Thursday, September 20, 2018

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive.

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(10:57 AM)

HEY, ALEXA, LOOK UP THE MEANING OF GROUPTHINK: Amazon Employees Donated 90 Percent to Dem PACS, 10 Percent to Republicans.

(10:43 AM)

GOT INTO MY OFFICE THIS MORNING AND FOUND A COPY OF KURT SCHLICHTER’S MILITANT NORMALS. I read the manuscript and blurbed it thusly: “The governing classes’ worst nightmare is the voters waking up to what’s been done to them. Kurt Schlichter’s Militant Normals is an insightful, prescient, and frequently downright hilarious look at what’s happened, and what comes next.”

(10:30 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University offers whites-only meetings to help staff, students ‘work toward white consciousness.’

(10:28 AM)

THAT DOES SEEM EXCESSIVE: Why Does The U.S. Army Need Ten Years To Begin Fielding A New Recon Helicopter?

Having canceled three previous efforts to replace Kiowa, the Army has now launched a fourth attempt. It is called the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). Considering how much the Army and its contractors have learned from the previous attempts, this should be a snap. After all, it’s just a scout helicopter. Yes, the requirements have changed over time — for instance it needs to be able to jam enemy radar now — but it is still basically a light, agile rotorcraft equipped with sensors and munitions for killing tactical targets.

But even implementing what the Army considers to be a fast development program, it will take ten years before the first FARA reaches the force. A request for design proposals will be issued sometime in the next few weeks, and, voila! — ten years later soldiers finally get their new scout helicopter. Maybe. Imagine all the things that might happen between now and then to the threat environment, to the federal budget, and to the priorities of Army leaders.

I did a little digging and the Army announced its need for the something like the Kiowa in 1960, and didn’t field the first one until 1969. So long lead times are nothing new — but that doesn’t make them right.

(10:08 AM)

HMM: 3D-printed gun pioneer Cody Wilson charged with sexual assault.

A warrant was issued for Cody Wilson but he flew to Taiwan before he could be detained, police in Austin said.

A 16-year-old girl alleged she was paid $500 (£380) to have sex with Mr Wilson at an Austin hotel, they said.

Austin Police Commander Troy Officer told a press briefing that a counsellor who had spoken to the girl informed police on 22 August that “that a juvenile female under the age of 17 had reported having sexual contact with a 30-year-old male”.
The legal age of consent in Texas is 17.

Commander Officer said the girl met Mr Wilson through the website and had sex with him in a hotel on 15 August.

Police confirmed the girl’s story through “videotape and interviews”, he said.

More to come.

(10:01 AM)

THEY HAVE DESCENDED TO THIS LEVEL: A friend who wishes to remain anonymous, but whom I trust, informs me that a reporter from Politico called her today seeking dirt on Brett Kavanaugh based on vague rumors from Kavanaugh’s days as an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis. Then there is the request below, which rather tellingly asks for information on Kavanaugh, and not on the protagonist who actually attended Holton-Arms. The Senate needs to put an end to this farce as quickly as possible.

(10:00 AM)

SO THEY’RE CAPABLE OF LEARNING AT LEAST: VIDEO: Liberal students admit Trump is helping economy.

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(08:57 AM)

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Embattled Democrat bets against Kavanaugh. “Claire McCaskill broke the news last night that she’s not voting for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Yes, she’s a Democrat — but she’s running in a state that voted for Trump over Hillary by 18 points. This political move is remarkable, but McCaskill’s reasoning proved even more remarkable. You see, this embattled Democrat senator swears — she swears, mind you — that this decision has nothing — nothing — to do with the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.”

Tyler O’Neil is filling in for Liz this morning.

(08:52 AM)

JULIE KELLY: Ladies, We Don’t Need To Be Part Of Your Group Therapy. “By ‘we,’ I mean America. And by ‘this,’ I mean some form of forced group therapy session for adult women who cannot move past an ugly event from their teen years and feel the need to relitigate it in public nearly four decades later. A serious vetting process for a Supreme Court nominee has suddenly devolved into the GenX version of ‘The Big Chill.'”

(08:32 AM)

BILL GERTZ: Trump Leaning Against Extending Arms Treaty. “Moscow’s new weapons violate New START, INF treaties, undermine arms control.”

Among the options being considered are withdrawing from New START; re-negotiating inspection and verification provisions as part of treaty extension; or adopting a more limited and simple agreement similar to the 2002 Moscow Treaty that called for significant reductions in strategic offensive arms.

“Among issues to consider will be Russia’s decision to manufacture compliance issues regarding U.S. weapons, and the uncertainty of whether or not Russia’s recently announced strategic nuclear weapons will be held accountable under the treaty,” Thompson explained in her prepared testimony.

In response to U.S. questioning of Russian treaty violations, Moscow has responded with disinformation and false counter charges of U.S. noncompliance.

“Russia’s response to each of these situations is to employ its standard playbook of distraction, misinformation, and counter-accusations,” Thompson said.

David Trachtenberg, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, also said extension of New START is uncertain.

“Any decision on extending the treaty will, and should be, based on a realistic assessment of whether the New START treaty remains in our national security interests in light of overall Russian arms control behavior,” Trachtenberg testified.

New START had some good provisions, which by and large are the ones Moscow has stopped abiding.

(08:30 AM)

CHANGE: Nearly half in top 5 U.S. cities don’t speak English at home, record 67 million.

(08:30 AM)

HE WON THREE SUPER BOWLS AND FLEW A-10 COMBAT MISSIONS IN THE PERSIAN GULF: So what does former Dallas Cowboys all-pro Chad Hennings do for an encore? How about becoming one of the most famous advocates for religious freedom the mainstream media never told you about?

Hennings has hooked up with the First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based law firm that specializes in First Amendment litigation in defense of religious freedom for all, and makes the case today in LifeZette for the importance of two upcoming cases.

(08:28 AM)


(08:27 AM)

ALWAYS NICE TO SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE CAPABLE OF LEARNING: Co-Founder Of March For Our Lives Cameron Kasky Explains The Mistakes He’s Made & Why He Left March For Our Lives.

(08:13 AM)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: McDonald’s customers who hung fake poster in restaurant for 51 days get $25G checks from fast-food chain.

Jehv Maravilla, 21, and his friend Christian Toledo, 25, placed the sign in the Pearland McDonald’s after noticing a lack of Asian representation in the marketing materials.

“We were eating McDonald’s one day and we looked around and saw there were posters around that didn’t have any Asians,” Maravilla told KHOU 11. “They had other races but no Asians so we felt like it was our duty to put ourselves up there.”

The pair concocted a scheme that involved buying McDonald’s uniforms from goodwill and creating fake badges to have their sign placed in the store.

Though the friends were worried about “getting in trouble,” the sign remained in the store unnoticed for 51 days – until the pair posted about their prank on Twitter, where it went viral.

Only in America.

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(07:58 AM)

SHARK, JUMPED: Kavanaugh nomination moves into bizarro male-bashing territory.

(07:55 AM)

AIR POWER: The mangled myths dogging the joint strike fighter.

The jets have proved very effective in the US Red Flag exercise—the most rigorous air combat contest held in peacetime—which pits forces from the US and allies such as Australia against teams trained to perform as the ‘enemy’ and equipped as much as possible to fight using the tactics of a potential adversary. F-35s achieved kill ratios of over 20 to 1. That’s an impressive empirical proof of capability and performance.

The US company that builds the JSF, Lockheed Martin Corporation, flew Australian journalists, myself included, to its plants in Fort Worth, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, to examine the project. The information I gathered through that trip, including from US Air Force personnel, is helpful in understanding the actual status of the jets and the production program.

So, on to some of the claims.

Are JSF pilots voting with their feet?

No. US Air Force pilots across all aircraft types are being recruited by airlines that can pay more than the US government, but JSF pilots aren’t unique in this situation. The pattern of competitive recruitment from airlines recurs as economic conditions change.

JSF pilots I have spoken to say the stealthy, multi-purpose fifth-generation jet is easy to fly, revolutionary in its capabilities, and very popular with those operating it.

I can attest it’s also very poplar with those not operating it, if the pilots I’ve spoken to still flying F-16s are anything to go by.

(07:53 AM)

FORMER TENNESSEE GOVERNOR WINFIELD DUNN: Phil Bredesen was independent as governor; he won’t be as senator.

The reason is simple: Phil Bredesen is used to having more independence. As governor, he was an executive. He chose his team. In the Senate, the team chooses you.

In the Senate, Bredesen would be low on the totem pole, following the lead of national Democrats like Schumer, who Bredesen would choose to be the Democratic Majority Leader, as well as liberal elites like Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey’s Cory Booker, and California’s Kamala Harris.

He claims he would be an independent voice for Tennessee, but that’s a lot easier said than done. Even those who choose to put the Independent “I” next to their names have to pick a side.

Just look at current Senators Bernie Sanders and Angus King, both of whom would call themselves Independents yet caucus with the Democrats and vote along the party line almost every single time.

Phil Bredesen was popular when he served as governor. But what we need to understand is that Washington is a different beast. In Washington, Phil would be beholden to Chuck Schumer.

How do I know this? Just look at other Democratic Senators who come from conservative states. Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester — they all tried to convince their constituents that they would be an independent, moderate voice they could count on to represent their values.

We have more examples in Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both former governors from our neighboring state of Virginia. They were elected to the Senate on the premise that they would continue the moderate form of governing they claimed to adopt as governor. But they quickly realized that wouldn’t be possible in the Senate.

When it came down to the votes that mattered most, none of them was allowed to go up against Chuck Schumer and the national Democrats.

The same would happen with Bredesen.

Seems plausible. On the other hand, there’s this: Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won’t appear.

Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “has a very credible story.” But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

“She has put herself out there,” Bredesen said of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her while they were both in high school. “If she decided at this point to not do something, I guess the committee has to go ahead and say, ‘Well, we were willing to listen, but if she’s not willing to talk, we need to go forward.’”

But, of course, he’s saying this pre-election.

(07:51 AM)

BECAUSE IT WAS NEVER ABOUT THE WOMAN: Dianne Feinstein Got Exactly What She Wanted.

(07:30 AM)

YOU’RE ALLOWED A LOT OF CALORIES WHEN YOU’RE 6’8″, WEIGH 300 LBS., AND WORK OUT DAILY: How does ‘burger connoisseur’ Glenn Jacobs, Knox County’s new mayor, stay in shape?

Yesterday, I ran into Knox County’s former Mayor, Tim Burchett, in a local diner. He was lunching with a 94-year-old WWII veteran. We chatted a bit about my grandfather, who after fighting across Europe got put on a troopship for Japan and found out that the war was over while in the Pacific waiting to invade. Seems that everybody there back then was pretty happy about the atomic bomb. Burchett, who’s now running for Congress, said the people at Oak Ridge during World War II don’t get enough credit, and he’s right.

(07:29 AM)

ANDREW MALCOLM: What’s really behind Obama’s stealth midterm campaign?

To be candid, Democrats really have no one else of political stature to help. Obama paid no attention to developing a farm team. He chose a non-threatening partner in Joe Biden, who’s nearly 20 years older. Bill Clinton picked a contemporary vice president and partner in Al Gore, who’s just two years younger, setting him up for possible succession.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is out as a current campaigner. The threat of her grabbing back the speaker’s gavel come January, blocking a GOP agenda and launching impeachment proceedings is a major target of numerous GOP campaigns. Democrats can’t send the 78-year-old anywhere but fundraisers with rich loyalists.

The Clintons may seek paid speaking invites, though who’d want their advice after so thoroughly botching the 2016 campaign that hung there for the taking?

Rep. Maxine Waters of California is a guaranteed media magnet, but giving her a podium is like waving a loaded gun in a crowded room. And she only talks Trump impeachment, which the Democratic Party desperately wants to hush until post-election for fear of motivating Republicans to vote.

Perhaps it’s a field of the too-old, the too-weak, and the too-radical because Obama prefers it that way.

(07:22 AM)

JIM TREACHER: ‘Impossible to Fire’ State Dept. Bureaucrat Admits Working for Socialist Group on Gov’t Time.

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(07:07 AM)

NOW THAT’S A STRONG, COURAGEOUS WOMAN: DC McAllister Speaks About Threats Against Her for Anti-Abortion Tweet.

Meanwhile, Cristina King Miranda, who “courageously” came out yesterday in support of classmate Christine Blasey Ford on Twitter yesterday before deleting her supportive tweet, has since deleted her entire Twitter account. I suspect she did so after being unable to dodge questions about how the alleged attack “was spoken about for days afterwords in school,” despite Ford supposedly telling no one about it until her therapist in 2012.

(07:00 AM)

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(06:52 AM)

NOT THAT LONG AGO: On this day in 1893, Charles and Frank Duryea road-tested the first American-made, gasoline-powered automobile on a stretch of road located in Springfield, Massachusetts.

(Others sometimes credit John William Lambert’s 1891 3-wheel Buckeye Gasoline Buggy with being America’s first, but because he never sold one–and because it was a %#* tricycle–Lambert tends not to get the same attention.)

Alas, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company never really made it big.  In part this may have been because the brothers had a falling out with each other. And in part it was because Ford had a better idea.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

(11:22 PM)

IF HE’S ELECTED, WOULD PHIL BREDESEN BE THE DEMOCRATS’ JEFF FLAKE OR JOHN MCCAIN? Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won’t appear.

Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “has a very credible story.” But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

“She has put herself out there,” Bredesen said of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her while they were both in high school. “If she decided at this point to not do something, I guess the committee has to go ahead and say, ‘Well, we were willing to listen, but if she’s not willing to talk, we need to go forward.’”

Of course, McCain and Flake were good at sounding tough in election years. . . .

(11:15 PM)

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(10:44 PM)

STACY MCCAIN: Democrats And The Rape Of Justice.

(10:09 PM)

JOHN KASS ON KAVANAUGH: Senator Feinstein, Have You No Sense Of Decency?

Spoiler: No.

(10:00 PM)

THE DEMOCRATS’ WAR ON WOMEN: DC McAllister Speaks About Threats Against Her for Anti-Abortion Tweet.

(09:44 PM)



● Shot: “Let me say for the billionth time: Reporters don’t root for a side. Period.”

Chris Cillizza of CNN, October 16, 2016.

● Chaser: Juanita Broaddrick says CNN’s Chris Cillizza blocked her on Twitter … over this?

Twitchy, today.

(09:30 PM)

OPEN THREAD. Did anything happen today?

(09:14 PM)


(09:00 PM)

WHAT EARTH LIFE COULD LIVE ON MARS? “It is also possible that microbes from Earth have accidentally contaminated the planet during past space exploration missions, and not implausible that they now reside in the lake.” How would they get there?

(08:57 PM)

WAIT, WHAT? Committee Majority has yet to see original, unredacted letter from Dr. Blasey Ford to Sen. Feinstein.

Grassley is pretty savage here. Excerpt:

(08:54 PM)

SOHRAB AMARI: The drive to sink Kavanaugh is liberal totalitarianism.

Thought: Mitt Romney might have nominated Kavanaugh, but he’d have caved last weekend, wouldn’t he?

(08:51 PM)

KANGAROOS AND THEIR COURT: Jim Treacher: Exactly Where and When Did Brett Kavanaugh Allegedly Attempt to Rape Christine Blasey Ford?

(08:40 PM)

THEY’RE NEVER THIS CURIOUS ABOUT DEMOCRATS — SEE, E.G., KEITH ELLISON. Media, ABC, PBS use Facebook to beg other Kavanaugh accusers to talk, ‘Truth will emerge.’ But remember when the NYT crowdsourced people to go through Sarah Palin’s hacked emails? Think of them as Democratic Party operatives with bylines and you won’t go far wrong.

UPDATE: Ellison accuser releases 2017 medical document saying she feared ‘retribution.’

News media: Who?

(08:22 PM)

SECOND LOOK AT UP WITH PEOPLE? Maroon 5 to Perform at Super Bowl.

As Iowahawk tweets, “At this point I think the NFL is trying to commit suicide.”

(08:14 PM)

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Exactly Where and When Did Brett Kavanaugh Allegedly Attempt to Rape Christine Blasey Ford? How can the accused defend himself if he doesn’t even know where or when he’s supposed to have committed the crime?

Franz Kafka, call your office.

(08:00 PM)

HENRY OLSEN: Trump Must Revive the Greatness Agenda Before It’s Too Late. Yeah, the news is all swamp, all the time.

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(06:50 PM)

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(06:29 PM)

STEPHEN KRUISER: Chevy Chase Goes Off on Lorne Michaels and Current Cast of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

(06:29 PM)

“WE CAN’T REALLY GET FIRED:” Sting video of left-wing DOJ staffer bragging about misuse of govt. resources sparks investigation. “Allison Hrabar, a Justice Department paralegal, said in the undercover video that she found the address of a DC lobbyist by running his license plate at work, which she then used to organize a DSA protest outside his home. She admitted that she was not permitted to do so ‘officially.’ Other DSA members said that she used the department’s Lexis Nexis account to ferret out the addresses of protest targets.”

(06:27 PM)

AS SOMEBODY SAID ON TWITTER, CHUCK GRASSLEY IS ALL OUT OF BUBBLE GUM: Grassley to Judiciary Dems: “This is but the latest and most serious of your side’s abuse of this confirmation process. There has been delay and obstruction of this process at every turn and with every argument available.”

(06:00 PM)

WELL, BUREAUCRATS HAVE RUINED THE MEDICAL PROFESSION: Many young doctors report burnout, regret career choice. “Female residents were at greater risk for signs of burnout than males. And Hispanic residents were also more likely to regret their specialty choice. The researchers said these doctors are often pressured to participate in institutional diversity initiatives that could make their schedules more demanding than those of nonminority residents.”

(05:05 PM)

ANN ALTHOUSE: Do liberal media notice the elitism oozing from their discussion of the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford?

I’m overhearing the television, so I’m not going to link to anything, but I keep hearing the indicia of elite status — notably, that Blasey is a college professor.

I’m trying to think of how her allegations should be handled, and I want like cases to be treated alike. When will one allegation from long ago justify delaying the Senate confirmation process and the opening of new investigations?

The answer cannot be: when the accuser has elite status!

I’m thinking of how Paula Jones was denigrated 20 years ago. “If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville said famously.

Actually, the answer is “when the accuser has elite status.” Paula Jones was a Deplorable — or what Joe Biden is now calling “dregs of society” — while Ford is a professor, and thus a member of the same elite tribe as journalists. Because what we have now in America, or at least in its media universe, is tribalism, rather than justice.

(05:00 PM)

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(04:44 PM)

IT’S COME TO THIS: Little Rock Nike store calls cops on man for waving pro-police flag (video).

(04:32 PM)


Then he tweeted the phone number of [Nusret] Gokce’s restaurant in Miami, for which he was criticized for potentially opening up constituents who work at the restaurant to harassment. Tuesday, he defended himself against that charge and got in a dig at Gokce’s restaurant for its poor reviews.

“All I gave is the phone number; they should call the restaurant and complain about what the owner of the restaurant did. I haven’t asked them to do anything but that,” Rubio said. “This is an expensive restaurant, probably overpriced according to some of the reviews I’ve read.”

Gokce has also honored the deceased Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, which riled Florida’s Cuban-American population.

Rubio also tweeted the address of Gokce’s restaurant, in addition to its phone number. Feting a dictator while the population of the nation under his tyranny is literally starving is pretty awful, but in 2018’s crazed political environment, doxxing its owner is not a good look from Rubio.

(04:30 PM)

BREAKING: DOJ Gave Socialist Employee an Award AFTER She Assailed DHS Secretary Nielsen.

Update: J. Christian Adams read the date wrong and scratched the article.

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(02:57 PM)

TAKE AWAY REASON AND ACCOUNTABILITY: Kirsten Gillibrand Says Republicans Are ‘Bullying’ Kavanaugh Accuser Into Testifying on Monday. “Um… that’s what she asked for.”

(02:39 PM)

SHE SAYS THAT LIKE IT’S A BAD THING: Hillary Clinton: Trump will ‘wholesale fire people’ after midterm election.

(02:30 PM)

SPACE FORCE: Air Force Secretary lays roadmap to a new space force.

(02:00 PM)

WELL, GOOD: Zika vaccine shows promise against brain cancer. “The virus was used by researchers to kill glioblastoma brain cancer stem cells that were transplanted into mice, suggesting a new treatment option for humans.”

(01:56 PM)

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: Arizona Dem. David Garcia Made $82,063 For Teaching a Mere Three Classes This Year. “David Garcia, the Democratic candidate in the Arizona governor’s race, has touted his record as a teacher, but he only taught three classes this year, and only one of those in person — and that class lasted only 6 weeks. Garcia also laments that teachers are not paid enough, but he made more than $30,000 more than the average teacher salary in Arizona this year. He has also published less research than his colleagues, and the university where he works has taken down the site for his Arizona Education Policy Initiative.”

To be fair, there doesn’t seem to have been much education going on.

(01:36 PM)

GOLF DIGEST? YES, GOLF DIGEST. With an investigation Golf Digest helped open, an Erie County court vacated Dixon’s murder conviction after he had already served 27 years in jail.

Six years ago, Golf Digest profiled this inmate who grinds colored pencils to their nubs drawing meticulously detailed golf-scapes. Although Dixon has never hit a ball or even stepped foot on a course, the game hooked him when a golfing warden brought in a photograph of Augusta National’s 12th hole for the inmate to render as a favor. In the din and darkness of his stone cell, the placid composition of grass, sky, water and trees spoke to Dixon. And the endless permutations of bunkers and contours gave him a subject he could play with.

“The guys can’t understand,” Dixon has said. “They always say I don’t need to be drawing this golf stuff. I know it makes no sense, but for some reason my spirit is attuned to this game.”

It took about a hundred drawings before Golf Digest noticed, but when we did, we also noticed his conviction seemed flimsy. So we investigated the case and raised the question of his innocence.

Read the whole, seemingly impossible thing.

(01:31 PM)

KEITH ELLISON’S ACCUSER, KAREN MONAHAN: Dems “smeared, threatened, isolated” me.

The woman who accused Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) of emotional and physical abuse is claiming that the Democratic Party “smeared, threatened [and] isolated” her after she went public with the allegations.

Karen Monahan’s comments come as a growing number of Democrats have expressed support for the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, saying they find her allegations credible.

Monahan on Monday tweeted that Democrats have not stood by her.

“I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party,” Monahan tweeted. “I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”

“Four people, including my supervisor at the time, stated that I came to them after and shared the exact story I shared publicly, I shared multiple text between me and Keith, where I discuss the abuse with him and much more,” she wrote. “As I said before, I knew I wouldn’t be believed.”

It’s never “believe the women” where a prominent Dem is concerned. It’s “drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” Or, as with this story, they just pretend it never happened and move on.

(01:30 PM)

THE 21ST CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: CBD Vaginal Suppositories Are A Thing — But Are They Safe?

(01:01 PM)

ELIMINATIONIST RHETORIC: California Gov. Brown on Trump: ‘Something’s got to happen to this guy…he’s going to undermine America.’

(01:00 PM)

IN 2018, OIL IS EVERYWHERE! How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship.

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(12:57 PM)

ON CRISTINA KING MIRANDA: Making serious allegations and then running for cover does seem to be the Left’s modus operandi against Brett Kavanaugh.

(12:42 PM)

THE NEW RULES: Kavanaugh Accuser’s Lawyer Says It’s Not Her Job To Corroborate Her Story.

(12:26 PM)

YEP: Congratulations, Sen. Feinstein: You’ve managed to make our politics even uglier.

(12:25 PM)

HOLD THE VOTE TOMORROW: Another Alleged Witness Denies Seeing or Hearing What Kavanaugh’s Accuser Claimed.

(12:24 PM)

MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE: Nixing Regulations Saved Taxpayers $1.3 Billion This Year.

That $1.3 billion number is actually double the goal that Trump had set for these savings, according to the Washington Times. Casey Mulligan, chief economist at Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, told the newspaper that the reason the figure wound up being double the administration’s goal was because Barack Obama’s administration had actually far underestimated just how much its regulations were costing Americans.

“President Trump is not getting rid of all regulations by any means,” Mulligan said. “But some of the most problematic ones, he’s getting rid of them.”

The savings are nice, but the ripple effects of increased competition and innovation are the major benefit. So keep cutting that red tape.

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BLUE WAVE? Huge Upset for GOP in Texas: State Senate Seat Flips Red for First Time in 139 Years. “Apparently, Beto O’Rourke is sucking all of the oxygen out of the state’s Democratic Party resources.”

(12:06 PM)

SAY IT AIN’T SO:  Cory Booker, 15-year-old groper?

(12:05 PM)

VIDEO: What Two Women Who Actually Clerked For Kavanaugh Think of Him.

(12:04 PM)

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(12:00 PM)

CHAD FELIX GREENE: My Rape Doesn’t Justify Punishing People Without Due Process.

(12:00 PM)

SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY POLICIES SHOULD BE LOCAL:  And the Obama Administration’s effort to federalize those policies is both wrongheaded and contrary to law.

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(10:59 AM)

ROGER SIMON: Democrats Go Full Stalin on Kavanaugh & Declassification.

(10:57 AM)

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: DOJ Resources Used by Socialist DOJ Employee to Target GOP.

(10:30 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Columbia freshmen required to undergo 3-hour identity politics workshop during orientation.

(10:28 AM)

BETO MALE: Cruz leading O’Rourke by 9 points.

More than half of likely voters, 54 percent, supported Cruz compared to 45 percent who backed O’Rourke, according to the new poll, a comfortable lead for the first-term incumbent after several recent polls showed O’Rourke trailing narrowly.

Among likely voters, Cruz had a favorability rating of 52 percent compared to 43 percent who viewed him unfavorably. O’Rourke was viewed favorably by 43 percent of likely voters and unfavorably by 42 percent.

O’Rourke’s favorability numbers are almost shocking considering the all-too-friendly press he’s been getting.

(10:07 AM)

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE SULTAN: Turkey’s Erdogan Got a Half-Billion Dollar Gift From Qatar.

Erdogan confirmed receipt of the gift as he hit back at critics who’d been questioning whether it was actually paid for with taxpayer money. Turkey had showed interest in purchasing the aircraft when it was up for sale for around $500 million, Erdogan told reporters over the weekend, according to Hurriyet newspaper. But when Qatar’s ruler found out, he donated it to the Turkish presidency free of charge, Erdogan said.

Turkey’s political, military and economic relations with Qatar have improved dramatically as Ankara sided with the gas-rich Gulf state in its tussle with a regional alliance led by Saudi Arabia. Last month, Qatar’s ruler met Erdogan in Ankara and promised to invest $15 billion in the country to try and pull Turkey back from the brink of a financial crisis.

There’s much more ruin left in Erdogan’s economy than that.

(10:00 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Scholar: ‘Kinky people’ should be a protected class.

(10:00 AM)

JUSTICE: My Rape Doesn’t Justify Punishing People Without Due Process.

This is a powerful piece, impossible to excerpt.

Just read the whole thing.

(09:00 AM)

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(08:57 AM)

LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: Kava-Nope strategy: delay, delay, delay. Oh, and pay protesters. “Unlike in notorious #MeToo cases like those of Larry Nassar and Harvey Weinstein, this accusation has not launched more accusations. The most prominent men accused of sexual assault in the #MeToo era have had a long history of abusing women — many women. The allegations are decades old, well beyond the statute of limitations. This fact means that Ford is essentially a character witness against Kavanaugh. That’s why it matters that approximately 200 women have testified to the judge’s high moral character (a story of mine that Rush Limbaugh talked about yesterday). It also matters that two of Kavanaugh’s former girlfriends — who both knew him in high school — called him ‘a perfect gentleman’.”

Tyler O’Neil is filling in for Liz today with some very good stuff.

(08:53 AM)


(08:30 AM)

GOVERNING FROM THE MIDDLE: Maryland’s Larry Hogan.

I ran for office saying everybody was going to be included, it was going to be one Maryland. We weren’t just gonna focus on just one area, we’ve invested more money in Baltimore City, and Prince George’s, and Montgomery County than ever before. But they had already been getting a lot of attention.

The ones that had not are where we’ve been focused. They have issues like heroin. When I was running for governor, going to Cumberland and Hagerstown were the most shocking things to me. Because you know, I went to every little community, I went to every small town everywhere, I went to all 24 counties and jurisdictions, probably almost every little town. I thought, what is going on here?

When we were running the first time we had no money in our campaign. It was this whole grassroots effort and I just said, “I’m going to talk to everybody, everywhere.” Every place I went I would sit down with local community leaders, maybe some of the elected officials in the town, the local business leaders, and I would sit them down in a restaurant or town hall or something. I would say, “what are the serious problems that are facing your community?” And I thought I would hear, you know education, or transportation, or we need help with our economy and jobs, but what I heard in Cumberland and I heard in Hagerstown, and then I started to hear everywhere was heroin.

Read the whole thing. It’s from Salena Zito.

(08:21 AM)

CONFIRM HIM AND MOVE ON. THIS IS A JOKE. Byron York: Some GOP positions hardening after Ford refusal to take part in Monday hearing.

(08:14 AM)

LAYERS OF EDITORS AND FACT-CHECKERS: The New York Times Thinks Angela Bassett is Omarosa. “Tuesday’s print edition of The New York Times incorrectly identifies a picture of actress Angela Bassett—the Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee who has played Tina Turner and Betty Shabazz—as Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former Trump employee who has played herself on both network television and in real life.”

Pretty sure that’s racism when a right-leaning publication does it.

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(08:00 AM)

IT’S LIKE THIS WHOLE THING IS JUST AN EFFORT TO STALL PAST THE MIDTERMS: Kavanaugh accuser says FBI should investigate before she testifies.

(07:56 AM)

NOW IT’S LITTLE MORE THAN A VIRTUE-SIGNALING HASHTAG: A French Veteran of la Résistance During WW II: “Use the word Resistance only if, by misfortune, the duty to Resist were again to arise for real.”