbor’s fence dispute.

YOUNG ADULT INFOTAINMENT SITE VOX: Why are millennials burned out? Capitalism.

I’ll take the Scourge of Plenty over the alternative any day.

Slightly more seriously, it’s sad — but not unexpected — to see young socialists sell out their peers to statism.

UNEXPECTEDLY!!!!  Murders up 30 percent in New York City this year.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Omar’s words sting at home, threatening to strain ties of Jewish and Somali Minnesotans, notes the Washington Post, in a column published by the San Francisco Chronicle, and linked to by Matt Drudge.

If only Minneapolis had its own local newspaper that could have warned Minnesotan voters of Omar’s radicalism in 2018…

FUNNY HOW THIS KEEPS HAPPENING. Ilhan Omar backtracks, claims media distorted Obama remarks.

“Exhibit A of how reporters distort words. I’m an Obama fan! I was saying how [President] Trump is different from Obama, and why we should focus on policy not politics,” she tweeted, referring to an interview published earlier in the day by Politico Magazine.

She included a nearly two-minute recording of her interview. But the audio clip essentially confirmed that her quotes, though edited, were accurate.

Unexpectedly. That pesky “different experience in the use of words” just keeps tripping her up for some strange reason.

SISTER TOLDJAH: Paul Krugman Says Something Dangerously Stupid About “Brands Of Anti-Semitism”, Gets Flattened In Response.

I’m (just) old enough to remember when Krugman was a not-very-political economist with interesting or unexpected things to say, but those memories are growing dim.

UNEXPECTEDLY!  Marijuana legalization has boosted snack food sales, study reveals.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Good News: Opioid Prescribing Fell. The Bad? Pain Patients Suffer, Doctors Say.

HUH: Newsrooms that rushed to report tax refunds were smaller this year go silent on IRS data showing refunds have increased.

To be more specific, the average tax refund has increased to $3,143 from $3,103 last February, according to cumulative statistics comparing the 2018 and 2019 filing seasons.

Oddly enough, certain newsrooms have responded to this development with total silence. I say “odd,” because it was just a few weeks ago that these same newsrooms rushed to report that tax refunds were smaller this year, suggesting either implicitly or explicitly that the decrease was tied to the Republican Party’s tax reform bill.

“Millions of Americans could be stunned as their tax refunds shrink,” read a headline published on Feb. 10 by the Washington Post. The story reported, “Many Americans may confuse their meager refunds as a sign that they paid more in taxes as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Generally, that is not true.” On Feb. 14, the Post ran a story titled, “IRS says average tax refund is down nearly 9 percent so far this year.”

That story included a line that reads, “Many early filers are still upset about getting a smaller refund or unexpectedly owing money, even if they did pay lower taxes overall as a result of the Republican tax bill that passed in December 2017.”

As of March 2, the Post has published nothing showing the average refund is now greater than it was at this point in 2018.

To be fair, the Washington Post is a terrible newspaper.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Study finds evidence that mainstream economic news is biased in favor of Democrats.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Network that employs Al Sharpton really struggling to admit that Ilhan Omar’s just an anti-Semite.

The socialism of fools, indeed: Why is the left (both in America and abroad) such a cesspit of anti-Semitism?

UNEXPECTEDLY: America’s Cities Are Running on Software From the ’80s.

The only place in San Francisco still pricing real estate like it’s the 1980s is the city assessor’s office. Its property tax system dates back to the dawn of the floppy disk. City employees appraising the market work with software that runs on a dead programming language and can’t be used with a mouse. Assessors are prone to make mistakes when using the vintage software because it can’t display all the basic information for a given property on one screen. The staffers have to open and exit several menus to input stuff as simple as addresses. To put it mildly, the setup “doesn’t reflect business needs now,” says the city’s assessor, Carmen Chu.

San Francisco rarely conjures images of creaky, decades-old technology*, but that’s what’s running a key swath of its government, as well as those of cities across the U.S.

Shades of the New Yorker cover from 2013, which showed Obama with Gordon Gekko’s brick-sized cell phone and Kathleen Sebelius crossing her fingers while Jay Carney nervously inserted a five-inch floppy disk into the TRS-80-era Obamacare server. Not to mention the speeches that Newt Gingrich was giving during the heady Contract With America days of 1994 and 1995, when he would hold up in one hand a vacuum tube, and in the other a microchip. As he explained, vacuum tubes were still in use in some FAA-regulated Air Traffic Control towers in America.

As Kevin Williamson wrote during the disastrous Obamacare rollout, “We choose not between Marx and Adam Smith but between the DMV and the Apple store:”

I can walk out of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York, which sees more visitors per day than any DMV office, with a couple thousand dollars’ worth of electronics without ever having to stand in line, much less fill out paperwork. When I found myself in need of an unexpectedly large sum of cash while out of the country a couple of years ago, one telephone call to American Express, lasting less than ten minutes, was all it took. Services such as Seamless and OpenTable have greatly simplified all sorts of commercial transactions, and services such as Uber have begun to disrupt longstanding cartels and monopolies on taxi services and other conveniences. Some services even make dealing with the government easier, such as the concealed-carry apps that use GPS to let you know whether you’re legally packing.

And Leviathan is not happy about that.

Fortunately, beginning in 2016, Democratic operatives with bylines advised out of work coalminers to learn to code, before receiving similar advice from former readers in more recent times. Hopefully all of the efforts of these nascent software engineers will eventually begin to pay off to bring urban governmental software into the 1990s.

* Now who’s being naive, Kay? When I lived in Silicon Valley, the numerous power outages were a reminder that the businesses trying to bring you the 21st century were reliant upon a power grid that, thanks to the NIMBY nature of Bay Area leftists, hadn’t been upgraded since the 1960s heyday of Pat Brown, Jerry’s dad.

HARRY REID: I DIDN’T MEAN IT WHEN I SAID BUSH WAS THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

When the next Republican president takes office, the DNC-MSM’s strange new respect for President Trump to reflexively bash his successor will be astonishing to watch — but not at all “unexpected.”

MAINSTREAM MEDIA BLACKS OUT THE DEMOCRATS’ INFANTICIDE VOTE: There’s no good way to spin the Democrats’ vote. So many in the MSM simply ignored it.

Unexpectedly:

Though Iowahawk’s related quip is, sadly, far too close to the mark to be satire:

NASHVILLE: Teacher Town Hall: MNPS discipline policies spark ‘chaos.’

More than any other issue, these veteran Metro Schools educators said that student discipline — or the lack of it — has become a huge concern under Dr. Shawn Joseph, as the schools director tries to dramatically reduce the number of students being suspended.

Elementary school guidance counselor Constance Wade recounted the stories that teachers tell.

“Students are in school and they are disruptive and they are running through the halls and they are using profanity and hurting other students,” she said.

While the teachers acknowledged that Joseph’s push to keep children in school — especially children of color — is a good idea, that hasn’t stopped students from taking advantage of those good intentions.

“You reduce discipline because we cannot suspend students,” Wade said.

“But by the same token, you’ve kind of opened up a Pandora’s box because students aren’t always feeling like they get consequences so they continue.”

Retired middle school teacher Karen Gordon said, “Students walk in and out of classes. They walk out and when they come back, they are laughing and it’s more disruptive because they know they can do it. ”

“It’s like a domino effect,” said middle school teacher Sonji Collins.

Unexpectedly! I mean, who could have foreseen this happening, just because the same thing has happened everywhere else it’s tried?

UNEXPECTEDLY:  Transgender males finish first and second in CT girls state high school track championships.

But other than biology, what could have told us this would happen???

OUCH: The Obama Presidential Library That Isn’t.

I say “ouch” because believe it or not this is from the New York Times:

The four-building, 19-acre “working center for citizenship,” set to be built in a public park on the South Side of Chicago, will include a 235-foot-high “museum tower,” a two-story event space, an athletic center, a recording studio, a winter garden, even a sledding hill.

But the center, which will cost an estimated $500 million, will also differ from the complexes built by Barack Obama’s predecessors in another way: It won’t actually be a presidential library.

In a break with precedent, there will be no research library on site, and none of Mr. Obama’s official presidential records. Instead, the Obama Foundation will pay to digitize the roughly 30 million pages of unclassified paper records from the administration so they can be made available online.

And the entire complex, including the museum chronicling Mr. Obama’s presidency, will be run by the foundation, a private nonprofit entity, rather than by the National Archives and Records Administration, the federal agency that administers the libraries and museums for all presidents going back to Herbert Hoover.

The plan was revealed, with little fanfare, in May 2017. Few details of the digitization were made public until Tuesday, when the foundation and the archives unexpectedly released a legal agreement outlining procedures for creating what is being billed as “first digital archives for the first digital president,” which they say will democratize access.

But as awareness of the plan has spread, some historians see a threat to future scholarship on the Obama administration.

Call me a cynic, but I’d wager that’s a feature not a bug.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Australia’s Obsession With Hopelessly Intermittent Wind & Solar Wrecking Entire Power Grid.

Australians once enjoyed affordable power, reliably delivered: the chaotic delivery of wind and solar changed all that. Australian power prices have rocketed out-of-control: its wind and solar power capital, South Australia pays the highest electricity prices, in the world.

Mass power cuts (aka load shedding and demand management) and mass blackouts are the new normal. And yet, the lunatics responsible are hell-bent on doubling down to deliver the final and fatal blow to Australia’s Eastern Grid (geographically, the largest interconnected power grid on the planet).

As Jo Nova explains, electricity generation and delivery is a finely balanced thing; and the sudden massive surges and collapses that are part and parcel of wind and solar generation are taking their toll, with much worse to come.

Ayn Rand didn’t write The Return of The Primitive as a how-to guide.

FLASHBACK: The Unexpected Return of ‘Duck and Cover.’

UNEXPECTEDLY: Americans continue their march to low-tax states.

Once again, Texas and Florida were the big winners in overall population gains, with the Lone Star State gaining more than 379,000 residents from 2017-18 and the Sunshine State posting a gain of more than 322,000.

The big net losers from the report were New York, which lost a total of 48,510 residents, and Illinois, which lost 45,116.

These state-by-state population numbers will alter the makeup of seats in the United States House of Representative during the once-a-decade reapportionment and redistricting process that will commence after the 2020 census.

The redistricting battle is gonna be as lit as ever, making this an excellent time for another pitch for Glenn’s welcome wagon idea.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Panera Bread’s Socialist ‘Pay What You Want’ Experiment Fails Miserably.

UNEXPECTEDLY: The Twin Cities’ ‘affordable housing’ shortage was caused by their politicians.

Seeing this problem, many people then demand that the government ‘do something’ about it. Typically, that ‘something’ involves spending more money or issuing a new raft of regulations. Thus, the $40 million Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has earmarked in his 2019 budget for affordable housing and the $71 million, three-year housing initiative which Saint Paul’s Mayor, Melvin Carter, has announced.

But before rushing in to spend and regulate away the lack of ‘affordable housing’, shouldn’t they take some time to ask how it arose?

When, in 2017, the Pioneer Press surveyed 60 government officials, builders, Realtors, housing and energy lobbyists, and home buyers on the causes of high housing costs in the Twin Cities they found that “…regulations, including energy-saving rules and safety codes, are tougher and costlier than in surrounding states…The cost of metro-area land is elevated by centralized planning, larger mandated lot sizes and a public resistance to development [and] An increasing use of city fees, tucked into the price of a new house, can add tens of thousands of dollars.”

As Thomas Sowell wrote about the Bay Area’s own “affordable housing shortage,” it’s “The Housing Price of Liberalism.”

In this part of California, liberalism reigns supreme and “open space” is virtually a religion. What that lovely phrase means is that there are vast amounts of empty land where the law forbids anybody from building anything.

Anyone who has taken Economics 101 knows that preventing the supply from rising to meet the demand means that prices are going to rise. Housing is no exception.

Yet when my wife wrote in a local Palo Alto newspaper, many years ago, that preventing the building of housing would cause existing housing to become far too expensive for most people to afford it, she was deluged with more outraged letters than I get from readers of a nationally syndicated column.

What she said was treated as blasphemy against the religion of “open space” — and open space is just one of the wonderful things about the world envisioned by liberals that is ruinously expensive in the mundane world where the rest of us live.

As Sowell writes, “Much as many liberals like to put guilt trips on other people, they seldom seek out, much less acknowledge and take responsibility for, the bad consequences of their own actions.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: Linda Sarsour Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar Amid Anti-Semitic Controversy.

Meanwhile, sorry, not sorry: Rep. Omar: I Am Sorry That I Hurt Jews, But AIPAC Is Still A Problem.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Clown-masked robbers armed with machete get beaten down by scooter-wielding grandma.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Zaxby’s Super Bowl Ad Mocked Chick-fil-A for Closing Sundays and it Backfired.

NO. I BELIEVE THEY SAID “HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS.”  New York Passes Evil Abortion Law, Virginia Legislature Says ‘It’s Our Turn!’

Look, reasonable people can disagree on first trimester abortion, but this? This makes a baby’s humanity dependent on being wanted by his mother AT THAT MOMENT. Had a baby the wrong sex? (And even with ultra sounds, they only figured out younger son was a boy three days before birth. Not that we cared, but we’d been assuming girl till then from what they’d told us.) Oops, wrong for mommy’s mental health, therefore baby must be murdered.  Evil.  Unmitigated evil. It makes a baby’s humanity conditional on a parent’s say so, and therefore it makes all humanity conditional. How many of us were unexpected or even unwanted children? Do you want this law?

UNEXPECTEDLY: Another Side of #MeToo: Male Managers Fearful of Mentoring Women.

“The business case for women had been made,” Ms. Milligan said. “We were rocking it. And then #MeToo happened.”

Big deal. All men have to do is not be rapists, right? Uh, no:

One challenge is to assess the risk of sexual harassment in a company and to identify men who make women uncomfortable — or worse, harass them.

Uncomfortable. See it’s not men’s actions, but women’s feelings, that are in the driver’s seat. Shocking that men would want to limit their risk by limiting their exposure.