Friday, March 23, 2018

(08:38 PM)

HIS NAME IS HAFIZ KAZI: Former Bay Area resident killed in fiery crash at Travis AFB’s main gate identified. “Sources say the information gathered so far still does not point to a concrete motive, with one source calling the man a ‘mystery’ still.”

(08:00 PM)

THE “UTTER HELL” OF BEING PRINCE OF WALES: Bower quotes one friend describing Charles as “an Olympian whinger”; Charles himself is quoted as saying in 2004: “Nobody knows what utter hell it is to be Prince of Wales.”

(07:00 PM)

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(06:33 PM)

ROLLING STONE FOUNDER JANN WENNER, 72, SAYS #METOO MOVEMENT IS A ‘WITCH HUNT’, three months after being accused of sexual assault by male friend who says he attacked him after a night of cocaine and booze in 1983.

To be fair, after what his publication did to the University of Virginia fraternity, the man knows a thing or two about sexual witch hunts.

Flashback: From December, my of review of Sticky Fingers: A New Biography Explores the Seedier Side of Jann Wenner.


(06:17 PM)

JAMES ROBBINS: John Bolton will finally let Donald Trump be Donald Trump on foreign policy.

(06:14 PM)

RIP, ZELL MILLER, 86. Flashback: Miller Challenges Chris Matthews to a Duel.

(06:00 PM)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How Not to Get Sick on a Plane? Choose Your Seat Wisely. “How much contact passengers had with their fellow travelers varied by seat position. Those seated at the aisle averaged 64 contacts, the middle seat 58 and the window only 12. People sitting in the middle of the cabin had more contacts than those sitting in the front or back.”

(05:57 PM)

HEH: 5 Metal Classics That Evoke the Coming Midterms.

Alas, I’d been hoping for a little more “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and a little less “Immigrant Song.”

(05:44 PM)


Is pizza racist? Is Kim Kardashian an Asian-American because she’s half Armenian and Armenia is in Asia? Oh, and should a less-qualified black student be given a place at Yale over a more-qualified white student? What if the white kid is a child of privilege? What if the black kid is, too?

Such are the questions raised in Admissions, Joshua Harmon’s scathing and searching new play at Lincoln Center, directed con brio by Daniel Aukin. It’s a relentless, often very funny exposé of the hypocrisies and self-contradictions of the diversity craze that defines virtually every elite campus in America.

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The New York City theater scene is so insular — virtually everyone on both sides of the curtain is of the Left — that it paradoxically offers far more space for self-questioning than you’d expect. Because it’s simply assumed that no Republicans are listening in, ever, progressives in theater fall into animated quarrels among themselves about the defects in their own moral reasoning. Admissions is what happens when they’re forced to work through the injustices created by their social-justice obsession. Late at night. After a couple of glasses of pinot noir.

Read the whole thing.

(05:32 PM)


(05:15 PM)

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Arresting People for Joking About Fascism Is Fascism.

(05:14 PM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE. Prof: it’s ‘miserable’ to work with ‘evil’ conservative students.

Why are Democratic monopoly institutions such cesspits of intolerance?

(05:00 PM)

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(04:57 PM)

SOCIOLOGIST: Vegan Diets Promote ‘White Masculinity.’ “A sociology instructor at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is warning in a new academic article that vegan men are guilty of perpetuating ‘white masculinity’.”

Well, we can’t have that — I’d better grill bacon cheeseburgers for dinner tonight, just to be safe.

(04:44 PM)

TO BE FAIR, HE IS NOW A PHILADELPHIA EAGLE: Michael Bennett Charged For Attacking An Elderly Paraplegic Victim at Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was the Seahawks’ nominee last year for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award, despite* gaining “considerable notoriety for protesting the national anthem for much of the 2017 season. He also falsely accused the [Las Vegas] police of racial targeting last season, which was later disproven.”

As the Daily Caller warned earlier this month when the defensive end was traded to the Eagles, “the Linc isn’t the only stadium with a jail for no reason. They need to live up to their reputation.” Does the Eagles’ current stadium have a jail? I’m getting conflicting results when searching Google. The old Veterans Stadium did, however – and a judge for quick sentencing of crazed fans.

* I know, I know, I just did a Fox Butterfield there.

(04:41 PM)

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(04:40 PM)

ANDREW KLAVAN: What is John Brennan Hiding?

It now seems clear that Barack Obama, in transforming the federal government into a Chicago-style machine, allowed and perhaps encouraged the leadership of the Department of Justice and the FBI to behave in shamefully political and dishonest ways.

Read the whole thing.

(04:32 PM)

A BAN TOO FAR: Gun control activist David Hogg draws the line at backpack control. “They told me if we elected President Trump we’d get a nation run by irrational populists and they were right!”

Related: Parkland Survivor David Hogg: ‘Our Parents Don’t Know How To Use a F**king Democracy So We Have To.’

Maybe it’s just me, but I get a little nervous when angry young men who espouse the wearing of armbands for “change” blather on about “using democracy.”

(04:11 PM)

OH: Pa. school district arms teachers, students with buckets of rocks in case of shooting.

(04:00 PM)

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(03:00 PM)

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(02:57 PM)

JACK DUNPHY: Why I Can’t Defend Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor.

(02:50 PM)

IN A SENSIBLE WORLD, THIS WOULD BE GETTING A LOT MORE ATTENTION: Jared Kushner’s Dreams of Mideast Peace Are Alive: His strategy of developing a relationship with the Saudi crown prince is a step in the right direction.

(02:36 PM)

HEH: A guy who makes Role-playing games has criticised a map of New Orleans for being “unrealistic” and it’s gone viral.

There’s an old saying: The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.

(02:30 PM)

CHANGE: High Energy lasers and microwave anti-drone weapons will be a multi-billion market by 2023.

(02:26 PM)

THEY DIDN’T GET REAGAN THEN AND WASHINGTON GOPERS DON’T GET TRUMP NOW: I worked for one as a political appointee and now I cover the other as a journalist and it’s amazing how little some things change.

(02:22 PM)

THE KNIGHTS WHO SAY NYET: College of the Holy Cross Mascot Iggy the Crusader Falls to Political Correctness.

(Headline via Jack Fowler.)

(02:21 PM)

FACEBOOK MAKES THIS ESPECIALLY RELEVANT: Maurice Stucke: Should We Be Concerned About Data-Opolies? “Data-opolies can also be more durable than some earlier monopolies. Moreover, data-opolies at times can more easily avoid antitrust scrutiny when they engage in anticompetitive tactics to attain or maintain their dominance. The United States Department of Justice has brought only one monopolization case under Section 2 of the Sherman Act in the past decade. This abdication is not justifiable going forward, given the risks posed by these data-opolies, whose abuses can affect not only our wallets but also our privacy, autonomy, democracy, and well-being.”

We need to break up Facebook and Google.

(02:14 PM)

ANALYSIS: TRUE. John Bolton Is The National Security Advisor Trump Has Been Waiting For.

(02:09 PM)

GET WOKE, GO BROKE, EH? David Solway on Going for Broke, the Canadian Way.

(02:05 PM)

MUSK V. ZUCKERBERG: Musk Takes Down the Tesla and SpaceX Facebook Pages.

(02:00 PM)

BAN THESE BEFORE THEY START A NEW ICE AGE: Bacteria eats greenhouse gas with a side of protein.

(01:56 PM)

I HAD BEEN ASSURED HIS WAS “A REMARKABLY SCANDAL-FREE ADMINISTRATION”: Obama Regs on For-Profit Colleges, Finance, Railroads, and Airlines All Profited His Best Friend.

Tyler O’Neil is on this story like no one else I know of.

(01:52 PM)

SWAMP THING: Trump says he’s signed $1.3 trillion spending bill into law despite being ‘unhappy’ about it.

(01:35 PM)

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(01:30 PM)

HELL, BILL NYE HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR DECADES: Ivanka Trump Pretending to Be a Scientist Is The Only Meme We Need in 2018. You want to encourage girls to get into STEM or not?

(01:11 PM)

JUSTICE: Two more MS-13 members plead guilty in plot to kill 16-year-old in Lawrence.

Oscar Recinos Garcia, 24, and Jose Andrade, 27, pleaded guilty to federal RICO-related charges in US District Court in Boston in the July 2015 killing of Jose Alexander Aguilar-Villanueva, according to legal filings and US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office.

Recinos Garcia, also known as “Psycho,” pleaded guilty Wednesday, and Andrade, who goes by “Inocente,” copped his plea the day before, prosecutors said. Both men are Salvadoran nationals and members of the Everett Locos Salvatrucha, or ELS clique, of MS-13, according to Lelling’s office.

“The defendants admitted that their racketeering activity, on behalf of MS-13, included their involvement in the murder of [Aguilar-Villanueva] who was associated with MS-13 and wrongly suspected by the gang of cooperating with law enforcement,” Lelling’s office said in a statement.

Plus: “Andrade and Recinos Garcia are the 36th and 37th defendants, respectively, to be convicted in this case either after trial or after entering a guilty plea,” Lelling’s office said.

(01:00 PM)

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(12:58 PM)

TAKING SIDES: Shake Shack, Lyft, Cava among those offering freebies during March for Our Lives.

(12:55 PM)

TYLER O’NEIL: Senate roll of honor for opposing omnibus.

He has the “sellouts” listed, too.

(12:47 PM)

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(12:40 PM)

DO NOT DISPLEASE THE SULTAN: Turkish singer, actress Zuhal Olcay sentenced to 10 months in prison for ‘insulting Erdoğan.’

A lawsuit was filed against the artist for “insulting” Erdoğan during a concert last year, with the prosecutor seeking a four-year prison sentence for the singer.

The indictment prepared by the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office stated that a person told the police that Olcay had made an insulting hand gesture against Erdoğan during a concert in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul on Aug. 5, 2016. An investigation was subsequently launched and footage from the concert was examined by an expert, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Dec. 12, 2017.

Olcay is accused of revising lyrics to the song “Boş Vermişim Dünyayı” (I Let Go of the World) to criticize Erdoğan, devising a hand-gesture to accompany the melody. According to the footage, the revised lyrics say: “Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it’s all empty, it’s all a lie, life will end one day and you’ll say ‘I had a dream.’”

In her testimony, Olcay reportedly said she revised the lyrics because the president’s name fit the rhyme scheme and she “had not had any other ulterior or insulting motive.”

The singer also said the hand gesture had targeted an audience member in the front row after they had made a negative comment about her.


(12:22 PM)

NON-LETHAL WEAPONS: DOD seeks to use lasers to create shouting will-o-the-wisp.

(12:08 PM)

I’LL TAKE MY CHANCES: Your Grilled Burger May Come with a Side of High Blood Pressure. “Regularly eating meats that are sizzled on the grill may increase the risk of high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Other high-temperature cooking methods, including broiling and roasting, were also linked with high blood pressure, the study found.”

You know what really raises my blood pressure? Beef without a great sear on it.

(11:00 AM)

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(10:57 AM)

SPENGLER: Uber’s Death Car and the Cracks in Liberal Culture.

Industry experts know that driverless cars are more hype than reality. As I noted earlier this week in Asia Times: “The Information, a consulting organization that showcases industry specialists, recently held a conference call on self-driving where one expert warned: ‘You have to remember that self-driving does not work, at least in… a highly functional, driverless robotaxi sense. It does not work. And there are many folks clamoring for architectures to get there. Again, think back to flight. Do you ever watch those YouTube videos where the guy pumping the umbrella and the dude with a big corkscrew and the person with the bird wings? I would think of it more that way. It is left to be seen which one of those architectures gets you to a useful outcome.'”

That is cold comfort to the family of Ms. Herzberg, whose death we can watch in a real-life horror movie. It is probable that improved sensors and communications might be able to prevent this sort of accident in the future; the sort of situations which AI never will master are things like lane changes in traffic in which one driver has to communicate intention to other drivers in order to avoid collisions.

But that is now beside the point. The cultural damage done by the Utopian vision of brain-as-a-machine is enormous, and the skepticism with which the public now must view Artificial Intelligence is a healthy corrective.

Read the whole thing.

(10:43 AM)

FINALLY: ‘Smoking while walking’ could become illegal in NYC if proposed bill passes.

The legislation, proposed by New York City Councilman Peter Koo (D) from Queens would make it a misdemeanor to walk and smoke at the same time, WNYW-TV reported. Violators could face a $50 fine if caught.

“My bill is very simple, no smoking and walking on New York City sidewalks,” Koo told WNYW.

In other words, going someplace while smoking will become a taxable activity.

At least they haven’t figured out how to tax, well, you know…

(10:27 AM)

HMM: Best Buy won’t sell Huawei phones, laptops, or smartwatches anymore. “Major carriers including AT&T and Verizon have refused to sell the company’s phones due to pressure from the US government, leaving retailers like Best Buy and Amazon as the only remaining places for US customers to get devices like the recently released Mate 10 Pro or upcoming P20 line of devices. Losing Best Buy, the largest consumer electronics retailer in the country, is another major setback for the Chinese phone company.”

(10:14 AM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOC…..WAIT, WHAT? Trump: I think campus bias against conservatives is highly overblown.

Wait until the president hears what those Antifa fellas think about him…

(10:05 AM)

BREAKING: Trump threatens to veto $1.3 trillion spending bill, raising risk of a government shutdown.

If he signs it as-is, it could be the end of the GOP Congress — if that phrase still means anything anymore.

(10:00 AM)

ST OLAF’S COLLEGE, CESSPIT OF HATE: Conservative students at Minnesota’s St. Olaf College are now being accused of “white supremacy” after stating their belief in the “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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(08:57 AM)

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Budget Passes Senate, McMaster Down, Citibank and Much, Much More. “Citigroup, a financial institution, has decided to place restrictions on how its business partners can sell firearms.”

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(08:35 AM)

MATT WELCH: The Two Parties Are Awful on Almost Everything Important.

It’s long since past time to recognize a glaring truth about two-party politics in 2018: In both effective practice and, increasingly, aspirational rhetoric, there are no significant Republican or Democratic voting blocs on Capitol Hill in favor of reducing deficits, restraining government growth, tackling entitlements, protecting privacy, defending free speech, practicing transparency, challenging prohibition, conducting legislative-branch oversight, passing damn budgets, reducing war, or extending the post-World War II America-led system of reducing global tariffs in the name of both prosperity and peace.

These are among the most important issues facing the country, and the two major parties are currently awful on all of them.

This is not a nihilistic, equal-pox-on-both-houses observation. In an era of increasing polarization, it’s ignorant to pretend that the parties (and as importantly, their customers) are the same. On abortion, immigration, guns, and plenty besides, there has been a great divergence, particularly in recent years.

But when we return to trillion-dollar deficits and pivot toward trillion-dollar debt-service bills without causing much more than a ripple of public fuss, it’s worth stepping back and wondering where the fiscal-sanity bloc will land after our current political re-sorting.

I don’t know about Matt, but you’ll find me at the bar.

(08:24 AM)

IT’S ALMOST LIKE THEY WANT TO LOSE THE CONGRESS: “Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love.”

(08:23 AM)


● Shot: It’s official: NYC hasn’t seen snow like this in 130 years.

—CNN, yesterday.

● Chaser: Flashback 2000 New York Times: ‘Sledding and snowball fights are as out-of-date as hoop-rolling’ – Blame lack of snow on ‘global warming.’

Climate Depot, February 18, 2014.

(Classical reference in headline.)

(08:14 AM)

HMM: Charges Have Been Dropped Against Most Turkish Officers in D.C. Clash.

Prosecutors first asked a judge in November to dismiss charges against four members of Mr. Erdogan’s security detail. Then they dropped charges against seven others on Feb. 14, the day before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to Ankara for a meeting with Mr. Erdogan meant to ease tensions. Among those freed of legal jeopardy immediately before the high-level meeting was the head of Mr. Erdogan’s security team.

U.S. officials said that no one pressured prosecutors to drop any of the charges for political reasons. Instead, the decisions were the result of investigators misidentifying some of the suspects and failing to develop enough evidence against others, according to the U.S. officials and an attorney who provided some free legal advice to defendants in the case.

Mr. Tillerson, in his private talks with Turkish leaders, pointed to the decisions to drop charges—which hadn’t been publicized or announced—as an example of how the U.S. had addressed Mr. Erdogan’s grievances, according to administration officials familiar with the talks.

He’s not the only one with grievances, you know.

(07:56 AM)

OMNIBUS BILL: It hasn’t even passed and already Nancy Pelosi knows what’s in it.

While Pelosi supported the overall spending package — she and other Democrats have bragged that they defeated many “poison pill” rides sought by Republicans — the California Democrat is unhappy that there was no action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Trump has sought to end the program, although the issue is now likely heading for the Supreme Court.

Pelosi also laid into Trump during a speech on the House floor, slamming him for claiming victory on border wall funding.

“That’s not completely true, Mr. President,” Pelosi said. “There’s some resources for fencing and the rest there. But some of that money is for technology and other ways to protect our borders… But if you want to think you’re getting a wall, you just think it and sign the bill.”

The crowing on the Left makes me think they really do want Trump to sign it as-is, but we aren’t yet to the final deal.

(07:45 AM)

SHE’S RIGHT, YOU KNOW: University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax notes that the problem of low academic performance by affirmative action beneficiaries won’t go away just because student grades are shrouded in secrecy:

The mindset that values openness understands that the truth can be inconvenient and uncomfortable, doesn’t always respect our wishes, and sometimes hurts. Good feelings and reality don’t always mix. But there is a price to be paid for putting the quest for psychological comfort over openness on matters central to how our society is organized.

Alas, Wax’s article, entitled The University of Denial, is itself shrouded in semi-secrecy behind the WSJ paywall. For more easily accessed data on the issue, try A “Dubious Expediency”: How Race-Preferential Admissions Policies on Campus Hurt Minority Students. Or spend a few dollars for Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help and Why Universities Won’t Admit It.

(07:42 AM)

DAVID HARSANYI: John Brennan Shouldn’t Be Lecturing America, He Should Be The Focus Of A Congressional Inquiry.

“I think he is afraid of the president of Russia,” Brennan said of the president who began selling lethal weapons to Ukraine and missile defense technology to Eastern European nations, and oversaw the U.S led bombing and killing of Russian in Syria. “The Russians,” he went on, “could have something on him personally that they could always roll out and make his life more difficult.” They “may have things that they could expose and reveal,” he added.

Surely a former intelligence chief wouldn’t float rumors about a foreign power blackmailing the president of the United States if he didn’t have some information to back up this kind of contention. Surely, he wouldn’t further corrupt the trust Americans have in their institutions by using the respect people have for his former position for political purposes.

This is the former CIA director we’re talking about. It’s one thing for someone like Joe Scarborough, Trump’s jilted ex-bestie, to make such contentions. It’s quite another for a person who had access to potentially incriminating evidence to make such an assertion. Perhaps he needs to be put under oath so we can all see what he knows.

Yeah, well this hasn’t exactly been Congress’s week for doing the right thing.

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(07:30 AM)

MARK TWAIN WAS RIGHT: HISTORY DOESN’T REPEAT ITSELF, BUT OFTEN IT RHYMES: The Texas teen who made up an elaborate tale that she was kidnapped and raped by three black men will (unfortunately) not be jailed. It’s hard not to be reminded of the notorious case of the Scottsboro Boys when reading her story. Weird fact: She is from the town of Pottsboro.

(07:23 AM)

ART IMITATES LIFE: Bill and Hillary Clinton have ‘AT LEAST a one-way open marriage’ claims their veteran pollster – who compares them to Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards.

‘It’s not hard to conclude that Bill and Hillary Clinton didn’t have at least a one-way open marriage,’ [Mark Penn] writes. ‘Perhaps it was not by choice, but the stories accumulated over the years until the fact of it became apparent.

‘There was also no question that at the same time their relationship was so deep and enduring. If this was the model of the first couple, what did it mean for the rest of the country?’

Penn claims that open marriages are ‘perfect’ for Hollywood stars and other A-listers, pointing out that it could be ‘more stable’ than having serial marriages.

‘Hollywood usually does as Hollywood writes. For example, Frank and Claire Underwood in House of Cards have numerous partners, including one who sleeps at the White House, as they pretend to ignore it. There seems to be a rage of jealousy under the surface.’

I never got past the first season of House of Cards, but assumed from the start that the Underwoods were based in no small way on the Clintons.

(07:08 AM)

THERE THEY GO AGAIN: Maryland NAACP Cites Hoax as Evidence of Racism.

(07:00 AM)

MILLENNIALS CAN’T CATCH AN EVEN BREAK:  Employers who recruit on campus may be violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

(07:00 AM)

THE TECH INDUSTRY IS A NOTORIOUS CESSPIT OF ILLEGAL AGE DISCRIMINATION: Cutting ‘Old Heads’ At IBM: As it scrambled to compete in the internet world, the once-dominant tech company cut tens of thousands of U.S. workers, hitting its most senior employees hardest and flouting rules against age bias.

In making these cuts, IBM has flouted or outflanked U.S. laws and regulations intended to protect later-career workers from age discrimination, according to a ProPublica review of internal company documents, legal filings and public records, as well as information provided via interviews and questionnaires filled out by more than 1,000 former IBM employees.
Among ProPublica’s findings, IBM:

  • Denied older workers information the law says they need in order to decide whether they’ve been victims of age bias, and required them to sign away the right to go to court or join with others to seek redress.
  • Targeted people for layoffs and firings with techniques that tilted against older workers, even when the company rated them high performers. In some instances, the money saved from the departures went toward hiring young replacements.
  • Converted job cuts into retirements and took steps to boost resignations and firings. The moves reduced the number of employees counted as layoffs, where high numbers can trigger public disclosure requirements.
  • Encouraged employees targeted for layoff to apply for other IBM positions, while quietly advising managers not to hire them and requiring many of the workers to train their replacements.
  • Told some older employees being laid off that their skills were out of date, but then brought them back as contract workers, often for the same work at lower pay and fewer benefits.
  • I think the Justice Department should look at the entire tech industry, which is notorious for its rampant and barely concealed age discrimination.

    Related: The Age Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit Against Google.

    (06:34 AM)

    BURIED IN 12th GRAF: “…praised by fellow Democrats.”
    It’s all about the children, you know.


    (05:30 AM)

    THERE WILL BE GUNS IN CLASSROOMS, THE ONLY QUESTION IS IN WHOSE HANDS THEY WILL BE:  Only small number of teachers support guns in classrooms.

    (05:08 AM)

    SURE GLAD EVERYBODY SIGNED THOSE CLIMATE ACCORDS:  Global carbon emissions have hit a record high.

    (04:30 AM)

    MEH. RICH FOLK BEEN DOING THIS SINCE MONEY WAS INVENTED:  Childless singles paying ‘mating agency’ to meet people for baby-making.

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    (03:30 AM)

    AND AGAIN, SERIOUSLY?   Affluenza boy to be released.

    (03:00 AM)

    SERIOUSLY?  Is Big Brother now in the dentist’s office?

    (02:30 AM)

    LOSING MORAL BEARINGS CAUSES THIS:   Atrocious Hardly Begins to Describe ‘Dear Dictator’.

    (02:30 AM)

    YEAH, SURE, THAT’S WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW:  Geoengineering polar glaciers to slow sea-level rise.

    (02:00 AM)

    THERE’S A LOT OF US IN THE BLACKLISTED-OURSELVES CLUB:  This sort of thing is why long-time liberal Alan Dershowitz is no longer invited to liberal dinner parties.

    (01:37 AM)

    THE CONTINUING COLLAPSE OF HIGHER EDUCATION:  At Harvard Law School, A Course In Impeaching Trump.

    (01:00 AM)

    AND DELUSIONAL.  IT’S A TRIFECTA:  Anti-semitic and dumb as a rock.

    (12:31 AM)

    MISUSE OF SOMETHING SHOULDN’T DISCOURAGE LEGITIMATE USE:  6 Reasons Why The AR-15 Is Actually Ideal For Self-Defense.

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    (11:08 PM)

    FACEBOOK FALLOUT: “This is the first time that I’ve suspected that a WaPo editorial was driven by the interests of its owner and its own business model rather than a stance on the merits.”

    Plus, from the comments: “With all the overlapping ownership interests it’s almost like all the big tech companies are really just a single consortium or conglomerate. A cartel? One of those c-words.”

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    (09:13 PM)

    THIS SEEMS RIGHT TO ME: Dave Brat: GOP ‘Buckled’ to Democrat Omnibus Demands; Trump Should ‘Veto’ Until We Get Border Wall Funding.

    (09:00 PM)

    WEIRD HOW SELDOM THIS TURNS OUT TO BE THE CASE: The Cadillac of Self-Driving Cars Is a Cadillac.

    (08:35 PM)

    ‘STACHE GETTING SOFT? Bolton Promised Trump He Wouldn’t ‘Start Any Wars.’

    (08:14 PM)

    “DAMN, THE ONION REALLY BLURRING THE LINES BETWEEN REALITY AND SATIRE THESE DAYS:” American People Admit Having Facebook Data Stolen Kind Of Worth It To Watch That Little Fucker Squirm.

    (08:03 PM)

    FEELY JOE Biden Responds to Trump’s ‘Crying’ Tweet: ‘Women Should be Treated with Respect.’

    (08:00 PM)

    WHEN SEXISM IN HIRING DOESN’T MATTER: “At my college, we haven’t hired a male psychologist for at least 25 years. That fact, however, doesn’t seem to arouse any suspicions or curiosity from people who are typically vigilant about ‘gender imbalance,’ etc. etc.”

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    HEALTH: Freezing the ‘hunger nerve’ could help with weight loss.

    (06:21 PM)

    SEE, THIS WOULD BE A MORE PERSUASIVE ARGUMENT IF THE “EXPERIENCED” CANDIDATE WASN’T THE CORRUPT AND INEPT ANDREW CUOMO: Cynthia Nixon and the Degradation of Experience. And that was true with regard to Trump and Hillary, too.

    (06:04 PM)

    THAT’S KIND OF COOL: A Star Grazed Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago, and Early Humans Likely Saw It.

    (05:44 PM)


    The comingling of black nationalism with intersectional politics has produced a new generation (often of second-generation radicals) that dresses up its racism not only in the lyricism of the old black nationalism of Wright and Baraka, but in the obtuse academic jargon of intersectionality.

    That’s where Tamika Mallory and Ta-Nehisi Coates come from. But political word salads and poetry only conceal what you choose not to pay attention to. And that’s why we’re talking about Louis Farrakhan.

    The mass of progressive media articles, essays and explainers deployed to protect the Women’s March can be summed up as, “Stop paying attention.” And what we’re not supposed to be paying attention to is the slow death of liberalism and its substitution by the intolerant tribal extremism of identity politics.

    It’s why the echo chamber of progressive media has turned against the New York Times editorial page where too many articles questioning identity politics and political censorship have appeared. Bari Weiss and Quinn Norton, articulate young women, are the most immediate targets, but the larger target is James Bennet, the page’s gatekeeper, who is unwisely giving liberals a glimpse of where they’re headed.

    The remaining liberals still wandering the open plains of a dying ecosystem don’t understand that they are becoming extinct. When they endorse vocal identity politics movements, it is because they believe that addressing the grievances of their extremists is a necessary step to a tolerant colorblind society.

    They haven’t grasped that a tolerant multiracial society is the last thing supremacists of any race want.

    Read the whole thing.

    (05:32 PM)

    QUESTION ASKED: Time to call In Cold Blood fiction?

    It’s brilliant prose, if not all true.

    (05:20 PM)

    DAILY CALLER OP/ED: “Collusion, Corrections And ZOMBIE FACTS That Refuse To Die” How corrections are handled — and mishandled — in online news and how it creates Zombie Facts.
    *Bumped up from morning*

    (05:18 PM)

    YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Facebook Falls Out of Favor with the Left.

    (05:14 PM)

    WHY ARE DEMOCRATS PRAISING GOP’S ‘FREDDY KRUEGER’ SPENDING BILL? When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi can barely contain their glee about House passage of that $1.3 Trillion “omnibus spending bill,” something is very wrong.

    President Donald Trump supported the measure, too, so he shouldn’t be surprised in coming days when talk heats up again of a new third party, a term limits amendment to the Constitution and convening by the states of a constitutional convention. A demoralized base leads straight to Trump having to deal with a Democratic Congress that won’t hesitate to impeach him.

    (05:14 PM)