Friday, December 15, 2017

And now Dustin Hoffman

I have a soft spot in my heart for Dustin Hoffman because, when I was in college, he insisted that discounted student tickets be made available for his appearance as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice."  Good show, although it was difficult to imagine him as a Venetian Jew instead of a guy yelling "I'm walkin' here!"  "If you prick me, do I not bleed while I'm walkin' here!?"

Anyway, he's the latest victim of Pervnado: "Three More Women Allege Dustin Hoffman Sexually Abused Them."  

All aboard

It now looks like all the Republicans in the Senate are going to support the tax reform bill.  Fox News: "Rubio, Corker back tax bill as Trump predicts 'monumental' reform will pass next week."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dire Straits into the Rock and Roll HOF

I can't believe they weren't already in considering that "Sultans of Swing" from their self-titled debut was released in 1978.

Most people are embarrassed by their first concert but mine was Dire Straits at the (then) Brendan Byrne arena in New Jersey.  I saw them around 1985 and the "Brothers in Arms" tour with my buddy Mike.  Great show although at the time I didn't appreciate their full discography.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The unforgivable sin

The Corner: "The Double Standard for Trump Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders."  "Just when you think a media establishment that has lost its collective mind, credibility, and sense of decency since last November can’t go any lower, it does. These sexist, cruel taunts have little to do with Sanders’s job performance or making sure the American public gets the facts from a sometimes fact-averse White House. Viewed from a wider lens, the treatment of Sarah Sanders has little to do with Sanders at all. The vicious ridicule is directed at all conservative women — particularly women from the South — whom the Left will never forgive for helping elect Donald Trump."

Ugh, I'm going to skip the "big" news today

Here's Nancy Pelosi doing what she does best: lie.  Hot Air: "Three Pinocchios For Pelosi On Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act."

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Right hates free speech?

Hit and Run: "The End of Free Speech - In 2017, the left eats its own and the right shows its true colors."
But as the weather cooled, the GOP revealed its true colors. Led by an increasingly vehement and erratic President Donald Trump, the same party that was poised to die on the hill of free speech when it was being threatened by angry progressives was suddenly ready to eliminate First Amendment rights on the football field, revoke citizenship for flag burning, pull broadcast licenses over bad comedy sketches, and expand libel laws to take down annoying members of the media. There are greater threats to speech, it turns out, than a bunch of angry co-eds.
For the record, I don't believe in any of this nonsense.  I'm on record a year ago stating that Colin Kaepernick can protest all he wants but the NFL is under no obligation to provide him with a job.  All that other stuff is the fever dream of Trump who can't suppress his punitive tendencies.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

They can't help themselves

The thing I love about journalists - like Democrat donors on the Mueller team - is that they actually believe they can turn off their bias once they get to their jobs.  But if you assume they're just Democrats with bylines (as Instapundit characterizes), it all makes sense.  The Intercept: "The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened."
But what one should expect with journalistic “mistakes” is that they sometimes go in one direction, and other times go in the other direction. That’s exactly what has not happened here. Virtually every false story published goes only in one direction: to be as inflammatory and damaging as possible on the Trump/Russia story and about Russia particularly. At some point, once “mistakes” all start going in the same direction, toward advancing the same agenda, they cease looking like mistakes.
It's astonishing that the media faces a President who consistently calls it "fake news" and then just as consistently supplies it.

Flashback - Gallup: "Americans' Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low."  This poll was two months before you "got Trump." 

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Liberalism is a hell of a drug

I find it hard to believe that this is the first time Harvard economics professor Greg Mankiw has read something by Paul Krugman.  The naivete of this statement is stunning; he must be reiterating what everybody already knows:
Paul seems to take the position that unless you agree with him about the tax bill, you are unprincipled. In the world as I see it, reasonable people can disagree, and progress is best made when people do not question the moral rectitude of others simply because they hold different opinions.
Here's a reminder that the New York Times ombudsman found that Krugman shades the truth:
Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman has the disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers in a fashion that pleases his acolytes but leaves him open to substantive assaults.
Well, his mindset is that he has his opinion and you're wrong.  Must be fun at parties.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Debt forever

Hit and Run: "Who's Ready for Some Trillion-Dollar Republican Deficits?"  "And now, after another Obama-era doubling of the debt, and the successful removal of Democrats from federal power, Republicans are ushering in a new era of…would you believe trillion-dollar deficits?"

Skynet, here we come!

Ars Technica: "DeepMind AI needs mere 4 hours of self-training to become a chess overlord."