July 22, 2016

NEWS OF ANOTHER ELECTION: For UN Secretary-General. Handicappers favor former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres and former Slovenian president Danilo Turk. There is a serious effort underway to elect a woman secretary-general.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: SOCOM Looking to Stealth Motorcycles.


The prototypes were first developed in 1980.

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: Leaked DNC Emails Reveal Discussions About Attacking Bernie Sanders’ Religion.

NEWS YOU CAN USE. Obama: ‘The World Has Never Been Less Violent.’

Related: Munich Attacked: Several Shot at Mall, Gunmen on the Loose.

UPDATE: As frequent PJM contributor Patrick Poole tweets, “Ooofff…:”


LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Facebook’s Giant Internet-Beaming Drone Finally Takes Flight.

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Why, it’s like there’s an email list for DNC-MSM stenographers to coordinate their talking points or something. A list for journalists. A journalists’ list. Give me time, I’ll eventually think of a catchier name for it!

But as I said last night, it’s fascinating to watch a media that spent the last eight years hyping snipers, riots, racism, campus “rape epidemics,” Christian bakeries and pizza parlors, and the existential hell that is the gender-segregated bathroom suddenly having a Reagan-esque everything is wonderful “Morning in America” moment today isn’t it?

Which brings us to the DNC-MSM’s community organizer in chief’s response to Trump’s speech: Obama Hopes Americans Noticed ‘Birds Were Chirping’ After Trump’s ‘Vision of Violence and Chaos.’

UPDATE: Hey, did anyone make a ‘Mourning in America’ joke about Trump’s speech yet? Everyone?


But he did top Romney.




So which flavor of socialist is Trump this week? Is he Hitler, or Woodrow Wilson?

And note that while Maddow has no problem smearing Trump as Hitler (and Woodrow Wilson), when it comes to Republican voters’ responses to Hillary’s corruption, Maddow desperately needs a safe space woobie – and believes her viewers do as well:

Warning — viewer discretion advised.

That was the precursor for Rachel Maddow’s segment on Wednesday in which she showed viewers an array of anti-Hillary Clinton campaign buttons.

Maddow cautioned snowflake-viewers with a trigger-warning: “You may find it uncomfortable. And so, you may not want to look at this stuff,” referring to slogans like “Hillary for prison” and “Vote no to Monica’s ex-boyfriend’s wife in 2016.”

Reminder: Rachel Maddow was a protégé of former MSNBC anchor/spittle-flecked raver Keith Olbermann, who in 2008 when Hillary was hanging on during the Democrat primaries and slowing Obama’s inevitable coronation, demanded someone from the Democratic Party “take her into a room and only he comes out.”

She debuted on Air America, also home to Randi Rhodes, who in 2008 was suspended from the now-defunct leftwing talk radio network for describing Hillary as a “big f***ing whore” and the since-deceased Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman nominated to be vice president as “David Duke in Drag” for supporting Hillary that year.

But Maddow thinks a few anti-Hillary campaign buttons will cause her fellow lefties to dive for the fainting couches?

Earlier: Maddow Rambles For Three Minutes on “Incredibly Radical” “Openly Gay” Republican Peter Thiel.

I’m old enough to remember when being dubbed a “radical” was a compliment by lefties.



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WHY DO WE HAGGLE WHEN WE BUY CARS? “Saturn got rid of haggling at its dealerships. It went out of business. Scion got rid of haggling at its dealerships. It, too, went out of business.”

SKYNET SMILES: NASA’s Curiosity rover can now fire its onboard laser all by itself.

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THIS IS NOT THE 21ST CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York.

Dubbed as “the world’s first robot lawyer” by its 19-year-old creator, London-born second-year Stanford University student Joshua Browder, DoNotPay helps users contest parking tickets in an easy to use chat-like interface.

The program first works out whether an appeal is possible through a series of simple questions, such as were there clearly visible parking signs, and then guides users through the appeals process.

The results speak for themselves. In the 21 months since the free service was launched in London and now New York, Browder says DoNotPay has taken on 250,000 cases and won 160,000, giving it a success rate of 64% appealing over $4m of parking tickets.

“I think the people getting parking tickets are the most vulnerable in society. These people aren’t looking to break the law. I think they’re being exploited as a revenue source by the local government,” Browder told Venture Beat.


EXCLUSIVE: Manafort to PJM: Trump’s Speech Had ‘Truth-Telling Tone’


Shot:  “Airplane! is an American comedy film, first released on 27 June 1980, produced, directed, and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. Airplane! starred Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lorna Patterson. For release in Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, Airplane! was re-titled as Flying High.”

—Found on the Wiki for Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken TV series.

Chaser: “Come high with me British Airways jet forced to make emergency landing after stench of CANNABIS fills plane.”

The London Sun, yesterday. It’s a not-so-entirely different kind of flying, all together!

(Classical reference in headline.)

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: College rifle, pistol-shooting clubs under fire, underfunded amid gun debate.

Mass shootings and increasing politicization of the gun debate have left the activity marginalized, especially at eastern schools “staffed by liberals who have never touched a firearm in their lives,” according to the Young America’s Foundation spokeswoman Emily Jashinsky.

“[As gun issues] become a hotter topic and the more conservatives voice their opinions, the more liberals will try to stifle them,” Jashinsky said, adding that universities are “the most insulated bubbles of leftist thought.”

Do tell.

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GREAT MOMENTS IN MSM CHUTZPAH: Alex Wagner Un-Ironically Scoffs: ‘Being Presidential’ More Than ‘Being Able to Read a Teleprompter.’

As NewsBusters notes, Wagner is a former MSNBC anchor “and current Senior Editor of left-wing publication The Atlantic.” She’s been married since 2014 to Sam Kass, who from 2009 through 2014 “served as President Barack Obama’s Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, as Executive Director for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, and as an Assistant Chef,” as his Wikipedia bio notes. The Obamas attended their wedding – along with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

Regarding Wagner’s complaint, perhaps we should give the final word to Obama’s old buddy, Teleprompter XD-235.

SOCIALIST PROSPERITY: McDonald’s Restaurants In Venezuela Stop Selling Big Macs.

Bloomberg reports that Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. stopped selling Big Mac sandwiches in Venezuela this week amid a bread shortage.

The Buenos Aires-based company, which operates more than 2,000 restaurants, says the stop-sale is only temporary, and that other sandwiches are available.

“McDonald’s Venezuela is working to resolve this temporary situation,” Daniel Schleiniger, a spokesman for Arcos Dorados, tells Bloomberg. “Together with our supplier, we are evaluating the best options that will allow us to continue serving high quality food to our customers.”

Bad luck, I suppose.

OIKOPHOBIA, BIG DESTROYA: Liberal Journalists Seethe With Hatred on Twitter When Republicans Applaud Gay Speaker at RNC.

Take pity on the coastal DNC-MSM elites; it’s not easy watching your stereotypes about flyover country being destroyed before your eyes in real-time.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Amidst 38% Enrollment Decline, Nine Thomas Jefferson Faculty Retire.

KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON: What does Hillary want? Her only goal is an inauguration.

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ALLIES: Power Restored to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

After these last seven years, it doesn’t seem all that strange to wonder what we had to give up to get our NATO ally to switch the power back on at our nuclear airbase.

RIP NFL COACH DENNIS GREEN, 67: The former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach died of cardiac arrest, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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BLUE MODEL BLUES: The Pension Vise Tightens in California.

Earlier this week, CalPERS—California’s pension fund for most public employees—reported abysmal annual earnings of 0.61 percent, a tiny fraction of the seven-and-a-half percent annual returns needed to keep it solvent over the long run. And its sister fund for teachers, CalSTRS, isn’t doing much better. . . .

As Steven Malanga has noted, both of these union-managed funds are notorious for pulling political stunts even as they face gaping shortfalls, going on a misguided “green” investing binge that flushed taxpayer money down the drain, and pulling out of tobacco companies on moral grounds just before those stocks began to rise.
But the underlying flaw with the funds is not their politicization. If anything, these kinds of moves are a distraction from more pressing crisis of public employee retirement systems: That state legislatures have epically over-promised the level of retirement benefits they can reasonably provide, and obscured this reality by presuming levels of investment returns that are impossible to sustain, especially in this era of historically low interest rates.

This long-running failure of governance may be irreversible. All that’s left for state governments to do now is reform pension systems for new employees, phasing out defined-benefit systems for 401(k)-style plans, and, where possible, trim benefits or raise contribution requirements for current workers. In the meantime, federal policymakers should start thinking about a reform-for-relief framework that will enable states and localities to honor their obligations to retirees while getting their finances back under control for the long haul.


GEORGE ORWELL, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Actual headline at the London Daily Mail: “How Harry Potter can make you hate Donald Trump: Study finds J.K. Rowling books made people more tolerant and lowered their rating of Republican nominee.”

Emphasis, mine. If you’re “more tolerant,” why would you “hate” a political figure you disagree with, instead of attempting a bit of empathy to understand both what makes him tick, and what his supporters admire about him?


LONG WAR JOURNAL: Treasury designates 3 senior al Qaeda members in Iran.

I had been assured that welcoming Iran back into the community of nations was essential to securing Tehran’s help in the fight against al Qaeda.



YEAH, WELL, TOO BAD HE’S READ ALL OF HER EMAILS: It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin.

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RESET, PART II: Russia Bombed Base in Syria Used by U.S.

U.S. and British special forces based in Jordan cross the border into Syria on missions, helping maintain an unofficial buffer zone on Syrian soil to protect Jordan from Islamic State, U.S. officials said. The special forces would rendezvous with their rebel allies at the garrison, initially used by the CIA. For security reasons, the forces wouldn’t spend the night.

A contingent of about 20 British special forces pulled out of the facility less than 24 hours before the U.S. tracked Russian aircraft on June 16 flying across Syria to the garrison, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials briefed on the strike. The aircraft dropped cluster munitions on the target, according to U.S. officials and rebel commanders.

After that first Russian strike, officers with the U.S. military’s Central Command air operations center in Qatar called their counterparts in Russia’s air campaign headquarters in Latakia, Syria, U.S. officials said. The American officers told the Russians that the garrison was part of the U.S. campaign against Islamic State and shouldn’t be attacked.

Roughly 90 minutes after the U.S. warning was delivered, U.S. aircraft circling nearby watched as the Russians launched a second wave of strikes against the garrison.

A U.S. military surveillance aircraft overhead tried to hail the Russian pilots directly using the frequencies which the U.S. and Russian governments had agreed to use in emergencies.

The Russian pilots didn’t respond.

The airstrike happened before John Kerry reached a deal with Moscow on joining forces against terrorist elements in the Syrian Civil War, which should leave you with no doubt about which side held the upper hand in the negotiations.

MICHAEL BARONE: George Orwell, Call Your Office.


RESET: The Russian Air Force Is Back.

BECAUSE THEY’RE A DISHONEST, POLITICIZED AGENCY THAT HAS A LOT TO HIDE: Why Doesn’t the IRS Comply with the Congressional Review Act?

ACT WHILE YOU CAN: One last chance for wild speculation about Hillary Clinton’s VP pick.

Hillary Clinton will likely announce her vice presidential pick on Friday. The decision could come earlier, or her pick could be leaked, so let’s go ahead and speculate (somewhat wildly, although the list is getting narrowed) about whom her running mate might be.

Maxim Lott and John Stossel’s betting odds website gives Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine a nearly 70 percent chance of getting the pick. The website accurately predicted Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would be Republican nominee Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, so there’s a fair chance they’ll be right this time as well.

Kaine makes sense on multiple levels. He’s a safe choice for Clinton, since he’s not bombastic but still very liberal (the media are trying to claim he’s a moderate, but no, there are no moderates left in the Democratic Party, only fewer attention-grabbers). He’s also the senator from a critical state — Virginia — which could help ensure Clinton wins the Old Dominion State.

Kaine also speaks fluent Spanish and as a lawyer, he focused on housing discrimination. He is also the former governor of Virginia (so he has executive experience) and former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Here’s something else that could keep the odds in Kaine’s favor — his replacement. If he’s tapped to be Clinton’s running mate and they win, he’d obviously have to leave the Senate.

If this happens, Clinton crony Gov. Terry McAuliffe would be able to appoint a replacement, and could choose someone connected to the Clintons. McAuliffe is also term-limited, so he could always try to run for the seat himself if Clinton and Kaine win.

Nah, the deal’s been cut. He’ll appoint Chelsea to fill the seat.

THIRSTY WORK: Officials detect THC, marijuana’s active ingredient, in Colorado town’s public water supply.

On Thursday afternoon, authorities notified the town of about 800 people that the water should not be drunk, used to cook with or even to bathe. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment later downgraded the warning — it was safe to shower, brush teeth and do laundry with the tap water. Ingestion remained inadvisable.

There have not been reports of health issues linked to Hugo’s water, according to an AP report. Nor did every Colorado local seem terribly distraught by the idea of a cool glass of THC.

“I might have to go drink some water,” Patsie Smith, the former mayor of Hugo, quipped to the Denver Post.

I’m reminded of the story, perhaps even true, of a Salvation Army fundraiser who had been accused of allowing his local organization to accept “tainted” money. “The only thing tainted about it,” he was supposed to have said, “is that there taint enough of it.”


The Manhattan mogul sold himself as the champion of a downtrodden working class — “America’s blue-collar billionaire” as one speaker had called him earlier in the evening — promising to restore “law and order” and casting himself as a change agent against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I am your voice,” he boomed, pointing straight toward the television audience.

“Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change. Never ever,” Trump said. “My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now.”

Trump delivered a deeply negative speech that described a darkening America. He spoke of spiking crime, “third-world” airports, growing trade deficits, “chaos in our communities,” and terrorism on the home front. Abroad, he said the situation was “worse than it has ever been before.”*

“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness,” he said.

The political jujitsu in the bolded passage is key — if Trump can paint Hillary as the voice of reaction and a continuation of an Obama administration that’s exhausted both domestically and (especially) abroad, not least of which, when it comes to fighting terrorism both home and abroad — he’s halfway home to being able to tell Hillary…


* Apparently from the Politco’s point of view, it’s time to cue Reagan’s “Morning In America” reelection ad to describe the current happy-go-lucky state of a fundamentally transformed country. That’s some powerful hallucinogenics they must consume there.

THE END OF SECULAR TURKEY: The state of emergency is over when the purge of the military is over.

Speaking to Reuters on Thursday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the state of emergency could be extended beyond three months, primary to facilitate the purge of the armed forces. He said that “this state of emergency is not a curfew” and that people “will still be on the street minding their own business and getting on with daily life.”

The purge in question will be overseen by the new Supreme Military Council (YAS) structure due to come to life on August 1st. Erdogan told Reuters that a new coup attempt was possible and made clear that the main objective of the state of emergency was purging the army.

Latest estimates speak of 10,000 arrests and 60,000 suspensions or dismissals from the military and the public administration. Erdogan suggests the Gulen movement is “another separatist terrorist organization” drawing an analogy with PKK.

Erdogan admits that the fact that many members of the opposition did not vote for the state of emergency was “food for thought,” saying that he had not given up on the notion of constitutional reforms to allow for stronger executive power for the President.

“Opposition” is a dangerous place to be in Erdogan’s Turkey.

WELL, TRUMP’S RUNNING A 1970s RUST BELT DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN, SO THAT WOULDN’T BE A SHOCK: Michael Moore Thinks Donald Trump Will Win: Liberal documentarian thinks Trump will win over the Rust Belt states.

Unrelated question based on the photo: Is Michael Moore transitioning? Will he go by “Michelle Moore” soon?

LONE WOLF: Attacker in Nice plotted for months with ‘accomplices,’ prosecutor says.

[Paris prosecutor Francois] Molins said authorities are investigating five suspects who are in custody on terror charges related to the attack that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel carried out on Bastille Day, France’s main national holiday.

One suspect allegedly sent Bouhlel a Facebook message saying, “Load the truck with tons of iron and cut the brakes. I’ll look brother.”

Bouhlel, 31, drove a 20-ton truck through hundreds who had gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks on the Mediterranean city’s waterfront.

An analysis of cell phone and computer content — including a photo of last year’s Bastille Day fireworks event focused on the crowd — showed Bouhlel had been planning the assault since at least 2015, Moins said.

We may never know what really motivated them.

REVOLT ON THE LEFT: Liberals press Clinton not to pick Kaine for VP.

Liberal Democrats are launching an eleventh-hour campaign against Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) joining Hillary Clinton’s presidential ticket.

The advocates say Kaine, a moderate who’s risen to the top of the VP shortlist, should be disregarded both for his positions on trade and for joining an effort this week to deregulate some of the nation’s largest banks.

“Let’s be really clear: It should be disqualifying for any potential Democratic vice presidential candidate to be part of a lobbyist-driven effort to help banks dodge consumer protection standards and regulations designed to prevent banks from destroying our economy,” Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy group, said Thursday in a statement.

“Our presidential ticket cannot beat the billionaire bigot by simply being not Donald Trump. To win in November, our ticket needs to have an unquestionably strong record in the fight against income inequality, one of the defining issues of the 2016 election.”

The advocates are warning that a centrist like Kaine would send the wrong message to the liberals constituting the Democrats’ base — many of whom had supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the primary — and dampen turnout at the polls in November.

If Trump’s such a bigot, why was Hillary at his wedding? Oh, right, she was paid to, same reason she does everything else.

“TRUMP’S SPEECH IS GOOD. REALLY GOOD,” Rod Dreher writes. “You know I’m not a Trump guy, but having read this address in advance, I think, for the first time, that Donald Trump could win this thing.”

Read the whole thing.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump. A lot of lefties really don’t like her.

July 21, 2016

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: As A Legal Matter, MacArthur Was Right And Truman Was Wrong.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas. Of course, it’s the New York Times, so don’t expect to actually be enlightened. Note, for example, this completely incoherent passage:

It can feel unfair to criticize political spouses, who are often dragged into the spotlight only because of whom they married. Mr. Trump, though, is running for office, making his treatment of women — personal and political — as relevant as his treatment of his employees or business partners.

So it’s unfair to criticize political spouses, but not Trump’s because, you know, he’s running for office. You know who else is running for office? Every other candidate who has a political spouse.

AMERICANS KEEP OUTPERFORMING THEIR ELITES’ EXPECTATIONS: We were promised a riot. In Cleveland, we got a block party instead.

Brittany Atterberry was walking down East 4th Street in her hometown when she encountered a visiting Trump supporter on his guitar. So she unsheathed her soprano sax, fixed a microphone on its bell, and jumped into the blues with him. Then Atterberry’s brother George Fossett, who was holding an END RACISM sign, started dancing with a bare-chested Biker for Trump.

It was a tableau of can’t-we-all-just-get-along, mere blocks from the site of the fractious Republican National Convention, where each night politicians have done their best to make Americans afraid of each other. . . .

Said Daryl Rembowski, the Biker for Trump: “The silent majority is showing you we can [get along]. We’ve seen it all week.”

Said Fossett, his dance partner and fellow Cleveland resident: “Stop all the white against black, black against white. It’s all about love. This is what Cleveland is about. This is what the world should be about.”

We’ll see how Philly goes, but this just keeps happening. Which must be upsetting for the elites, who keep telling us that we’d all be at each other’s throats if it weren’t for them.

THE MSNBC PEOPLE MUST HAVE BEEN AFRAID OF PETER THIEL BECAUSE THEY TALKED OVER HIM THE WHOLE TIME. I guess it might have confused some of their viewers unnecessarily. Which is to say, it was a good speech.

FUNNY, BEING A TAXPAYER SHOWED ME THE EXACT OPPOSITE: Getting on Disability Showed Me Everyone Should Have Basic Income.


America is far less safe — and the world is far less stable — than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.

I am certain it is a decision he truly regrets. Her bad instincts and her bad judgment — something pointed out by Bernie Sanders — are what caused many of the disasters unfolding today. …

But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy. The problems we face now — poverty and violence at home, war and destruction abroad — will last only as long as we continue relying on the same politicians who created them.

More at the link.

UPDATE: Full text here. Another excerpt:

Again, I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper: Nearly Four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58% of African American youth are not employed. 2 million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the President took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.

Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000. Our manufacturing trade deficit has reached an all-time high – nearly $800 billion in a single year. The budget is no better.

President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing. Yet, what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are in Third World condition, and forty-three million Americans are on food stamps.

Read the whole thing.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why Millennials Are Going Braless. “For Victoria’s Secret, the trend presents challenges.”

INSERT KISSINGER IRAN-IRAQ WAR JOKE HERE. RNC CHAOS: Alex Jones, Roger Stone Crash Set of Cenk Uygur’s Young Turks Show (Video).

NO WIMPS: No confirming trace of “weakly interacting massive particles” turned up in this experiment, conducted from October 2014 to May 2016 in a mine in South Dakota’s Black Hills. The search for dark matter remains, for the most part, in the dark.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO ABUSE: “My mother abused my dying father, withholding medicine and food.”

ACE OF SPADES: Yes, #NeverTrumpers, You Are In Fact Morally Responsible for the Hillary Clinton Presidency You’re Agitating For.

Read the whole thing.


Or as Allahpundit writes, “It’s strange to recall now but not so long ago Cruz’s path to the Republican nomination depended upon winning over Trump’s populist voters: Once Trump imploded, the theory went, Cruz would clean up among Trump’s base and march to victory as the anti-establishment choice. That was the whole point of the Cruz/Trump ‘bromance’ last year. It’s also why Cruz strained not to get personal with Trump despite the many months of ‘Lyin’ Ted’ and shots at Heidi Cruz and the nutty JFK thing about his father until, under the strain of looming defeat, Cruz finally snapped during a presser on the morning of the Indiana primary and went off on him for 10 minutes. He put a lot of effort into not writing off Trump’s voters. And now: Gone.”


ANTI-POLICE PROTESTORS: Blue Lives Murder. Painted on a concrete barrier in Cleveland, along with other typical hard left slogans. Great photos. Someone is doing a good job of documenting the belligerent stupidity. I’ve previously linked to my Observer essay on the subject but it’s still relevant. As Police Chief Brown said in Dallas “All I know is this, this must stop, this divisiveness.” Unfortunately sir, the political left thrives on divisiveness.

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THIS ISN’T THE 21st CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: Bring On Those Self Driving Cars!

Detroit automobile designer turned Blade Runner production designer Syd Mead must sit around wondering where it all went wrong.


In addition to the political talk, nice Spinal Tap callback on the opening, and loads of Garry Marshall stories along the way.

IT’S ONLY SHOCKING IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE DIVERSITY OF THE GOP: Peter Thiel’s Appearance at RNC Freaking Out Silicon Valley Leftist Hive-mind.

(Classical reference in headline.)


If you want to go out, then Tinder will ask you to invite one of your “friends on Tinder Social” from a selection of your Facebook friends who may or may not be on Tinder.

Once you invite one of your existing friends, you can then begin swiping left or right on groups and individuals looking to go out.

“Users must unlock Tinder Social by opting into the feature. If a user opts in, Tinder will display a list of Facebook friends (who have also unlocked Tinder Social) to choose from to add to their group,” a spokesperson for Tinder told Mashable when questioned about this feature.

In other words, if you want to use the feature, you should make sure you’re 100% OK with your Facebook friends knowing you use the app.

There are bound to be more than a few comedo-tragic results for the internet to share and enjoy.


Related: DNC replaces two Vermont delegates — because they’re men. “State Sen. Tim Ashe and party insider Ken Dean were ordered to be replaced by the DNC so that the party could achieve a gender balance. Dean and Ashe have filed a formal complaint with the DNC’s credentials committee, according to the Associated Press.”

ROGER AILES resigns from Fox News.

“STAR TREK INTO DROWSINESS:”  “For the love of God, stop making ‘Star Trek’ movies,” shouts Kyle Smith of the New York Post after screening Star Trek Beyond.

Personally, I’ve never accepted the new cast in the roles made famous by Shatner, Nimoy, De Kelley, Doohan, etc. I wish Paramount had created a new ship and crew rather than dust off Kirk and Spock to be portrayed by young actors.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Another powerful nanoengine remembered.

‘VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE’ WAS A RORSCHACH TEST, AND DONALD TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN FAILED: “Trump’s campaign could’ve made lemonade out of Cruz’s speech. Instead, it opened the wound Cruz caused and squirted lemon juice into it,” Sean Davis writes at the Federalist.

If not lemonade, perhaps a nice Trump Merlot? (Just looking for an excuse to dust off this Photoshop from the primaries, back in March.)



I’M GUESSING MARK RIPPETOE WILL HAVE THOUGHTS: Lifting Lighter Weights Can Be Just as Effective as Heavy Ones.

But they didn’t ask permission to use my picture with this story. For shame. . . .

BOOM! Cornel West: Hillary Presidency ‘Could Lead to World War III.’

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LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Gene Therapy Trial Wrenches Families as One Child’s Death Saves Another.

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NERO FIDDLES, TWITTER BURNS: “When Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a tech editor for the conservative news website Breitbart.com who used the Twitter handle @Nero, Yiannopoulos reacted with characteristic modesty,” Debra J. Saunders writes in the San Francisco Chronicle, hometown paper for the northern terminus of Silicon Valley. “He told the New York Times the ban launched ‘the beginning of the end for Twitter.’ Oddly, Yiannopoulos may be right.”

Read the whole thing.

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What is the ‘ab crack’ and is it really achievable?

CRUZ TELLS TEXAS DELEGATES: I won’t be a “servile puppy dog” to a man who attacked my wife and father.

Related: Ted’s Calculation.