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Numbers for a guy who is 78

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

21,869 votes: “Sanders winning 57% of voters under age 45 and an astounding 65% of those under 30. He won 20% of those 45 or older, Sanders only won 11% of seniors age 65.” We have no idea if these numbers are significant, but we did hear that Putin chartered buses to get all the youngsters to the polls.

Pick a country

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

This one or this one. Guess which one has the unhappy angry people.

Lights! Camera! Inaction!

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Since Mike is circling the drain, its back to: Russia! Yawn…

The worst part

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

The worst part of the Orange Man’s job is having to watch the horrible debate, declared by many the worst ever. We missed it on purpose. Do time travel and suggest which group would be better running the country, Mr. Green Jeans, Salty Brine, the Addams Family, etc. We’d select the cast and producers of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, a powerful crew compared to the debate teams.

Sudden Urgent National Security Update (and forget debate) via CNN and everyone else: Danger Will Robinson, Danger: Russia is looking to help Trump win in 2020. Please forget debate, it was nothing compared to this!!!

Sigh.

Getting a little fun from the war

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

USAT:

More than 2,000 former Justice Department officials called on Barr to resign Sunday, claiming his handling of the Stone case “openly and repeatedly flouted” the principle of equal justice. “Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, it is unheard of for the department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the president, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case,” the letter reads.

Mollie Hemingway points out at least 27 problems with the characterizations of Barr by the Most Vile Holy Ones in Washington.

And now for the fun. It is the best year ever for Democrats who got convicted of nasty things, since quite a few of them will get pardons or sentence commutations like former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich just did. We don’t know what the politics of Mike Milken might be, but since he gets publicly praised by Bill Clinton he can’t be a rabid right-winger. So hang on Stone, Manafort, General Flynn, etc., and whoever else the CCB Darth Vaders target; help is on the way when you’re just 3 guys among 200 D’s and R’s pardoned.

We actually expect quite a lot of bi-partisan pardoning and commuting, and the appearance of Mr. Kerik suggests that the author of this strategy may be Mayor Giuliani.

Misc

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

(a) George MacDonald Fraser and Harry Flashman for future reference; (b) Roger Pielke on the nasty treatment accorded to his dad, Richard Lindzen and many others. Yuck.

Take your pick

Monday, February 17th, 2020

VDH’s view of progressive burnout or huge crowds for the non-Democrat who vacations in the USSR. Very strange times.

Dismantle the spider web

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

We began the day with Clarice: “Since almost 80% of the city are Democratic voters, often employed by the government or are connected to law enforcement or have family members who are, the ability to expeditiously find panels in criminal cases is limited. Worse yet, the chance of an unbiased panel in a case involving Republican figures is minimal. If you think this puts Republican figures at far greater risk than Democrats, you are certainly not wrong.”

The largest US company that makes and delivers products is Exxon, with $300 billion in revenue and 70 thousand employees. By contrast, the US government has a $4 trillion annual budget and employs 3 million employees – it’s 13x Exxons with a zillion more employees. The Deep State is surely Deep. There is certainly a strong argument for moving HQ’s of many government departments away from the spider web.

Bonus: J.B. Shurk at AT has an interesting piece on the prior administration. Ewww.

What’s the word we’re looking for?

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

A senator: 80 percent of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients are produced abroad, the majority in China and India; however, the FDA only inspected one in five registered human drug manufacturing facilities abroad last year,

Oh yeah, we remember now: insanity.

Bonus: yet another proof of insanity.

Back to the future

Friday, February 14th, 2020

So back in 2007 there was the Bear Stearns conference call, and comments thereafter. A year later, the government let Lehman fail, incomprehensible at the time – all the more so, given that a key decision maker had been CEO of Goldman Sachs. In light of the current activities of the Deep State, here is a piece that spreads the blame around. It doesn’t get into great detail on things like sub-prime lending, and like CDS’s, etc., but there were a lot of wise guys gaming the system, just like the wise guys do today. Indeed, today. Nasty.

Message from the other universe

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Nice message from the other universe. They really believe what they get from CNN, MSDNC, etc. What a nasty world they inhabit. HT: AT

Update: more on this piece at PL. The rarity of changes like this makes their expression notable. She’ll get a lot of negative notices of course, and if they are particularly interesting, it would be interesting to note some of them.

Number please, or one ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

So the D winner yesterday got 76,000 votes out of 300,000 or so cast, versus the 152,000 he got in 2016. (In 2012 the D winner got 49,000 votes.) The R winner yesterday got 128,000 votes. What does it all mean? – for starters, we’re glad we missed every second of the TV nonsense.

Translation: Sanders support fell by 50% from 2016, while Trump’s numbers were way better than those of Sanders and Obama.

HT: Lily Tomlin

No NH here

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

There are limits to stupid after all, but not in Montana apparently. And here’s a piece on woke by a professor they wanted fired at her university.

Seriously creepy

Monday, February 10th, 2020

AG:

Those who are surprised by Bernie Sanders’ power in the Democrat primaries of 2016 and 2020 have not been paying attention. The self-styled “democratic socialist” from Vermont has inherited what President Obama sowed. Sanders is riding a wave of well-funded and highly trained young Marxists weaponized by President Obama. It is Obama’s hard work that allowed Bernie to jump from fringe character to viable presidential candidate.

These 21st-century progressives are not the loser SDS-types familiar to Baby Boomers. They know all about power. They are fundraising juggernauts on social media. Democratic candidates cater to them or drop out. They foisted the “resistance” on traditional liberal Democrats. After Trump’s inauguration, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were talking about working with the president. Hordes of activists descended on them, threatening their positions and threatening their homes.

The growing power of the hard Left within the Democratic Party’s ranks is not new. It is not the result of Trump derangement. It is the cause of Trump derangement. Progressives punch way above their weight class, first writing the regulations as government bureaucrats and then using threats of lawsuits to control corporations and colleges. They write the federal and state regulations that require racial and gender quotas. They run the human resources departments to enforce compliance. Activists invade and intimidate boardrooms (one of the things Obama led and taught as a community organizer) insisting corporations adopt woke policies by accusing them of racism, homophobia, and misogyny, and threatening lawsuits.

They insinuated themselves into teacher’s colleges, the writing of textbooks, government education policy, and setting college entrance exams so effectively that progressive brainwashing and public shaming is the new normal in our public schools and colleges. Two generations of kids have been raised on progressive’s anti-American stew of envy, grievance, and bullying tactics. That’s why Sanders, with the backing of Millennial leftists, is eating Joe Biden’s lunch.

There is a reason the radical Left achieved a tipping point during Barack Obama’s tenure. Obama had eight years to use the full power of the presidency as a community organizer. Taking advantage of the banking crisis, Obama illegally funneled $3 billion of federal bank fines to his favorite left-wing groups, such as La Raza and Acorn-type organizations, those committed to “revolutionary social change.” Those $3 billion trained and hired enough activists to change the direction of our country.

Obama pressured campuses with threats of losing federal education dollars, forcing them to hire scores and even hundreds of diversity officers. This was a jobs-for-radicals program. Diversity training was required for every freshman, forced on schools that had resisted for decades.

Activist administrators organized students to push colleges for more woke rules, more funds, more positions. There are now more bureaucrats in our colleges than there are professors. Almost 100 percent are left-wing. They have the power to require woke curricula in all departments, even science and engineering. Yale doubled its existing $50 million campaign to increase faculty “diversity” hiring. Brown began a $100 million diversity initiative.

Obama spent much of his time fundraising, but not for the Democratic Party, which he left weakened and broke. Too weak and too broke to oppose the far-left challenge. Obama channeled most of the funds he raised to his private group, Organizing for Action, which trained tens of thousands of community organizers—an army of professionally trained activists dedicated to turning America left.

Obama’s Department of Justice hired exclusively from five leftist advocacy groups (including UnidosUS and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund). They are still running their radical agenda from within the federal bureaucracy. They inject woke politics into every aspect of life touched by federal law. They are among the deep state’s secret saboteurs.

The progressive website Slate Star Codex says the single most influential moment in turning Millennials into radical activists was “Hands Up Don’t Shoot.” Few people remember the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” lie was promoted by President Obama, after then-Attorney General Eric Holder was dispatched to Ferguson, Missouri and saw the autopsy reports that exonerated police officer Darren Wilson. Obama cynically used Black Lives Matter to rally flagging support among blacks as the midterm elections approached. People died in the war on cops, with the assassinations and riots that followed.

A full year after the shooting, I visited Cambridge, Massachusetts, and found every church from Harvard Yard to surrounding white suburbs still hung with 10-foot banners declaring their support for Black Lives Matter. It was a formative moment for a generation of young people.

Through it all, Obama presented himself as a moderate and the media pushed that fake image. Americans bought it because they wanted to believe that Obama would bring racial healing. Now the movement has come out into the open. Obama’s social justice warriors are the majority in Democrat primaries, but ironically, they are not admirers of Obama. Obama’s cagey pretense to be mainstream is a turn-off to the young. They want their Marxism straight. They like Sanders. The face of the Left is no longer the Ivy League cool of Barack Obama, but the apoplectic “get off my lawn” persona of Bernie Sanders.

More via WSJ: This strategy kicked off with the $13 billion J.P. Morgan settlement in late 2013, though in that case the bank was simply offered credit for donations to nonprofits. That changed with the Citigroup and Bank of America settlements, which outright required $150 million in donations. The BofA agreement contains a provision that potentially tees up nonprofit groups for another $490 million. Several smaller settlements follow the same mold. To further induce companies to go the donation route, Justice considers these handouts to be worth “double credit” against penalty obligations. So while direct forms of victim relief are still counted dollar-for-dollar, a $500,000 donation by BofA to La Raza takes at least $1 million off the company’s bill.

Gosh, sounds like something the media should be interested in.

Ho Hum

Monday, February 10th, 2020

(1) We watched the SNL debate thing, and were unsurprised that 0% of it was funny. (2) BTW, what the heck is a lying dog-faced pony soldier? (3) Interesting piece by a B school classmate.

Crazy and getting crazier

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

Barone is trying to look at things like an adult, but that’s so, um, gone. In today’s world, use AI to foresee the future. Yup – yeah, that’l work, as will the charm of Comey. Huh? Help!

More wisdom: “the system is broken, is racist. We invest in our young people, in jobs, in education, not more jails, and incarceration. We end the war on drugs, which has disproportionately impacted African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. We end private prisons and detention centers in America.” Okay then…

Finally, nice piece on Orson Bean.

More weird

Friday, February 7th, 2020

old Mormon hymn? Huh? Weird guy. Bonus maybe fun: we expect Tom Lifson’s analysis of 11/20 to be easily true, but we’re not predicting it because the time today is just so very very weird.

One more little laugh

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

We’re not going to bother linking to the many pieces by D’s and media calling what’s-his-name the New Messiah, but you’ve got to admit it’s funny and appropriate, in this strange world. That’s enough for now. Enjoy the day!

Our first partisan observation

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Long overdue after all this time. SOTU: wow!

And speaking of non-partisan, The Lord has spoken.

Odd

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

WSJ: The outbreak is straining the resources of Wuhan’s front-line hospital staff, who have been forced to turn patients away because of a lack of beds and basic medical supplies. The 1,000-bed Huoshenshan facility was completed and ready to receive patients on Feb. 3, while the second — a 1,600-bed hospital called Leishenshan — is supposed to be ready by Feb. 5, just 10 to 12 days after plans for their construction were first announced.

Hey, just sell Alaska to these guys too, and all will be perfect.