Saturday, October 21, 2017

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: From Newt Gingrich & Peter Earley, Vengeance.

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(10:30 AM)

THEY TOLD ME IF TRUMP WERE ELECTED WE’D SEE OPEN RACISM ON CAMPUS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “A graduate student teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania admitted to intentionally calling on white men last, and only if she has to, during class discussions. UPenn announced that is will be investigating the matter, but flatly denied rumors that it has removed Stephanie McKellop from the program.”

Sounds like the sort of thing the Department of Education should be looking into.

(10:03 AM)

THE INSTA-WIFE IS NOT IMPRESSED with “feminist” proposals to impose a curfew on men.

(10:02 AM)

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(10:00 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: White, male student under fire for defending diversity of thought: ‘punchable, drag him, expel him.’ “A white, male student at Chapman University has been maligned on social media after penning an op-ed for his school newspaper that argued campus diversity efforts, while seemingly offered with good intentions, actually breed radicalism and silence dissent.” Sounds like he’s got a point.

(09:00 AM)

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(08:59 AM)

ANDREW MCCARTHY: It’s Not Just The Clintons: The Obama Administration’s Uranium One Scandal. “The Clintons were just doing what the Clintons do: cashing in on their ‘public service.’ The Obama administration, with Secretary Clinton at the forefront but hardly alone, was knowingly compromising American national-security interests. The administration green-lighted the transfer of control over one-fifth of American uranium-mining capacity to Russia, a hostile regime — and specifically to Russia’s state-controlled nuclear-energy conglomerate, Rosatom. Worse, at the time the administration approved the transfer, it knew that Rosatom’s American subsidiary was engaged in a lucrative racketeering enterprise that had already committed felony, extortion, fraud, and money-laundering offenses.”

(08:50 AM)

THE NEW YORKER does more marketing work for my paper on military coups.

But I thought all the woke lefties were hoping for a military coup. It’s hard to keep up.

(08:31 AM)

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: The Hill: Bill Clinton sought State’s permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision.

As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom — which at the time needed the Obama administration’s approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show.

Arkady Dvorkovich, a top aide to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and one of the highest-ranking government officials to serve on Rosatom’s board of supervisors, was listed on a May 14, 2010, email as one of 15 Russians the former president wanted to meet during a late June 2010 trip, the documents show.

“In the context of a possible trip to Russia at the end of June, WJC is being asked to see the business/government folks below. Would State have concerns about WJC seeing any of these folks,” Clinton Foundation foreign policy adviser Amitabh Desai wrote the State Department on May 14, 2010, using the former president’s initials and forwarding the list of names to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team.

The email went to two of Hillary Clinton’s most senior advisers, Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills.

And it sounds like even they were dubious:

Current and former Clinton aides told The Hill that the list of proposed business executives the former president planned to meet raised some sensitivities after Bill Clinton’s speaker bureau got the invite for the lucrative speech.

Hillary Clinton had just returned from Moscow and there were concerns about the appearance of her husband meeting with officials so soon after.

In addition, two of the Russians on the former president’s list had pending business that would be intersecting with State.

On a related note, a reader emails:

You know…when Hillary “fell on stairs” and “broke her toe” and then cancelled all the remaining interviews, I DID wonder if she was going into hiding b/c a story was about to break. Seems the uranium deal story is it. Yet she’s still being protected. I’m actually surprised at that. Figured if the DNC was really tired of her, they’d let it rip.

Yeah, the press hasn’t stopped covering for her the way it stopped covering for Harvey Weinstein. But I think that’s mostly because covering for her on this is a necessary part of covering for Obama.

UPDATE: And on that last note, see this from Andrew McCarthy. “The Uranium One scandal is not only, or even principally, a Clinton scandal. It is an Obama-administration scandal.”

(08:30 AM)

TAKE OFF AND NUKE TWITTER FROM ORBIT. IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE. Russia-linked Twitter account helped Drexel professor’s ‘White Genocide’ tweet go viral, prompting university investigation.

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It wasn’t so long ago that things were completely crazy, when guests at cocktail parties chatted about strategies for dealing with muggers (it was widely believed that you should always carry what we called ”mugger money” so as not to anger your attackers). Those who were brave enough to park cars on city streets made sure to remove the stereos when they parked, then place “No radio, nothing valuable in car” signs on their dashboards.

—“NYC, July 1993,” Kyle Smith, the New York Post, July 21, 2013.


In San Francisco, where no automobile parked on the street is immune from glass-smashing thieves, some people have taken to posting signs on car windows announcing that there are no valuables inside.

The hope, of course, is that a thief will read the notice and decide: “Huh. No valuables in this one.I guess I’ll break into some other car.”

On Tuesday, a Reddit user posted a photo of such a sign and posed the question “Do you think it works?” to the Reddit community. A lively debate ensued.

— “Does placing a ‘no valuables inside’ sign in a car window deter break-ins? Car burglaries are at epidemic levels in San Francisco,” the San Francisco Chronicle, yesterday.

Why are Democrat-controlled cities such cesspits of theft and destruction?

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(07:43 AM)

OF COURSE: 92-Year-Old World War I Monument Declared Unconstitutional ‘Breach’ of Church and State Separation.

(07:25 AM)

FIGHT TO WIN, AND QUICKLY? What We Can Learn From World War II.

(07:15 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Law School Responses To Speech Protests, From Best (Georgetown), To Worst (Seattle, Thurgood Marshall).

(07:03 AM)

HE SHOULD STEP DOWN OR BE FIRED: Mueller team criticized by fellow attorneys for history of questionable tactics. Also, he’s hopelessly compromised by his relationships with Comey, the Clintons, and the Uranium One scandal.

Related: Harvey Silverglate: How Robert Mueller Tried To Entrap Me.

(07:00 AM)

MICHAEL BARONE: “Administration lawyers made complex, sophisticated arguments that Obama’s clearly illegal actions were actually legal. I’m a graduate of Yale Law School; I know how this is done. Many Americans suspect that condescending elite law school graduates are contemptuous of them and their naive belief that words mean what they say. My experience is that those suspicions are well-founded. “

Friday, October 20, 2017

(11:07 PM)

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(11:06 PM)

SO WE’RE STILL RUNNING A HUGE DEFICIT. I don’t like that, but it’s because there’s no political constituency in either party sufficient to restrain spending. The Tea Party had a modest impact for a few years, but that was crushed by the bipartisan ruling party.

So what do we do? Well, if we’re going to overspend (which seems inevitable), it should be on stuff that would still be valuable after a financial collapse: Roads and other infrastructure. Maybe education, though that’s a pretty iffy area right now. Add your thoughts in the comments.

(11:00 PM)

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(10:42 PM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “Earlier this week someone vandalized the campus with grafitti about what a racist place Middlebury is.”

(10:20 PM)

IT BEGINS: ‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Fires Agent Over Former Actor’s Sexual Abuse Claim.

Related: Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal?

(10:16 PM)

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(10:04 PM)

YOU CAN’T BLAME THE ITALIANS. THEIR CULTURE IS JUST AS GOOD AS ANYONE ELSE’S. Asia Argento flees Italy after public condemns her for speaking out about Harvey Weinstein.

Merelli points out that the opinion writers have been remarkably bold in their condemnation of Argento and other actresses speaking out against sexual assault — former journalist and MP Renato Farina, for instance, has suggested that the assaults described by actresses are “prostitution, not rape.” Vittorio Feltri, editor in chief of Libero, a right wing populist newspaper, said that since Weinstein didn’t physically harm Argento that the sex must have been consensual — and that, if anything, Argento should be thankful to Weinstein for forcibly performing oral sex on her. Politician Vittorio Sgarbi went still further, arguing that Weinstein “was actually assaulted by her.”

Prominent Italian women have targeted Argento as well, questioning why she didn’t speak out earlier about the rape or claiming that she deserved what happened to her since she willingly visited Weinstein in his hotel room.

In wake of the public outcry against her, Argento has said that she is leaving Italy for Germany to escape the “climate of tension” and “victim blaming.”

“Italy,” Argento said, “is far behind the rest of the world in its view of women.”

Heresy. No culture is superior to any other.

(10:01 PM)

HAVING WRECKED EVERY OTHER INSTITUTION FROM WITHIN OR WITHOUT, the left goes after the military. Of course, 8 years of Obama did enough damage there.

(09:00 PM)

HURRICANE FALLOUT: Bumper Crop of Flood-damaged Vehicles Has NICB Worried About Your Next Car. Caveat emptor.

(08:44 PM)

ANDREW KLAVAN: The New York Times Is Not Hitler, But…

As their ongoing pro-Communism series reminds readers, the Gray Lady simply prefers International Socialism over National Socialism. Close enough for totalitarian government work.

(08:37 PM)

FRUGALITY IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Melania Trump cuts bloated first lady payroll from Michelle Obama days.

(08:31 PM)

“A MOMENT OF NICENESS:” Weird how in this actual recording by a Gold Star wife, Trump sounds like a caring, decent person.

(08:14 PM)

SARAH HOYT: America Has Built the Most Comfortable Civilization in the World.

No wonder the left wants to bring it all down.

Read the whole thing.

(08:00 PM)

PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE STAY PRODUCTIVE; UNPRODUCTIVE PEOPLE SLACK OFF ONCE THEY CAN: Does A Professor’s Scholarly Productivity Decline With Age? “Conventional wisdom on faculty research productivity, backed by decades of studies, says that it’s all downhill after tenure. A new paper challenges that paradigm, suggesting great variability in peak research activity among individual scientists.”

In law, at least, I think more senior people care less about placement in the top law reviews. But that makes sense, because when you’re junior and unknown, you benefit from their brand, but when you’re senior and have your own reputation that doesn’t matter much.

(06:48 PM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: VIDEO: Students love Trump’s tax plan…when told it’s Bernie’s.

Their feelings are as strong as their ignorance.

(06:31 PM)

ANGELO CODEVILLA: Migration: The Straw That’s Breaking Europe’s Back.

Increasingly, we have imitated that model, assuming that the decline would be slow and graceful. But Europe’s crisis, and ours, has always been far less socio-economic than civilizational. That is why mass migration into Euro-American civilization—especially people from the Muslim world who neither share in nor sympathize with that civilization—is accelerating the crisis. Confidence in the future is being replaced by the sense that living as before will be impossible.

More and more, people have reacted by voting against the elites responsible for socio-economic management and for migration. But elites on both sides of the Atlantic have not changed course. They justify their resistance to popular sentiment by applying invidious labels to the voters who reject them. Each side’s denial of the other’s legitimacy is collapsing the socio-political legitimacy of modern democracy. This ensures that whatever changes in Euro-American civilization may take hold will include revolutionary political events.

Our irresponsible ruling class is in denial.

(06:09 PM)

WASHINGTON POST: This nuclear fallout shelter was untouched for 55 years. It might come in handy now.

Related: The Unexpected Return of Duck and Cover.

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(04:55 PM)

VIDEO: Tucker Grills Former Obama Lackey Over Uranium One Story.. “This is your Russia story.”

(04:47 PM)

TO BE FAIR, ANDREA MITCHELL IS A SAD EXCUSE: Andrea Mitchell’s Sad Excuse For Not Covering The Clinton Uranium Story.

(04:37 PM)

WELL, GOOD: The Majority of US Senators Now Endorse Beer Excise Tax Reform.

A majority of U.S. Senate members now support legislation that would reduce excise taxes on all brewers and importers.

According to a press release jointly produced by six beverage lobbying groups, including the Beer Institute and the Brewers Association, 51 senators have co-sponsored Senate Bill 236, known as the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA).

The legislation, which was introduced into the Senate on January 30 by Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), also has majority support from 281 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have backed a companion bill (H.R. 747).

“Beer is bipartisan, and I want to thank the broad coalition of Senators and House members from across the country for supporting this commonsense legislation that will provide critical tax relief to America’s brewers and beer importers,” Jim McGreevy, the CEO of the Beer Institute, which represents the interests of all brewers, importers and supply industries, said via a press release.

“I look forward to Congress taking up the bill and moving it to President Trump for his signature so that brewers and beer importers can continue to invest in their businesses to meet consumers’ demand for beer,” he added.

Beer is bipartisan.

(04:14 PM)

AL DENTE, PLEASE: Italian researchers have created a pasta that could help us survive heart attacks.

(04:05 PM)

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(03:00 PM)

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(02:51 PM)

PROGRESS: Trump Tax Cut Plain Gains Momentum As Rand Paul Is “All-In.”

(02:51 PM)

BONAFIDE? Yelp Unloads on Restaurant after They’re Caught Serving Popeyes Chicken as Their Own.

(02:48 PM)


● Shot: Chelsea Handler wants military coup to overthrow Trump.

Page Six, August 13th.

● Chaser:  John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup: Thursday’s White House press briefing could serve as a preview of what such a takeover would look like in this country.

—The New Yorker, today.

Since the left apparently now views Seven Days in May as a how-to guide to better government, I assume they’re viewing this as extremely good news.

(02:35 PM)

MICHAEL BARONE: Democrats Yelp as Trump Upholds Constitution.

(02:30 PM)

FASTER, PLEASE, ON THAT UNIVERSAL FLU VACCINE: New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential: study.

(02:14 PM)

IT’S A RIDDLE, WRAPPED IN A MYSTERY, INSIDE AN ENIGMA: There’s an Awakening Against Sexual Assault, So Why Is No One Talking About Bill Clinton?

Just think of the media as Democrat operatives with bylines, and Bill’s conspicuous absence from all of these stories makes perfect sense. Not to mention this minor detail: Harvey Weinstein helped pay Bill Clinton’s legal bills during Monica era, Washington Post archive reveals.

(02:10 PM)


Jean-Louis Gassée:

My first serious doubts about Tesla didn’t stem from missed schedules, I’ve been guilty of too many of these, they’re part of tech life. What seriously worried me was a July 2016 visit to Tesla’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, California. In taking delivery of my wife’s Model S, we were treated to a group tour of the site. Everyone marveled at the robot porn, at the activity on the assembly line, at the endless stores of spare parts piled to the ceiling.

Everyone but yours truly.

I couldn’t help check off the sins against the “Toyota Bible”, prescriptions for car manufacturers that are lucidly detailed in The Machine That Changed The World (a great and, in parts, sad read). In particular, one mustn’t stockpile parts on the floor, they must be fed in small quantities at small time intervals. If a part has a problem, only a small quantity needs to be shipped back to the supplier who can inspect, correct, and quickly adjust their own production process.

As I watched Tesla’s messy, hiccuping line, with workers dashing in to fix faulty parts in place, my mind travelled back to the Honda plant I had visited years ago in Marysville, Ohio. Clean, calm, everything moved smoothly. I was so shocked by the contrast that I imprudently voiced my concern. That didn’t go over well with my fellow Tesla owners. I was a killjoy, I was calling their choice into question.

What Gassée saw in 2016 was production of either the already well-established Tesla S and X — any production hiccups on those models should have long been hammered out by then.

Needless to say, that doesn’t bode well for Elon Musk’s goal of growing Tesla from a boutique manufacturer (S and X models) to a mass manufacturer (Model 3) over just the next few months. And judging by the reaction from his fellow Tesla owners Gassée witnessed last year, the emotional fallout from a failed Model 3 is going to be epic.

Maybe Tesla’s future is in sourcing batteries to carmakers who know how to build cars.

(02:00 PM)

EXERCISE: Research shows walking has been linked to lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, breast and colon cancer.

(01:54 PM)

CHRISTIAN TOTO: 5 Horror Shockers Without All That Gore.

I used to love the gore, back when the effects were all practical and made you wonder how they did that.

(01:36 PM)

INSTAPUNDIT: STILL FREE! Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles.

Advantage: Instapundit.

(01:30 PM)

WELL, GOOD: The Perfect Location For a Future Moon Base Has Finally Been Confirmed.

(01:11 PM)

BUSINESS AS USUAL: John Cornyn holds up top White House nominee.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn is frustrating both administration officials and conservative movement leaders by holding up the confirmation of Russ Vought to be Mick Mulvaney’s right hand man at the Office of Management and Budget.

Cornyn — a member of Senate leadership who has a strong say over the floor schedule — has made it clear that Vought will be held up until he gets more funding for Texas’ hurricane relief, according to three sources close to the situation. It’s unclear how Cornyn has phrased his demand or how much extra money, exactly, he’s asking for, but his message has been heard loud and clear by top Trump administration officials.

Cornyn’s office didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Sources said the next supplemental bill — and therefore Vought’s confirmation — could be held up for at least another month.

This White House has suffered some serious staffing injuries, but not all of them have been self-inflicted.

(01:00 PM)

SPACE: Blue Origin just sent a jolt through the aerospace industry. “The company’s success is all the more significant because it was largely funded by Jeff Bezos, without direct cost to taxpayers. Up until a few years ago, every US-based rocket engine was funded almost entirely through government contracts, such as the Saturn V’s F-1 and the space shuttle’s main engines. SpaceX changed the model by building its Merlin rocket engine through a fixed-price contract to fulfill its launch commitments for NASA, but that engine was still built largely with taxpayer money. SpaceX has invested significant amounts of its own funds into its new Raptor engine, which has a sea-level thrust of 380,000 pounds. But this engine has yet to undergo full-scale testing. Meanwhile, Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine is more powerful, at 550,000 pounds of thrust—it is in fact the most powerful US rocket engine developed since Rocketdyne built the RS-68 engine two decades ago.”

Whatever other criticisms you have about Bezos and Musk, if they get us into space in a serious way that pays for all.

(12:54 PM)

SARAH HOYT: The Left’s Long Post-Election Tantrum.

I started noticing some acts of truly bizarre public performance during the Bush years. It was as though, with Motor Voter and the ease of election falsification, they’d assumed no Republican candidate would ever displace theirs, and therefore they went utterly unhinged when Bush won. From trying to disqualify the election results, to bizarre displays including hanging him in effigy, they were off the reservation. On the other hand, I understand their public displays were always fairly unhinged, including the “marching around with giant papier-mache puppets.” But even then I thought that “women dancing around in vulva” (unlike them, I know anatomy) “costumes” was a step beyond.

Maybe those costumes and the silliness of them were around before, and it was only their being reported on new media that made them so completely insane.

In fact, I think what is happening is a combination of New Media plus their completely and totally losing their minds more and more every year, culminating in Trump’s election.

Trump’s election does seem to mark some kind of watershed, in that now they’re being definitely non-normal not just in street displays, but in their own channels and their own publications.

Read the whole thing.

Sarah’s observation dovetails with something I’ve noticed over the last few weeks or months. Opening Salon or Slate or various other lefty publications was almost guaranteed to generate something blog-worthy, even if only to rebut or to cringe. But if you’ve noticed far fewer links here to those sites, it’s because the material there has gone so far over-the-top that I won’t waste your time with it.

(12:38 PM)

PERHAPS SARAH HOYT WILL LET ME BORROW HER SHOCKED FACE: Harvey Weinstein doesn’t seem to be taking sex rehab seriously.

(12:23 PM)

YOU WOULD BE, TOO: After six tests, the mountain hosting North Korea’s nuclear blasts may be exhausted.

(12:22 PM)

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(12:07 PM)

HMM: IRS to block, suspend tax returns that lack Obamacare disclosures.

“Taxpayers remain obligated to follow the law and pay what they may owe at the point of filing,” the IRS said in a description of the new policy.

The ACA requires most people to have some form of health insurance coverage or pay a tax penalty — a requirement known as Obamacare’s individual mandate.

That penalty is the higher of 2.5 percent of adjusted gross household income or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child under age 18.

The agency, in an online notification to tax professionals, said that in the upcoming tax filing season “the IRS will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not address the health coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.”

“Returns filed on paper that do not address the health coverage requirements may be suspended pending the receipt of additional information and any refunds may be delayed,” the IRS said.

I had thought the White House had more or less gutted the individual mandate.

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: From David Weber, In Enemy Hands.

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(10:54 AM)

MEGAN FOX: Vox Day’s Alt✰Hero Comic Book Issues a Right-Wing Challenge to SJW Marvel, DC Comics.

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(10:32 AM)

AVIK ROY: Sorry Everybody, But Trump Hasn’t Instigated The Obamacare Apocalypse.

(10:30 AM)

TRUST REQUIRES TRUSTWORTHINESS, AND OUR RULING CLASS IS ANYTHING BUT. Collapsing social trust is the biggest problem we don’t discuss.

The main toxin ruining our politics and coarsening our society is the loss of trust. Not Trump, or evil liberals, or the dishonest media, or right-wing populism, or insufficient fervor for this or that candidate or cause—but rather the widespread and growing belief among Americans that many if not most of their fellow citizens lack basic honesty, integrity, and reliability. Our loss of trust in one another is arguably our biggest social problem, mainly because it helps to drive so many others, from family disintegration to political polarization to post-fact public debate. . . .

Evidence of our loss of trust in one another is clear and abundant. For example, a 2013 study reports: “Trust in others and confidence in institutions, two key indicators of social capital, reached historic lows among Americans in 2012 in two nationally representative surveys that have been administered since the 1970s.”1 In Bowling Alone, the great sociologist Robert D. Putnam similarly describes a decades-long U.S. trend of “declining generalized trust and reciprocity.”2

Today, three main types of mistrust course through our society. One is partisan mistrust: Americans increasingly believe that those with whom they disagree politically are not only misguided but are also bad people, members of an essentially alien out-group.

A second is class mistrust: The approximately 30 percent of Americans with four-year college degrees are mostly thriving; the other 70 percent are falling further and further behind on nearly every measure. Upscale Americans are increasingly isolated from and ignorant about the rest of the country, and large numbers of middle and working class Americans resent and mistrust the nation’s elite class.

And a third is governing mistrust: Huge numbers of Americans no longer believe that their elected leaders, including those from their own party, are honest or can be trusted even to try to do the right thing.

All of these feed on one another, but it’s the failure of those who run institutions to be trustworthy that is the worst. They clearly care more about their standing within their peer group than anything else, and that’s a recipe for institutional failure.

(10:14 AM)

THEY ALL KNEW: Tarantino on Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did.’

Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director most closely tied to Harvey Weinstein, has known for decades about the producer’s alleged misconduct toward women and now feels ashamed he did not take a stronger stand and stop working with him, he said in an interview.

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” he said, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

As Weinstein-employed screenwriter Scott Rosenberg wrote on Monday, “So what if he was coming on a little strong to some young models who had moved mountains to get into one of his parties? So what if he was exposing himself, in five-star hotel rooms, like a cartoon flasher out of “MAD MAGAZINE” (just swap robe for raincoat!)  Who were we to call foul? Golden Geese don’t come along too often in one’s life.”

(10:10 AM)

LATE-STAGE SOCIALISM: Driven by unrest and violence, Venezuelans are fleeing their country by the thousands.

“Everything there has turned ugly. There’s hunger and crime. You can’t leave your house after 5 p.m. because you’re going to be robbed or killed,” Linares said, adding that she now earns enough to afford three meals a day, an impossibility for many these days in Venezuela.

“I miss my mother, my house and at times I feel out of place here, like in someone else’s home,” Linares said. “But Peru has opened its doors to us.”

Linares is part of the rising tide of Venezuelan immigrants washing over Latin America as conditions at home steadily worsen. Arrivals in Peru have roughly doubled since last year and more than 20,000 Venezuelans have either applied for or received a special residency permit since the government began offering them in February.

And here’s the one mention of socialism in the lengthy Los Angeles Times report:

Eduardo Febres Cordero, 32, a former Venezuelan consular official from Maracay, decided to stay in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, after resigning in 2011 and marrying an Ecuadorean woman. He says President Maduro “betrayed” the socialist revolution begun by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, whom he served as a student leader.

Scapegoats, scapegoats everywhere, but never a socialist to blame.

(10:03 AM)

AMBITION SHOULD BE MADE OF STERNER STUFF: Cambridge University students have been warned that Shakespeare plays may distress them. As one academic quoted in the article says,

If a student of English Literature doesn’t know that Titus Andronicus contains scenes of violence they shouldn’t be on the course.

What is it about places called Cambridge?

(10:00 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Prof frets that female students don’t feel oppressed enough.

(09:00 AM)

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(08:57 AM)

KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: The Fusion Collusion: Democrats are trying to protect the firm’s secrets—so the GOP should keep digging.

Washington is obsessed with the word “collusion” but has little understanding of its true meaning. The confusion might explain why D.C. has missed the big story of collusion between Fusion GPS and the Democratic Party.

To read the headlines, a poor, beleaguered opposition-research firm was humiliated and constitutionally abused this week by partisan Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. Fusion’s lawyers sent a 17-page letter to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, accusing him of misdeeds, declaring his subpoenas invalid, and invoking a supposed First Amendment right to silence. Yet the firm’s founders, the story went, were hauled in nonetheless and forced to plead the Fifth. “No American should experience the indignity that occurred today,” Fusion’s lawyer, Joshua Levy, declared.

Fusion is known as a ruthless firm that excels in smear jobs, but few have noticed the operation it’s conducting against the lawmakers investigating it. The false accusations against Mr. Nunes—that he’s acting unethically and extralegally, that he’s sabotaging the Russia probe—are classic.

This is a firm that in 2012 was paid to dig through the divorce records of a Mitt Romney donor. It’s a firm that human-rights activist Thor Halvorssen testified was hired to spread malicious rumors about him. It’s a firm that financier Bill Browder testified worked to delegitimize his efforts to get justice for Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer beaten to death in a Russian prison.

It’s the firm behind the infamous “dossier” accusing Donald Trump of not just unbecoming behavior but also colluding with Russia. Republicans are investigating whether the Fusion dossier was influenced by Russians, and whether American law enforcement relied on that disinformation for its own probe.

But Fusion’s secret weapon in its latest operation is the Democratic Party, whose most powerful members have made protecting Fusion’s secrets their highest priority.

The obvious inference is that Fusion’s secrets are their secrets, and they’re devastating.

(08:51 AM)

TYLER O’NEIL: SPLC Removes Stonewall Elementary School From ‘Turmoil and Bloodshed’ Confederate Monument Map.

(08:44 AM)


Well, Joe’s always seemed like a bit of a Juche, to be honest. And Pyongyang approving of the far-left Comcast-owned channel does put this infamous network promo from 2013 into perspective.

(08:31 AM)

ACCOUNTABILITY, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG: B-21 cost info to stay secret despite new Air Force leadership.

Air Force leaders claim that the B-21 program is going swimmingly and has remained on budget and on schedule. Earlier this year, Gen. Stephen Wilson, the Air Force’s vice chief of staff, told lawmakers it had recently completed its preliminary design review.

The service plans to buy at least 100 Raiders — although that number could change as a result of the Trump administration’s defense strategy review and the Air Force’s bomber road map — at a price of about $550 million (in 2010 dollars) per copy.

The engineering and manufacturing development phase is being carried out under a separate, cost-plus contract that is estimated to amount to about $21.4 billion.

“The program is on track,” Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the service’s top uniformed acquisition official, said Tuesday. “What I will say is that we are marching to the acquisition program baseline timelines that we’ve established, and we don’t have anything … that has risen to a red flag.”

I’d be willing to cut the Air Force more slack if they had a procurement history showing that they’d earned it.

(08:30 AM)

NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY: Cornell’s Black Student Disunion: A radical group calls on the university to disfavor immigrants.

The BSU argued that “the Black student population at Cornell disproportionately represents international or first-generation African or Caribbean students. While these students have a right to flourish at Cornell, there is a lack of investment in Black students whose families were affected directly by the African Holocaust in America.”

There’s a contradiction here. For years liberal writers have blamed black poverty and undereducation on racism—the experience of being more likely to be pulled over by police, to be looked at suspiciously in department stores, to be discriminated against in schools and the workplace.

But it doesn’t seem to be the case, at least not to the same degree, among immigrants. “The more strongly black immigrant students identify with their specific ethnic origins, the better they perform [academically],” Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld observed in their 2014 book, “The Triple Package.” . . .

Why does racism not seem to keep black immigrants down? The answer is obvious: Black immigrant culture tends to value academic achievement and believe it is possible no matter what happened to your ancestors. As one business school graduate born to Nigerian parents tells Ms. Chua and Mr. Rubenfeld: “If you start thinking about or becoming absorbed in the mentality that the whole system is against us then you cannot succeed.”

Groups like the Cornell BSU insist that the system is out to get them and they cannot succeed. This makes the presence of high-achieving immigrant black students inconvenient. Between diversity and victimhood as the highest good in today’s academia, it’s hard to know where to place your money.

None of this is doing anything to shore up higher educations diminishing reputation.

(08:22 AM)

DO TELL: The Hill: Judging by Mueller’s staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice. He’s hopelessly compromised, and should step down.

(08:14 AM)

GREAT MOMENTS IN RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND DIVERSITY FROM THE LEFT: “Kirkus forces a female, Muslim book reviewer to change her review,” Caitlin Flanagan of the Atlantic tweets. “This is what totalitarianism looks like.” The Vulture article she links to is giant blinking warning sign of what happens when the current leftwing obsession with identity politics overruns a literary criticism site.

Meanwhile in the Jerusalem Post,Actress Mayim Bialik has apologized following a backlash against her New York Times op-ed suggesting that dressing and acting modestly is protection against sexual assault and harassment..”

Or as Yoram Hazony, the author of The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture tweets, “Translation: Actress recants traditional Orthodox Jewish views after being publicly shamed for expressing them.”

(08:10 AM)

JONATHAN TASINI: America needs higher wages, not lower taxes.

An easy way to raise everyone’s wages would be to cut everyone’s taxes.

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EXPOSURE TO IDEAS? WHAT IS THIS, COLLEGE? The Daily Signal reports today that two Ohio legislators are introducing a bill to prevent publicly funded colleges in that state from disinviting speakers based on the content of their speech. The text says in part that:

“It is not the proper role of a state institution of higher education to shield individuals from expression protected by the United States … including, without limitation, ideas and opinions that the institution finds unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”

The article goes on to detail that the bill is based on the Goldwater Institute’s Campus Free Speech Act, designed with Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, which says that state universities should allow anyone who is lawfully present on a public campus to demonstrate or protest in public areas, like sidewalks and spaces outside of buildings. It also says colleges should make clear during freshman orientation that they are in favor of free speech and eliminate restrictive speech codes and so-called “free speech zones” on campus.

The Daily Signal piece also details recent activity in the creation of “Bias Response Teams”, which is the subject of an earlier post below by Sarah Hoyt.


(08:00 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Purge: Scott Yenor and the Witch Hunt at Boise State: A political science professor at Boise State writes a piece about transgenderism and the university tries to tie him to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

When funding for these institutions is slashed due to plummeting public support — and it will be — they’ll blame “anti-intellectualism.”

(07:55 AM)

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Budget Passes, Phonecall-Gate, Vegas Update and Much, Much More.

(07:44 AM)


I heard something unusual when I logged on to the New York Times this morning. It seemed to me a dire, authoritative, even apocalyptic sound. It was as if a gigantic clap of thunder had been produced by an immense boot of truth.

Allow me to explain. On my screen appeared a think piece comparing Adolf Hitler with Donald Trump. “Trump Isn’t Hitler. But the Lying . . . ,” by op-ed columnist Charles Blow, advances a breathtaking claim that has never, to my knowledge, appeared in any media outlet before: That though Trump isn’t Hitler, he’s actually pretty close, when you really think about it.

I was gobsmacked. My mind reeled. I can’t emphasize enough how fresh, how novel, how utterly without precedent this Hitler-Trump comparison is. Blow further clarifies that the first three words of the title of his column are something of a ruse, because in fact Trump is Hitler in important respects. Furthermore, to drop this knowledge on the public was to Blow a duty of such moment that it drove him to carry out a godlike act of slamming his truth-boot down through the firmament upon our benighted planet. If, Blow says, some might be shy about comparing Trump to Hitler, “I have neither time nor patience for such tiptoeing. I prefer the boot of truth to slam down to earth like thunder, no matter the shock of hearing its clap.”

Heh. Of course, Charles Blow himself is a mile-marker on the road to Trump. When faced with Mitt Romney in 2012, as decent a guy as can be found standing at the intersection of business and politics, the DNC operative with a byline tweeted this:

And Romney took it without exactly punching back twice as hard, to borrow a favorite saying of a legendary former community organizer:

Asked about the comments on the radio, Romney responded with something resembling sarcasm: “That is a little surprising, I must admit. I guess we’re finding out for the first time that the media is somewhat biased,” he said, without addressing Mormonism head-on. He added, “I think it’s going to wear very badly and the American people are not going to line up for that kind of, if you will, divisiveness and demonization of their fellow Americans.”

Think Trump would have been as milquetoast in response? Me neither. As Glenn has written, “Trump, as I keep saying, is a symptom of how rottenly dysfunctional our sorry political class is. Take away Trump and they’re just as awful and destructive. He just brings their awfulness to the fore, where it’s no longer ignorable. Now they’re willing to play with fire, risking the future of the polity over little more than hurt feelings, in a way that would have been unthinkable not long ago.”

(07:38 AM)

HMM: Wal-Mart’s Answer to Amazon? Its Own Web Mall.

The world’s biggest retailer is near a deal with Lord & Taylor that would give the department store dedicated space on, according to a person familiar with the matter. Such an agreement would be the first step in creating an online mall that shoppers could access from Wal-Mart’s website, this person said.

Additional brands that could eventually be included in the project are men’s clothing company Bonobos and online retailer, both of which are owned by Wal-Mart, as well as other traditional chains, this person said. Financial terms of the potential Lord & Taylor partnership couldn’t be learned.

Wal-Mart is seeking to build an anti-Amazon coalition as it begins to ramp up e-commerce sales after several years of sluggish growth. Last year Wal-Mart bought Jet, placing its founder Marc Lore at the head of U.S. e-commerce operations. Then Wal-Mart made a series of smaller e-commerce purchases including Moosejaw, Bonobos and ShoeBuy, both to expand its online selection and gain give it access to brands built online, executives have told investors.

Now Wal-Mart aims to make more attractive to premium brands and high-income shoppers, an area Amazon has also pursued in recent years.

Higher-end brands have been reluctant to work with Amazon because of its reputation as a discount e-outlet. So why would a higher-end department store like Lord & Taylor partner with Walmart? Best guess: Amazon has grown so large that everyone else is frightened of being consumed by Bezos’s beast.

(07:30 AM)

IT’S HARD NOT TO ANGER PEOPLE WHOSE PURPOSE IN LIFE IS BEING ANGRY: How to anger a feminist: Criticize Harvey Weinstein the wrong way.

(07:22 AM)

PETER FERRARA: Economic Growth Is Not a Mystery, Yet It Eludes Democrats.

Obama fundamentally transformed America by following the opposite of every Reagan pro-growth policy:

Raised the top tax rate of every major U.S. tax, except the corporate rate, which was already the highest in the developed world;

Imposed draconian regulation on health care, finance and most importantly energy, just when America was emerging with the resources for energy independence to lead the world in production of oil, natural gas and coal;

Raised federal spending, deficits and debt to highest in American history by far;

Supported the Fed in wildly destabilizing monetary policy, with near zero interest rates for nearly a decade, and a flood of money held back by the Fed for now, which only further discouraged global investment in America.

This is why the economy never recovered from the 2008-09 financial crisis, and why instead we got the worst economic recovery from a Recession since the Great Depression, with only 2 percent economic growth. America’s historical record is that the worse the recession is the stronger the recovery, as the economy grows faster than normal for a couple of years to catch up to where it should be on the long-term trendline. That is why we should have come out of the financial crisis in a long-term economic boom, potentially stronger than even Reagan’s.

But to this day, eight years later, that still has not yet happened. Instead, we are still $2 to $3 trillion below where we should be.

This is why Democrats lost the 2016 election. Trump promised to restore Reagan’s pro-growth policies. Hillary promised more of the same Obama failure.

Democrats have yet to catch up with the rest of the world in realizing that socialism does not work. That Bernie Sanders’ throwback silliness continues to spread throughout the Democratic Party is costing it big time.

The difference between 4 percent real growth and 2 percent after 50 years is the difference between America and Third World stagnation.

They’ll turn us all into beggars ’cause they’re easier to please.

(07:10 AM)

JOHN HINDERAKER: The Uranium One Scandal Is Exploding. “In the immortal words of IowaHawk, journalism is all about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving. This story has legs, and the cat is out of the bag. It isn’t going to stop moving any time soon.”

(07:08 AM)

GOP CONGRESSMAN: ‘There’s Nothing Wrong with Lowering Taxes for Rich People.’

(07:02 AM)

“THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING:” John McWhorter goes on an epic tirade against Ta-Nehisi Coates (and the white people who make a show of embracing him).

(07:00 AM)

KURT SCHLICHTER: Liberals Try To Connect With Normal Americans And It Goes Poorly.

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YES? BUT IT’S STILL INTERESTING:  Blade Runner 2049: Is Bondage Immoral?

(04:30 AM)

LEFTISTS ALWAYS PROJECT. LOOK AT WHAT THEY ACCUSE OTHER PEOPLE OF AND THEY’RE DOING IT:  Barrasso Seeks Documents Related to Russia Uranium Investigation.

(04:00 AM)

NO! AMAZE ME!   Study Finds ‘Bias Response Teams’ Have Difficulty Balancing Duties and Free Speech.

(03:21 AM)

OF ALL THE THINGS WE DON’T NEED:  Northwestern University Continues Efforts To ‘Deconstruct Masculinity’.

(03:00 AM)

OF COURSE THEY DO:  Uranium One: Media Scrambles To Protect Obama, Hillary And Russia Trump Narrative!

(02:28 AM)

WHEN NARCISSISTS ATTACK:  Frederica Wilson Uses Death of Soldier to Call Herself a Rock Star.

(02:00 AM)

THE MOBS COME FOR WALTER WILLIAMS:  White privilege and other fables.  (Either it’s my browser, or you need to page down quite a lot to the article.  Do it, it’s worth it.)

(12:25 AM)

NEO-NEOCON MADE A DISCOVERY WORTH SHARING:  Jordan Peterson on leftists: “Well, think again, Sunshine!”

(12:01 AM)

LIKE SHAVING THE BARBER:  Who controls society?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

(11:00 PM)

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(10:05 PM)

FLASHBACK: Tucker Carlson to DC Republicans on Trump: “He Exists Because You Failed.”