January 24, 2020

NOW TELL ME SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW:  Democrats 2020 Quest Drives the Impeachment Farce.

I WONDER WHAT BARNYARD ANIMALS EVER DID TO THE AUTHOR?  Virginia Democrats Continued Assault on Constitution.

Also, can we get the Constitution a rape whistle, already?

APPARENTLY THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THE AIR:

HERE’S SARGENT MOM’S TAKE: The New Versailles.

AND HERE’S MINE:  D’Haut en Bas.

NO. THEY’RE MERELY INSANE. THEY STUDIED THE SCIENCE OF ECONOMICS, BUT INSIST ON THINKING IT IS A SOFT SCIENCE WHERE HUMANS CAN CHANGE THE LAWS AT WILL. THEY ARE THE EQUIVALENT OF PHYSICISTS WHO ROUTINELY ABOLISH GRAVITY AND WONDER WHY IT STILL WORKS:  Are Professional Economists Idiots?

HARD FOR THIS TO BE LESS EFFECTIVE THAN THE SHOTS:  Flu vaccine in pill form on horizon.

PERHAPS THAT’S WHAT THEY THINK THEY’RE DOING. BUT I DON’T THINK IT WILL PLAY THAT WAY:  Trey Gowdy Went On Fox News and Had All Hell Breaking Loose With One Secret.

The country must look weird from inside DC. Even for Republicans.

January 23, 2020

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WORST NAZI PRESIDENT EVER: Flashback: Student who sued NYU for anti-semitism: Trump has ‘empowered’ Jews on campus.

HOW YOU KNOW WHO WON: Progs Doing Damage Control After Richmond.

WELL, AUSTIN. Austin Comes Up With Inane ‘Gun Surrender’ Program. Gun Dealers Have Thoughts. If only Austin had thoughts.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:

THEY’RE NOT TRYING TO GET RID OF GUNS. THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO GET RID OF YOUR GUNS, PART DEUX: Austin Comes Up With Inane ‘Gun Surrender’ Program. Gun Dealers Have Thoughts.

WEIRD THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN THE ERA OF THE ALLEGEDLY NEO-NAZI PRESIDENT TRUMP: Muslim World League Chief al-Issa Joins Holocaust Survivors in Historic Tribute at Auschwitz.

JOSH BLACKMAN: Trump Acts Like a Politician. That’s Not an Impeachable Offense. Receiving a “political benefit” does not transform an otherwise legal action (like requesting an investigation) into an abuse of power. Under the Democrats’ standard, every president in my lifetime would be impeachable.

CHANGE: Queen gives approval to Brexit as bill officially becomes law.

THEY’RE NOT TRYING TO GET RID OF GUNS. THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO GET RID OF YOUR GUNS. Moms Demand-Backed Missouri Prosecutor Allowed KC Nightclub Murderer to Walk Free on a Felony Weapons Charge.

OPEN THREAD: Make good use of your time here.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Death of Mr. Peanut overshadows first day of impeachment arguments on Twitter.

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS:

Earlier: Socialism: If You Build It, They Will Leave. “California added more than 180,000 people when accounting for births and deaths for the 12 month period ending July 1. But when you include people who moved in and out of the state, California lost 39,500. State officials say it is the first time since the 2010 census that more people left California than moved in over the course of a year, contributing to the state’s slowest recorded growth rate since 1900.”

Related: 35 percent of San Franciscans consider leaving for good, according to city survey.

Somebody really needs to fund Glenn’s Welcome Wagon idea.

THIS BUSINESS WILL GET OUT OF CONTROL. IT WILL GET OUT OF CONTROL AND WE’LL BE LUCKY TO LIVE THROUGH IT. Mayor Pete Thinks California’s Legal Death Blow to the Gig Economy Is a Good Idea.

Earlier: California’s AB5 — Are We Having Fun Yet?

TO BE HONEST, JFK HERE SOUNDS LIKE DONALD TRUMP.

IT USED TO BE THAT A MAGISTRATE WHO APPROVED AN IMPROPER WARRANT WAS PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE CONSEQUENCES: Justice Department concludes it lacked legal basis for surveillance of Carter Page.

BERNIE CAMPAIGN REMAINS ON-BRAND: Bernie Campaign Calls Police On Reporters For Asking Questions About His Staff Talking About Killing People.

OBAMA’S THUGGISH CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Russiagate Spy Paid $1 Million By Obama Was WaPo Deep Throat.

AS PRESIDENT HE WOULD USE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO SILENCE CRITICS: Bernie Sanders Campaign Calls Cops On Project Veritas.

OUR EDUCATED CLASS IS THE WORST: College-Educated Voters Are Ruining American Politics: Political hobbyism is to public affairs what watching SportsCenter is to playing football. “What explains the rise of political hobbyism? One important historical explanation is the culture of comfort that engulfs college-educated white people, a demographic group that is now predominately Democratic.” They live in a coccoon, and want something to give meaning to their lives. If they chose sports, they’d know it was just a hobby. But they choose politics, which makes them feel important, instead of what they really are, which is actually kind of toxic.

Related: Being Outraged By Stupid Nonsense Replaces Baseball As National Pastime.

WE’RE MOVIN’ ON UP!

DONALD AT DAVOS: Trump teaches a lesson to the crybabies back home.

The president also had some advice for the crybabies and selfish children who disdain to be pleased. Cheerfulness is better than pouting, he noted, recommending that we ‘reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse.’

‘They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-tellers…they predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 1970s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives. We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country, or eradicate our liberty. America will always be the proud, strong and unyielding bastion of freedom.’

All that will be on the test, class, so take careful notes.

Speaking of which: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Just Stated Obvious About Teen Environmental Oracle Greta Thunberg and the Left Is Melting Down. Including Fredo, who plays the obvious “clown nose on” reaction:

FEMINIST ANGST: The Dangerous Rise Of Men Who Won’t Date “Woke” Women.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: Transgender activist Jessica Yaniv charged with assault. “Yaniv could face five years in prison for the charges. Earlier this month, [Canadian journalist Keenan Bexte] posted a video of Yaniv punching him outside of a courthouse. ‘Get away from me,’ Yaniv yelled while hitting Bexte, who was also filming the altercation. The transgender activist has been forced to appear in court over weapons charges after allegedly possessing illegal weapons.”

WHAT THE LEFT WANTS FOR AMERICA: University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets. “A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a ‘national leader.’ Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government’s attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.”

This is where all the special “hate speech” rules lead. And that’s not an accident.

NEWS YOU CAN USE? Doctors beg men not to masturbate with banana peels.

WELL, YES: Want to stop climate change? Embrace the nuclear option.

MARK BAUERLEIN: When Will Conservatives Understand That It’s Not a Contest of Ideas? “Conservatives who appeal to liberal ideals in the context of existing institutions, be they the longstanding mores of cooperation in the Senate or academic freedom in the university, are beating their heads against a wall. Are they still naïve enough to assume that Senate decorum is enough to restrain an identity politician such as Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)?”

KATHY SHAIDLE: By the Time You Read This, I Will Be Bald. “After more than 50 years, I finally got my hair to look just the way I wanted. So of course I got cancer.”

I AM NOT A LAWYER — THEY JUST LET ME HANG AROUND WITH THEM — BUT THIS SEEMS LIKE IT WOULD HAVE SOME CONSTITUTIONAL PROBLEMS: Conn. Dems Want New State Police Dept. Just for ‘Hate Crimes and Violent Right-Wing Extremism’.

UK PARLIAMENT PASSES EU WITHDRAWAL BILL, PAVING WAY FOR BREXIT ON JANUARY 31. “Wednesday’s vote paves the way for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January, awaiting formal permission from Her Majesty The Queen.”

UPDATE: Here we go:

(Updated and bumped.)

BACK TO THE FUTURE! Elizabeth Warren: As President, I Would Create a DOJ Task Force to Investigate Trump.

THE LEFT: “CAPITALISM HAS FAILED.” Me: A global tipping point: Half the world is now middle class or wealthier. The Left: Yeah, we hate the middle class.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: K-9 bites cow, SC deputy tases K-9, cow kicks deputy.

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Don’t own any rental properties in Oakland and get out if you can.

THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK IS AT 100 SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT, WHATEVER THAT MEANS: “Sorry, Boomers. Just because you’ve been told your entire lives that you’re killing the planet, that doesn’t mean it’s true. If some scientists want to pretend they can’t tell time, that’s their business. The rest of us have enough problems already without making up new ones.”

DANGERS OF ELECTRIC CARS: I mowed down a lady. “Early on, Shirley told me that she hadn’t heard the car running. We may not always be conscious of it, but humans use subtle sensory clues as a sort of early-warning system. A running engine would likely have alerted Shirley that my car had the potential to move. Who knew that the old motorcycle adage ‘loud pipes save lives’ also applied to idling electric cars?”

If I get an electric car, I want it to make a Jetsons style bleebling noise.

IT’S SHAMING ALL THE WAY DOWN: “The shamers were themselves shamed. Shame shaming works.”

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I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN JOE POSED AS THE MODERATE DEMOCRAT IN THE RACE: Joe Biden: ‘We Don’t Need Standing Armies’; ‘We Should Be Helping’ Communist China.

SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Florida man stabs and kills Trump-loving boss in fight, deputies say.

SNAKES. WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SNAKES? Researchers trace coronavirus outbreak in China to snakes.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Stacey Abrams Urges Fellow Dems to ‘Stop Re-Litigating Past Elections.’

HYDRA SMILES: Gremlin Drone’s First Flight Turns C-130 Into a Flying Aircraft Carrier.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Belly fat increases risk for second heart attack.

MARK STEYN ON IMPEACHMENT: Objection: Sad!

This time I’m the one disinclined to follow along. The left, being not terribly imaginative, always accuse you of what they’re doing themselves. So, in this case, President Trump is charged with interfering with the 2020 election by men who have been interfering with the 2016 and 2020 elections for over three-and-a-half years now. Which is why we have the preposterous spectacle of four Democrat presidential candidates preparing to vote to remove from office the guy they’re running against.

This is a joke. I gave up on it when, on the eve of the trial, the laughably named “Government Accountability Office” released its supposedly entirely separate conclusion that Trump had acted “illegally”. Aside from the fact that that “finding” is flat out wrong, I wonder whether the permanent bureaucracy ever thinks, “Gee, maybe we should be a little more subtle about putting our Deep State thumbs on the scale.”

Read the whole thing.

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NOT THE MAFIA KIND, THOUGH IT PROBABLY WOULDN’T HURT THAT EITHER: Want to be a wise guy in old age? Take testosterone. “Taking testosterone supplements can boost men’s brain health into old age, a new research review has found.”

“GLITCH”: Technical glitch results in hundreds of invalid voter registrations in Illinois.

SUCCESSFUL AGING: What Is A Geriatrician And How Do I Know If I Need One?

CAN CAN’T BUY ME LOVE? Bloomberg jumps to fourth place in new national poll.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has jumped into fourth place in the Democratic primary contest with 9 percent support among Democrats nationwide, a poll published Wednesday shows.

The top contenders remain unchanged, according to the Monmouth University survey: Former Vice President Joe Biden was the choice of 30 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had 23 percent and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in with 14 percent.

A distant fourth isn’t much to crow about, given the ad dollars Bloomberg is throwin around. And while I’m not much for predictions, Bloomberg might blow out Jeb!’s dollars-to-votes ratio.

OUT ON A LIMB: Ralph Northam is demonizing gun owners to distract from his racist past.

MUST-FLEE TV: Woke Taylor Swift: I’m on the ‘Right Side of History.’ “The suddenly far-left superstar’s transformation powers a new Netflix documentary.”

Christian Toto, so lots of good stuff at the link.

IRAN: Jim Hanson: The Failure of Iran’s Shia Crescent. “During the end of Obama’s second term in 2014-15, these combined efforts seemed to be bearing fruit and even saw Iranian-controlled militias partnered with the U.S.in counter-ISIS operations. Iran’s dream of a land bridge from Tehran to the Mediterranean seemed a distinct possibility until 2016. But Donald Trump was elected and the laissez-faire approach to Iranian malign actions practiced by the Obama administration left when President Obama did.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Despite stable enrollment, law schools continue to shed full-time faculty. “44 law schools saw faculty declines of at least 15% in that time period.”

STUPID LILY-WHITE RACIST RED-STATE BACKWATERS . . . OH, WAIT: Detroit man settles race discrimination lawsuit, then bank won’t cash his check. “First, the Detroiter sued his employer alleging racial discrimination in a lawsuit that settled confidentially. Then he went to the bank this week to cash his settlement check, but the Livonia bank refused to cash or deposit his check. Instead, they called the cops and initiated a fraud investigation — actions that dumbfounded Thomas and his lawyer, triggering another lawsuit.”

OH BY THE WAY, CAPITALISM IS ENDING POVERTY WORLDWIDE: Those Issues & Insights rapscallions are at it again, today blowing up the Left’s myth that evil capitalism is pushing humankind toward a hellish inequality and impoverishment. As with so many of the Left’s claims, the opposite is true and to an astonishing degree. What’s even more astonishing is how little notice this reality gets among Western elites.

DARK MONEY IS ONLY BAD WHEN IT’S IN THE HANDS OF REPUBLICANS: FEC Complaint Filed Regarding Bernie Sanders’ Dark Money Cash Cow.

WEIRD, I’D RATHER NOT EVER HAVE TO SEE THEM AGAIN: Trump Goes Nuclear on ‘Major Sleazebags’ Schiff and Nadler: ‘I’d Love to Go and Stare at Their Corrupt Faces.’

HMM: Suleimani Ally Whacked In Iran.

Nice work, if it was us or the Israelis. If his killing was part of an internecine struggle within the mullah’s regime, even better.

THE DARK SIDE OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD: $25K defamation lawsuit over negative Yelp review refiled against Wilson County woman. Apparently, there was a disagreement about her recording the session (she was not the patient), and she posted a nasty Yelp review saying that he’s unfit to practice medicine. Yelp has downgraded her review. His lawyer says recording the session was illegal (under HIPAA, I presume) because it endangered the privacy of patients. At any rate, it’s okay to sue people for false and defamatory reviews — Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects Yelp, but the individual reviewer is still on the hook — but it’s not okay to sue people for truthful and non-defamatory reviews. Hard for me to say what’s going on here based on news accounts.

Meanwhile, the nice thing about the Internet is that, Yelp reviews not withstanding, the physician can give his side of the story. The downside is that Yelp users wouldn’t see it.

You could write a book on this stuff.

UNNERVING PARALLELS BETWEEN SPYGATE, WISCONSIN ABUSES: Badger State senator Tom Tiffany describes the multiple common themes seen in the FBI’s spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 and how state law enforcement and judicial authorities conspired against allies of former Gov. Scott Walker.

IMPOSSIBLE. ALL THE SMARTEST PEOPLE ASSURED ME THAT BRITAIN WOULD BE A HOWLING DESERT POST-BREXIT. British economy will grow faster than eurozone rivals, says IMF. “Britain’s economy will grow faster than those of other major European countries this year as chief executives regard it as an increasingly attractive place to invest, two studies have found. Amid growing optimism over Britain’s economic outlook, the International Monetary Fund said that it would outperform the eurozone this year and next.”

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “Maybe one day Trump will do something truly impeachable, like sic the IRS on his political adversaries.”

SELLERS’ MARKET: Supply of homes for sale hits record low, and prices suddenly jump.

Sales of existing homes rose a steeper-than-expected 3.5% in December compared with January, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Demand is surging because mortgage rates are about a full percentage point lower than they were a year ago, and the largest generation, millennials, are aging into their homebuying years.

That demand has pushed the supply of homes for sale down 8.5% annually to the lowest level since the Realtors began tracking inventory in 1982.

At the current sales pace, the total supply would sell out in just three months. A six months’ supply is considered a balanced market.

I wondered what was up. A few weeks ago we started getting an attention-grabbing number of unsolicited letters from real estate agents we’d never heard of, more than one trying to entice us with mysterious-sounding “out of town buyers.”

CHINA SYNDROME: A professor at the University of Kansas has been charged wth fraud for surreptitious collaboration with the Chinese government. “Associate professor and researcher at the University of Kansas, Feng Tao, has been charged with two counts of wire fraud and one count of program fraud for not disclosing his work with China. He was allegedly involved in a ‘scheme’ to transfer ‘intellectual property’ from American universities to Chinese universities.”

I suspect that there’s a whole lot of that going on out there.

WHY WE NEED ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT: Google Is Posing A Serious Threat To Innovation.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: President Trump’s Biggest Pro-Life Move Yet.

Whenever I talk to the Never Trumpers who still speak to me, this is the kind of thing that I point to as being actually important. I don’t care that he’s indelicate at times. I don’t care that he sometimes can’t get out of his own way. I really, really don’t care that he’s not nice all the time.

I’ve repeatedly said that, after decades of conservative activism, I don’t need a prom date, I need a president who will do some things that I like.

This is something that I like very much.

Plus, Kruiser’s very personal story about Monty Python and the late Terry Jones.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: I Live With Six Brothers. I Have Sex With Two of Them. It’s Fine, They Know. But since it’s Slate’s advice column we get this: “I don’t know why six adult brothers would be living in a house together, [and] why their parents weren’t more concerned with overpopulation and what it might mean for a looming water shortage.”

WHY ARE SO MANY STAFFERS LEAVING THESE SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES? High turnover rates tend to get a lot of attention during election years because legislators who can’t keep good staff are often thought to be suspect.

That’s not always the case, but Democrats may want to ponder the fact that when Legistorm compiled the turnover data for 2019 and for the period 2000-2019, most of the worst are from the Donkey party, including 13 of the top 20 last year, and 12 of the top 20 for the longer period.

NEWS YOU CAN USE? How to block Facebook and Google from identifying your face.

THE OTHER 45% AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION: 55% say media are ‘corrupt’ and ‘exaggerate’ news.

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK: Guess How Much San Antonio Has Spent To Keep Chick-Fil-A Out Of The Airport? “$315K in legal fees alone and there are still several investigations ongoing with other invoices yet to be received.”

WELL, THAT’S BAD NEWS FOR THE DEMOCRATS, WHOSE ONLY REAL DISPUTE SEEMS TO BE BETWEEN THOSE WHO WANT IT TO BE OPTIONAL AND THOSE WHO WANT IT TO BE MANDATORY: Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Want Candidate Who Supports ‘Significant Restrictions’ on Abortion. I mean, there haven’t been any even token pro-life Dems in years, and the Clinton-era “safe legal and rare” slogan would never fly with today’s “shout your abortion” party.

YEAH, WE’VE FIGURED THAT OUT: Senior Democratic Staffer: ‘We Do Not Care About Anti-Semitism.’

BACK TO THE SEVENTIES IN DEBLASIO’S NEW YORK: Video shows MTA subway train fully covered in graffiti.. “The 70s & 80s, now in living color on a subway platform near you. A true sign of decay, one that we worked so hard to eradicate decades ago. The taggers had plenty of time to cover this entire train, because they know there are no more consequences.”

YEP: Matt Taibbi: Media Stupidity Is Uniting Left and Right: After CNN’s debate ambush and MSNBC’s body-language analysis, loathing of media is becoming a crossover phenomenon.

It’s not just the bias. It’s not even that they’re not really very bright. It’s that they’re both of those things while being just really bad at what they do, and yet astoundingly smug.

YAWN. University Of Washington Law Students Demand Racial Justice.

HUNTER HAS THAT OTHER COURT APPEARANCE, ANYWAY: ‘I Think It’s Off the Table’: Schumer Shoots Down Possibility of Bolton-for-Biden Witness Swap.

EVEN LEFTY HISTORIAN SEAN WILENTZ says the New York Times’ 1619 Project is bunk. I disagree with his suggestion that the project was begun with good intentions, though.

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