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.