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