WITH GREAT POWER COMES… : When Every Boy is Guilty, Every Girl Becomes a Monster
THE HAMMER OF AHMET: Over at Ed Driscoll.com, I have a lengthy review of the new #MeToo, “Toxic Masculinity”-themed autobiography by Dorothy Carvello, the first female A&R executive hired by Ahmet Ertegun’s Atlantic Records, along with some thoughts about the product that Atlantic and MTV were distributing to millions of American teenagers in the 1970s through the 1990s.
THE NARRATIVE KEEPS CHANGING:
Oct. 2016: In a Time of Trump, Millennial Jews Awaken to Anti-Semitism Trump is forcing young Jews to confront anti-Semitism for the first time!
Sept. 2018: Trump embraces a dangerously broad definition of anti-Semitism Trump is trying too hard to protect young Jews from anti-Semitism!
EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Climate Activists Continue Worldwide War on the Poor.
On Monday, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 100, which requires the state’s utilities to obtain all their electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.
Before signing the bill, Brown said the legislation was “sending a message to California and to the world that we’re going to meet the Paris agreement.” In fact, it will only increase the hardships that California’s climate policy imposes on the poor …
Which helps to answer the question the L.A. Times asked in January: Why is liberal California the poverty capital of America?
Hey, when did Fox Butterfield move to the west coast?
NEWS YOU CAN USE: Ecstasy Turns Antisocial Octopuses Into Lovestruck Cuddle Buddies.
I hope she’s reported this to the Times itself — I hear they’re looking for this sort of news.
Or as Dan Rather famously said, “If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I’d like to break that story.”
To be fair, it’s not the worst plot detail that Joe has mangled over the years.
YOUR DAILY TREACHER: The Interrogation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Josef K., call your office.
21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Discreetly tracking down sex partners to stop a surge in STDs.
I’ll try almost anything once.
NRA DEMANDS D-RATED TENNESSEE DEM RETRACT AD FEATURING OLD RATING: ‘It’s not 2002, you’re not governor and you’re not A-rated by the NRA,’ group tells Phil Bredesen.
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Will getting a lobster stoned cut the pain of boiling it alive?
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JUNIOR ANTI-SEX LEAGUE: Yandy Pulls Its ‘Sexy’ Handmaid’s Tale Costume After a Swift Backlash.
Do you not see where this is going? Do you not see why it must be stopped cold?
The Soviet Union used to declare dissidents criminally insane and imprison them in psychiatric units. And now the same sort of thing is manifesting in the West, by those who want to preserve liberalism at all costs. Those who challenge the regime, even with facts and images, will be taken to court and forced to submit to tests to prove that they are not criminally insane.
A breathtaking irony: the French state is doing this to silence those who criticize barbarians who would destroy liberalism.
Partying like it’s 1789.
DISPATCHES FROM THE NETWORK OF CHARLIE ROSE AND LES MOONVES: CBS Warns of GOP Being ‘Clueless and Insensitive Men’ Again.
Related: “CBS News was warned three different times about Rose’s behavior. That puts CBS News president David Rhodes, brother of Ben Rhodes, squarely in the limelight. Ben Rhodes was Present Obama’s foreign policy speechwriter, who devised the plan to blame the Benghazi terrorist attack on a YouTube video. Ben Rhodes, who has a Master’s degree in fiction writing from NYU, is the brother of the CBS News chief.”
ANALYSIS: TRUE. “If you’re an attorney who can’t figure out how to defend a client from a 35-year-old allegation of sexual assault with no physical evidence, corroborating witnesses, and major gaps in the accuser’s statement, you’re incompetent or have an ulterior agenda.”
Read the whole Twitter thread.
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is Mold Causing My Allergies?
“COCAINE MITCH IS ON IT:” “You’ve watched the fight. You’ve watched the tactics, But here’s what I want to tell you: In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court… Don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re gonna plow right through it and do our job.”
UPDATE: “GOP members of the Judiciary Committee held a conference call on Friday morning to discuss how to respond to Ford’s requests on Thursday. And barring new revelations, the party plans to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination in Judiciary Committee shortly after hearing her testimony next week.”
SCRAPPLEFACE: Kavanaugh Victim Asks Delay to Finish Final Draft.
NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Engineers develop first method for controlling nanomotors.
OVER AT THE FEDERALIST: This is insane, Apple. You’ve gone and ruined my perfectly curated playlists.
AMAZING WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN AN ADMINISTRATION ISN’T AT WAR WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: The Economy Is Beating The Last Administration’s Low Expectations.
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Li Guoping, director of the Department of System Engineering of the CNSA, said that the length of the Long March-9 will exceed 90 meters, and the rocket would have a core stage with a diameter of 10 meters.
It would be able to carry a payload of 140 tonnes into low-Earth orbit, five times that of the Long March-5, said Li.
The first version of the SpaceX BFR has been re-designed to carry 100 tons to low-earth orbit. Later upgrades will enable 150 tons or more to low-earth orbit.
If SpaceX BFR and NASA Space Launch System have delays then the Long March 9 will be the most powerful rocket in 2028.
I have a lot more faith in SpaceX’s BFR than in NASA’s SLS, but I’d love to see both beat China into the heavy lift category.
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ: Censure Dianne Feinstein.
In substance, she “deliberately misled and deceived” her fellow senators, with the “effect of impeding discovery of evidence” relevant to the performance of their constitutional duties. No one should know better than Feinstein herself that such deceptive and obstructive conduct, widely regarded as “unacceptable,” “fully deserves censure,” so that “future generations of Americans . . . know that such behavior is not only unacceptable but also bears grave consequences,” bringing “shame and dishonor” to the person guilty of it and to the office that person holds, who has “violated the trust of the American people.” These quoted words all come from the resolution of censure Feinstein herself introduced concerning President Bill Clinton’s behavior in connection with his sex scandal. She can hardly be heard to complain if she is held to the same standard.
Comparison with other past censure cases only makes Feinstein’s situation look worse. The last three senators censured, Thomas Dodd, Herman Talmadge, and Dave Durenberger, were all condemned for financial hanky-panky: converting campaign contributions to personal use and the like. They were all found to have brought the Senate into “dishonor and disrepute” even though nothing they had done implicated the Senate’s performance of its constitutional duties. Feinstein, in sharpest contrast, sought to keep her committee from timely and properly investigating an apparently serious charge of misconduct, and is still doing so, even in the face of criticism from all (or most) quarters.
As the second-richest member of the Senate, with a net worth of $94 million, Feinstein is presumably above the temptations to which Dodd, Talmadge, and Durenberger succumbed. She does, however, face a difficult reelection campaign, with a serious enthusiasm gap on her left, the California Democratic party having refused to endorse her bid for a sixth term in office. Her conduct in arranging matters to make her appear the champion of an allegedly abused constituent, and perhaps positioning herself as the woman who sank the Kavanaugh nomination, can only help on that flank. Is a nakedly political motive for senatorial misbehavior any less reprehensible than a financial one?
GETTING RID OF SENESCENT CELLS IS SEEMING MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT IN FIGHTING AGING: Clearance of senescent glial cells prevents tau-dependent pathology and cognitive decline.
This fast-approaching technology, which calls upon advanced levels of autonomous navigation, is closer to reality due of DARPA’s Gremlins program which plans to break new ground by launching – and recovering – four drones from an in-flight C-130 next year.
Air recoverable drones, slated to become operational over just the next few years, will bring a new phase of mission options enabling longer ranges, improved sensor payloads, advanced weapons and active command and control from the air.
“The team looked at how fifth generation aircraft systems like the F-35 and F-22 respond to threats, and how they could incorporate Gremlins in higher risk areas,” a DARPA statement said.
Gremlins also can incorporate several types of sensors up to 150 pounds, DARPA statements said.
That’s enough of a payload for a sensor and a small bomb.
SACRED COW SLAUGHTERHOUSE: Why We Should Still Be Talking About Killing Communists.
My own theory is that a small minority on the identitarian Left have used various Maoist tactics, including public shaming on social media, to persuade people that their doctrinaire positions on #MeToo allegations and a range of other issues – gender is a social construct, masculinity is toxic, climate change is caused by misogyny, etc. – are much more ubiquitous than they really are, thereby stifling dissent.
Read the whole thing.
(Via Maggie’s Farm.)
STEPHEN KRUISER: Politicized Entertainment Award Shows Continue to Hemorrhage Viewers. “Shut up and act.”
ALLIES: Turkey Trims Unjust Sentence for NASA Scientist, Won’t Release U.S. Citizen. “Gölge’s reduction to five years behind bars sends him into another appellate process at a higher court that could take years.”
REPLACE “CLIMATE CHANGE” WITH ALMOST ANY OTHER ISSUE: Jerry Brown Made Climate Change His Issue. Now, He’s Not Sure How Much Politicians Can Do.
THE MED AT NIGHT: The USS Carney on a starry night in the Mediterranean Sea.
WHAT UNDERGRADUATES THINK ABOUT LAW SCHOOL.
A highly anticipated new survey of thousands of undergraduates and first-year law students found that the top four most cited reasons for pursuing law school are: providing a pathway to a career in politics, government or public service; having a passion and high interest in legal work; creating opportunities to give back to others; and the desire to be an advocate for social change.
The study commissioned by the Association of American Law Schools, Before the J.D.: Undergraduate Views on Law School, found that access to high-paying jobs was the fifth most-cited reason undergrads are interested in law schools, with 31 percent placing it among their top three reasons for seeking a law degree.
Joe Patrice comments:
“Women are more likely than men to say that law school is too hard and that they don’t want to defend guilty people, while men are more likely to say that three years is too long and that too few jobs in the field pay enough money.”
The men’s answers directly track the big controversies in legal education. Obama publicly tagged the “three year” problem and its impact on students forced to pay another year of tuition for classes that ultimately have little bearing on their future careers. And it’s good to hear some undergrads are cluing in to the bimodal salary distribution.
But where were they finding these women? This is “Math is hard” level swill. How much does one have to scrape the bottom of the collegiate barrel to find a majority of women talking about school as too hard?
The concern about defending guilty people is understandable though. Even though it’s ludicrous — it would at best represent half of the field of criminal law, which itself is only small part of litigation, which is a small part of the legal landscape. But too many people have no concept of a legal career outside of Law & Order reruns.
True. Or maybe “Suits.” But an honest representation of, say, ERISA practice probably wouldn’t draw ratings.
THAT WOULD BE A NICE CHANGE OF PACE: New Pentagon Strategy Putting Pressure on Private, Public Maintenance Yards to Deliver Ships on Time.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Are We On The Verge of Civil War? “What is causing America to turn differences into these bitter hatreds — and why now?”
Related: Social Media as Social Disease.
GROPEY JOE: Progressives Aim To Torpedo Biden 2020 Run.
Sixty-three million “dregs of society” could not be reached for comment.
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LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Presumed Guilty Until Proven Guilty and Much, Much More. “If the Senate Judiciary can’t stand up to this attempt to derail the confirmation of the President’s nominee to SCOTUS, the Republicans deserve to lose the senate. What’s the point of having control if the Democrats are still calling the shots?”
LUCY JEWEL: Leading As An Introvert.
The thinner the case against Kavanaugh is revealed to be, the shriller the headlines against him become.
YEP, THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: “If the FBI were to find strong evidence implicating Kavanaugh in a crime, Democrats would oppose him. If there were a muddled mix of accusations and memories, Democrats would oppose him. If Kavanaugh were completely vindicated, Democrats would oppose him.”
THE FOREIGN POLICY ESTABLISHMENT’S TRACK RECORD HAS NOT BEEN EXACTLY BRILLIANT: Trump’s Iran sanctions prove the establishment wrong — again.
In a letter to senators, a top Google official said the company allows app developers to scan Gmail accounts, even though Google itself stopped the practice for the purpose of ad targeting last year. The company also disclosed that app developers generally are free to share the data with others, as long as Google determines that their privacy policies adequately disclose potential uses.
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“MICHIGAN RANKED 9th WORST STATE FOR BULLYING”: For some reason, that headline caught my eye today. Really? Ninth worst? Not 3rd or 23rd? How does one even measure these things?
A little while ago, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued a report on the Department of Education’s intensive efforts to combat bullying in schools. Somehow this was (and still is) viewed as an issue of “discrimination” in violation of federal law. As usual, I filed a statement dissenting from the report. Here’s an excerpt:
Remember when children used to say “Don’t make a federal case out of it”? In those days even fourth graders understood that not every problem is best dealt with at the federal level. These days, however, everything seems to be a federal case—even schoolyard bullies.
The point is not that bullying is unimportant. Few things are as important as ensuring that all our nation’s children can attend safe schools that are conducive to learning. But, in the absence of extraordinary circumstances, the problem can only be dealt with effectively at the local level. Individual teachers and principals backed up by active parents, school boards, school district officials, and students themselves must be in charge. They are the heroes of the story, not the Department of Education. …
One could argue that any help in this regard should be welcome. But help from the 800-pound gorilla can be worse than no help at all. And that is what anything as large and powerful as the federal government inevitably is. The fact that it may be well-meaning is nice to know, but it shouldn’t make anyone want to trust it with a china tea set.
I wonder if school children still say “Don’t make a federal case out of it.” It might not make any sense to them anymore.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Venezuela murder toll worse than some war zones.
Amnesty’s report highlighted violence carried out by security forces during operations against criminals in impoverished neighborhoods of Venezuela’s biggest cities.
“State officials, adopting military methods, use force in an abusive and excessive manner, in some cases intentionally killing during security operations,” said human rights defense organization Amnesty in a statement.
“In cases documented by AI, victims were unarmed. Autopsies revealed bullet wounds in the neck, throat, head. They were killed while on their knees or lying down,” said Esteban Beltran, director of Amnesty International Spain.
“The number of murders in Venezuela is greater than those in many countries at war.”
Venezuela’s murder rate is 89 per 100,000 inhabitants, three times more than crime-wracked neighbor Brazil, said Mariana Fontoura Marques, director of international justice policy at Amnesty International Argentina.
I’ll say what Amnesty won’t: Socialism is war — of “The People” against the actual people.
BUT HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO WHEN THE BABY BOOMERS WERE TEENS? Marijuana use is now as common among baby boomers as it is among teens, federal data shows.
THAT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE INSINCERE HACKS: “CONCERNED” DEMS AREN’T CONCERNED ABOUT PAST SEXUAL ASSAULTS BY DEMS.
THE GROWING THREAT OF REPRESSIVE “SOCIAL JUSTICE.”
It’s all part of the Gramscian Damage.
Russia warned the US twice on September 1 and again on September 6 that the Russian military, together with Syrian and pro-regime forces, planned to carry out counterterrorism operations inside the 55-kilometer deconfliction zone. It accused the US and its coalition partners of harboring terrorists.
Immediately following Russia’s threats, the US Marine Corps conducted a live-fire demonstration at the At Tanf garrison to drive home the point that the US military did not need Russia’s help eliminating terrorists.
In the nearly two weeks since, the Russians have not contacted the US military about operations inside the deconfliction zone, an area the Syrians and the Russians want to access to build a strategic land bridge between Tehran and Damascus.
The story stressed the Russia angle, but the real significance is that the USMC hampered Iran’s imperial ambitions in the area.
TWO-EDGED SWORD: HHS Controls New National Biodefense Strategy Against ‘Poor Man’s Nuclear Weapon.’ “All of the great research that we do to advance biomedicine has its opposite side, which is the threat potential.”
A relatively inexpensive bioweapon, properly deployed, has the potential to kill far more than a single nuclear weapon.
BUT I THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED: The Nastiest Feud in Science.
WHAT KIND OF INSANITY IS THIS? JUST BECAUSE THEY KNOW MEDICINE, WHY DO THEY THINK WE’RE INTERESTED IN THEIR POLITICS? HUBRIS AND INSANITY, JUST LIKE THE HOLLYWOOD CRAZIES: Doctors Across Nation Plan Stand Against Gun-Related Violence. Maybe the surgeons among them can set about removing the mote from their eyes.
PISSING ON THOSE WHO PROTECT THEM: UC-Berkeley Police Asked Not To Use Restrooms So As To Not Trigger Students.
BRACE. THEY HAVEN’T EVEN BEGUN TO GO CRAZY: The Left Seeks to Return to Familiar Ground, Confident that 2016 Was an Anomaly.
YEAH, WHO WOULD WANT PEOPLE TO THINK THEY CAN FEND FOR THEMSELVES? Teachers Union Boss: Guns in Schools Harm Community with ‘Fending for Themselves’ Mentality.
I WISH I COULD SAY I WAS SHOCKED: New O’Keefe Video: Federal Employee Works for Socialists at Government Job.
OUR IMAGINED BETTERS NEVER TIRE OF LECTURING US: Revenge of the Celebrity PSAs: The Kavanaugh Edition.
HIGHLIGHTING THE PUERILE PETTINESS OF LEFTIST FEMALES AND WHAT PASSES FOR THEIR MINDS: Can the Ford v. Kavanaugh story get any more bizarre?
ENOUGH OF THIS FABULIST’S TEN MINUTES: Ford’s ridiculous demands.
NOT HARD ENOUGH: Grassley Pushes Hard On Kavanaugh Accuser.
IT’S ALMOST AS THOUGH THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE… Democrats Do Not Want FISA Documents Made Public.
YEAH, BUT THE LEFT ALWAYS DOES THIS TO POLITICAL OPPONENTS. BOTH THE DDR AND THE USSR FILLED MENTAL HOSPITALS WITH DISSIDENTS: French Court Orders Mental Evaluation For Marine Le Pen.
WHERE HUMANS GO, LAW MUST FOLLOW: The Fine Print that Comes with Maezawa’s Lunar Tourism.
THE HUBRIS OF OUR ELITES: The Postmodern Establishment Wants to Exterminate the Experience of Art.
SCRAPPLEFACE: Kavanaugh Accuser Demands Trump Act ‘More Trumpy.’
It’s satire, but considering how restrained the White House has been in response to insanity kicked off by Dianne Feinstein, is it really?
DANIEL HENNINGER: What Democrats Have Become.
Consider the spectacle: Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court, the embodiment of a modern rule of law, is being decided in the Senate by the medieval practice of trial by ordeal, such as surviving immersion in fire or ice. Trial by ordeal was outlawed by the Lateran Council in 1215.
Or worse, the standards of the mob in the Roman Colosseum, turning thumbs up or down on the combatants. Though unlike the Senate Democrats, the Roman mob at least had an open mind.
Incidentally, the standard trope that Donald Trump has degraded our politics? We don’t need to hear that anymore. Or about the moral certitudes of the religious right.
Is there a sadder figure in the modern Democratic Party than Sen. Dianne Feinstein? Elected to the Senate in 1992, Mrs. Feinstein has produced a creditable career. Her above-it-all reputation was never quite deserved, but she has at least performed with dignity.
Now, seeking re-election at 85, she is getting heat from the progressive-dominated Democratic Party in California, the world capital of identity-only politics. By withholding from the committee the accusatory Ford letter that came into her possession nearly two months ago, Sen. Feinstein ensured the nomination’s descent into such a hapless, cynical moment. This will be the most remembered event in Sen. Feinstein’s career.
The Kavanaugh nomination, “given what we know,” has come down to an undiscoverable accusation. The defeat of a Supreme Court nominee on this basis would be a victory for a level of conscious political nullification not seen in the U.S. for a long time. Republicans in the Senate shouldn’t allow it, and voters in November should not affirm it.
This is a joke. Hold the vote tomorrow.
OBVIOUSLY, BRETT KAVANAUGH IS TO BLAME: Woman on vacation reportedly finds dead tortoise in her vagina. “She apparently had no idea how the reptile ended up where it did.”
CULTURE OF SEARCH-ENGINE CORRUPTION: Google Workers Discussed Tweaking Search Function to Counter Trump Travel Ban. “Days after the Trump administration instituted a controversial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed ways they might be able to tweak the company’s search-related functions to show users how to contribute to pro-immigration organizations and contact lawmakers and government agencies, according to internal company emails.”
GOT INTO MY OFFICE THIS MORNING AND FOUND A COPY OF KURT SCHLICHTER’S MILITANT NORMALS. I read the manuscript and blurbed it thusly: “The governing classes’ worst nightmare is the voters waking up to what’s been done to them. Kurt Schlichter’s Militant Normals is an insightful, prescient, and frequently downright hilarious look at what’s happened, and what comes next.”
OPEN THREAD: Because your thoughts matter.
JULIE KELLY: Ladies, We Don’t Need To Be Part Of Your Group Therapy. “By ‘we,’ I mean America. And by ‘this,’ I mean some form of forced group therapy session for adult women who cannot move past an ugly event from their teen years and feel the need to relitigate it in public nearly four decades later. A serious vetting process for a Supreme Court nominee has suddenly devolved into the GenX version of ‘The Big Chill.'” (Bumped).
FLASHBACK: Gramscian Damage. Read this post — or reread it — and then look around.
NEW O’KEEFE VIDEO: FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WORKS FOR SOCIALISTS AT GOVERNMENT JOB: He doesn’t do his job — but he does the social media for the Democratic Socialists of America while on his federal job.
Well, that’s one way of moonlighting for the DNC-MSM’s farm team.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: BILL CLINTON’S FORMER ‘WAR ROOM’ DIRECTOR QUIETLY ADVISING KAVANAUGH ACCUSER.
MR. SIMPSON, THIS IS THE MOST BLATANT CASE OF FRAUDULENT ADVERTISING SINCE MY CASE AGAINST THE NEVER-ENDING STORY! Man who ate 100 plates of sushi banned from all-you-can-eat buffet.
(Classical reference in headline.)
GREAT MOMENTS IN RELIGIOUS INTERSECTIONALITY: South Carolina churches to offer gluten-free Communion bread.
But what is gluten?
SENDING PEOPLE WITH GUNS TO PEOPLE’S HOMES IS INHERENTLY RISKY: Pr. George’s police thought they were bursting into home of a drug dealer. They were at an innocent man’s door instead.
A police search warrant team going after a drug dealer targeted the wrong address and burst into the apartment of an innocent resident who shot and wounded two officers believing they were home invaders, Prince George’s law enforcement officials said.
Police Chief Hank Stawinski apologized for the error Thursday and said he has halted executing search warrants until the department reviews how it corroborates information to confirm addresses and the location of investigative targets.
As soon as officers entered the apartment, the man inside immediately surrendered when he realized police were on the other side of the door, Stawinski said.
The man yelled, “‘You’ve got the wrong address! Don’t shoot my daughter!’ ” according to Stawinski.
No criminal charges will be filed against the resident, who fired at police with a shotgun, said Stawinski, adding that police “did not draw the right conclusion” about their target.
This is how it should be handled.
WHY ARE LEFTISTS SO VIOLENT AND MEAN? ERIC SWALWELL SHRUGS OFF THREATS AGAINST SUSAN COLLINS 11 DAYS AFTER HIS GOP OPPONENT FACED STABBING ATTEMPT.
GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-AWARENESS: Kavanaugh Called ‘Smarmy, Smirking, Entitled…Mercenary’ — by Paul Krugman.