Tuesday, September 27, 2016


(01:00 PM)

THE UNIVERSITY ENDS ITS INVESTIGATION: “In short, no disciplinary action will be taken against Professor Reynolds. The tweet was an exercise of his First Amendment rights.”


(01:00 PM)

A TERRIBLE IDEA: The Internet Is No Place For Elections: It’s not safe to connect our voting infrastructure to the Internet, but some election boards are doing it anyway. “Nevertheless, 32 states and the District of Columbia allow at least some absentee voters (in most cases just voters who live overseas or serve in the military) to return their completed ballots using poorly secured e-mail, Internet-connected fax machines, or websites. In the most extreme example, all voters in Alaska are allowed to return their completed ballots over a supposedly secure website. And there is a danger that Internet voting could expand.”

Paper ballots all the way, baby.


(12:58 PM)

TRUMP WINS MOST IMMEDIATE POLLS: “The newspaper collected screen shots of 19 ‘snap’ polls conducted immediately after the debate, and in 17 of them, most respondents said Trump won the debate, often by a wide margin. It isn’t just Drudge and Breitbart; Trump also got more votes than Clinton in instant polls at Time, Slate, Variety and other liberal outlets. I can’t explain it, other than to say that perhaps it tells us more about how people view Hillary Clinton than about how Donald Trump actually performed.”

Well, certainly one explanation is a repeat of the “Ron Paul Revolution” days of early 2008 – but as with Paul’s quixotic presidential bid, having a large enough group of dedicated zealots to tilt Internet polls does not necessarily translate into sufficient votes at the ballot box where it counts.

It seems safe to say that Trump’s core followers are much more passionate than Hillary’s. We’ll know soon enough if there are a majority of them.


(12:48 PM)

THE TRAGICAL APPROPRIATION TOUR IS COMING TO TAKE YOU AWAY!

“I can’t believe I have to write about ‘cultural appropriation’ again/now/anymore,” Kathy Shaidle writes. “But as another Clinton veers toward the White House, and a new Blair Witch movie debuts, why shouldn’t the Permanent Floating Nineties Revival embrace the other accoutrements of that decade, especially the asphyxiating political correctness that never did go out of style?”

Read the whole thing.


(12:45 PM)

YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD FRACKER DOWN: Two Years Into Oil Slump, U.S. Shale Firms Are Ready to Pump More.

Few predicted that in the fall of 2014, when Saudi Arabia signaled that it wouldn’t curb its output to put a floor under crude prices. Oil pundits concluded that a brutal culling would force higher-cost players known as marginal producers—a group that includes shale drillers—out of the market.

But the greatest consequence of the Saudi decision and subsequent price drop is that it has delayed costly oil megaprojects, from deep-water platforms off Angola to oil-sands mines in Canada.

“The U.S. isn’t the marginal barrel but the most flexible,” said R.T. Dukes, an analyst at Wood Mackenzie. “We’ll be the fastest to snap back.”

Free markets tend to do that.


(12:41 PM)

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: Roller coasters could be a cure for kidney stones.

(Classical reference in headline.)


(12:40 PM)

RICHARD EPSTEIN: The Government’s Civil Rights Bullies.


(12:35 PM)

MEXICAN CARTEL EXTORTION RACKET: Breitbart Texas has dramatic video of cartel gunmen burning a gas station in northern Mexico. “…the brazen attack is the latest example of a region where cartel members continue to extort money from local businesses to the point of running them out of town.”


(12:21 PM)

MY GOD, IT’S FULL OF DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE: Jupiter’s moon Europa may expel water plumes from under icy shell, NASA says.

Attempt no landing there. Also, be warned:

awiens


(12:11 PM)

ISN’T EVERYBODY IN THE DNC-MSM? ‘Was Lester Holt auditioning for Hillary’s press secretary?’

Related: Lester Holt learned the ‘Matt Lauer Lesson.’


(12:03 PM)

HEADS WON’T ROLL: State Dept misses court’s deadline on Clinton docs.

An email mix-up prevented an Obama administration lawyer from sending hundreds of pages of material to the Daily Caller News Foundation, an investigative reporting arm of the conservative-leaning website.

The State Department tried to send 8.4 megabytes worth of documents at 7:58 p.m. on Monday evening, it claimed in a court filing on Tuesday morning.

“The size of the file attached to the email, however, exceeded the maximum file size allowed for the mobile device used by counsel for State, and thus transmission of the email did not complete,” the department asserted. “Counsel for State was unaware of this fact until this morning, September 27, 2016.”

“The attachment was too big” is the 21st Century version of “the dog ate my homework.”


(11:00 AM)

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(10:55 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1237.


(10:50 AM)

AND THE ROLE OF WILLIAM GOLDMAN WILL BE PLAYED BY…Roger Simon: After First Debate, “Nobody Knows Anything.”


(10:50 AM)

PRIVACY: Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting data on WhatsApp users.

Hardly anything beats vanilla Facebook’s newsfeed for driving traffic, but Messenger and WhatsApp are downright creepy and I refuse to install them on any device.


(10:40 AM)

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON ON THE CONSTRUCT OF THE WHITE WORKING-CLASS ZOMBIES:

One of the strangest transformations in the era of Obama has been the overt and often gratuitous stereotyping of so-called white people — most often the white working classes who have become constructed into veritable unthinking and unrecognizable zombies. For progressives especially these were not the sympathetic old foundation of the Democratic party, who were once romanticized as the “people” pitted against the industrialists and the bluestockings, but rather have become monstrous caricatures of all sorts of incorrect race/class/and gender behavior and speech.

Liberal fascism invariably needs a target to focus its hatred.


(10:38 AM)

THE NEW NORMAL ANEMIA: WTO cuts 2016 world trade growth forecast to 1.7 percent, cites wake-up call.

The World Trade Organization cut its forecast for global trade growth this year by more than a third on Tuesday, reflecting a slowdown in China and falling levels of imports into the United States.

The new figure of 1.7 percent, down from the WTO’s previous estimate of 2.8 percent in April, marked the first time in 15 years that international commerce was expected to lag the growth of the world economy, the trade body said.

Consumer spending hasn’t been able to drive robust growth during the current “recovery,” even with seemingly permanent low interest rates, and now the trade growth engine is faltering as well.


(10:30 AM)

IN THIS FEDERALIST SOCIETY VIDEO, I talk about Moon Express, space law, and the Obama Administration’s surprisingly successful space policy.


(10:26 AM)

ILLICIT CASH FUNDING NORTH KOREAN NUKES: The US government has charged a Chinese company with helping finance North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Developmental Company Limited (DHID), as well as its chairwoman Ma Xiaohong and three top executives, were charged with conspiring to evade sanctions against North Korea, including by facilitating money laundering through U.S. financial institutions…the Justice Department charged Dandong Hongxiang employees with using dozens of fake businesses and bank accounts to evade U.S. sanctions on North Korea’s nuclear and weapons program. At the same time, the Treasury Department froze the assets of the company and its employees, including 25 bank accounts and 21 alleged front companies.

China is also investigating the company and its connections to a North Korean bank.


(10:15 AM)

THAT MEANS IT’S WORKING: ObamaCare’s Death Spiral Has Begun.

In recent weeks, insurers in 43 states proposed similar hikes, with the average rate increase falling in the double digits for individual plans, according to data collected on the Rate Review tool at HealthCare.gov. For example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, facing a massive $770 million loss for its ObamaCare exchange plans, requested a 58% premium hike for over 600,000 customers.

In New Mexico, Blue Cross Blue Shield has requested an 82% rate increase for an individual HMO plan sold on the exchange. But nothing comes close to the increase requested by insurer Phoenix Health Plans of Arizona: a whopping 122.8% average rate hike for all of its plans.

Recent analysis shows that the average rate increase requested by insurers across the country is 24%. This is a stunning increase since initial rate requests were filed this summer. At that time, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that rate hikes for the “most common plan choices” in 14 major cities averaged about 10%. But insurers have adjusted their expectations, and their rate requests, since then.

The law has also given doctors the certainty of endless red tape, while robbing exchange customers of any certainty about their costs or their providers from one year to the next.

The next Voxplainer ought to be a real laugh-until-you-cry piece.


(10:14 AM)

ITS ORIGIN AND PURPOSE, STILL A TOTAL MYSTERY: Mall Shooter Had Tumblr with Picture of ISIS leader.


(10:10 AM)

DARPA SEEKS HACK-PROOF COMPUTER CODE: It’s being tested.

…the computer code underpinning the hardware was essentially unhackable with current technology. The report notes the code is “as trustworthy as a mathematical proof.” The programming approach is known as formal verification, and it’s written informally and evaluated based on whether it works or not. The language follows step-by-step, logically, and can be tested just like a mathematical proof. So why is this formal verification essentially hack-proof? Because most hacks are made by exploiting bugs and errors in code. Code that’s gone through this process, with this approach, is supposed to be bug-proof. So there are no holes for hackers to exploit, because the code just works.


(10:00 AM)

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: America’s Monopoly Problem: How big business jammed the wheels of innovation. “This is a problem. But it is not an accident.”


(09:00 AM)

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(08:50 AM)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, FROM JONATHAN TURLEY: Clinton confidant’s immunity deal looms over debate. Didn’t get raised last night, but there are more debates — and, probably, more revelations — to come.


(08:50 AM)

AND THE ROLE OF HARRY REID WILL BE PLAYED BY…Seasonal allergies? Howard Dean wonders if Donald Trump’s continuous sniffing is coke-related.

Huh. I’m old enough to remember when the left at least paid lip service to hating McCarthy-esque smear campaigns. Besides, Dean had no problem enabling an admitted coke user running for the White House when he was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee; why would he play this card against Trump?

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(Classical reference in headline.)


(08:45 AM)

THE ADVANCE TEAM FOR SMOD2016: ‘Huge meteor’ crashes to earth as flash of light is spotted in sky and houses start to shake.


(08:41 AM)

QUESTION ASKED: Does a debate draw go to the challenger?


(08:40 AM)

IT WOULD BE NICE IF JUST ONCE THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT DIDN’T SIDE WITH THE COMMUNISTS: Even if voters approve the tainted bargain with narco-terrorists, it won’t bring peace.

On Oct. 2, Colombia will hold a plebiscite to ask the nation to approve or reject an Obama-backed agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), designated by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization. The deal gives the FARC amnesty for its war crimes, which include the recruitment of thousands of child soldiers, massacres of villages, political executions, bombings and kidnappings.

Under the agreement, negotiated and signed in Havana, the FARC will also get unelected seats in Congress and special welfare benefits. It will be given dozens of radio stations—so that it can disseminate its propaganda, a privilege no other political party has.

The agreement does not require the FARC to pay any financial reparations to its victims, even though the narco-terrorist kingpins have wealth estimated in the billions. Reparations will be paid by law-abiding citizens via sharp tax increases. The FARC says it will not disarm until it’s good and ready to. Meanwhile it will be given weapons and training to enforce the agreement.

What could possibly go wrong?

Barry still has the merde touch.


(08:39 AM)

ASHE SCHOW: Clinton cares about the rights of only some young men:

During the debate, while speaking about race relations and criminal justice reform, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discussed ensuring rights to young men. She wouldn’t say “due process,” but she was referring to those rights.

“Who disagrees with keeping neighborhoods safe? But let’s also add, no one should disagree about respecting the rights of young men who live in those neighborhoods,” Clinton said. “So we need to do a better job of working, again, with the communities, faith communities, business communities, as well as the police, to try to deal with this problem.”

It’s shocking that Clinton would discuss the “rights of young men,” considering the language she uses to talk about campus sexual assault. When Clinton says we must “listen and believe” to accusers, she’s saying we shouldn’t consider whether the accusations might be false (well, except when the accusations are against her husband).

That’s a dangerous policy that has led to dozens of lawsuits against universities who have denied due process rights to male students accused of sexual assault.

And many injustices, about which Hillary has shown little concern.


(08:30 AM)

GOOD FOR OBAMA: White House Bucks Gentry Liberals on Zoning.

The Obama administration is leaning on local governments to resist NIMBY rent-seeking and make it easier for the market to developers to come closer to meeting market demand for new housing. . . .

The role for the federal government in housing policy doesn’t extend much beyond exhortation and allocating small grants for mayors to “update” land use policies. But exhortation from this White House could get a hearing where it’s needed: As we’ve noted before, Democrats seem to have a particularly strong preference for heavily zoned communities.

One concern is that the White House offensive on zoning will turn Republicans—who should be natural proponents of stronger property rights and a more market-oriented housing policy—against efforts to lower housing costs by expanding the supply. The 2016 GOP platform contained no mention of the zoning crisis.

This would be a grave failure for a Republican Party looking to disrupt networks of entrenched elite privilege.

It sure would be.


(08:20 AM)

AND THE ROLE OF CANDY CROWLEY WAS PLAYED BY… Lester Holt “not only made himself part of the game on Monday night, he ran up to the scrimmage line, then sacked the quarterback three times,” Kyle Smith writes.

Related: Debate Wrap-Up: Media Bashing of Lauer Has Desired Effect as Lester Holt Lets His Bias Fly.

Or as Heat Street asks, Lester Holt: The Third Debater?


(08:20 AM)

PHILIP KLEIN: Three ways Hillary Clinton won the debate — and two reasons it might not matter.

My sense was that she did better than Trump, but not dramatically. Honestly, the bar was set so low that both cleared it: Trump didn’t throw anything, and she didn’t cough up blood. Happy 2016!


(08:11 AM)

THE ONION BECAME A STRAIGHT-NEWS PUBLICATION SO GRADUALLY I BARELY NOTICED: Rahm Emanuel Concerned Gun Violence Could Spread To Parts Of City He Gives Shit About.


(08:00 AM)

WHY THEY’RE PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS: Former NSA analyst: FBI may reopen investigation if Clinton loses.


(07:50 AM)

PROFESSOR BUTTERFIELD, I PRESUME: “I’m Black. Does America Have a Plan for My Life?”, asks a an assistant professor of African-American studies and philosophy at Yale University in the New York Times.

You’re an adult man. What’s stopping you from making your own? And why does a nation need a plan for your life? This sounds like a question a Pravda journalist would be asking about the former Soviet Union.

Incidentally, note this correction at the end of the article:

An earlier version of this article incorrectly included Trayvon Martin on a list of black people killed by employees of the state. Mr. Martin was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer; he was not killed by a police officer.

Whew, good thing the Times has those vaunted layers and layers of fact checkers and editors to prevent such embarrassing mistakes.

Related Exit Question: Will Millennials Survive The Left? “Millennials aren’t imposing totalitarianism and censorship on the Left. They’re getting those ideas from the Left,” David Marcus notes at the Federalist.

(Classical reference in headline.)


(07:46 AM)

JAVEE: Why the Offensive against ISIS in Mosul Could Be a Disaster.

The flash appeal noted that the UN needed the $284 million at least two and a half months before the initiation of the assault to enable them to set up the [refugee] camps. Yet according to recent reports U.S. military officials believe the Iraqi government could order the beginning of the attack before the end of next month. Even if the UNOCHA got all the funds tomorrow, it is virtually assured that they won’t be ready to care for the expected hundreds of thousands of refugees when the fighting begins in earnest.

It is understandable that the Iraqi government wants to wrest control of Mosul from the Islamic State, but it is important that they not be impatient. If the operations begin before UN and local authorities are ready to receive and care for that many displaced persons, Mr. Mustafa’s worries of a humanitarian catastrophe could be realized.

Mosul was largely at peace and part of a functional Iraqi state on January 20, 2009.


(07:40 AM)

THE HILL GETS THE VAPORS: Top climate skeptic to lead Trump’s EPA transition team.

Man, apparently that Trump is skeptical there’s a climate or something!

Related: As Americans Tire of Eco-Panic, Hillary Quietly Drops ‘Climate Change’ Rhetoric.

At least until January, when Hillary hopes to resume Obama’s patented formula of trickle-down crony socialism and punitive overregulation.


(07:38 AM)

CHANGE: More US babies born addicted to opiates like heroin.

The proportion of U.S. babies born suffering from withdrawal syndrome after exposure to heroin or prescription opiates in utero has more than doubled in less than a decade, a study suggests.

Researchers focused on what’s known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition akin to withdrawal that develops when babies essentially become addicted to drugs their mothers use during pregnancy.

Nationally, the rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome involving mothers’ use of opiates – which includes heroin as well as prescription narcotics like codeine and Vicodin – surged from 2.8 cases for every 1,000 births in 2009 to 7.3 cases for every 1,000 births in 2013, the study found.

The story notes that people are turning to heroin because it’s become harder to get a hold of prescription drugs to abuse. I’m not sure that’s progress.


(07:30 AM)

AND YET, THAT’S HOW SHE’S CAMPAIGNED: Roll Call: Clinton Has an Inherent Advantage, But It’s Not as a Woman.


(07:14 AM)

HILLARY: EVERYONE IS A RACIST, NOT JUST THE POLICE.

Jon Gabriel, call your office.

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(07:00 AM)

THE HILL: Indiana Senate race tightens as Republicans take on Bayh.

Democrat Evan Bayh’s last-minute attempt at a political comeback made this year’s Senate race in Indiana look all but over for Republicans hoping to hold on to the open seat.

But with six weeks until the general election, polls are tightening and the contest is looking more like a toss-up as Senate control hangs in the balance.

The former Indiana senator has weathered attacks from both GOP Rep. Todd Young’s campaign and Republican outside groups who are trying to undercut the advantage Bayh has from being well-known in the state with attacks about his residency and ties to a lobbying group.

Bayh, who strategists say still has the upper hand, went from a double-digit lead in August to a 4-point edge, within the margin of error in a WTHR/Howey Politics poll, earlier this month.

“Anyone who thought this was going to be a cakewalk for [Bayh] I think was making a mistake,” said Andrew Downs, a political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. “He had not run a campaign in 12 years, and the nature of campaigning has changed.”

When Bayh announced his candidacy for retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats’s seat in mid-July, some political observers argued that less than four months until the election wouldn’t be enough time for Young to strengthen his statewide name recognition, especially compared to Bayh, a household name in Indiana politics for more than 50 years. Bayh’s father, Birch, was a senator from 1963 to 1981, and Evan Bayh was also governor for eight years.

The once-safe Republican seat shifted to a toss-up, and even in some cases, Democratic-leaning, once Bayh entered the race.

But over the last two months, Young has slowly become known beyond his southern Indiana district, especially with the influx of outside money supporting his campaign.

Well, stay tuned. Funny that the Dems in Indiana didn’t have any existing talent that could make this a race, and had to bring Bayh out of retirement.


(05:00 AM)

NO KINGS, NO QUEENS, NO LORDS, NO LADIES: We won’t be fooled again! Obama’s Conflict Tanked the Clinton E-mail Investigation — As Predicted.  If both are guilty, both should go down for it.  Stop with special considerations.


(04:29 AM)

FROM KYLE ANDREWS: Freedom/Hate.


(04:01 AM)

PLEASE. WHO’D WANT TO CATCH MICHELLE OBAMA? Pokémon GO vs Michelle Obama: The Fight Against Childhood Obesity.


(03:30 AM)

FROM KAL SPRIGGS: The Sacred Stars.


(02:28 AM)

THIS MUST STOP: Victimhood as Prestige. Before it kills civilization.


(01:59 AM)

AND YET SMOD CONTINUES TO FAIL US: ‘Huge meteor’ crashes to earth as flash of light is spotted in sky and houses start to shake.


(01:31 AM)

HECK OF A JOB BARRY! The real scandal of New York City’s Sandy recovery.


(12:51 AM)

DIDN’T HE KNOW STARBUCKS IS A GUN FREE ZONE? Gunman kills Starbucks patron after credit card was rejected.  Surely you can’t mean those don’t work?


Monday, September 26, 2016


(11:00 PM)

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(10:49 PM)

SO I’D CALL IT A DRAW. Both Trump and Hillary left key points out. Neither looked awful, but neither looked great. And people I follow on social media seem equally divided.


(10:25 PM)

PREDICTION: If Hillary is elected President, she’ll be the first since Truman to use nuclear weapons.


(10:12 PM)

SHE’S NOT THE APPROVED OPPOSITION: Green Party nominee escorted off debate premises.


(09:57 PM)

SO FAR, HILLARY IS DOING BETTER THAN I EXPECTED — NOT COUGHING ONCE — AND TRUMP IS DOING ABOUT AS I EXPECTED.


(09:56 PM)

TRUMP HAMMERS HILLARY ON “SUPERPREDATORS.”


(09:42 PM)

HILLARY SAYS TRUMP PAYS NO INCOME TAXES: Didn’t Harry Reid say that about Mitt Romney?


(09:37 PM)

HILLARY: I made a mistake using a private email system. Trump: It was more than a mistake, when you have your staff taking the fifth, when you have the man who set up the server taking the fifth.


(09:24 PM)

HILLARY PLUGGING HER BOOK. Well, I would too, with this audience.


(09:23 PM)

THE BACK-AND-FORTH BETWEEN TRUMP AND HILLARY IS ACTUALLY INTERESTING.


(09:21 PM)

WE’RE GOING TO INCREASE EXPORTS WITH A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR? What did Hillary mean by that?


(09:14 PM)

OPEN THREAD: Talk about the debates in the comments here.


(09:11 PM)

I LOVE THAT TRUMP AND HILLARY ARE STANDING IN FRONT OF “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Is it time yet?


(09:07 PM)

HILLARY: “Equal pay for women’s work.” What’s “women’s work?”


(08:43 PM)

STEVE GREEN IS DRUNKBLOGGING THE TRUMP-HILLARY DEBATE AT PJM.

Center yourself, find your happy personal space, crack open a bottle or ten of Trump rosé and join him!

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(08:36 PM)

ONE MAN WITH COURAGE MAKES A MAJORITY: Hofstra Student Supports Trump in Hostile Territory.


(08:12 PM)

DON’T FORGET THAT TONIGHT STEPHEN GREEN WILL BE DRUNKBLOGGING THE DEBATE at the PJ Media Homepage.


(08:11 PM)

HOW IS SOCIAL MEDIA REACTING TO THE TRUMP-HILLARY DEBATE? Tyler O’Neil is liveblogging the alternately manic and depressed reaction here.

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Steve Green will be drunkblogging tonight’s debate as well. Watch for that post to go up in just a bit.


(08:08 PM)

FLAVOR TRIPPING: Miraculous Miracle Berries. From Sara Ellis’s 52 Things, 52 Weeks blog.


(06:58 PM)

JONATHAN TURLEY: Clinton confidant’s immunity deal looms over debate. It certainly should.


(06:52 PM)

THOUGHTS ON DEBATE FACT-CHECKING FROM DAVID BYRNE.


(06:46 PM)

IT’S COME TO THIS: Hofstra University Provides ‘Trigger Warning’ for Presidential Debate.


(06:42 PM)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: The Gathering Nuclear Storm.


(06:40 PM)

JOHN HINDERAKER: The Democrats Are Worried. I love it that they’re fundraising over Nate Silver’s predictions of doom.

So there were basically two big GOP arguments against Trump. One was that he’s a horrible human being and unfit to be President, and if you believed that a few months ago then there really isn’t much reason to change your mind. But the other was that he would lose like a GOP Dukakis, and hand the House and Senate over to the Dems. This is looking much less likely.


(06:27 PM)

CHANGE: Michelle Alexander Resigns From Ohio State Law Faculty For Seminary, Valuing ‘Publicly Accessible Writing Over Academic Careerism’; Law Without ‘A Moral Or Spiritual Awakening’ Cannot Bring About Justice.


(06:05 PM)

GLOBAL BABY BUST BEGINS TO BITE: Out: One-Child Policy. In: Chinese City Urges Comrades to Do Their Part and Reproduce.

Howls of amazement and resentment followed in Chinese news outlets and on social media. Here are some reactions attached to one of many articles circulating online, this one from Sina.com:

“In those years you fined everywhere. You beat people, tore down homes, confiscated livestock, and forced people to abort. Today you want to force people to have a second child.” — Muranxuanxie lihua, Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

“If the state gives me a million, I’ll have a child.” — Sichiyuan, Jinchang, Gansu Province

“If housing prices fall by half, talk to me then about having a second child.” — Xiaolong V8, Beijing

“The government wants to manage a couple’s bed affairs, that’s really messed up.” — Zhijing louzhu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

Several days after it was published on the Yichang government website with the red stamps of a clutch of departments indicating wide local support, the letter disappeared, a sign it was politically sensitive. The appeal for more children could be seen as implicit criticism of Beijing’s population policies of the previous 36 years.

Well, that’s because those policies were stupid. And I love the pushback, which is something you wouldn’t have seen in China very long ago.


(05:03 PM)

WELL, THAT’S COMFORTING: 1.4 Million Chryslers, Dodges, and Jeeps Have Airbags That Might Not Deploy in a Crash. “Unfortunately, there is no repair available at this time.”


(04:40 PM)

21ST CENTURY CRIME: California driver used mannequin to drive in carpool lane.

Robots will make this kind of thing easier to get away with.


(04:36 PM)

HMM: Democratic hopes of winning Senate fade as Trump proves less toxic for Republicans.


(04:04 PM)

WHY UBER IS SAFER THAN A TAXI: “Uber now requires that drivers periodically take a selfie that will then be compared to an image on file. The selfie requirement is part of Uber’s Real-Time ID Check that utilizes Microsoft Cognitive Services to ensure riders know exactly who their driver is. Before going online and sporadically in between their work hours, Uber drivers will be asked to take a selfie. Verification, Uber claims, only takes a few seconds. If the image doesn’t match the one on file, the Uber driver’s account will be temporarily blocked.”


(03:00 PM)

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(02:55 PM)

IS DONALD TRUMP QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT?

The bar was set (read: lowered to the floor) in 2008. Does Trump have equal or more executive experience than a failed community organizer who launched his political career in the living room of a man who bombed the Pentagon? Will he receive a plurality of the vote? Then the answer, by the left’s own standards, is a resounding yes.

And note this lede by Hillary/Obama sycophant Glenn Thrush of the Politico:

H.L. Mencken declared there was only one way to look at a politician — “down.”

Says the man who described Hillary’s email server, which broke government rules, as “badass.”


(02:53 PM)

NICK GILLESPIE: Four Reasons Why Gary Johnson Should Be In Tonight’s Debate.


(02:44 PM)

GLOBAL WARMING: IS THERE NOTHING IT CAN’T DO?

Shot: Hillary Clinton & Leftists: Urban Riots Caused by Environmental Racism.

Chaser: Zika Reminds Us That Climate Change Is a Women’s Rights Issue.

Hangover: As Americans Tire of Eco-Panic, Hillary Quietly Drops ‘Climate Change’ Rhetoric.

That’s odd – just a couple of years ago, the former Secretary of State, who flew 956,733 miles during her stint at Foggy Bottom  in part to allegedly fight terrorism, claimed in 2014, “Climate change is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face.”


(02:42 PM)

WELL, THAT’S A RATHER SIGNIFICANT CORRECTION: Tennessee: Five — not 105 — accidental gunshot deaths in 2014. “A publicized report that Tennessee had 105 accidental gunshot deaths during 2014 — more than any state in the nation — was wrong and there were actually just five such fatalities, according to the state Department of Health. The Safe Tennessee Project, an organization that focuses on gun violence, initially reported the 105 deaths earlier this month, saying the surprisingly-high figure had been verified at the time by both the federal Center for and Disease Control and the Department of Health.”


(02:39 PM)

THIS IS BECOMING ROUTINE: Mall shooting suspect had blog with picture of ISIS leader. “The Turkish immigrant accused of gunning down five people at a Washington mall smirked at his first court appearance Monday even as reports revealed he had a blog with photo posts of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. . . . Authorities said they have not ruled out terrorism as a motive in the shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington.”


(02:38 PM)

WHO SAYS TRUMP WOULDN’T SHRINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? 25 Percent Of Federal Employees Said They’d Consider Quitting If Donald Trump Elected President.

Faster, please. Though as with Hollywood celebrities threatening to move to Canada every presidential election if the GOP wins, unfortunately, they never follow through with their promises.


(02:30 PM)

GOOD! F-16 autopilot system saves the life of an unconscious fighter pilot.


(02:26 PM)

THE SOCIAL TYRANNY of Twitter.


(02:22 PM)

ROGER SIMON: Trump Really Would Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital. “Several American presidential candidates – when running for office – have made pledges similar to Trump’s, then, upon election, basically reneged, usually by ignoring the situation or telling the Israelis to wait until the Palestinian question is resolved.”


(02:14 PM)

SHMATTA, SHMATTA, SHMATTA — I CAN’T GIVE IT AWAY ON 7TH AVENUE. THIS TOWN’S BEEN WEARING TATTERS: The Latest Elite Fashion Trend? “Trashion.”

And thus, nearly a half century later, what Tom Wolfe dubbed “Funky Chic” reaches its ultimate conclusion. As Wolfe wrote in 1970, “Anti-fashion! Terrific. Right away anti-fashion itself became the most raving fashion imaginable . . . also known as Funky Chic. Everybody had sworn off fashion, but somehow nobody moved to Cincinnati to work among the poor. Instead, everyone stayed put and imported the poor to the fashion pages.”

Now joined by their (not so fresh) garbage.


(02:00 PM)

I THOUGHT OBAMACARE WAS GOING TO FIX THIS: “The reaction to opening a medical bill these days is often shock and confusion — for the insured and the uninsured. Prices and deductibles keep rising, policies are drowning in fine print, and doctors are jumping on and off networks. So why hasn’t the growing burden of health care gotten more attention in the presidential campaign?”


(01:50 PM)

PERHAPS THE DEFINING QUESTION OF OUR ERA: What are we allowed to say?


(01:40 PM)

HOWIE CARR: The debate fix is in…for Hillary Clinton.

As David Sirota of the International Business Times tweets, “It would be more fun if every politician and professional activist group just posted their pre-written, post-debate press releases right now.”


(01:30 PM)

WARNING: YOU COULD BE THE NEXT PERSON TO EXPERIENCE THESE DEBATE SIDE EFFECTS.


(01:21 PM)

WHAT THE NFL CAN TEACH WASHINGTON ABOUT SOCIAL POLICY: “’Unknowingly making something worse’ is the unofficial motto of liberalism since the 1960s. Heck, the NFL’s rule committee could easily find jobs at the Department of Health and Human Services.”

Read the whole thing.


(01:10 PM)

OF GODS AND GAMEMASTERS: Revisiting Religion in RPGs.

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(01:05 PM)

HENCE THE FIREWORKS TO COME TONIGHT: Donald Trump Leads in National Poll on Eve of First Debate.


(01:00 PM)

ENDORSED! There Is Absolutely No Reason to Even Consider Eating Reduced-Fat Cheese, Says Science.


(12:48 PM)

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau today:

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Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favraeu on the left in 2008:

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Perhaps Favraeu is once again trying to bring us all “peace in our time” in his own special way yet again.