Monday, June 25, 2018

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Is America headed toward a soft civil war? Sanders, Nielsen incidents show it has already begun. As does Maxine Waters’ call to stalk Republicans, which came after this column went to bed.

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LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: The Media Continues to Gin Up Border Hysteria and Much, Much More. “The same people celebrating this hateful restaurant and its owner were demanding the government force a shop owner to violate his religious beliefs and bake a wedding cake. I’m so confused.”

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MISMATCH: Two years ago this week, the Supreme Court decided Fisher v. University of Texas (2016)(Fisher II). By a 4-3 vote, it denied relief to Abigail Fisher, a young woman who had been discriminated against in admissions because she was white.

At oral argument, Justice Scalia (just two months before his death) had pointed out that there is evidence that when an affirmative action beneficiary (or an athlete or a legacy or anybody) attends a school where the rest of the students have much higher academic credentials, it hurts rather than helps his chance of ultimately becoming a doctor, a lawyer, an engineers, a professor or other high-status professional. Harry Reid (and the media) went wild, accusing Scalia of racism.

Despite the skewering, Scalia was simply stating a fact. There is plenty of evidence that “mismatch” is a problem. Try these:

A ‘Dubious Expediency’: How Race-Preferential Admissions Policies on Campus Hurt Minority Students 

Want to Be a Doctor? A Scientist? An Engineer? An Affirmative Action Leg Up May Hurt Your Chances

Alas, not enough people know about the mismatch effect (in large part because so-called liberals attack those who mention it). An organization that I am affiliated with recently conducted a focus group in part on this topic. I’m not a big fan of focus groups, but the results of this one were what I would have expected: The participants—ordinary citizens, many of them sympathetic toward race-preferential admissions—had never heard of the research on mismatch. When it was brought to their attention, they considered it very important.

So pass it on. Make sure your loved ones know about the evidence (yes, including your liberal brother-in-law).

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CHANGE MORE OF THE SAME: Russian Airstrikes Hit Southwest Syria, Breaking a Ceasefire Deal. “About 6,000 civilians have already fled their homes near the front lines across Daraa and Quneitra, according to the U.N.”

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AS RICHARD FERNANDEZ SAYS, IT’S EASIER TO SUMMON THINGS FROM THE VASTY DEEP THAN TO SEND THEM AWAY: Is violence next? Some Democrats encourage aggressive public confrontations against Trump, aides.

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THIS IS PATHETIC: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name removed from book award over racism concerns; American Library Association changes award name after examining ‘expressions of stereotypical attitudes’ in books.

When librarians are in the airbrushing business. . . .

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THAT’S DIFFERENT BECAUSE SHUT UP: Obama DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson ‘Freely Admits’ They Detained Children, Families: ‘We Believed It Was Necessary.’

Related item from Fareed Zakaria: Democrats may be walking into an immigration trap.

According to a U.N. report, last year the United States became the world’s leading destination for asylum seekers, with a 44 percent increase of Central Americans, who made up almost half the total at about 140,000. David Frum suggests in the Atlantic that most of these people are probably coming to escape poverty rather than violence (which has been declining) and that many hope bringing children will help them avoid punishment. That’s why, when asked in 2014 about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who had come to the border, Hillary Clinton responded, “We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. We don’t want to send a message that’s contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”

That’s also different, because reasons.

Bonus item from Josh Kraushaar:

The Left will pivot to the next set of Nazis in five… four… three…

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FLASHBACK: The Nation: The Deportation Machine Obama Built for President Trump.

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UNEXPECTEDLY: Soda Taxes Hit Poor the Most. “Taxes imposed by Democrats have made soda more expensive than beer.”

Taxes levied per ounce on sugary drinks by Democrats in Berkeley, Philadelphia, and Seattle are even more regressive, according to the study. The middle class would pay the most if Congress passed a nationwide soda tax, as two-thirds of its revenue would come from those earning between $20,000 and $100,000.

If an excise tax per fluid ounces were to be enacted, households earning less than $100,000 would pay 78 percent of the tax.

“Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes theoretically offer the potential for reducing externality health-care costs stemming from excessive sugar consumption, and in this way they may raise the prospect of efficiency gains by signaling to consumers these higher social costs,” according to the study. “However, these taxes also raise equity concerns to the extent these goods represent a disproportionate share of the consumption among lower-income households.”

The Tax Foundation analyzed household consumption data from Nielsen and found as income increases, soda consumption decreases. Those consuming the most soda, and therefore affected by soda taxes, fall into lower-income tax brackets.

Democrats hate poor people.

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TO BE FAIR, THAT’S WHAT LEFTISM DOES TO ANY INSTITUTION: Jonathan Neumann: Liberal Jews Are Destroying Their Own Religion. “American Judaism is broken because the Jewish left broke it. A tiresome fixation on ‘tikkun olam,’ which literally means ‘repair of the world,’ has allowed Judaism to fall into disrepair. . . . But the truth is that tikkun olam and its leftist politics have no basis in Judaism. Tikkun olam is not Judaism at all but a distinct religion, whose adherents, it might be said, have culturally appropriated this ancient faith.”

I mean, look at what liberal Christians have done to “mainstream” Christianity. But that’s how this works.

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(07:34 AM)

CRACKDOWN ON FUN: A means to an end, or an end to memes?

Tech leaders and digital rights activists in Europe have expressed dismay over new rules they say could change the open nature of the internet forever — and potentially kill meme culture.

They have been fighting against Article 13 of the proposed E.U. Copyright Directive, which would place responsibility for enforcing copyright law on websites and platforms, rather than individuals.

It would mean that any website or platform that allows users to post images, footage, sound or code would have to use content recognition technologies — branded “censorship machines” by critics — to filter out just about anything that infringes on a copyright, and either prevent the platform from uploading or push it to seek licenses.

These algorithms could mean that even internet meme culture, in which people use common images to create running jokes, could be unintentionally scuttled.

Given how frequently the targets of internet memes are politicians and bureaucrats, I’m not sure there’s anything unintentional about it.

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PROFITING OFF OF LOCKING UP BROWN PEOPLE: Sen. Patty Murray got campaign money from company running Tacoma center where undocumented immigrants are held.

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MORE ON THE UNDERCOVERED IMRAN AWAN SCANDAL: Dem Chief Of Staff Tried To Expose Suspected Theft Ring On Capitol Hill, Was Met With Resistance.

Rep. Yvette Clarke’s deputy chief of staff came into the office on a Saturday in December 2015 and caught the New York Democrat’s part-time IT aide, Abid Awan, rummaging through the congresswoman’s work area with new iPods and other equipment strewn around the room, according to a House document and interviews with Hill staff.

Wendy Anderson told Abid to get out of the office, the document said. She told Capitol Hill investigators that she soon suspected Clarke’s chief of staff, Shelley Davis, was working with Abid on a theft scheme, multiple House staffers with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller News Foundation. They also said that Anderson pushed for Abid’s firing.

But Clarke did not fire Abid until six months after the congresswoman formally acknowledged that $120,000 in equipment was missing, records show — not until after House investigators independently announced a review that would potentially catch financial discrepancies. Even then, Anderson told investigators she believed another top staffer in Clarke’s office was subverting their efforts, a House staffer with knowledge of the investigation said. . . .

Abid — known in the office as Omar — and his brothers, fellow IT workers Imran Awan and Jamal Awan, are suspected of making “unauthorized access” to congressional servers during the 2016 election and of running a theft scheme, according to the House Inspector General (IG). Together, the family had access to all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats.

Members like Clarke have refused to discuss the case. The New York congresswoman, meanwhile, has described Donald Trump’s presidency as the product of an “illegally hacked, illegitimate election.”

House Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko testified in a public hearing in April that “the House IG discovered evidence of procurement fraud and irregularities [and] numerous violations of House security policies” by the Awans. The alleged procurement fraud included submitting suspicious invoices to bill equipment to House offices.

Weird how many House Democrats are willing to cover for these guys.

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On both sides of the Atlantic borders have become a big issue in the guise of the equivalent question of whether a country can restrict the entry of migrants to numbers the electorate regards as sustainable.

In the US the family impact of arresting illegal aliens has intensified political hostility nearly to the point of physical conflict. The New York Times sadly notes Trump supporters no longer even listen to the media’s frequent denunciations of the incumbent president. How can they stand him? “This includes portions of the wealthy college-educated people in swing counties … and the endless stream of tough cable news coverage and bad headlines about Mr. Trump only galvanizes them further.” . . .

In Europe things are if anything worse. A growing coalition of parties demanding control over national boundaries was threatening the future of the European Union itself — or at least the chancellorship of Angela Merkel. “European Union leaders gather in Brussels on Sunday in an attempt to bridge their deep divisions over migration, an issue that has been splitting them for years and now poses a fresh threat to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.”

Yet the biggest aspect of crisis, even though it is under-reported, is in countries close to where 22.5 million have fled imploding societies, the biggest such tide of displacement since WW 2. The numbers are staggering. Turkey has 3.5 million Syrians refugees, tiny Lebanon a million; 1.5 million Afghans are camped in Pakistan; more than a million Sudanese are cooling their heels in Uganda. In South America one million Venezuelans fleeing Bolivarian socialism have lodged in Colombia. In Central America multitudes of “families and unaccompanied children” daily flee their own crime-ridden societies for the US.

Read the whole thing.

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JOEL KOTKIN: Europe has lost its way in culture and economics. “America under Donald Trump may be polarized and somewhat out of control, but Europe is in clear and imminent decline. The continent is lagging economically, demographically and even culturally, as Politico noted recently, these oft-underappreciated United States. . . . Europeans, unsure of their civilization, are deserving more of concern than emulation. Trump may be making his drive to make America ‘great again’ in an ugly and incoherent way, but Americans as a whole are more optimistic, according to Gallup, than at any time since 2005. European media complains they have ‘lost faith’ in America under Trump, but maybe they would be better off if they found some way to restore faith in themselves.”

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CHANGE: Anti-American Propaganda Disappearing from North Korea. “It’s not all sweetness and light but removing vulgar anti-US propaganda is a positive step.”

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WHY IS THE IVY LEAGUE SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM? Harvard Says Asians Lack Courage, Kindness, Likability.

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FROM DOROTHY GRANT: Shattered Under Midnight.

Raina escaped to Freeport with a tour booked under a stolen ID, and a plan to lose herself in the city. Instead, she found a city in revolt, and now both sides are after her to control the alien gifts engineered into her DNA.

Her only ally is an offworld investigator trying to get to the bottom of the explosive mix of on-planet and alien politics… but his secrets are even deadlier than her own.

From the back alleys of the souk to the depths of alien ruins, they’re now in a desperate fight to stop the revolution before everything is lost!

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THIS IS GOING TO END BADLY FOR THE LEFT:  Shouting and Spitting Lefty Protesters Hound Fla. AG Pam Bondi Out of Tampa Movie Theater.

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OF COURSE HE HAS.  THE EARNINGS OF PEOPLE WHO COME NORTH AND ARE OFTEN EXPLOITED AND LOST ARE THE ONLY THING KEEPING HIS COUNTRY AFLOAT: The Probable Next President of Mexico Has Called for Mass Migration to the U.S.  I’d caution Mexico that the tide is already turning, and if they keep pushing it will be ugly. Sooner or later you run out of other people’s patience as well as their money.

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PEDIATRICIANS HAVE ILLUSIONS OF GRANDEUR:  Pediatricians Advise Parents To Ask About Guns In Home.

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I DO WONDER HOW THE FUTURE WILL TREAT THE WRITERS OF TODAY FOR THEIR “WOKE” ATTITUDES:  Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name pulled from library award over ‘stereotypical attitudes’ in her popular books.

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THE CROOKED DEMOCRATS’ DEEP STROKE: Who Peter Strzok is and what he did.

Sharyl Attkisson reports:

As former top FBI official Peter Strzok faces congressional requests to testify, it’s worth examining who he is.

Strzok is the subject of what I see as one of the most damaging conclusions in the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general report: As the nation’s top FBI counterespionage official, he indicated “a willingness to take official action to impact [Donald Trump’s] electoral prospects.”

Specifically, while working on the Hillary Clinton classified email investigation in August 2016, Strzok wrote that he and unnamed others would “stop” Trump from getting elected. He shared his intentions with at least one other FBI official, attorney Lisa Page.

Strzok isn’t just any rank-and-file guy spouting off in one ill-advised email. His fingerprints were on every FBI investigation that stood to impact Clinton’s presidential candidacy or to hurt Trump before and after the 2016 election.

He was chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section and number two in the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. He led the team of investigators in the Clinton classified email probe and led the FBI investigation into alleged Russian interference in the election. He was involved in the controversial anti-Trump “Steele dossier” used, in part, to obtain multiple secret wiretaps. He was the one who interviewed Trump adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who pled guilty to lying to the FBI only to later learn that agents reportedly didn’t think he’d lied. And Strzok was the “top” FBI agent appointed to work on the team of special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Trump-Russia collusion.

Watergate had Deep Throat. Obama’s greatest scandal –which continues past his administration– had Strzok’s deep stroke.

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OKAY, I KNOW SHE’S BRAIN DAMAGED, BUT WHAT DOES SHE EXPECT TO RESULT FROM THIS:  Democrat Maxine Waters Makes Public Call For Harassment & Violence Against Members of Trump Administration.

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HIGHER EDUCATION IMPLOSION UPDATE:  The Death of University Arts Programs, Part 5: Why Columbia Art Students Demanded Tuition Refunds.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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ROGER SIMON: Why The Left Is Having A Nervous Breakdown.

But I have news for them. It’s not at all about Trump. It’s about them.

Trump is what the shrinks call the ‘presenting complaint.” The real problem, as is often the case in psychotherapy, is something entirely different. And it is this: the left is dead. It’s not only dead, it’s decomposed with no there there or anywhere.

Only dopes or con artists believe in socialism anymore (hello, Venezuela!) and identity politics has been exposed as the racist shell game it is with blacks and Latinos actually doing better than they have in decades under the current pro-capitalist administration.

So the left has nothing to say, only most of them don’t quite realize it yet. But this blockage, this reluctance and even inability to deal with what is actually happening shuts down the brain and emerges as anger, the hamster wheel of constant rage against Trump.

And that, of course, feeds on itself, as we have seen for the past year and a half, making matters worse, not just for the obvious reason – the aforementioned alienation of the public – but for what it does to their own minds.

Anger makes you stupid. When is the last time you heard a creative idea coming out of the left? (Herbert Marcuse? Okay, scratch that.) When is the last time they even debated the issues in a serious way rather than simply hurling invective or worse?

Infuriating them even more is that Trump is not even a conventional Republican or a conventional anything for that matter, making a mockery of people (like leftists) with rigid, reified (and highly conventional) ideologies that, in most cases, haven’t altered one jot in decades.

Read the whole thing. And chuckle.

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DIY MUSIC UPDATE: Superior Drummer 3 Might Be the Most Human Sounding Drum Machine Ever Created — Biggest drawback? It won’t party like Keith Moon.

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JOURNALISM AS HONEY TRAP: ‘Pick-and-choose ethics’: NY Times says reporter Ali Watkins had ‘multiple’ relationships with sources she covered.

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21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: This floating robotic factory will build satellites and spaceships in orbit.

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OPEN THREAD: Just do it.

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DON SURBER: Living Like President Trump.

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BACON BACON BACON: Starting a Keto Diet for Fun and Profit. And Bacon.

Eat all you want as long as it’s meat: I lost 20 pounds and nearly completely resolved my type 2 diabetes.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Don’t forget to maintain the canned bacon stockpile.

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IT’S LIKE THE POLITICIZED PRESS HAS LOST ITS MOJO: The battering Trump is taking in the press is not hurting him.

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SOME WAR IS LOCAL: Puntland forces raid Somaliland police stations.

DEEP BACKGROUND FROM 2002: Hey, it’s way ahead of the news.

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“MAX BOOT’S WEAK DEFENSE OF HARVARD’S AFFIRMATIVE ACTION”:  Ramesh Ponnuru destroys Boot’s four arguments one by one.

(And here’s one more argument against race-preferential admissions.)

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NBC NEWS: The Movement To Arm Teachers. “Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, a divisive idea has gained momentum as a way to stem school shootings: arm teachers. At some schools in Ohio, armed teachers have been in classrooms for as many as five years, since the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.”

Weird how lefty ideas are never “divisive,” even when most people disagree with them.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE: Good News: It’s a ‘Coffee and Booze Are Good for You’ Week.

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IS IT THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW OR MARX: Dear Catholic Church, Your Founding Document Is Not Mao’s Little Red Book

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DON SURBER: Why The Resistance Is Futile.

The Times approach to Trump supporters was laughably offensive. It reported, “In interviews across the country over the last few days, dozens of Trump voters, as well as pollsters and strategists, described something like a bonding experience with the president that happens each time Republicans have to answer a now-familiar question: ‘How can you possibly still support this man?'”

Buried in Paragraph 26 was the answer, from John Westling, 70, of Princeton, Minnesota, who said, “Let’s see. Economy booming, check. Unemployment down, check. Border security being addressed, check. Possible end to the Korean War that started when I was 3 years old, 68 years ago, check.”

Actions are more important than Words.

The press is made up of wordsmiths. This is why most of them do not get it.

And Democrats are word people. This is why most of them don’t get it.

Read the whole thing. Plus: “The Resistance simply is against everything President Trump does. He figured out more than a year ago how to work this to his advantage. The Resistance now opposes tax cuts, a booming economy, and peace in Korea. The Resistance also now supports MS-13, open borders, and Kim Jong Un.”

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To be fair, they have a higher calling they remain faithful to.

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CHANGE: North Korea Is Erasing most Anti-US Propaganda.

Nix the nuclear warheads, cue the doves.

The North Korean government is erasing much of its anti-U.S. propaganda following dictator Kim Jong-un’s forays onto the world stage.

Gone are the posters depicting the U.S. as a “rotten, diseased, pirate nation” and promising “merciless revenge” on American forces for an imagined attack on the totalitarian country.

In their place are cheery messages touting praising the prospects for Korean reunification and the declaration Kim signed in April with South Korean President Moon Jae-in promising “lasting peace,” according to reports. . . .

“All the anti-American posters I usually see around Kim Il-sung Square and at shops, they’ve all just gone,” Rowan Beard, a tour manager at Young Pioneer Tours, told Reuters. “In five years working in North Korea, I’ve never seen them completely disappear before.”

Infamous posters and postcards showing North Korean missiles on their way to Washington are a thing of the past. Also removed are the anti-American trinkets that used to be sold to tourists as souvenirs. In their place are items showing themes of Korean reunification.

Well, that’s nice.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS!! The final version of my school discipline article (with Alison Somin)—The Department of Education’s Obama-Era Initiative on Racial Disparities in School Discipline: Wrong For Students and Teachers, Wrong on the Law—is now available. Alas, the Trump Administration has not yet rescinded that policy.

(Bumped, by Glenn).

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2018 HEADLINES: Writer resigns from New Yorker magazine after Twitter flap over Marine vet’s tattoo.

Talia Lavin, whose tweet about a veteran’s tattoo implied he was a Nazi, has apologized to him and resigned from her position as a fact-checker at the New Yorker magazine.

But in another tweet, Thursday evening, Lavin also lashed out at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, saying it unfairly targeted her in its own tweet about combat-wounded veteran Justin Gaertner.

“This has been a wild and difficult week,” Lavin said in the tweet. “I owe ICE agent Justin Gaertner a sincere apology for spreading an rumor about his tattoo. However, I do not think it is acceptable for a federal agency to target a private citizen for a good faith, hastily rectified error.”

“Good faith.”

Related: “Talia Lavin Fails as Fact-Checker, Succeeds as Smear Merchant,” Michelle Malkin writes:

Lavin has not commented on the matter and instead turned her Twitter account private. But we can infer her attitude about her present troubles from a defiant piece she published just last week in The Forward magazine, where she writes a regular column. Titled “No, We Don’t Have to Be Friends with Trump Supporters,” the piece, laden with Nazi allusions, decries asylum reform, strengthened borders, and ICE agents enforcing the law.

Rejecting calls for decency in public debate over these contentious matters, she spat:

Tough nuts, sugar. When they go low, stomp them on the head.

Responding to Sarah Huckabee Sanders being kicked out of a DC-area restaurant, Lavin tweeted today, “they can eat in peace in their own damn houses,” adding, “Oh no, the fascists concertedly stripping away our rights might have to brown bag lunch. We should be more submissive. Direct anti fascist action is so gauche.”

As Joe Gabriel Simonson of the Daily Caller tweets, “the left’s constant use of Nazi analogies is being revealed as a mechanism for how they cope with what they feel is the inherent meaninglessness to their lives. It gives them purpose to fight Nazis. They need to invent them.”

And it has consequences: At the Hill, Allan Richarz spots “The strategic blunder of ‘Trump-as-Hitler.’”

Is this perhaps the last, desperate gasp of the president’s critics? Do they double down and ride the Trump-as-Hitler narrative — and themselves — into the ground until November’s midterms and beyond? Undoubtedly, the president is ready to chum the waters with another carefully manufactured outrage to distract the pundit class.

Despite what should have been a slam-dunk for critics of the president, the overwrought rhetoric of Democrats may have handed the modern-day Teflon Don another victory, and harmed their longer-term prospects in the process.

Prior to 2016, prominent leftists were only occasionally caught on microphones openly referring to Republican presidents and presidential candidates as Nazis. Today, social media gives the left a nonstop world in which they openly imagine the current GOP president is Hitler* and they’re the French underground. Where does that level of madness go from here?

Let’s ask Maxine Waters:

Waters calls for attacks on Trump administration: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History.

* And yet curiously, they never seem to notice the lack of consequences from attacking this week’s Hitler.

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They’re perfect for wearing on your $7,895 New York Times-sponsored trip to Iran.

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YOU WILL NEVER FIND A MORE WRETCHED HIVE OF SCUM AND VILLAINY: Washington, D.C.: the Psychopath Capital of America. A new study ranks each state, plus D.C., by their psychopathic tendencies. The race for first? It isn’t even close.


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IT’S COME TO THIS: George Will Endorses Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House but Does Anyone Care?

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BLUE WAVE? Siren: New poll numbers after family separation crisis are a warning for… Dems!

“You know, I’m starting to think there might be some differences between the concerns of a lot of Americans and the activists that make up the Democrats base. Just a thought.”

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The left bailed on free speech a while back. Everyone who has been paying attention knows this.

Less widely known is that the ACLU seems to be bailing too. So argues Wendy Kaminer, a former board member, in the Wall Street Journal.

Kaminer reports on new ACLU guidelines governing case selection and “Conflicts Between Competing Values or Priorities.” According to Kaminer, the guidelines are contained in a secret, internal document that wasn’t to be seen even by ACLU members. It was distributed to select ACLU officials and board members, who were instructed not to share it.

As portrayed by Kaminer, the guidelines suggest that, for today’s ACLU, free speech is just another “competing value or priority” to be balanced against others. Per the guidelines, in selecting speech cases to defend, the ACLU will now balance the “impact of the proposed speech and the impact of its suppression.” Factors like the potential effect of the speech on “marginalized communities” and even on “the ACLU’s credibility” could militate against taking a case.

Fundraising and communications officials helped formulate the new guidelines, according to Kaniner’s sources. These officials understand that free speech values do not appeal to the ACLU’s increasingly partisan leftist constituency, especially after the 2017 rally in Charlottesville.

Back in 2003, the late Steven Den Beste compared the ACLU with Amnesty International, after the latter forgot its original mission (remember those “to freedom!” ads that ran on MTV in the 1980s?) over how its members (read: fundraisers) viewed the Iraq War:

It’s not going too far to say that many of Amnesty International’s members have approximately as strongly negative of feelings now about America and George Bush as the ACLU’s members had about the Nazis when the ACLU defended them in Skokie.

The ACLU made the principled decision and weathered the downturn in contributions. When condemnation of Iraq didn’t make AI look as if it was aligning with America, Amnesty International was willing to try to shine a spotlight on the abuses there. But now AI has suddenly gone silent. The abuses against the citizens of Iraq have not stopped; indeed they’ve gotten worse. In addition to ongoing violent repression of Iraq’s civilian population, various Iraqi military and para-military units have been directly violating the Geneva Convention by, for instance, abusing the white flag of truce, and by using protected humanitarian facilities to hold military equipment, and by using “human shields” in combat, and by directly firing at refugees, and in numerous other ways.

And what we’re seeing is that AI seems unwilling to make more than oblique mention of these things, while at the same time explicitly condemning the US for what are at best minor transgressions by comparison. Why is it more important to strongly focus attention on “censorship” while ignoring mass slaughter of refugees?

In retrospect, Conquest’s second law of politics dictates that it was only a matter of time before the ACLU would similarly lose the thread.

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MODERATE GOPERS CHASING HISPANIC VOTE ILLUSION: Former Washington Times desk editor Peter Parisi lands a devastating barrage on the perennial notion that caving on basic immigration issues will win Republicans millions of new Hispanic supporters.

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CHANGE: Carriers Stop Selling Location Data In Rare Privacy Win.

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“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC said in a statement….

As Ann Althouse writes in response:

But it’s fiction! In real life, they demonstrated that they don’t always look for common ground through conversation, laughter and love. They made Roseanne Barr an instant pariah and shut her out of her own TV home, and she can never ever come back. The public had to be assured she was gone forever — that monstrous women, the greatest female in the history of television — so it can bear to watch another show that instructs them in the fictitious banality that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love.

Can Barr ever escape the Hollywood gulag? Plus in the comments: “Tonight on ABC: Roseanne Without Roseanne followed by ABC Movie of the Week Starring Peter Fonda.” 

Heh, indeed.™

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BLUE WAVE: “Warning sign for House Ds: Trump job approval rating pretty good (48-49%) in one of the most AFFLUENT R seats in the country (Lance) and one of the most-HISPANIC R seats in the country (Curbelo) — during the peak of the family separation crisis.

Don’t get cocky, kids.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE: Dermatologists show how to spot and identify 3 types of skin cancer.

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CHANGE: Blood test may offer better heart attack prediction.

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Time Magazine has issued what they are calling a “correction” for using a “photo illustration” that showed Donald Trump looking down sternly at a small child that was supposed to represent children being separated from their families at the border after their parents had crossed into the US illegally.

The photo was dishonest not only because Trump’s image was superimposed on the photo making it appear he was personally responsible for the little girl crying, but also because the child in question was never separated from her mother.

The sarcastic caption — “Welcome to America” — was also horribly misleading. Most Americans tolerate, if not welcome legal immigrants. The child and her parents were illegal and thus, in violation of the law. Illegal immigrants are not “welcome” and hundreds of thousands of them are deported every year under Democratic and Republican administrations.

It’s official — Time has been deliberately been out of touch with the worldview of Middle Americans for a half century.

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HEALTH: Survey: Majority don’t use prescribed epinephrine in emergency.

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SPENGLER: Tariffs Are Not the Way to Beat China.

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INFRASTRUCTURE: ‘This Is Panama’ Explores the History and Beauty of the World’s Most Famous Canal.

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So great was elite prestige that fiction was sustained until suddenly it couldn’t any longer.  The realization, when it came, was brutal. The rapidity with which the status quo of “open borders” has been overtaken by the “populist crisis” suggests that, like the financial crisis of 2008, a bubble has burst. It went broke gradually then all of a sudden.  The globalization and multiculturalism that were supposed to have delivered prosperity and security have not paid off.  This failure has started a run on political capital of elites which has yet to stop.

Trump and the European populists are picking up political assets at a bargain.  Glenn Reynolds observed that “the press has three main kinds of power. One is to motivate the left. Another is to swing the middle. And the third is to demoralize the right. It’s pretty much lost the last of these, and I suspect the second one is fading too.”  That’s tragic for the press.

A status quo that used to be able to buy on the margin has lets its account fall below the minimum level and perhaps for the first time has nothing more it can deposit.  The media is shrill in the way a customer whose credit is bad out must shout at the waiter to get service. But it was grand while it lasted, the idea we could live without borders, without defense or even without civilization.  Money for nothing and your checks for free.  The music played for so long that even now no one can even imagine it could stop.   How many will really prefer reality to illusion?

Read the whole thing.

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VIRIGINIA POSTREL: The Art of Melania Trump’s Green Jacket — It means whatever you want it to mean.

In the end, we simply don’t know. The jacket demonstrates a consistent truth about Melania Trump: She is an enigma onto whom people project their pre-existing beliefs, hopes and fears. In that sense, she is still a professional model. She looks good in clothes and lets the audience imagine whatever meanings they prefer.

Huh – I remember a president who early in his career in politics admitted, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” Whatever happened to him?

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THE LEFT IS NOT ENJOYING LIVING UNDER THE RULES THEY CREATED: Yelp Users Slam Virginia’s Red Hen Restaurant After It Refused Service to Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Her Family.

Indiana’s Memories Pizza could not be reached for comment — because they’re now out of business.

(Classical reference in headline.)

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, “RAPE CULTURE IS REAL” EDITION: Marymount University settles Title IX lawsuit where adjudicator suggested men enjoy being sexually violated.

Marymount University saw the writing on the wall in March, when a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a student it suspended for two years for alleged sexual assault.

It reached a confidential settlement last week with “John Doe,” who also reached a confidential settlement with his accuser and defendant “Jane Roe.” Each party will bear its own attorneys’ fees and costs.

The Catholic university in Virginia was looking at a very unpleasant trial scenario, based on Judge T.S. Ellis’s findings against it.

Doe raised credible evidence that Prof. Donald Lavanty, the Title IX adjudicator, held “certain gendered beliefs” against men in sexual-misconduct disputes, suggesting they “always enjoy sexual contact even when that contact is not consensual.”

Lavanty had reacted in disbelief when a male student in another sexual-misconduct case, who had reported himself the victim of unwanted female touching, said he was not aroused by it. The professor pressed on: “Not at all?”


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A SMALL BLOW FOR ACADEMIC FREEDOM: The National Association of Scholars has re-published a controversial academic journal article extolling the benefits of colonialism, which had been retracted after “credible threats” were made against the author.

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DON’T GET COCKY, KID: Trump ‘bullish’ on midterm elections, poll shows ‘rising tide’ for GOP.

Buoyed by the support he sees for his policies outside the Beltway and new polls showing a “rising tide” for Republicans, President Trump is growing more confident that his party will retain control of the House and Senate in the midterm elections.

“He’s pretty bullish,” said Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, who traveled on Air Force One to Trump’s sold out rally in Duluth, Minn., Wednesday. . . .

Once poised to deliver a knockout blow to the White House, Democrats have seen their advantage lessen in midterm election polls. The latest Suffolk University/USA Today survey found Trump’s approval ratings increasing and the gap between House Democrats and Republicans shrinking.

There’s still a lot of time before November. And if you care what happens, you should be donating to, or better yet volunteering for, a candidate you like.

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I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN THE CAMP OF THE SAINTS WAS JUST A NOVEL: ‘It’s A Human Right’ — Mexican Presidential Candidate Calls For Mass Exodus To America.

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A SWING AND A MISS: Did Trump Just Declare Space Warfare? Starts strong, but then:

But the question of the extent of military uses and what role(s) may be performed by Trump’s Space Force is still unknown.

The way it’s written, the treaty is a bit vague, with certain loopholes and ways countries could get around it. For instance, in Article IV, the treaty only explicitly bans nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction. However, there are many types of weapons that could be used in space that do not fall under these categories—and the U.S. and other countries are already pursuing some of them.

This is the reason why Trump cites the need for his proposed Space Force. The administration believes Russia and China are working to surpass the U.S. in space technology, issuing a cause for urgency.

So it’s a no, then.

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WELL, THIS IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Facing humiliation, Mueller backs away from prosecution of Russian entities.

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CHANGE: Israel to begin promoting railway linking Haifa seaport with Saudi Arabia.

Weird how little attention this sort of until-recently-unimaginable progress is getting.

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ANALYSIS: TRUE. Marc Thiessen: The Southern Poverty Law Center Has Lost All Credibility.

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IT’S TIME FOR THE CURE:  Western Self-Loathing: The Disease.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): To be fair, the people infected with it usually should loathe themselves. I just wish they’d leave the rest of us out of it.

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Well, my criticism in the last 30 years of the institution, obviously a lot of us who voiced those concerns, it fell on deaf ears. So progressive thinkers and institutional administrators within the university got their way. And now we’re sort of at the end of that experiment, and the question we have to ask is what did they give us? Well, they gave us $1 trillion in student debt. They created a very bizarre system in which the federal government — subsidized through student loans, constantly increasing tuition beyond the rate of inflation — the result of which is that we’ve had about a 200 percent growth in administrative costs, and administrators and non-teaching staff within the university. We’ve politicized the education.

So when I started there were … I think I looked in the catalog in 1984. There were things, maybe like the Recreation Department’s “Leisure Studies” course. Maybe one environmental class, “Environmental Studies.” But you take the word “studies” with a hyphen, and now that can represent about 25 percent of the curriculum. And that’s usually a rough, not always a reliable guide, to show that that class is not — it’s not disinterested. Its aim is to be deductive. We start with this premise that men are sexist, or capitalism destroys the environment, or America’s racist. Then you find the examples to fit that preconceived idea.

And the result of it is that we’ve turned out students that are highly partisan and highly mobilized, and even sort of arrogant, but they’re also ignorant … that came at a cost. They did not learn to write well. If you ask them who’s General Sherman, or what’s a Corinthian column, or who was Dante, all of the building blocks that they could refer to later in life to enrich their experience, they have no reference. And then they don’t know how to think inductively. So if you point out the contradictions in free speech the way they shout down some speakers and not others, or the way that they hate capitalism, but they love Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, they’re not able … they haven’t been trained philosophically to account for that, because they’re indoctrinated. And it’s quite sad to see the combination of ignorance and arrogance in young people, but that’s what we’ve turned out. A lot of people who are indebted and they’re arrogant, and they’re ignorant and they’re not up to the task of moving the United States forward as a leading country in the world.

And you can see the reaction to it. We have tech schools now that grow up around these campuses, where they just say to people, “If they’re gonna cut out Western civ and they’re gonna cut out the core and politicize it, then let’s be honest. Just pay us a cheaper tuition and we’ll train you to be a nurse, or we’ll train you to be a computer encoder,” or whatever. And so, we have alternates, for-profit online alternatives, podcasts.

And so, the university failed in its mission. And it will be replaced by open free society. People are trying to find alternatives to it. And they kind of committed suicide. And they’re in decline.

Get woke, go broke. But it’s been a good several decades for the people running those institutions, and living out Rhett Butler’s adage that there’s as much money to be made in tearing down a civilization as in building one up.

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CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE:  Gun Group Fights Ohio Cities’ Anti-Gun Regulations.

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IS ANY OF US SURPRISED HE’S A LITTLE HYPOCRITE?  David Hogg with armed security in NYC.

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A LESSON FOR OUR TIME:  Civilizing the Barbarians.

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OBJECTIVELY PRO-INVASION:  Claire McCaskill Praises Kamala Harris as ‘Leader’ on Immigration.

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YEP, THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT TOO:  She Should Have Asked Them To Bake Her a Cake.

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SOME CIVIL LIBERTIES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHERS:  ACLU secretly demotes free speech.  Alternatively: ACLU, these are my middle fingers.

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GO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY:  SIU to honor its alumnus-hero.   (I’m such a sucker for hero stories.  I can’t get enough of them.)

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OF COURSE HE DOES:  Seattle Mayor Durkan Travels to Border to Protest: Ignores Own Backyard.

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WHAT WOULD KING SOLOMON DO?  Direct Your Anger At Illegal Immigrant Parents.

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HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO BE STARVED UNTIL THEY SHUT UP AND ACT:  Vile: Seth Rogen Insults Paul Ryan in Front of His Kids.