June 13, 2019

The Prescient MacArthur

Timothy Birdnow

General Douglas MacArthur was prescient about the problems that now face America:

Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions — those institutions we proudly called the American way of life.

* Speech to the Michigan legislature, in Lansing, Michigan (15 May 1952),

It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. While such an economy may produce a sense of seeming prosperity for the moment, it rests on an illusionary foundation of complete unreliability and renders among our political leaders almost a greater fear of peace than is their fear of war.

* Speech to the Michigan legislature, in Lansing, Michigan (15 May 1952)

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The Last Laugh is on Smollett

Jack Kemp


What We’ve Learned about Jussie Smollett



From the article:

BEGIN QUOTE

A funny thing happened during Smollett’s victory lap: Chicago reporters obtained communications from police and prosecutors after a judge unsealed the case file. These records included texts Smollett sent that were obtained by police. The picture of Smollett that has emerged is considerably more detailed now: He had himself a rip-roaring good time while he was planning to make himself look like the victim of a nasty assault. He is brazen. He is smug. He is without doubt a liar, and a liar who preys on Americans’ natural sympathy for racial and sexual minorities. In the church of identity politics, what Smollett did is the equivalent of stealing from the widows-and-orphans box.
Smollett’s phone records show that for months he repeatedly bought cocaine, Ecstasy, and marijuana from the brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, which he paid for via Paypal and Venmo, and that he wanted to meet with the brothers "face to face” to discuss "planning,” presumably for the fake attack.

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Yet the decision by prosecutor Kim Foxx to let Smollett skate has probably maximized damage to his career. Because he didn’t have to plead guilty, Smollett mistakenly thinks the public sees him as innocent. Instead the public quite rightly thinks of him as a con artist, and of itself as the victim of a fraud. Had he pleaded guilty, he could now follow the well-established Hollywood formula for crafting a redemption arc. He could blame the drugs for messing up his mind, go into rehab, then perform a tearful, anguished mea culpa for Gayle King.


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Smollett had a calculated plan to enrich himself by making fools of Americans, and those who eagerly complied were left red-faced with humiliation that turned to anger.

Dana Mathewson adds:

Why are we not surprised?

The thing that occurs to me is that he apparently didn't for one minute think his plan could fail. He obviously isn't very smart. Here he was, obviously having NOT been beaten up and with nothing in his "plan" to credibly explain why the "attack" stopped. He said "They just stopped." In real life that doesn't happen. They'd have stopped once they'd beaten him senseless -- or somebody'd come along and beaten THEM senseless. Or chased them away with a gun, such as... cops.

A word from Tim:

Yeah; not very bright. I suppose he figured the media would carry his water for him - and that prosecutor wouldn''t bring charges. Also, given his mother's best friend is Angela Davis, the Communist terrorist now teaching in California, I suspect he wasn't the original planner, at least not in total.

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Dersh rings in again on the Mueller report

Dana Mathewson

Says it never should have been written in the first place. And he also says Mueller should shut up and sit down -- and NOT testify to Congress.


From Fox News:

The Constitution does not explicitly provide for special counsels or special prosecutors, (Alan) Dershowitz said Tuesday on "The Ingraham Angle."

He added such offices are "inconsistent" with the founding document, adding that there wasn't a pretense for the several-hundred-page conclusion to the investigation into President Trump.

Democrats in Congress passed a "civil enforcement resolution" on a straight party line vote to hold Barr and White House Counsel Bob McCann in Contempt of Congress.

Since the President has asserted Executive Privilege Congress has no authority in this matter and will likely lose in a court challenge. The President is a coequal branch of government, and cannot be coerced by Congress. Oh, and he is the enforcement arm, so Congress can go pound sand.

 

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California to give Illegal Aliens Medicaid

Dana Mathewson

California continues to live up to its Granolaville repuitation

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-democrats-full-health-benefits-illegal-immigrants-trump

From the article:

Under an agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. The deal emerged as part of a broader $213 billion budget.

The plan would take effect in January 2020, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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June 12, 2019

President Trump grows in stature and the Democrats continue to shrink

Dana Mathewson

In a new Fox News opinion piece, former GA Rep. Newt Gingrich explains why "the election of 2020 may be vastly different than the so-called experts think."

Over the last few weeks, the stature gap between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has grown dramatically.

While the president became the first foreign leader to meet with the new emperor of Japan, Pelosi announced she would like to see Trump in prison.

The president then had a widely watched dinner with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

The president seemed entirely at home as a world leader dining with the royals. The following day, the president had an interview with Piers Morgan, which was the most controlled and nuanced interview I have seen him give. He was truly presidential.

The meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May and other British government leaders also went well.

The anti-Trump crowds in London were tiny compared to the massive crowds that used to oppose President Ronald Reagan (of course Russian President Vladimir Putin is not spending the kind of money the Soviet Union used to spend on the so-called peace movement).

 The president’s recitation at Portsmouth of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s prayer on D-Day was stunning and widely replayed in the news.

Then the president went to Normandy and gave one of the most powerful and moving speeches of his career. When even liberals and anti-Trumpers were comparing his speech to President Reagan’s historic 1984 oration, you know President Trump had achieved an extraordinary impact.

Shortly after the speech, the president met with French President Emmanuel Macron, who told the news media he and Trump are good friends.

A brief stop in Ireland to meet with the Irish Prime Minister (and play a little golf) wrapped up the most successful trip so far in the Trump presidency.

While the president was overseas, he was also orchestrating the first really tough negotiation with Mexico over immigration. Largely because Congress has consistently failed to take control of the border and deal with illegal immigration, the president decided to focus on a strategy of getting Mexico to help control the illegal immigration that pours across its territory.

The president's threat to impose harsh tariffs brought Mexico to make historic changes in its approach to controlling illegal immigration. Some 6,000 Mexican troops are being sent to Mexico's southern border in a first step toward getting control of illegal immigration.

While there was widespread criticism and opposition to Trump’s threats when he first announced them, within a few days they achieved more progress with Mexico than we had made in years.

Good, good! In fact, very good!

While the president was proving he was a world leader in Japan, Britain, France, Ireland and Mexico, Pelosi’s House Democrats were ineffectually talking about subpoenas and investigations – and asserting that there is no border problem.

The stature gap just kept growing.

Pelosi’s shrinking stature is more than matched by the decay of the Democratic presidential field.

The only Democratic candidate with real national stature is former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden’s 36 years in the Senate and eight years as vice president serving with President Obama give him both name identity and acceptability. Unfortunately for Biden, three things are undermining his candidacy.

Ignore the fact that he just promised to cure cancer if he's elected. Most of us doubt he could cure bad breath.

First, his own record since he entered the Senate in 1972 makes him vulnerable on issue after issue. From apologizing to Anita Hill to explaining votes and statements that offend modern radicals, Biden’s record has kept him on defense.

 Second, the dynamic, militant elements of the Democratic Party are all on the left. A recent uprising forced Biden to repudiate a decades-long commitment of support for the 1976 Hyde Amendment – which prevents taxpayer money from being used to pay for most abortions. After a few days of pressure, Biden caved to the left. A lifetime career of citing his Catholicism was washed away by the radical left in less than a week.

On the environment and other issues, Biden is going to be driven to the left. The heart of his candidacy – the stable, seasoned centrist – is being crushed by the energy and vitriol of the left.

Third, Biden has always been a weak, self-destructive candidate and he is still a weak, self-destructive candidate. From defending the Chinese, to sniffing people’s hair, to plagiarizing others, there is a "Bidenness” that plagued his first two campaigns for president and will probably destroy this one.

 I think Newt has nailed the situation very well. The entire article is here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/newt-gingrich-president-trump-nancy-pelosi

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June 11, 2019

13 Reasons Creepy Joe Biden Is Hillary 2.0

Dana Mathewson

Breitbart's John Nolte serves up an entertaining article detailing some clever parallels between The Hag and The Groper here.

Other than proving just how awful the other Democrat presidential candidates are, the fact has-been Joe Biden continues to dominate the Democrat primary polls must be superb news for President Trump. He knows if Biden wins the nomination it will be 2016 all over again, meaning a rerun of his world-shaking defeat of Hillary Clinton.

The similarities between Creepy Joe and Crooked Hillary are becoming more and more apparent by the day.

Not to spoil your fun, but you really need to go here https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/11/nolte-13-reasons-creepy-joe-biden-is-hillary-2-0/ for the entire article.

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June 10, 2019

Nadler puts Barr contempt push on hold after striking Mueller report deal

Dana Mathewson

Hmmmm...

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Monday that he plans to hit pause on efforts to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt, after reaching a deal with the Justice Department for access to evidence related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

In a statement, Nadler, D-N.Y., announced the agreement with the Justice Department to turn over key evidence from Mueller’s investigation pertaining to the review of whether President Trump obstructed justice.

"I am pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has agreed to begin complying with our committee's subpoena by opening Robert Mueller’s most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the Special Counsel used to assess whether the President and others obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct,” Nadler said. "These documents will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the President by the Special Counsel.”

A fairly long article, but lacking in important details. For one, it doesn't say who at the DOJ provided the files. It's a pretty safe bet that AG Barr didn't do it. Did he authorize it? Doesn't seem likely to me. I think if he had, this article would state that fact. So is somebody at the DOJ going behind his back? Or does this have his tacit approval?

One thing seems certain is that this ramps up the heat on Mueller. When it's seen that there are, in fact, no presidential crimes in the report, once the Democrats on the Committee stop banging their heads on their desks they are going to want answers (isn't that what they always say), and since it's increasingly evident that Bill Barr isn't going to give them any, I think we can expect to see them going after Mueller, in spite of the fact that he has tried to back out of the deal.

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Milwaukee Brewer Mike Moustakas hits homer into car, but it's a good thing

Dana Mathewson

This is pretty much a first for me. I don't post sports news. But I do like to post feel-good items when they are unique, and I believe this one qualifies.

One of the only things that can ruin hitting a home run is watching your ball fly over the fence and hit a car, but that made things even better for Milwaukee Brewer Mike Moustakas on Sunday.

Moustakas slammed one into center field in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates that broke a 2-2 tie and landed on the roof of a Toyota Rav4.

It wasn’t parked there by a clueless owner but was part of a promotion to give it away if a Brewer hit it with a ball, which Moustakas learned after the fact.

"I didn't know that I actually won somebody a car until afterwards," Moustakas said. "You came to a ballgame and leave with a car is pretty cool."

Yep. Pretty cool indeed. If it had been my car, I'm sure the only thing that would have landed on it would have been pigeon droppings.

Story here, and you'll have to read it to learn who won the game: https://www.foxnews.com/auto/milwaukee-brewer-mike-moustakas-hits-homer-into-car-but-its-a-good-thing

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Yes the Nazis were Socialists

Timothy Birdnow

Why Nazism is Socialism.

From the article by George Reisman:

The basis of the claim that Nazi Germany was capitalist was the fact that most industries in Nazi Germany appeared to be left in private hands.

What Mises identified was that private ownership of the means of production existed in name only under the Nazis and that the actual substance of ownership of the means of production resided in the German government. For it was the German government and not the nominal private owners that exercised all of the substantive powers of ownership: it, not the nominal private owners, decided what was to be produced, in what quantity, by what methods, and to whom it was to be distributed, as well as what prices would be charged and what wages would be paid, and what dividends or other income the nominal private owners would be permitted to receive. The position of the alleged private owners, Mises showed, was reduced essentially to that of government pensioners.

De facto government ownership of the means of production, as Mises termed it, was logically implied by such fundamental collectivist principles embraced by the Nazis as that the common good comes before the private good and the individual exists as a means to the ends of the State. If the individual is a means to the ends of the State, so too, of course, is his property. Just as he is owned by the State, his property is also owned by the State.

But what specifically established de facto socialism in Nazi Germany was the introduction of price and wage controls in 1936. These were imposed in response to the inflation of the money supply carried out by the regime from the time of its coming to power in early 1933. The Nazi regime inflated the money supply as the means of financing the vast increase in government spending required by its programs of public works, subsidies, and rearmament. The price and wage controls were imposed in response to the rise in prices that began to result from the inflation.

The effect of the combination of inflation and price and wage controls is shortages, that is, a situation in which the quantities of goods people attempt to buy exceed the quantities available for sale.

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As Mises showed, to cope with such unintended effects of its price controls, the government must either abolish the price controls or add further measures, namely, precisely the control over what is produced, in what quantity, by what methods, and to whom it is distributed, which I referred to earlier. The combination of price controls with this further set of controls constitutes the de facto socialization of the economic system. For it means that the government then exercises all of the substantive powers of ownership.

This was the socialism instituted by the Nazis. And Mises calls it socialism on the German or Nazi pattern, in contrast to the more obvious socialism of the Soviets, which he calls socialism on the Russian or Bolshevik pattern.

Read the whole article at Von Misses; he explains quite clearly that the Nazis were more than socialists in name only.

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Pelagians in the Swamp

Timothy Birdnow

Pelagius was a fourth and fifth century Scottish theologian notorious for creating the Pelagian heresy, which was soundly rebutted by St. Augustine. Pelagius denied Original Sin and the need for God's grace, arguing that human beings could perfect themselves based on their choices. Sound familiar? It should; it's what modern Liberals and even conservative Progressives - the core of the Ruling Class - believes.

Palagius believed sin was not inherited but rather was just a matter of bad example, and he believed man could overcome it just by dint of effort and structure. He was condemned for heresy at the Council of Carthage.

Writing in Christianity Today Missouri's freshman Senator Josh Hawley points out that the modern elites in America are essentially Palagians. From his article:

Because if freedom means choice among options, then the people with the most choices are the most free. And that means the rich. And if salvation is about achievement, then those with the most accolades are righteous, and that means the elite and the strong. A Pelagian society is one that celebrates the wealthy, prioritizes the powerful, rewards the privileged. And for too long now, that has described modern America.

In the last five decades, our society has become hierarchical. Consider: If you are wealthy or well-educated, your life prospects are bright. College graduates and those with advanced degrees enjoy markedly higher wages. They rarely divorce. They have higher life expectancy. They enjoy better access to better healthcare. Their children attend better schools and score better on achievement tests. They have more opportunities for civic involvement and participation.

But if you don’t have family wealth and don’t have a four-year degree—and that’s 70 percent of Americans—well, the future is far less glowing. These Americans haven’t seen a real wage increase in 30 years. These Americans are fighting to hold their families together, as divorce rates surge. For these Americans, healthcare is unaffordable. Drug addiction is growing. And too many of their local communities, especially rural ones, have been gutted as industry consolidates and ships jobs away.

A society divided by class, where one class enjoys all the advantages, is a society gripped by hierarchy.

It is also a society defined by elitism. Of course, our elites don’t use that word. They say their privileged position comes from merit and achievement. They point to their SAT scores and prestigious degrees. They talk about economic efficiency.

How Pelagian of them.

The truth is, the people at the top of our society have built a culture and an economy that work mainly for themselves. Our cultural elites look down on the plain virtues of patriotism and self-sacrifice, things like humility and faithfulness. They celebrate instead self-promotion, self-discovery, self-aggrandizement.

And then when industry ships jobs overseas, they say, workers should find another trade. Capital must be allocated to its most efficient use. When workers without college degrees can’t get a good job, they say that’s their fault. They should have gone to college.

Now, I rather suspect that if globalization threatened America’s tech industry or banking sector, our elites would sing a very different tune. We would hear how these industries are the lifeblood of the American economy and must be protected at all cost.

And that’s just the point. The elites assume their interests are vital while dismissing others. They assume their value preferences should prevail, while denigrating the loves and loyalties of Middle America. That’s the nature of elitism.

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Hawley is right; modern America is split into those who are IN and the rest of us. The IN crowd sees itself as a meritocracy, but in fact you can buy your way in, which is what the college admission scandals so clearly illustrates. So much of the "meritocracy" in America is not what you know but who.

And the rule of the Establishment has been disastrous, as it has become entirely self-serving and at odds with religious and moral truths. In short, the Establishment has deified itself, believing it's own press to the point of sneering at the God-fearing and substituting its own worldview for the beliefs that stem from faith and tradition. Entry into the Ruling Class is more akin to receiving godhood status than simply moving up the social ladder.

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Riots, Protests in Hong Kong

Timothy Birdnow

Hong Kong erupts in violence as China begins process of ending autonomy for the city. The protests were spurred by a new law that would extradite citizens to mainland China for trials. Hong Kong has enjoyed a fair amount of independence from China since being absorbed in the last century.

According to Reuters:

The demonstration capped weeks of growing outrage in the business, diplomatic and legal communities, and human rights groups, which fear corrosion of Hong Kong's rule of law and the the lack of an fair and open legal system on the mainland.

The former British colony was handed back to China in 1997 amid guarantees of autonomy and various freedoms including a separate legal system, which many diplomats and business leaders believe is its strongest remaining asset.

The unusually broad opposition to the rendition bill displayed on Sunday came amid a series of government moves to deepen links between southern mainland China and Hong Kong.

Chants of "no China extradition, no evil law" echoed through the streets of the high-rise city as marchers snaked through the Causeway Bay and Wanchai shopping districts.

Organizers say over a million people joined the protests, which turned violent leading to police pepper spraying the crowds. Police estimate 240 thousand. Either way, it was a huge turnout.

I doubt this would have happened had Barack Obama been President. The trade war with china is putting pressure on that regime and Hong Kong is the canary in the coal mine for China as it has never been fully absorbed. While this was over extradition, I suspect it wouldn't have happened had we continued our accomodationist policies toward the Red Dragon. We've been putting the screws to China economically with the tariffs and the people of Hong Kong can read the tea leaves. We must not forget the Tianamen Square protests, which were crushed by the Chinese; they illustrated that, despite economic prosperity, there is still an underlying discontent, the kind that any totalitarian state will foster. Squeeze hard enough and the public will rebel. We abandoned the Tianaman protesters because too many in America were more interested in making money off the Chinese than in doing what was right. And a lot of people thought commerce would change China (Newt Gingrich recently admitted he was wrong on that score, for instance.)

I think this illustrates that the hardline policies of the Trump Administration are having an effect. Whether it will have enough of an effect - or if we'll stay the course - is another matter.

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June 09, 2019

Yet more on the Noor sentencing

Dana Mathewson

I thought we had come to the end of reporting on the Noor Murder case. But, like a dogged detective who is never done reporting on a case, here we are again. And happy to be so, bringing in again Scott Johnson's latest thoughts on the case.

Arriving on the tenth floor of the Hennepin County Government Center for the sentencing of Mohamed Noor on Friday morning, one could see that Somali supporters of the defendant constituted the vast majority of those turning out. The line of Somali supporters going through tenth floor security for the hearing was so long at 8:30, a half hour before the hearing, that I was asked to go to another floor and return later. Friends, family, and supporters of Justine Ruszczyk were few and far between.

The previous evening nearly 200 Somali supporters of Noor had gathered outside the Government Center to protest his conviction and sentencing. "The event,” according to the Star Tribune, "held just hours before his sentencing for the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, decried what community members called a racial double standard in the criminal justice system.”

Oh, sure! You could see that coming a mile away.

Attending the trial of the "Minnesota men” — the young Somali men who were convicted of providing material support to ISIS in 2016 — I found much the same thing. Somali supporter of the defendants filled the courtroom. Every Thursday afternoon they protested the charges outside the federal courthouse. According to them, federal law enforcement had entrapped the defendants. The men charged in the case, however, had burned to join ISIS, live under the ISIS caliphate, and wage jihad. The claim of entrapment was farcical.

From within Minnesota’s Somali community there is no apparent public support for enforcement of the law against Somali community members by the authorities. Extrapolating current political and demographic trends ten years into the future, I wonder whether a Hennepin County jury would convict a Somali defendant charged with a serious crime against a white victim, whether an old-school judge like Kathryn Quaintance will be on the bench, or whether the authorities will bother to try.

Good article indeed. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/06/at-the-noor-sentencing-4.php

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Trump Waffling on Iran

Timothy Birdnow

Trump's caving on Iran.

First, the President issued a list of demands for meeting with the Iranians, and now Sec. of State Mike Pompeo is offering to meet with them without any preconditions.

Regime change also seems to be off the table.

And then there is this:

Trump also seems to be softening the policy on Iranian oil exports. In April, the administration announced that it would not extend any waivers on countries buying Iranian oil, a move intended to take Iran’s exports down to zero, as long promised. "The policy of zero Iranian imports originated with Secretary Pompeo,” a senior State Department official told the Washington Post in April. "He has executed this policy in tight coordination with the president every step of the way. Because the conditions to not grant any more [waivers] have now been met, we can now announce zero imports.”

However, there are some cracks forming in that policy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. will allow some countries to continue to import oil from Iran, essentially under their old waiver allotments. As long as they do not breach the ceiling they were granted under the original waivers, the U.S. won’t crack down, the WSJ said.

"So once people have reached that cap of what was negotiated….that then would be the limit of the oil that we would permit to move through that would not be sanctioned,” Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, said in a telephone briefing on Thursday with reporters. "We will sanction any efforts to import Iranian crude oil beyond the limits that were negotiated in the period that ran from November through May.”

Trump officials said no to an extension of waivers in April, but the comments from Hook sounds a lot like a waiver extension—even if the administration does not want to call it as such. Hook’s comments to the press raised more questions than answers. Later, he clarified, saying that any oil that was purchased and/or in transit before the expiration of waivers on May 2 would be allowed. Anything after, would not. So, maybe no extension after all?


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Astronomers Photo Two Protoplanets

Timothy Birdnow

Here is a fascinating astronomical tale. Astronomers have spotted two protoplanets absorbing matter from a protoplanetary disk around a baby star.

From the article:

When stars are young, they're shrouded in wide, flattened circles of matter. Astronomers call these features "protoplanetary disks," because it's their dust and gas that bunches up into the balls that ultimately become planets. Researchers have long suspected that "protoplanets" — half-baked worlds within those disks — might carve wide gaps in the seas of loose material that telescopes might be able to spot.

Now, that theory seems confirmed, with two planets discovered in the gaps in a disk around PDS 70, a smallish star in the constellation Centaurus, located 370 light-years from Earth.

PDS 70 is a relatively new star in our galaxy, having formed some 6 million years ago. (For comparison, our sun is about 4.5 billion years old.) And the alien star is still surrounded by a disk that astronomers can spot through telescopes.

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Back in July 2018, the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) spotted a huge planet, between four and 17 times the mass of Jupiter, orbiting PDS 70 close to the inner edge of that gap. Astronomers named this planet PDS 70b. Now, in a new paper published Monday (June 3) in the journal Nature Astronomy, scientists revealed that there's a second planet in that gap.

The newfound planet, PDS 70c, has a mass between one and 10 times that of Jupiter. This world orbits closer to the outer edge of the gap, at a distance similar to Neptune's 3.3 billion miles (5.3 billion km). PDS 70c orbits its star once for every two orbits of its larger, inner twin.

Now that is one great POGO deal!

These are very exciting times for astronomers. Everywhere we look we seem to find something new. When I was a kid we didn't even know anything about Pluto - just that it existed, and was a long way from Earth. Photographs of Pluto showed nothing but a smeary blotch, and they didn't even know how large it was because they didn't know it had a jumbo moon (which made it appear larger or smaller depending on where Charon was in her orbit.) We now know of at least 1200 planets in other solar systems, have a photograph of a black hole, and now have this.

These are exciting times!

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Waters on the Brain

Timothy Birdnow

Don't know how credible a site this is, but it sure is a wonderful idea:

Ben Carson Offers To Perform "Much Needed” Brain Surgery On Maxine Waters

Can a prefrontal lobotomy be reversed?

Hat tip: Mike K.

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June 08, 2019

Oberlin College loses to Baker

Timothy Birdnow

Finally - some sanity prevails in the Social Justice jungle.

From Legal Insurrection:

Meredith Raimondo was held liable on the libel and interference with business relations, but not intentional infliction of emotional distress. By stipulation, the college is responsible for any amounts awarded against her, so she will not pay anything out of pocket.

We followed this case from the start of the protests, through the lawsuit process, and now trial. Here’s my statement:

The verdict sends a strong message that colleges and universities cannot simply wind up and set loose student social justice warriors and then wash their hands of the consequences. In this case, a wholly innocent 5th-generation bakery was falsely accused of being racist and having a history racial profiling after stopping three black Oberlin College students from shoplifting. The students eventually pleaded guilty, but not before large protests and boycotts intended to destroy the bakery and defame the owners. The jury appears to have accepted that Oberlin College facilitated the wrongful conduct against the bakery.

The actual damages awarded amount to 11 million, but there could be punitive damages as high as 33 million awarded to the bakery.

Universities cannot simply declare Jihad against people or institutions and not expect to be held to account. They take responsibility for their students in other avenues, going so far as to punish students for behavior off campus and even comments on social media, but they don't want to accept responsibility for crusades ginned up by professors or professional agitators on campus. It's time we start making these leftist mobsters pay the price.

Oberlin College had this to say in a blast e-mail:

We are disappointed with the verdict and regret that the jury did not agree with the clear evidence our team presented.

Neither Oberlin College nor Dean Meredith Raimondo defamed a local business or its owners, and they never endorsed statements made by others. Rather, the College and Dr. Raimondo worked to ensure that students’ freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful, and they attempted to help the plaintiffs repair any harm caused by the student protests.

As we have stated, colleges cannot be held liable for the independent actions of their students. Institutions of higher education are obligated to protect freedom of speech on their campuses and respect their students’ decision to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Oberlin College acted in accordance with these obligations.

While we are disappointed with the outcome, Oberlin College wishes to thank the members of the jury for their attention and dedication during this lengthy trial. They contributed a great deal of time and effort to this case, and we appreciate their commitment.

Our team will review the jury’s verdict and determine how to move forward.

Donica Thomas Varner
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

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So, they promote free speech to the point of closing down a business, but aren't liable?  Seems like they want to have it both ways. 

UPDATE: Oberlin claims their
insurance won't cover the judgment.

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Omar's Felonious Tax Filings

Timothy Birdnow

Muslim Congresswoman and radical from Minnesota Ilhan Omar has been caught in felonious perjury to the IRS and has apparently been lying to them for years.

From USA24 News:

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar could be in a major jam with the Internal Revenue Service as it has been discovered she lied to them for years.

Documents discovered during an investigation into potential campaign finance violations showed that she filed a joint tax return with a man she was not married to, Daniel Steinberg reported.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. According to Steinberg:

As I have written, @IlhanMN likely committed a remarkable number of additional felonies due to her fraudulent 2009-2017 marriage.

Today’s report appears to confirm the worst of them: @IlhanMN may have filed EIGHT YEARS of fraudulent federal and state tax returns. (2/x)

Will there be an investigation anywhere nearly as zealous as the one that has bedevilied President Trump for the last two years? Where is the media on this? The Star-Ledger - Minneapolis' paper of record - cannot be troubled to mention this little fact.

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Maher warns Dems not to make gun control a 2020 issue

Dana Mathewson

I have to hand it to him: Bill Maher is smarter than I though he was. I just hope the strategists of the left don't listen to him!

"Real Time" host Bill Maher cautioned Democrats not to make gun control a prominent issue in the 2020 election, urging them not to "die on this hill" if it means losing to President Trump.

During his panel discussion Friday night, Maher listed several issues on which Democrats' stands poll better than Republicans,' such as the environment, education and health care. But he noted that Republicans hold a narrow lead over Democrats on gun policy.

Maher then mentioned President Trump's recent sit-down with British TV personality Pierce Morgan, where the president mentioned that some people own guns for recreational use.

"I don't like guns. Have some, don't like them, have it for [an] emergency, like an antibiotic," Maher told the panel, "but some people do. Lots of people do and their view is, 'Yes there is a violence problem with guns, but not me. And you're going after me.'"

Maher added he had doubts whether solutions proposed by Democrats "would solve the gun problem," and that "to die on this hill and lose an election" was a real possibility because "we've lost elections before on this issue, which is not a winning issue for Democrats."

"What is the option though, not to make it a central part of the campaign?," New York Times columnist Charles Blow asked.

"No," Maher responded."First of all, liberals should learn more about guns. I don't know much about guns because, again, I don't care, I don't like them, but I hear this from gun people."

The HBO starthen mentioned a CNN interview in which 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, was pressed how his gun control plan would have prevented the recent mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

"Cory Booker took a very long time to be able to answer that question," Maher said as he shook his head.

Blow dismissed Maher's criticism, saying the "framing of the question is wrong" and pointed to the 30,000 deaths per year that involve guns that needs preventing.

"You're seriously saying that he shouldn't be able to answer the question as a politician, 'How will your plan specifically stop this problem?'" Maher reacted. "If you did everything that the Democrats wanted... I still think you would have this problem because it's much more complicated than just the mass killers or the type of gun. You're going to be disappointed if you think just doing what they want gun-wise is gonna solve it."

 

I'm amazed! A comedian that those of us on the right considered pretty much washed-up proves smarter than a New York Times columnist! I guess that WAS a pig I just saw fly past my office window!

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FBI releases new documents on Hillary Clinton and OOOH BOY

Dana Mathewson

Just caught this on Twitchy. As they say, OOOH BOY!

On Friday, the FBI quietly released a trove of new documents on Hillary Clinton and here’s Jordan Schachtel with a great summary of it all.

THREAD ==>

New docs from FBI vault:
-FBI concludes Hillary Clinton was in "violation of basic server security" w/ home-brew server.
-Discusses possibility that *all* of her emails were stolen.
-Review found HRC stripped classification of highest possible level.

From this point there's a long thread of tweets. I'll let you go here https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2019/06/08/popcorn-fbi-releases-new-documents-on-hillary-clinton-and-oooh-boy/  to access them. Believe me, you'll want to have had some coffee, but leave it on your desk while reading!

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June 07, 2019

At the Noor Sentencing -- wrap-up by Scott Johnson

Dana Mathewson

Scott Johnson's (probably) final article on the case from Power Line. This contains a number of videos from the two-hour sentencing hearing. I have not watched them as yet.

He gives credit to the judge and the prosecutor.


This is probably all you will be hearing from me on this case, but one never knows. If more of interest pops up, I'll post it.

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