September 17, 2018

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Is Dianne Feinstein the Most Corrupt Senator in the United States?

BURN MORE COAL: Rice University prof: Global warming could help eliminate racism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘Agender’ academic wants to ‘liberate gender identity.’ As usual when the term is used by leftists, “liberate” actually means “conquer.”

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THE HILL: Collins knocks Democrats over handling of Kavanaugh assault allegation. “Collins asked if Democrats believed Ford, ‘why didn’t they surface this information earlier,’ and if they didn’t believe Ford, ‘why did they decide at the 11th hour to release it?'”

SCATTERED, SMOTHERED, COVERED WITH LEADERSHIP: No big deal, just the Waffle House CEO personally overseeing recovery operations in North Carolina.

PAUL BEDARD: Weekly Trump Report Card: The tale of two Trumps.


WAIT, WHAT? Confirmation hearing or multi-generational soap opera? Turns out that Kavanaugh’s mother was the judge in his attempted-rape accuser’s parents’ home-foreclosure case.

This appears to be true. Kurt Schlichter has more.

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WHY, INDEED? The Insta-Wife on “All The Negativity Toward Men.”

POLL: Battleground Republicans trust Trump over Mueller.


Steve Teles, by the way, is a liberal-leaning political science professor at Johns Hopkins. Geoffrey Kabaservice has a Ph.D. in History from Yale and is the author of two well-regarded books. I’m waiting to see how MacLean and her allies try to smear Stanford history professor Jennifer Burns, author of a devastating recent review of the book Teles and and Kabaservice also criticized, MacLean’s Democracy in Chains. MacLean also seems to think it’s a “conflict of interest” for anyone writing about her book to have any possible ideological priors that may color their views, which makes it odd that she never mentions her history of activism with the far-left International Socialist Organization.

HMM: July 2018 Multistate Bar Exam Scores Drop. I’m told it’s the lowest score since 1988.

FACEBOOK BANNED THE ORGANIZER BECAUSE OF COURSE IT DID: Rally in Washington Will Urge Disillusioned Democrats, Leftists to ‘#WalkAway.’

TO BE FAIR, HE WAS WRONG ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS: Obama Was Wrong on Oil. We Did “Drill Our Way Out of the Problem.”

And you know who was right all along? Sarah Palin, who was always styled by the press as Obama’s intellectual inferior.

Flashback: Richard Epstein on Obama: “I reject the suggestion that he is an intellectual. He is an activist merely mimicking the mannerisms of an intellectual.”

WHDH: Audit finds Massachusetts RMV issued 1,900 driver’s licenses in dead people’s names. Don’t worry, it’s not like they could use them to register to vote or anything.

COULD THIS BE WHY SENATOR FEINSTEIN DIDN’T PURSUE FORD’S ALLEGATIONS UNTIL THE BITTER END? It’s possible that it was a purely tactical decision. But now that I’ve read the letter Ford wrote to Feinstein about Kavanaugh, one line stuck out: “I have received medical treatment regarding the assault.” Reading that, I would naturally think that the writer saw some sort of medical doctor about the assault within some short time frame after the assault. If I were on Feinstein’s staff, I would have contacted her and asked if she could provide any reasonably contemporaneous medical records. The answer, “Well, I brought it up at a couples therapy session 30 years later, without mentioning Kavanaugh’s name, and I also mentioned it to a personal therapist the following year” isn’t what we normally mean by “receiving medical treatment” after an assault.

If the letter had been released, the first question from Republicans would have been about this “medical treatment.” Psychological counseling many years later, yes. Medical treatment, no. And Ford’s a psychology professor, so the difference shouldn’t be that obscure. Now, I’m not saying there aren’t plausible explanations for why she used the phrase “medical treatment” that would not undermine her credibility. But I am saying that if you allege sexual assault in the distant past against a Supreme Court nominee, and you claim in writing to have undergone medical treatment as a result of the assault, but you never saw a medical doctor, and didn’t even see a therapist for thirty-three years, a Senator might not want to stake her reputation on your claim.

September 16, 2018

I REMEMBER WHEN MONEY IN POLITICS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD: Andrew Gillum gets another $650,000 from billionaire donors Soros, Steyer. A couple of weeks old but it was news to me.

THE ALLEGATION IS SERIOUS, BUT THE EVIDENCE IS WEAK: Weighing the Allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

ANN ALTHOUSE: “Look at the prison population. It’s less than 10% women. Does that mean men are held to a high standard of behavior? I think we’re comfortable with the extreme gender disproportion because we feel awfully sure that men commit many more crimes, especially the kind of crimes that deserve a substantial prison sentence. We like thinking that the prisons are confining individuals who pose a danger to the rest of us, and we think of those people as overwhelmingly male. Maybe we’re wrong, but you can see we’re pretty resistant to the idea that there’s a /double standard’ that’s unfair to men.”

Well, in polite company, anyway. In impolite company, the term “pussy pass” has been around for decades, suggesting that not everyone is as resistant to the double standard idea as you may think.

PLAYING THE LONG CON TO OWN THE CONS? Is the accusation against Kavanaugh the culmination of a set-up from 2012?

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An inspiring new study of how much — or little — weight training is needed to improve muscles’ strength and size finds that we may be able to gain almost the same muscular benefits with a single, brief set of each exercise. . . .

But more interesting and surprising, the strength improvements were essentially the same, no matter how many — or few — sets the men completed.

The men who had stopped after one set gained as much strength as those who had done five sets or three.

The groups likewise showed equivalent improvements in muscular endurance, which was measured by how any times they could repeat a bench press exercise, using a low weight.

Only the size of the men’s muscles differed. Those who had completed five sets per session sported greater muscle mass than those who had done three sets or one.

But they were not noticeably stronger.


THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Twitter Mob Gets U.S. Coast Guard Member Removed for Making ‘Offensive’ ‘OK’ Sign.

A LINK BETWEEN bacteria and stomach cancer.

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The thing to remember about Democrats is that for them, “normal” means Democrats in power. No more, and no less.

“YOU CAN’T OVERDOSE JUST BY BEING NEAR IT:” How dangerous is fentanyl to first responders? Confusion abounds as use soars. On the other hand, don’t do the ’80s-cop-show thing where you dip a finger into the powder and taste it.

IRONY, AS SEEN ON FACEBOOK: Two “progressives” trying to get around The Washington Post‘s paywall. Yeah, I’m pretty sure all this socialism talk is about free stuff.


NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Jake Tapper Gives Up On Getting Answers From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On Health Care Funding.

IN WHICH CASE, ALARMIST PRESS COVERAGE HAS DONE INCALCULABLE DAMAGE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DECADES: Research suggests stress only damages your health if you think it does.


As Glenn has asked, “Why should a small group of people enjoy such unaccountable power? Time for some trustbusting?”

(Via Maggie’s Farm.)

THE NEW, LOWER GUIDELINES WILL MAKE THAT WORSE: Study: Hospitals may overprescribe blood pressure meds. “Our results show evidence that doctors are treating inpatient blood pressures aggressively, despite there being no evidence to suggest this is beneficial.”

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I left my one-bedroom apartment in the chic slum of the 19th Arrondissement in June 2001. I was headed back to Gothenburg, Sweden, and the mass protest against the EU summit and George W. Bush. I planned to be back in time to see the first leaves fall on the Champs Elysées. Turns out, that didn’t happen.

Night fell and morning broke before I managed to get off that floor to answer my phone. On the other end I heard my boyfriend’s voice, chanting frantically:

Two more towers! Two more towers! Two more towers!

He and his friends were having a party, celebrating the attack on America. He called to invite me, and to this day I have never felt such intense shame.

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FLASHBACK: Yes, The U.S. Leads All Countries In Reducing Carbon Emissions.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “A new Baylor University study has discovered that Chief Diversity Officers — who are typically paid upwards of $180,000 — are ineffective at one of their major job responsibilities: increasing diversity among faculty and administrators.”

THE PATRIARCHY PARADOX: How Equality Reinforces Stereotypes. “The more gender equality in a country, the greater the difference in the way men and women think. It could be called the patriarchy paradox. Two new studies have again demonstrated this counterintuitive result, meaning that it is now one of the best-established findings in psychology, even if no one can properly explain it.”


We’ve got to keep voting until we get the results we desire!

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER: “The world is now in the post-Obama phase of the response to 9/11 with no clear outcome in sight. What is clear is that immigration controversies are fueling what Anne Applebaum calls a rejection of Democracy across the West or a cold civil war depending on your point of view. Worse, surveillance technology has made Big Silicon, once the liberal bastion of the ‘digital frontier’, into Big Brother, the enforcer of hate speech rules and arbiter of truth which has added an element of paranoia to the mix. The video of Google employees vowing never to allow something like Hillary’s defeat to occur again illustrates shows the suddenness with which the civilization’s tools can be turned against it. The ease with which instruments of surveillance and censorship can be directed at the Deplorables instead of al-Qaeda was recently brought home by a video showing a senior Google official vowing to “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values”. The unspoken agreement on values at the Google all-hands meeting is a reminder of how easily groupthink can become what Scott Adams called the ‘casual evil’ of self-righteousness.”

WILL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S BEN CARSON JUST ADOPT A CONSERVATIVE-STYLE VERSION OF OBAMA’S AFFH POWER GRAB? Shouldn’t the federal government just let local governments run their own %^&* affairs?

GREAT MOMENTS IN INTERSECTIONALITY: Anne Hathaway denounces white privilege in award speech.

“You guys just gave me my heart back,” Hathaway gushed.

Then, speaking to the ladies, gentlemen and “gentlethem” in the crowd, Hathaway denounced white, straight and cisgender privilege.

“It is important to acknowledge with the exception of being a cisgender male, everything about how I was born has put me at the current center of a damaging and widely-accepted myth,” she said.

“That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness.”

Hathaway explained that it was when she spent time with the LGBTQ community – her older brother is gay – that she learned to reject this myth.

“I appreciate this community because together we are not going to just question this myth, we are going to destroy it,” she told the crowd.

“Let’s tear this world apart and build a better one.”

Based on the number of statues toppled and conservative politicians and their supporters attacked, I’d say the “tearing the world apart” phase for Hathaway’s fellow leftists is continuing apace.

THE INSTA-WIFE: Duped By Diversity.

#FIGHTFOR15: In Venezuela, Huge Hike in Minimum Wage Forces 40 Percent of Stores to Close.

That mysterious plague of “bad luck” just seems to go on endlessly there.


Ironically, the substance of Title IX, 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a), itself is short and to the point.

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Five words have created an industry and expectation that this sentence entitles co-eds to a sword wielded by their college to cut down anything and anyone whose actions, or inactions, fail to vindicate their every emotional hurt. And they have good reason to do so, as that’s how the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, interpreted those five words.

This was done by the very deliberate unilateral fiat of OCR bureaucrats during the Obama Administration, who pursued a series of lies (which became truths in the minds of the afflicted) and cures for those lies based upon a series of “Dear Colleague” letters and explanatory notes whose sole purpose was to compel and foregone conclusion that female students would have a means by which to vindicate their every emotional sexualized harm at the hands of male students.

If this characterization seems severe, it is. It’s meant to be. Catherine Lhamon has won. On the most superficial level, the new regs may have relieved colleges from Lhamon’s mandate, upon unlawful threat of withholding federal funds, that they provide a mechanism to vindicate every hurt feelings suffered by a college woman by making Lhamon’s demands permissive rather than mandatory, but they keep the existence of a mechanism intact, they permit colleges to continue to deprive male students of due process, both directly and by allowing means of circumvention of basic protections. And, truth be told, even if they required the provision of due process protections in every instance, would still fail to provide a mechanism that wouldn’t grossly favor the accusers.

But the details of adjudication notwithstanding, they keep colleges in the business of sex policing individual students’ grievances. This was the pseudo-Amazonian utopia Lhamnon, and her spiritual guide, Catherine McKinnon, whose career has been devoted to recreating the relative power structure between men and women.

End it, don’t mend it. But there’s only so much Betsy DeVos can do on her own.

THEY WERE WORKING WITH A TON OF MEAT, AND THEY WERE NOT ARMED: Jackson Elk Hunting Guide And Client Attacked By Bears, Guide Found Deceased. Now that predators aren’t scared of people, it’s a good idea to always have at least a sizable handgun on your person when in the wild. And, of course, when in close proximity to lots of meat, well . . . .

SCRAPPLEFACE: ‘We Lost Bob’: Woodward Now Trump-Collusion Denier.

‘Fear’ author Bob Woodward has become part of the conspiracy to conceal the collusion with Russia that won the presidency for Donald Trump.

That’s the inescapable conclusion of professional journalists and their Democrats upon hearing the famed Watergate reporter tell radio host Hugh Hewitt that, during his two year probe of the Trump administration, he “looked for it hard” but found no evidence that Trump’s campaign worked together with Russians to tilt the election result in his favor.

“We lost Bob,” said one crestfallen Washington Post reporter who requested anonymity to avoid accountability. “The icon of six generations of political reporters has fallen. He’s just a liar like Trump now. The great Bob Woodward was part of the conspiracy to defeat Hillary Clinton, and to end democracy as we know it.”

It’s satire, but considering the way that All the President’s Juicebox Mafia turned on Woodward in 2013 under the orders of the Obama White House because he reported that the budget sequester was the Democrats’ idea, is it really?

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: In the world of socialist fashion, anonymous identical Mao suits are out for high ranking Inner Party bureaucrats. The new hotness? “Get used to me slaying lewks” in $2,880 designer outfits and $625 shoes.

It’s rather bad form for any socialist to get too close to the word “slaying.” It brings back many unfortunate memories that proponents of socialism would prefer to leave undiscussed.

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REMINDER: WHILE YOU WERE CREATING A PHONY CONTROVERSY OVER ERIC TRUMP’S “SHEKELS” TWEET, the National Women’s Studies Association gave a book award to a blatantly anti-Semitic book.

A “PROGRESSIVE WAVE” OR “BLACK AND HISPANIC DEMOCRATS WON’T VOTE FOR WHITE LIBERALS RUNNING AGAINST A BLACK OR HISPANIC CANDIDATE?”: Josh Kraushaar: Identity, Not Ideology, Driving the Democratic Party. Or why did white progressive Cynthia Nixon run poorly against Andrew Cuomo, while black and Hispanic challengers to white incumbents have done so well?


THIS IS HOW THE LEFT ACTUALLY THINKS: Neoliberalism is an anti-democratic ideology. It takes decisions about the allocation of scarce resources out of the hands of public institutions and places them in the hands of private actors. Imagine the “anti-democratic” horror of letting “private actors” decide how to spend their money.

SHIKHA DALMIA: Betsy DeVos Is Absolutely Right About Campus Sexual Assault Rules.

OR MAYBE BECAUSE HE’S MALE: Jury to decide if Brown University railroaded student in Title IX case because he’s black.

LEFTISM IS STUPID AND EVIL: ‘Anti-Imperialism’ and Apologetics for Murder.

A consistent feature of the British socialist Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has been support for Islamists and Third World dictators. Corbyn himself has dined with his “friends” in Hamas and Hezbollah, and saluted the Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro. Andrew Murray, one of his consultants, is a sympathiser with the Juche regime in North Korea. Yasmine Dar, a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee, is an admirer of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Chris Williamson MP, Corbyn’s longtime supporter and friend, is a big fan of the Castroite regime in Cuba. And Seumas Milne, Corbyn’s Director of Strategy and Communications, was formerly a Guardian columnist, of whom the leftist commentator Brian Whitaker once wrote:

“[Milne] views international politics almost entirely through an anti-imperialist lens. That, in turn, leads to a sympathetic view of those dictatorial regimes which characterise themselves as anti-imperialist. It’s the same with Islamist movements where they oppose Western-backed regimes…”

To understand this curious phenomenon it is necessary to return to the West after World War Two.

This idiocy has permeated the culture to the point where “space colony” is considered a racist term by leftists.

“PRICE GOUGING” LAWS JUST REMOVE THE INCENTIVE FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE SUPERHUMAN EFFORTS TO BRING IN SUPPLIES: North Carolina’s anti–price gouging law makes things worse, not better.

WHY ARE DEMOCRATS SO SMALL-MINDED AND MEAN? Governor Inslee sinks to new level of petty by refusing to sign certificates for marksmanship champs.

THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING RIGHTS … as illustrated by the behavior of two politicians in history.


NEWS YOU SHOULDN’T NEED TO USE: Men, Please Brush Your Teeth.

September 15, 2018

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MICHAEL BARONE: If Democrats can’t run Chicago, can they run anything?

No. Next question?

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I DON’T “BELIEVE IN SCIENCE.” I BELIEVE IN EVIDENCE. Harrison Ford: “Stop Giving Power to People Who Don’t Believe in Science.”

HEH: Save the Democrats! Vote Republican.

JON GABRIEL: No, Trump isn’t ‘normal.’ Neither are the Democrats who protested Brett Kavanaugh:

No one on either side of the aisle would call this political moment “normal.” Even the most enthusiastic members of Team MAGA would call our chief executive’s comments and actions, ahem, “unusual.”

In truth, that’s a big reason they voted for him. After all, undermining norms is a two-way street.

Republicans have seen every party nominee since Reagan smeared as racist, sexist, this-ist and that-ist. By the time those attacks were rolled out against Trump, they had lost their moral impact. The donkey cried wolf too many times.

Trump has proved worthier of those epithets than the other presidential candidates, but GOPers know that any generic conservative would be called the same, deservedly or not. And the unhinged reaction to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is just more proof.

And as Steve noted way back in July, it’s all just a dress rehearsal for Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s eventual replacement.

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NEW CIVILITY WATCH. Arizona Senate: Kyrsten Sinema’s anti-war group blasted ‘U.S. terror,’ depicted soldier as skeleton in 2003 flyers.

I eagerly await Paul Krugman’s condemnation of this eliminationist clip-art:

As Veteran Twitter user “Comfortably Smug” writes, “Reminder: Sinema is running against [Martha McSally] who is the first woman to fly combat missions in the Air Force. This is going to hobble Sinema’s campaign. She’s finished.”

CLIMATE CRUSADERS MOVING UP FROM PRIVATE PLANES TO PRIVATE ROCKETS: Clean energy crusader Jerry Brown’s plan to launch Calif. ‘climate satellite’ into orbit could hit a few eco snags.

I  don’t want to hear another goddamn word about Glenn Reynolds’ carbon footprint.

SCORCHED EARTH POLITICS: Why everyone should be angry at what Feinstein did re Kavanaugh, and why everyone is not.

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QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: What’s In It for Republicans to Stand By Kavanaugh?

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JACK DUNPHY: LAPD Video Shows Female Officer Being Shot at Point-Blank Range During Traffic Stop.

“What would happen,” asks The Week columnist Matthew Walther in a Sept. 13 piece, “if American police officers carried whistles instead of guns?”  He muses further: “Would the country descend instantly into a chaos of looting, arson, and mass murder?  Or would we just go on with our lives, commuting to jobs, raising children, watching sports, whatever — the same routine, albeit with a little bit less of the low-key anxiety that comes with seeing cops with weapons?”

I invite you to read Mr. Walther’s entire piece, but be warned you might take it as a parody.

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WELL, THAT’S BAD: Study: Mumps outbreak at Texas cheerleading meets spread quickly.

JULIA SALAZAR, THE LEFT’S POST-TRUTH POLITICIAN: The democratic socialist lied. And lied. And lied. Then she won handily in Brooklyn.

To be fair, she was elected by a post-truth constituency. She’ll soon be ready to stand between the Styrofoam Greek columns, and then a career of promising “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” and flip-flopping on gay marriage.

I’M SO OLD, I REMEMBER WHEN GOOGLE’S MOTTO WAS “DON’T BE EVIL:” Google Built China A Prototype Search Engine That Allows Government To Spy On Citizens’ Search Queries.

I wonder if anyone at Google ever asks, “Are we the baddies?”

ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION, NFL? Battered by Florence, the American Flag Becomes Symbol of Defiance and Hope.

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SPACE: SpaceX Has Apparently Tweaked Its Giant BFR Rocket Design.

SpaceX’s giant Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) has a sleek new look for an audacious private passenger flight around the moon. If an early rendering is anything to go by, the BFR is going to have some wild fins.

Late last night (Sept. 13), SpaceX announced that it has signed a deal to launch a private passenger flight around the moon with its new BFR megarocket sometime in the future. Details are scant — SpaceX will unveil more on Monday (Sept. 17) during a live webcast — but the private spaceflight company did unveil a new artist’s concept of a BFR passenger rocket around the moon. [The BFR in Images: SpaceX’s Giant Spaceship for Mars & Beyond]

Does that new BFR art look sci-fi? Yes. But is it actually a new version of SpaceX’s BFR? Also, apparently, yes.


ENDURANCE: New Electric Drone Has Groundbreaking Flight Time.

DISPATCHES FROM AIRSTRIP ONE: Britain Turns Offensive Speech Into a Police Matter.

It is chilling that cops, whose only business should be fighting crime, now want to hear about non-crime. Anyone who has even a sliver of respect for the ideal of liberty, for the right of people to go about their lives without being watched or narked on, should be seriously concerned that cops would want to hear about non-criminal behavior, otherwise known as everyday behavior.

Even more perversely, these non-crimes really just mean “insulting comments.” So if you’re in Yorkshire and someone on Facebook calls you a fat slob, call the cops. If you wear a niqab and a work colleague tells you—a la Boris Johnson—that you look a little bit like a mailbox, phone the police.

In essence, South Yorkshire Police want people to report on everyday conversations. This is Stasi territory. Coppers asking citizens to file reports on things they have read or overheard really should have disappeared from Europe with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet here it still is, this GDR-style instruction to eavesdrop and squeal, though now it’s happening on the other side of the old Iron Curtain.

George Orwell intended 1984 to be a warning, not a how-to guide, as did the producers of The Lives of Others.