Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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AT LEAST THIS IS SOMETHING:  Justice Neil Gorsuch Calls Activist Judges On Carpet.

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I SAY IT’S TIME TO STOP THIS COLLISION BETWEEN A DUMPSTER FIRE AND A CLOWN CAR: Democrats ‘Kavanaughing’ Impeachment Trial As Predicted – John Bolton Leak Came as House Case Was Collapsing.

Even if Trump did everything the dems allege? Not a crime, much less a high crime. Under this standard every president of the US would be impeached. To quote Frozen “Let it go.” Or in this case, tell Schiffty to pack his bag of tricks and go find something more entertaining or productive to do, like swallowing goldfish or learning to apply his makeup so he doesn’t look like Pee-Wee Herman.

(01:57 AM)

HUMBLING HIMSELF FOR “SOCIAL JUSTICE”:  Stephen King: Oscars are rigged in favor of white people.

Monday, January 27, 2020

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY: Grissom, White and Chaffee on a rocket ride to heaven.

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(10:55 PM)

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The Giant Institution vs The Virus. “This illustrates how giant totalitarian governments like China’s can be at a disadvantage in dealing with emergent events. What it gains in ruthless response cannot always make up for lost response time caused by the official denial of embarrassing facts. That explains why establishments are often surprised by events like Brexit and Hillary Clinton’s shock loss. They are unexpected because they were not in the 5 year plan. They arrive like a bolt from the blue. When the unexpected happens the official Narrative often increases the reaction time of the system. While events are slow moving there may be no penalty but in the fast moving global world threats like the coronavirus may hit the public even before institutions admit it exists. The old model of globalization has paradoxically both speeded up the rate at which events occur and slowed the rate at which behemoth transnational institutions can respond.”

(10:34 PM)

OUCH: Neil Gorsuch Issues Savage Rebuke to Activist Judges and Nationwide Injunctions.

(10:17 PM)

I’D RATHER THEY DID BETTER AT CONTAINING THE VIRUS: Chinese Officials Race to Contain Anger Over Virus.

(10:02 PM)

LEFTIST GOVERNANCE: Why First World Countries Have Third World Cities.

(10:01 PM)

SEEMS LIKE THIS WOULD BE BAD FOR BUSINESS: Largest U.S. Teachers’ Union Endorses Abortion.

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CORONAVIRUS: Mongolia and North Korea close borders with China. Malaysia no longer issuing visas. “Mongolia has also closed its schools, playgrounds and universities until March 2.” My assumption: They know more than we do about what’s going on in China.

(09:30 PM)

OPEN THREAD: Do something about that cough.

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From the Babylon Bee, America’s Newspaper of Record.

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INCEST IS BEST: NSC aide handling book approvals (like Bolton’s) is twin brother of Lt. Col. Vindman. “Yevgeny Vindman is the identical twin brother of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, one of Democrats’ main witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. Alexander Vindman testified that he told his brother about Mr. Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Mr. Trump is accused of pressuring his counterpart for a Biden investigation.”

Weird how Deep Staters’ family members — spouses, brothers, kids — keep showing up in this operation. But does this make the setup theory more likely? I think it might.

(09:00 PM)

THEY’RE PROBABLY COMING FROM THE UNDERGROUND NAZI BASE. I MEAN, DUH. Mysterious particles spewing from Antarctica defy physics.

(08:44 PM)

DEMOCRATS DETERMINED TO FRACK THEMSELVES: “In Crucial Pennsylvania, Democrats Worry a Fracking Ban Could Sink Them.”

Related: Failed Dem POTUS candidate and current US Senate hopeful John Hickenlooper loses his cool at climate activist (video).

(08:39 PM)

HE’S DOOMED! DOOMED! The Top 5 Books Liberals Thought Would Doom Trump’s Presidency, But Didn’t.

(08:35 PM)

TWEETED IN HASTE, REPENTED AT LEISURE: Washington Post Reporter Felicia Sonmez Suspended Following Kobe Bryant Tweet Backlash.

The suspension, first reported by the British online tabloid Daily Mail UK, drew cheers and condemnation alike from various corners of the Internet, with some applauding the Post’s decision to suspend a reporter willing to generate a viral sensation around herself in the face of a tragedy and others coming to Sonmez’s defense by painting her action as nothing more than a journalist tweeting a mere story.

But a person familiar with the suspension said it was not Sonmez’s tweet linking to the Daily Beast article that triggered the suspension, nor was it two follow-up tweets where she said the thousands who criticized her in the hours since was an “eye opening experience.” It was the third tweet that showed her email inbox that landed her in hot water with the company, in part because it contained the purported full names of those who sent her an email, according to a Washington Post employee who spoke with The Desk on condition of anonymity.

“Her managers don’t care about the Daily Beast tweet,” the Post employee said. “But there’s a concern that the screen shot (of her email inbox) might create some legal issues and could violate Twitter’s terms (of service).”

And the Washington Post’s union is not happy! Washington Post Union Blasts Paper for Suspending Reporter Over Kobe Bryant Tweets.

As Stephen Miller tweets, “(whispers) This isn’t about Twitter harassment. It’s about her tweets hurting circulation in the 2nd largest city in the country by population,” adding, “Screaming RAPIST for everyone to see in the city of Los Angeles, while the wreckage is still burning is how you lose thousands of subscribers in that city.”

UPDATE: Christina Hoff Sommers asks “Where was the upstanding  [Post Guild] when Felicia Sonmez tried to get Caitlin Flanagan and Emily Yoffe fired for daring to criticize her?”

As Sommers notes at the above link, the paragraphs quoted below were expunged from a New York Times profile today on Sonmez. However, they’re still present in a version published by the Austin Statesman headlined, “Washington Post suspends a reporter after her tweets on Kobe Bryant:”

The journalist Emily Yoffe wrote an article last year on the accusations against Mr. Kaiman and their repercussions for Reason, a magazine published by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank. The article was sympathetic to his plight and concluded, “When an accusation is lodged, we must respond with fairness, not frenzy.” Ms. Sonmez criticized the article for what she described as its omissions and “basic” factual errors. Reason updated the article and appended a note at the end of it to address what it called “three minor matters of fact.”

After Caitlin Flanagan, a writer for The Atlantic, said she was skeptical of Ms. Sonmez and her allegations against Mr. Kaiman during an interview on NPR, Ms. Sonmez pushed back publicly, likening her comments to those from “internet trolls.”

More from Bethany Mandel at Ricochet in a post headlined, “Live by the Mob, Etc. etc.”

(Updated and bumped.)

(08:30 PM)

GRUMPY OLD MEN: The Coming Biden and Bernie Show.

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THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: San Francisco Activates Emergency Operations Center To Prepare For Coronavirus.

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A RARE CASE IN WHICH A FATHER HAS REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: Arizona Woman Needs Ex-Husband’s Consent Before Implanting Eggs Fertilized During Marriage.

(06:58 PM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Yale Cancels Western Art. “Introduction to Art History,” for decades one of the most popular and famous courses at Yale, is being eliminated because its emphasis on Western art is “problematic,” according to the chair of the art history department, Tim Barringer. The Yale Daily News translates that to mean that Western art is a “product of an overwhelmingly white, straight, European and male cadre of artists.” The horror!

The course will be offered one final time during this spring semester, but it sounds as if Barringer has already managed to ruin it. He has promised students that the course will consider Western art in relation to “questions of gender, class and ‘race'” as well as its involvement with capitalism. And he has promised that a “key theme” will be the relationship between art and climate change. Yes, just what everyone wants to learn from an art history professor.







(06:45 PM)

DEMOCRATS SURE GOT IT GOOD: Five Leftists Who Are Completely Immune From Cancel Culture.

(Classical reference in headline.)

(06:45 PM)

THE LITTLE SISTERS TAKE ON BIG BROTHER: Count on this: The bigger and more complex government becomes, the more conflicts we can expect between religious conscience and the duty to comply with the law.

As if to illustrate my point, the Supreme Court recently agreed to decide two cases—including one brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor—that bear on religious objections to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. (Yes, if you are experiencing déjà vu, the Little Sisters of the Poor have been to the Supreme Court on this issue before.) This time the focus is expected to be on the Trump Administration’s efforts to grant religious exemptions to employers like the Sisters.

I won’t weigh in on the legal issues presented. I’m not smart enough to do them justice in this short space. My point is more political or maybe strategic. Bloomberg quotes an evidently anxious expert as saying that if the Trump Administration’s efforts are upheld, it “could open the door to federal agencies issuing many more [rules granting religious accommodation].”

For good or ill, that’s obviously true. I have mixed feelings about it. To me at least, for conservatives to rely too readily on religious accommodations to deal with governmental expansions seems like a loser’s game.

In a report issued a few years ago by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on “Peaceful Co-Existence” between government and religion, I wrote this:

While the targeted religious accommodations approach may sometimes be a good idea, it is not always the best strategy for people of faith. Targeted religious accommodations make it possible for ever-expanding government bureaucracies to divide and conquer. They remove the faith-based objections to their expansive ambitions, thus allowing them to ignore objections that are not based on faith. The bureaucratic juggernaut thus rolls on. People of faith should not allow themselves to become just another special interest that needs to be appeased before the next government expansion is allowed to proceed. They have an interest in ensuring the health of the many institutions of civil society that act as counterweights to the state—including not just the Church itself, but also the family, the press, small business and others. They also have an interest in ordered liberty in all its manifestations. A nation in which religious liberty is the only protected freedom is a nation that soon will be without religious liberty too.

The other side of the coin is this: The Commission report that quote appeared in got a lot of attention when it was released, because the Chairman’s Statement (which I discuss at length in my Statement) was essentially a screed against Christianity. It was astonishing. To this day, I can’t imagine what got into him. But it served to remind me that Christians (and no doubt people of other faiths too) really do have opponents in high places.

(06:45 PM)

WELL, YES: CDC, State Department warn against any travel to China. Should have done this days ago.

(06:38 PM)

THE SCHIFF SHOW IS A SIDESHOW: ‘Economist’ EIC: No One Talked About Impeachment in Davos.

(06:27 PM)

NEVER LET THE CONSTITUTION GET IN THE WAY OF AN IMPEACHMENT: Abuse of Procedure. The House Democrats make an underwhelming case for impeachment — one without a constitutional basis.

(06:23 PM)

I DONATED TO HER CAMPAIGN: NY-19 Hopeful Hawatmeh Defends Trump.

Here’s her website.

(05:30 PM)

STOOL PIGEONS: Albatrosses Outfitted With GPS Trackers Detect Illegal Fishing Vessels.

(05:12 PM)

“AGREES”: Hunter Biden Agrees to Pay Child Support in Custody Case, Still Hasn’t Turned Over Financial Records.

(05:00 PM)

NOW IF YOU CAN JUST 3D PRINT SOMETHING THAT WILL LET YOU HIT WHAT YOU SHOOT AT WHILE YOU’RE WEARING IT. Utah Man Builds Bulletproof Stormtrooper Suit With 3-D Printer. Also, if you test the bulletproof-ness, be sure it’s unoccupied at the time.

(04:31 PM)

SO A READER POINTS TO THIS GRAPHIC OF CONFIRMED NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES to suggest that the epidemic is already peaking. That would be nice and is earnestly to be hoped for. But although the curve kinda looks like a sigmoid, which would be good, that’s based on one day’s data. Problems with data collection or reporting could account for that, and so could lying by the Chinese government, which is alas not to be ruled out. I hope it’s another SARS-like fizzle, but it’ll be at least a couple of weeks before we can say that with even modest confidence.

UPDATE: It’s been updated now. Bye, bye, sigmoid.

(04:25 PM)

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for January 27, 2020. “Everything’s coming up Bernie (including a Joe Rogan endorsement), Biden tranny panders, Buttigieg does a Jeb!, Bloomberg ops get sick bennies, Yang rises, and WaPo worries about screaming ghosts.”

(04:16 PM)

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(04:10 PM)

BUT FIRST, A MOMENT OF SILENCE: The Great Pestilence Panic of 2020.

(04:05 PM)

BREAKING: Neil Gorsuch Issues Savage Rebuke to Activist Judges and Nationwide Injunctions.

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(02:57 PM)

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And for our VIP members: Harvard Student David Hogg Writes His Own LGBTQ Gun Control History. “This is a tweet for for the founders of the gun violence prevention movement started centuries ago by almost entirely black, brown and indigenous lgbtq women and non binary people that never got on the news or in most history books.”

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WELL, YES: The left’s real cause is muzzling its opponents.

As Andrew Klavin noted a decade ago:

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INTERESTING: Can Lithium Halt Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease? “A team of researchers at McGill University led by Dr. Claudio Cuello of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, has shown that, when given in a formulation that facilitates passage to the brain, lithium in doses up to 400 times lower than what is currently being prescribed for mood disorders is capable of both halting signs of advanced Alzheimer’s pathology such as amyloid plaques and of recovering lost cognitive abilities. The findings are published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

(02:14 PM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF 21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS, AND QUESTIONS NOBODY IS ASKING: I’m a Heterosexual Woman Who’s Politically Opposed to Heterosexuality. Who do I date?

(02:00 PM)

HE’S NOT WRONG: GWU Law Prof. John Banzhaf: Godless Liberal Law Professors Are Training Future Lawyers.

Related: NWU Law Prof. James Lindgren: The Religious Beliefs, Practices, And Experiences Of Law Professors. “Law professors today are far less likely to believe in God than the general population, even compared to that segment of the population with graduate and professional degrees. Indeed, even compared to other professors, law professors are much less religious…. Further, after several decades of diversity hiring, every large ethnic and gender group in law teaching has reached or exceeded parity with its percentages in the English-speaking full-time working population—or is getting fairly close to parity. Just about the only large demographic groups still grossly underrepresented in law teaching are Christians and Republicans.”

So the professoriate is unrepresentative. Obviously, affirmative action is needed to address this imbalance.

(01:56 PM)

SHAMPEACHMENT: Dem wavering on impeachment? Manchin signals he’s open to Trump defense argument.

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DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Don’t Oppress My People With Your Norms Of Punctuality. “From Tulane University, the very heart of White Devil Babylon, student Shahamat Uddin — pronouns ‘he, him, his’ — howls in protest: ‘Punctuality centers whiteness. It is far easier for white men to get to work on time than Black people who are having to change their hair to fit the workplace’s professionalism standards’…Tulane University. Where tuition is a mere $60,000 a year.”

Read the whole thing, which is yet another reminder that the mainstream institutional left is a mirror image of the alt-right.

(01:35 PM)

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(01:33 PM)

I’M GLAD IT’S ON HIS RADAR: Trump offers China ‘any help’ as virus toll grows, markets reel. But he needs to be thinking about measures in the United States, not just measures in China.

Related: Confusion and lost time: how testing woes slowed China’s coronavirus response.

Also: CDC considers expanded screening for coronavirus, spread risk still low. Well, I hope that’s true.

Plus: Chinese State Media Spread A False Image Of A Hospital For Coronavirus Patients In Wuhan: The photo actually shows an apartment building. The inability to trust information coming out of the Chinese government is a problem.

And: J&J scientific officer ‘pretty confident’ they can create coronavirus vaccine as outbreak widens. Well, get cracking, boys and girls. The big qualification: “But he said it could take up to a year to bring it to market.”

(01:32 PM)

HMM: Billionaires and Big Pharma Are Bankrolling the Transgender Industrial Complex.

(01:30 PM)

OPERATION CHOKE POINT: THE SEQUEL. The Left is using banks to carry out its industry boycotts. This should come in for close regulatory attention. Also, bank CEOs should be targeted with public shaming.

(01:26 PM)

BOSTON HERALD EDITORIAL: Hold the FBI accountable for spying on Trump’s campaign.

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THANOS SMILES: Quebec politician praises coronavirus for reducing carbon footprint in Wuhan.

Quebec politician and radio talk show host Luc Ferrandez has suggested that the coronavirus has had one “positive” outcome for the city of Wuhan, China—it’s reduced the carbon footprint.

On Saturday, he tweeted: “Wuhan. No automobile traffic. No air flights. The only city on the planet that will meet its GHG reduction targets. The way to this necessary degrowth will happen when all the debates have been in vain.”

Flashback to the Obama recession years, when Democrats like John Kerry and Claire McCaskill were uttering, as McCaskill did in 2011, that “the good news is, our [carbon] emissions are way down because of the recession. I mean, really, if you want to find a silver lining in the cloud, the number that we were looking for [with cap and trade legislation] … we are well, well [ahead of our goal]…because we have had such a real drop in manufacturing output.”

Earlier: Population Control Isn’t the Answer to Climate Change. Capitalism Is.

(01:13 PM)

NICE: Poland to sign $4.6 billion F-35 fighter jet deal.

(01:00 PM)

WELL, GOOD: Tazverik approved to treat metastatic, locally advanced epithelioid sarcoma.

(12:55 PM)

OH: Democrat Caught on Video Teaching Illegals How to Vote.

(12:45 PM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Flipping off rightly-angry parents should be the last straw for New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.

A shocking video taken at a once-highly regarded middle school in Bayside, Queens, MS 158, showed a 14-year-old girl beating on a younger girl while teachers made limited attempts to stop the brutality. As The Post has ­reported, this wasn’t the first major incident at the middle school in the last year; it came in addition to two instances of alleged sexual assault.

During the town-hall meeting with upset parents, Carranza ­refused to answer their questions, instead taking prescreened ones, until the anger in the room reached a boiling point, and the parents began to openly jeer. Then the chancellor walked out of the room and turned his back on their concerns. He later blasted the mother of the ­assaulted child for “grandstanding.”

I’m not the first to call for his firing, but I hope I’m the last. In June, nine City Council members wrote a letter to de Blasio calling for his ouster.

The tone-deaf mayor’s office shot back, insinuating that the signatories were — what else? — racist for calling for Carranza’s removal.

Read the whole thing.

(12:33 PM)

SERIOUSLY? Vox Journo Sparks Plagiarism Charges, Saying Trump’s Kobe Tweet Is ‘Remarkably Similar’ to Obama’s

When I read Rupar’s tweet, I thought he was correcting the hordes of Trump-derangement afflicted complaining about Trump daring to send a supposedly-insensitive condolence tweet. But if so, the TDS-afflicted didn’t catch on.

(12:27 PM)

OVERDUE: FBI reviewing claims Ilhan Omar married her brother.

Two FBI agents held an hours-long meeting in Minnesota in mid-October with a concerned party who handed over a trove of documents regarding Omar’s 2009 marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a source with knowledge of the event said.

At the meeting, first reported by website The Blaze, the agents discussed concerns the Somali-born Democrat married Elmi, a British citizen rumored to be her brother, so he could obtain a green card and study in America, the source said.

The two agents said they would share the information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Department of Education, but did not commit to opening an investigation into the firebrand lawmaker, the source said.

If Omar did marry her brother, she could be found guilty of committing marriage fraud — a felony offense punishable with a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

Will the FBI keep acting as partisan tools, or will they pursue a real investigation and let the chips fall where they may?

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Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the omertá makes perfect sense.

(12:06 PM)

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Target Trump Forever. “We will be down to the elemental after impeachment: if you can’t beat Trump legislatively, judicially, or electorally, and if you can’t impeach, convict him and remove him, perhaps you can simply physically destroy him.”

As we’ve seen with Brexit, too, the political class is unable to accept electoral defeat, but must scheme and connive and bully to try to get its way despite the expressed wishes of the public. That alone makes it unfit to rule.

(12:02 PM)

THE NEW CIVILITY: Feminist Oxford Prof. Given Bodyguards After Threats From Transgender Activists.

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: From Peter Schweizer, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.

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(10:58 AM)

BECAUSE OF COURSE SHE DOES: Rashida Tlaib Retweets a Lie from the Palestinian Atrocity Factory.

(10:57 AM)

IF THESE GUYS KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CLICKING ON … Interesting expose from tech industry media on the big names buying detailed browsing data for individual devices. “Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.” The data doesn’t include user names but how difficult would it be for the government to create user profiles, then go to court asking a judge to force the firm to turn over the names of owners of every device in a profile?

(10:36 AM)

UGH: 5 million residents left Wuhan before lockdown, mayor reveals, as 1,000 new confirmed cases expected in city.

(10:30 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student op-ed: ‘Business professionalism is racist.’

(10:08 AM)

WHEN HE’S RIGHT, HE’S RIGHT: ‘They’ve Taken Their Best Kill Shot And Missed’: Geraldo Rivera Says Impeachment Is Doomed.

(10:03 AM)

WELL, THAT WHOLE IMPEACHMENT THING IS CERTAINLY GOING SWIMMINGLY: WashPost-ABC Poll: Trump begins reelection year more competitive against Democrats than he was three months ago.

(10:00 AM)

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY: Student government dismisses resolution to protect free speech.

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(08:59 AM)

“TAPESTRY” IS TOO KIND: The Deep State Tapestry of Deceit is Beginning to Unravel. Indeed, as I’ve said before, the sheer shoddiness of the work here makes me wonder how much they’ve gotten away with in the past, to be so careless in such a major undertaking.

Related: Clarice Feldman: The Democrats’ Cognitive Disorder.

(08:57 AM)

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Another Painful Reminder That Life Is Fragile. “Everything we love can be shattered in an instant, and that’s the only real hot take we need to have here.”

(08:56 AM)

BARREL VIEW OF A HOWITZER: A USMC photographer at Twentyninepalms snaps a creative photo of an M777 howitzer with its breech open as the howitzer is prepared for a fire mission. Here’s some background on the M777. Scroll down to the third and fourth paragraphs.

(08:56 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Decline and Fall of Grade Deflation at Princeton.

(08:45 AM)

KURT SCHLICHTER: Will Democrats Take Up Arms To Remove ‘Dictator’ Trump Or Are They All Talk?

(08:33 AM)

HEH: Protester to Adam Schiff on Capitol Hill: ‘Move to Venezuela, Mr. Schiff!’

(08:33 AM)

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PAUL BEDARD: Weekly Trump Report Card: Stage set for Middle East peace plan and impeachment acquittal.

(08:29 AM)

WAIT, WHAT? Iranian passenger plane lands in the middle of a city street – video. That takes some pretty impressive piloting.

(08:28 AM)

TOP DESTINATION FOR TRAVELERS FROM WUHAN? THAILAND. I think that not closing down air travel from China is likely a big mistake. I understand the reluctance — it’ll have major economic impact, and if you do it you’ll have to keep it in place for several weeks minimum — but I think it’s probably a big mistake.

Related: Scientist who simulated the global impact of a coronavirus outbreak says ‘ the cat’s already out of the bag’ and calls China’s efforts to contain the disease ‘unlikely to be effective.’

UPDATE: Michael Yon emails from Baghdad: “Thailand is about to be hit hard. I am here checking. Bangkok hospital isolation rooms already are full. Am not sure if this is reported. But Bangkok is biggest destination for Wuhan travellers, and Bangkok airport is an amazing global hub.” Well, stay tuned. The big question is whether the Xi’s Disease is more serious than is being reported. If it’s really somewhere in the neighborhood of a bad seasonal flu, that’s one thing. But if the Chinese are lying and it’s more serious — which is possible given the Chinese tendency to lie and also how panicked the Chinese Government is acting — then it’s much worse. And if it’s really infectious for two weeks before symptoms appear, screening is useless and it may already be too late for a travel shutdown to work. We should hope that it’s no worse than most reports suggest.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Wuhan mayor admits ‘withholding information’ about the coronavirus outbreak after revealing FIVE MILLION residents had left the city before it went into lockdown. Well, that’s not good.

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(08:23 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: She Begged Him For Sex And Then Accused Him Of Sexual Assault. Columbia Expelled Him Despite Audio Proving His Side.

Sounds like a Title IX violation. I hope the Department of Education will investigate. (Bumped).

(08:19 AM)

ICYMI: Gallup: U.S. Economic Confidence at Highest Point Since 2000.

(08:16 AM)

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: Iran-Linked Lobby Behind Obama Nuclear Deal Is Back in Action.

(08:14 AM)

ERIC CIAMARELLA IS NOT A “WHISTLEBLOWER,” HE’S AN OPERATIVE: Schiff Hides Transcript to Protect ‘Whistleblower.’

(08:12 AM)

A MERE TECHNICALITY: Dershowitz: Democrats’ case meritless because no crime committed.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s defense team, said Democrats had not made a sufficient case to charge the president with a crime as they presented their arguments in 24 hours over three days.

“The conduct has to be criminal in nature — it can’t be abuse of power, it can’t be obstruction of Congress,” he said referring to the two charges laid out in the articles of impeachment against Trump. “Those are precisely the arguments that the framers rejected.”

To be fair, Democrats reject the Framers and the Constitution for a whole lot of things.

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AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD: Democrats Warn That American People May Tamper With Next Election.

(07:51 AM)

CAN’T TRUMP DO ANYTHING RIGHT? Social Media Stats Suggest America’s BORED by Impeachment Trial.

I’m sure it must be Trump’s fault. I just haven’t figured out how.

(07:31 AM)

WELL, IT’S CRAPPY ANTI-AMERICAN PROPAGANDA: Scholars are eviscerating The New York Times’ 1619 Project.

(07:30 AM)

REMINDER: Conspiring to stifle free speech is a crime.

(07:25 AM)

WELL, IT SHOULD: Virus Sparks Soul-Searching Over China’s Wild Animal Trade.

It didn’t take long to identify the suspected source of a deadly coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan: a cluster of vendors in a downtown market offering carcasses and live specimens of dozens of wild animals—from bamboo rats to ostriches, baby crocodiles and hedgehogs.

The Huanan food market, a scruffy complex of 1,000 stalls spread over an area the size of nine football fields, is the largest of its kind in central China, mostly supplying seafood to Wuhan’s residents and restaurants. It is typical of the wet markets where most people in this country buy their food.

Like many such markets, it also sold wild animals enjoyed as culinary delicacies or used as traditional medicine—an ancient trade Beijing has continued to allow despite warnings that it caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak almost two decades ago, and could trigger another global epidemic.

First-world global commerce and a third-world attitude toward public health are a bad combination.

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ED WHELAN HAS MORE ON the Judicial Conference’s attempt to “other” the Federalist Society while treating the ABA as nonpartisan.

The Committee on Codes of Conduct has 15 members, 13 of whom were appointed to their judicial positions by presidents. (The magistrate judge and the bankruptcy judge were appointed by other judges.) Of these 13 presidential appointees, eight were appointed by Democratic presidents and five by Republican presidents.

As I’ve pointed out, the Democratic appointees include Fourth Circuit judge Albert Diaz, who just happens to be not only a member of the ABA’s Judicial Division but the chairman of that body’s Appellate Judge Conference. Another of the Democratic appointees is John J. McConnell Jr. (of the District of Rhode Island), a former plaintiffs’ lawyer who, before taking the bench, donated almost $700,000 to Democratic candidates. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a vocal critic of the Federalist Society, strongly supported McConnell’s nomination and, despite the mediocre (minority “not qualified”) he received from the ABA’s judicial-evaluations committee, hailed him as a “brilliant legal mind.” So the composition of the Committee might go a long way to explain why the draft opinion favors the ABA over the Federalist Society.

As I’ve said before, the left expects the right to dominate the judiciary soon, and on its way out the door is trying to create “ethical” rules to stop the right from acting the way the left has acted for decades.

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WELL, YES: Top British spy report: ‘Strong possibility’ that anti-Trump dossier was completely fabricated. And shoddily fabricated, at that. How much have they gotten away with in the past, that they felt they could do such a third-rate job in going after a billionaire who was also President of the United States?