Thursday, April 27, 2017

(01:07 PM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC President Janet Napolitano hid $175 million while raising tuition, paying excessive salaries.

(01:00 PM)

THE 21ST CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: Fatal Malaria in the U.S. More Common Than Previously Known. “Serious and fatal bouts of malaria in the United States are a greater problem than has been previously reported, according to a new study. Most appear to be in immigrants who have made summer or Christmas visits to their home countries without taking precautions against infection.”

(12:54 PM)

I DOUBT IT’S ABOUT NOT BEING EVIL: Google is super secretive about its anti-aging research. No one knows why.

(12:52 PM)

CHANGE: No NAFTA Withdrawal ‘at This Time’ After Trump Call with Trudeau, Peña Nieto.

(12:39 PM)

OUCH: “Which, in a sense, is a perfect metaphor for the election Clinton just went through.”

(12:38 PM)

THE HILL: 12 GOP no votes on new ObamaCare bill.

Senate support looks wobbly as well.

(12:24 PM)

NEW YORK TIMES TO ANN COULTER: What did you think would happen if you wore that mini-skirt to Berkeley?

(12:23 PM)

HMM: On His 97th Day As President, Donald Trump Made Tax Reform Less Likely.

Make no mistake: Thorndike and other veteran tax watchers figure the Republican Congress will ultimately pass a tax cut of some size this year and call whatever they pass tax reform.

“They have to have a tax cut, right? There’s a Republican president and a Republican Congress,’’ says Leonard Burman, a Syracuse University professor and co-founder of the Tax Policy Center. “But I’m not optimistic it will be reform. It’s too bad, because there were a lot of interesting ideas that were bandied about, particularly on the Republican side.”

Reform is arguably even more important than rate cuts, given how Congress and the past three administrations have larded up the tax code with bewildering complexities.

(12:08 PM)

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: How The Obama Precedent Empowered Trump.

(12:06 PM)

TAILGATERS: Russian navy intelligence ship sinks after collision with freighter off Turkish coast.

A Russian naval intelligence ship sank Thursday after colliding with a merchant freighter in foggy conditions on the Black Sea near Istanbul, the Turkish coast guard said. All 78 crew members on the Russian vessel were rescued.

The crew of the freighter Youzarsif H, a Togo-flagged ship traveling from Romania to Jordan and carrying 8,800 sheep, was unharmed and the ship suffered slight damage to its bow, according to local media reports.

In Moscow, Russia’s Defense Ministry issued a statement confirming that the vessel, the Liman, went down after the collision tore a hole in the hull below the waterline.


The collision occurred about 20 miles northwest of the Bosporus Strait, one of the world’s busiest waterways connecting the Black Sea to the shipping lanes leading to the Mediterranean.

At the time of the accident, the Bosporus was closed because of poor visibility, the Reuters news agency reported, citing the shipping agency GAC.

Maybe not the best time and place for spying.

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(10:54 AM)


(10:41 AM)

NO ACT IS TOO UNSPEAKABLE FOR THEM, SO LONG AS THE HAND THAT PERFORMS IT IS SUITABLY BROWN AND WEATHERED: Activist finds left’s silence on genital mutilation case dismaying.

No, that line isn’t original with me — it was in a review of Germaine Greer I read back in the 1980s. But it stuck.

UPDATE: Siloam Health Chooses Not to Help Stop Female Genital Mutilation in Tennessee. “The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) report, estimates that the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 20th in the country for the potential risk of FGM being performed on women and girls and that Tennessee is number 18 in overall state rankings for risk to women and girls from FGM.”

(10:39 AM)

PROCUREMENT: Lockheed Sees More F-35, Missile Defense Orders From Abroad.

You read a lot of complaints about the F-35 from people who have never flown one, but the foreign orders keep stacking up.

(10:38 AM)

SARAH WESTWOOD: Exclusive interview: Trump ‘absolutely’ looking at breaking up 9th Circuit.

(10:30 AM)

GOOD: Russia’s Oil Cuts Are About To Get Harder.

No petrostate is excited about voluntarily constraining their production, but those limits can often be useful if they help push oil prices up. OPEC and a collection of eleven other oil producing nations agreed last November to collectively reduce their output through the first six months of this year, and Russia played a big role by agreeing to join those cuts. However, as the end of that first cut looms large and its participants begin to discuss extending that strategy through the end of the year, Moscow’s ability—or maybe more accurately its willingness—to play ball is going to be tested. That’s because, as Bloomberg reports, the seasonal vagaries of Russian oil production make it easier to cut supplies in the first half of the year than in the second. . . .

In other words, Russian output is going to surge in the second half of this year, which means any supply limitations it agrees to will bite harder.

The Saudis remain the lynchpin of this agreement, but Riyadh knows how important Moscow is to the plan, whose intent is to reduce the global glut of crude. Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih told Bloomberg that petrostates are working towards a consensus, but acknowledged that “we still need to talk to all countries…a very important country to talk to, of course, is Russia, the biggest non-OPEC exporter.”

The stakes are high for these producers—if they don’t agree to continue their production cuts, analysts believe the price of oil could drop back down to $40 or below.

That would be terrible. Remember when Barack Obama said we couldn’t drill our way out of our energy problems?

(10:26 AM)

THIS IS THE GUY WHO’S BEEN TELLING US FOR MONTHS THAT TRUMP IS A CON MAN: WTF?! Check out what Evan McMullin told the FEC about his outstanding vendor invoices. I’m beginning to believe that his candidacy was largely a scam to enrich consultants. Though judging by his unpaid invoices, maybe even that was a failure.

(10:24 AM)

GOOD TIMES: Here’s What Ronald Reagan Did When College Kids Went Ape At UC-Berkeley.

In an extremely controversial move, for which he never apologized, Reagan declared a state of emergency and sent in 2,200 National Guard troops. He enacted a curfew and banned public assembly for two weeks. The National Guard patrolled the streets of Berkeley, dispersing any crowd of four or more. It wasn’t pretty, but they restored order.

There is a classic, should-be-in-the-Smithsonian clip of Reagan at a press conference after the fact with university administrators. He says: “Those people told you for days in advance that if the university sought to go ahead with that construction, they were going to physically destroy the university.”

Someone in the crowd shouts that Reagan should have negotiated with the students. Reagan, with the incredulity of someone who understands that youth don’t run the world for a reason, says: “Negotiate? What is to negotiate? All of it began the first time some of you who know better and are old enough to know better let young people think that they have the right to choose the laws they would obey as long as they were doing it in the name of social protest.”

To underscore the point, Reagan got up and walked out of the room. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.


(10:20 AM)

LEFTISM IS DEFINED BY MEANNESS: Steven Hayward: Portlandia: City of the Petty, Bankrupt, Vindictive Left.

Related: “What a flimsy, pathetic place.”

(10:08 AM)

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Democrats are still rushing to extremes.

Jolted by Hillary Clinton’s unexpected loss to Donald Trump, Democrats and progressives have retreated to an alternate reality. In this safe space that they’ve created for themselves, Clinton didn’t lose so much as the Russians won.

Red Mania hasn’t been confined to the fringe, but is being promoted by Democratic representatives, including Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu.

Waters took it so far as to suggest on MSNBC that GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, is leaving Congress because of his “connections” to “what is going on in the Ukraine and perhaps in Russia itself.”

Their reward for pushing this craziness? Becoming national heroes to the Democratic faithful.

As Mencken said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

(10:00 AM)

UNEXPECTEDLY! German Govt: Crime by Immigrants Skyrocketed 50% Last Year. And it’s probably worse than they admit.

(09:00 AM)

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(08:59 AM)

CESSPITS OF RACISM: “The Times plaintiffs claim in a suit filed last year by New York lawyer Douglas Wigdor that ‘The Gray Lady’ prefers to hire white employees to help target a white audience.”

(08:50 AM)

RELIGION OF PEACE UPDATE: Maldives Blogger and Activist Yameen Rasheed Stabbed to Death.

Through his blog The Daily Panic and Twitter account @Yaamyn, Rasheed had become known as an outspoken critic of the government and radical Islamism. Shocked by this death, Maldivians expressed their grief and concerns on social media, while some demanded an international probe.

Rasheed was found in the stairwell of his apartment at 3 a.m. with multiple stab wounds and died soon after he was taken to the hospital. He suffered 16 stab wounds to his body, including 14 on the chest, one on the neck and one on the head. He had received several death threats via text messages and social media for his views against the government and religious extremists, which he had reported to the police.

Stabbing murders like this one have been going on in the Maldives for years.

(08:49 AM)

ANTI-TRUMP ASTROTURF: Out: It’s a grassroots movement! In: So what if the protesters are paid?

(08:34 AM)

MIGHT AS WELL DEFUND HIGHER EDUCATION. IT’S FAILED. Intimidation Is the New Normal on Campus. From now on, any speaker who arouses a protest is at risk of a beating.

Punch back twice as hard.

(08:33 AM)

ANTITERROR: Explosion rocks Damascus airport.

Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz appeared to back up claims that Israel was responsible for the explosion in an interview with Army Radio Thursday.

“I can confirm that the incident in Syria is completely compatible with the Israeli policy of operating to prevent the smuggling advanced weaponry from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran,” Katz said in response to a question on the incident.

“I don’t want to go any further as is natural in these circumstances but this event is completely compatible with our declared policy, a policy which we carry out as the Prime Minister has said, at any moment that we receive intelligence that shows the intent to pass advanced weapons to Hezbollah.”

Maintaining communications and logistics with their favorite terror groups is one reason why Iran is so desperate to maintain a presence in Syria.

(08:30 AM)

EXCELLENT IDEA: Trump asks Betsy DeVos to study federal overreach in education.

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday calling on the Education Department to study whether the federal government has overstepped state and local control of education.

“We know that local communities do it best and know it best,” Trump said during a signing ceremony on Wednesday, according to the White House press pool. “Previous administrations have wrongly forced states and schools to comply with federal whims and dictates for what our kids are taught. The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success.”

Under the executive order, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will have 300 days to review any regulations or guidance that might be deemed as overstepping the federal department’s bounds.

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday calling on the Education Department to study whether the federal government has overstepped state and local control of education.

“We know that local communities do it best and know it best,” Trump said during a signing ceremony on Wednesday, according to the White House press pool. “Previous administrations have wrongly forced states and schools to comply with federal whims and dictates for what our kids are taught. The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success.”

Under the executive order, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will have 300 days to review any regulations or guidance that might be deemed as overstepping the federal department’s bounds.

This doesn’t fit the left’s fascism narrative, but they’ll probably still call it fascism.

(08:23 AM)

KURT SCHLICHTER: I Am a Victim of Your Hateful Hate Crimes, You Hate-Criminals.

(08:17 AM)

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(08:11 AM)

CHANGE? Trump tells Canada, Mexico, he won’t terminate NAFTA treaty yet.

The first administration source told Reuters that there were diverging opinions within the U.S. government about how to proceed and it was possible that Trump could sign the executive order before the 100-day mark of his presidency.

The source noted that the administration wanted to tread carefully. “There is talk about what steps we can take to start the process of renegotiating or withdrawing from NAFTA,” this source said.

Mexico had expected to start NAFTA renegotiations in August but the possible executive order could add urgency to the timeline.

The Mexican government had no comment on the draft order. The country’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that Mexico would walk away from the negotiating table rather than accept a bad deal.

Trump recently ramped up his criticism of Canada and this week ordered 20 percent tariffs on imports of Canadian softwood lumber, setting a tense tone as the three countries prepared to renegotiate the pact.

What’s our problem with Canada?

(08:11 AM)

IT’S TRUE! AND IT’S TRANSPHOBIC, TOO! WHAT ABOUT WOMEN WITH PENISES AND NO BREASTS? Study: Describing Breastfeeding as ‘Natural’ Is Unethical Because It Reinforces Gender Roles.

(08:00 AM)

CHANGE: Trump administration weighing order to withdraw from NAFTA.

The Trump administration is weighing an executive order on withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to a source familiar with the plans.

The measure is in draft form and has been submitted to the White House staff secretary for the final stages of review, the source said. The order could be unveiled later this week or early next week, and changes could be made during the review process.

If the administration follows through with the order, it could signal its intent to begin the process of the pulling out of the major trade pact with Canada and Mexico.

President Trump does not need an executive order to withdraw from the trade agreement. Under NAFTA, any parties are allowed to leave six months after providing written notice to the other countries.

But an order declaring that intent could be used as leverage by the Trump administration against Canada and Mexico to broker better trade terms, short of leaving the deal entirely.

The art of the deal.

(07:57 AM)

EVERY SPENDING CUT PAYS FOR AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE TAX CUT: White House Hopes Big Tax Cuts Will Pay for Themselves.

(07:48 AM)

APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY: Judge who ruled against sanctuary cities order was an Obama campaign bundler.

(07:40 AM)

CHANGE MORE OF THE SAME: Turkey arrests 1,000 and suspends 9,100 police in new crackdown.

(07:30 AM)

YOU SAY THIS LIKE IT’S A BAD THING: ‘Drop dead’? Trump tax plan takes aim at high-tax blue states.

Hmm. Where have I heard that idea before?


This is, by the way, the same Brad Todd who wrote this great essay, just after 9/11.

(07:28 AM)

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD? White House unveils dramatic plan to overhaul tax code in major test for Trump.

White House officials are ambitious, but the path to overhauling the tax code is riddled with political land mines. Many budget experts say they believe the White House’s plan would reduce federal revenue by so much that it would grow the debt by trillions of dollars in the next decade, growing interest costs and slowing the economy.

And Trump’s advisers are looking to ax some tax breaks that are very popular in certain states, including the deduction Americans take for the state and local taxes they pay separately each year. Eliminating this deduction could save more than $1 trillion over 10 years but inflame lawmakers and governors in states that have high income tax rates.

Those high-tax states tend to vote for and be run by Democrats, and I seem to remember advice from the previous president about punishing enemies.

(07:21 AM)

WHY PEOPLE LAUGH AT THE UN: UN warned Trump that ObamaCare repeal could violate international law.

Also, voters can’t help but notice how “international law” has somehow become a synonym for “whatever the left wants at the moment.”

(07:12 AM)

GOOD MORNING: Liz Sheld’s Morning Brief will make it even better.

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A CLEMSON PETITION: We Demand that CUSG Denounce Ideological Tests for Office. This is in response to the “multicultural litmus test” proposed by Clemson administrator Altheia Richardson of the Gantt Multicultural Center there.

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BUT DON’T YOU DARE HAVE A TIPPLE OR A SMOKE IN THAT COMFY CHAIR: Please Dylan, keep hammering away with that idea. Americans are absolutely ready for confiscatory taxes on alcohol, and they are so weary of owning their own cars. 

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THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE: ‘Lamborghini’ Planned Parenthood Executive Caught Haggling over Baby Organs.

(03:30 AM)

DEAR MEDIA: A Matter of Trust.

(03:00 AM)

LAURA MONTGOMERY’S BOOK: Sleeping Duty is on sale for 99c this week.

(02:26 AM)

GO TO TWITTER; ESCAPE THE PACK:These 25 tweets from someone who is “definitely not a wolf pretending to be a man” are comedy genius

(02:02 AM)

WHEN YOU GET DEPRESSED, REMEMBER: Actually, Life Is Pretty Awesome.

(01:31 AM)

DOES THIS OREO TASTE FUNNY TO YOU? Did Nabisco ruin America’s favorite cookie?

(01:01 AM)

THE … AH… BENEFITS OF THE DIGITAL AGE: Digital dominatrix doesn’t need to humiliate her slaves in-person.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

(11:17 PM)

PARTY OF DIVERSITY AND TOLERANCE CANCELS 82nd ANNUAL PORTLAND ROSE PARADE BECAUSE IT WAS GOING TO INCLUDE – I HOPE YOU’RE SITTING DOWN FOR THIS – REPUBLICANS: “Here’s an idea: the Multnomah County Republicans should stage their own parade, and they should have a large float in the shape of a battleship, call it the U.S.S. Trump, and have Ann Coulter on the bridge waving to the crowd.”

Heh, indeed.™

(11:00 PM)

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(10:54 PM)

OBAMA’S LEGACY: A Chilling Threat of Political Violence in Portland. I keep telling lefties that they don’t want to open that box, and they keep not listening.

Hypothesis: Trump and Sessions are deliberately letting this get out of hand until all decent people will support them when they engage in mass arrests of lefty activists. And given the alternatives, that’s probably the outcome lefty activists should hope for. . . .

(10:21 PM)

HUH. I WONDER WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THEM AND THE COUNTIES THAT HAD A LOT OF MURDERS? Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders. But that’s not the only mystery: “When you look at individual counties with a high number of murders, you find large areas with few murders. Take Los Angeles County, with 526 murders in 2014, the most of any county in the US. The county has virtually no murders in the northwestern part of the county. There was only one murder each in Beverly Hills, Hawthorne, and Van Nuys. Clearly, different parts of the county face very different risks of murder.”

(10:03 PM)


Flashback: Biden Swims Naked, Upsetting Female Secret Service Agents:

Agents say that, whether at the vice president’s residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude,” Kessler writes in the book – due for release Aug. 5.

“Female Secret Service agents find that offensive,” he writes.

“Biden likes to be revered as everyday Joe,” an unnamed agent told Kessler. “But the reality is no agents want to go on his detail because Biden makes agents’ lives so tough.”

Plus: Washington Post: What Are We Going To Do About Creepy Uncle Joe Biden?

And: ‘Creepy Veep’ Joe Biden ‘nuzzles’ wife of colleague and claims he is friends with lots of Somali cab drivers.

Also: Joe Biden’s Woman-Touching Habit.

Related: Talking Points Memo: Why Does Creepy Uncle Joe Biden Get A Pass From Liberals?


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(09:30 PM)

ROSS DOUTHAT: Trump’s First 100 Days: It Could Be Worse. This piece misses most of what’s actually going on, but it’s still telling that this is the take from the NYT’s house conservative. We’re basically on the trajectory that Scott Adams projected months ago: Trump’s Hitler, Trump’s not Hitler but he’s incompetent, Trump’s competent but I don’t like what he’s doing. . . .

(09:00 PM)

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(09:00 PM)

I FIND THIS UNSURPRISING: Trump and Mattis: The Odd Couple That Works.

(08:50 PM)

FROM PROF. JACOBSON, IN THE CORNELL SUN: Prof. David Collum, Chemistry, is owed an apology and a retraction:

On April 20, 2017, The Cornell Daily Sun published a lengthy letter to the editor from seven graduate students: Kevin Hines, Robert Escriva, Ethan Susca, Mel White, Rose Agger, Kolbeinn Karlsson and Jane Glaubman.

The letter impugned the integrity of Cornell world-renowned Prof. David B. Collum, chemistry in the most serious ways, accusing him of being a rape apologist, misogynistic and unfit for the position of department chair. Several of the letter writers were graduate student union supporters active in the union vote drive. Prof. Collum has been widely criticized by union supporters for opposing the union drive. The letter appears to be payback.

In publishing that letter, The Sun gave a platform to a smear campaign against Prof. Collum in a manner that did not allow Prof. Collum to respond or provide for a verification of the context of the supposed evidence. I have researched several of the key tweets and quotes attributed to Prof. Collum in the letter, and it is clear that the way in which they are presented in the letter is misleading at best, and, in some cases, presents a false portrayal.

As somebody once pointed out, SJWs always lie. I’m glad he used all their names, so that they’ll show up in search engines. I can’t imagine that their role in launching false attacks against a famed chemistry professor will help their job prospects. Nor should it.

(08:00 PM)

NOW THAT THE ELECTION IS OVER, WE CAN BE TOLD: Reports Of Extreme Income Inequality Are Exaggerated Due To Shift In S-Corporation Income Among The Very Wealthiest.

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Then: “Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kind of cool!”

Now: California Attorney General: ‘An Executive Order Is Not a Law.’

(06:50 PM)

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Top Dem: Party ‘Open to Talking About’ Value Added Tax.

(06:50 PM)

A CLEMSON PETITION: We Demand that CUSG Denounce Ideological Tests for Office. This is in response to the “multicultural litmus test” proposed by Clemson administrator Altheia Richardson of the Gantt Multicultural Center there.

(06:28 PM)

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Your Identity Politics Won’t Save Science.

But the March for Science was more of a March to Preserve Gentry Class Smugness anyway.

(06:02 PM)

JOHN MOORE: The EMP Threat From North Korea Is Real, and Terrifying.

An EMP disaster from a high-altitude blast seems like science fiction: There is a silent flash high in the sky, and everything using electricity just … stops. Cars stop, power goes out, the Internet dies, satellites quit working, landline and mobile phone systems go out, and computers are destroyed. In a moment, we are back to 1850, as was dramatized in William Forstchen’s 2009 novel One Second After. . . .

To nuke one of our cities, the North needs to master ICBM construction, nuclear weapons miniaturization, precision long-range guidance technology, atmospheric re-entry vehicles, and fusing to trigger detonation at the right time after the hazardous re-entry. In contrast, an EMP attack requires only a small, light nuclear weapon and the ability to launch it as a satellite. Once over the U.S., it is detonated.

Already, two satellites launched by North Korea cross the U.S. every day.

If not North Korea, someone else perhaps. If you’re worried, you’ll want a generator, an inverter, a solar battery charger — and plenty of storable food, water, and water filtration.

(05:10 PM)

AND THEN THERE’S THE PRICE TO CONSIDER: Buying a Southern California home is ‘insane’

(05:07 PM)

IT’S QUITE PLAUSIBLE: Is the Decline of Free Play Causing an Epidemic of Childhood Depression? Boston College psychologist Peter Gray says a cultural shift in child rearing is having dire consequences.

(05:00 PM)

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: New York’s Penn Station Could Get Worse Before It Gets Better.

So how is the adjacent Moynihan Station financial sinkhole project coming along to reduce the strain? I first wrote about it 12 years ago.

UPDATE: Snake Plissken had it easy — he didn’t have to deal with Penn Station.

(04:56 PM)

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(04:49 PM)

LEON PANETTA: Don’t Rule Out Sanctions on China to Rein in North Korea.

(04:34 PM)

THE INTERNET OF THINGS: A Weakness Left Hyundai Vehicles Exposed to Tech-savvy Thieves.

(04:08 PM)

NEWSWEEK HEADLINE: Trump’s Proposed Tax Plan Could Cost the Government $6 Trillion.

“Cost the government.”

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AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ONCE SAID, “I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money:” When will Obama have made enough money?

(02:50 PM)

21ST CENTURY SOLUTIONS: “Alexa, does my butt look big in this?”

(02:37 PM)

UNEXPECTEDLY: Obama Accepts $400,000 Fee for a Speech.

From a Wall Street firm, natch.

(02:36 PM)

LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next.

(02:34 PM)

ELIMINATIONIST RHETORIC: Bill Nye Has Had Enough Of Your ‘Extra Kids.’

In the words of Professor Proton: “Back off, bowtie!”

(02:30 PM)

I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT A 600 SHIP NAVY: A 355-Ship Navy Could Take Two Decades, Cost $102 Billion A Year. If this is true, we’re doing something wrong.

Related: Is it time for a big fleet of small ships?

(02:23 PM)

QUESTION ASKED: Could North Korea Annihilate Seoul with Its Artillery?

A 2011 study by the Nautilus Institute throws a considerable amount of cold water on this scenario. While the sheer number of artillery tubes could theoretically kill a large number of civilians, operational issues complicate matters and push the number of civilian casualties greatly downward. Despite the thousands of artillery pieces, only 700 heavier guns and rocket launchers, plus the newer 300-millimeter MRLs, have the range to strike Seoul. Only a third would normally be fired at once, and notional rates of fire would be slowed tremendously by the need to withdraw guns into their hardened artillery sites (HARTS) to shelter them from counter battery fire.

Other factors reduce the projected loss of life in the greater Seoul metropolitan area. The city has extensive air raid shelters for civilians that will quickly reduce the exposed population density. The North will struggle to keep these heavy artillery units supplied with shells, particularly with its aging supply system. Finally, U.S. and ROK forces will quickly begin hunting down units participating in the bombardment, causing their numbers to drop almost immediately.

Good to know.

(02:02 PM)

CONGRESS SHALL PASS NO LAW: Press Freedom Group Finds Bleaker Situation for Media in Nearly Two-Thirds of Countries.

In the last year of the Obama Administration, the U.S. dropped yet another two spots down to 43rd.

We should be ashamed.

(02:00 PM)

WELL, GOOD: Drugs already in medicine cabinets may fight dementia, early data suggests.

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BREAKING: Ann Coulter to Drop Out of Berkeley Speech. Roger L. Simon explains that “this is because the conservative group Young America’s Foundation backed away, citing safety issues. The irony in all this is nothing looks worse for the left than a bunch of masked goons breaking university windows. Too bad.”

(01:47 PM)

RIP: Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dies at 73.

Incongruous as it seems, Demme directed one of the best concert movies of all time — Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense — and with Silence of the Lambs, one of the best horror movies, too.

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BETTER METAL PRINTING: The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing.

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SCIENCE: Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought.

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THE ART OF THE DEAL: BREAKING: House Freedom Caucus announces that it now supports GOP health care reform bill with MacArthur amendment.

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THE MORE YOU SWEAT IN PEACE… Beltway Agencies’ Terror Drill to Cover Six Sites Like Paris Attacks.

(12:37 PM)

TESTING THE WATERS: US Navy destroyer fires warning shots at unresponsive, approaching Iranian ship.

The real lede is buried deep in the penultimate paragraph:

Since the nuclear deal with world powers, the hard-line Revolutionary Guard has stepped up its encounters with the Americans. The Navy recorded 35 instances of what it describes as “unsafe and/or unprofessional” interactions with Iranians forces in 2016, compared to 23 in 2015. With Monday’s event, there have been seven so far in 2017, McConnaughey said. [emphasis added]

I wonder why that is. Perhaps Mr. Obama, back from his extended vacay and back in the public eye, should be asked to comment.

(12:27 PM)

MAURICE STUCKE AND ARIEL EZRACHI: How Your Digital Helper May Undermine Your Welfare, and Our Democracy.

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I HAD BEEN TOLD THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED: Popular belief that saturated fat clogs up arteries is a myth, experts say.

The authors, led by Dr Aseem Malhotra, from Lister Hospital, Stevenage, wrote: “Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong.”

Dr Malhotra and colleagues Professor Rita Redberg, from the University of California at San Francisco, and Pascal Meier from University Hospital Geneva in Switzerland and University College London, cited a “landmark” review of evidence that appeared to exonerate saturated fat.
They said relative levels of “good” cholesterol, or high density lipoprotein (HDL), were a better predictor of heart disease risk than levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol.

High consumption of foods rich in saturated fat such as butter, cakes and fatty meat has been shown to increase blood levels of LDL.
The experts wrote: “It is time to shift the public health message in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease away from measuring serum lipids (blood fats) and reducing dietary saturated fat.

“Coronary artery disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and it can be reduced effectively by walking 22 minutes a day and eating real food.”

I’d walk 22 minutes for a ribeye and a Caesar.

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ANALYSIS: TRUE. “Middle America wants to pop a beer and listen to sports talk, they don’t want to be lectured about why Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson of sports, and Colin Kaepernick is the Rosa Parks of football. ESPN made the mistake of trying to make liberal social media losers happy and as a result lost millions of viewers.”

But leftist SJW losers are apparently ESPN’s management as well, and they don’t seem to mind their audience becoming more selective, as Ian Faith would say, as long as “those people” out there in the hinterlands aren’t tuning in.

And increasingly, their on-air talent is admitting to just that.

(12:10 PM)

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Knife Rights Action Alert: Michigan Switchblade-ban repeal passes Senate; Please contact House Judiciary Committee.