June 15, 2017

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Roger Simon: Baseball Shooter a Big Wake-Up Call for the Left.

This man came from the extreme end of Trump Derangement Syndrome, but he didn’t emerge entirely by himself. He came from a petri dish that we are all submerged in, nurturing hate as never before in most of our lifetimes.

We need look no further than yesterday’s grilling of Jeff Sessions by the Senate Intelligence Committee. This investigation is putatively about Russian interference in our election, but we learned nothing about that. Not a thing. In fact, it was barely mentioned. The entire event was used as a means to “get Trump” and/or his associates. Senators like Heinrich ooze hate, obviously playing to a likeminded crowd. It is indeed a “witch hunt” and any reader ofThe Crucible knows where that leads.

Meanwhile, just this past weekend, here in Los Angeles, we had our annual gay pride celebration. But it didn’t seem to be about pride at all, only about unremitting attacks on our president (and by implication anyone Republican), as if everyone in the streets would have been delighted to see a replay of Kathy Griffin’s nauseating decapitation or the denouement of the current Shakespeare in the Park production where a Trump/Caesar is beheaded nightly. (Ironically, Trump was on record for gay marriage long before Clinton or Obama, but facts mean nothing to the pussy-hatted.)

And then there were the wild accusations of anti-Semitism when nearly half of Trump’s family is Jewish and — as it turned out — of the few such incidents that have occurred since his inauguration none were committed by his supporters. In fact, they all came from the left. This was, of course, barely reported. It didn’t fit the narrative of hate.

And this is to omit the most horrifying examples of all — the absolutely despicable behavior toward conservatives on our campuses. It’s like the return of the Brown Shirts.

Sense a pattern?

Yes.

IN 4.5 BILLION YEARS, YOU’D THINK SOMEONE WOULD HAVE SEEN SOMETHING? Our sun might have had an evil twin that killed the dinosaurs.

DEAR DEMOCRATS, TURN BACK NOW:
A radical from a fringe group, led by insane rumor and innuendo, has shot someone who is not even the leader of the faction he hates.
Is Rep. Scalise’s middle name Ferdinand?
Listen to me now; stop believing crazy people, even those in the media. Yesterday, in a friend’s post someone called me racist/sexist/homophobic or implied it because apparently I want to “suppress voices” in science fiction. NO ONE who knows me can believe that. This woman knows me. And this was over an aesthetic disagreement in tiny, irrelevant science fiction.
LISTEN TO ME NOW, it’s time to believe your lying eyes and accept that people can disagree with you without being evil. It’s time to investigate all news, even the ones you think confirm you bias. It’s time to wake up.
YOU DON’T WANT TO GO DOWN THIS ROAD. There is nothing for you here. It didn’t turn out well in 1914. It won’t turn out well now.
THIS MEANS STUFF LIKE THIS STOPS: MSNBC Invites on “Analyst” Who Called for an ISIS Bombing of a Trump Building to Put Today’s Shootings in Context.

AND THIS STOPS: WaPo “Writer” Hopes Scalise Will Die In Surgery.

AND THIS STOPS TOO: Shooter Was Big Fan of Queen of Conspiracies Rachel Maddow; Driven to Violence By Climate of Hate Pushed by Left and Media.

If you keep driving people this way, you won’t like the results.  And neither will we.

WELL, SOME PEOPLE DO. I NEVER LOOKED: Thanks to Pornhub, we know way too much about how people watch porn.  THEN AGAIN I’M NOT REPRESENTATIVE DAMON PEREZ (D-INSANITY): Again: Democrat RI Lawmaker Tweets Out Screenshot of His Computer Screen; Visible Tabs Include References to “Teen [Redacted]” and “Milf [Redacted]”.

NAH.  THE ONES WHO CAN DECIDE HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT HAS THE POWER: Millennials think whoever has the money has the power.

AND WE KNOW THE FRUITS OF THE POISONOUS TREE: Mark Ruffalo: No More ‘White Conservatives” on NBC. Straight up racism and intolerance brandished as a mark of pride.  Mr. Ruffalo, you’re hired to act.  Shut up and act.

YEP, IT IS A CLIMATE OF HATE: 8 Times Artists Tried to ‘Kill” Presidents Bush, Trump.

I WASN’T GOING TO LINK THIS: Because it’s a bit of inside baseball.  The “gentleman” Larry is taking down has on several occasions used deceptive pull quotes to attack me and my blog. BUT you should read this A Monster Hunter Nation Opinion Piece: Mike Glyer is a Scumbag, followed by this unintentional companion piece: Inside a click farm that helps fake online popularity.  The timing is amazing.

THE CHILDREN OF THE ETERNAL NOW HAVE NO HISTORY: ‘Call Of Duty’ Makers Remove Swastika From ‘Historical’ Video Game.

YEAH: Rejecting the ‘heckler’s veto’. And that goes double for the “shooter’s veto”.

June 14, 2017

THE LEFT ELEVATES THE VIEWS OF YOUNG PEOPLE BECAUSE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE GULLIBLE ENOUGH TO FALL FOR THE LEFT’S LIES: Let’s stop treating the young as political sages: We should be challenging the naive, unaffordable views of many under-25s, not kowtowing to them.

ROGER KIMBALL: Trump and the end of the beginning. “There is a small pen of chihuahuas yapping wildly that Trump should be impeached because, because, because—the doggies will get back to us later with a reason. (The real reason is simply that they don’t like Mr. Trump.) Were that to happen, it would precipitate the gravest crisis since South seceded. But I don’t expect it to happen. Why? Because Trump is succeeding like gangbuster nearly everywhere: judicial appointments are one thing all his supporters point to, but there is also his roll-back of the regulatory burden, his plan to cut taxes, to ditch and replace Obamacare (it’s happening), his enforcement of the immigration laws, his revitalization of the military, and on and on. The man has had a startling string of successes, though the media won’t tell you that.”

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THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE. “The photo shows two women in ‘Nasty Woman’ T shirts wearing paper tiaras, with facial expressions so stunted the woman in the foreground looks like she just soiled herself.”

CHINA: Jack Ma’s Libertarian Talk Approaches Red Line.

Sigh. I remember when America’s tech titans were libertarians instead of crony-socialists. You know, back when they actually invented new and interesting stuff.

FLASHBACK: More Reports of Violence, Threats Against Conservative Students.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: “A civilization at a decision point is almost by definition walking the razor’s edge between two futures. One future may lead to a catastrophe whose survivors must begin again from scratch. The other choice leads to a radical improvement in the human standard of living and greater potential for all. It would seem an easy choice. But the characteristic of a system in institutional crisis, which along with the lack of new energy sources and a failure of public education create our ‘world in disarray,’ is that the right choice is impossible to make.”

BECAUSE DEMOCRATS: Why is it sexist when men interrupt Kamala Harris, but not Betsy DeVos?

IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE WOULD BE NO MATH: Terry McAuliffe: ‘We Lose 93 Million Americans a Day to Gun Violence.’

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MEANWHILE, BACK IN NORTH KOREA: The NorKs prepare for a nuclear test.

TRUE: Trump Didn’t Ruin the Media, Obama Did. “Obama was the first indicator that the media would simply refuse to cover stories they didn’t like about a politician they did. The media covered Clinton’s Chinagate and Travelgate. But they refused to cover the IRS scandal with the same level of vim as they would have under Bush; they downplayed the Obama administration’s involvement in the botched “Fast and Furious” gun operation scandal; and members of the mainstream media openly mocked the right’s anger over the administration’s manipulation of the 2012 Benghazi terror attack. Obama had to be protected at all costs, including the cost of the media’s credibility. Meanwhile, the media savaged 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.”

Think of them as Democratic Party operatives with bylines and you won’t go far wrong. The thing is, nobody much cares what party operatives have to say.

HMM: Politico Prepares The Faithful For An Ossoff Loss.

SCOTT ADAMS: The Alexandria Shooter was “Radicalized” by Mainstream Media.

I NEED MY TANNING PILLS: How a small molecule can induce UV-free tanning. “Dr. Fisher and his team tested the molecules in a laboratory culture of human skin and discovered that the more molecules they applied, the more the skin darkened. The artificially induced tan lasted for several days.”

IT’S TIME FOR SENSIBLE FRUM CONTROL: David Frum Writes Gibberish. His Trump-era breakdown has been impressive, even by the standards of many people’s Trump-era breakdowns.

OH, THAT LIBERAL FASCISM. ‘F*ck Steve Scalise’: HuffPost writer Jesse Benn wishes ‘violent resistance’ were more ‘organized.’

A year ago, Benn wrote a screed at the HuffPo headlined, “Sorry Liberals, A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any:”

In the face of media, politicians, and GOP primary voters normalizing Trump as a presidential candidate—whatever your personal beliefs regarding violent resistance—there’s an inherent value in forestalling Trump’s normalization. Violent resistance accomplishes this. In spite of this, such resistance is apparently more offensive and unacceptable to societal norms and liberal sensibilities than the nastiness being resisted in the first place.

A year ago, I would have written the snarky Allahpundit-inspired “What could go wrong?” rejoinder. Today, sadly, we know.

ANITA PALLENBERG, MUSE FOR THE ROLLING STONES, DEAD AT 73.

Mad, bad, and dangerous to know – not least of which because of how smoking hot she looked in the late ‘60s, before the heroin, coke, booze, and God knows what else took its toll.

DEMOCRATS’ 2011 NEW CIVILITY PLEDGE GOING SWIMMINGLY: Unhinged Rhetoric About ‘Nazis’ and Trump Derangement Syndrome Lead to Bloodshed.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot: ‘Of course’: Journos concerned about ‘rush to blame Dems’ after Alexandria shooting.

Chaser: The Tucson Massacre’s Hall Of Shame: Liberals Who Used Tragedy To Smear The Right.

“Note the media has two modes for coverage of politically motivated shootings: 1, a rightwinger did it, or 2, we must not politicize this,” Ace of Spades tweets, linking to a 2012 New York Post article which notes, “Media assumptions that violence is right-wing are routine — and routinely wrong.”

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER WEBSITE: Chris Cillizza Ask For Examples Of Incorrect CNN Stories. Here You Are, Chris.

Then there’s CNN’s role in building the Wright-Free Zone — a week after praising Wright to the hilt:

And this worshipful report from North Korea:

And a real oldie but a goodie, the news they kept to themselves.

2015 FACEBOOK POST SHOWS GUNMAN HODGKINSON DIDN’T LIKE REPRESENTATIVE SCALISE: The Daily Caller has published a Facebook post by James T. Hodgkinson. In the post the would be mass murderer maligns one of his victims, Congressman Steve Scalise. Remember, Hodgkinson was a Bernie Sanders supporter. Hey, Paul Krugman. That vote and the Facebook post strongly suggest Hodgkinson was a Democrat of some type. Some type.

MORE FOR PAUL KRUGMAN: Hodgkinson was a Trump-hater. Just like you, Paul. A Trump-hater. Of some type.

THE KRUGMAN PRECEDENT OF 2011:

You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.

Stand up, Paul! Stand up against the Democrat hate-mongers right now!

DON’T BE SILLY. ALL CUTS ARE “DEVASTATING,” EXCEPT WHEN THEY’RE “DRACONIAN.” Trump’s education cuts aren’t ‘devastating,’ they’re smart.

TALCUM X BRINGS THE SELF-HATRED: NY Daily News Writer Shaun King Goes Nuts Over Scalise Shooting, Blames White People for It.

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MORE LEFTY VIOLENCE: Dem lawmakers receive phone calls saying, ‘You guys are next.

WE’RE GOING TO BE SEEING A LOT OF THIS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS: MSNBC Analyst Who Called for Terrorist Attack on Trump Hotel Now Bashing Guns for Today’s Shooting.

BEN SHAPIRO: All the Rage.

Now, anger is nothing new in politics. Anger has dominated political discourse since the times of the Bible (ask Moses how he felt about a stiff-necked people seemingly ready to throw him overboard every few weeks). And some anger is justified. If you are angry at corruption in Washington, D.C., you have every right to be. If you are angry at a heedless leviathan grasping at your wages, that anger is justified. Even if you channel that emotion in the wrong direction, we can at least understand the anger.

But something new has happened to American politics in the last few years: Politicians have realized that the simplest path to power is to humor everyone’s anger. If you take someone’s anger from them, you’ve emotionally castrated them. More important, you run the risk of driving them into the arms of someone who will feed their anger — an anger that will now turn on you for the sin of having discounted that anger in the first place.

This is deeply unhealthy.

Indeed.

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UH-HUH: Group Calls for UN To Ban ‘Cultural Appropriation’

English appropriated “appropriation” from Latin.

EXPERTS AT WORK: More Economic Malpractice at the IMF.

Dan Mitchell:

In a perverse way, though, I admire their brassiness. They’re now arguing that higher taxes are good for growth.

This isn’t a joke. They never offer any evidence, of course, but it’s now routine to find international bureaucrats asserting that there will be more prosperity if more resources are taken out of the private sector and given to politicians (see the 3:30 mark of this video for some evidence).

Christine Lagarde, the lavishly paid head of the IMF, is doubling down on this bizarre idea that higher tax burdens are a way to generate more growth for poor nations.

Read the whole thing. And remember: If they’re brazen, it’s because they expect to get what they want.

BMI SUCKS: We could save lives by getting rid of BMI. “Accidentally telling obese people who have healthy cardiovascular systems to lose weight can only do them good. But failing to realize that a person with a normal BMI is at risk for serious health problems is potentially dangerous. And that’s not to mention the fact that we financially penalize people who are ‘obese’ according to their BMI, even when their metabolic indicators are fine. Insurance companies are legally allowed to charge them extra. A committed weightlifter with gobs of muscle might have the same BMI as a guy who eats junk food for every meal and has been obese his whole life—and he could have a higher BMI than a naturally skinny man with terrible exercise habits and an ever-growing belly from too many beers. That’s not just unfair, it’s absurd.”

BMI was never meant to serve as a measure of individual fitness. But as I said before, “An easy-to-get number that’s bogus will nonetheless be widely used, because it’s an easy-to-get number.” More here.

I SUPPOSE THAT’S CLEAR ENOUGH:

UPDATE: I’m getting comments that this is a troll account, but haven’t been able to confirm or deny.

I would certainly hope it’s a troll account.

MORE: This exchange sums it up well.

In either case, the photo and the sentiment are both real enough.

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Emergency drones rush life-saving help to simulated cardiac arrest cases.

SCALISE SHOOTING: Live updates all day long at PJM’s Hot Mic.

(Bumped.)

ROGER L. SIMON: Baseball Shooter a Big Wake-Up Call for the Left.

Just read it.

IS THERE ANY WAY ALL THE NETWORKS CAN GO OUT OF BUSINESS? TV Cord Cutting Poised To Smash Records During Second Quarter.

PRESIDENTIAL: Trump delivers message of unity in response to shooting. “We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good. Please take a moment today to cherish those you love and always remember those who serve and keep us safe. God bless them all. God bless you and God bless America.”

FLASHBACK: Thousands will die if House bill becomes law, Bernie Sanders says.

SENDING A STRONG SIGNAL on global Internet freedom.

I think Theresa May’s “censor the Internet” talk hurt her badly.

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DECENCY: Bernie Sanders “sickened” by James Hodgkinson.

BASEBALL GUNMAN WAS A BERNIE BRO WHO HATED REPUBLICANS.

The shooter who was killed during gunfire at practice for a congressional baseball game Wednesday morning was from Belleville.

The shooter was James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, who belonged to a number of anti-Republican groups, including one called “Terminate the Republican Party.”

President Donald Trump said Hodgkinson died during gunfire exchanged with congressional security workers.

Hodgkinson, 66, owned a home-inspection business. Hodgkinson was a licensed home inspector from 1994 to 1997, when his license expired, according to records from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He also held a license from 2003 to 2016, but it was not renewed.

Two days ago, Hodgkinson posted an angry tweet about President Donald Trump on Facebook.

“I Want to Say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office,” he wrote on Facebook.

Hodgkinson is a member of a number of anti-Republican groups on Facebook, including one called “Terminate the Republican Party.”

▪ “The Road to Hell is Paved with Republicans”

▪ “Donald Trump is not my President”

▪ “President Bernie Sanders”

▪ “Illinois Berners United to Resist Trump”

▪ “Boycott the Republican Party”

▪ “Expose Republican Fraud”

▪ “Terminate the Republican Party”

Hodgkinson took a Democratic ballot in the primary election in 2016.

The climate of hatred and violence that the Democrats and media have fostered has claimed more victims.

UPDATE: Thoughts from John Hinderaker.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Michigan Health Chief Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For Flint Water Crisis.

THE NEW NORMAL? Lousy Pay Raise? That May Be as Good as It Gets.

First, the bad: Unemployment may be at a 16-year low and the economic expansion may be third-longest on record, yet wage growth is miserable, clocking in between 2.5% and 3% for the past year. When unemployment was this low in the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, wages grew 4%.

Now, the worse: If a labor market this tight can’t generate better pay, quite possibly it never will. In Japan and Germany, where unemployment is plumbing generation-lows, wages are moribund. This suggests the problem transcends borders: Minimal corporate pricing power, lackluster productivity growth and an aging workforce have all undercut employers’ ability to pay better.

This threatens to throw a wrench into the Federal Reserve’s plans. It is likely to raise interest rates at its meeting Wednesday and plans to keep doing so gradually over the next two years.

Yet its longstanding assumption that a fully employed economy would eventually nudge prices and wages higher looks shakier by the month.

Our political class is quickly running out of options other than “Get the hell out of my way!” But that’s the one option they’ll never willingly take.

OH: GOP considers keeping ObamaCare taxes.

Republicans are looking to slowly phase out extra federal funds for Medicaid expansion, beef up the new tax credits for buying insurance and add money for opioid abuse treatment — but they’ll have to pay for it to ensure the bill passes muster.

That’s because the Senate healthcare bill must save at least as much money as the House’s legislation. Some senators are interested in additions to the healthcare bill that could cost the government, and savings would have to be found elsewhere, perhaps in some of the taxes, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the chamber’s No. 3 Republican, said.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is heavily involved in the healthcare discussions as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that his preference is to repeal all of the taxes but that senators would “look at everything.”

“We’re not going to ignore anything,” he told reporters Tuesday. “We’re going to have to really look very carefully.”

The full repeal promised in every election since 2010 would sidestep the problem.

DID THE GUNMAN TARGET REPUBLICANS?:

It appears he did.

The suspected gunman is James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, from Illinois, according to multiple law enforcement sources. President Trump announced that the gunman, who was wounded in a shootout with officers, has died at an area hospital.

…As people offered prayers for the victims, a profile of Hodgkinson began to emerge. A Facebook page belonging to a person with the same name includes pictures of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and rhetoric against President Trump.

MORE:

Anger about his own colleagues being attacked was evident in the words of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who, suit in tie, stopped by the crime scene to pray, was viscerally angry about his own colleagues being attacked.

“America has bene divided,” he said, “and the center of America is disappearing, and the violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left.” Kng did indicate it was impossible to separate the hyperpartisan climate in Washington — especially people protesting President Trump — with Republican members of Congress being gunned down at a baseball scrimmage.

“The divisions within the country, people that can’t accept the results of the election that are determined to try to take this country down, take this organization down,” King said. “This city was filled up with demonstrations the day after the inauguration, where you couldn’t drive down the streets.”

All the spelling errors (Kng, etc) are in the Washington Post story. It was written quickly — like a blog post.

Remember, Paul Krugman salaciously politicized a similar homicidal attack on Democrat representative Gabrielle Giffords. He politicized the crime with the intention of smearing Republicans. We are now in a world where leftist Democrats ritually call for the death of President Trump. Krugman and his ilk are a cult of media liars and frauds.

RELATED: Don’t get politicized, says E. J. Montini at The Arizona Republic. Tell it to Paul Krugman first, pal. And we didn’t come together in the Giffords shooting, sir. Refresh your memory. Krugman and his klan separated us.

BREAKING: Shooter ID’d, appears to be a Bernie Bro.

ONLY FIVE? Here Are Five Fake Stories CNN Pushed.

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MEGAN MCARDLE: Get Congress Back To Legislating, Not Just Budgeting.

Megan McArdle: You told me recently that many of our current problems in the legislative process stem from the budget process enacted in the early 1970s, which is now breaking down under a new political reality. What happened to the budget process in the 1970s?

Yuval Levin: I think that’s the right place to start, because it will help us see what isn’t working. I’m a believer in the Chesterton’s Fence approach to public problems. When something isn’t working, don’t just think about how it needs to change but think about why it is the way it is.

The 1974 budget process was developed in response to a specific set of problems, basically revolving around the frustration of a Democratic Congress at being constantly outmaneuvered by a Republican president in the budget process

The main problem was the practice of “impoundment” by which the Nixon administration just refused to spend money on things it disagreed with even after Congress appropriated money. The ’74 act ended that practice. But Congress decided to also rebalance the budget process in general to empower Congress. Their sense was that the president won budget battles because he had a disciplined, organized, professional budget bureaucracy serving him, while Congress was disorganized and undisciplined. They wanted a process that would make Congress function a little more like an executive when it came to budgeting.

So the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Act created a new budget process. It was a huge step forward for Congress, which had always been in a position of disadvantage against the president — who since the 1920s had had professional economists running a budget agency. When Congress needed budget projections, it had to ask the White House, and could never really trust the White House, especially with a president of the opposite party. The ’74 Act changed that.

And then things went south.

HAVE YOU HUGGED A FRACKER TODAY? Oil Falls as U.S. Stockpiles Rise and IEA Sees 2018 Supply Surge.

The American Petroleum Institute signaled U.S. crude inventories probably climbed a second week, ahead of data from the Energy Information Administration forecast to show a decline. New supplies from OPEC’s rivals will be more than enough to meet growth in demand next year, the IEA said in a report Wednesday.

Oil is extending its slump below $50 a barrel amid speculation increasing U.S. supplies will counter production curbs by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including non-OPEC member Russia. Output at major American shale fields will reach a record in July, according to the EIA.

“The market tightening intended by OPEC has thus failed to materialize,” Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commmerzbank AG in Frankfurt, said in a report. “OPEC will therefore have to cut production further next year to ensure that the oil market is not oversupplied.”

Well. We seem to have drilled our way out of that problem.

WINNING: ISIS Captures Tora Bora, Once bin Laden’s Afghan Fortress.

Taliban fighters who had previously controlled the extensive cave and tunnel complex fled overnight after a determined, weeklong assault by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, according to villagers fleeing the area on Wednesday.

A local Afghan police official confirmed that the fortress had fallen. “ISIS has captured Tora Bora and areas around it,” he said. “The tribal elders are here in my office. They all escaped the area last night.” He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.

Related: Mattis Under Pressure to Deliver “Winning” War Plan.

TOO MANY MACHINE DEMOCRATS? How Illinois Became America’s Failed State. I think it’s too much political power concentrated in Chicago. Another reason to overturn Baker v. Carr and Reynolds v. Sims.

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BERNIE SANDERS: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections.

For the sake of our country and the world, the Democratic Party, in a very fundamental way, must change direction. It has got to open its doors wide to working people and young people. It must become less dependent on wealthy contributors, and it must make clear to the working families of this country that, in these difficult times, it is prepared to stand up and fight for their rights. Without hesitation, it must take on the powerful corporate interests that dominate the economic and political life of the country.

Sanders has never won an election as a Democrat, and his message is unlikely to be heeded by a Democratic Party which is rigged against outsiders like himself.

SMOKE BUT NO FIRE? SOMEBODY WAS SMOKING SOMETHING. The ugly question: What if the Russia Russia Russia story was nothing?

BECAUSE A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD STILL STINK? Dem Congresswoman to Activists: Don’t Say ‘Control’ When Talking Gun Laws.

MORE ON THE SHOOTING OF REP. STEVE SCALISE AND OTHERS, here. “We blame the liberal climate of hate.”

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THE HILL: Former FAA officials endorse air traffic control spinoff plan.

Several former officials for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are throwing their weight behind a contentious effort to separate air traffic control from the federal government.

The last three chief operating officers for the FAA called on Congress to create a “reliable, robust 21st century system” by putting a nonprofit corporation in charge of the nation’s air navigation system, according to a letter released by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday.

President Trump has also endorsed the spinoff proposal, which has been championed by most of the House Republicans on the Transportation panel.

The letter is signed by Russell G. Chew, Henry Krakowski and David Grizzle.

“This is not about politics, it is about policy,” the officials wrote. “The U.S. no longer has the most modern equipment, the most efficient airplane routings, or the best technology of any of the world’s air traffic control providers.”

Move us into the wide-open, free-market world of countries like . . . Canada.

BREAKING:

The tweet has been confirmed, but so far no news outlets have revealed any more details.

UPDATE: Matt Murphy tweets, “from @RepMoBrooks ‘Shooter attack at GOPpractice. Rifle. 50+ shots fired. 5 or more hit including GOP Whip steve scalise. I am not shot.'”

Good lord.

MORE FROM CHAD PERGRAM: “#BREAKING Shooting at Congressional baseball practice. Scalise hit. Other staffers hit. Gunmen with rifle.”

Gunmen?

FROM FOX NEWS: Claim that single gunman shot dead by Scalise security team.

RICHARD EPSTEIN: The Cagey Mr. Comey.

For Trump to hope that Comey would see it fit to back off sounds like he said what he meant and meant what he said. And Trump was right to be unhappy with Comey for refusing, without explanation, to make the simple, truthful statement that Trump was not personally under investigation in the Russia probe. Instead, Comey slow-walked that issue, which doubtless contributed to Trump’s legitimate concern that Comey was not loyal to him. Indeed, Comey offers no evidence to support his “instincts” of a grander plan, namely, that their “dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship.” His ostensible conclusion is all innuendo, cleverly used to set up the charge that he had been ordered to drop the investigation of Flynn.

In a sense, the situation is even worse. One of the striking moments in the Senate hearing was Comey’s account of his odd response to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s request that he speak of the Department of Justice’s investigation of the Clinton corruption charges as a “matter,” and not an “investigation.” In this instance, Comey himself was at risk, so he did not let the matter lie silent. He flat out asked her whether her request was an order and only made the requested statement when he was assured that it was. His own explanation was that “this isn’t a hill worth dying” for. But, in fact, Comey’s conduct was more damning than his flip remark lets on. Lynch ordered Comey to make a false statement about a matter of intense public interest and concern. Lynch’s foolish request “endeavored,” to use the statutory term, to tamp down the FBI investigation in order to create some political breathing room for the Clinton campaign. Comey should have told Lynch that he was not going to participate in a transparent ruse, period. Perhaps both he and Lynch were guilty of obstruction of justice.

His unwillingness to do so casts a harsher light on Comey’s effort to go slow on, and then abort, the Clinton e-mail investigation, when her destruction of government emails received on her unauthorized server constituted a textbook form of obstruction.

Yeah, it’s almost like he’s a political hack with an agenda or something.

OH: Obama Had His Own ‘Back Channel’ To Moscow.

The news comes after Trump White House aide Jared Kushner was criticized for allegedly trying to open a back channel line of communications with Russian officials during the transition last year.

Former intelligence officials called Kushner’s alleged back channel “dangerous,” but now Bloomberg reports the Obama administration had its own back channel to Moscow.

The White House contacted the Kremlin on what Bloomberg described as a “modern-day red phone” after Russian operatives tried to infiltrate software and databases used by state election officials.

It’s different when they do it, because unlike a naif such as Kushner, Obama knew exactly how to handle the Russians.

JOHN HINDERAKER: An Investigation Of Nothing. “Sessions must have wondered, at times, why in the world he was there. He testified that he knew nothing about the alleged Russian spear phishing of the RNC’s and DNC’s email accounts. That being the case, what questions did the Democratic senators have for him? None of any significance, it turned out.”

ACCOUNTABILITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Hillary Clinton keeps security clearance, a year after FBI concluded she was reckless with secrets.

CHIACAGO’S WAR ON THE POOR: Poor Neighborhoods Hit Hardest by Asset Forfeiture in Chicago, Data Shows.

Law enforcement in Cook County, which includes Chicago, seized items from residents ranging from a cashier’s check for 34 cents to a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost with an estimated value of more than $200,000. They also seized Xbox controllers, televisions, nunchucks, 12 cans of peas, a pair of rhinestone cufflinks, and a bayonet.

Altogether, police in Cook County performed 23,065 seizures between 2012 and 2017 using asset forfeiture, including 5,939 vehicles. Chevrolet Impalas, among the most popular rental cars in the U.S., were the model most often seized. About three-quarters of all seizures occurred in Chicago. The average estimated value of a seizure was $4,553, while the median value was $1,049. About three-quarters of all seizures were cash, not property.

Lucy Parsons Labs, a police accountability nonprofit in Chicago, obtained the data from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) through a public records request and provided them to Reason. The data are unique because they include not just when and what police seized, but addresses of where those seizures occurred.

Civil liberties groups have often claimed asset forfeiture disproportionately impacts poor and minority communities.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of predation against those who are least able to fight back?

IT’S ALWAYS NICE to make Twitchy.

JOHN HINDERAKER: Civil War on the Left, Part 40: Too Much Pride?

BREAKING:  HORRIFIC FIRE ENGULFS 27-STORY LONDON APARTMENT BUILDING. “London Fire Brigade said that 200 firefighters and 40 firetrucks are on the scene of a massive conflagration that encompasses nearly every floor, from the second through the twenty-seventh.”

June 13, 2017

BILL OTIS: Mueller Is Conflicted Out.

OH NO: Lefty actors are beginning to fear Donald Trump.

WOULDN’T IT BE IRONIC IF ROGER AILES WAS HER BIGGEST FAN? Megyn Kelly’s Audience Drops 42% From Last Week. What’s really troubling is that the geriatric 60 Minutes clobbered her in the 25-54 demographic.

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