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UNEXPECTEDLY: Antisemitism from unexpected source — the African American Community.

UNEXPECTEDLY. Rasmussen: More Than a Quarter of Homes With Guns Bought Them Recently.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Murder Increases in 36 of 50 Cities — And This City Surprisingly Leads the Way.

WHO DESERVES A FUNERAL?

How could any person who has lost a loved one during the pandemic see this blatant hypocrisy and not be incensed? You had to decide which family member could enter the hospital and be the last to see their father alive. You had to have last rites read over the phone. You could not touch the casket before it’s lowered into the ground. You could not embrace each other as the dirt was shoveled. All the while, the same politicians who lectured you about making sacrifices to stop the spread traveled with impunity, attended large funerals without proper social distancing and avoided quarantines upon their return.

The funerals for Rep. Lewis in Atlanta and George Floyd in Houston — which was attended by Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ne-Yo, and others — are a reminder of how the elite prioritize their own lives and needs ahead of the rest of us. They don’t just think they are better than you; they act like it, too.

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“Unexpectedly,” it’s the latter: DC Mayor Exempts John Lewis Funeral Attendees From City’s Quarantine Restrictions. “Government activity is essential, and the Capitol of the United States is exempt from the Mayor’s Order.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: Large majority of Americans blame China for global spread of COVID-19, survey finds.

But they’re going to vote for one its lapdogs?

Earlier: China Is On The Ballot In 2020.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Seattle has fallen to woke racism.

As revealed by journalist Christopher Rufo, the course, titled, ‘Internalized Racial Superiority for White People’, will be taught in segregated ‘whites only’ training groups. According to the social-justice creed, only white people can be racist – and all of them are privileged and racist.

Staff are expected to go through various humiliating exercises, including ‘processing white feelings’ of ‘sadness’, ‘shame’ and ‘confusion’ (don’t black people ever feel those emotions?), considering their ‘relationships with white supremacy’, describing their own ‘white silence’ and ‘white fragility’, and noting the supposedly internalised white values of racism, among them ‘objectivity’, ‘perfectionism’ and ‘comfort’ (also unique to whites according to woke types – and therefore bad).

Employees will also be called on to share an incident in the recent past when they have ‘caused harm’ to a person of colour – because they must have done it at some point, surely?

Earlier: How to Talk to Your Employers About Anti-Racism.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Armed Minneapolis Residents Are Patrolling Their Own Neighborhoods As City Moves To Defund Police.

#DEFUNDTHEPOLICE: Murder Rate Spikes 10-50% in Major Cities.

The “Unexpectedly!” is implied.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Los Angeles Car Crime Reaches Record High. “COVID-19 was theorized to have only been part of the problem. While the study notes that lockdown measures meant more vehicles sitting around unattended for longer periods of time, making them tempting targets for thieves, it also references the California Judicial Council’s passing of new zero-dollar bail policy as a contributing factor.”

Also, thefts under $950 are pretty much ignored by police.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Mayor Lori Lightfoot planning to remove Christopher Columbus statue from Chicago’s Grant Park.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is planning to remove the controversial statue of Christopher Columbus from Chicago’s Grant Park as soon as Thursday night, in part to avoid another high-profile confrontation between police and protesters like the one that happened last week, sources told the Tribune.

As I asked on Sunday, “I wonder how long it will be before Mayor Lightfoot orders the statue crated and then removed under the onus of ‘public safety concerns,’ the language used by Philadelphia’s mayor to remove his town’s Columbus statue in June.”

The answer is: not very long at all.

UNEXPECTEDLY: DC Black Lives Matter Protest Turns Anti-Semitic.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Are Minneapolis Crime Increases Evidence of a “Ferguson Effect?”

UNEXPECTEDLY!  Surge in NYPD Retirement Causes Alarm.

UNEXPECTEDLY: District attorney who filed hate crime charges for painting over Black Lives Matter mural was backed by billionaire George Soros.

Earlier: “A left-wing criminal justice advocacy group with ties to George Soros is targeting nearly 500 prosecutor and sheriff elections across America in 2019 to install leftist local officials who will be soft on crime and refuse to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: 400% surge in NY police retirement applications this week.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Cuomo Investigates Himself, Finds He’s Not at Fault for Deadly COVID-19 Nursing Home Policy.

UNEXPECTEDLY! City of Atlanta sees massive spike in crime over last month – we dig into what’s going on. “Atlanta police say murders are up 86% over 28 days last month compared to the same time last year. There is also a 22% rise in aggravated assaults and a 14% increase in burglaries.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: Cleveland Indians ready to discuss changing team name.

Flashback: Scott Ott of Scrappleface: ACLU: Effort to Marginalize Indians Succeeding.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Beijing appoints tough-talking party official Zheng Yanxiong to lead powerful new agency in Hong Kong. “Zheng Yanxiong, known for his hardline approach to handling protests in Guangdong, chosen to head the Beijing office in Hong Kong.”

UNEXPECTEDLY! Russians Voters Approve Plan To Extend Putin’s Rule Until 2036.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Houston Protesters Begin to Fall Ill With Coronavirus After Marching for George Floyd.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Obama Expresses Strange New Respect for George W. Bush.

Every Republican president is Hitler, until he leaves office, and then he is magically rehabilitated by the DNC-MSM as a distinguished and wise statesman to bash the current Hitler.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Surge in L.A. Cases of Coronavirus Attributed to Protests: “It’s ‘highly likely’ that the surge is connected to mass protests that erupted in recent weeks over the death of George Floyd, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.”

UNEXPECTEDLY!  Kids are developing PTSD from coronavirus pandemic.

WOODROW WILSON’S NAME REMOVED FROM TWO NJ SCHOOL BUILDINGS: “Monmouth University will remove the name of Woodrow Wilson from the building he once used as his ‘summer White House,’ and Camden will change the name of its Wilson high school after 90 years.”

While this article at Trenton’s WKXW FM radio station correctly mentions that “the 34th governor of New Jersey [and] 26th president of the United States — who oversaw the re-segregation federal offices, and who once screened a film portraying Ku Klux Klan members as heroes in the White House,” his Democratic Party affiliation is “unexpectedly” missing.

Via Seth Mandel of the Washington Examiner, who tweets, “Princeton, you’re on the clock.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: United Nations comes out in support of Antifa.

UNEXPECTEDLY: New York’s Murder Rate Is Up. Way Up.

IN SCRAMBLE AMID BACKLASH, NBC, GOOGLE BOTH RELEASE CONTRADICTORY MESSAGES.

Related: NBC Appoints Itself Internet-Speech Arbiter:

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act declares, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider,” and you’ve probably seen increasingly heated arguments about this law. The gist is companies do not have civil liability for something that someone else posts on their website; Facebook is not responsible for what gets posted on its site the way the publishers and editors of the New York Times are for what gets published in their pages. Without this provision in the law, companies would want to run all potential comments by lawyers before letting anything go up online — or at the very least, have someone with familiarity with libel and criminal liability laws review comments before allowing the audience to see them.

Repealing Section 230 would, if not destroy Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, chat boards, comments, and most social-media sites, drastically alter how they operate; the days of users posting whatever they want on platforms with no oversight or review would come to an end.

Keep in mind, Google owns YouTube. It’s not hard to find “Jews control the world along with the Illuminati” videos on YouTube. Is Google responsible for the content of those videos? Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri noticed that Google believes that they cannot be held responsible for what others post on sites like YouTube, but simultaneously declares they will hold other companies responsible for what others post on their sites.

As Jim Geraghty asks, “Apparently, Google has decided that the Federalist is responsible for what gets posted in its comments sections. Will any other company be subjected to this standard? Will NBCNews.com be held responsible for comments on that site?”

More: “If you’re a conservative channeling all of your anger at Google, you are falling for a trap set by NBC. The culprit here is the Adele-Momoko Fraser, a ‘news verifier’ who authored a completely false article,” Robby Soave tweets, linking to his article at Reason: NBC Said Google Is Demonetizing The Federalist for Spreading Fake News; Google Says the NBC Report Is Fake News. The NBC News Verification Unit sadly did not live up to its name.

Unexpectedly.

WASHINGTON POST BLASTED OVER INACCURATE ‘GRIM MILESTONE’ TWEET ON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: ‘IT’S NOT TRUE.’

The Washington Post was blasted on social media after it jumped the gun with an inaccurate tweet Friday claiming the May U.S. unemployment rate was close to 20 percent, moments after the actual report indicated the rate unexpectedly had dropped to 13.3 percent.

“Grim milestone to be reached as May unemployment rate nears 20 percent,” the Post wrote in a now-deleted tweet to accompany a now-edited story with the same inaccurate headline.

UNEXPECTEDLY! US shocks economists by adding 2.5 million jobs in May as unemployment declines to 13.3%.

Models based on past unemployment are unreliable. Today’s “unemployment” is as high as it is because the government is paying many people an above-market wage to be unemployed, and because government is keeping many businesses closed, not because of a fundamental breakdown.

UNEXPECTEDLY!  81 percent of COVID-19 patients on cruise were asymptomatic, study says, raising concerns on lifting lockdown.

What concerns? Precisely? That just brings the rate of death of the infected down.
Personally I’m wondering what the alternative to lifting lockdown is.  “Starve harder” by fall? “Eat government money?”

It’s time to stop this nonsense. Let my people go.

UNEXPECTEDLY. Bill Maher: ‘Impeachment Turned out to Be a Horrible Thing.’

HMM: Coronavirus: low antibody levels raise questions about reinfection risk. “Researchers in Shanghai hope to determine whether some recovered coronavirus patients have a higher risk of reinfection after finding surprisingly low levels of Covid-19 antibodies in a number of people discharged from hospital. A team from Fudan University analysed blood samples from 175 patients discharged from the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre and found that nearly a third had unexpectedly low levels of antibodies. In some cases, antibodies could not be detected at all.”

UPDATE: So some possibilities: The report could be false, or mistaken. Either is possible, and doubly so coming out of China. Or these people never had Covid-19 at all. Alternatively, it’s the innate immune system rather than the adaptive immune system that is key. Kids generally get few symptoms and their innate immune systems are much stronger than adults’. Maybe an effective innate immune response doesn’t produce a strong antibody count because it kills the disease off first.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Report: American Companies Are Leaving China.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Democrats Prep to Blame Trump for the Coronavirus Economy.

UNEXPECTEDLY: L.A. Bureaucrats Shut Down Restaurants for Selling Groceries Without a Permit. “You cannot just decide you want to sell groceries,” said Barbara Ferrer, the director of L.A. County Public Health.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): You say “groceries,” I say groundbreaking “raw, un-handled food restaurant.”

CHINESE MEDIA CAUGHT ERASING HISTORY AND ‘WUHAN VIRUS’ FROM REPORTS: China’s Global Times changes ‘Wuhan pneumonia’ to ‘novel coronavirus-related pneumonia’ in January article. 

Unexpectedly.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Putin dons hazmat suit, as Russia admits virus numbers likely far higher.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Economic Meltdown? Mass Unemployment? Solution: More Immigration!

UNEXPECTEDLY: Seven months later, New York Times’ 1619 Project leader admits she got it wrong. “It cannot be stressed enough that Hannah-Jones’s since-corrected version of historical events was key to the entire project, the premise of which is that America was founded upon, built upon, and primarily formed by slavery. But, hey, better late than never!”

BERNIE: ‘WE MUST SEIZE THE MEANS OF TOILET PAPER PRODUCTION.’

From — who else? — America’s Newspaper of Record.

For a more serious look at the phenomenon: There’s Plenty of Toilet Paper in the U.S. So Why Are People Hoarding It?

Australia has also suffered from panic buying of toilet paper despite plentiful domestic supply. A risk expert in the country explained it this way: “Stocking up on toilet paper is … a relatively cheap action, and people like to think that they are ‘doing something’ when they feel at risk.”

This is an example of “zero risk bias,” in which people prefer to try to eliminate one type of possibly superficial risk entirely rather than do something that would reduce their total risk by a greater amount.

And note that Bernie would approve of the Babylon Bee’s satiric headline:

Americans aren’t alone in panic buying to ensure they have plenty of squares to spare. Venezuelans hoarded the commodity in 2013 as a result of a drop in production, leading the government to seize a toilet paper factory in an effort to ensure more supply. It failed to do the trick.

Unexpectedly.

ADVICE TO ACADEMICS: Please do a bad job of putting your courses online. “This advice is very different from that which I would share if you were designing an online course.” Yes, my goal mid-semester is to make the transition as painless for the students as possible, not to suddenly create an entirely different online course to show how brilliant a teacher I am. They’ve already been sent home unexpectedly with an uncertain future. Keep it simple, stupid.

NOT EXACTLY UNEXPECTEDLY: U.S. Stock Rout Deepens in Broad Shift to Safety: Benchmarks fall more than 7% as S&P, Nasdaq join Dow in bear-market territory. “Outside of the U.S., losses were broad. European equities also fell, with the Stoxx Europe 600 shedding about 11%, putting the pan-continental gauge on course for its worst one-day performance on record.”

I think it’s got more to fall. I’m sitting on some cash waiting to buy in, but not yet.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER LIMOUSINE LEFTIST EXPOSED: SJW crusader Carlos Maza turns out to be a super wealthy socialist.

And “unexpectedly,” NY Post Reporter Locked Out Of Twitter For Exposing Socialist YouTuber Carlos Maza As Coming From Elite Wealth.

He’s now back online – at least for the time being:

UNEXPECTEDLY: Jesse Jackson Endorses Bernie Sanders.

NY’S NEW PLASTIC BAG BAN POSES CONVENIENCE, COST AND HEALTH RISKS.

Perhaps de Blasio is hoping that annoyance over it will distract voters from this: Major crimes in NYC unexpectedly surge after bail reform law.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Coronavirus live updates: US cases surpass 100 with 6 deaths; China sees ‘coming victory.’

Coronavirus-quarantined nursing home residents “held hostage in a petri dish,” relative says.

Coronavirus Infects 23 Iranian Lawmakers As Ayatollah Orders Military to Help Fight Spread.

Coronavirus: Colleague Of Whistle-blowing Doctor Dies Amid Wuhan’s Fight Against COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Purdue makes plans in case quarantine, online courses are necessary.

Unlikely UK will lock down cities to prevent coronavirus spread: Chief Medical Officer.

UK PM Johnson says army ready to step in if coronavirus escalates.

Coronavirus: Scotland facing ‘serious situation.’

Coronavirus situation in North Korea remains unclear, could be specially deadly, expert says.

US schools are in a ‘state of alert’ amid coronavirus outbreak. Are they overreacting — or not doing enough?

OPEC ministers to meet in Vienna to face coronavirus threat to oil demand.

Coronavirus Selloff Reveals the Hidden Mechanics of Financial Markets: Gold and yen are among the assets that have performed unexpectedly, revealing how market structures have changed.

Dr. Drew: Media-driven panic over coronavirus is a bigger problem than the virus.

Kroger limits quantities on sanitization, cold and flu products amid coronavirus fears.

World failed to learn SARS lessons for coronavirus fight.

Coronavirus delays PC and smartphone shipments for weeks.

Tight iPad Pro, custom Mac availability sign of coronavirus supply struggles.

UNEXPECTEDLY: “Bloomberg Campaign Says It’s a Two-Man Race for the Nomination”…says, Bloomberg News.

Flashback: Bloomberg News will not investigate Michael Bloomberg or Democratic rivals.

NEW YORK TIMES: The Election Year Economy Is Everything Trump Could Hope For.

Related (From Ed): Economy adds 225K jobs in January, far beyond expectations.

Unexpectedly, I’m still not tired of winning.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Man set to testify against MS-13 found murdered after New York releases witness list.

UNEXPECTEDLY! California’s New Gig Work Law Is Hurting Women.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Elizabeth Warren Transferred Oil-and-Gas Investments to Her Children To Protect Her ‘Green’ Political Profile.

Of course, even her “green” political profile has its limits:

 

UNEXPECTEDLY: New York’s Progressive Rent Regulations Having the Exact Same Negative Consequence That Skeptics Predicted.

According to a January survey conducted by the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)—a trade association representing owners of rent-stabilized buildings in New York City—69 percent of building owners have cut their spending on apartment upgrades by more than 75 percent since the passage of the state’s rent regulations. Another 11 percent of the landlords in the survey decreased investments in their properties by more than 50 percent.

The new law’s limits on recouping the costs of renovating apartments mean it is often more financially feasible to leave old apartments vacant.

“A big majority of our housing stock of stabilized units have been occupied between 40 and 50 years. These units require up to $100,000 and sometimes more, to complete a gut rehabilitation. You don’t need to be a genius to understand it makes no sense to invest that much only to get an $83.00 rent increase,” one survey respondent told CHIP.

CHIP, alongside the Rent Stabilization Association, is suing state and city officials over the new regulations.

The Commercial Observer reports that the new rent laws are encouraging small- and mid-sized landlords to exit the market entirely, writing that “many property owners have woken up to a world where their buildings are worth 30 to 50 percent less than they were a year ago.”

Easy prediction: Big, connected players will snap up these properties at a steep discount, at which point the city will grant relief and exemptions from the new regulations.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: IF YOU CAN’T MAKE BAIL THERE, NO PROBLEM: Suspects accused of running $7M fentanyl ring released without bail.

Flashback: Unexpectedly! Bail ‘Reform’ Turns Into a Bonanza for Repeat Offenders.

TIM HORTONS PULLS BEYOND MEAT PRODUCTS FROM ONTARIO, BRITISH COLUMBIA:

The fast-food restaurant chain had introduced the plant-based protein as a limited time offer, the spokeswoman said, adding that: “the product was not embraced by our guests as we thought it would be.”

Unexpectedly.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Watch Vice journalist break all four rules of gun safety in one second.

 

UNEXPECTEDLY! Bolsonaro’s popularity jumps as Brazil economy improves, crime drops.

AN “UNEXPECTEDLY” BRIEF TIME-OUT: Twitter mistakenly suspends and later reinstates Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

UNEXPECTEDLY: New York Bail ‘Reform’ Turns Into a Bonanza for Repeat Offenders.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Fecal Bacteria In California’s Waterways Increases With Homeless Crisis.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Senate Dems Won’t Support Measure Praising U.S. Military for Soleimani Killing. “The resolution is structurally identical to the 2011 Senate resolution praising former president Barack Obama for the operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. At that time, all 100 Democratic and Republican members of the Senate joined to support that resolution.”

UNEXPECTEDLY! U.S. Goods Trade Deficit Declines to Smallest in Three Years. “The U.S. merchandise-trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed for a third month in November to the smallest shortfall in three years as exports increased and imports declined, the latest sign that economic growth is holding up at the end of the year.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: 2020 Dems Condemn Trump Airstrike as ‘Reckless,’ Making Iran More Dangerous.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Obama Administration Stopped Israel From Assassinating Soleimani in 2015, Report Says.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Ex-Rikers inmates use city-funded debit cards to buy booze, juul pods.

UNEXPECTEDLY: California shocked to find bill decriminalizing retail theft resulted in… more retail theft.

UNEXPECTEDLY!

UNEXPECTEDLY! Rank-and-File Workers Get Bigger Raises.

Wages for rank-and-file workers are rising at the quickest pace in more than a decade, even faster than for bosses, a sign that the labor market has tightened sufficiently to convey bigger increases to lower-paid employees.

Gains for those workers have accelerated much of this year, a time when the unemployment rate fell to a half-century low. . . .

Pay for the bottom 25% of wage earners rose 4.5% in November from a year earlier, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Wages for the top 25% of earners rose 2.9%. Similarly, the Atlanta Fed found wages for low-skilled workers have accelerated since early 2018, and last month matched the pace of high-skill workers for the first time since 2010.

“A strong labor market makes the bargaining power of lower-paid workers more like the labor market higher-wage workers experience during good times and bad,” Nick Bunker, economist with job search site Indeed.com, said.

Labor Department data paint a similar picture. Average hourly earnings for production and nonsupervisory workers in the private sector were up 3.7% in November from a year earlier—stronger than the 3.1% advance for all employees—implying managers and other nonproduction workers saw a 1.6% wage increase in the past year. The department doesn’t produce separate management pay figures.

Nonsupervisory workers earned an average of $23.83 an hour in November according to the Labor Department; managers earned about twice that rate.

Paul Krugman hardest hit.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Seattle Restaurant Worker: I’m a Progressive, but the Minimum Wage Law Killed Jobs Including Mine.

MERRY CHRISTMAS: The decade that blew up energy predictions.

In 2010, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected that in 2019, the U.S. would be producing about six million barrels of oil a day. The reality? We’re now producing 12 million barrels of oil a day.

Meanwhile, EIA projected oil prices would be more than $100 a barrel. They’re currently hovering around $60 a barrel.

What’s happening: A pair of extraction methods — horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing — have unlocked far more oil and gas than experts had predicted, and companies have gotten hyper-efficient extracting more oil from each well.

EIA had projected in 2010 that the U.S. would be importing a net eight million barrels of petroleum by now, which includes crude oil and petroleum products like gasoline. In September, the U.S. actually exported a net 89,000 barrels of petroleum.

Flashback: A driving reason behind this is Congress lifting the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports in 2015, a policy change few thought possible a decade ago.

In 2010, EIA projected that the U.S. would be producing about 20 trillion cubic feet of natural gas by now. In 2018, the last full year of annual data, we produced more than 30 trillion.

What’s happening: Horizontal drilling and fracking are the key drivers here too — though oil is typically more valuable than gas, so the increase has been greater with oil than gas.

Meanwhile greenhouse emissions, predicted to be up, are down. And all of this happened . . . wait for it, wait for it . . . unexpectedly!

UNEXPECTEDLY: San Francisco is losing the battle despite spending $94 mil to clean it up.

Of course, in San Francisco, the left hand doesn’t know what the far left hand is doing: “Despite its spending more money per capita on homelessness than any comparable city, [San Francisco’s] homeless problem is worse than any comparable city’s,” SF Weekly noted a decade ago, stumbling into the Fox Butterfield effect.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Jews on Twitter not impressed with Rashida Tlaib’s Hanukkah greeting.

It seems like the overarching theme of Hanukkah went over Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s head. The Congresswoman from Michigan released an early Hanukkah greeting to the far-left Jewish group IfNotNow ahead of their holiday party and, in doing so, invoked the “occupation” in Palestine.

In the video, she wishes an early happy Hanukkah to the organization’s chapter in Detroit.

“You give me life,” she gushed from her office in Washington DC. “Your 2020 platform calling for every public official to commit to defunding the occupation in Falistine and fighting anti-Semitism and white nationalism is one that I can support very strongly.”

She said the group can consider her as their “partner” in Congress as well as in Michigan’s 13th district that she represents.

Naturally, Jews on Twitter took issue with her politicizing Hanukkah and glossing over the fact Hanukkah that it is a holiday that celebrates Jewish nationalism.

“She really missed the theme of Hanukkah,” one person noted.

“Unexpectedly,” as they say at Michael Bloomberg’s publication.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Sales of electric vehicles plummet in Ontario after rebate cancellation.

ALL THIS AND WORLD WAR II: Old and Busted: Can Greeks Become Germans? (As asked by Thomas Friedman when, “unexpectedly,” Greece needed a major financial bailout in 2011.)

The New Hotness, via WaPo? Analysis: If Britain had Germany’s electoral system, Boris Johnson may have lost the election.

I’m pretty sure that the period of 1939 through 1945, which the Times’ Paul Krugman defines as the economic “miracle of the 1940s,” and the EU as “the European Civil War,” helped to ensure that Britain avoided having Germany’s electoral system.

(Classical reference in headline.)

UNEXPECTEDLY: House Judiciary Committee Votes to Impeach Trump. “The articles of impeachment will move to the full House, with two days to consider them. The House of Representatives is likely to impeach Trump on partisan lines next week.”

AS THEY SAY AT AT HIS WEBSITE, UNEXPECTEDLY: Bloomberg Fumbles Facts, Laws in Gun-Control Policy Rollout.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Los Angeles Is Spending Over $1 Billion To House the Homeless. It’s Failing. New video from Reason TV:

UNEXPECTEDLY: Ronan Farrow says Hillary Clinton cooled on him when he investigated #MeToo crimes. “It’s remarkable how quickly even people with a long relationship with you will turn if you threaten the centers of power or the sources of funding around them,” Farrow says earlier this week.

CONAN THE TERRORIST-KILLING DOG VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE — AND JIM TREACHER IS ON IT: “Trump praised the hero dog who hunted down the terrorist, so that means dogs are bad now and terrorists are good. You can’t like dogs anymore. In any dispute between a Trump dog and a terrorist, you have to root for the terrorist or else you love Trump. If you still like dogs after today, you have to wear a MAGA hat all the time. Sorry, those are the rules.”

Related: Trump honors hero dog Conan. Media goes barking mad.

Unexpectedly.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Muslim AK-47s and Bombings Turn Sweden Into War Zone.

CALIFORNIA’S POWER OUTAGES ARE MAKING GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM RESEMBLE RECALLED GOV. GRAY DAVIS:

As wildfires scorch California and Pacific Gas & Electric turns off electricity in large swaths of the state to reduce the fire risk, our new progressive governor, Gavin Newsom, is facing the first real crisis in his young administration. “I own this,” he said, regarding the fires and related blackouts, but his press conferences have seemed less about a governor who is in control and more about a deer staring at the headlights.

Newsom isn’t the first California governor with national aspirations, but he’s not garnering comparisons to Hiram Johnson (who became U.S. senator), Earl Warren (later a U.S. Supreme Court justice), Ronald Reagan (the 40th president) or even Jerry Brown (who ran for president). Instead, the media is comparing him to Gray Davis, who was recalled in 2003 during the last round of rolling blackouts. That’s not a particularly good thing.

It’s a Red Queen’s Race: California has been in crisis mode over environmentalism and homelessness for decades, and “unexpectedly,” both of those problems continue to get worse and worse for the state. It’s also not surprising that Newsom is being compared an earlier fellow Democrat, since his administration is a reckoning over decisions made by his most recent predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, both in the immediate past, and during the 1970s.

THIS IS CNN: CNN’s April Ryan Attacks Woman Who Pointed Out Baltimore Garbage Problem, Claims ‘Cummings Never Got Over It.’

In July, Kimberly Klacik, a Baltimore County Republican official, appeared on Fox and detailed the problems of rats and garbage in West Baltimore and called for something to be done to address the problem.

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The woman who “created the controversy?” Did she plant the garbage in the district that has plagued the residents forever? Is she really blaming Klacik for actually pointing out the problem?

Not only that. “Cummings never got over the attack on him and the city. It is all because of her.” This is just so wrong. Cummings had cancer, suggesting somehow that his death is related to Klacik pointing out the problem is just vile.

And it wasn’t only April Ryan, her CNN colleague, Brian Stelter, also chimed in.

Unexpectedly.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Eyeball tattoos allegedly left ‘Blue Eyes White Dragon’ woman blind for 3 weeks. Plus: “Rarely do such extreme body modifications take place in a board-certified plastic surgeon’s office.”

UNEXPECTEDLY! Long lines and long waits for some on Day 1 of LAX’s new Uber, Lyft and taxi system.

In an attempt to tame the infamous traffic at the nation’s second-busiest airport, LAX officials on Tuesday took a major step: banning most Uber, Lyft and taxi pickups from the curbside. Drop-offs, which occur on the upper level, have not changed.

Even on a low-traffic day, the new pickup system had some growing pains. At points in the early afternoon, the wait time for Uber and Lyft rides swelled, with more than 100 people waiting in each line for their drivers in the pickup lot.

“When you make a bold change like this, you’ll be faced with a little bit of refining to get it right,” said Keith Wilschetz, deputy executive director at Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs LAX.

I read “bold change” as “taxi cab medallion protection.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: Ilhan Omar one of three House reps to vote ‘present’ on Armenia genocide bill. “Omar refused to back a resolution Tuesday that recognized the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during WWI as a ‘genocide.’”

UNEXPECTEDLY: Meanwhile, in the Heartland, Impeachment Isn’t Very Popular.

UNEXPECTEDLY: MSNBC Hides Bizarre Democratic Sex Scandal.

MSNBC hosts used to be fascinated with [Katie] Hill. This year alone, she appeared on MTP Daily with Chuck Todd (January 21), The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (February 5), Hardball with Chris Matthews (May 14), and All In with Chris Hayes (May 22). Suddenly, however, MSNBC journalists seem to have lost interest.

Last summer, while filling in for MTP Daily host Chuck Todd, MSNBC’s Chris Jansing promoted a website called “Swing Left,” designed to help “connect Democrats who live in…blue districts with nearby purple districts where they can make a difference and try to flip control of the House.” Jansing actually went to a canvassing event for Hill in California’s 25th Congressional District; where she spoke to volunteers working on behalf of the then-Congressional candidate. An excited Jansing celebrated the fact that Hill received a check for $164,297.14 during the course of her report.

While CNN’s on-air talent also came across as fangirls for Hill, at least they had the integrity to report on the scandal. It looks like when it comes to scandals involving Democrats, for MSNBC, silence is golden.

Just think of NBC as Democratic Party operatives with Chyrons, and it all makes sense.

Earlier: Katie Hill’s scandal is catnip for the London Daily Mail.

UPDATE: CNN, MSNBC largely ignore Dem Rep. Katie Hill during prime time, 2 nights in a row.

NEVER LET A MANUFACTURED CRISIS GO TO WASTE: Attorney blasts California Gov. Newsom for using homeless crisis to overturn will of voters.

Attorney Jim Breslo said Wednesday that California Gov. Gavin Newsom overturned the will of California voters by using the homeless crisis as an excuse to impose statewide rent control in an attempt to address a housing shortage.

“He’s [Newsom is] trying to use a crisis to do things that he wasn’t otherwise able to do,” Breslo told “Fox & Friends.”

“They couldn’t get statewide rent control approved by the voters.”

Although Newsom previously opposed the initiative, the former lieutenant governor and mayor of San Francisco changed his position and plans to sign a statewide rent-control law.

One more time, the Housing Gnomes’ three-step plan works like this:

1. Make construction more costly, and also cap rents.

2. ???

3. Housing for everyone!

Fortunately, I have a huge supply Unexpectedlys for use as the steps play out.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Venezuelans buy gas with cigarettes to battle inflation.