July 19, 2018

GOOD NEWS: US Chamber: America No. 1 in oil and natural gas, exports set to multiply.

PRIORITIES: Battling an image problem, Broward schools seeks public relations exec for up to $175,000 a year.

The school district has suffered a number of public relations hits since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, which left 17 people dead.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel has reported on how Stoneman Douglas under-reported crime on campus, how the school failed to provide adequate special education services to killer Nikolas Cruz; and how a culture of leniency has allowed unruly students to receive countless second chances.

The school district also struggled to defend its controversial PROMISE program, which offers alternatives to arrests for some misdemeanors. The district initially said Cruz was never eligible for the program, only to backtrack and said he started the program but failed to complete it for reasons no one could explain.

School Board members have complained that the district needs to be more aggressive in defending itself against negative news coverage.

Clearly, nothing more than bad PR is what ails Broward schools.

LIBRARIANS ARE GOING FAHRENHEIT 451 WITH BLINDING SPEED: Anti-Oppression Guide’ spreads to multiple college libraries. Funny how librarians are abandoning their intellectual-freedom heritage just as libraries themselves face obsolescence. Seems unwise, but somehow typical.

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CHANGE: U.S. weekly jobless claims drop to more than 48-and-a-half-year low.

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: We’ll Always Have Montenegro and Much, Much More. “The latest scandal is that Trump still won’t admit that RUSSIA tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, which is an important admission for the media because they want to delegitimize Trump’s election. Do you notice how often the media point out in their pieces or on television that the intelligence agencies agree the RUSSIAN inteference didn’t impact the election outcome? They almost never mention this or if they do, it’s in paragraph 47.”

A C-17 TAKES OFF: The crew’s demonstrating the big transport’s ability to operate from a “short” runway.

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

MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING, BUT: RNC raises $213 million ‘fastest ever,’ 99% small donors, to spend $250 million in 2018.

ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS NOT BE CRAZY. AND THEY CAN’T EVEN DO THAT. White House Protesters Enlist Mariachi to Try to Keep Trump Awake.

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: US Congressman Calls for Ban on Crypto Buying and Mining.

Congressman Brad Sherman is no stranger to controversial statements on the subject – back in March he called cryptocurrencies “a crock” – and during the Wednesday hearing of a subcommittee for the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, he went so far as to advocate keeping Americans out of the market entirely.

“We should prohibit U.S. persons from buying or mining cryptocurrencies,” the California Democrat declared. He added that, beyond cryptocurrencies being potentially used as a form of money in the future, it can currently be used by tax evaders and rogue states seeking to bypass U.S. sanctions.

And law-abiding Americans should be punished for that why, exactly?

I DUNNO, I THINK IT’LL TURN OUT EVERYBODY: California Gas-Tax Repeal Organizers See Rallying Point for GOP Voters.

WINNING: U.S. Oil Shock: Production Hits 11 Million, Inventories Jump Unexpectedly.

The Energy Information Administration said U.S. output hit 11 million barrels per day last week, after holding at 10.9 million bpd for the prior five weeks. Just five months ago, domestic production topped 10 million bpd.

But production data from the lower 48 states appears to be getting rounded off in recent weeks, meaning actual output may be slightly below 11 million bpd.

Crude stockpiles rose by 5.8 million barrels. Gasoline supplies fell by 3.2 million barrels. Analysts polled by S&P Global expected a 3 million-barrel drop in crude stockpiles and a 1 million-barrel drop in gasoline supplies.

I get the feeling that when summer peak demand fades and refineries have a chance to catch up with crude inventories, that pump prices will fall hard and fast.

Just nobody tell Obama.

AS THE NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL’S” HERO WOULD SAY, HEIGHTEN THE CONTRADICTIONS: Pro-Israel Schumer is on the Spot Over Ocasio.

THE POLITICAL WORLD EXPLAINED: Everyone Is Smart Except Trump.

It really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd at MSNBC does. All the journalists do.

They could not stand up to Matt Lauer at NBC. They could not stand up to Charlie Rose at CBS. They could not stand up to Mark Halperin at NBC. Nor up to Leon Wieseltier at the New Republic, nor Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone, nor Michael Oreskes at NPR, at the New York Times, or at the Associated Press. But — oh, wow! — can they ever stand up to Putin! Only Trump is incapable of negotiating with the Russian tyrant.

Ouch.

THAT WOULD REQUIRE TAKING NOTICE OF SOME INCONVENIENT TRUTHS: Democrats must talk tougher on Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba if they want to win Florida.

#JOURNALISM: Another Day, Another Case Study on Media Bias. “Huh? Why the headline focus on the NRA, then? The headline could have just as easily read ‘NAACP and some other nonprofits’ or ‘Planned Parenthood and some other nonprofits.’ There’s no justification given in the article for the focus on the NRA in particular when we’re talking about a rule that affects literally every 501(c)(4).”

We all know why.

RAND PAUL BRINGS THE SMACK: “John Brennan started out his adulthood by voting for the communist party presidential candidate. He is now ending his career by showing himself to be the most biased, bigoted, over the top, hyperbolic, and unhinged Director of the CIA we have ever had.”

And he’s right. Brennan, Comey and Clapper — not to mention Strzok and a host of lower-level folks — demonstrate that our institutions suffer from advanced rot. Mean Girls wasn’t supposed to be a reality show about federal bureaucrats.

Related: James Comey Meddles In 2018 Election.

WHICH REALLY HAMPERED ITS ABILITY TO RESPOND TO INSULTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:  T. Rex Couldn’t Stick out Its Tongue.

LOOK AT IT ANOTHER WAY, WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF THESE CRACKS IN THE UNIFORM WALL OF PUBLIC LEFTISM:  Chrissie Hynde: ‘My Dad Loved Rush Limbaugh.’

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  UK Prime Minister’s Support Dropping Like May Flies.

WHAT ELSE CAN THEY DO SINCE HISTORY CONDEMNS THEIR POLITICS? Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Relative On Librarians’ Dismissal Of Her Work: ‘Trying To Rewrite’ History.

DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH:  Democrats Need To Get A Grip On Reality.

AGAIN, YOU NEED TO HAVE A HEART OF STONE NOT TO LAUGH LIKE AN HYENA:  Another Lefty documents his fall from Grace.

YOU HAVE TO HAVE A HEART OF STONE NOT TO LAUGH LIKE AN HYENA:  Trouble among the Swedish literati.

MAYBE CNN?  Seriously, folks…

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE INTERVIEW WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE’S THIRD UNDER-JANITOR QUITS:  IMPORTANT: White House stenographer quits her job and CNN is ON IT.

BUT BUT BUT… FUTURE FACE OF THE DEMOCRATS:  Ouch! Even CNN’s Chris Cillizza advises Dems to ‘slow their roll’ on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Cillizza should reconsider.  I mean, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters aren’t going to live forever, and who is going to replace them with crazy and stupid of that caliber?  I favor Occasionally-Cortex for the job!

July 18, 2018

FROM MY COLLEAGUE BRADLEY AREHEART AND JESSICA ROBERTS: The Future Of Genetic Privacy. Forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal. Download it early and often!

THE SISTER OF MY FRIEND HANNAH COX IS RUNNING THIS NEW ONLINE BOUTIQUE. You should check it out. I thought the sister was the model (the resemblance is strong), but actually it’s a friend of hers. She’s running it with Naomi Olindo (of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” fame) out of an office in Charleston, South Carolina. Lovely clothes for lovely women.

BOOKWORM ROOM: Living with Non-Verbal Autism.

NOW OUT FROM MY FORMER STUDENT GEORGE SPENCER: Courage 101: True Tales of Grit & Glory.

CHANGE: Senate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court.

FINALLY, SOME SCIENCE-BASED POLICY: Quote of the year, via FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb: “An almond doesn’t lactate.”

OPEN THREAD: Is there anything to talk about?

EITHER WAY, THIS ISN’T A GOOD LOOK FOR OUR HIGH-TECH OVERLORDS: Facebook, Google, Twitter Don’t Know—or Don’t Care—if China Tried to Meddle in 2016 Election.

OUR NONPARTISAN CIVIL SERVICE: Comey: Anyone Voting Republican This Fall Is Un-American. As I say, with Comey, Clapper, Strzok and Brennan, the Trump era has revealed that our major institutions have been in the hands of really awful people.

WHEN YOUR NOVEL DIES: Sarah Hoyt on the middle-of-the-book paralysis.

THE REVOLT AGAINST THE MASSES: Measure to split California into three states removed from ballot by the state Supreme Court.

THE TRANSGENDER POSSE COMES FOR SCARLETT JOHANSSON:  In fairness, she must be used to these posses by now.

Related (From Ed): With Johansson having backed out of starring as a trans man, it’s quite possible that project is about to be shelved. But as this article, written before she caved to the outrage mob notes, the character that Johansson would have played was, well, quite a character: The Amazing life of transgender gangster Mr. Gill.

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MAKE WISCONSIN GREAT AGAIN: I was surprised to see overt support for Trump on the UW campus today.

THAT TRUMP BABY BALLOON ISN’T FLYING — YET — IN NEW JERSEY: Remember that Baby Trump balloon protesters flew in London to express their dissatisfaction with the U.S. president? Lefties here in the states are using the balloon figure to raise funds to fly three of the Trump babies near a New Jersey golf course bearing the chief executive’s moniker. But LifeZette’s Michele Blood reports there are some pre-flight checks that haven’t been completed, so the protest babies may not get off the ground for a while.

BARACK OBAMA: “Democracy demands that we’re able also to get inside the reality of people who are different than us so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they’ll change ours. You can’t do this if you just out of hand disregard what your opponent has to say from the start. And you can’t do it if you insist that those who aren’t like you because they are white or they are male, somehow there is no way they can understand what I’m feeling, that somehow they lack standing to speak on certain matters.”

MORE EVIDENCE THAT TEENAGERS NEED MORE SLEEP: “Researchers studied 829 boys and girls, average age 13, who wore electronic measuring devices that tracked sleep time, sleep quality and physical activity over seven to 10 days. They also recorded five factors associated with cardiovascular risk: waist circumference, blood pressure, HDL or “good” cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin resistance. Inadequate sleep was common — 31 percent of the children slept less than seven hours a night, and 58 percent had poor sleep efficiency as measured by percentage of time awake after initial sleep onset. Shorter sleep duration and poorer sleep efficiency were associated with higher systolic blood pressure, lower HDL cholesterol, higher triglycerides and higher glucose levels, all indicators of poorer metabolic health.”

THOM NICKELS: At UPenn, Movement To Erase Campus Ties to Slavery Heats Up.

THE LEFT’S GREATEST DESIRE IS TO FIT IN: Sarah Hoyt on the “cool kids” in DC and Hollywood.

BIG GOVERNMENT PROGRAM FAILS. GO FIGURE. Large randomized trial finds state pre-k program has adverse effects on academic achievement. “What did the Tennessee study find? Like the Head Start RCT, it found positive effects on student achievement at the end of the pre-k year (e.g., their ability to identify letters and words), but these effects dissipated as children entered elementary school and—in the case of Tennessee—turned modestly negative by third grade, with the control group outperforming the pre-k group in math and science achievement.”

On the other hand, pre-K provides more jobs for Democrat-voting government employees. If it’s bad for kids, well, that hardly makes this unique.

BLUE ON BLUE: Ocasio-Cortez Learns the Agony of Victory as Lieberman Tells N.Y. Dems to Vote Crowley.

I’m not sure how much sway Joe Lieberman holds with today’s Democratic voters.

DEMANDING REPRESSION: People on social media are flipping out about this Mark Zuckerberg interview, in which he expresses reluctance to blanket-censor Holocaust deniers on Facebook. Do they really want a giant corporation deciding what details of the Holocaust (or any other historical event) are accurate, and punishing those who disagree? That sounds like a nightmare — both for the social media giants and for us.

FOR THE LAST TIME, ANYTHING YOU PUT ON THAT TELEPROMPTER, RON BURGUNDY WILL READ! Obama Decries the Political Habits That Drove His Career.

Obama said yesterday, “For once solidly middle-class families in advanced economies like the United States, these trends have meant greater economic insecurity, especially for those who don’t have specialized skills, people who were in manufacturing, people working in factories, people working on farms.” Had he focused on this more during his presidency, would Hillary Clinton have lost?

Obama lamented, “In the West, you’ve got far-right parties that oftentimes are based not just on platforms of protectionism and closed borders, but also on barely hidden racial nationalism.” Would those parties have flourished if the Barack Obamas and Angela Merkels of the world had taken citizens’ demands for border security and carefully scrutinized immigration more seriously? How much faith was lost in U.S. immigration controls when the 9/11 hijackers, the Boston Marathon bombers, and the San Bernardino terrorists entered the country legally? Is anyone surprised that many Germans bristled when Merkel decided, unilaterally, to allow in more than 1 million migrants — many of them fleeing the wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan?

Read the whole thing.

BUT THE NARRATIVE! Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland.

Hot take: European colonialism is good for the rainforest.

DO WE NEED WEB SERVERS? I’ve got a new piece up about a “serverless” web.

LOTS OF PILLS THAT ARE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE CAN’T BE BOUGHT ON LINE. WHY ARE THESE DIFFERENT? Abortion pills are safe and effective. Why can’t U.S. women buy them online? Planned Parenthood doesn’t even want you to be able to buy birth-control pills over the counter.

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PEAK NEW YORK TIMES REACHED: Raising My Child in a Doomed World — Some would say the mistake was having our daughter in the first place.

I blame the overpopulation that was the unexpected byproduct of all of that frenetic Soviet sexual activity.

Related: Some counterpoint to the Gray Lady’s doom:

BRIDGET PHETASY: The Seven Stages Of A Woman Scorned.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Thoughts on Mass Tenure Revocation at Vermont Law School in the Shadow of the Market and Beyond Shared Governance. Though legal education is a “market” that is supervised by a cartel.

OOPS: Papa John’s Founder Says It ‘Was A Mistake’ To Resign Over N-Word Comment.

“The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation. I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so,” Schnatter wrote in a letter Saturday to the pizza chain’s board of directors, according to the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

“I will not allow either my good name or the good name of the company I founded and love to be unfairly tainted,” he added.

In the letter, the pizza company founder also explained that during the training session he was asked if he was racist, to which he said, “no.”

“I then said something on the order of, Colonel Sanders used the word ‘N,’ (I actually used the word), that I would never use that word, and Papa John’s doesn’t use that word,” the former chairman explained.

Schnatter should never have allowed the Outrage Mob to collect his scalp.

21ST CENTURY MEDICINE: Resistance to Gonorrhea Spurs Bespoke Treatments: Researchers are developing diagnostics to determine which drugs might work for specific patients. If we did this sort of thing more often for bacterial infections, we’d have less of a problem with antibiotic resistance to begin with.

LET THEM KEEP ON BELIEVING THIS: Owning People Online Really Is the Left’s Path to Victory.

HEH: Riverside gun store confronts Sacha Baron Cohen after he comes to business in disguise.

It happened at Warrior One Guns & Ammo in February 2017. That’s when owner Norris Sweidan told FOX 11 Cohen and a camera met him while claiming to be filming a documentary about a Hungarian immigrant wanting to buy a gun.

“He comes in, off the bat you can see in the video I’m looking like, this guy does not look like a Hungarian immigrant, tight ass leather pants, a beard, it just didn’t fit,” Sweidan said. “The moment his words came out of his mouth I was like this guy is full of s***.”

Sweidan told FOX 11 Cohen said he wanted to buy a gun, but said it with a very odd sounding accent he didn’t find credible.

“I’m looking at the producer and I’m just like am I being fooled right here?” Sweidan said. “And I just kept looking at the guy and I was like you’re Borat, as soon as I said that his eyes just looked at me like, and he did a turn right out the door.”

He says after Cohen left the store, he left his crew behind.

It says something that a small business owner is less gullible than a not-insignificant percentage of our political class.

But as Jeff Goldstein tweeted, the exchange “probably won’t make the final cut” of Cohen’s movie.

FASTER, PLEASE: New therapy extends ALS survival, reverses neuromuscular damage in animals.

OPPOSITE DAY: James Comey’s Reason to Vote Democrat Is Actually a Reason to Vote Republican.

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ANALYSIS: TRUE. Russiagate is a Religion.

Some people hate Trump so intensely they’re willing to take the word of a professional liar and manipulator as scripture. In fact, Brennan is so uniquely skilled at the dark art of deception, Trevor Timm, executive direction of the Freedom of the Press foundation described him in the following manner in a must read 2014 article: “this is the type of spy who apologizes even though he’s not sorry, who lies because he doesn’t like to tell the truth.” The article also refers to him as “the most talented liar in Washington.” This is the sort of hero the phony “resistance” is rallying around. No thank you.

It wasn’t just Brennan, of course. The mental disorder colloquially known as Trump Derangement Syndrome is widely distributed throughout society at this point. Baseless accusations of treason were thrown around casually by all sorts of TDS sufferers, including sitting members of Congress. To see the extent of the disease, take a look at the show put on by Democratic Congressman from Washington state, Rep. Adam Smith.

It says a lot that the resistance itself doesn’t even believe its own nonsense. They’re just using hyperbolic and dangerous language to make people crazy and feed more TDS.

Young religions typically don’t deal well with unbelievers, heretics, or apostates.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What’s Wrong With My Handgun Grip?

POLICY SHOULD BE BASED ON SCIENCE, NOT RELIGION: Researchers say masculinity training ‘ignores human nature.’

ANTISOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram’s Growing Bot Problem. “Instagram, which recently reached a billion users, might have as many as 95 million bots posing as real accounts on its platform, according to a new study conducted for The Information by the research firm Ghost Data.”

One solution is to avoid social media. Another is to create your own content rather than reposting some bot’s.

RISE OF THE MACHINES: Robots Made These Paintings and They’re Very, Very Good. You know who else started out as an artist?

NOW OUT FROM GEORGE SPENCER: Courage 101: True Tales of Grit & Glory.

THE CHAPPAQUIDDICK INCIDENT:  On this day in 1969, Sen. Ted Kennedy drove his car (and with it his Presidential aspirations) off a bridge.  Forty years later in 2009, on the occasion of Kennedy’s death, Mark Steyn wrote Speaking Ill of the Ted.  It’s still a good read (so good that part of it was incorporated into the script of the Chappaquiddick movie).

PRIVACY: Mastercard Wins a Patent to Link Cryptocurrency With Fiat Accounts.

With Mastercard’s latest patent, we’re getting closer to using our cryptocurrency credit cards to purchase goods. According to the filing, the method addresses the storing of both fiat and cryptocurrencies under one profile. This means, as a user, you’d have two linked accounts with your bank — one for your fiat wealth, and one for crypto.

In the document, Mastercard justifies the patent explaining how users have increasingly preferred cryptocurrencies to fiat currencies due to its anonymity. The company believes some consumers have chosen digital currencies in an effort to prevent fraud.

However, Mastercard argues cryptocurrencies ensure very little protection to the receivers of funds. While traditional fiat payments are processed in a matter of seconds, crypto transactions can sometimes take as long as ten minutes. If you’re trying to pay with cryptocurrencies at a retail store, for example, that delayed confirmation can be an issue.

Additional, the document states people are taken aback by cryptocurrencies and the blockchain because they’re so different from traditional payment methods. For that reason, combining systems already in place for fiat currencies with the digital assets could potentially promote adoption while retaining the benefits of decentralization.

Smart.

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS. IT’S A GLOBAL OIL SUPERPOWER: Texas to pass Iraq and Iran as world’s No. 3 oil powerhouse.

I’m so old, I remember a president who said we couldn’t drill our way to lower energy prices.

VOTERS’ MEMO TO HILLARY — DON’T RUN AGAIN: Nothing so sad as the performer who is way past their prime but just refuses to get off the stage.

ANOTHER STORY WITH A HAPPY ENDING: Husband shoots home invasion suspect holding wife at gunpoint.

SCRAPPLEFACE: New Evidence Indicates You Were Right All Along.

I knew it.

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VIDEO: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Movie Does Violence to the Constitution — Just Like RBG Herself. “Movie cuts key words from the Constitution.”

Of course it does.

WINNING: America’s Oil And Gas Boom Is Spreading Through The Country.

In the DJ Basin, Bernadette Johnson, vice president for market intelligence at DrillingInfo told an audience in Littleton, CO in June that “Since December, we have seen oil grow by nearly 10,000 barrels per day every month,” and that DrillingInfo expects the rebound to continue in the coming months based on continued strong commodity prices.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that a rising rig count led to a very healthy month-over-month increase in Eagle Ford Shale crude production of 35,000 barrels per day. The looming bottleneck in Permian Basin pipeline takeaway capacity will likely lead to even more rigs coming to the Eagle Ford region in the 2nd half of the year.

According to Wood Mackenzie, oil and gas production in deepwater Gulf of Mexico is expected to reach an all-time record high this year at 1.935 million boepd, of which 80 percent is oil—beating the previous record from 2009 by nearly 10 percent and representing 13-percent growth year over year.

A survey released last Friday by the Federal Reserve branch of Kansas City indicates that oil and gas activity in Oklahoma’s SCOOP/STACK play region continues to expand. Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist at the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said that “Expectations are nearly as high as they have ever been. Executives are pretty optimistic about future drilling activity.” The Kansas City Fed’s June report indicated that SCOOP/STACK production had reached record levels at the first of the year for both oil and natural gas, and projected that both would rise throughout 2018.

More at the link — much more. But what all these data points have in common is that it seems like our energy boom is only just getting started.

WEIRD THAT SO MANY ON THE RIGHT VIEW HIGHER EDUCATION AS SOME SORT OF ADVERSARY: U. Oregon student government gave $250,000 to liberal clubs, only $1,500 to conservative ones in 2017-18.

EVERGREEN: Democrats Need To Get A Grip On Reality. “This week Politico published an opinion piece headlined: “Putin’s Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor,” which demeaned the sacrifice of American soldiers by likening a military attack on American soil that brought us into the bloodiest war mankind has ever experienced to email phishing.”

More from David Harsanyi:

On MSNBC, where illiterate histrionic analogies litter coverage every day, a contributor compared Donald Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin to Pearl Harbor and Kristallnacht, just to be safe.

Social media is teeming with similar hyperbole — “treason,” “traitor,” etc . — and not just from anonymous trolls. It’s difficult to accept anyone with a working brain actually believes this rhetoric, and they certainly don’t act like it. But if well-heeled pundits keep telling everyone The Fourth Reich is imminent before retiring to their townhouses in Capitol Hill every night, some people might actually start believing them. And if email phishing and hacking is truly comparable to Pearl Harbor or Kristallnacht or the Holocaust there’s really no reason why those accepting these analogies shouldn’t also support military reprisals abroad and coups at home.

All the Democrats have to do is not act crazy, and… you know the rest.

WINNING: Nikki Haley secures arms embargo that eluded Obama admin.

MIXED UP PRIORITIES: The BBC got dinged to the tune of $273,902.72 (plus additional damages to be calculated later plus attorney’s fees)  this morning for invading the privacy of entertainer Sir Cliff Richard. The OBE’s apartment was raided by police in a sexcapade allegation (that never came to pass) and the court found that BBC had “sensationalized” and violated Richards’ privacy by entering his flat and incessantly broadcasting the footage. The BBC argued that:

“This judgment creates new case law and represents a dramatic shift against press freedom and the long-standing ability of journalists to report on police investigations, which in some cases has led to further complainants coming forward.”

Where was their commitment to reporting in letting 16 years of police investigations go unreported in Rotherham, where Muslim gangs  sexually exploited and abused as many as 1,500 girls? Oh, that would be racist and Islamophobic, I get it. (The UK press refers to the Pakistani perpetrators as “Asian.” How veddy British.)

**Corrected math on damages. Now you know why I’m a lawyer and not an accountant**

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: School-funded group shares video calling national anthem racist.