Sunday, September 22, 2019

How can this guy be so lucky?

A little correction: I was wrong last month when I said that Liz Warren's nomination was "not going to happen."  Last night the best poll in Iowa now shows Fauxcahontas pulling ahead of Sleepy Joe.  Hot Air: "Warren Pulling Ahead, At Least In Iowa."

This can only be explained by Biden's slow-motion implosion.  My belief in that Warren could not be the Democrats' nominee is because she's a stone-cold Hillary 2.0 loser to Trump:
From the beginning of this mess, I’d never imagined that Donald Trump could be lucky enough to draw Warren as an opponent, but at this point, it’s impossible to deny that she looks like she has a real chance. That’s kind of amazing because she really is a dud of a candidate. She’s terrible on the stump and leaves people with the impression that she’s lecturing them more than relating to them. And she’s already gone on the record with a bunch of policies that will ruin people’s financial situations while driving the country in an extreme leftward tilt.

If Trump is running even a modestly competent campaign next year he should be able to tear her to shreds.
Since it's confession time, I was also very wrong about Kamala Harris.  Sweet mercy, she's a terrible candidate. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

This is not going to happen

Hot Air: "Report: House Dems Weighing Contempt Charge Against Corey Lewandowski Over Tuesday’s Hearing."

C'mon, man, this is all posturing.  The Democrats want to bury the memory of that hearing in a shallow grave.


ABC News: "Buttigieg calls Warren 'extremely evasive' on health taxes."

Warren is terrible when she's pushed off her well-rehearsed talking points.  The media is going to protect her all the way up until her first debate with Trump and then it's all going to fall apart once that bubble is popped.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Yes, it's amazing she hasn't been pressed on this

Since the media won't do its job, it took Stephen Colbert to finally at least try to pin Elizabeth Warren down on the inevitable middle class tax hikes that would necessarily come with Medicare for All.  (Spoiler alert: he failed)

Hot Air: "Elizabeth Warren Won’t Tell The Truth About Middle-Class Taxes Despite Stephen Colbert Pleading With Her To Do So."

Federalist: "Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan—For Avoiding Your Health Care Questions" - "Telling people they will lose their coverage, and figuring out how to pay for this $30 trillion-plus system? Elizabeth Warren doesn’t want to bother answering questions about those minor details."

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Americans have steadily lost faith in the press

New York Times: "Hold my beer."
To summarize, the Times had information that Ford’s account was essentially nuked and discredited. Instead of running that as the lead story delved from this garbage book, they reran old allegations and included a new one which lacked any credibility at all, to the point where even the alleged victim has no recollection of it.


Are we supposed to believe that was just an honest editorial decision? Come on. The authors of this book were so partisan, so wrapped up in their own narrative that they did everything they could to frame things in a way to hurt Kavanaugh. It just so happens that they did such an awful job at it that their claims fell apart within hours.
Trump has driven the lamestream media absolutely insane and this latest hit job against Kavanaugh is just more of the same. 

Gee, why is there a housing shortage?

Reason Online: "Minneapolis Doesn't Want Landlords to Check Tenants' Criminal History, Credit Score, Past Evictions" - "The Minneapolis city council just made the rental business a lot riskier for property owners."

Dude's never gonna make it

Twitchy: "Joe Biden says his child care tax credit would put 720 million women back into the workforce (video)."  Oh yeah, the video is very clear.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Salad fork Amy

I'm linking this post just for this line:
Meanwhile, Amy Klobuchar has assaulted more women in her senate office than Kavanaugh has.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

What we've come to expect from the media

National Review: "The New York Times Anti-Kavanaugh Bombshell Is Actually a Dud."
The book isn’t released until Tuesday, but Mollie Hemingway got a copy, and she writes on Twitter: “The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event.” Omitting this fact from the New York Times story is one of the worst cases of journalistic malpractice in recent memory.
And yet, it's all so familiar.  The "Democracy dies in darkness" crowd isn't even trying to cover up their advocacy anymore.

Extra - Mollie Hemingway's twitter reaction: "I'm actually kind of enjoying how bad this is."

The Paper of Record:

Saturday, September 14, 2019


The Intercept: "Joe Biden's stunningly racist answer on the legacy of slavery has been overlooked."

I have predicted that Biden will lose both New Hampshire and Iowa and then his support in South Carolina will wither because of these early setbacks.  (When your entire argument is "electability" it's subverted when you can't get elected.)  These latest gaffes will not endear him to the very South Carolina voters he's depending on.

Which leaves, what, Warren?  There won't be an U-haul trucks at the White House anytime soon.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Drop out, Joe

Rolling Stone (!): "Why It’s Time for Joe to Go" - "Democrats need an antiracist nominee to run against a racist like Donald Trump. The third debate confirmed Biden isn’t up to the task"

When i saw this same article earlier in the day, the title was "Drop out, Joe Biden."  This revision drops the imperative tone.

The cringe

Kamala Harris' performance in the debate last night was cringier than "Scott's Tots."  It was full of uncomfortable laughing and dead-cat-bounce "zingers."

Legal Insurrection has it right: "Kamala Harris’ campaign should have ended tonight at #DemDebate."  I can't believe I once believed that she had a chance at the nomination.  She's all done now.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

These plans suck

David French: "Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Plans for Everything’ Consistently Violate the Law."

Confirmed: Christine Blasey Ford lied

At least her own father thinks so.  How else to explain this story from the Federalist: "Christine Blasey Ford’s Father Supported Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation" - "After Christine Blasey Ford publicly alleged that Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her, her father repeatedly communicated to Kavanaugh's father that he supported Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court."

During the confirmation hearings, the media barely covered the very strange detail that nobody in her blood family would go on record supporting poor Christine. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Not even bothering with the law anymore

Fox News: "Supreme Court allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect, ending 9th Circuit injunctions."
Only Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.
No kidding.  The only two who thought it was good law to force you to bake a cake also opposed this decision.  The cynic in me believes that these two don't even care about the law; they only care about their SJW credentials.

Extra - Hot Air: "The point is, she cast her vote based, in part, on tradition rather than law."

Some airplanes did something

PJ Media: "NYT: 'Airplanes Took Aim' on 9/11."
I'll never understand the mindset. They know Islamic terrorists did it. Yet their first impulse was to say that the "airplanes took aim." As if nobody would notice. They had to be publicly shamed into grudgingly admitting even a partial truth about what really happened.
In their defense, they were probably preoccupied with yet another breathless story about Trump drawing on a weather map.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Reason Online: "Elizabeth Warren's Plans Don't Add Up - The Warren worldview of ill-founded economic pessimism is both bloodless and moralizing."

Monday, September 09, 2019

Democracy dies if a Democrat is threatened

I think that's the new motto of the Washington Post.  What do you think, Ralph Northam?  Twitchy: "‘THIS is collusion’! WaPo’s fact check of Joe Biden’s Iraq War comments is outrageous even for them."

Everything Trump says: lie!
Everything Biden lies about: well...he misspoke.

Not a worry, Steve

Washington Free Beacon: "Kroft on Interviewing Obama: ‘I Don’t Think It Was a Matter of Pushing Hard’."

Sure, Soft-Serve: Obama met with you 16 times because of your hard-hitting questions.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

You can Brexit any time you like, but you can never leave

Democracy in Europe only works if you vote the right way.  National Review: "The Brexit Saboteurs":
Christopher Caldwell pores over the anti-democratic European playbook in a superb essay in the Claremont Review of Books. In EU-land, it’s perfectly normal for referenda to be ignored. In 1992, voters in Denmark rejected the Maastricht Treaty, then they voted the proper way in 1993. Irish voters rejected the EU Treaty of Nice in 2001, then in 2002 were ushered back to the polls, when they voted in accordance with EU wishes. After Ireland rejected the Treaty of Lisbon in 2008, the voters returned to the polls to deliver the EU-desired result in 2009. “These do-overs had become a Europe-wide symbol of contempt for voters,” Caldwell writes. “And that is why Parliament voted overwhelmingly in March 2017 to validate the referendum, activate the E.U.’s Article 50, and fix the date for British withdrawal.” That date was March 29, 2019, which turned out not to be all that fixed after all. The currently mooted terms would delay Brexit at least another 90 days past October 31, pushing the saga into 2020.
Writing in City Journal, Theodore Dalrymple writes in "Endless Tantrum" that Brexit should not have been decided by a referendum vote but - once it was - the UK had an obligation to follow the voters' wishes.
In normal circumstances, Members of Parliament are not obliged to vote according to what the population wants. They are representatives, not delegates with a clearly laid-down mandate to fulfill, and governments have to make hundreds of decisions without reference to the electorate’s wishes, except in a general way. But, having canvassed public opinion in a supposedly binding referendum on a vital subject, to ignore the result can only strengthen the impression that the political class is a law unto itself.
It's weird (to me) that the once-proud Brits would allow this endless supplication to Brussels, along with billions of Euros, rather than just pull off the Band-aid.

Democrats with bylines

Republicans prepare to pounce.  Twitchy: "Politico’s spin on unhinged, ban-happy 2020 Dems could win ‘gold medal in the mental gymnastics’."

Wonder how they'll spin this

Breitbart: "Black unemployment hits record low, black-white unemployment gap shrinks to smallest ever."  "The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to the lowest level ever recorded in August, dropping from 6 percent to 5.5 percent."

Friday, September 06, 2019

Satan couldn't keep him alive any longer

Fox News: "Robert Mugabe, longtime ruler of Zimbabwe, dead at 95."  Instapundit had it right when he said Mugabe should have been given the Mussolini treatment years ago.

I've referenced this a couple times over the years but the Atlantic had a great article in 2003 about how Mugabe destroyed Zimbabwe: "How to kill a country - Turning a breadbasket into a basket case in ten easy steps—the Robert Mugabe way."

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Ban all the straws!

Reason Online: "4 Memorable Moments From CNN's Climate Town Hall."

I feel like any candidate who doesn't embrace nuclear power - a reliable power source that produces no carbon dioxide emissions - is just a poseur.  We are not going to run a modern America on windmills.

Extra - Doug Ross: "Top 10 things Democrats will ban."  Straws and cheeseburgers.  If you're Bernie Sanders: humans.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

The chameleon

Ben Shapiro: "How the Quest for Power Corrupted Elizabeth Warren."

David Brooks basically had the same story in the NY Times today: Warren wrote a book that advocated conservative themes such as school vouchers, but utterly disavowed it to grab power.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Joe is either senile or a serial liar

So says Kevin Williamson: "We need to talk about Joe Biden."  "Joe Biden has exhausted whatever presumption of goodwill or benefit of the doubt we might have extended to him for the past 46 years. He has had his chance to show that he is a man capable of honor, integrity, and honesty — and he has failed that test at every turn. If there ever was a time for him, that time has passed. The last thing this country needs is another pathological liar in its highest office. He is unfit for the presidency in every way, and Democrats owe the country better than to nominate him in the pursuit of their own selfish partisan interests."

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Nazi uranium

This is the craziest story from NPR's Morning Edition.  Apparently, after WWII, the American forces gathered up a bunch of uranium cubes the Nazis had buried in a field.  There were 659 cubes in total and almost all of these are unaccounted for.  The experts in the story think they're sitting in a very heavy crate somewhere in a government facility or college sub-annex.

Joe Biden is senile

Biden is a millisecond from telling us he used to wear an onion on his belt which was the style at the time.

Ace: "Joe Biden Says "This is the solemn word of Joe Biden," Then Lies Like a Rug for Three Minutes."
"This is the God's truth," Biden had said as he told the story. "My word as a Biden."

Except almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect. Based on interviews with more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders and Biden campaign officials, it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.

Biden visited Kunar province in 2008 as a U.S. senator, not as vice president. The service member who performed the celebrated rescue that Biden described was a 20-year-old Army specialist, not a much older Navy captain. And that soldier, Kyle J. White, never had a Silver Star, or any other medal, pinned on him by Biden. At a White House ceremony six years after Biden’s visit, White stood at attention as President Barack Obama placed a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, around his neck.

The upshot: In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.
Joe is only going to get older and the spotlight more intense.  This will not end well for him.  Poor guy could have retired in peace.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Of course, the boat should be composted

ABC News: "Sailing team to fly 2 crew to US to bring Thunberg boat back."  "The sailing team that's taking climate activist Greta Thunberg from England to the United States aboard a high-tech racing yacht says it will fly two crew across the Atlantic to bring the boat back, but that the carbon emissions from their flights will be compensated for."  Oh, for sure, for sure.

Monday, August 26, 2019

What rules? We didn't see any rules!

You know...the ones you guys invented for your political enemies.  Those rules.  Hot Air: "NYT Publisher Warns: Right-Wingers Are Combing Through Our Staff’s Social Media Posts For Embarrassing Material."

Extra - Powerline: "New York Times whines: Boo hoo!"

And this - Federalist: "Journalists Are Having A Meltdown Over Journalism Being Done To Them."

I dislike Joe Biden

Have you noticed?  Anyway, gaze upon your nominee who will drop out after the South Carolina primary:

Saturday, August 24, 2019

What did Biden say today?

Fox News: "Biden tells voters 'don't vote for me' if they're concerned about his age."  But wait!  There's more:
"I’ve been here a number of times ... I love this place," Biden said when asked for his impression of the town. "Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it?”
He was in New Hampshire.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Stay off the record

Daily Caller: "Climate Crusading Youngsters Erupt After DNC Officials Reject Global Warming Debate."
Symone Sanders, Biden’s senior adviser, was among those who urged the committee to vote down the debate, telling other officials at the conference that it would be “dangerous territory in the middle of a Democratic primary process.” Her comments contrast with those Biden made in June. He told a Greenpeace activist at the time: “I’m all in.”
Joe's strategy is to take both sides of every issue and hope nobody asks him a question.

No guns for you at Walmart

Business Insider: "I tried to buy a gun at Walmart twice, and roadblocks left me empty-handed both times."

Sometimes a piece of honest journalism is so refreshing. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

I've seen this show before

Daily Caller: "Elizabeth Warren Kicks Off Policy Speech To Native Americans With An Apology: ‘I Am Sorry’"
“Now before I go any further, I want to say this. Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes. I am very sorry for harm I have caused,” Warren remarked during the event. “I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations that we’ve had together.”
Do you know what you'll never - ever - never ever hear from Warren?

1) What mistakes she's made
2) What harm she's caused
3) What she's learned

She has thrown out this fake penitence for years now and every time she's asked about it we get vague responses like "I'm not part of a tribe" or "I'm not a person of color."  You'll never get her to admit that she only adopted her so-called heritage in her mid-30s when she just happened to be looking for a job.  

Prove me wrong, mainstream media: let's hear what "mistakes" or "harm" Warren has caused.  She's practically inviting you to ask her.

Oh, I know how

In fact, I predicted it a long time ago.  Hot Air: "McDonald’s Just Opened A Restaurant With Almost No Workers. Guess How."  Soon you're going to have all the $15 minimum wage jobs that nobody will fill.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Don't do it, Joe

PJ Media: "Report: Obama Tried to Talk Biden out of Running for President."  "If there’s anything that we can gather from this story it’s that Obama really doesn’t think as highly of Joe Biden as Joe Biden wants us to believe."

Extra - Spectator: "Joe Biden isn’t ‘gaffe-prone’, he’s losing his mind."

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The media is a joke

If you're wondering (yet again) why conservatives hate the media, look no further than the double standard of Politifact, the Democrat-protecting racket.  Vodkapundit: "Michael Brown PolitiFact Check: Murder Is What Democrats Say It Is, or Something."
When is it OK to call a not-murder a murder? When Democrats need it to call it one for political gain, if I'm reading PolitiFact's Louis Jacobson correctly.
This clown show has been going on for years but you'll rarely see an example where a news source will openly wonder: "who are we to say what words mean?"

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The millionaire who hates billionaires

Reason Online: "Media Notices Bernie's Nonsense Conspiracies When They're About Media" - "The progressive senator's Trumpian anti-Bezos take is part of career-long history of fantasizing about evil billionaires."

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Our new feature: what did Joe Biden say today?

Bloomberg: "Biden Says He Was Vice President During the Parkland Shooting."
Joe Biden said he was vice president when the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, took place. Except, it happened in 2018, more than a year after he left office -- the latest gaffe by the Democratic presidential front-runner.

Biden told reporters in Iowa on Saturday that “those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president.” But when they visited Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress, lawmakers were “basically cowering, not wanting to see them. They did not want to face it on camera.”
This is a wild piece of fiction.  Not only did Joe Biden comfort the Parkland kids, but those dastardly and cowardly Congressmen were turning them away.  But not brave Joe - that's not the Scranton style.

Joe Biden: the man, the myth, the time-travelling legend.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Daily question: what did Joe Biden say today?

Yesterday it was "Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids."
Also, he called British prime minister Teresa May "Margaret Thatcher"...again.

Today: "Biden Forcefully Grabs Girl After Being Asked How Many Genders There Are."

But he answered: "Joe Biden: There Are At Least Three Genders."

This is "corn dogs at the Iowa Fair" season.  What is Grandpa Joe going to do when we get to crunch time?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

AOC: the NY Times is full of white supremacists

Or something like that.  It's something to see the furious backpedaling of a newspaper that carries water for the Left 99.9% of the time.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Sure, David, sure

David Axelrod at CNN: "Elizabeth Warren is running a brilliant campaign."
More than any other candidate, she has a clear, unambiguous message that is thoroughly integrated with her biography. 
Are...are we watching the same person?  But do go on about her biography.  That's gold, Jerry!

Friday, August 02, 2019

Shakedown Joe

Powerline: "Biden's corruption problem." - "The Democrats have made feeble efforts, including the lame Emoluments Clause theory, to make an issue out of President Trump’s business dealings. It will be interesting to see how the very real corruption issues surrounding Joe Biden play out if Biden becomes the Democrats’ nominee."

The crisis around the corner. No not that one.

Babylon Bee: "Experts Warn We Have Only 12 Years Left Until They Change The Timeline On Global Warming Again."

Thursday, August 01, 2019

It was awful

Hot Air: "Debate Deflate Continues: Second Night Dropoff 40% From Previous Debate."

This article tries to do an autopsy and figure out why Americans tuned out.  Is it that everybody hates CNN?   Or could it be that the field of candidates is just too crowded.

I'll give you my two cents: people are sick of the rote regurgitation of talking points.  The DNC banned "raise your hand" questions for this debate after the first one caused embarrassing moments like every Democrat agreeing Americans should pay for illegals' health care.  The next debate should be nothing but raising hands.  Let's have a binary position on the issues instead of the word salads.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"You want a piece of me, Kamala?!"

Twitchy: "Five senior campaign officials assure us Joe Biden is ‘ready to throw down’ at second debate."  And stay off my lawn!

Exclusive video of Biden and Harris throwing down gloves.  Must credit Viking Pundit!

Nevertheless, she persisted to obfuscate

Hot Air: "Taking A Cue From Obama, Elizabeth Warren’s Single-Payer Strategy Involves Not Telling Voters The Truth."

Unable to tell the truth during the debate, she said "I'll say it again" and regurgitated the same script in the post-debate interview.  I've seen this Chubby Checker twist whenever she's asked about her "Native American heritage."

Yo, she's not a person of color and she doesn't belong to a tribe and she can't go back!

What happens when you cut off that sweet Mueller morphine drip

Fox News: "MSNBC's 'The Rachel Maddow Show' plummets to fifth most-watched cable news show."  I actually watched the evening after Mueller testified and Maddow was slathering lipstick on that pig with a wide trowel.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Disclaimer: I did not watch the debate

Twitchy: "Democratic candidates agree: Obamacare is horrible didn’t fix anything."  But I can laugh about it anyway, right?  Meh, I'll see the highlights.

These people are nuts

Daily Caller: "California Gov. Signs A Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates To Submit Tax Returns."  This is almost certainly unconstitutional since that document spells out exactly what requirements are needed to be President and states can't add on whatever they want.  Ironically, this was the argument former California governor Jerry Brown - Jerry Brown! - made when he vetoed the same law two years ago.

If history is any guide, this move will boomerang spectacularly on the Democrats

Sunday, July 28, 2019

This tweet aged well

Stereotyping dead ahead!

Andrew Yang on Fox News Sunday this morning: "I'm Asian, so you know I like to work."

LOL, what?

What biased media?

Twitchy: "Journo April Ryan has Rep. Cummings’ back by saying the WH might be worse (then blames TRUMP for not fixing Baltimore’s problems!)"

Because, as we know, all the problems in Baltimore started on January 20th, 2017.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

"Nobody wants to be a beggar for life"

Just finished watching a documentary called "Poverty, Inc." which could be called "the road to ruin is paved with good intentions."  I really didn't know much about this movie when I put it in my Netflix queue but it's a libertarian's dream.  In heartbreaking detail, it shows how "compassion" puts poor countries into a dependency trap.  After all, why buy a pair of shoes from your local cobbler when Tom's is handing them out for free?

Good review

Minuteman: "Hacking The Next Election." 

Friday, July 26, 2019

The dead horse whippings will continue

Some Democrats have an article in the Atlantic: "Why We’re Moving Forward With Impeachment."

I really don't know what more can be said about this futile effort.  They keep pretending there's some bombshell just about to be uncovered, something missed by several Congressional investigations, the Mueller investigation, and the combined power of the mainstream media.  And - always - there's the puffery that they're the Great Protectors of the Constitution.

Time for some heavy duty counter-punching.

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Red State: "Leftwing Journo Makes Bizarre Claim That Mueller Testified That The Kremlin Was Blackmailing Trump."

Joe Biden has amnesia

The Hill: "Biden: 'I'm not going to be as polite' at next debate."
“If they want to argue about the past, I can do that,” Biden said at the fundraiser. “I got a past I’m proud of. They got a past that’s not quite so good.”
Joe's proud of his past except for his 1994 crime bill, his anti-busing stance, Obamacare, his support for the Hyde Amendment, and his vote for the Iraq war.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Mueller train wreck

Federalist: "Robert Mueller’s Testimony Has Been A Complete Disaster For Democrats."
Under the Constitution, congressional Democrats are free to impeach the president for any reasons they like—and voters are free to judge the president’s actions and vote for someone else. But the Mueller investigation was unable, despite its best efforts, to indict a single person for conspiracy connected to Trump 2016 campaign, much less the president himself. Mueller admitted under oath that his investigation into that matter was unhindered.

Democrats seem unable to come to terms with these inconvenient facts. And Mueller’s presence didn’t help their cause.
In his original report, Mueller said there was no collusion and today he specifically said that his investigation was not hindered in any way, which pulls the rug out of the obstruction charge.  But you'd never know that from the Democrats on the news shows tonight: it's full steam ahead with impeachment.  I expect that new poll numbers after this nothingburger today will bring them back to Nancy Pelosi's fold.

Chuck Todd is the worst

Columbia Journalism Review: "After former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee this morning, Chuck Todd managed to demonstrate, with uncharacteristic brevity, his basic misunderstanding of the requirements of his job."

I can't stand Todd because his "Meet the Press" interviews with Republicans are interrupted constantly while for Democrats he just stares in reverent silence.

That's the ballgame

Monday, July 22, 2019

Amtrak Joe on the gravy train

National Review: "Joe Biden Gets Paid — a Lot — for Speeches, and He’s Not Middle-Class." "Biden’s continued insistence that he’s “Middle Class Joe” while raking in $15 million over two years is not quite as insufferable as Hillary Clinton’s claim that the Clintons were “dead broke” when they left the White House. But it’s getting there."

Plus, Joe knows how to avoid taxes on his phat speech fees.

Extra - Twitchy: "Move over, Elizabeth Warren: Joe Biden knows how to make a buck at a university." 

Yeah, we know

Hot Air: "WaPo, Politico: You Know Mueller-Mas Will Be A Bust (Again), Right?"  Keep whipping that dead horse, boys.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Taxing the guy behind the tree

Reason Online: "Why Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax Won't Work - Elizabeth Warren says her "ultra-millionaire tax" will raise $2.75 trillion. History says otherwise."

Friday, July 19, 2019

Don't think I've heard of "damselling"

Ace: "Oh, My: Capital Police Strongly Imply That, Despite the Squad's Claims That They Are the Subjects of Intolerable Death Threats, They're Not Receiving More Threats Than Many Others."  ""Damselling" is internet slang for being a constant attention whore and drama cyclone and always claiming you're under attack, usually to gain sympathy, White Knights, and even money (especially through Patreon donations) and jobs (from leftwing media looking for leftwing "victims" of the right)."

There's an old joke that half the articles in Cosmopolitan are "You're great the way you are" and the other half are "Lose 10 pounds now!"  Modern feminism is full of crybullies who are both strong and powerful but also need constant protection from the meanies.  (See: every AOC tweet.)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Trump's going to get re-elected, isn't he?"

Powerline: "Scenes from the Democratic Panic Room."  "Liberals no longer believe in entrepreneurship and “growing the economy” (in Bill Clinton’s clunky phrase). It’s the Bernie-Lizzie Party now: the system is rigged! Only redistribution and punitive taxation on the prosperous will satisfy the sanctified envy and blood lust of the ascendent left. The Democratic Party is back to loving workers but hating employers. A winning formula I’m sure."

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

I thought it was a BFD, Joe

Reason Online: "Joe Biden's New Health Care Plan Is an Admission that Obamacare Doesn't Work."  "Biden is pitching an expensive overhaul of Obamacare on the promise that it would do what Obamacare was supposed to have already done. Which means that for all the feisty back-and-forth about health care policy, nearly all of the Democrats running for president appear to agree on at least one thing: Obamacare isn't working." 

We're from the government and we're here to help

Imgur album: "The crux of politics is unintended consequences, and the road to hell is paved with good intentions." 

Fauxcahontas on the warpath

This video of Elizabeth Warren grandstanding for the cameras is cringe-worthy.  Twitchy: "Elizabeth Warren has a temper tantrum after trying to shame Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper."

If I remember correctly, Warren has voted "no" on every Trump nominee except for Nikki Haley.  She has no interest in "advise and consent" - she's just there to campaign and pander.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Healing Crystals Lady pulls ahead!

C'mon, man, this is great.  Legal Insurrection: "New Hampshire Poll Has Williamson Polling Ahead of Booker, Gillibrand, and O’Rourke." 

Bernie is losing ground in the state where he trounced Hillary and grabbed everyone's attention in 2016.  But his screaming at the camera act is so stale now.  He was on "Meet the Press" yesterday and I could have predicted every response. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Ever wonder why CNN's ratings are in the dumpster?

Twitchy: "Sure, President Obama deported more people than Trump, but CNN looks at the ‘context’."

Orange Man Bad.  Obama good.  We get it, we get it.

The identity politics monster turns on the Dems

Washington Free Beacon: "Pelosi's House of Pain."
She's something, Ocasio-Cortez. At 29 years old, she perfectly embodies her generation's uniquely irritating combo of self-righteousness and cluelessness. Passionate and charming at first blush, her appeal quickly wears off. In a March Quinnipiac poll her favorability was underwater by 13 points.

What Ocasio-Cortez understands is that, in the culture of social media celebrity, the worst possible thing to do is back down. So, when Pelosi stated the obvious to Maureen Dowd—that for all the attention The Squad receives from the media it is, in the end, four votes—Ocasio-Cortez insinuated the speaker is a racist. And they say liberals oppose nuclear war.
Pass the popcorn.  AOC rose to prominence by yelling from a lectern but I don't believe she could withstand substantive debate with either a primary or general election challenger.  She's just not that bright.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Vice deporter in chief

Joe Biden on immigration policy: "To compare him to what this guy is doing is absolutely, I find close to immoral."

Yeah!  Nobody deports illegals like Joe and his buddy Barack!
Joe Biden has had a two-word retort to recent questions about his record on civil rights and race: Barack Obama.

But when it comes to Latinos and immigration, Biden is learning that the Obama defense doesn’t do the trick: The former Democratic administration’s mass deportations of 3 million people provoked fear and fury in the community at the time, and the bad taste has lingered even with Donald Trump in the White House.
In fact, the Obama-Biden team deported illegals at twice the rate of Trump today.  Joe is right: there's no comparison.

Update - Politico tonight: "Protesters rail against Biden on deportations."  Check this out: "I will not apologize for deportation if the person committed a felony,” Biden told the protesters."  That is such weak tea, Sleepy Joe.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mercifully, her fifteen minutes of fame are almost up

Extra - Reason Online: "The U.S. Soccer 'Pay Gap' Is About More Than Just Sexism - The U.S. women's soccer team deserves better, but mandating equal pay isn't the answer." 

A strong female character in a "Terminator" movie?

Say it ain't so!  Breitbart: "'Variety' fabricates hoaxtroversy about 'Dark Fate''s lady Terminator."

This is the worst thing since that black Little Mermaid danced at Boston University.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

That's an unexpected twist

Did not see this coming.  Politico: "Appeals court skeptical Obamacare can survive."

Chief Justice John Roberts famously set up this conflict in Obamacare by ruling the individual mandate could only be administered through the tax power of Congress.  Could he now find some other convoluted reason to save SCOTUScare?  The answer might come in the middle of the 2020 election season.

Monday, July 08, 2019

You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you

Federalist: "Yes, There Is A Soccer Pay Gap: The Women Make More Than The Men Do - Last year, the men's World Cup generated $6 billion, and gave about 7 percent to the teams. The 2019 Women's World Cup made $131 million, and gave out more than 20 percent to the teams."

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Acquire a thick skin

Powerline: "What a conservative learns in college."

I was a conservative student at Rutgers, and publicly so, because I wrote regular articles in several college newspapers.  I really can't attest to the current college climate except from articles like this but it seems like things have gotten markedly worse.  Back then I regularly attended parties with member of the campus left and generally we agreed to disagree.  Now the animosity and acrimony is at a whole other level.

Friday, July 05, 2019


Grabien: "Biden: Russia Election Interference Wouldn’t Have Happened ‘on My Watch and Barack’s Watch’."
BIDEN: “Look at what’s happening with Putin. While Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe. Look at what’s happening in Hungary, look what’s happening in Poland, look what’s happening. You think that would happen on my watch or Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.
There's something wrong with this guy.

And then there's this.  CNBC: "Biden vows to bring back Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty for not having insurance."  Dude is self-destructing wayyy too early.  We needed this to happen around March.

Heroes of Twitter - assemble!

I have not been this angry since I saw that video of AOC dancing.  Twitchy: "Alleged racist backlash against black Little Mermaid is only the latest example of ‘fake outrage bait’."

They so want to believe it's true.  So they do!

That's better

The Hill: "Economy adds 224K jobs in June, exceeding expectations."

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Give that man a cigar!

This dude totally called it, two weeks ago:
President Donald Trump’s pollster on Thursday put in writing his prediction that Sen. Elizabeth Warren would soon lead the Democratic primary field, estimating that her rise, coinciding with former Vice President Joe Biden's fall, would be cemented by October.

GOP strategist Ward Baker on Thursday commented on a video of Biden refusing to apologize for comments touting his past ability to work with segregationist senators to get things done in the chamber. "By October he will be #3 in polls," he tweeted. "Just give it time."
Didn't take much time: "Yikes: Two New Polls Show Biden Sliding To … Third Place."

Bye, Joe.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Happy Birthday

I was mesmerized by this video:

Trump loses the census fight

Legal Insurrection: "Census going to print without Citizenship Question."
But the timing was tough because printing the Census is a monumental undertaking. The government had argued, in urging the Supreme Court to expedite the case, that the printing could not wait much beyond the end of the Supreme Court term in June.

The theoretical what-if not longer is what-if. Or so it seems.
Disclosure: in high school, I had a job running a printing press.  So I'm absolutely astonished that a piece of paper that isn't due for at least six months can't be pushed off for some time.  I ran off thousands of multi-page catalogs in one afternoon.  Thanks, Justice Roberts, for another dilatory non-decision.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

What media negligence?

Hot Air: "Ten Years After He Became VP, News Outlets Decide Biden’s Track Record On Busing Is Noteworthy."

Where was the media when Biden was joining the Obama campaign?  Silently celebrating the ascendancy of the One and ignoring anything that would spoil the woke party.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pocahontas really hates corporations

Every single response Elizabeth Warren gives to any answer is that corporations bad.  Here's Stephen Green:
Warren says the problem with private insurance is that insurers want higher premiums, but pay out as little as they can in benefits. She'll fix that by putting you on Medicaid, where your coverage will compete for tax dollars for everything from Lockheed to potholes.
She and DiBlasio were the only ones who raised their hands when asked if they would take away everyone's private health insurance and force Americans onto Medicare for All. 

It's a parking lot

Ace: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Faked Pictures of Crying at Sight of Caged Children, Was Really Just Acting Outside of Empty Parking Lot."
This is too grotesque and clumsy a maneuver for even the media to ignore.

Nah, just having you on. Of course they're ignoring it and pretending they're not aware that Democrats are blocking money for the purchase of toiletries and bedding at the same time they shriek about not having adequate toiletries and bedding.
This nitwit knows one move: accuse anybody critical of her of racism, sexism, anti-New York-ism, and failing to understand "dry humor."  So the press lets her wear the bucket on her head and call it brilliant and brave.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What biased media?

Jim Geraghty: "The Highly Conditional Priorities of Our National News Media."
The argument isn’t mere hypocrisy; the argument is that large swaths of the national news media are only truly interested in topics when they are useful for demonizing Republicans. Immigration-enforcement methods that were bottom-of-page-A24 news in the Obama administration become top-of-page-A1 news in the Trump administration.
Why do most Republicans think that most Democrats are secretly fine, or at least indifferent, to the way ICE searches for, detains, and expels illegal immigrants? Because most Democrats were fine, or at least indifferent, to the way ICE searched for, detained, and expelled illegal immigrants during the Obama administration.
As we get closer to the election, we'll be hearing the evergreen "scare Grandma" stories about cutting entitlements.

Biden is the man with experience...that he's disavowing

Reason Online: "Joe Biden's Immigration Hypocrisy - Biden lambasts Trump for using the harsh enforcement tools that Biden himself helped create."  "[Yesterday] Biden penned an op-ed in the Miami Herald positioning himself as a champion of immigrants whose polices will reflect "American values." But look past the highfalutin rhetoric and what you find is rank hypocrisy combined with the lamest reform agenda." 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Null and void

Ace: "Oh Boy: Special Prosecutor Appointed to Probe Kim Foxx's Corrupt Handling of Jussie Smollett Case; As Kim Foxx's Fake-Recusal Sham Was Illegal, Jussie Smollett May Be Recharged and Retried."

Ace does a rather good review of the case: since DA Kim Foxx had no authority to recuse the case to her deputy, the whole farce is essentially vacated.

If I remember correctly, one of the reasons given for Jussie's sudden release is that prosecuting the case would be expensive for Chicago.  Now the Windy City will have to swallow all the expense so far along with a special prosecutor.  

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Joe Biden celebrates Juneteenth

As only Joe can.  Rolling Stone: "Why Did Joe Biden Praise a Segregationist?"  He's the original Gaffe Machine.  Only 17 more months of this!

Covering the microphone

Politico: "'It’s a farce': Dems livid as Hope Hicks dodges questions."  A White House lawyer appeared with Hicks and pretty much invoked privilege at every question except her name.

It's "Hope Hicks."  Unique!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Don't tread on me

Reason Online: "Stop Treating Government With Respect" - "It's become nothing but a weapon fought over by people who want to smash each other—and you."

Monday, June 17, 2019

The culture of theft

Legal Insurrection: "Student journalist: Shoplifting at Gibson’s Bakery was part of Oberlin College’s “Culture of Theft”."

Two observations: the blog Legal Insurrection should absolutely win a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Gibson's Bakery vs. Oberlin College saga.  It's been an amazing expose, revealing the rot that has taken hold at the liberal college.

Second point: the $33 million penalty imposed on Oberlin is the culmination of a permissive atmosphere where entitled SJW are coddled and never told "no"  You'd think that schools like Evergreen College, the University of Missouri, and Hampshire College would have adjusted course when they started shedding hundreds of students.  Maybe a multi-million dollar fine will send the message they failed to receive when they had the chance.

As a refreshing contrast, here's the administrators at Ohio State telling students to GTFO or they're going to be arrested then expelled:

"We gotta fix this health care mess!" - Amnesiac Joe Biden

Twitchy: "‘Swore he took care of that’! Joe Biden just admitted we were right about Obamacare all along."  #BFD indeed.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

But Orange Man!

The Hill: "Aren't delirious Democrats now accusing Team Obama of treason?"

It's ironic that the only person in Washington who has been definitely shown to have not colluded with foreign powers is Donald Trump.  Do Democrats really want to dredge up their history in the Ukraine, the bogus Steele dossier, and allowing Russian interference?

Let's have that discussion, by all means.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Firing Comey is a "dead letter"

This story was on NPR's Morning Edition yesterday but you need to wait a day until the transcript shows up.  GWU law professor Jonathan Turley had some thoughts about the charges against Trump on obstruction of justice.  He's not impressed:
TURLEY: Correct. Well, firing the FBI director, I think, is a dead letter. I don't think that can be the basis of obstruction. There was a great number of people that believe that Comey should be fired. It didn't impact the investigation, ultimately. A special counsel was appointed. And there is a myriad reasons to do it.
And he's pretty down on the "obstruction" involving White House counsel McGahn:
TURLEY: Well - but also, what the White House has argued is that we wanted to raise a conflict of interest, and that's a legitimate thing for us to raise with the deputy attorney general. And we did not order him to be actually fired, and we weren't trying to stop the investigation.
Speaking of NPR, this afternoon somebody said "we're joined by Adam Schiff" and it was time to put on classic rock.  This guy has nothing.

Get woke, go super broke

Legal Insurrection: "Oberlin College to Jury: We’re cash poor and big punitive award to Gibson’s Bakery will hurt students." 

Monday, June 10, 2019

AOC has never seen "Oleanna"

I've pretty much given up on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because it's obvious she's an idiot who mouths off kneejerk socialism while running away from substantive debate.  Ever the victim, she's beset by sexism, racism, ageism, and people failing to understand her "dry humor."

Today she responded to a story where 60% of male managers indicated they're uncomfortable mentoring female employees because they might be #MeToo'd to death.  In her glib fashion (or maybe it's sarcasm), AOC declares "Is it really that hard to not be creepy?"  It certainly is when there's women like AOC around.

In 1992, American playwright David Mamet premiered a play called "Oleanna".  In that play, a female student utterly ruins her professor's life in a series of escalating conflicts where false accusations stack up until he is overwhelmed.  Mamet saw it coming 27 years ago.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Oberlin College loses

No other person in news or bloggery has been following the case of Gibson's Bakery vs. Oberlin College like Legal Insurrection.  Read the whole thing: "VERDICT: Jury awards Gibson’s Bakery $11 million against Oberlin College."

Friday, June 07, 2019

Biden caves on the Hyde amendment

Twitchy: "Awkward: Biden aide ‘struggled badly’ on CNN to explain boss’s Hyde Amendment one-eighty."  As noted here, the video is remarkable because of the presence of journalism.  The CNN interviewer simply wants an answer as to how Biden supported the Hyde amendment for 42 years (!), reaffirmed his position on Wednesday, then flipped completely on Thursday.

Extra - The Hill: "Such explanations beg the question of what justification — other than cold-eyed political calculation — could be offered for such a rapid U-turn on an issue that is fundamentally the same as it ever was."

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Broke my phone

Bad news: screen's all screwed up.
Good news: thanks to the "cloud" nothing is lost.  Working off an old Samsung.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Monday, June 03, 2019

Embrace the atom

National Review: "Democrats' curious disdain for nuclear power" - "Until they embrace nuclear energy as a key to reducing emissions, the party’s many presidential candidates will be hard to take seriously on climate change."

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Blowing out of the Windy City

City Journal: "Chicago’s Hemorrhaging Housing Market - High taxes and government debt have soured buyers on Illinois and the nation’s third-largest city."  The housing market has collapsed because nobody wants to buy property in Chicago and assume the high property tax burden.

So much cringe

Twitchy: "If this interview with Elizabeth Warren is any indication, ‘Trump will straight-up murder her in a general election’."

These videos are packed with more cringe than the "Scott's Tots" episode of The Office.  It's bizarre how Warren falls back onto the same shopworn statements but it certainly explains why she won't appear on a Fox News town hall meeting.  All politicians have canned answers but hers peg the B.S. meter every time.

Extra - Legal Insurrection: "Should Trump stop calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” and start calling her “Rachel Dolezal”?"  Meh, she's never going to be the nominee.  Better to focus on Grandpa Joe.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Orange man bad

Issues and Insights: "Mueller’s Final Statement Turns Jurisprudence On Its Head."
How would the average American citizen like this said of him or her after a couple of years of 18 prosecutors scrutinizing his or her affairs? After reviewing all the evidence, we don’t have enough evidence to say that John Doe robbed that store. But we can’t say definitively that he didn’t rob that store, so here’s a bunch of embarrassing revelations about him that we uncovered along the way. Have fun.
Whatever.  There is not going to be impeachment proceedings in the House so this is all theater for the AOC thralls.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The end of women's sports

As somebody said: in the future there will be men's sports and co-ed sports.  Trib Live: "Transgender woman who last year competed as a man wins NCAA track championship."  I love this comment:
"Was applause mandatory? Because that's the next step in this progression."
You will be made to care.

Western Massachusetts update

Way up in the northwest corner.  Hot Air: "Williams College Professor: For Some Of My Students, Social Justice Ideology Trumps Science."  "It’s difficult to imagine the arrogance of an 18 or 19-year-old student telling their professor she ought not to be teaching. But that sort of arrogance seems par for the course when it comes to campus Social Justice Warriors."

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Gentleman's B

Reason Online: "Make School Hard Again."  "The corrupt undergraduate admissions process at most schools today can flourish because the higher branches of the American academic tree are so good. But the lower branches are rotten with grade inflation and social promotion. The move away from an emphasis on genuine academic achievement and meritocratic promotion has done a disservice to the least well-off while offering more opportunities for the rich and connected to buy the trappings of success for their offspring."

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day

U.S. Code 284

I had not heard about this before.  Lawfare: "How Congress and President Obama Made Trump’s Wall Possible."

The author hits upon a popular theme in the libertarian side of politics in that Congress has been handing more power over the the Executive branch and then we're all shocked when the President uses that power.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Elvis Presley's remote control

Elvis Presley famously shot his television after watching Robert Goulet.  I understand Elvis's pain every time I see that "huff and puff, I got COPD" commercial with the guy wearing the light-green shirt.

"Like you do, Grandpa?"
"Yes, grandchild, let me explain to you the symptoms of this disease and the potential side-effects of this drug I'm taking.  They include diarrhea and vomiting." 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

They gain absolution by voting for Bernie

Hot Air: "NY Times Opinion: Progressives Are Complete Hypocrites When It Comes To Housing Policy."  In which he takes apart the San Francisco NIMBYs.
This is a critique conservatives have long made about open-border progressives. If you want people crossing the border to be released on our streets, let’s release them in your neighborhood! It’s probably what motivated President Trump to suggest that the crush of Central Americans arriving at the border now should be directed toward sanctuary cities. If you want us to do this, how about you directly shoulder some of it.
Last summer, I saw a taping of the NPR show "Live from Here" at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  (Truth be told, I was there to see the excellent Lake Street Dive.)  The show had to close with a monologue from the host about immigration with a pointed jab at Donald Trump that elicited a broad cheer from the Massachusetts audience.

If there is a section of the country minimally affected by the unpleasant side-effects of unfettered immigration, it may be the aging hippie population of mountainous and remote Berkshire County.  What a brave position to take in front of this Western Massachusetts crowd, NPR.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

He did the math

My son turned me on to a documentary called "Perfect Bid: The Contestant who knew too much."  It's about a math teacher who obsessively tracked the price of prizes on "The Price is Right" and his potential influence on the most controversial Showcase Showdown ever.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Good enough for the firefighters!

Here's a fun tidbit from the Hill: "Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye."
The theory — worthy of a spy novel — was that a series of data pings between a computer in Trump Tower and Alfa Bank in Moscow actually was a secret beacon alerting the Putin and Trump teams that it was time to talk about colluding on hijacking the American presidential election.

The story eventually made its way to mainstream media such as The New York Times, Slate, CNN and, just last fall, The New Yorker. It has been debunked by the FBI, and it was not mentioned as a reliable allegation in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
The New York Times and CNN you say?  I'm surprised these beacons of light and freedom fell for such an obvious hoax.  /sarc 

The Left hates free speech, continued

Hot Air: "Predictably, People On The Left Are Defending ‘Milkshaking’."  Because literally Hitler.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Saw that coming

Hot Air: "Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Bombed As Predicted."  People just purchased their soda outside of Philly, which then proceeded to lose any tax revenue.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Upset Down Under

The polls were wrong again.  Hot Air: "A Trump-Supporting Conservative Prime Minister Pulled Off A Surprise Win In Australia." 
In essence, the left-leaning party was running on the Green New Deal and Morrison won by pointing out that could damage the economy. It remains to be seen whether those results are transferable to the United States, but you do have some of the same elements in play.
And as Twitchy notes, the NY Times can't believe Australians would vote for economic stability and against Mother Earth: "NYT perplexed because Australians didn’t vote for climate change hoax."  The Left has two reactions to every election: 1) the people have spoken! and 2) stupid people.

Extra - Belmont Club: "Pollsters Blindsided Again: Australian Labor Party's Surprise Defeat Echoes Hillary, Brexit." 

Strict parents won't let girl get an Iphone

Sounds perfectly reasonable....WTF?  Page Six: "Britney Spears conservatorship is going smoothly, but she’s desperate for iPhone."

I had to look it up: Britney Spears is 37 years old and, somehow, her parents control every aspect of her life.  That's just wrong.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

De Blasio enters Presidential race!

Meh...nobody cares.  Seems like a slow news day.  Here's the bass line from "Sir Duke"