Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fiat justitia ruat caelum

Atlantic: "Why Won’t Turkey Release the Khashoggi Tapes? - If Turkish officials really have the grisly recordings, they must share them—and soon."

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fauxcahontas lies again

Hit and Run: "The Complex, Childish Identity Politics of Elizabeth Warren’s Native Heritage."
No amount of plaintive claiming from Warren that to question her Native roots is to "call my mother a liar," is going to change the fact that saying you are Native American does not make it so.
Warren claimed that her paternal grandparents did not approve of her mother's Native American heritage and that's why her parents had to elope (they didn't.)  For this story to make sense, based on Warren's own DNA report, that means her grandparents were so racist they didn't want their son marrying a woman who was 1/512 Indian.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Can a person die from schadenfreude?

Washington Post: "Judge throws out Stormy Daniels’s defamation lawsuit against Trump"
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from adult film actress Stormy Daniels that claimed President Trump defamed her when he suggested she had lied about being threatened to keep quiet about their relationship.

Federal District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles had indicated during a late September hearing that he was skeptical of Daniels’s claim on First Amendment grounds. The ruling ordered Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, to pay Trump’s legal fees.
I don't normally watch the Fox News lineup but I have to watch tonight.

We are all Cherokee now

James Freeman in WSJ: "Did Elizabeth Warren Just Kill Identity Politics? - If the Massachusetts senator is now a person of color then the term has no meaning."

Fauxcahontas makes it worse

Elizabeth Warren, desperate to get the fake Indian charge behind her, released her DNA test results.  Everybody laughed.

Federalist: "Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test Proves She Was Lying - Acting as if the results of the senator's DNA test are a vindication of her initial claims is an assault on reason."

Turtleboy: "Elizabeth Warren Using Ancestry Test Showing She’s 1/512 Indian To Prove She Didn’t Lie About Native American Ancestry Is the Most Liz Warren Thing Ever."

National Review: "Native Americans React to Warren’s DNA Test"  "Many in the Native American community reacted angrily Monday after Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test showing that she has a distant Native American ancestor."

Powerline: "To make matters worse for Warren’s claim, the study was based not on Native American DNA from within the U.S., but rather on Mexican, Peruvian, and Colombian DNA."

And, of course, Professor Jacobson: "Elizabeth Warren DNA test does NOT prove she’s Native American, contrary to the hype."

Old 1/1024 thought this was going to help but instead it's going to open up a whole new line of ridicule.  Good.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

(No longer workin' at the) Car Wash

Interesting mini-documentary on Reason about how unionization and the minimum wage is pushing more car washes in New York City towards automation and the black market: "The $15 Minimum Wage Is Turning Hard Workers Into Black Market Lawbreakers - An in-depth look at New York's car wash industry, and the real world consequences of politicians interfering with a complex industry they don’t understand."

The Russia probe is back in vogue

Guess who is answering questions.

Guess who is taking the Fifth.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The clown show media

Long piece by Becket Adams: "Confirmation bias: Brett Kavanaugh and the major media's worst moment."
From the smaller errors to the more egregious ones (like NBC's decision to air the Swetnick interview), there’s only one thing that ties all the awful reporting together. Every single story worked against Kavanaugh, as if with a unity of purpose intended to ensure that he would never be given a fair chance to clear his good name and reach the Supreme Court.
Whether through bias or the politically-correct culture that says #BelieveAllWomen, the media never bothered to push back on these stories that - even today - have no corroborating evidence whatsoever.  It was so much easier to pick sides and develop the preferred narrative.  Shame on them.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Conspiracy

Kevin Williamson: "Kavanaugh Was Pizzagate" - "A thing that has been not entirely appreciated about the Kavanaugh affair: This was the Left’s version of Pizzagate. And the Democrats’ Pizzagate wasn’t carried out by fringe nutters on obscure conspiracy sites: It was carried out by Senate Democrats and leading progressive activists on well-known conspiracy sites such as the New York Times opinion section."

Word salad

Alexandria is the gift that keeps on giving:


Hat tip: Victory Girls.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Creepy porn lawyer

Hit and Run: "Brett Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed, and Liberals Should Blame Michael Avenatti - Sen. Susan Collins called the Swetnick story "outlandish." It might have given her cover to confirm the judge."

Friday, October 05, 2018

Suck an egg, NY Times

The tired old Gray Lady: "F.B.I. Review of Kavanaugh Was Limited From the Start."  How strange!  This just happens to align with Democrat talking points.

Here's the bottom line: after all the sound and fury, there isn't a single corroborating witness to support any of the women who have accused Kavanaugh.  Not one.  And there's not a single bit of contemporaneous evidence to support these claims.  Not one.

One more day

David French: "The Complete Case for Kavanaugh."

Not to belabor this point but the mainstream media has really beclowned themselves.  Even this morning on NPR, the host corrected a White House spokeswoman who said there is "no evidence" to support Ford's claims.  Nuh-uh, he countered: there is Ford's testimony.  That's the "evidence."
KUPEC: It made complete sense that he was upset. And considering the many, many women who have come out in his defense, saying what an incredible person he is, not just as a judge, but his treatment of women - and these are women who start in high school.
INSKEEP: Let me just be clear, very quickly, on two things you said. No evidence - we have to note there is sworn testimony by a person who says she's the victim, so we can't truthfully say no evidence.
At this point, I wanted the White House rep to say: "Steve Inskeep stole my purse!" and it would be true that Steve Inskeep is a purse-snatcher because #Believeallwomen.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Into the arena

Abraham Lincoln on Ulysses S. Grant: "As early as 1862 when Grant received criticism for the heavy losses at Shiloh, Lincoln responded, "I can't spare this man, he fights!"

Bret Stephens in the New York Times (!): "For Once, I’m Grateful for Trump."
I’m grateful because Trump has not backed down in the face of the slipperiness, hypocrisy and dangerous standard-setting deployed by opponents of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I’m grateful because ferocious and even crass obstinacy has its uses in life, and never more so than in the face of sly moral bullying. I’m grateful because he’s a big fat hammer fending off a razor-sharp dagger.
The mainstream media fell to their fainting couch again: "But his temperament!" they sobbed, "so unpresidential."

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Saturday vote

Legal Insurrection: "McConnell Files Cloture to End Kavanaugh Date, Confirmation Vote Could Come on Saturday."

From Sheila Jackson Lee's office

Politico: "Ex-Democratic staffer charged with posting senators’ private info."  A.k.a. "doxxing."

The idiot mainstream media

Here's Jonah Goldberg yesterday: "You Idiot Reporters Are Making It Worse."  "Every 15 seconds, you’re demonstrating why millions of people love it when Trump calls you the fake news."

And here he is today with a follow-up:
Every profession, class, and group is prone to tribal thinking (technically: the coalition instinct), but the press is one of the very few that takes profound offense at the suggestion this observation applies to them. This haughtiness invites rage at times like this. And, while you can complain about Trump fueling that rage, responding to it with even more haughtiness just perpetuates the cycle.
Yeah, sure, it all started with Trump.

Extra - Instapundit: "Modern journalism in one tweet."

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Your objective and professional mainstream media

Twitchy: "SCOOP! New York Times obtains 1983 letter from Brett Kavanaugh admitting to hanging with ‘prolific pukers’."

Wow!  Teenage boys are jerks!  Who knew?

On a side note, I was listening to NPR this afternoon and one of the hosts, after some audio of somebody questioning Christine Ford's version, added: "But Ford has been able to provide some details of that evening."

O RLY?  Besides the allegation against Kavanaugh, she remembers she had one beer and the house she was in had a narrow staircase.  I guess those are "details."  Otherwise, she doesn't know who invited her, whose home it was, where it was, the date, how she got there, how she got home, and the four people she identified at the party all said it never happened.

She remembers that one beer, though.  That's a detail.  Good on you, NPR.


That was quick

WSJ: "FBI Probe of Kavanaugh Is Expected to Wrap Up Very Soon."
GOP aides on the Hill and another person familiar with the process said they were expecting the bureau to conclude its report as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Agents had interviewed at least four key people as of Tuesday in its background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh. The White House had given the bureau until Friday to wrap up the probe.
As we know from the Mueller probe, lying to the FBI is a crime.  I bet this focused the attention of certain witnesses.

Monday, October 01, 2018

The case against Kavanaugh is collapsing

David French in the National Review:
A very strange thing happened over the weekend: If you follow Twitter closely, you’ll notice that the debate over Brett Kavanaugh moved significantly from the central question of last Thursday’s hearing — did he commit sexual assault? — to a raging debate over whether he lied about high-school slang, college drinking, and inside jokes, and whether he was just too “angry” to be a Supreme Court judge.

This torrent of commentary (most of it silly, including competing, furious arguments about how people described anal sex in 1982) obscures an important development: The sexual-assault claims against Kavanaugh are in a state of collapse.
If the media was anywhere near objective and fair in this process, it never would have gone this far.


The Fake News Media

Know how the mainstream media complains about bloggers?  They're not professionals, they run with rumors, they don't check sources, stuff like that.

Today NBC ran an interview with Julie Swetnick and actually prefaced the story by saying it was complete B.S.  But, hey, let's run this unsubstantiated smear anyway!  Because journalism.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

She needs help to pay for her pro bono lawyers

Turtleboy: "Christine Blasey-Ford Has Raised Over $500K With GoFundMe Scam And She’s Obviously Lying About Not Remembering Who Drove Her Home That Night."

Time to move the goalposts again

The Democrats have been unified in their call for an FBI investigation (the 7th, I guess) for Brett Kavanaugh and today they got it.  It won't last more than a week because as they told us, ad nauseum, the Clarence Thomas investigation only took three days.  So a week should be plenty of time for the FBI to investigate a party, somewhere in Maryland, maybe in 1982 that nobody except Chrissy Ford remembers.

With this hard-won victory in hand, it's time to shift those goalposts.  First, a week isn't long enough:


Second, even if the FBI clears Kavanaugh, he's still just the worst:
After spending two weeks demanding an FBI investigation in the hope/belief that the GOP would never allow one, only to have Jeff Flake force the issue at the last moment, the minority party suddenly shifts to Plan B. Time now to start downplaying the value of the forthcoming FBI investigation that’s likely to find nothing incriminating against Kavanaugh.
Like Ace, I totally want a portion of this investigation to look into GoFundMe princess Chrissy Ford who can't fly (unless it's on a vacation) and has no idea who is paying for all these polygraphs and trips to Washington.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

This is news

Red State: "BREAKING. Collins, Murkowski, And Donnelly Make Their Decision."  For Kavanaugh.

Catching up

I'm totally getting caught up on the Kavanaugh hearings after a long day of end-of-fiscal-year madness at work.  Seen at Ace:
I'm so old, I remember when Democrats were telling us about the dignity of John McCain's example. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A decree from the Mayor

CNBC: "Dunkin' makes it official: It's dropping 'Donuts' from its logo."  For those of you outside of the New England area, Dunkin' Donuts is a coffee chain separated by 300 yards in every direction.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ford Escape

As I predicted.  Twitchy: "Now Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team is pushing back on hiring of “experienced sex crimes prosecutor”.

She won't testify under oath.  Not going to happen.

Meh, we'll run a correction later

National Review: "Jane Mayer: Accuser Told Ronan Farrow She Wasn’t Sure of Story."

Strangely, the first thing I thought of was this piece of trivia from the movie "Bright Lights, Big City":
"Gotham", the fictitious New York magazine for which Jamie Conway works as a fact-checker, is clearly an unflattering caricature of "The New Yorker", where author/screenwriter Jay McInerney had also worked as a fact-checker.
Perhaps the New Yorker should have hired a coked-out fact-checker for this dumpster fire story.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

This will be the pretense for Ford to back out

Breaking news from the Judiciary Committee:


Judge, have you ever done a keg stand?

Washington Examiner: "Democrats poised to grill Brett Kavanaugh on drinking, partying in high school."  It's pretty much all they got.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

All over but the shouting

Erick Erickson: "BREAKING: Christine Blasey Ford's Female Witness Doesn't Remember Anything."

So Ford has identified three eyewitnesses at this party (not counting Kavanaugh) and all of them have now provided sworn statements to the Judiciary committee saying this never happened.  Are we done here yet?

Extra - Reaction from Twitchy.

Spoiler alert: Godot didn't show up either

Hot Air: "Christine Ford Meets Deadline By Not Agreeing To Terms."

The "acceptance" is just another delaying tactic.
The "negotiation" is just a means to eventually decline to testify.

She cray-cray

New Neo: "It’s like having an argument with your crazy girlfriend: the latest from Ford."
Most of us have had the experience of arguing with a person like this. Give an inch? They take a mile. Make concessions? They want more. They are the poor suffering victims. They don’t like your tone of voice. They don’t like the expression on your face. If you try to be calm, you’re cold. If you try to be sympathetic, you’re condescending. Nothing you do is okay, and everything they do is okay.
Meanwhile, Dianne Feinstein (among others) is complaining that the Republicans are being stubborn and uncooperative what with their requests and extended deadlines.

McCarthyism 2018

Wall Street Journal: "The Presumption of Guilt - The new liberal standard turns American due process upside down."

Friday, September 21, 2018

Do you remember the 21st night of September?

NPR: "The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains."
"The, kind of, go-to phrase that Maurice used in every song he wrote was 'ba-dee-ya,' " she says. "So right from the beginning he was singing, 'Ba-dee-ya, say, do you remember / Ba-dee-ya, dancing in September.' And I said, 'We are going to change 'ba-dee-ya' to real words, right?' "

Wrong. 
I've always kinda liked this version from "Get Over It":

Tick tock

Grassley says: tell us if you're testifying by 10pm or we're voting Monday.

Good.

Extra - Powerline has Grassley's statement which includes the (obvious) observation that, here in America, there's the accusation and then the defense - not the other way around.

I have a regret

When I was making my prediction last night, I toyed with the idea of making another prediction: that the Kavanaugh accuser would claim she's afraid to fly and, darn it, I just can't make it from California to Washington D.C. in time.

But then I said: "nah, that is too crazy and desperate a dilatory move."  I was a fool!  Ace: "Literally Un-believable: "Dr. Ford" Doesn't Want to Come to DC to Testify, Because She Doesn't Want to Fly, Now."  As Ace notes, Ford should get some of the Pussyhat Resisters! to pile in an RV and drive day and night to protect birth control, or something.

Oh, that's different

Hot Air: "Hmmm: Only 5% Of MN Democrats “Believe The Woman” When It Comes To Ellison."

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Avoiding the perjury charge

David French: "Do Democrats Really Believe Christine Blasey Ford Doesn’t Have to Prove Her Claims?"  Nope.  They just want them out there:
As of this moment, they are actually seeking to derail a Supreme Court nomination and impugn the nominee’s character without a single piece of sworn evidence. Indeed, all the legally binding statements on the matter contradict the accuser.

This cannot stand. Ford’s team has to either reverse course or drop its complaint. Yes, of course, testifying before the committee would be “partisan.” No, the members of the committee are not “neutral.” But that’s not just the reality of the Senate, it’s the fundamental reality of the justice system itself. It is an adversarial system. If you seek to prove your claim under any standard, you have to expose yourself to the most partisan possible scrutiny — cross-examination by a lawyer trained to find flaws in your testimony and paid to work relentlessly until he discredits your case.
It's notable that even the letter sent to Dianne Feinstein hasn't been entered into evidence.  The Democrats desperately want the Republicans to overreact to this nothingburger, but they refuse to take the bait.  It must be infuriating. 

Prediction: Ford will never testify under oath. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hmmmm....

Hot Air: "NRO’s Ed Whelan: “Much More” Is Coming To Show That Kavanaugh Is Innocent."

For the record, I predicted this debacle would "seal the deal" for Kavanaugh.  It's all over but the shouting and the inevitable cries of "sexism!"

Extra - Federalist: "The Kavanaugh Allegation Process Is A Miscarriage Of Justice For Everyone."  Certain members of the media have declared the nomination "donezo" for...reasons.  Probably #MeToo.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Matthew Rhys wins for "The Americans"

I was flipping back and forth from the Emmys and "Monday Night Football," only to see if my favorite show - "The Americans" - would finally win something.  The Emmys were just awful and I muted every stilted speech before the awards were announced.  But Matthew Rhys won for Best Actor in a Drama and his speech was adorbs:

Well, that souffle collapsed

Fox News: "Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford demands 'full investigation' by FBI before testifying, in letter from her lawyers."

I've seen this movie before: make outrageous demands in the interest of "justice" that you know will never be accepted then run away.  Just call the vote already.

Extra - Ace: "Breaking: Kavanaugh's Accuser Says She Won't Testify Until The FBI, Which Has Already Declined to Investigate Her Non-Federal-Jurisdiction 37 Year Old Allegations, Completes Its Investigation, Sometime After a Democrat is President."

Talk it out

Powerline: "Senator Collins's good idea."  She proposes that counsel for Kavanaugh and Hope question each other's clients.  "But I have a hunch that if Sen. Collins’s proposal is embraced, Prof. Ford will withdraw from the hearing."

Related - Minuteman: "Disingenuous Level Max."

Monday, September 17, 2018

Turn off the cameras

Hot Air: "Senate Judiciary Committee To Hold Public Hearing Monday With Kavanaugh And Accuser."  They'll be televised:
If you thought the grandstanding from 2020 contenders like Cory Booker and Kamala Harris was overbearing the first time around, it’s almost unfathomable how obnoxious it’ll be this time. Booker will cry. A lot.
OMG, why does this need to be a public hearing?  Spartacus will be insufferable.

I'm convinced that this eleventh-hour stunt will seal the deal for Kavanaugh.  What kind of message would the Republicans be sending if they allowed this uncorroborated to derail a nominee?  Even Susan Collins came out and called it unfair.  Nobody's changing their vote at this point.

Extra - Well: "Kavanaugh's accuser's lawyer: It's not her job to corroborate her story."  Oh.  I guess she's just here to make allegations.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Segregation now, segregation forever!

A couple months ago, a black female working the summer at Smith College was either eating her lunch or sleeping in a closed building.  A Smith employee, following college policy, saw her and notified campus police who did a check.  And there it would have ended except for all the racism.

You would have thought Smith would have learned the lessons of Mizzou or Evergreen College, but no.  They suspended the reporting employee pending an investigation and generally did everything you'd expect from a liberal, Western Massachusetts, Northampton-based college.  Still - unbelievably! - it just wasn't enough.  Here come the demands: "Woman at center of controversial Smith College incident pens letter on ACLU website calling for 'affinity housing' for students of color."
In Kanoute's letter, she makes several "demands" for reform at the school -- including a call for a controversial practice called "affinity housing" for students of color.
That's right: it's come to this.
"The supposed 'integrated housing' system currently on campus forces (people of color) into unsafe spaces," alleges one post on the group's Facebook page. "It does nothing to uphold principles of equity or justice. While affinity housing is not a perfect solution, students of color have expressed their need for a house that truly values their labor."
It's going to be a tough world for these womyn after graduation.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fake news

Tell me again how media bias is all in my head.  Ace: "NYT: Whoopsie! I Guess We Shouldn't Have Suggested That Nikki Haley Was Responsible for a $50,000 Expenditure for Curtains That Was Actually Made During the Obama Administration." 

The Paper of Record, ladies and gentlemen. 

The Kavanaugh circus

Hot Air: "Report: Feinstein Forwarded Letter About Kavanaugh To The FBI — With The Accuser’s Name Redacted."

For the record, I believe the "virtuous" version of Feinstein in this article.  I think Democrat Senators such as Feinstein and Leahy believe in the Senate as an institution, unlike crazy Kamala and Spartacus, who view it as a platform for grandstanding.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Evidence not needed

Since Adam Schiff hasn't found any evidence in the phony-baloney Russian collusion charge against Trump, he swears the Democrats will move on to the phony-baloney money laundering charge.

This is their entire agenda.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

By golly, this fellow tells some untruths!

Now safely out of office, the Associated Press re-discovers the fact check for Obama: "AP Fact Check: Obama doesn’t always tell the straight story."

Remember when Politifact rated Obama's claim about keeping your health plan as "half-true" only to name it "Lie of the Year" in 2013?  Then the media wonders why Americans think they're biased:


Steele trap

Conrad Black: "The Mueller Charade"
When the Mueller charade is finally out of the way, everyone involved in the false applications for a FISA surveillance warrant against junior Trump campaign helper Carter Page will face the music, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and very prominent members of the Obama administration. Whatever happens in November, all this will unravel. The combination of the jungle ruthlessness of high American politics with the idealism of the Constitution occasionally creates bizarre and sordid dramas. Eventually, just when the pious claptrap about no one being above the law becomes almost insufferable, the puritanical conscience of America rises like a cobra and strikes the wrongdoers. The twist here is that the hunted president, who has broken no laws, will make the kill. It’s reality politics, wending toward a surprising climax.
Somebody wrote the other day that Americans "don't like to be pushed around."  And this is what motivates my defense of Trump: here's a guy whose entire Presidency so far has been under a cloud because of this phony Steele dossier paid for by Hillary's campaign and the DNC.  Trump committed the unpardonable sin of beating Hillary and for this he must suffer a thousand cuts from CNN and Stephen Colbert.  Why?  Because he's intemperate and not particularly articulate.

But there's no crime.  It's bizarre that whenever I bring this up the standard response is "you don't know what Mueller knows!"  Yeah, that's right, the critical, earth-shattering, Presidency-ending information is just lying dormant, waiting for its moment to appear.  Won't we be surprised?

It's much more likely we'll see Hillary go to prison.  After all, she's the one who actually hired Russian agents to create the Steele dossier to sway the election.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Avoiding the title of "Mayor Bankruptcy"

Zero Hedge: "A More Likely Reason Rahm Emanuel Dropped Out: The Chicago Time Bomb."
Rahm knows the risks of collapse are rising. He’s passed property tax hikes, emptied the reserves and employed every budget trick he can to make the numbers “better.” He’s even sold off public assets – the city’s future sales tax revenues – to “shore up” the city’s finances, and yet Chicago is still junk rated by Moody’s.
Chicago's pension obligations are staggering and, by far, the worst among major cities.  Rahm knows there are no more levers to pull; he's out of options so it's better to leave the mess to the next guy.

Even Paul Krugman?

The Hill: "Economists agree: Trump, not Obama, gets credit for economy."

Awww...don't be sad, "new normal" Obama.  Trump found that magic wand.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Fishing expedition

Andrew McCarthy: "Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?"  "For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United States under investigation by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department?  It is intolerable that, after more than two years of digging — the 16-month Mueller probe having been preceded by the blatantly suspect labors of the Obama Justice Department and FBI — we still do not have an answer to that simple question."

Friday, September 07, 2018

Tweet of the day


NFL down

Hot Air: "Ratings For NFL Season Opener Down Double Digits From Last Year."

I don't think this one game is a good indicator for one reason: they were supposed to start at 8:20pm but postponed due to lightning in the area.  So I imagine a lot of people turned the channel and never went back.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Cory Booker is a clown

Hot Air: "Please, For The Love Of God, Let This Be The Last Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing."

This response follows in the wake of New Jersey senator Cory Booker's hysterical grandstanding and deep desire to make himself a martyr to the TRUTH!  First he bravely - bravely! - announced he would reveal confidential documents on Kavanaugh that, um, weren't confidential and contained no bombshells.

I heard Booker explain himself on NPR this afternoon and I wish I had a transcript.  The man is absolutely zonked out on his own sense of self-importance.

What's all this then?

NPR: "Grand Jury Looking Into Case Of Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe."

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Resist

David French: "The Democrats’ No Good, Frivolous, Ridiculous Day."

I'm so old, I remember Democrats at John McCain's funeral urging civil debate and dignity.

The deep state strikes back

Hit and Run: "Anonymous Tell-Alls in The New York Times Are More a Threat To the Republic than Trump - The president may well be unprincipled, ignorant, and awful, but he was, well, elected fair and square."

Extra - Roger Simon: "New York Times' 'Inside' Attack on Trump Unbelievably Cowardly."

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

What media bias?

Hot Air: "Chuck Todd Declares War On The Idea That ‘Media Bias’ Exists."  Why are we listening to this high-school graduate?  These guys always think only Fox News is guilty of bias.

Murders and debt

Yeah, I'd run away from this job too.  Hit and Run: "Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Won't Run for Re-Election - The Windy City will be left drowning in debt, despite the high taxes and vicious money-grubbing fines."

Cruz hits a home run

Hot Air: "Ted Cruz: Confirmation Theatrics Are An Attempt To Relitigate The 2016 Election."  I was particularly impressed when he noted that Democrats were seeking documents that had nothing to do with Kavanaugh and were only being sought because the Democrats know they are protected by executive privilege.  Let's get this "Resist!" charade over with already.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Willingly, the Boston Globe played along

Washington Times: "Warren mounts PR blitz insisting Cherokee claims never helped her career."


The headline in question originally noted that it was "complicated" whether Warren used a claim of Native American heritage to advance her career.  Then, as Instapundit speculates, the Boston Globe "got a call" and fixed the headline.  Now the new narrative is Warren lied about her heritage but Harvard didn't believe her anyway, so it's kosher.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

I shall not do that

Federalist: "If You Want To Know Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Media, Watch CNN - Trump’s hyperbole has currency because the media often live up to conservatives' worst expectations."

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Glass houses time

American Thinker: "17 million reasons why Trump not guilty of campaign violations."
If in fact legal settlements of personal matters are illegal campaign contributions, then the list of guilty politicians certainly is long.  And, as we learned in 2017 about the sexual harassment settlements paid by Congress using a slush fund from taxpayer dollars, the leaders in the House of Representatives of both political parties are implicated by the $17 million in payments over a period of 20 years and at least 268 settlements.
Brother, you know that Trump would relish reading out a dirty laundry list of 268 Congressmen.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

All American

NY Times: "John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81."

Can't stop talkin' 'bout Trump

Hot Air: "New Dem Strategy: Stop Talking About Trump."

Dateline 2012

Here's a nice find: back in 2012, National Review writer Rich Lowry wrote that the campaign violation charges levied against Democrat John Edwards were a farce:
Even the campaign-finance obsessives at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) consider the case an overreach. CREW points out an absurdity that follows from the government’s argument. If keeping Rielle Hunter quiet is rightly considered a campaign expenditure, as the prosecutors maintain, then the Edwards campaign could have funded her living expenses directly without breaking any rules. “Love child” could have been a legitimate line item in the budget somewhere between “get out the vote” and “phone banks.”
So if keeping Stormy quiet is actually a campaign expense, Trump could have saved his personal money and filled out a campaign expense form. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

TGIF

Found this on Reddit and, um, read it to the bottom: "Famous examples of not telling the cast what was going on."  It's scenes from televisions and movies where very limited information was given and the actors had to roll with the scene.  Good trivia!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Outside the media bubble

In a generally good article: "Ignore the Noise, Mueller Still Has Nothing", I want to focus on this one section:
I just got back from [Pennsylvania]. Not a single mechanic, trucker, or waitress I met in Pennsylvania ever showed the slightest bit of interest in Mueller’s probe. Most of them probably don’t even know who Mueller is. That the media is staking its demolition of Trump on this gray, little-known ruling-class darling is a measure of its alienation from the American people. They simply don’t care about Trump’s pre-presidential sins, political screw-ups, and minor law-bending, if that even occurred.
Every single day during the Manafort trial, it was the lead (maybe second) story on NPR's news feed.  I could not believe there was anybody, outside of the NY Times newsroom, that cared about the tax evasion charge for a guy who worked on Trump's campaign for three months.  Wait until Joe Sixpack finds out he failed to register as a foreign lobbyist!  Woo-boy, they'll be talkin' about it at the Dew Drop Inn.

By popular demand

2016: Russia!
2017: Russia!!
2018: Failing to file FEC form EXP241 claiming a campaign expense!

Here's your "high crime" for impeachment:
The Federal Election Commission rules examine this through the lens of whether campaign funds have been put to personal use; the commission applies something called the Irrespective Test. The law says that something is personal if it’s "any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign."
By that standard, said Emory School of Law professor Michael Kang, "the circumstances and context here are suspicious," but it’s no slam-dunk that the payment was an expenditure on behalf of the campaign. 
In fact, we know that Trump repaid Cohen from personal funds and the precedent already exists indicating it's difficult to show intent with regard to personal matters versus campaign "contributions."  Unless Cohen has a tape indicating that Trump knew this was designed as a campaign contribution, Trump can claim this was another one of his many NDAs to protect his (lascivious) personal life.

Manafort isn't worth mentioning.  A tax evasion charge from a decade ago.  Nice going, Mueller.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

What does this mean?

New York Times: "White House Counsel Has Cooperated Extensively With Mueller’s Obstruction Inquiry."
In at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, Mr. McGahn described the president’s furor toward the Russia investigation and the ways in which he urged Mr. McGahn to respond to it. He provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president’s most intimate moments with his lawyer.
I'm not entirely sure what's the upshot of this revelation.  Either Trump is so sure of his innocence that he instructed the White House Counsel to tell Mueller everything or Trump's in real trouble if McGahn describes discussions where Trump sought to obstruct justice.  But on that latter point, the article notes that Trump would be protected by both attorney-client privilege and executive privilege.  The article further states that Trump's lawyers did not object when asked for McGahn's testimony.

Hmmm.....

Friday, August 17, 2018

Good question

Zero Hedge: "Wall Street Journal Implores "What Was Bruce Ohr Doing?"

Related - Minuteman: "The timing and funding of the Steele dossier is not controversial. How can the Times be mis-reporting this at this late date?"  It's the Times, that's how.

She must be fun at parties

Look up "overwrought" in the dictionary:
The Trump presidency is a time of too many horrors — everything is a distraction from everything else, because it all matters. To some extent we can rely on the division of labor. There’s a reason I didn’t spend the last week writing about deportations and asylum-seekers; there are immigration lawyers and reporters for that. But that also means holding onto a level of humility about the vastness of what we don’t have time to see in full.
Can America survive after wandering through the smoky, apocalyptic landscape that Trump has left behind with his tax cuts and withdrawal from the Paris Accords?  We must soldier on.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Respect for Aretha

Chicago Tribune: "Aretha Franklin: America’s voice."

I saw Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, around 1991.  My then-girlfriend (now wife) and I joined the 20% white audience that night.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Harassment, plain and simple

The Supreme Court already ruled that this guy can't be forced to bake a cake.  Why is the Colorado Civil Rights Commission all up in his grill, er, oven again?  Phillips is counter-suing for $100,000.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hilarious article from the NY Times

I knew I was going to laugh and laugh when I saw this headline: "Trump’s Sabotage of Obamacare Is Illegal - A president doesn’t have the right to dispense with laws he dislikes."  He doesn't?!?  Tell us all about it, law professors:
But Mr. Trump isn’t a king; he doesn’t have the power to dispense with laws he dislikes. He swore to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. That includes the requirement, set forth in Article II, that the president “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
What a unique position to be taken on the issue of Obamacare:

  • The Labor Department announced in February 2013 that it was delaying for a year the part of the law that limits how much people have to spend on their own insurance. This may have been sensible, but changing a law requires actual legislation.
  • Later that year, the administration announced via blogpost on the eve of the July 4 holiday that it was delaying the requirement that employers of at least 50 people provide complying insurance or pay a fine. This time it cited statutory authority, but the cited provisions allow the delay of reporting requirements, not the mandate itself.
  • The famous pledge that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” backfired when insurers started cancelling millions of plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare. So Obama called a press conference to proclaim that people could continue buying non-complying plans for another year—despite the ACA’s language to the contrary. He then refused to consider a House-passed bill that would’ve made this action legal.
  • A little-known part of Obamacare requires congressional staff to get insurance from health exchanges, rather than a taxpayer-funded program. Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to interpret the law to maintain the generous benefits.
  • Obamacare grants tax credits to people whose employers don’t provide coverage if they buy a plan “through an Exchange established by the State”—and then fines employers for each employee receiving such a subsidy. No tax credits are authorized for residents of states where the exchanges are established by the federal government, as an incentive for states to create exchanges themselves. Because so few (16) states did, however, the IRS issued a rule allowing subsidies (and fines) for plans coming from “a State Exchange, regional Exchange, subsidiary Exchange, and federally-facilitated Exchange.” Yes, we can also blame the Supreme Court for upholding this.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services granted more than 2,000 waivers to employers seeking relief from Obamacare’s regulations. Nearly 20 percent of them went to gourmet restaurants and other businesses in former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district. Nevada, home to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, got a blanket waiver, while GOP-controlled states like Indiana and Louisiana were denied. Beyond political favoritism, such dispensations violate a host of constitutional and administrative law provisions like equal protection and the “intelligible principle” needed for congressional delegation of authority to cabinet agencies.
  • HHS also continues paying insurance companies to compensate them for losses caused by Obamacare’s ignorance of basic economics. Alas, Congress never appropriated these funds, so the House of Representatives is suing the administration and won in the district court. Now on appeal, House v. Burwell is stayed until the D.C. Circuit hears from the incoming Trump administration.

Indeed, on this last point, here's how law professors Bagley and Gluck characterize Trump's decision to stop payments on a program which was not funded by Congress:
To sow chaos in the insurance markets, Mr. Trump toyed for nine months with the idea of eliminating a crucial funding stream for Obamacare known as cost-sharing payments. After he cut off those funds, he boasted that Obamacare was “being dismantled.”
Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that those payments were not allocated by Congress and were therefore illegal.  Is it the NY Times' position that Trump should ignore a federal judge?  Or is that only the case when it comes to travel bans?

The rest of the article is just whining because Trump has changed insurance rules that were perfectly within his power because Obamacare endowed wide latitude to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  That was a great plan as long as Hillary was a shoo-in.

It's California

Hit and Run: "The $289 Million Verdict Against Monsanto Is Scientifically Outrageous - California jurors misled by activist misinformation."  "I am truly sorry that DeWayne Johnson is suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), but years of scientific research has determined that it is exceedingly unlikely, despite the outrageous verdict of a California jury on Friday, that he contracted NHL from using the herbicide glyphosate."

Future of the Democrats

CBS News: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the Sarah Palin of the Left."  "If you're one of the many American progressives cheering on the performance of your new political rock star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, look around: Many of the people cheering with you are Republicans."

Monday, August 13, 2018

Buh-bye

Hot Air: "Peter Strzok Fired."  Remember this?
Many of the texts had already been made public after the FBI sent them to Congress. But in a new, inflammatory text revealed in the report, Page wrote Strzok in August 2016: “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Strzok responded: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

The inspector general’s report said that exchange “is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects. This is antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice.”
Looks like Trump did the stopping, Pete.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The predictable response

Airhead Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is finally getting some attention for her serial lies so guess what: it's all just sexism, ya'll.  We just can't stand to see a strong woman.  Can't stand it!

But on the Kelvin scale, the rise is negligible

Powerline: "The Times does temperature."  "It is always fun to have a laugh at the expense of the failing New York Times, but as we have noted before, there is a more serious point. Reporters and editors try to lecture the rest of us on scientific matters, when in fact their knowledge of science (like their knowledge of history, literature and other fields) is below average."

Tea Party prevails

Washington Times: "Tea party groups get revenge against IRS as judge approves $3.5 million payout."  "A judge late Wednesday signed off on the settlement between the IRS and hundreds of tea party groups, closing out the last major legal battle over what all sides now agree was unwarranted and illegal targeting for political purposes."

Friday, August 10, 2018

Why are you so quiet?


Thursday, August 09, 2018

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The paragon of journalism

Slate: "Liberals Don’t Have to Defend Sarah Jeong’s Tweets - The impulse to bash “old white men” is satisfying, but it’s also wrong and counterproductive."

I want Sarah Jeong to keep her job as a constant reminder of the NY Times' position on racial discourse:


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Seizing your property

So it's not just in Zimbabwe or South Africa where governments are looking to expropriate your property.  According to the Grumpy Economist, it's the only way that state governments will be able to pay for unfunded pension obligations:
States can try to raise income taxes. And people will move. States can try to raise business taxes. And  businesses will move. What can states tax that can't move? Only real estate. If the state drastically raises the property tax, there is no choice but to pay it. You can sell, but the new buyer will be willing to pay much less. Pay the tax slowly over time, or lose the value of the property right away in a lower price.  Either way, the owner of the property on the day the tax is announced bears the burden of paying off the pensions.
Politicians will shrug their shoulders and say: "We had no choice, now that it's a crisis we knew about for decades."

I've seen this horror movie before

Neo-Neocon: "As Zimbabwe goes, so goes South Africa?"  "Whatever the reasons, it’s dangerous for governments to confiscate the land of citizens without compensation, as the leading party of South Africa is now poised to do."

If only there were some nearby analog we could use for comparison.  The Atlantic: "How To Kill A Country - Turning a breadbasket into a basket case in ten easy steps—the Robert Mugabe way."

Monday, August 06, 2018

This is my favorite story today

Daily Caller: "Twitter suspends Candace Owens - then says it was 'an error' after backlash."  Her crime?  She took Sarah Jeong's old Twitter posts and replaced "white" with either "Jewish" or "black."  Oops.

Extra - From Instapundit.

Excellent

Yes, dance, dance!  Hot Air: "Dem Gubernatorial Candidates Going All-In On Single-Payer."

They couldn't do it in either Vermont or California, probably because of all the Republicans.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Trump virtually guarantees his re-election

Daily Wire: "Warren Basically Announces Bid For 2020 With Gimmicky Signs."

Elizabeth Warren is the biggest airhead in Congress whose schtick is "fighting" and "the system is rigged."  Delve deep into the sea of platitudes:
"We believe that in America every family deserves a fighting chance, and we’re ready to fight as hard as it takes, as long as it takes, to deliver on that promise," said Warren.
That's our Warren: always fighting and persisting against the rigged system.  Sometimes I wish she were a Senator or something, working to improve the lives of Bay Staters.  Oh well.  Good luck with the nomination, Liz!  I know Joe Sixpack in Pittsburgh is pulling for you.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Don't we all, Sarah?

Via Instapundit: Sarah Jeong hates the New York Times, possibly because of all the white men there.

Extra - Babylon Bee: "New York Times Stands By Recent Editorial Board Hire Joseph Stalin Despite Criticism Of Mass Murder."

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Nuts on the Left, continued

Hot Air: "McConnell To Cory Booker: You’re Quoting Scripture To Justify Blocking Brett Kavanaugh?"
Indeed he is. Carve out seven minutes below as Cocaine Mitch runs through some of the worst examples of Democratic insanity thus far over Kavanaugh, a man whose biggest known scandal at present is taking on credit-card debt to pay for baseball tickets.
Somebody quipped that his biggest sin was being a Washington Nationals fan.  But seriously, when somebody as clean and respected as Kavanaugh is branded as "evil", who can believe these people?

This leads me to something (else) I hate about Elizabeth Warren.  My local paper posts the weekly vote counts from the Senate and Warren votes "no" for every single nomination from the Trump Administration.  Secretary of Veterans Affairs?  No.  U.S. Trade Representative?  No.  I think with the exception of Nikki Haley, she has voted "no" on virtually every nomination.  So she doesn't even care whether a nominee is qualified for a position; it's just "resist" all day.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Nuts on the left

Federalist: "Guess What, Brian Schatz? There’s Plenty Of Crazy To Go Around - The idea that one side has all the nuts is absurd. In many ways, our political insanity is symbiotic."
The Hawaii senator’s tweet is fine example of an entrenched self-delusion that infects many on the Left, where all activists cheerily bat ideas about carbon neutrality back and forth but never, ever try to assassinate the entire congressional Republican leadership on a baseball diamond in Alexandria.

For folks like Schatz, the Republican booing of an activist journalist at a political rally tells us everything we need to know about the nefarious underbelly of the Right, but the Women’s March—wherein participants wear p-ssy hats as a form of protest (not crazy at all)—which is led by anti-Semites, conspiracy theorists, and extremists, simply reflects the passion and seriousness of the progressive Left.  This is how it goes.
That's right: the Trump fans called Jim Acosta bad names.  It was horrible.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Who's going to pay for it? The other guy.

Hit and Run: "Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All Plan Will Cost $32 Trillion Over 10 Years - Yes, that's trillion with a "t."

Not to worry: super-smart economics major Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a plan to raise $2 trillion over ten years.  The other $30 trillion will be found (waves hands in air) with the magic of socialism!


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Lost to history

NY Times: "The decline of the Civil War re-enactor."

There was a time when I wanted to be a Civil War re-enactor.  I had been to the 130th re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg and you could tell there was a special camaraderie among these men (and some women) who put on wool uniforms and marched across a hot Pennsylvania field.  (Heat exhaustion was the deadliest enemy that day).  But the hobby is expensive, starting with a Civil War-era reproduction rifle, and it requires a lot of traveling and time off work. 

By the way, stupid New York Times, it's "Battle Cry of Freedom" not "*The* Battle Cry of Freedom."

Friday, July 27, 2018

Elizabeth Warren could beat him

Some Chicago-Sun Times writer at a rally:
I left the hall thinking: Donald Trump is going to be re-elected in 2020. The Democrats don’t have anyone who can touch him. Bank on it. Don’t hate me for being the one to tell you.
I'm quite confident Elizabeth Warren could beat Trump.  I sure hope the Democrats don't nominate Liz Warren because she would totally win.

She's an airhead

Hot Air: "Ocasio-Cortez: I Plan To Pay For My Agenda By … Er …"

Forget the fact that she (allegedly) studied economics in college.  Purely on a political level, she must have known that somebody would question the cost of her socialist paradise.  Her response to Trevor Noah is pure ad-libbing and B.S.  This is the person that Tom Perez labeled as the future of the Democratic Party.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

You'll get nothing and like it!

Hot Air: "Grassley To Schumer: Feel Free To Pound Sand On Your Document Demands, My Friend."  Stop pretending you're "considering" the Kavanaugh nomination.

Detroit schools invite a lawsuit

Heard this one on NPR this morning: "Students Argue Literacy Is A Right In LawsuitA group of students from Detroit filed a lawsuit in 2016 against the state of Michigan, claiming bad schools prevented them from learning to read."  An excerpt:
KING: These kids are essentially saying, we have the right to know how to read. It's guaranteed by the Constitution, and our schools failed us. I've got to ask you, does the Constitution actually say anything about literacy?
ROSENBAUM: The word literacy doesn't appear in the Constitution itself, but built into the notions of liberty, built into the notions of being able to participate in our democracy and built into our notions of equality is the idea that when children are compelled to go to a building that is designated as a school, they have to find inside that building teachers and books and core curricular subjects - conditions that make learning possible - and that the exercise of liberty interests cannot be vindicated where their counterparts a few miles away are on campuses that could be mistaken for the University of Michigan.
Pretty sure he's referring to Grosse Point there. This case was already rejected by a Federal Judge who said there's no right to literacy in the Constitution.  Part of me is compelled by the argument that when you force kids to go to a government building for most of their lives, there ought to be some kind of positive output.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Ninth Circuit said that?

One of my favorite Simpsons moments is when Robert Goulet arrives at Bart's Treehouse Casino and, unsure of the situation, says "I should call my manager."  Nelson shakes a fist and says "Your manager told you to shut up!"  Goulet responds "Vera said that?"

Hot Air: "The Second Amendment Guarantees The Right To Open Carry, Says … The Ninth Circuit?"  The logic goes like this: since the Supreme Court said in Heller that an individual can carry a firearm for protection, when Hawaii banned concealed weapons they opened the door for open carry.  Holsters for everyone.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Is this something?

CNN: "Satellite images show North Korea has begun dismantling key test site."

The "Political Party #2" that shall not be named

Byron York: "FISA warrant application supports Nunes memo."  For me, the critical question is whether the FISA judges knew the Steele dossier was basically opposition research.  Here's York:
Thus, the FISA application could easily have explained that the dossier research was paid for by "Candidate #2" and "Political Party #2," meaning the Democrats. And yet the FBI chose to describe the situation this way, in a footnote: "Source #1...was approached by an identified U.S. person, who indicated to Source #1 that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. person to conduct research regarding Candidate #1's ties to Russia...The identified U.S. person hired Source #1 to conduct this research. The identified U.S. person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into Candidate #1's ties to Russia. The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit Candidate #1's campaign."

Democrats argue that the FISA Court judges should have been able to figure out, from that obscure description, that the DNC and Clinton campaign paid for the dossier. That seems a pretty weak argument, but in any case, the Nunes memo's statement that the FISA application did not disclose or reference the role of the DNC and the Clinton campaign is undeniably true.
This was the basis for three separate renewals of the Carter Page FISA warrant that led to not the hint of a charge against Page.  No wonder they buried it with inscrutable writing in a footnote.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Speaking of Ukraine

Interesting analysis of the Carter Page FISA warrant from Mark Tapscott: "This FISA Passage Points to the Heart of Mueller’s Collusion Case Against Trump? - FBI officials contend Carter Page allegedly influenced Trump and the Republican Party to go easy on Russia in Ukraine."

Friday, July 20, 2018

That's the way he is

Jonah Goldberg: "The Likeliest Explanation for Trump’s Helsinki Fiasco."  "Amid these and other appalling statements, Trump made it clear that he can only understand the investigation into Russian interference as an attempt to rob him of credit for his electoral victory, and thus to delegitimize his presidency."

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

This lawsuit is so dumb

(How dumb is it?)
It's so dumb that even Massachusetts AG Maura Healey didn't sign on to it.

Twitchy: "‘Completely idiotic’: New York’s AG files suit against federal government’s ‘unconstitutional tax law’."  It's based on the Constitutional principle of "no fair", or something.

She's a bit of an airhead

Hot Air: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is The Best Thing To Happen To The GOP All Year." Keep moving to the Left, Dems.  Feel the Bern.

Extra - Joe Lieberman said that? WSJ: "Vote Joe Crowley"
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley seems likely to hurt Congress, America and the Democratic Party. It doesn’t have to.
Wow.  It sounds like a lot of Democrats are already tired of her schtick.

Monday, July 16, 2018

This guy

I think it was during the election that P.J. O'Rourke said that at least Hillary was in the range of normal distribution.  What's wrong with this guy?  Power Line: "Trump plays the useful idiot in Helsinki."


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

CNN is fake news

Hot Air: "Trump Shuts Down CNN’s Jim Acosta At Joint UK Press Conference."

I'm not a huge fan of this kind of throwdown; I think Presidents should face questions from a range of media sources.  But then I read about Chris Cillizza crybabying about it and that feeling dissipates.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How to journalism 101

The Corner: "NBC’s Capitol Hill Reporter Demonstrates Why So Many Dislike the Press."

Step 1: Bombshell!
Step 2: One source
Step 3: Retraction

Run, Liz, run!

The Hill: "Dems mull whether Warren is the one to take on Trump."

I'm not entirely sure she's going to be re-elected to the Senate in Massachusetts.  There's a lot of people here really tired of her "fighting" schtick with virtually nothing to show for it.

Monday, July 09, 2018

It's Brett Kavanaugh

The libertarians over at Reason like him: "SCOTUS Contender Brett Kavanaugh Sees Perils of Aggressive Administrative State - Like Neil Gorsuch, the D.C. Circuit judge has criticized Chevron deference for encouraging executive arrogance."

What if Trump chooses ALL FOUR!?!

All day long it's been a horse race for the next Supreme Court Justice, between Kavanaugh, Barrett, Kethledge, and Hardiman.  But I've recently been informed by the good people at Vox that there's really no limit in the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

Good to know!  And Republicans control Congress so they could make it happen.  Welcome to the Court, lady and gentlemen.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Verdict: True

Jenna Ellis in the Washington Examiner: "When they lose, Democrats just want to change the rules."  Don't say we didn't warn you:



Also, we haven't forgotten about the Torricelli rule

Saturday, July 07, 2018

From Reddit's "Not the Onion"

Atlantic: "Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read."

This case is not being heard in Detroit or even Michigan, but Federal Court.  The plaintiffs argument is that their Constitutional rights were undermined by Detroit's terrible schools.

Elections have consequences

Victor Davis Hanson: "The Left Can't Come To Grips With The Loss Of Power."

Hat tip: Maggie's Farm

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Elizabeth Warren is useless

First, this from Twitchy: "2020 will be LIT: Trump says he’ll offer opponent Elizabeth Warren $1 million for DNA test."

Trump seizes upon Elizabeth Warren's questionable heritage because it exposes the hypocrisy of the identity-politics Democrats.  C'mon, it's not even up for debate that she usurped an affirmative action spot at Harvard.  But if you want to know why I dislike Pocahontas, it's this:
Warren was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted.
That's right: for somebody who is supposed to be a leader of the Democrats, who never shuts up about all the "fighting" and "persisting" she does, her legislative record is wafer-thin.  Five pieces of legislation.  Here they are:
S. 2355: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 New Chardon Street Lobby in Boston, Massachusetts, as the “John Fitzgerald Kennedy Post ...
S. 1198: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017
S. 670: Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017
S. 2744 (114th): Genetic Research Privacy Protection Act
S. 885 (114th): National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015
One of her five accomplishments is re-naming a post office.  As much as I dislike his politics, here's the legislative record for the junior Senator from Massachusetts:
Markey was the primary sponsor of 26 bills that were enacted.
There's a post office or two in there also but at least this guy is working the legislative levers to get something done for the citizens of Massachusetts and/or America.  Meanwhile, Liz is just taking up space and leaving a brick on the "NO" button.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Chuck Schumer *hearts* Korematsu

The Corner: "Chuck Schumer Is Not Opposed to Overturning Precedent."

The Old Gray Lady can't help it

I'm a little late for the party but here's a good one from the Federalist: "The New York Times Beclowns Itself With Fake News About Free Speech - In an opinion article posing as a news story, The New York Times launches an illiberal and wrongheaded attack on free speech. At least we know where they stand."

It's amazing that a newspaper - of all forums - should call for the abridgment of the First Amendment but the NY Times just can't help itself.  That bubble is impenetrable.

Extra - Legal Insurrection: "Who's afraid of the 1st Amendment?"

Monday, July 02, 2018

Uh, sure Dan

According to Dan Rather, Lebron James is heading to California to join the #resistance.

The $154 million paycheck is incidental.

And now the WashPost wants Maxine to be quiet!

Will this axis of racism/sexism/nutcase Californianism ever end?  Hot Air: "WaPo: Dems About To Outrage Themselves Out Of Midterm Win."

Keep it up, Maxine.  You're fighting the good fight.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

One must have a heart of stone not to laugh at this NY Mag article

There's a certain demographic that reads New York magazine and they're comfortable (in more ways than one) in their bubble.  Pandering to that audience produces such a cri de coeur as this one: "Summer of Rage: White men are the minority in the United States — no wonder they get uncomfortable when their power is challenged."

The article spends an inordinate amount of time defending California nutcase Maxine Waters who has been told to STFU by none other than Chuck Schumer.  Then it falls back on the tired, self-regarding trope that violent rhetoric, if not outright violence, is the appropriate response when there's so much pain inflicted by the white male minority.  Sarah Sanders can't eat a meal?  Tough: we're on the cusp of "The Handmaids Tale" don't you know.

Let's jump down to the conclusion:
One reason that the fury of women is regularly dismissed as theatrical and marginal and unserious is precisely because, on some level, the powerful must sense that it is the opposite of all of those things. That, in fact, it presents a very real threat.
Sure thing, baby cakes.  I'm with you: let Maxine, Hillary, and Pocahontas speak.