Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Today's Deals


At Amazon, New Deals. Every Day. Shop Our Deal of the Day. Lightning Deals and More.

BONUS: Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.

Lebanon Bans 'Wonder Woman'

Well, I guess the Lebanese are taking a page from the radical left's playbook right here at home. Leftists want to ban everything.

Gal Gadot's banned in the "Switzerland of the Middle East."

At the Los Angeles Times:

Charlotte McKinney Holiday Bikini


Benjamin A. Valentino, Final Solutions

At Amazon, Benjamin A. Valentino, Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century.

Corryn Mobley

She's really cool.

At Least 80 Killed in Massive Bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan

That's a lot of fatalities.

But OMG the Paris Agreement!

U.S. to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

Some of the best news ever.

President Trump's Best Week in Office

Spread the counter-narrative people. President Trump is killing it.

Mark Zuckerberg Calls for Universal Basic Income


He should pay for it with his own money.

Old Milwaukee's New Pin-Up Beer Cans

I can't remember the last time I had an Old Milwaukee, heh.

Is it Going to Be New Year's Eve with Andersoon Cooper and Kathy Griffin?

It shouldn't be. Frankly, I'm surprised CNN hasn't fired her yet.

Here's Diana West with more, "Playing Beheadings for Laughs":
Even in this day of overexposure to the worst, the lowest, the ugliest, the most degrading, a severed head is still something else -- and it's still there. Even if Griffin were able to remove the bloody thing from the internet altogether (which she is not, given the explosion of copies all around), the image is still there, no matter how "sorry" Griffin is -- and I'm sure she is extremely sorry to be poised to lose, possibly, some very big, very mainstream gigs. It's there inside our own heads along with images of the real victims Griffin is also idiotically and toxically exploiting. Their real death's heads were also designed by other barbarians to shock and psychologically maim the living.

The question becomes, how alive are the rest of us -- starting at CNN?
UPDATE: She's fired.

Richard White, Railroaded


At Amazon, Richard White, Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

Why Things Won't Go Back to Normal for Failed Elites

From John Kass, at the Chicago Tribune:

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: President Trump Creating 'Chaos' (VIDEO)

Progressive elites just don't get it.

At Truth Revolt, "Leaked Video: Starbucks' Howard Schultz Tells Workers Trump Creating 'Chaos' - Well this fosters a very inclusive corporate culture now doesn't it?"

Leftists Are Shocked

From Kurt Schlichter, at Town Hall, "Liberals Are Shocked to Find We’re Starting to Hate Them Right Back."

The Antifa Threat

Via Theo Spark.

Another Narrative: American Voters Saved the Country in 2016 (VIDEO)

Via RCP, "Limbaugh: American Voters Saved the Country in 2016."

Will Trump's Presidency Survive

Of course it'll survive.

This is just a leftist parlor game. Keeps progs happy, I guess.

From Elizabeth Drew, at the New York Review:

Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker, Courting Death

At Amazon, Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker, Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment.

Nina Agdal Shows Off One of the Tiniest Bikinis (VIDEO)

Well, if anyone can show off the tiniest bikinis, it's Ms. Nina.


Flaunt it while you got it, I always says.

Via Sports Illustrated:

Visiting a Robot Factory in Ohio

I for one welcome our new robot overlords, heh.

Millennials Flunking at Work Because They're Entitled and Disloyal

Special snowflakes.

At Heat Street.

The Campus Mob at Evergreen

Following-up from last week, "Professor Bret Weinstein Attacked by Leftist Mob at Evergreen State College (VIDEO)."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

'All Ryerson social work grad Rebecca Katzman wanted was to do her third-year placement at one of two respected Toronto Jewish organizations with a track record of addressing social justice issues...'

UPDATED: See Professor Miriam Elman's piece, at Legal Insurrection, "Another Ryerson Univ BDS Scandal: Jewish Student Prohibited from Placement with pro-Israel Toronto Jewish Agencies."


Well, if you want to do work with a Jewish organization you'll be targeted with leftist hatred. Ms. Rebecca said she was unprepared for this.

At the Toronto Sun, "Jewish Ryerson student 'felt targeted' over placement request":

TORONTO - All Ryerson social work grad Rebecca Katzman wanted was to do her third-year placement at one of two respected Toronto Jewish organizations with a track record of addressing social justice issues.

The 22-year-old, who will graduate with her Bachelor of Social Work degree on June 8, said her desire to be placed at either the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre (JCC) or the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) was “sparked” by a combination of actions at Ryerson — among them the anti-Semitism she experienced on campus.

However, she wasn’t prepared in the slightest for what happened with her third-year placement coordinator in the faculty of social work, Heather Bain.

After making it clear to Bain about her preferred placement, Katzman said the field coordinator advised her in an e-mail in late August of 2015 she did not follow up with the JCC or UJA because their values appeared to be “in opposition” to the values of the School of Social Work.

Bain listed those values as the advancement of anti-oppression; anti-racism; anti-colonialism and decolonization; feminism; anti-capitalism; Queer and trans liberation struggles; issues in disability and madness (cct); among others (many of which are not listed on the school’s own website.)

“My understanding is both agencies have a strong anti-Palestinian lean,” Bain continued, suggesting that if Katzman agreed to bring a “critical awareness” (of Palestinian solidarity movements) to either agency she might reconsider.

While the two agencies where Katzman wanted to be placed are known to be pro-Israel, she said their websites do not indicate any anti-Palestinian policies in the slightest.

Katzman, who waited until she was ready to graduate to tell her story for fear of retaliation from the faculty, said she was devastated by Bain’s e-mail.

“I felt targeted as a Jewish student,” she said, noting she’s coming forward because she wants the university to investigate as well as a public apology.

When she challenged Bain about her contentions, the field placement officer responded on Aug. 25, 2015 that she consulted with Jewish colleagues who are part of “Jews Against Israeli Apartheid movements” before making her decision not to pursue those placements.

When Katzman — with the support of a pro-Israeli campus organization called Stand With Us (she was awarded a fellowship from them) — indicated in a Sept. 4 follow-up e-mail she’d booked a meeting with then-Ryerson president Sheldon Levy to address the matter, both Bain’s boss. Kristie Wright and Bain herself wrote back indicating “misinformed information” had been provided to her.

They also indicated that the school of social work does not require their partner agencies to “align with Palestinian solidarity movements” to be considered for placement.

Katzman confirmed in a recent interview that at no time did they offer to place her at either agency and she ended up completing her third-year placement at an organization serving kids with autism...
One more reason why I'm not a leftist.

Leftism is an ideology of hate, straight up.

Still more.

Gertrude Himmelfarb, Past and Present


At Amazon, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Past and Present: The Challenges of Modernity, from the Pre-Victorians to the Postmodernists.

Amber Lee's Partly Cloudy Forecast

Partly cloudy tomorrow, but warming up a little.

It's been wonderfully mild this last few days. Perfect for lounging around watching baseball, reading, and blogging.

Here's the lovely Ms. Amber, at CBS News 2 Los Angeles:

President Trump Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

At Fox News Insider, "Gold Star Family Speaks Out After Meeting Trump at Arlington."

Also, "6-year-old Christian Jacobs Meets President Trump on Memorial Day."

Kathy Griffin Apologizes

Following-up, "'Comedien' Kathy Griffin Beheads 'President Trump'."

The pushback against this has been furious, from both the left and the right.

At USA Today, "'I went way too far': Kathy Griffin apologizes for Trump 'beheaded' photos."

More at Twitchy, "WATCH: Kathy Griffin begs for forgiveness in apology video. Do we believe her?," and "Squatty Potty, whose mascot is a pooping unicorn, cuts all ties with Kathy Griffin."

W. August Mayer, Islamic Jihad, Cultural Marxism, and the Transformation of the West


I've got this book on order.

Get yours at Amazon, W. August Mayer, Islamic Jihad, Cultural Marxism, and the Transformation of the West.

Victoria Justice Sizzling in Stunning New Shoot for Sorbet Magazine's June Issue

At London's Daily Mail, "Victoria Justice puts on a sizzling display as she poses for new magazine shoot."

'Comedian' Kathy Griffin Beheads 'President Trump'

If this were Obama being beheaded... Ahem.

See, Ed Driscoll, at Instapundit, "NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Annual CNN host* Kathy Griffin Beheads Donald Trump in Shocking Photo Shoot."

It's pretty graphic. Seriously, Ed posts a content warning at the entry.

And see the Washington Examiner, "Journalists condemn gruesome Kathy Griffin photoshoot with beheaded Trump," and "Donald Trump Jr. on 'disgusting' Kathy Griffin photo: 'This is the left today'."

American Defeat in Vietnam Was a Political Choice

An excellent video, from Victor Davis Hanson, at Prager University.

Hanson's new book, The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, comes out in October.

Laura Carno, Government Ruins Nearly Everything


At Amazon, Laura Carno, Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from Uncivil Servants.

'Toxic Masculinity'? In the Marines? You Can't Be Freakin' Serious?

I want to use the full f-word in the headline. It's much more effective at getting the point across, but I'm restrained by the examples of good people, who communicate effectively, without resorting to profanity. Or, in other words, I'm trying to maintain my civility.

But I swear (pardon the pun, heh), Vox is killing me here.

Our postmodern society has lost its mind of its come to the point where we can't equate masculinity with violent martial sensibility. What not, if at all, is warfare but for masculinity? Women who become soldiers and warriors become more masculine, do they not? I'm dumbfounded at this, but then, SNFU (society's now f***ed up).

See Vox, and thankfully, James Woods below:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Rick Atkinson's 'Liberation Trilogy'

This is really cool.

Atkinson's the author of the World War II histories, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943; The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944; and The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945.

You can purchase all three together, at Amazon, "The Liberation Trilogy" Boxed Set.

Thanks for your support!

Steven F. Hayward, Patriotism Is Not Enough

From Steven F. Hayward, at Amazon, Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined American Conservatism.

'A Bridge Too Far'

My mom took me to see this flick when I was a kid.

It's available in DVD, at Amazon.

Danielle's Gersh's May Gray to June Gloom Forecast

Well, at least it's cool and pleasant.

It's been a wonderful holiday today. I watched "Band of Brothers" all day, and I've got the Braves at Angels on Fox Sports West right now.

Hope everyone's having a great Memorial Day.

Here's the fabulous Ms. Danielle:

Joan C. Williams, White Working Class


This is great!

At Amazon, Joan C. Williams, White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.

Victoria Justice on the Beach in Mexico

At London's Daily Mail, "Caliente! Victoria Justice poses on the beach during Mexico getaway as she celebrates sister's 21st birthday."

ICYMI: Richard B. Frank, Guadalcanal

I posted this book back in December. My son gave it to me for Christmas. It's excellent.

At Amazon, Richard B. Frank, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle.

Time Rips Off Mad

Some stuff you just can't make up.

Halsey at the Billboard Music Awards (VIDEO)

I meant to post this the other day. Amazing.

At London's Daily Mail, "She's keeping cool! Halsey wears tan bralette amid soaring heat on carpet at Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas."

Finding Florida

The Angels just finished up a 10-day road trip, hitting Tampa Bay and Miami on the last two legs. (They finished 4-6 for the trip.)

While at the Marlins, Fox Sports West showed the most spectacular views of Miami during the little snippets after the commercial breaks. It's so beautiful. I'm blown away. I want to go there as soon as I can.

And so, imagine my interest reading this piece at yesterday's New York Times travel section. I've never been to Florida. It wasn't all that high on my list for vacation spots, but Miami sure did move up the rankings after the Angels' three-day series.

Check it out:

Moment for the Fallen on #MemorialDay

Care of the U.S. Marines:

Unofficial Start of Summer

Via Sports Illustrated.

Heightened Security at Airports and Cities for Memorial Day Weekend (VIDEO)

Good thing.

Watch, at Fox News, "Heightened security across the country for Memorial Day: Airports and cities around the country have increased their security presence for Memorial Day weekend."

Navy Parachutist Died After 'Chute Malfunctioned Over Hudson River for Fleet Week (VIDEO)

No good.

Say a prayer. This sailor's not coming back.

At CBS News 2 New York:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Danielle Gersh's Memorial Day Forecast

Coastal fog giving way to sunshine by the afternoon.

Looks like to be a wonderful holiday of remembrance.

Here's the lovely Ms. Danielle, for CBS News 2 Los Angeles:

Sunday Cartoons

At Flopping Aces, "Sunday Funnies."

Also, at Theo's, "Cartoon Roundup..."

Cartoon Credit: Ben Garrison.

Lais Ribeiro Smokin' Hot in Barely-There Bikini in Miami Beach (PHOTOS)

Amazing, heh.

At London's Daily Mail, "Beach babe! Victoria's Secret model Lais Ribeiro sends temperatures soaring."

Best Sellers in Heating and Air Conditioning

At Amazon, Best Sellers in Heating, Cooling & Air Quality.

I love those Honeywell fans.

BONUS: Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

Whites Only? School Segregation Is Back

Actually, this article is highly misleading, in that its focus is on continued segregation in the South, in Alabama.

But urban areas around the country have been seeing intense "de facto" segregation for decades, in communities as often as not populated by progressive leftists. The article's a throw back to Jim Crow and white Southern conservatives, but that's not the driving force of national segregation trends today. Affluence is, and when push comes to shove, affluent leftists resist integration with poor minorities.

Either way, this is interesting.

At Newsweek, "Whites Only: School Segregation Is Back, From Birmingham to San Francisco."

Secretary of Defense James 'Mad Dog' Mattis: 'I Keep Other People Awake at Night...'


He's badass:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Says Europe Must Take its Fate Into its Own Hands (VIDEO)

Following-up, "Angela Merkel's Germany No Longer a Reliable Alliance Partner."

Paint a little Hitler mustache on her. Pretty soon she'll be calling for "lebensraum."

Watch, "Europe can no longer rely on allies: Merkel."

Angela Merkel's Germany No Longer a Reliable Alliance Partner

Germany's getting pretty freakin' cocky.

If Trump pulls the U.S. out of NATO, Merkel's going to be down on her knees as soon as Moscow threatens German interests. The German people are pacifist. They'll fold in a crisis in a second. Remember, "America is from Mars, Europe is from Venus," even more so with the Trump administration.

Screw Merkel.

At Agence France-Presse:

Daniel J. Sharfstein, Thunder in the Mountains


At Amazon, Daniel J. Sharfstein, Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War.

Cathal Nolan, The Allure of Battle

At Amazon, Cathal Nolan, The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost.

A Day for Honor, Reverence, Remembrance

At the O.C. Register:

Pat Condell Hoists One for Ramadan


He tweeted it again here.

Review of White World Order, Black Power Politics

Here's the book, White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations.

And at Foreign Affairs:

Laura Kipnis: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus (VIDEO)

I posted her book a couple of months ago.

And again, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.

And at Reason, "Female Student Who Initiated Title IX Witch Hunt Against Laura Kipnis Is Now Suing Her."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jennifer Delacruz's Sunday Forecast

At ABC News 10 San Diego:

Robert Vitalis, White World Order, Black Power Politics


At Amazon, Robert Vitalis, White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations.

The Rise of Stalkerware

I like this lady. She writes cool stuff.

It's Elle Armageddon:

Faith Goldy on Trump vs. Trudeau (VIDEO)

At the Rebel:

ICYMI: Lauren Southern, Barbarians


At Amazon, Lauren Southern, Barbarians: How Baby Boomers, Immigrants, and Islam Screwed My Generation.

In the Mail: Henry Olsen, The Working Class Republican


The folks at HarperCollins sent me out a copy [a couple of weeks ago].

And at Amazon, Henry Olsen, The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.

Scouts Placed Flags at More Than 88,000 Graves at Los Angeles National Cemetery (VIDEO)

Well, not everything's gone to hell in this country, thank God.

At CBS News 2 Los Angeles:

Professor Bret Weinstein Attacked by Leftist Mob at Evergreen State College (VIDEO)

You may have seen this story this past couple of days.


At the College Fix, "Students harass white professor for refusing to leave campus on anti-white 'Day of Absence'," and "White professor forced to flee campus as police say he’s not safe."

And at Tucker Carlson's last night, on Fox News:

Gilles Kepel, Terror in France


At Amazon, Gilles Kepel, Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West.

Heidi Klum's New Photography Book

At London's Daily Mail, "EXCLUSIVE: 'I have no problem with nudity': Supermodel mum-of-four Heidi Klum, 44, goes completely NAKED in new photography book."

More here and here.

Jessica Chastain Enjoys Final Days in Cannes

At London's Daily Mail, "Jessica Chastain offers a glimpse of her hourglass curves and slender waist in plunging nude dress as she enjoys her final days in Cannes."

ADDED: "Jessica Chastain works business-chic as she arrives for board member duties at the Cannes Film Festival."

Lloyd Clark, Blitzkrieg


At Amazon, Lloyd Clark, Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality, and Hitler’s Lightning War: France 1940.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, Portland Murder Suspect, Attended March for Free Speech Rally at Montavilla City Park in April (VIDEO)

Following-up, "Suspect on Portland MAX Train Was Screaming 'Muslims Should Die' (VIDEO)."

No doubt Rachel Maddow's going to have a field day (week) covering this guy.

At the Williamette Week, "The Man Accused of MAX Double Murder Is a Portland White Supremacist Who Delivered Nazi Salutes and Racial Slurs at a 'Free Speech' Rally Last Month."

Apparently, the dude was supporting "Sanders/Stein 2017" on Facebook, and called Donald Trump the "anti-Christ."

But Maddow and others will still smear conservatives over this attack. That's why I hate politics.

Suspect on Portland MAX Train Was Screaming 'Muslims Should Die' (VIDEO)

This story is now headlining at both Britain's Guardian and Telegraph (and I'm sure more), as obviously some kind of evidence of the "backlash" against Muslims. These attacks are always played to the hilt, while at the same time, the same leftists moan about how we'll never know what caused the Manchester bombing, and about how this one "deluded" individual isn't a true representation of Islam.

I denounce this suspect in Portland and I pray for those murdered.

I just cringe at the politics of it all.

At the Oregonian, "Man saw teenagers, one with hijab, and launched into racial tirade":

Two teenage girls boarded a MAX train in downtown heading to Northeast Portland early Friday evening when a man got on at a later stop and immediately launched into a racial tirade as soon as they caught his eye.

"He was saying that Muslims should die," said Dyjuana Hudson, a mother of one of the girls. "That they've been killing Christians for years."

Hudson recounted what her daughter, Destinee, told her hours after police tracked down the man as he ran from the rush-hour train into the Hollywood neighborhood. Other passengers chased him from a distance and called 911.

The suspect left a gruesome scene on the Green Line train. He lashed out at three men who had tried to calm him down, fatally stabbing two of them and sending the other to the hospital with stab wounds, police said. The third man is expected to survive.

The rampage at the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, brought an immediate outcry from religious and civic leaders in Portland and across the country.

Destinee Hudson, 16, is black, and her friend, 17, who was wearing a hijab, is Muslim, the mother said.

The girls distanced themselves from the man after he got on the train at Lloyd Center, Hudson said. But he pressed on, approaching them as he kept screaming, she said...

Douglas Murray on the Manchester Bombing (VIDEO)

Murray's one of the most thoughtful "neocons" out there.

Watch, "Douglas Murray on the Daily Politics with Andrew Neil discussing the Manchester Bombing."

Vans Pool Party 2017: Legends Highlights (VIDEO)

Some of my old skating buddies, still skating, heh.

This was just a couple of weeks ago, at the Vans Skatepark combi-pool, in Orange.

William J. Cooper, The Lost Founding Father

At Amazon, William J. Cooper, The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Garth Kemp's Forecast

For CBS News 2 Los Angeles.

I'm looking forward to a relaxing long weekend.

David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon


At Amazon, David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Salman Abedi Used Taxpayer-Funded Student Loans and Benefits to Finance Manchester Arena Jihad Attack

British taxpayers literally financed the murder of their own children.

At the Telegraph U.K., "Exclusive: Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot."

Susan Sleeper-Smith, ed., Rethinking the Fur Trade

At Amazon, Susan Sleeper-Smith, ed., Rethinking the Fur Trade: Cultures of Exchange in an Atlantic World.

Yale Awards Student 'Truthtellers' Who Bullied Faculty

The cultural revolution in America.

We're in bad shape, and it's not just on campus.


Greg Gianforte Wins Montana Special Election

I'd never even heard of the guy until Wednesday night, on Twitter, when I saw the live-tweeting of the alleged "body-slam" assault. Seems like that would have hurt his chances, but a large number of voters (60 percent, apparently) voted by absentee ballot. And besides, it's Montana. I don't see how progressives are going to do well in a conservative rural state in this environment. It's political war at the moment, and frankly. Leftists are trying to nationalize the election, tying it to "the bully" President Trump. It's not working obviously. Everything's about hate nowadays, and no one's more hateful that a radical leftist.

In any case, here's Sean Trende, at RCP, "Four Takeaways From Gianforte's Win in Montana":
Believe it or not, they are still counting votes in the special election held Thursday in Montana. Greg Gianforte, the Republican nominee to replace former congressman and current Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has been declared the winner over Democrat Rob Quist. Speculation had abounded that the race could tighten -- or even flip to Democrats -- because of Gianforte’s alleged assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before the election. This didn’t pan out, as Gianforte seems headed for a win in the six-to-seven-point range.
Here are four thoughts on the outcome...

And see some of the outlandish left-wing headline at Mememeorandum, from Brian Beutler, "The Republicans Broke American Politics, and Media Elites Are Blind to It"; Karen Tumylty, "The GOP inherits what Trump has wrought"; and from Matt Yglesias, "Republicans' 7-point win in last night's Montana election is great news for Democrats."

That's all fake news.

It's a nightmare these days.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jackie Johnson's May Gray Forecast

I missed last night's weather forecast post. I just petered out and hit the sack. Worked all day today, but now I have the long weekend off, including Tuesday, when I'm taking a personal day.

Looks like it's going to be overcast through most of the weekend. Meh. I guess it'll be cool and comfortable.

In any case, here's the lovely Ms. Jackie, for CBS News Los Angeles:

Found at the Scene in Manchester

I love the graphics at this piece, especially of the foyer at the Manchester Arena, where Salman Abedi detonated his IED.

ICYMI: Omar El Akkad, American War


Following-up from my previous earlier entry, I'm reminded if this, at Amazon, Omar El Akkad, American War: A Novel.

From 9/11 to Manchester

From Daniel Henninger, at WSJ, "Donald Trump found out something about the presidency and the world on this trip":

Now we have Manchester and its 22 dead, many of them children. Somehow, we always end up back at 9/11, leaving flowers and candles again.

A political constant since 9/11 is that terrorism inevitably changes U.S. presidencies. I think the events this week—the president’s overseas trip and then Manchester—may have a similar effect on Donald Trump.

On Inauguration Day in January 2001, George W. Bush’s mind no doubt was filled with plans for his first term. Months later, his was a war presidency and would remain so.

Several things sit in my memory from the politics of that period. One is President Bush’s face as he addressed Congress on Sept. 20. He was a changed man. Also remembered is the solidarity of national purpose after the attack. The final memory is how quickly that unity dissipated into a standard partisan melee.

The Democratic point of attack became the Patriot Act’s surveillance provisions, a legal and legislative battle that ran the length of the Bush presidency. By the end of his second term, George Bush had become an object of partisan caricature and antipathy equal to anything President Trump endures now.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, four major terrorist attacks took place inside the U.S.: Fort Hood in 2009, the Boston Marathon in 2013, San Bernardino two years later and then Orlando in 2016. During these years, the locus of terror migrated from al Qaeda to Islamic State.

Volumes have been written about Barack Obama and terrorism, much of it about the president’s struggles with vocabulary terms such as war, Islam, extreme and radical. The killing of Osama bin Laden evinced a rare, passing moment of national unity.

With the opposition to the Trump presidency programmed for driverless resistance, there will be no national unity in the war on terrorism. The Democrats have become the Trump-Is-Russia Party, and that may be as good a way as any for them to spend their waking hours.

But even Hillary Clinton couldn’t duck the terrorism problem in the 2016 presidential campaign, and when Mr. Trump said he would “defeat ISIS,” his lack of nuance no doubt won him votes.

Which brings us to Manchester this week and memories of 9/11.

Note the political response to the Manchester murders. Again, total solidarity, such as this from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker : “These cowardly attacks will only strengthen our commitment to work together to defeat the perpetrators of such vile acts.”

Post-9/11, naturally one expects such commitments to erode like sand castles. But this time, by coincidence, alleged Manchester bomber Salman Abedi murdered concertgoers in the same week Donald Trump was using his first overseas trip to build a coalition to defeat Islamic State.

This was not a routine presidential foreign trip for self-pomp and circumstance. Mr. Trump went to Saudi Arabia to initiate an anti-ISIS policy designed and midwifed by three Trump appointees and Middle East specialists—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

The policy entails the U.S. sale over 10 years to Saudi Arabia of $450 billion of military equipment—tanks, ships, precision-guided bombs—in return for Saudi leadership of an Arab-state coalition, which is their idea, to fight Islamic terrorists in the region and thwart Iran’s territorial ambitions.

A New York Times online summary of the speech Mr. Trump delivered Sunday in Riyadh called it “a speech about Islam.” I thought it was about something larger than that.

For instance, the Times and Washington Post ran stories about how the Trump foreign policy has demoted human-rights issues. It has not. Implicit in the Trump-Tillerson formulation is that defining the abuse of human rights as oppression by governments, such as Saudi Arabia’s, is too narrow. Now, any discourse over human rights must include the right not to have one’s life ended by acts of organized terrorism.

Grasping at Trumpian straws is a fact of life, but I am going to hazard not much more than a thought, which is that the president who left for Saudi Arabia last Friday will not be the same president who returns here this weekend...
Still more.

James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins


At Amazon, James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands.

Salman Abedi's Manchester Bomb Used TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide), Same Explosive Used in 7/7, Brussels, and Paris Attacks

From Rukmini Callimachi, on Twitter:

Jennette McCurdy on Snapchat

At Bro Bible, "Jennette McCurdy REALLY Wants You to Know That She Can Twerk and Has Nipples."

Italian Model Bianca Balti 'Birth of Venus' Photoshoot

At London's Daily Mail, "Really coming out of her shell! Italian model Bianca Balti flashes her nipples as she dares to bare all for sexy shoot inspired by Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus painting in Cannes."

And at Taxi Driver, "Bianca Balti Caught on a Photoshoot."

Katie Hopkins on Manchester Jihad Attack

Following-up from yesterday, "Katie Hopkins Under Fire After Calling for 'Final Solution' to the Muslim Problem (VIDEO)."

Here's Katie Hopkins, at London's Daily Mail, "KATIE HOPKINS: Despite all the politicians’ clichΓ©s of bravery, there is a sickness in our society - and I fear it’s terminal," and "KATIE HOPKINS: The politicians now have hundreds of troops protecting them while telling the rest of us to Keep Calm, Stay 'United' and Carry On. But who is going to protect OUR kids from the terror THEY let in?"

Nine-Year-Old Ruby and Her Family Were at the Ariana Grande​ Concert During the Manchester Attack (VIDEO)

This is an amazing first-hand account, riveting even.

Via Sky News:

Morrissey’s Response to the Manchester Attack

From Stephen Green, at Instapundit, "BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN: Singer Morrissey’s response to #ManchesterBombing has PC heads exploding."

And from Morrissey:
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.
I have a newfound respect for the Smiths, heh.

Amazon's First Bookstore in New York City

At Quartz, "Amazon’s first bookstore in New York City sucks the joy out of buying books":

“We talk about ourselves as a physical extension of,” said Jennifer Cast, vice president of Amazon Books, on a tour for press. Indeed: Amazon Books heavily promotes its data-driven approach all around the store, just like the site does with its many recommendations—and makes Amazon’s Prime service feel irresistible, just like the site does. But by making the store an extension of, rather than a place in which people really want to spend time and forget their screens in lieu of something quieter, Amazon Books takes away one of the greatest pleasures of a bookstore: escapism. With the entire store blinking like a banner ad for Amazon Prime above your head, you lose the ability to fade away into the printed word...

And if you've got a used bookstore in your community, give it your business.

Enlightened Progressivism Doesn't Protect You from Jihad

Seen at AoSHQ:

Michelle Malkin on the Manchester Jihad Attack (VIDEO)

On Fox & Friends yesterday morning:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Manchester Bombing Suspect Allegedly Part of International Network of Jihad

At the Washington Post, "Manchester bombing probe seeks ‘network’ of suspects as Britain tightens security":

MANCHESTER, England — The police chief leading the investigation into a suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert said Wednesday that the attacker had not acted alone and authorities were trying to unravel a wider web of plotters.

“It’s very clear that this is a network we are investigating,” said Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

The comments — which came as British troops fanned out across London at prominent sites such as 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace — confirmed what other senior British officials have hinted. It also offered further insights into Britain’s decision to raise the nation’s threat level to its highest point.

Hopkins said British police had taken at least five people into custody in connection with the attack since Monday night.

Raids continued Wednesday in Britain, including one in the heart of Manchester — not far from the concert venue where Salman Abedi carried out the blast that claimed victims as young as 8 years old.

Hours after Hopkins spoke, police said a person was arrested in Wigan, about 20 miles west of the city.

Among those detained in Britain was Abedi’s older brother, Ismail. Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency reported that Salman’s younger brother Hashem was also arrested by authorities in Libya.

The bomber Abedi was a British-born citizen whose parents emigrated from Libya.

Britain’s domestic security chief, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said did not provide details on possible associates of the 22-year-old Abedi.

But she told the BBC that security services — which had been aware of Abedi “up to a point” before the bombing — were focusing on his visits to Libya, at least one of which was very recent.

Rudd’s French counterpart, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, told broadcaster BFMTV that Abedi may have also gone to Syria and had “proven” links with the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Manchester blast and called Abedi a “soldier.”

Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, said his son sounded “normal” when they last spoke five days ago. The elder Abedi told the Associated Press by telephone from Tripoli, Libya, that his son planned to visit Saudi Arabia and then spend the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with family in Libya.

“We don’t believe in killing innocents,” he told the AP. “This is not us.”

The local mosque where Abedi’s family worshiped — and where Ramadan Abedi had once worked, issuing the call to prayer — denounced the attack. Mosque officials also denied reporters that the bomber had worked there.

“The horrific atrocity that occurred in Manchester on Monday night has shocked us all,” said Fawzi Haffar, a trustee with the Manchester Islamic Center, which is also known as the Didsbury Mosque. “This act of cowardice has no place in our religion, or any other religion.”

Abedi was reported Wednesday to have been a college dropout who had recently become radicalized. Security experts said it was unlikely that he coordinated the attack, and the BBC reported he may have been “a mule” tasked with carrying out the bombing, but who had little role in creating the explosive or choosing the target.

Of particular concern to British investigators was the possibility that the bomb-maker was still at-large, and may be planning to strike again.

On Tuesday night, British Prime Minister Theresa May took Britain’s alert level from “severe” to its highest rating, “critical.” The decision, she said, was “a proportionate and sensible response to the threat that our security experts judge we face.”

The impact was quick and visible.

In London, nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed onto the streets to help free up police. Soldiers were seen at prominent locations including Downing Street and Buckingham Palace...
Still more.

Hailey Baldwin Tops the 2017 Maxim Hot 100

On Twitter.

Hailey Baldwin is a scam, her family is in the industry, she’s a golden child who has managed to find the Kardashians / Jenners / Hadids to leverage…

It just took the family publicists to make that magic happen, the scam of the scams…keep the 1 percent 1 percenting – which is why content is such shit lately – the talent has left the building and the entitled kids of the talent are taking over.

Playboy Playmate Lada Kravchenko May 2017 (VIDEO)


And at Playboy, "That time May Playmate Lada Kravchenko took over a NYC hotel room."

And watch, at Playboy on YouTube, "What Turns May Playmate Lada Kravchenko On (and Off)?"

Shop Today's Deals

At Amazon, New Deals. Every Day.

BONUS: Sebastian Gorka, Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.

Dr. Rachel McKinnon Attacks Feminists

I wrote about "Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism" last year.

Here's an update, from Robert Stacy McCain:

Kara Del Toro Says Bring Back Carl's Jr. Bikini Advertising

Hey, I'm down with that!

Stana Katic

She's so sweet. What a refreshing Rule 5 break from all the political correctness and murder.

Seen on Twitter:

U.C. Berkeley Professor Posts Hit List of Alleged 'Islamophobic' Conservatives

The sole purpose of publishing and disseminating such lists is to foment murderous violence against the targets. It's no surprise that conservatives need armed guards virtually 24/7.

From Pamela on Twitter:

Katie Hopkins Under Fire After Calling for 'Final Solution' to the Muslim Problem (VIDEO)

She's probably the most righteous outspoken critic of Islam in Britain, if not all of Europe.

And of course she's under fire. When you're batting 1.000 you'll have your enemies gearing up for a fight.

At WaPo, via Memeorandum, "‘We need a final solution,’ British columnist tweets — then deletes — after Manchester bombing."

Also, seen on Twitter and on Fox News, below:

The Politically Correct Enablers of Murder and Mayhem

From Bruce Bawer, at City Journal, "Enabling Murder."

Theresa May's Downing Street Statement on Manchester Terror Attack (VIDEO)

Following-up from last night, "Manchester Suicide Bomber Identified as British-Libyan Jihadist Salman Abedi," and "Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8-Years-Old, Killed in Manchester Terror Attack."

Here's the Prime Minister's statement from yesterday. Quite dramatic:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Evelyn Taft's Cooling Trend Forecast

Here's the lovely Ms. Evelyn.

It's been great weather. Cool but comfortable. Sunny but not hot. Very nice all around.

At CBS News 2 Los Angeles:

Lawsuit Against San Diego Unified School District's Muslim Anti-Bullying Program (VIDEO)

That's what I'm talking about.

More of this, please.

At ABC News 10 San Diego:

William Cronon, Changes in the Land


At Amazon, William Cronon, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England.

Fox News Retracts Story on Murdered D.N.C Staffer Seth Rich (VIDEO)

Really interesting developments on this, starting with the Fox News statement on the retraction, at top. Sean Hannity said earlier today that he "retracted nothing," but then on his evening broadcast announced he was "backing off" the story for now.

As noted previously, I don't care for this story. I don't know what evidence there is linking the young man's murder to the Democrat Party. That said, clearly, as seen in Hannity's segment, there is absolutely no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign, Russia, the D.N.C. hacks, or whatever. It's all a scam.

Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8-Years-Old, Killed in Manchester Terror Attack

Following-up, "Manchester Suicide Bomber Identified as British-Libyan Jihadist Salman Abedi."

At the Telegraph U.K.:

Manchester Suicide Bomber Identified as British-Libyan Jihadist Salman Abedi

At the Telegraph U.K., "Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber":

The Manchester Arena suicide bomber had made trips to Libya, Downing Street said last night, as intelligence agencies combed his connections with al-Qaeda and Islamic State in his parents’ homeland.

Salman Abedi, 22, who was reportedly known to the security services, is thought to have returned from Libya as recently as this week.

A school friend told The Times: "He went to Libya three weeks ago and came back recently, like days ago."

Abedi born in Manchester and grew up in tight-knit Libyan community that was known for its strong opposition to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

He had become radicalised recently - it is not entirely clear when - and had worshipped at a local mosque that has, in the past, been accused of fund-raising for jihadists.

Abedi’s older brother Ismail had been a tutor at Didsbury mosque’s Koran school. The imam last night said that Salman Abedi, who wore Islamic dress, had shown him “the face of hate” when he gave a talk warning on the dangers of so-called Islamic State.

Born in 1994, the second youngest of four children, Abedi’s parents were Libyan refugees who fled to the UK to escape Gaddafi.

His mother, Samia Tabbal, 50, and father, Ramadan Abedi, a security officer, were both born in Tripoli but appear to have emigrated to London before moving to the Whalley Range area of south Manchester where they had lived for at least a decade.

Abedi went to school locally and then on to Salford University in 2014 where he studied business management before dropping out. His trips to Libya, where it is thought his parents returned in 2011 following Gaddafi’s overthrow, are now subject to scrutiny including links to jihadists...
Keep reading.

New Deals. Every Day

At Amazon, Shop Today's Deals.

BONUS: S. Jonathan Bass, Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders, and the 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'.

Leakers Have Done Far More Damage Than Trump

Following-up from my previous entry, here's Marc Thiessen, at WaPo (amazingly):

What a Conservative Sees from Inside Trump's Washington



Click through for the Megan McArdle piece at Bloomberg, lol. She's libertarian, but on many issues she comes off as fairly doctrinaire conservative.

Truck Driving, Once a Road to the Middle Class, is Now Low-Paying, Grinding, Unhealthy Work. Why Do They Do It?

I've always been fascinated with truck drivers. Still am.

I especially love the peaceful and easy feeling of the cross-country long haul. But alas, there's not much glamour to the job, at least not any more.

At NYT, "Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’":

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The vast Petro truck stop here is a neon-lit, blacktop oasis at the crossroads of America. It beckons big-rig drivers with showers, laundry machines, a barber shop, even a knife store. “Professional drivers only,” reads the sign above the tables of the Iron Skillet restaurant, where truckers sit mostly alone, carrying the solitude of their jobs into an otherwise social setting.

Driving a long-haul tractor-trailer is as commonplace as the items that drivers carry, from blue jeans to blueberries, from toilet paper for Walmart to farm machinery bound for export. There are 1.7 million men and women working as long-haul drivers in the country. Yet truckers — high up in their cabs — are literally out of view for most Americans.

At a moment when President Trump has ignited a national discussion of blue-collar labor and even climbed into a truck during a White House event, trucking, which was once among the best-paying such jobs, has become low-wage, grinding, unhealthy work. Turnover at large for-hire fleets hauling freight by the truckload — the backbone of the industry — runs an astonishing 80 percent a year, according to a trade group. Looming over the horizon is a future in which self-driving trucks threaten to eliminate many drivers’ livelihoods.

Still, trucking continues to draw plenty of newcomers, reflecting the lack of good alternatives for workers without a higher education (one survey found that 17 percent of truckers had less than a high school diploma). Some have lost better-paying manufacturing jobs in the continuing deindustrialization of America. Others have spent years knocking on the door of the middle class in minimum-wage jobs in fast food or retail. To them, trucking is a step up.

Over two days recently, The New York Times spoke to truckers at the Petro stop, which sits at the intersection of Interstate 57, between Chicago and Memphis, and Interstate 70, between Indianapolis and St. Louis. These interviews were edited and condensed. The maps show drivers’ routes in picking up and delivering their loads...
Keep reading.

Carol Swain on the Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

She's a good lady!

For Prager University:

Brooklyn Decker in the Virgin Islands (VIDEO)

She looks better than ever, frankly.

For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit:

Mark Mazzetti, The Way of the Knife

At Amazon, Mark Mazzetti, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.

Anthony Weiner's World About to Get Much Smaller and Sadder

The New York Post has had very good coverage.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jackie Johnson's Gradual Cooling Forecast

It's cool and comfortable on the coasts, but sunny and hot inland.

Here's the lovely Ms. Jackie, back for CBS News 2 Los Angeles:

At Least 19 Slaughtered at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, U.K. (VIDEO)

Well, I doubt this is going to help Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.

But it's still early.

At Telegraph U.K., "Live Manchester Arena explosion 19 dead in 'terror attack' at Ariana Grande concert."

Terrorism is suspected.

Expect updates.

ADDED: Here's Pamela Geller on Twitter, reporting it was a "suicide attack":

Now here's the front-page at tomorrow's Guardian U.K.:

I'll append tweets as I see them: