Thursday, November 21, 2019

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UNEXPECTEDLY: Muslim AK-47s and Bombings Turn Sweden Into War Zone.

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CHRISTIAN TOTO: ‘Richard Jewell’ Paints Press as ‘Reckless, Corrupt, Immoral.’ “Yes, the events in the film took place more than 20 years ago, but once again Eastwood gets the zeitgeist better than his peers. While they stumble over repeated Fox News films and fawning media portraits, he’s showcasing what’s happening in the media today. Right now. Just this week we saw both AFP and Reuters ‘disappear’ a news story because if made President Barack Obama, not President Donald Trump, look bad.”

(08:14 PM)

WELL: Will Hurd, anti-Trump Republican, says he sees no evidence of bribery, extortion.

An outspoken anti-Trump Republican lawmaker said Thursday he hasn’t seen any evidence the president committed bribery or extortion, slamming the House Democrats’ impeachment probe.

Rep. Will Hurd, Texas Republican, who announced his retirement earlier this year and who has continuously been a critic of President Trump, said although he has disagreed with how the president and his administration have carried out foreign policy with Ukraine, he doesn’t support the inquiry process.

Mr. Hurd said he would like, as other Republicans have said, to hear from Hunter Biden, who worked for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma during his father’s service as vice president, as well as the whistleblower.

“An impeachable offense should be compelling,” he said during Thursday’s hearing. “It’s not something to be rushed or taken lightly. I have not heard evidence proving the president committed bribery or extortion.”

He is, however, indisputably guilty of defeating Hillary.

Related: Ken Starr: ‘This is Impeachment in Search of a Rationale.’ “Starr agued that Democrats are using impeachment as a ‘tool of expressing’ their ‘disapprobation of a controversial president.'” Trump’s not that controversial. 90% of Republicans, and an increasing number of independents, support him. He’s just highly disliked by excitable Dems and their media satraps.

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WHEN STOPPING THE TURKS IS “TOO CONTROVERSIAL” FOR THE AUSTRIANS: King Sobieski monument erected in Kraków after Vienna says it’s too controversial. Will they stop selling croissants, too?

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WELL: Exclusive: FBI official under investigation after allegedly altering document in 2016 Russia probe. “The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.” Well, that’s because it looks very much as if it did.

(06:22 PM)

YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME: Shot to the Groin Offers Infertility to Men for 13 Years.

(06:14 PM)

BAN ALL THE HISTORY! So Long, Sacagawea. “The City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia has voted to remove a statue of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea, their Shoshone interpreter, from a street in the city.”

As Robert Heinlein has been quoted as saying, “A generation that doesn’t know history has no past; and no future.” And that’s just the way the “Start from zero” left likes it.

(06:11 PM)

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: Trump Lays Down the Law on Pardoned SEAL: ‘The Navy Will NOT Be Taking Away Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin.’ Now he should name him a White House military aide.

UPDATE: Related: Most decorated soldier of Vietnam War had almost as many Article 15s as he did medals.

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21ST CENTURY LEGAL PROBLEMS: Barred from Participating in Public High School Graduation for Using “Nigger” in a Tweet?

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UNION CITY BLUES: New Jersey Takes A Swipe At The Gig Economy With New Independent Contractor Bill.

Earlier: California Bill Threatens to Destroy Uber, Lyft, and the Gig Economy.

(05:30 PM)

OUT ON A LIMB: It’s Okay Not to Care About All This Impeachment Stuff.

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HE’S RIGHT ON THIS: Wilfred Reilly’s Hate Crime Hoax: How the Left is Selling a Fake Race War is worth reading. I speak to plenty of people on the left side of the political spectrum. They are adamant that hoaxes are rare … but they are not right.  The fact that they persist in saying so (and/or believing so) is part of the problem.

(For the “Cliff Notes” version, see my dissenting statement in the recent report of Commission on Civil Rights. I cite Reilly there.)

(05:14 PM)

MORE FALLOUT FROM THE JEFFREY EPSTEIN MEGA-SCANDAL: Victoria’s Secret fashion show officially canned after outrage.

Last year, Ed Razek, VS’s former chief marketing officer, made offensive comments to, saying that there was “no room” for plus-size models on their runway and that he would not cast transgender models.

And this summer, it was discovered that Leslie Wexner, CEO of L Brands, was a close friend of disgraced pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein used Wexner’s link to Victoria’s Secret to recruit young women by promising them modeling jobs with the brand.

Ultimately, with the brand’s revenue declining quarter by quarter and changing societal ideas of what’s sexy, Victoria’s Secret has been in trouble for quite some time.

Well, these things happen when the Sexual Revolution morphs into the French Revolution.

(05:00 PM)

A BOLD CLAIM: Women can make children, but only men can make men. And by “bold claim,” I mean “conventional wisdom a few decades ago, but outright heresy today.”

(04:59 PM)

ADVERSARY TECHNOLOGY: Google Confirms Android Camera Security Threat: ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of Users Affected. As I’ve noted before, the trouble with digital devices is that you can never be 100% sure who they’re actually working for.

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During a press gaggle on Thursday, Biden, 77, was asked to comment on the court filing. Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked, “I’m wondering if you have a comment on this report and court filing from Arkansas that your son Hunter made you a grandfather again.”

Biden was outraged. He dismissed the question, responding, “No. That’s a private matter. You’re a good man. You’re a good man. Classy.”

Hunter Biden, 49, agreed to take a DNA test to reaffirm his denials that he fathered a child with 28-year-old Lunden Roberts. Robert’s child made Biden a father of four. His other children, Naomi, 24, Finnegan, 19, and Maisy, 18, were from his first marriage with Kathleen Buhle.

Joe has done this throughout his career as a public servant, whenever he’s asked a question that is not DNC-approved. As I asked earlier: Do We Need To Start Discussing Joe Biden’s Anger Issues?

UPDATE: “You know what the saddest part of this video is?”, asks Benny Johnson of Turning Point USA. “The reaction of the other reporters. Not a single journo has the slightest curiosity about Hunter Biden — one of the most consequential people in politics today. The same cowards who covered up Epstein.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and both their reaction and Biden’s makes perfect sense.

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE FATHERLAND: The Man in the High Castle Concludes.

After seeing the gang from PJ Media in Orange County last week, I took one for the team and binge-watched the final season of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle series. Click on the above link for a lengthy (and full of spoilers, incidentally) review at Ed


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ANSWERS TO THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What exactly did the Mt. St. Helens eruption do to cars?

“Because of air filter devices, police cars in Moses Lake, Wash., appear to be from out of this world.”

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MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Bob Menendez: You’re Damn Right I’m Going to Take Your (Toy) AR-15 Away. “I suppose the senators want us to rest safe, knowing that they won’t sit still for one minute longer while ‘F15.06 subcommittee for ASTM F589-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Powder Guns’ remains hopelessly out of date. Perhaps under the revised version of ASTM F589-17, children’s toy guns will come in no color other than hot pink, have a nine-inch-diameter fake flower permanently plugged into the barrel, and feature a billboard-style sign sticking up from where the sights would be, with ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’ embossed in glow-in-the-dark block letters. Because, weeeeee, fun.”

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OF SYCOPHANTS AND CHILDREN: One of the many reasons to love Issues & Insights is its no-nonsense refusal to go with the flow of mainstream media adulation of Greta Thunberg and similar teen scolds telling the rest of us how evil we are for not heeding AOC’s prophesy of ecological doom in 12 years. Here’s a sample from today’s offerings:

“The world can’t help but know about Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish scold who seems to have dropped out of school to travel the world and impudently lecture her elders about how they have let her down. Though this girl knows nothing about climate other than it exists around her, and less about the world, adults nod in agreement as she rants, hand her multiple honors and awards, and have sworn they have been inspired as well as properly chastised by her.”



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(02:58 PM)

OH FER CRYIN’ OUT LOUD: Teen Charged with Hate Crime for Posting Photo of Friend Captioned ‘Slave for Sale.’

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ECONOMIC WARFARE SEEMS TO BE HIS FORTE: Thanks to Trump, the Mullahs Are Going Bankrupt.

UPDATE: From the comments: “Democrats talk a good game about soft power, but Trump is actually doing it.”

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HE PROBABLY COMMITTED SUICIDE OUT OF GUILT AT INVADING THEIR PRIVACY. YEAH, THAT’S THE TICKET. Jeffrey Epstein’s A-list guests were secretly filmed in every bedroom and TOILET in his home, accuser claims.

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They left off my indispensable item: Retractable charging cables. The spring never lasts as long as I’d like, but they’re just so handy that I always keep a couple of backups.

(02:30 PM)

LONGEVITY: Rapamycin Anti-Aging Medicine: An Update with Alan S. Green, M.D.

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FROM AMERICA’S NEW NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Impeachment Inquiry Canceled After 5 Episodes Due To Low Ratings.

What was I just saying about that?

(02:22 PM)

BIBI NETANYAHU INDICTMENT: Israeli Attorney General Indicts PM on Bribery, Fraud Charges.

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DIRTY LAUNDRY: Dispatches from the Ukraine Corruption Investigation.

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OPERATION CHOKE POINT CONTINUES: New Gun Control Bill Encourages Financial Institutions to Report ‘Suspicious’ Firearm Transactions.

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WELL, GOOD: Donald Trump likely to sign US’ Hong Kong democracy bill, sponsor Marco Rubio says.

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HMMMM: Epstein guard willing to “cooperate” in probe.

Given the endless parade of “Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself” memes swamping social media, you can’t see a headline like this without wondering precisely what sort of “cooperation” Officer Noel might be prepared to offer. Some of the comments in response to the linked article have already made reference to various powerful people once again “getting nervous” and speculations about Noel’s safety are sure to follow.

I’m rather dubious of that line of thinking, however, and for two reasons that seem equally valid. First of all, the two officers charged in the incident could only play this one of two ways. The first is to keep your mouth shut and have your attorney put on the best defense possible, hoping to win over the jury. The other is to be as cooperative as possible in the hope of getting a favorable plea bargain and avoid the trial entirely. It could very well be that Noel’s lawyer is going for the latter, not seeing much hope of a not guilty verdict.

Stay tuned. And remember to follow the winter advice of my local veterinarian:

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HUNTER BIDEN’S FIRM GOT $130M IN FEDERAL BAILOUT LOANS: It was purely coincidental that Daddy just happened to be Vice President.

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CHINA DYSTOPIA: The Chinese Govt Is Scanning Churchgoers’ Faces, Fingers.. “Those believers who do not have their biometric data in the system will not be allowed into churches in the future.”

(01:32 PM)

CHANGE: Trump Now Beating Democrats in Wisconsin as Support for Impeachment Plummets.

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DON’T DO THIS: Russian ‘Popeye’ has 3 pounds of ‘dead’ muscle removed after DIY bodybuilding injections. You’re not building your body when you inject oil into your muscles to create fake size.

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THIS WAS QUITE ENTERTAINING: Joe Rogan Interviews Matt Taibbi. “Taibbi may be a lefty, but he’s willing to call bullshit when he sees it, including on the Epstein murder ‘suicide’ and the lack of any center in today’s hate-click driven media.”

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THEN SHE MUST BE PRETTY SURE THE UNCHOSEN DEM NOMINEE IS ALREADY A LOSER: Nancy Pelosi Is Already Attacking the Legitimacy of the 2020 Election.

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Sorry: It’s Lt. Col. Vindman! Earlier: How did vets and enlisted people react to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s ‘Don’t call me ma’am’ moment?  “Multiple combat veterans have told me they are livid at this attitude from Vindman, at his use of the uniform as a prop for the cameras, and at his obvious scheming against and insubordination towards his chain of command.”

(12:31 PM)

HMM: Bernie Sanders Flaunts Suspiciously Smooth Forehead at Democratic Debate.

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WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Human patient put in suspended animation for the first time.

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BIDEN OFFSHORES ALL HIS ENERGY NEEDS TO UKRAINE: Biden Slams Tom Steyer: ‘I Don’t Need a Lecture’ on Climate From a Big Coal Investor.

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AYN RAND DIDN’T WRITE THE RETURN OF THE PRIMITIVE AS A HOW-TO GUIDE: Vegan Sues Burger King Because Impossible Burgers Are Contaminated with Actual Meat.

(11:00 AM)

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I’VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG THERE’S A MEAN UNDERCURRENT TO HIS PREACHINESS: Pete Buttigieg Twists Christianity: ‘Salvation’ Depends on Being ‘Useful.’

(10:45 AM)

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ‘76! Democratic debates: Joe Biden says we need to ‘keep punching’ at domestic violence.

(10:33 AM)

CHINA: Former British consulate worker detained in Shenzhen claims he was tortured by mainland police.

(10:30 AM)

SUCKUPS: Columbia U. cancels panel on Communist China’s human rights violations: Pro-Chinese student group reportedly threatened the Ivy League school.

UPDATE: I should note that Columbia is claiming that the panel organizers didn’t follow the scheduling rules, and says it welcomes the panel if those are followed. Either I missed that when I scheduled the post, or it was added later.

(10:14 AM)

KING OF COMEDY UPDATE: Jussie Smollett Suing City of Chicago, Claiming ‘Malicious Prosecution’ and That They Smeared Him.

(Classical reference in headline.)

(10:05 AM)

FROM THE FORMER HOME OF DAN RATHER: Weld County Sheriff calls 60 Minutes’ reporting on Colorado’s Red Flag law “lazy.”

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Two arrested after ‘Antifa’ shuts down campus conservative event. Some readers yesterday were wondering why Trump isn’t prosecuting these people. One possible answer is that they’re helping to re-elect him.

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(08:58 AM)

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump Is Bobby Fischer Playing 3-D Chess As Impeachment Dems Play Checkers. “The only thing that has been crystal clear is that the Democrats aren’t getting what they want. The thing about the 2019 Dems is that they’re blissfully unaware of, well, most things. Thanks to the self-affirming noise their media mouthpieces can make for them, harsh realities don’t often reach them.”

The Boy in the Bubble couldn’t survive contact with the outside world.

(08:57 AM)

STRYKER POWER: A U.S. Army Stryker M1128 Mobile Gun System assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment engages simulated enemy targets during a live fire exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Photo taken on Nov. 08, 2019.

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The U.S. home front has become a war zone under persistent attack by adversaries who employ an array of weapons and execute operations exploiting stealth, ambush, naivete and, in many cases, utter stupidity.

I’ll use the terror threat to make a general point.

“War on the home front” brings to American minds violent terror attack — and after 9/11, it should.

However, international Islamic terrorists opened their war on U.S. soil in 1993 with a truck bomb attack on the World Trade Center that killed six and injured several hundred.

Osama bin Laden and his terror gang warned us. The planet was their battlefield and killing Americans on American soil a premier objective. Few bothered to pay attention. Naivete and stupidity exacted a terrible price.

I suggest you read the entire essay.

(08:45 AM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF “NAME THAT PARTY” AND THE MEMORY HOLE: CBS Fails to Note Party ID of Corrupt Democrat Baltimore* Mayor as ABC, NBC Ignore.


* Baltimore’s last Republican mayor left office over a half century ago.

(08:44 AM)

#JOURNALISM: When the villain is Obama, not Trump, news suddenly becomes not worth reporting.

So the United States has “the world’s highest rate of children in detention.” Is this worth reporting? Maybe, maybe not. Nevertheless, Agence France-Presse, or AFP, and Reuters did report it, attributing the information to a “United Nations study” on migrant children detained at the US-Mexico border.

Then the two agencies retracted the story. Deleted, withdrew, demolished. If they could have used one of those Men in Black memory-zappers on us, they would have. Sheepishly, the two news organizations explained that, you see, the UN data was from 2015 — part of a border crackdown that had begun years earlier.

We all know who the president was in 2015. It wasn’t evil, child-caging monster President Trump. It was that nice, compassionate, child-caging monster President Barack Obama.

Zap. The story made Obama look bad. Hence the story was removed. Not updated or corrected, removed.


(08:36 AM)

BIG UBER IS LISTENING: Uber to test recording audio of trips in effort to improve security.

The feature was first unveiled at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier this month, and will allow drivers and riders to record audio of their trip “before or during the trip in some regions,” according to an Uber blog post in Portuguese.

Uber confirmed to NBC News that it would be testing out the new safety feature in Latin America. The rollout will begin next month, according to The Washington Post.

It is unclear if and when the feature will make it to the United States.

The blog post stated that the audio is encrypted and stored on the user’s phone, but adds that only Uber will have access to the recording. Users will not be able to play back their recording.

I actually don’t have a problem with this, provided that either the data is eventually either deleted or anonymized, given the occasional safety issues inherent in ride-sharing.

(08:30 AM)

SHOCKER: Paul Bedard: Confidence in Trump economy at record high, with no hit from impeachment.

Another poll finds that public support for President Trump has not waned in the face of House impeachment hearings, and the approval for his handling of the economy has hit a new record high.

In today’s Gallup survey, 57% approve of the Trump economy. That, said the survey analysis, is “by one percentage point, his best as president.”

It comes as the stock market is hitting new highs, and unemployment is at a low for several groups.

Meanwhile, Gallup found that Trump’s approval rating is at a near high of 43% for the year. The last time he was at that level was before the Ukraine phone call emerged.

Most importantly, Republicans still have strong support for the president, at 90%.

This wasn’t how it was supposed to go.

(08:29 AM)

OK, BOOMER. Elizabeth Warren Seems To Fondly Recall Era of Not Knowing Whether Your Brothers Died in War.

(08:26 AM)

BLUE ON BLUE: Tulsi Gabbard Slams Kamala Harris’ Foreign Policy: ‘She as President Will Continue the Status Quo Regime-Change Wars.’

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JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH AIRBRUSHES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: When the villain is Obama, not Trump, news suddenly becomes not worth reporting.


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SORT OF LIKE WHAT TRUMP’S DOING WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: WATCH: IDF Confuses Syrian Missile System and Returns the Missiles to Sender.

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DID YOU SEE THE FOUR THUGS TRY TO BURN DOWN THE EPOCH TIMES’ PRESS? Freedom of their press only? The Washington Post and the New York Times have yet to report it, but four thugs busted into The Epoch Times’ printing facility in Hong Kong earlier this week and tried to burn the place to the ground. They failed, but the intended message from the totalitarians in Beijing was clear enough.

The Epoch Times vows to continue publishing the truth about Hong Kong, China and everything else. Yes, I’m biased, but not because I string for The Epoch Times covering Congress. I’m biased because I love the First Amendment’s guarantee of a free and independent press, which the Post and NYT once proudly illustrated. And could again if they were more like The Epoch Times.


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(08:15 AM)

HAS ANYONE SEEN HUNTER BIDEN RECENTLY? Burisma Founder Suspected Of Embezzling Ukrainian State Funds, Whereabouts Currently Unknown.

(08:14 AM)

I WASN’T EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: The Morning After: SpaceX blew the top off of a Starship. You learn from failures, and in the rocket business failures are often explodey.

(08:12 AM)

MY STARTING PRESUMPTION IS THAT ALL THESE REPORTS ARE HOAXES, AND I’M SELDOM WRONG: Syracuse U. says report of white supremacist manifesto was likely hoax. In 2019, the demand for white supremacists far exceeds the supply.

(08:05 AM)

HEH: Biden Complains Moderators Keep Giving Him Ample Time To Speak.

(08:00 AM)

WHY IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM, AGEISM, AND SEX DISCRIMINATION? Establishment-Backed DNC Candidate Discriminated Against Employees Based on Age, Race: Ada Briceño called non-Hispanic employees ‘gringos,’ ‘f—ing old ladies.’

(07:57 AM)

WELL, CHINA’S A BUNCH OF COMMIES, AND EVERYONE THE LEFT DOESN’T LIKE IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST, SO: China: Care about Uighurs? You must be a white supremacist.

(07:55 AM)

AHEM. EVERYTHING THE LEFT DISLIKES WAS ABOUT SLAVERY. No! The Electoral College Was Not about Slavery!

(07:55 AM)

SIGNS POINT TO YES: Will 2020 Dems Turn Off More Faith Voters in Fifth Debate?

Related (From Ed): Far-Left Rachel Maddow Demands to Know If Pro-Life Dem Belongs in the Party.

(07:54 AM)

#GREENFAIL: IndyGo electric buses having battery problems, can’t handle the cold.

(07:49 AM)

2013 FLASHBACK: Franklin Templeton in $5 billion Ukraine debt gamble.

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[Historian]Yuri Slezkine’s most valuable insight is to treat the Bolsheviks as members of an apocalyptic millennial cult, without God. He draws parallels in Christian history between them and religious movements that sought to build heaven on earth, no matter how many so-called evildoers had to be liquidated to do it. If you think of the Bolsheviks as religious fanatics, their bizarre, cruel acts make a lot more sense. And to be frank, so do the words and deeds of the social justice cultists of our own time and place.

Which brings us to: Tom Steyer Vows to ‘Declare a State of Emergency on Day One’ of Presidency to Address Climate Change.

As Tim Blair joked when AOC was evoking FDR and WWII during her disastrous unveiling of the Green Nude Eel, “Fair enough. Nuking Hiroshima it is, then.”

(07:36 AM)

ADVANTAGE: JOHN SOLOMON. Witnesses Confirm Reports by Journalist Frequently Cited in Impeachment Probe. “Solomon’s reporting is inseparable from the impeachment proceedings because President Donald Trump’s requests to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July 25 phone call can all be traced back to articles that Solomon wrote for The Hill, an online newspaper. In several columns over the course of two years, Solomon exposed an appearance of a conflict of interest on the part of former Vice President Joe Biden, detailed actions taken by Ukrainian officials to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and chronicled a tense relationship between the U.S. Embassy in Kiev and Ukraine’s prosecutors due to pressure from American officials to back off from prosecuting select individuals and groups.”

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SO WHEN YOU TREAT IT, YOU’RE TREATING THE COUPLE? Erectile dysfunction puts post-menopausal women off sex more than low libido. I was going to write a snarky headline about everything being men’s fault, but the piece is actually more sensitive than that.

(07:28 AM)

PRIVACY: Police can keep Ring camera video forever, and share with whomever they’d like, Amazon tells senator.

WaPo link if you’d rather not click, and anyway the headline tells the story.

(07:17 AM)

STUNNING NEW EVIDENCE of China’s Dictatorial Repression.

(07:11 AM)

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Mackubin Owens: President can’t ‘subvert’ foreign policy.

President Trump and his defenders have long railed against the “deep state,” a name they apply to the entrenched federal bureaucracy working from within to bring down his administration. Of course, the president’s critics mocked the idea of a deep state as a right-wing conspiracy theory. I personally have never been a fan of the term, preferring “administrative state” to describe what I believe is the fourth, unconstitutional “branch” of government to which Congress has delegated its legislative powers.

But a strange thing has happened: lately the president’s critics have decided that not only does the deep state exist, but that it is a good thing! They praise an alleged “whistleblower,” a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, and the various ambassadors and deputy secretaries of state who have testified before Congress, expressing their concerns about President Trump’s handling of Ukraine as “heroes” and “patriots” who “understand their oath.”

But it is the press that has truly seen the light. Michelle Cottle, a member of the New York Times editorial board, opined about the denizens of the deep state that “They Are Not the Resistance. They Are Not a Cabal. They Are Public Servants. Let us now praise these not-silent heroes.” . . .

There’s a major problem with this argument. It ignores Article II of the Constitution, which grants to the president, in conjunction with Congress — not unelected bureaucrats — the power to make U.S. foreign policy. Unelected bureaucrats do not have a right to undermine the policy of a duly elected president, simply because they disagree with it. But the denizens of the deep state think they do.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is a perfect example of this mindset. He complained that “he was deeply troubled by what he interpreted as an attempt by the president to subvert U.S. foreign policy.” Read that again. The problem here is that the Constitution grants to the president, in conjunction with Congress, the power to make U.S. foreign policy, giving him broad authority to conduct foreign affairs and negotiate with leaders of other nations. It does not grant any such power to unelected bureaucrats to undermine the president’s foreign policy — even when they are “deeply troubled” by it.

Last month, I wrote a column on the “perils of praetorianism,” the belief that military officers should form a phalanx around the duly elected president “for the good of the country.” The fact is, the deep state is praetorianism on steroids.

Is it a good idea for us to normalize the view that unelected bureaucrats are the protectors of republican government? If so, we shift power from voters to the deep state, a concept at war with the very idea of republican government.

Well, the Democrats are, in fact, at war with the very idea of republican government.

(07:06 AM)

TO BE FAIR, THAT SEEMS LIKE A LOW BAR: He Was Born a Poor Black Child: Biden Tries to Out-Black Booker at Dem Debate.

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I’M SURE GRETA THUNBERG WILL BE SHOWING UP TO SHAME THEM NEVER: China Ramps Up Coal Power Again, Despite Pressure to Cut Emissions. “China is set to add new coal-fired power plants equivalent to the European Union’s entire capacity in a bid to boost its slowing economy, despite global pressure on the world’s biggest energy consumer to rein in carbon emissions. Across the country, 148 gigawatts of coal-fired plants are either being built or are about to begin construction, according to a report from Global Energy Monitor, a non-profit group that monitors coal stations. The current capacity of the entire EU coal fleet is 149 GW.”

Related: “While China now produces more CO2 than the United States and the European Union put together, the Asia-Pacific region (which does include a few industrialised countries, like Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, but is mainly in the “developing” category, with China, India and Indonesia the most prominent examples) emits nearly twice as much CO2 as the United States and the European Union combined. And rising.”

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WEIRD HOW LITTLE ATTENTION THIS IS GETTING WORLDWIDE: Leaked Documents Show Xi Jinping’s Secret Speeches About China’s Uighur Crackdown.

U.S, most European countries and Japan have officially called for the camps to be shut down, but China’s allies in the U.N. have pushed back, issuing their own statement in support of what they called “counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures.” The countries who defended China include Russia, Belarus and Serbia, along with some Muslim-majority countries Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, CNN reported.

The strongest response so far has come from the U.S., which in October put visa restrictions on Chinese officials and blacklisted Chinese tech firms with links to government surveillance of Uighurs. But the Trump administration’s effort to condemn the mass detention has been complicated by trade negotiations, and some have criticized the president for not speaking out more directly against China.

On the other hand, one of my liberal friends was complaining about Trump “shitting on China,” so I guess he can’t win. If we had a more competent intelligence and foreign policy apparatus, we might be doing more about this, but it’s quite clear that we don’t, and not even certain that efforts to do more wouldn’t be sabotaged by the bureaucracy.

Related: During all the Russia hacking hype, China is rising in influence: While Russia’s role in the 2016 election dominates the news, China’s spying and alarming influence within our borders is too little noticed.

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ONE LAST ONE FROM JERRY POURNELLE:  The Best of Jerry Pournelle.

SHORT STORIES BY A MASTER OF SCIENCE FICTION! Includes over a dozen stories by SF legend Jerry Pournelle, and remebrances by Pournelle collaborators and admirers.

For the better part of five decades, Jerry Pournelle’s name has been synonymous with hard-hitting science fiction. His Falkenberg’s Legion stories and Janissaries series helped define the military sf genre, as did his work as editor on the There Will Be War series of anthologies. With frequent collaborator Larry Niven, he co-wrote the genre-defining first contact novel The Mote in God’s Eye, which was praised by Robert A. Heinlein as “possibly the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read.”

Now, for the first time, all of Pournelle’s best short work has been collected in a single volume. Herein you will find over a dozen short stories, each with a new introduction by editor and longtime Pournelle assistant John F. Carr, as well as essays and remembrances by Pournelle collaborators and admirers.


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BEHOLD! MY SHOCKED FACE!  In Spite of Recent Polling Surges, Pete Buttigieg Not Doing Well With Black, Hispanic Voters.

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NEVER MIND THE CIRCENSES, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PANEM:  While you were watching Gordon Sondland, Trump flipped the 11th Circuit.

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NO. WE HAVEN’T. THEY HAVE. THERE’S NO LAW SAYING WE HAVE TO FOLLOW THEM INTO SEMANTIC INSANITY:  We have crossed the border into a place where the words “man” and “woman” have no biological meaning.

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