Friday, July 20, 2018


(08:14 PM)

ITS ORIGIN AND PURPOSE, STILL A TOTAL MYSTERY: Iranian-Born Man With Knife Injures 10 In Attack On German Bus. “Investigators said flammable liquid was found in the backpack but no explosives.”


(08:10 PM)

BUT WE STOPPED GOING BACK A FEW YEARS LATER:  On this day in history, July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon with these words from Armstrong,  “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

Technically, the first steps on the moon were taken hours later on July 21st, not July 20th.  But that is only because Greenwich Mean Time was used to measure the time.  For Americans, it was still the 20th.


(08:00 PM)

IT’S IMPORTANT — IT’S WHERE YOU SPEND MOST OF YOUR TIME WITH THE CAR: Which New Car Has The Best Interior? I’m not impressed with the Rolls, actually. I agree with the commenter who says it looks like a pimpmobile.


(07:00 PM)

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(06:44 PM)

THE LEFT IS NOT ENJOYING LIVING UNDER THE NEW RULES THEY CREATED: Disney Fires Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn After Old Tweets Surface.

As Iowahawk tweets, “I hope it was clear from the whole Budenmayer thing that I think social media mobbing is pathetic, stupid, and the handiwork of the world’s worst people, whether from the left or right. I would also observe that, empirically, it works.”

(Classical reference in headline.)


(06:38 PM)

TWO, THREE, MANY CALIFORNIAS … OR MAYBE JUST ONE:  John Fund has a few things on the vote that won’t happen in the Golden State.


(06:36 PM)

SPENGLER: American Narcissism and China.

Read the whole thing.


(06:14 PM)

“HI MAX BOOT, MEET MAX BOOT:” WaPo’s Max Boot rushes to diminish Obama-era scandal, steps hard on own rake dropped in 2016.


(06:00 PM)

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(05:44 PM)

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: It’s worse than you think with Ocasio-Cortez and her statement on unemployment.


(05:32 PM)

EPIC FAIL: Seven Products That Failed Miserably.

I’m not sure if I agree with “miserably” in the case of laserdiscs — though an initial failure compared to the quickly ubiquitous VCR, by the late ’80s, laserdiscs were given a new lease of life by the Criterion Collection for dedicated movie aficionados who wanted to see classic films in the best possible format of the “stone knives and bearskins” era of television. The major studios eventually caught on as well, with varying degrees of similar quality and bonus materials. We wouldn’t have DVDs and Blu-Rays as we know them without their pioneering efforts.


(05:14 PM)

CNN’S ALISYN CAMEROTA TO RICK SANTORUM: ‘DO YOU GET DIZZY LIVING IN UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD?

This wasn’t meant as a winking Stranger Things reference to lighten up the exchange, at least it doesn’t look that way to me. It also wasn’t prompted by any heated rhetoric from Santorum. He was taking everything Camerota was throwing at him and doing his best to answer her questions. She finally just got angry and lashed out at him.

As predicted by the Onion, which used Camerota’s face yesterday below the headline, “CNN Anchors Speechless After Guest Goes On Long, Coherent Thought.”


(05:00 PM)

FIRESTARTER: Neanderthals May Have Used Their Stone Tools to Start Fires.


(04:45 PM)

BASTIAT AND KEYNES AT THE MOVIES: The Economics of The Purge: Would Doing a Real-Life ‘Purge’ Be Good for America?


(04:32 PM)

WITH DNC IN MIND, CITY BANS CARRYING URINE, FECES: Leftist Mob Hurls Feces At L.A. Pro-Trump Kosher Coffee Shop.

(Classical reference in headline.)


(04:16 PM)

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(04:14 PM)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to Handle the Outrage Mob.


(04:05 PM)

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Merryman Redux: A Response to Professor John Yoo.


(04:00 PM)

DON’T EAT RAW TURKEY: “Multidrug-resistant” salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey hits 26 states.


(03:00 PM)

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(02:57 PM)

JOHN ELLIS: 5 Modern Myths People Need to Stop Believing.


(02:30 PM)

THE 21ST CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I HOPED: Contaminated synthetic cannabis threatens blood supply, FDA says.


(02:14 PM)

NOT THE ONION: Obama Attacks Wealthy For Big Houses Before Returning To His $8 Million Mansion.


(02:14 PM)

FOR BETTER AND FOR WORSE: The Dark Knight Changed Hollywood Movies Forever.

While Batman Begins had one foot firmly planted in the pulpier side of the character, The Dark Knight was filmed like a gritty, atmospheric crime movie, with Nolan taking visual cues from Michael Mann’s bank-robber epic Heat. Rather than heightening Gotham City to the point that a man dressed as a bat makes sense as its public defender, Nolan turns Batman (Christian Bale) and the Joker (Heath Ledger) into jarring archetypes who are incongruous to the world of gangsters and cops around them, and symptoms of an increasingly polarized society of heroes and villains.

Part of Batman’s quest in The Dark Knight is to push the attorney general Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) as Gotham’s hero of the future, an effort that implodes when the Joker attacks and scars Dent, turning him into the monstrous villain Two-Face. Most comic-book antagonists have specific motives of world domination or personal revenge. But Nolan presents the Joker more as an elemental agent of chaos—one who’s interested only in upsetting the natural order of things wherever he goes, and who’s fascinated with Batman because he represents the opposite extreme. It’s a vision of evil as something trollish, amoral, and anarchic. “Some men just want to watch the world burn,” says Batman’s reliable butler, Alfred (Michael Caine)—a line that became an online refrain in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Nolan got to make The Dark Knight exactly as he wanted, focusing on smaller, more practical stunts (the film’s biggest set piece involves a truck flipping over). He didn’t have to worry about setting up future sequels, shooting in 3-D, or doubling down on CGI spectacle to make for a more epic trailer. The film’s colossal success with both critics and audiences meant that almost every future superhero movie had to be more than just a fringe project for its studio. Couple that with the franchise potential of Iron Man, and a film as single-minded as The Dark Knight just couldn’t be made again.

A shame, that.


(02:00 PM)

SCIENCE: CRISPR gene editing possible without using a virus, scientists say.


(01:44 PM)

WASHINGTON POST RETURNS TO FORM:

● 2009: Newsweek, then still owned by the Post, declares, “We Are All Socialists Now.”

● 2017: WaPo introduces new emo slogan: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

● 2018: Embrace the darkness: “God bless the ‘deep state.’”

Woodward and Bernstein could not be reached for comment.


(01:35 PM)

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(01:30 PM)

I WILL FEAR NO EVIL: First Human Head Transplant will still happen soon based upon millions in sunk costs.


(01:27 PM)

USA TODAY SPORTS COLUMNIST DEMANDS FIRING OF TAR HEELS COACH FOR CLAIMING FOOTBALL ‘UNDER ATTACK’ OVER BRAIN INJURY FEARS.


(01:14 PM)

GREAT MOMENTS IN INTERSECTIONALITY: Leftist Billboard in Indiana Accuses GOP of Being Communists.

Complete with the  hammer and sickle logo formerly used by the lost nation described as Shangri-La by the New York Times last year.

I eagerly await Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s next interview to make sense of it all.


(01:00 PM)

THE ORAL HISTORY OF APOLLO 11.


(12:50 PM)

KENTUCKY REP. BLASTS ‘PAY-TO-PLAY’ CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES: Ask Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) about Congress and the first thing he’s likely to talk about is his anger about how a representative’s committee assignments are determined by how much money he or she can raise for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) or the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

LifeZette’s Connor Wolf got that and more from Massie in a great interview about how to drain the swamp. Connor is doing a series of such interviews with Members of Congress. Go here, here and here for previous installments.


(12:44 PM)

GREAT MOMENTS IN SOCIAL MEDIA: Mob Gets Filmmaker To Apologize For Suggesting Lefties Read Ben Shapiro.

I blame history’s greatest monster, Allegra Budenmayer.


(12:31 PM)

IT’S COME TO THIS: ‘Sorry mom, I’m straight:’ Oversharing mother who blogs about her pride in her ‘rainbow boy’ reveals how other son finally plucked up courage to come out to her as heterosexual.


(12:14 PM)

17 DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED AFTER DUCK BOAT CARRYING 31 — INCLUDING AT LEAST THREE CHILDREN — CAPSIZES ON STORMY MISSOURI LAKE, AS FINAL VIDEO SHOWS ITS BATTLE TO STAY AFLOAT.

Related: Duck boat pilot was also killed in capsizing.


(12:05 PM)

ARCTIC JIHAD: Refugee Violence Now Strikes Remote Corners of Europe.


(12:01 PM)

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: THE FAILED PLOT TO KILL HITLER: The July 20th Plot was not the first attempt to assassinate Nazi Germany’s Führer or even the first by the particular set of conspirators. But unlike most previous efforts, this one came close.

By 1944, the war was going badly for Germany. Victory seemed impossible. A number of German military officers and civilians decided they’d had enough of Hitler and Nazism. Rather than suffer another devastating defeat at the hands of the allies, they wanted a negotiated peace. Hitler’s death, they felt, was a necessary step to get there.

The leaders among the military officers—including General Friedrich Olbricht and Major General Henning von Tresckow—tended to have in common that they were German nationalists, conservatives, and aristocrats. The civilians included former Leipzig mayor Carl Friedrich Goerdeler.

Opposition to Nazism’s policies towards Jews may have been secondary in their minds to just ending the calamitous war by any means necessary. But it was a factor–at least for some. Both Tresckow and Goerdeler expressed such opposition. Some of the participants were part of the Kreisau Circle.

The key figure in the plot was a 36-year-old career officer, Col. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg—a serious Catholic, conservative and aristocrat. It was he who carried the briefcase containing the bomb into Hitler’s secret headquarters in East Prussia where daily briefings were held. Stauffenberg set it down near where Hitler was to sit and excused himself for a telephone call.

Stauffenberg thought he’d been successful. He headed straight to Berlin, where he had hoped to help execute an elaborate plan to take over the reins of government. But he was mistaken. The bomb killed four individuals in the room. An additional 20 were injured, some seriously. But Hitler’s injuries were only slight. The briefcase is believed to have been moved a bit before it went off.

The conspirators—often including those with only remote connections to the plot—were rounded up. Stauffenberg, Olbricht, and Tresckow were dead by the next day. Altogether, more than 7000 were arrested, and 4980 executed.

Among the dead was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who may or may not have been an active participant of the plot. He was reportedly given the option of (1) pleading his case to Hitler himself; (2) being tried by the so-called People’s Court; or (3) suicide. He chose suicide. The public was told that he had died of a heart attack or a cerebral embolism. He was given a state funeral.

Footnote to history: Stauffenberg’s son, just a boy at the time, went on to become a general in the West German army. “For me,” he said, “there is no question that the plot has saved a little of the honour of Germany.”


(11:00 AM)

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(10:30 AM)

WE CAN HOPE: A Tide Flowing Toward Free Speech on Campus.


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(10:00 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Activists demand more social justice in Medieval Studies.


(09:00 AM)

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(08:53 AM)

SCOTT JOHNSON: “Following former Obama administration CIA Director John Brennan on Twitter, we see his animus nakedly on display. He is demented by hatred. Is this really the public role a former Director of the CIA is to be playing?”

One of the things the Trump presidency has done is to reveal how rotten our institutions have become.


(08:30 AM)

MICHAEL BARONE: Time To Junk Racial Quotas In Higher Education.

“It’s time for enlightened America to hit reset on affirmative action once and for all,” writes Columbia linguistics professor John McWhorter in The American Interest. By affirmative action, of course, he means the racial quotas and preferences that most selective colleges’ and universities’ admissions departments employ.

“The reason America can never truly come together in understanding racial preferences is not benighted racism rearing its ugly head as always,” he goes on, “It’s because the rationales simply no longer make any damned sense.” Forty years ago, they were arguably needed to reverse anti-black discrimination. Today, beneficiaries tend to come from upscale households or from among new immigrant families never subject to discrimination here.

The weakness of the case in favor of racial quotas and preferences—which are, literally, racial discrimination, otherwise banned by the Fourteenth Amendment and the 1964 Civil Rights Act—is illustrated by a Washington Post column by the thoughtful liberal Charles Lane, subtitled “Why restart the war?”

Lane doesn’t bother to defend this form of racial discrimination as a good thing. He just says that President Trump doesn’t oppose it and that most of his voters don’t particularly care about it. On this issue, unlike many others, he’s ready to accept Trump’s and his followers’ priorities.

His equally thoughtful colleague Megan McArdle, assuming that ending quotas would reduce black and Hispanic numbers at selective schools, adds a curious defense of the status quo: “Elite institutions that systematically and markedly differ from the general population create a gaping social wound that never heals.” Really?

Our four most recent presidents, like eight of their predecessors, earned degrees at Harvard or Yale (both for former President George W. Bush). Our history has been far less blighted than Asia’s or Europe’s by resentment at or persecution of what Yale Law professor Amy Chua calls “market-dominated minorities.” Americans don’t much mind when people of various ethnicity earn success by merit, whether in business, in the National Basketball Association, or in Nobel Prizes.

But the increasingly glaring contrast between elite institutional practice and constitutional principle is driving the case against racial quotas and preferences. “Governmental use of race must have a logical end point,” Justice Sandra O’Connor wrote in Grutter v. Bollinger, allowing racial preferences at Michigan Law School. “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today.”

That was in 2003. Ten years left to go.

Except it may come sooner. Earlier this month, the Trump administration’s Education and Justice Department withdrew six possibly illegal guidance letters issued to colleges and universities by their Obama administration predecessors, each one encouraging racial discrimination in admissions.

Democrats don’t want to “restart the war” because affirmative action is enormously unpopular among most actual voters.


(08:02 AM)

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(08:00 AM)

IT’S A START: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes.


(08:00 AM)

SLOWLY BUT SURELY AMERICA IS RE-LEARNING THE LESSON I THOUGHT IT HAD FIGURED OUT DECADES AGO: RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE CAN HURT THOSE WITH THE LOWEST SKILLS. Here are several recent articles on the subject.

Mostly it’s the young who get hurt. If you can’t get your foot on the first rung of the employment ladder, it’s really hard to get to the second.

Another problem for the young (especially college students) may be well-meaning laws that make it harder for employers to select the employees they want and to dismiss employees who aren’t working out. Too much protection can be worse than too little for job applicants with no track record. Hiring them can be high risk for employers. As a result, they don’t get hired. The rise of unpaid internships is likely in part a market response to this problem.


(07:30 AM)

TOXIC FEMININITY: A bad marriage is bad for your health, especially if you’re a man.


(07:09 AM)

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: CONLAWPROF: A Post on Nativists and White Supremacists. For those who don’t know, CONLAWPROF is an email list for constitutional law professors. I haven’t been on it for quite a while, but it leans left.


(07:00 AM)

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: The Coming War Over The Constitution:

To Brett Kavanaugh’s foes, the Constitution stands in the way of grand designs they have for the federal government and your lives.

They want to control things in your lives – your healthcare, your lightbulbs, your land, your neighborhood, your dishwasher, your electric bill, your employer. That’s why a wartime coalition of leftist interest groups have mobilized to battle over the future of the Constitution.

Kavanaugh’s foes want the Constitution to mean whatever suits their transformative agenda. Kavanaugh believes the Constitution means what it said when it was written. That it was written in 1787 doesn’t trouble him at all. . . .

The Cons believe the President is in charge of the executive branch, not unelected bureaucrats.

The Progs also believe in federal control over state elections. They don’t care that the Constitution of 1787 recognized that decentralized control over elections helps preserve individual liberty. When no single entity is in control of elections, no despot or malevolent faction can tamper with the system. The Progs hate election integrity rules like citizenship verification of voters or voter ID. They want federal bureaucrats to have the power to invalidate those state laws.

Read the whole thing.


Thursday, July 19, 2018


(11:00 PM)

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(10:45 PM)

DEMS GET IMMUNITY, REPUBLICANS GET PROSECUTED: Robert Mueller offers Tony Podesta immunity to testify against Paul Manafort: Report.


(10:41 PM)

OPEN THREAD: Sorry it’s late, I thought I’d scheduled it!


(10:03 PM)

MARK PULLIAM: An Open Letter to the University of Texas Board of Regents. “I am concerned about recent developments at UT because of my high regard for the institution, which is being seriously damaged. The current climate of political correctness at UT is doing a grave disservice to the students.”


(09:35 PM)

IT’S A FLASHLIGHT! IT’S A UTILITY KNIFE! IT’S A USB CHARGER! It’s All Three! Just bought one of these for my car, because I couldn’t really resist.


(09:11 PM)

JOHN HINDERAKER: “I am by nature an optimist, but it is hard to maintain a positive attitude in the face of the rampant insanity that has seized control over our national life.” It’s insanity, but it’s not actually as rampant as it seems when you follow the news on the Internet.


(09:02 PM)

OH, I HOPE SO: Can Unions Be Sued For Janus Claims? Surprising fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision on agency fees.

UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!


(08:33 PM)

JAWBONING, CONT’D: Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices.


(06:02 PM)

SEEING DOUBLE: Pair of observatories confirm rare double asteroid. “The near-Earth asteroid 2017 YE5 is actually two asteroids. Observations by two powerful telescopes helped astronomers confirm the asteroid’s binary nature. The asteroid was first spotted by the Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey in December of 2017. Followup observations during the summer of 2018 by NASA’s Goldstone Solar System Radar suggested the space rock might actually be two objects.”


(05:14 PM)

WITH DNC IN MIND, CITY BANS CARRYING URINE, FECES: Poop is beginning to be a big problem at Burning Man, authorities say.

In a recent report, the Bureau of Land Management described the proliferation of attendees who have apparently forgotten — or cannot make it to — the festival’s restrooms. This is especially a problem in the deep playa, an area far away from the center of the festival and from portable toilets, the Reno Gazette Journal first reported.

The government’s proposal? Poop bags and pee bottles, either to be brought by participants or for staff members to hand out.

To be fair, wealthy San Francisco elitists should feel even more at home there this year.

(Classical reference in headline.)


(05:00 PM)

KNOXVILLE JOURNALIST MIKE GIBSON HAS DIED. Here’s one of his favorite pieces, on Cormac McCarthy’s Knoxville.


(04:58 PM)

#FIREALLEGRABUDENMAYER! Iowahawk sics the Twitter mob on certified she-demon Allegra Budenmayer.

To paraphrase Mia Farrow in The Purple Rose of Cairo, she’s not real, but you can’t have everything: “I bet I can start a hashtag to incite a twitter mob against a non-existent person.”

…And voila! #FireAllegraBudenmayer is currently trending on Twitter.


(04:32 PM)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Brady Bunch house selling for nearly $1.9 million amid concerns buyers will want to tear it down.

I hope it can be preserved. Say what you will about Wright, Mies, and Corbusier, but when it comes to top 20th century modernist architects, Mike Brady was no slouch.


(04:16 PM)

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(04:05 PM)

SO RYAN BOUNDS WITHDREW HIS NOMINATION TO THE 9TH CIRCUIT THIS AFTERNOON OVER SOME COLLEGE WRITINGS:

In one writing, Bounds questioned the strategies used by “more strident racial factions of the student body.”

“I am mystified because these tactics seem always to contribute more to restricting consciousness, aggrivating intolerance and pigeonholing cultural identities than many a Nazi bookburning,” he wrote.

In another article he compared diversity training to a ” pestilence.”

Bounds apologized for the writings during his confirmation hearing earlier this year, saying he used “overheated” language.

“I share the concerns of many that the rhetoric I used in debating campus politics back in the early ’90s on Stanford’s campus was often overheated, overbroad,” he said during his hearing in May.

To be honest, this is pretty weak tea and most voters — certainly the vast majority of Trump voters — would probably agree. But Sen. Tim Scott objected, and he’s a level-headed guy, so perhaps it’s worse than this sounds.


(04:00 PM)

THOUGHTS ON TRADITIONAL FILIPINO WEAPONS.


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(02:57 PM)

HOW ABOUT THAT? Weird. Mueller released an evidence list for the upcoming Manafort trial and Bernie Sanders’ chief strategist, Tad Devine, is all over it.


(02:57 PM)

OOPS: Egypt’s ‘Hippocratic Oath’ Could Force Christian Doctors To Unintentionally Become Muslim.


(02:51 PM)

ANDREW KLAVAN: Trump — Mistaken; Democrats — Nuts. 

Read the whole thing.


(02:43 PM)

MAXINE WATERS HAS A SAD: Woman who wanted Republicans hounded moans over being hounded.


(02:35 PM)

CLONEBURGER: Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants in 3 years.

The big challenge is making meat that looks, feels and tastes like the real thing. Mosa Meat uses a small sample of cells taken from a live animal. Those cells are fed with nutrients so that they grow into strands of muscle tissue. The company claims it could make up to 80,000 quarter pounders from a single sample.

A Dutch company that presented the world’s first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said Tuesday it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021.

Maastricht-based Mosa Meat, which has in the past also received 1 million euros from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, said it hopes to sell its first products most likely ground beef for burgers in 2021. The aim is to achieve industrial-scale production 2-3 years later, with a typical hamburger patty costing about $1.

I can see this stuff making a passable hamburger, but it just doesn’t seem possible to make a convincing ribeye out of strands.


(02:30 PM)

FASTER, PLEASE: Gene therapy to remove old cells is extending the life of older mice.


(02:22 PM)

AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES, GET IN THEIR FACES AND PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Steven Crowder Confronts Journalist Over Her Unethical Reporting on Him and It Doesn’t Go Well for Her.

Read the whole thing.


(02:12 PM)

I’M EXPECTING AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: US Fighters May Carry StormBreaker Foul-Weather Bomb by Next Year.

The U.S. Air Force’s System Programs Office “is looking at [the bomb and saying], ‘This is going so well’ that they’re pulling the timeline left because they want to potentially field it early,” said Jim Meger of Raytheon’s Missile Systems business development. Meger spoke to Military.com Tuesday during an interview at the Farnborough air show here.

“No matter how challenging a scenario we’ve put into it, the weapon is performing just fantastic,” Meger said.

More procurement wins like this, please.


(02:03 PM)

OH: Bernie Sanders’ Strategist Named in New Cache of Mueller Evidence.


(02:00 PM)

ALSO, ADULTS: Smartphones may trigger ADHD in teens, study says.

Plus: “What if…bear with me a moment…checking social media every 15 minutes keeps us in a state of constant stress & agitation without actually keeping us better informed than the old days of reading the morning paper & occasionally watching the evening news did?”

Related: Social Media As Social Disease.

And, of course, Scott Adams was there first.


(01:56 PM)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, KIDS:  I agreed with Chomsky today probably for the first time in my life. When asked about Treasonpalooza he said:

[F]irst of all, it is a joke. Half the world is cracking up in laughter. The United States doesn’t just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn’t like, institutes military dictatorships. Simply in the case of Russia alone—it’s the least of it—the U.S. government, under Clinton, intervened quite blatantly and openly, then tried to conceal it, to get their man Yeltsin in, in all sorts of ways. So, this, as I say, it’s considered—it’s turning the United States, again, into a laughingstock in the world.

Salvador Allende, Juan Batista, Patrice Lumumba and Ngo Diem could not be reached for comment.


(01:56 PM)

HONEY TRAP: Judge Orders Accused Russian Spy to Stay Behind Bars as DOJ Alleges Sex Offered for Political Influence.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Who does she think she is, a New York Times reporter?


(01:32 PM)

SCRAPPLEFACE: Trump Clarifies Russia Quip, 2015 Announcement.


(01:30 PM)

THIS IS OBVIOUS JUST FROM THE NUMBER OF WINE REFERENCES ON FACEBOOK: Alcohol Consumption Among Women Is on the Rise. “People just say — of course you drink. We do too. Moms need it. Cheers.” Female privilege.

Related: How Mommy Drinking Culture Has Normalized Alcoholism For Women.


(01:22 PM)

IT’S COME TO THIS: New Jersey Considers Taxing Tap Water.

When does the inevitable tax on thingy arrive?


(01:13 PM)

FILIBUSTER-PROOF: Liberals Send Female Senate Democrats ‘Pee-Proof’ Underwear to Oppose Trump’s SCOTUS Pick.

THINX and Icon, the companies behind the “period sex blanket” and absorbent underwear for bladder leaks, sent “endurance packages” to senators Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.).

“THINX and Icon create underwear that champion and support bodies throughout different stages of life,” according to a press release sent by Unbendable Media, a public relations firm. “From first periods to post-menopause and all the little leaks in between, THINX and Icon aim to empower their customers with sustainable solutions, all while breaking taboos around menstruation and bladder leaks.”

The companies said they were sending female Democratic senators urine absorbent underwear to “prepare them for hearings and other potential roadblock attempts in efforts to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”

The underwear will help them “protect women’s rights” by blocking Kavanaugh’s appointment, according to the press release.

I guess nobody told them about the Reid Option.


(01:11 PM)

A HOSTILE EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT ON ACCOUNT OF SEX: UTexas makes student reflect on ‘masculinity’ as punishment. “That’s not just discrimination; that’s treating masculinity as a mental health issue, and pretending they have some pretentious duty to correct the supposed defects in my sex for the betterment of all society.”

I hope the Department Of Education looks into this.


(01:03 PM)

I’M INTERVIEWED ON WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO, re the case for more U.S. Supreme Court justices. Appointed, under my plan, by state governors.


(01:01 PM)

MATT DRUDGE WEIGHS IN ON LATEST NEW YORKER COVER: The Left Has a ‘Fetish’ For Trump’s Death.

We’ve seen this movie before, of course.


(12:55 PM)

WHAT? White House Weighing Putin Request to Interrogate Americans Linked to Top Critic Browder.


(12:52 PM)

EVERYTHING IS ILLEGAL:  Laws that presumptively prohibit “disparate impact” require employers, landlords, and recipients of federal funds to justify to a government agency just about EVERYTHING they do.  Maybe even everything.


(12:46 PM)

OIKOPHOBIA ON THE RISE AFTER TRUMP WIN: In “‘Jell-O Girls,’ a Dark Family History Behind a Candy-Colored Dessert,” Times reviewer Jennifer Szalai drops this clanger:

Jell-O, meanwhile, gets the full semiotics treatment, as Rowbottom shows how it went from a modern, scientific foodstuff to a relic of soul-killing suburbia. As sharp as her insights often are, this is a book in which Everything Signifies. Even a digression about the catacombs in an Italian monastery includes some Jell-O symbolism. You occasionally want to tell Rowbottom to ease up: Sometimes a Jell-O mold is just a Jell-O mold.

To paraphrase Pauline Kael’s infamous (and often bowdlerized) quote about Nixon’s voters, I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who lives in suburbia. Who the others are, I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m writing a book review, I can feel them.

(Via John Podhoretz; classical reference in headline.)


(12:39 PM)

FLORIDA, MAN: Natty Ice beer thief shot by gas station owner — who faces attempted murder charge.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 43-year-old Rennie Defoe Jr. of Plant City, walked into the store about 11:40 p.m. and grabbed three 18-packs of Natural Ice from the cooler.

Video released by the Sheriff’s Office showed Defoe strolling out the front door as the store’s father-and-son owners watched.

The son, Mehedeun Hasan of Lakeland, grabbed a 9 mm handgun and chased after Defoe, the video shows. Defoe tossed the beer into his Toyota Camry and climbed into the driver’s seat.

According to investigators, Hasan — seen in the video pointing the gun at the driver’s window — opened fire as Defoe pulled away.

Defoe drove off, but crashed his car less than a mile away.

He was taken to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center with a single gunshot wound to his left arm and chest, deputies said. He was listed in critical condition, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Hasan, who had no prior criminal history, was arrested on charges of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Defoe has a lengthy felony record, including charges of robbery, firing into a dwelling, grand theft and distributing cocaine within 100 feet of a school.

It doesn’t seem like a jury would actually convict — but you never know.


(12:39 PM)

WHAT PASSES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE THESE DAYS: That anti-straw movement? It’s all based on one 9-year-old’s suspect statistic.


(12:33 PM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Vermont Law School’s Tenured Faculty Purge And What It Portends For Legal Education.


(12:31 PM)

BUT OF COURSE: Bankrupt Puerto Rico Buys Governor a $245,000 SUV. Anger Ensues.


(12:26 PM)

NOT THAT ONE; THE OTHER ONE: Today is George Bush’s Birthday.

Some will protest and say, that’s not true, the president’s birthday was July 6. But we’re not talking about the same person, apparently. Nor his father. Because this George Bush turns only 15 today.

The George Bush I have in mind is not the one whose full name is George Walker Bush, nor the one whose full name is George Herbert Walker Bush, but the one whose full name is George Bush Abdul Kader Faris Abed El-Hussein (no relation to Saddam). And this George Bush was born in Baghdad on July 11, 2003.

We were welcomed as liberators — and do read the whole thing.


(12:18 PM)

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Sacha Baron Cohen Meets His Match in California Gun Shop Owner.


(12:09 PM)

GOOD TIMES: What’s behind the government’s record income tax collection.

According to the Treasury Department’s monthly statement, our government collected a record $1.305 trillion in individual income taxes through the first nine months of fiscal 2018.

The figure, which goes up to June, is rising because more people are working and paying taxes.

It may also be heading higher because more folks are cashing in gains made in the stock market.

That’s the good news.

But there’s also some bad news attached to the tax cuts. Washington still ran a deficit of $607 billion over the same nine months — despite all those contributions from hardworking Americans.

Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem.


(12:01 PM)

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(12:01 PM)

10 MOST POPULOUS CITIES SPLIT BETWEEN RED, BLUE. CAN YOU GUESS WHICH COST MOST? Here are the 10, as calculated by Truth in Accounting: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Jose, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Phoenix.

If you live in deep-blue Chicago, your overall tax burden (including public entities like mass transit authorities and pubic schools that big cities typically don’t include in their balance sheets but which taxpayers are still responsible) is $126.360. If you live in bright red Phoenix, your overall tax burden is $11,850. Now, (assuming you aren’t rich) is the quality of life better in the blue cities or the red cities?


(12:01 PM)

CALIFORNIA:  Nothing makes me want to vote to break California into three states more than being told by the California Supreme Court that I can’t vote to break California into three states.


(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness.

Plus, Today’s Gold Box and Lightning Deals.