Paul Volcker, Inflation Slayer, RIP

July 1979. Disco still rules, with Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” topping the singles chart. The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has declared an Islamic Republic in Iran, but the Iranian hostage crisis remains months in the future, as does the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Hotly contested presidential races are getting underway among both Democrats (incumbent Jimmy Carter, … Read morePaul Volcker, Inflation Slayer, RIP

Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for December 9, 2019

Bullock and Harris drop Out, Bloomberg rises (though slowly), Booker gets weepy, Tulsi sings, and Democrats have a diversity problem. It’s your Democratic Presidential clown car update! Polls Light polling week: UC Berkeley (California): Sanders 24, Warren 22, Biden 14, Buttigieg 12, Harris 7. Economist/YouGov (page 98): Biden 27, Warren 18, Sanders 13, Buttigieg 12, … Read moreDemocratic Presidential Clown Car Update for December 9, 2019

Terrorist Cartels And The War On Drugs

Last week President Donald Trump “announced his intentions to designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs), just weeks after nine American were ambushed and gunned down less than 100 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border by cartel members.” Sarah McConnell at The Texan has details on legislation to enact that proposal: After the president said … Read moreTerrorist Cartels And The War On Drugs

Our Stupid Media: An Update

Fiction writing usually demands that you eschew “punch in the face” irony as too unsubtle to deploy. Life itself heeds no such constraints. Two Business Insider stories featured back-to-back on Althouse provide an example lesson. The “all in to destroy Trump” media suffered more job losses, some 7,700 this year. Media companies shedding jobs include … Read moreOur Stupid Media: An Update

LinkSwarm for December 6, 2019

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! We’ve entered the portion of the year where everything gets compressed, rushing to finish up before Christmas or the new year, and work gets weird because everyone starts taking vacation. Yesterday I remember thinking “Hey, looks like I’ll finally have time to finish up that huge book catalog … Read moreLinkSwarm for December 6, 2019

Let the Harris Campaign Postmortems Begin!

Most campaign postmortems are of the “failure to launch” variety, but the Kamala Harris campaign achieved liftoff, started climbing, and then fell back down to earth followed by a giant explosion. So let’s dig into her campaign’s cataclysmic demise! First up, Charles C. W. Cooke can barely contain his glee over her departure: Kamala Harris … Read moreLet the Harris Campaign Postmortems Begin!

NEWSFLASH: Kamala Harris Drops Out

Naturally, as soon as I predict she’ll be in through South Carolina and Nevada, Kamala Harris drops out of the presidential race. California Democrat Senator Kamala Harris has ended her bid to become the next President of the United States. “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few … Read moreNEWSFLASH: Kamala Harris Drops Out

Predicting The Order Democrats Exit the Clown Car

Ann Althouse noted Steve Bullock’s departure from the presidential race and asked what will be the order the next candidates drop out in? Here’s my guess. Before the primaries: Michael Bennet Julian Castro After Iowa: John Delaney Marianne Williamson After New Hampshire: Deval Patrick After South Carolina/Nevada: Kamala Harris Cory Booker After Super Tuesday: Tom … Read morePredicting The Order Democrats Exit the Clown Car

Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for December 2, 2019

Biden noms his wife in public, an ex-staffer reveals how badly Camp Harris sucks, Sestak drops Out (or at least stops pretending he was in), Gabbard weaponizes Joe Rogan, and New Hampshire voters beg Tom Steyer to make it stop. It’s your Democratic Presidential clown car update! At little lite, as you would expect after … Read moreDemocratic Presidential Clown Car Update for December 2, 2019

How China Manages Its Concentration Camp System

A few days ago, classified documents leaked that discussed just how China runs it’s vast system of concentration camps: A sample of classified Chinese government documents leaked to a consortium of news organizations, is displayed for a picture in New York, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Beijing has detained more than a million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs … Read moreHow China Manages Its Concentration Camp System

Borepatch on Naval Leadership

I’m sure you heard about the firing of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer for his handling of the Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher case, for ignoring President Trump’s orders, and ignoring the chain of command: Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military … Read moreBorepatch on Naval Leadership

LinkSwarm for November 29, 2019

Hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy a complimentary Friday LinkSwarm before your Black Friday battles! Supreme Court to Democrats: “No Trump financial records for you!” “Last week the presidential campaign of Donald Trump announced a six-figure ad buy across black radio stations and in black newspapers. The newspaper campaign targeted 11 major markets in … Read moreLinkSwarm for November 29, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes to all my readers on Thanksgiving Day! Enjoy a few Thanksgiving-related links: Here’s William Shatner with last year’s reminder not to set yourself on fire frying a Turkey. ExJon suggests that you stop driving yourself crazy with social media outrage clicks. “This Thanksgiving, and in the days to follow, choose gratitude. Be thankful … Read moreHappy Thanksgiving!

The Twitter Primary for November 2019

As I did in previous months, here’s an update on the number of Twitter followers of the Democratic presidential candidates, updated since last month’s update. Three months ago I started using a tool that gives me precise Twitter follower counts. I do this Twitter Primary update the last Tuesday of each month, following Monday’s Clown … Read moreThe Twitter Primary for November 2019

Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for November 25, 2019

Another debate, Bernie ties Biden, Buttigieg tops the first two states, and billionaire Bloomberg jumps in, only to find himself tied with the guy who just walked across New Hampshire alone. It’s your Democratic Presidential clown car update! Polls Emerson: Biden 27, Sanders 27, Warren 20, Buttigieg 7, Yang 4, Harris 3, Gabbard 2, Steyer … Read moreDemocratic Presidential Clown Car Update for November 25, 2019

How Boeing Lost Its Bearings

This is an interesting piece on how Boeing lost its way, deliberately deciding to transition from a company that was engineering driven to one that wasn’t, starting with moving its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago: On the tarmac, Condit stepped out of the jet, made a brief speech, then boarded a helicopter for an … Read moreHow Boeing Lost Its Bearings

LinkSwarm for November 22, 2019

Another week of the impeachment farce, another week of an embarrassing nothingburger and bombing ratings for Democrats: Week one impeachment farce summary: “None of those three witnesses were have met with the President, none of them were on the July 25th phone call, and none of them have firsthand information, and none of them are … Read moreLinkSwarm for November 22, 2019

Dispatches from the Ukraine Corruption Investigation

Well, this seems like kind of a big story: An indictment drawn up by Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General against Burisma owner Nikolai [Mykola] Zlochevsky claims that Hunter Biden and his partners received $16.5 million for their ‘services’ – according to Ukrainian MP Alexander Dubinsky of the ruling Servant of the People Party. Dubinsky … Read moreDispatches from the Ukraine Corruption Investigation

Joe Rogan Interviews Matt Taibbi

Another interesting Joe Rogan interview, this one with Rolling Stone political reporter Matt Taibbi. Taibbi may be a lefty, but he’s willing to call bullshit when he sees it, including on the Epstein murder “suicide” and the lack of any center in today’s hate-click driven media. Rogan: “The more you censor conservatives, the more they’ll … Read moreJoe Rogan Interviews Matt Taibbi

Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for November 19, 2019

Patrick jumps in, Bloomberg is running Heisenberg’s Campaign, Buttigieg is up big in Iowa, Warren falls, Tulsi draws all the boys to the yard, and Biden won’t puff or pass. It’s your Democratic Presidential clown car update! Polls The Hill/Harris X: Biden 30, Sanders 18, Warren 15, Buttigieg 7, Harris 4, Bloomberg 3, , Yang … Read moreDemocratic Presidential Clown Car Update for November 19, 2019

Most Sophisticated Bluehost Phising Scam Yet

So, a few days ago I got one of the most sophisticated phising scam messages I’ve ever received. Message: 2:46 PM (5 hours ago) to me Hello, LAWRENCE PERSON We are contacting you today because we have disabled your outbound email services temporarily. The reason for this is because you’ve got a forum that … Read moreMost Sophisticated Bluehost Phising Scam Yet

South Park Takes On Tranny Madness

Slaughtering the sacred cows other comedians won’t touch for fear of cancel culture, South Park takes on the madness of men competing in women’s athletics: On Wednesday, South Park illustrated the absurdity of allowing men who identify as women into female athletic competitions, in a way only South Park can, in the episode titled “Strong … Read moreSouth Park Takes On Tranny Madness

LinkSwarm for November 15, 2019

Enjoy a Friday LinkSwarm filled with news from the impeachment farce: Summary of George Kent’s testimony: Kent is not a first-hand witness and much of his testimony is based off of second-hand knowledge. [Page 206-207] Kevin Bacon has fewer degrees of separation to the Trump Zelensky call than George Kent. That being said, his closed-door … Read moreLinkSwarm for November 15, 2019

Bill Burr on ABC Spiking the Epstein Story

Enjoy comedian Bill Burr’s pungent take on ABC burying the Epstein story. Very little new information, but a good articulation of the outrage most of the nation feels over the story, at perhaps a slightly higher level of profanity. “Oh you mean the part where you had evidence of these f*cking super rich people banging … Read moreBill Burr on ABC Spiking the Epstein Story

Joe Rogan on California’s Homeless Problem

Joe Rogan discusses homeless problems in San Francisco and Los Angeles with Rich Benoit (who’s evidently a YouTuber who salvages wrecked Teslas): Benoit talks about the huge number of homeless people on the streets of San Francisco, while Rogan discusses how crazy Los Angeles’ skid row section has become (which I discussed here). They also … Read moreJoe Rogan on California’s Homeless Problem

Austin Half-Asses Its Homeless Problem

The problem with posting about Austin’s ongoing homeless problem is where to stop gathering data and throw up a post, since the left-wing politicians who created the problem refuse to do anything about solving it. So let’s just dig in: When last we checked, Austin’s downtown areas had become increasingly overrun by homeless drug addicts … Read moreAustin Half-Asses Its Homeless Problem

Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for November 11, 2019

Bloomberg is getting in, Holder is thinking about it, Yang boosts Williamson, the Steyer campaign commits a felony, and Biden keeps bide bide biding along at the top of polls. It’s your Democratic Presidential clown car update! Polls New York Times poll of six battleground states: Arizona: Biden 24, Sanders 16, Warren 15, Buttigieg 5, … Read moreDemocratic Presidential Clown Car Update for November 11, 2019

Veterans Day: Honoring Hershel “Woody” Williams

For Veterans Day 2019, I’m honoring Hershel “Woody” Williams, Marine corporal and flamethrower operator during the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of two living Medal of Honor winners left from World War II. His citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as … Read moreVeterans Day: Honoring Hershel “Woody” Williams

The Permanent Coup and It’s Media Enablers

Lovers of irony got a double dish this week when the Washington Post mused aloud whether Republicans would accept political outcomes they didn’t like: .@washingtonpost asking if Republicans can accept political outcomes they don’t like is like @BillClinton asking @Mike_Pence if he’s learned to accept married fidelity yet. — BattleSwarm (@BattleSwarmBlog) November 8, 2019 It … Read moreThe Permanent Coup and It’s Media Enablers

LinkSwarm for November 8, 2019

Welcome to another Friday LinkSwarm! Trump is derailing the elite’s gravy train: Like the garbage French elite of long ago, our American garbage elite of today has learned nothing and forgotten nothing. For four years, it has been focused entirely on deep sixing Donald Trump for his unforgivable crime of demanding that our ruling caste … Read moreLinkSwarm for November 8, 2019

ABC Spiking Epstein Story *Reactionpalooza

Assuming you’re not getting your news from unreliable sources like ABC, you’ve probably already seen the Project Veritas tape with ABC news reporter Amy Robach, about how her network spiked a story on Jeffrey Epstein’s pdophile ring three years ago. But just in case you haven’t, here it is: Like every other normal person in … Read moreABC Spiking Epstein Story *Reactionpalooza

Interview With Tenured Columbia Professor Who Resigned Over SJW Policy

Here’s an interesting Romanian TV interview with former Columbia tenured acting professor Andrei Serban, who resigned over imposition of social justice warrior ideology over talent and common sense. Here’s a short interview with him (if you don’t see the subtitles, click on the Closed Caption (CC) button before watching). Serban escaped communist-dominated Romania, and he … Read moreInterview With Tenured Columbia Professor Who Resigned Over SJW Policy

Texas Reminder: Vote Today!

This is your reminder that there is a Texas Constitutional Amendment Election today, as well as various local elections. At the very least, show up to vote for Amendment 4, which constitutionally bans a state income tax. Links covering other races around the state: Houstonians have a chance to vote out corrupt incumbent Sylvester Turner. … Read moreTexas Reminder: Vote Today!

Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for November 4, 2019

Beto goes bye bye, sticker shock sets in for Warren, Grandpa Simpson forgets which state he’s in (again), and a failing Harris goes all-in on Iowa. It’s your Democratic Presidential clown car update! Polls The story had been about how Biden was doomed and Warren’s rise was inexorable, but Biden tops every national poll this … Read moreDemocratic Presidential Clown Car Update for November 4, 2019

Gutfeld to Millennials: Communism Doesn’t Work

Seems like we as a society have been remiss in communicating to Millennials what a horrible murderous failure communism has been. We don’t need more “civics lessons,” we need more movies like The Killing Fields and The Lives of Others. And given how eagerly Hollywood kowtows to China, we’re not likely to get them… Please … Read moreGutfeld to Millennials: Communism Doesn’t Work