OPEN THREAD: Sorry it’s late — I thought I’d scheduled it but I guess I was wrong.
OPEN THREAD: Sorry it’s late — I thought I’d scheduled it but I guess I was wrong.
She certainly did:
WATERY GRAVE: Missing Argentine submarine found almost a year to the day after it vanished in the Atlantic Ocean. “The wreckage of the ARA San Juan Submarine was located 2,850 feet deep, and about 700 miles east of the city of Puerto Madryn.”
K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: There Are No ‘Good’ Public Schools.
ALL OUR TREES ARE CATCHING FIRE! HEY, MAYBE YOU SHOULD CUT SOME OF THEM DOWN. Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging: Environmentalists and the timber industry, after long butting heads, increasingly agree that cutting trees to thin forests is vital to reducing fire danger. “Another dangerous factor, land-management experts say, is that forests have become overgrown with trees and underbrush due to a mix of human influences, including a past federal policy of putting out fires, rather than letting them burn. Washington has also sharply reduced logging under pressure from environmentalists.”
Weird, I remember a lot of people dunking on Trump after he said this the other day.
ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is the FDA Racist or Just Stupid?.
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BREAKING: GILLUM FINALLY CONCEDES (AGAIN).
UPDATE: Of course, it’s worth noting that neither man will actually be the next governor of Florida…
THAT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK: The New York Times asks, Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?
Arrgh. The Times adopts the narrative, popular on the left, that the only reason any Jews support Trump is that he is pro-Israel. Look, surveys show that 25-30% of American Jews are Republican or lean Republican. Orthodox Jews and older immigrants from the former Soviet Union are especially likely to be Republicans. Most American Jews don’t vote on “Jewish issues” as such, and Republican Jews, like other Republicans, will be inclined to support any Republican president unless they affirmatively strongly disagree with particular policies, though I assume a blatantly anti-Semitic president of either party would change voting patterns significantly. Ninety percent of Republicans in general approve of Trump, and if you are outside the liberal bubble that blames Trump for anti-Semitism, there is no reason to expect that figure to be significantly lower among Jewish Republicans unless you think that Jewish Republicans are especially likely to disapprove of Trump otherwise. And indeed, last I looked surveys show that 25-30% of American Jews approve of Trump.
In my experience, some of Trump’s most controversial policies, including the so-called Muslim ban, are reasonably popular with my Republican Jewish friends (real and Facebook) and family. Indeed, many of them are very concerned about the anti-Semitism immigrants from the Middle East bring with them, though it’s generally considered impolitic to talk about this in public. And not only are these Republican Jews not using Trump’s pro-Israel policies to excuse his contribution to anti-Semitism, as the Times suggests, but in fact they see those policies, along with appointments like Nikki Haley (who withdrew the U.S. from the anti-Semitic UN Human Rights Commission that Obama had rejoined) and Ken Marcus as policies of a very philo-Semitic presidency. Some of my Jewish Facebook friends routinely pronounce the Trump administration to be the most pro-Jewish in history. It’s far more accurate to conclude that Jews see Trump’s Jewish-related policies through the lens of their preexisting approval or disapproval of Trump than to suggest, as the Times does, that Trump’s Jewish-related policies are what drive Jewish voters one way or the other.
As usual, the New York Times reports on subcultures it doesn’t understand as if it is visiting Mars.
SO I FINISHED S.M. STIRLING’S LATEST (AND FINAL) CHANGE SERIES NOVEL, The Sky-Blue Wolves. As I got close to the end I wondered how he was going to wrap things up, but he managed. I know the series got a bit too crunchy for some InstaPundit readers, but I enjoyed it. Now I wish he’d do a sequal to Conquistador, or The Peshawar Lancers.
On the site Hyperallergic, author Sarah E. Bond tells readers that recent archeological discoveries are more proof against the “long-held but fringe theory that the blocks were so heavy and the distances they would have to travel so lengthy that aliens must have built the pyramids.” She then goes on to devote more than 2,000 words to the “fringe theory.”
She blames a 50-year-old book by a racist Swedish crackpot for popularizing what she calls pseudoarchaeology.
“While [these] ideas might be laughable to most,” she says in that progressive way that tells us “most” are irredeemable bigots, “the creation of doubt is a pernicious and rhetorical agent … Far from innocuous, these alien theories undermine the agency, archaeology, and intellect of non-European cultures in Africa and South America, as well as the Native peoples in North America by erasing their achievements.”
[Sigh] Okay, I’ll bite. Regardless of their provenance, why can’t these dumbass ideas just be a simple reaction to our dumbass bafflement? We see the Pyramids. We have an idea of the kind of technology and resources available when they were built (2589–2566 BCE, according to Bond — you’re really surprised she’s the kind of progressive who uses BCE and CE instead of BC and AD?), and we have no idea how they managed it. They being humans, not “non-Europeans.” Race doesn’t even enter into it.
When the Pyramids were built the Egyptians were about the only game in town. The Parthenon, the Great Wall and the Gibson Les Paul were thousands of years in the future. If Northern Europeans had managed the same thing at the same time, plenty of people would be wondering if aliens or angels or Sleestak had a hand in it. But the Gauls and the Germans didn’t do it. The Egyptians did, and their achievement blows our minds. Somebody smelled a sucker (or 65 million of them, buying his book over 50 years) and resuscitated some old notions about spacemen.
“It is notable that many (though not all) extraterrestrial theories focus on archaeological structures at sites within Egypt, Africa, South America, and North America — a fact that has led some academics to see beliefs in ancient alien engineers as a stalking horse for racism,” writes Bond.
I’m not saying it’s aliens, but it’s definitely aliens.
THE KIND OF MEN WHO CARRY POCKETKNIVES.
WHEN TRUMP DOES IT, IT’S A CRISIS: You may not agree with Glenn Greenwald often, and you may even believe that Julian Assange is/was a national security threat. Reasonable minds can differ. But Greenwald’s piece in The Intercept underscores what many conservatives, libertarians and free-thinkers have known for a while:
“Over the last two years, journalists and others have melodramatically claimed that press freedoms were being assaulted by the Trump administration due to trivial acts such as the President spouting adolescent insults on Twitter at Chuck Todd and Wolf Blitzer or banning Jim Acosta from White House press conferences due to his refusal to stop preening for a few minutes so as to allow other journalists to ask questions. Meanwhile, actual and real threats to press freedoms that began with the Obama DOJ and have escalated with the Trump DOJ – such as aggressive attempts to unearth and prosecute sources – have gone largely ignored if not applauded.”
Ask yourself this: If Acosta acted as he does in Saudi Arabia or China, do you think he’d ever see daylight again? “Trump was mean to me” just pales in comparison to the real “War on the Press.”
NEWS YOU CAN USE: 10 Must-Haves for Every Thanksgiving Host.
So conservatives never overthrew public broadcasting. NPR thrives. But PBS withered away. Oh, it still exists, and when a piece of luck like “Downton Abbey” comes its way, it can puff itself back up…to one twentieth the audience, and influence, it had a quarter century ago. PBS is now little more than America’s Official TV Network of White Guilt. To be fair, it also features Benny Goodman at pledge drive, Jewish guys in major league baseball history, and British drama, for which I thank them.
Go ahead, oppose them. Just don’t feed their delusions of grandeur. Public broadcasting was born in a 1950s world of limited information, limited bandwidth, and narrow choices. It dreamed of a world where you could be in Tupelo, Utica or Provo and still be able to see “Macbeth” on TV. In that world it had a real purpose. Today, you could be in Tupelo’s outer fringes and see virtually any version of Shakespeare ever filmed, on your phone, at any time of the day or night. PBS struggles with that new world. Wouldn’t it be wiser for them to declare victory over cultural deprivation, mission accomplished!–and then fold their tents for good?
Indeed. Even Sesame Street is now a Time-Warner-CNN-HBO production.
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ENDORSED: To Fix Elections, Hold Real Elections. Day and date. No provisionals, no early voting, no mail-ins, no absentees. Just vote.
BEHOLD, KARMA. THE LEFTIST IDIOTS RAISED THIS GENERATION ON UNTHINKING VICTIMHOOD. DID THEY THINK IT WOULDN’T TURN ON THEM? Ocasio-Cortez turning into a nightmare for Congressional Dems.
FLASHBACK: “Bourgeois culture is bad because it limits the flexibility of the elites. When the middle class was ascendant, it had the power to force bourgeois norms on elites, and even many of the poor. This led to social goods that people miss now, but it was also experienced as confining by those so constrained.” In America, remember, class war is disguised as culture war.
TRIED AND TRUE: Study: Surgery best treatment for appendicitis, not antibiotics. “A person suffering from an appendicitis should receive surgery and not try to treat the condition with antibiotics, a study said. The Stanford University School of Medicine study, published Wednesday in the Jama Network, said that treating an inflamed appendix with antibiotics is more costly than just having surgery, contradicting previous recent reports that suggest its better to treat appendicitis with antibiotics.”
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, RIP: “Future historians will have to reconstruct exactly how and why the tipping point has been reached, but the ACLU’s actions over the last couple of months show that the ACLU is no longer a civil libertarian organization in any meaningful sense, but just another left-wing pressure group, albeit one with a civil libertarian history.”
NOW THIS IS MORE LIKE THE 21ST CENTURY I WAS HOPING FOR: NASA’s daring asteroid mission unfurls its sampling arm for the first time.
DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “He was at an academic conference. He boarded a crowded elevator. Helpful person near buttons asked which floors people wanted. He couldn’t resist an old joke. ‘Lingerie, please.’ FATAL MISTAKE. The person near the buttons was a feminist sociologist.”
Or to put it another way:
WELL DONE, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT: Farewell, Kepler: NASA Shuts Down Prolific Planet-Hunting Space Telescope.
MUST BE RACISM: Violence Breaks Out As Tijuana Residents Confront Migrants. “Mexican residents of Playas De Tijuana confronted Honduran migrants who had set up a makeshift camp at ‘Friendship Park’ in Playas De Tijuana. The Mexican residents demanded that the migrants leave the area.”
MARC CAPUTO IN POLITICO: ‘Nelson has no path’: Democrats admit Scott beats Florida icon.
But here’s my favorite part: “While party officials refused to discuss the hopelessness of the situation on the record, the Florida Democratic Party on Friday continued to fundraise off the recount, suggesting to donors that Nelson had a shot when his own top backers knew he didn’t.”
WOMAN KICKED IN VIRAL VIDEO SPEAKS OUT: Pro-lifer assaulted in viral video speaks out — after CBC declined interview (video).
THE STORY OF THREATIN, A MOST PUZZLING HOAX EVEN FOR 2018: A rock band went on tour in the U.K. and nobody came. Then it got weird.
IN THE MAIL: Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are.
DUE PROCESS: IT’S NOT JUST FOR JIM ACOSTA AND MICHAEL AVENATTI! Title IX regulation would mandate cross-examination, use same evidence standard for students and faculty.
I’m actually not convinced that Title IX either requires or empowers universities to regulate student (or faculty) sexual behavior at all. All the actual statute says is this: “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.” Everything else has been a superstructure of interpretations and arguments far-removed from this language or its original purpose.
HMM: ‘Active criminal investigation’: No big deal, just Florida Dems lawyering up as feds and state investigate possible voter fraud. “Yeah, OK. Are we to believe that staffers just decided on their own to send out these altered forms?”
ACTUALLY, NINA HARTLEY IS A LOT MORE THAN JUST A FORMER PORN STAR.
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HOIST TRAINING IN A CLOUD OF DEBRIS: USAF pararescue teams conduct hoist training from an Army Chinook helicopter. Photo taken Nov. 5, 2018 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
THE ACLU NO LONGER EVEN PRETENDS TO BELIEVE IN CIVIL LIBERTIES: American Civil Liberties Union, RIP.
A remarkably low 13 percent are calling President Trump’s economy a problem as confidence is hitting a 14-year high, and seven in 10 said 2018 is a good time to find a quality job.
The key points from Gallup’s just-published economic survey:
Economic Confidence Index at +31 in November, remaining at its highest since 2004.
55 percent rate current economic conditions positively.
Record-tying 68 percent say it is a good time to find a quality job.
“It has been nearly two decades since Americans have been as positive about the U.S. economy as they are now,” Gallup said.
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HIDE THE DECLINE: When the Scientific Consensus Is Corrected by a Skeptic.
HMM: McCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general. “Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, is one of several people mentioned as possible contenders to succeed Jeff Sessions, who resigned under pressure from Trump last week. Other names in the mix include Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.”
I like Janice Rogers Brown. Or Randy Barnett!
NEO HAS NEWS YOU CAN USE: Evacuation plans: the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men (Part I).
As readily accessible inside as outside the prison library, these observations aren’t new. What is new comes from the firsthand account that Blagojevich offers. It is his writing about the sad-eyed mothers holding the hands of their sons, his telling of the incarcerated fathers unable to hug their children, his account of an older inmate unable to mourn his wife at her funeral.
“For the past nearly seven years, I have served time with well over a thousand inmates. I have come to know many of them. While almost all of them are in one way or another guilty of the crimes they are here for, and should most certainly be held accountable, I have been surprised by what I’ve learned,” Blagojevich insists. “A large number of these men are not bad men. I believe a lot of them if given another chance can do good.”
And when you remember that the sentencing changes in the law are not retroactive, you realize that the legislation he is pushing isn’t likely to help Blagojevich. He isn’t writing to improve his own conditions.
Read the whole thing.
FORGET IT JACK, THE REAL STRATEGY IS ALWAYS FRAUD. THE REST IS WINDOW DRESSING: Secretive Liberal Donor Network Plots 2020 Strategy in DC.
Unfortunately not all Democrats are as transparent as the Florida —-show.
WELL, THEN THE DOJ IS WRONG: DOJ Set To Declare Bump Stocks As ‘Machine Guns’.
WHEN REPUBLICANS WIN IT’S CHEATING. WHEN DEMOCRATS CHEAT IT’S WINNING. HOW LONG WILL WE TOLERATE THIS? Hillary Clinton yells ‘fraud’ in Georgia after the vote recount doesn’t go Abrams’s way.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE CANNIBAL FEAST OF THE LEFTIST CLIENTS: A Cold Winter for White Women.
YOU KNOW, IF THEY JUST DITCH THE LITTLE RED BOOK SOMEONE CONVINCED THEM WAS THE REAL GOSPEL, THINGS WILL BECOME MUCH CLEARER: The Bishops In Their Labyrinth.
ER. SO THE DATES WERE THAT BAD IN THAT BAR? One of the oldest lesbian bars on the East Coast is to be demolished. The city wants to put in a dog park.
Hey, at least it’s not a paper bag distribution center.
YOU KNOW, THIS GAVE ME ONE OF THOSE SCARY FEELINGS LIKE “AND HERE?” I DON’T LIKE WHERE WE’RE HEADED AND I’M HAVING TROUBLE SEEING A WAY OUT. AND NO, I DON’T MEAN TRUMP. I MEAN THE PARTY WHO HATES HUMANS BUT PARTICULARLY AMERICANS: Eerily prescient 1907 poem by Stefan George: “Der Widerchrist”.
WHEN THE MASKS ARE DOWN, EVERYTHING BECOMES SO CLEAR: True Colors.
In 1963, recording their first album in a day, the Beatles had nailed “Twist and Shout” in one take. Six years later, they recorded 102 takes of George Harrison’s “Not Guilty,” only to leave it off The White Album. Meanwhile, as the embellishment and overdubbing grew more complicated, the band spread out into two studios, with George Martin’s aides Geoff Emerick and Chris Thomas at the controls. The result was the polarization of the Lennon-McCartney collaboration into parallel tracks. Instead of complementing each other by refining each other’s compositions, they now wrote antagonistically. The harsher Lennon became, the more sweetly McCartney responded. The result was the kaleidoscopic disorder and variable quality of The White Album.
Apparently, “Not Guilty” didn’t make the cut because of its jibes at the family business, which is too bad, as it might just be the best song ever left off a major pop/rock album.
PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:
—CBS News, today.
—NewsBusters, March 5, 2015.
And if you missed Glenn’s link earlier, A mini ice age could be on the way and it’s going to get very, very cold.
Of course, to more seriously answer CBS’s question today, what went wrong was electing Bill de Blasio.
Update: “If only there were some… external factor that could account for the variations in global temperature. Such a hypothetical external factor would have to be very large, though — on the order of magnitude of our own Sun.”
Only four? You’re gonna need a bigger blog.
(Classical reference in headline.)
OPEN THREAD: Chat responsibly.
JONAH GOLDBERG: Basta La Vista, Baby!
IF YOUR SCHADENFREUDE LASTS MORE THAN FOUR HOURS, SAVOR IT: Michael Avenatti’s law practice evicted from offices.
ANN ALTHOUSE: How Trump Won The Acosta Lawsuit:
The judge framed it as a matter of process, which justifies Trump issuing a set of rules of decorum. I assume the rules will include a requirement that a reporter who has received a response (whether it’s to his liking or not) must relinquish the microphone, that there can be no physical interference with a staff member who reaches out to take the microphone, and that one much stop talking once the President (or press secretary) has moved on to the next questioner.
Any complaints about these rules and the prescribed consequences of violating them can be met with pieties about adhering to the judge’s ruling. Things must be done in an orderly way — in the press room and in a system of due process. Any complaints premised on freedom of the press will be met with statements like “We want total freedom of the press” and we want perfect due process. So here you are, here’s notice of our rules of decorum. And that should be the end of the kind of questioning Acosta has become famous for. Trump wins.
The process will be the punishment.
THE DEMOCRATS ARE HAVING QUITE A WEEK:
TRUMP, ACOSTA AND THE PRESS: My interview on the “Lawyer 2 Lawyer” podcast, where I predicted that the matter would turn on “due process.”
You know, that thing CNN et als didn’t apply to Kavanaugh.
Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.™
WHY ARE BLUE-STATE POLITICS SO VICIOUS? Christopher Rufo ends campaign for city council after harassment, threats. ““I was prepared to take the heat, but unfortunately, they have focused their hatred on my wife and children. . . . They’ve made vile racist attacks against my wife, attempted to get her fired from Microsoft, and threatened sexual violence. They’ve even posted hateful comments on our 8-year-old son’s school Facebook page. I know that as the race progresses, the activists will ratchet up their hate-machine and these attacks will intensify significantly.”
Related: “Basically, the activists have won. The worst elements of Seattle — those who want to bully and oppress anyone who disagrees with them — win by making sure that people will not have actual choices in the campaign.”
FAKE NEWS: ABC Makes Patently False Claim About New Title IX Rules: The new standard does not require victims to show that they can’t return to school. It doesn’t even require them to leave school in the first place.
YOUR DAILY TREACHER: The White House Should Give Jim Acosta What He Wants. And More. That’s How to Beat Him.
Plus a quote from Jon Gabriel of Ricochet: “Only call on Acosta until the rest of the reporters demand his press pass is seized.”
Much like Helen Thomas and earlier Republican press secretaries, Acosta exists for Sarah Sanders to dunk on. As Jim writes, turning White House pressers into The Jim Acosta Show would quickly empower the rest of the DNC-MSM White House press corps into a Full Metal Jacket-style blanket party for Acosta.
DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: UC Administrators: ‘Masculinity Is Not Attached to a Gender.’
But I thought gender was a social construct. Foucault, coordinate! Foucault, coordinate!
IT’S CERTAINLY FELT LIKE IT: A mini ice age could be on the way and it’s going to get very, very cold.
Two words: Wool socks.
HE’S LUCKY PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT AREN’T AS VIOLENT AS HE SAYS THEY ARE: Dem Rep. Eric Swalwell: If we confiscate your guns and you fight back, we will nuke you.
MASCULINITY GURU: Stop Being So Nice To Women.
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RACHEL DOLEZAL WAS A TRAILBLAZER: White Women Trying To Look Black.
ROGER KIMBALL: Just Brexit! The UK’s Future Is With the Anglosphere.
#VANLIFE, the Bohemian Social Media Movement. “Scroll through the images tagged #vanlife on Instagram and you’ll see plenty of photos that don’t have much to do with vehicles: starry skies, campfires, women in leggings doing yoga by the ocean. Like the best marketing terms, ‘vanlife’ is both highly specific and expansive. It’s a one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke a number of contemporary trends: a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job. Vanlife is an aesthetic and a mentality and, people kept telling me, a ‘movement.'”
Plus: “With every mechanical breakdown, Smith became more confident handling repairs. He also developed a repertoire of meals suited to the van’s two-burner kitchen. His specialty was a dish he called huevos vancheros: eggs fried in coconut oil, seasoned with turmeric, served over buckwheat with salsa and sauerkraut. The couple bought things to make the van homier and more comfortable: a fruit basket, a travel bidet.”
IT LOOMS LIKE A SHADOW OVER EVERYTHING WE’VE BUILT HERE: Can a Man Be Too Handsome?
BRAVELY TACKLING THE IMPORTANT ISSUES: DC Bans Churches From Handing Out Straws With Free Coffee.
IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Can Protein Keep You Healthier Longer? “Over five years of follow-up, the participants who ate more protein at the study’s start were less likely to become disabled than those who ate less protein, the study found.”
HOT OFF THE PRESS: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights just released a report entitled “Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices.” My individual Commissioner Statement is here.
My main point: In the Jim Crow South, the biggest problem was that many in law enforcement didn’t take crime in African American neighborhoods seriously. We’ve come a long way since then. But if modern reformers aren’t careful, their actions will end up encouraging police officers to offer less protection to African Americans.
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