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Naming Names

Posted on | June 17, 2019 | No Comments

We now know the names of three pollsters — Greg Lloyd, Mike Baselice and Adam Geller — fired by the Trump 2020 campaign after they allegedly leaked internal poll data to the New York Times showing President Trump trailing Joe Biden in key battleground states. Lloyd is a former associate of Kellyanne Conway, Baselice “has been close to Brad Parscale, who is campaign manager for the 2020 effort,” and Geller has previously worked for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

If somebody hires you to work for them, by God, work for them. The Republican Party has long suffered from a plague of selfish egomaniacs and untrustworthy backstabbers, who get themselves hired on the basis of personal connections — who they were buddies with as College Republicans — and then deliberately betray the trust placed in them. Any GOP operative who leaks damaging information to the media ought to be permanently barred from employment by Republicans.

(Hat-tip: Ace of Spades.)



 

FMJRA 2.0: Welcome To The Club

Posted on | June 15, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Rule 5 Sunday: Monica Bellucci
Animal Magnetism
Ninety Miles From Tyranny
Proof Positive
A View From The Beach
EBL

FMJRA 2.0: Mr. Mastodon Farm
A View From The Beach
EBL

President Trump ‘Should Be in Jail,’ Says Progressive Journalist Now Under Arrest
The Pirate’s Cove
Dark Brightness
357 Magnum
EBL

Math Is Hard
357 Magnum
EBL

Fact-Based Argument Is Denounced as ‘Common Right Wing Talking Point’
EBL

In The Mailbox: 06.10.19
Proof Positive
EBL

NY Times Advocates Censorship by Reporting on ‘Far Right’ YouTube
Dark Brightness
EBL

Democrats and Whores
The Pirate’s Cove
EBL

In The Mailbox: 06.11.19
Proof Positive
EBL

Can Republicans Stop Losing Long Enough for the Left to Destroy Itself?
Dark Brightness
Animal Magnetism
EBL

In The Mailbox: 06.12.19
Proof Positive
EBL

Oberlin President Says College’s Deficit Is ‘Unsustainable … We Will Not Exist’
Pushing Rubber Downhill
A View From The Beach
EBL

Women’s Anti-American Soccer Team
Dark Brightness
A View From The Beach
EBL

Maximum Punitive Damages: Jury Rains Fire and Brimstone on Oberlin College
Dark Brightness
Pushing Rubber Downhill
A View From The Beach
EBL

In The Mailbox: 06.13.19
Proof Positive
EBL
A View From The Beach

Corporate Censorship: A Short History of the Social Media Thought Police Regime
Pushing Rubber Downhill
EBL

In The Mailbox: 06.14.19
Proof Positive
EBL

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  3.  Proof Positive (6)
  4.  Dark Brightness (5)

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Marianne Williamson Will Share DNC Debate Stage With Biden and Bernie

Posted on | June 15, 2019 | No Comments

Email from the author-turned-presidential-candidate:

It’s official!
The DNC drew straws [Friday] to see who would be speaking on what night at that debates.
I’ll be on the stage Thursday, June 27th with:

Sanders
Harris
Biden
Mayor Pete
Bennett
Swalwell
Gillibrand
Yang
Hickenlooper

I couldn’t be more pumped. This is very exciting.

Heh heh heh — the longest longshot in the race will share the stage with the top front-runners, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, as well as the top-ranked black contender Sen. Kamala Harris and gay Indiana wonder boy Pete Buttigieg and . . . Wait a minute. That means Elizabeth Warren will be in the Wednesday lineup with a bunch of nobodies.

Sucks to be you, Pocahontas.



 

Hermione Granger At The Marco Polo Bridge

Posted on | June 15, 2019 | No Comments

— by Wombat-socho

Aside from the occasional used book, I haven’t bought any books from anyone but Amazon in quite a while. This year, I made an exception and actually paid list price for the Compton Crook Award winner’s debut novel, The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang. As The post title indicates, this is a coming of age fantasy in a world where magic works…differently, and the gods are feared for a very good reason. Kuang’s novel is about a young girl orphaned by war and fostered by a merchant family who changes her fate by passing the extremely difficult admittance exam for Sinegard, an elite military school where she discovers that her fate isn’t to be an officer in the Imperial military, but something far more dangerous. Despite the foregoing, this is not a book for children or even young adults, because it’s set in the Second Sino-Japanese War, except that everyone is using arrows, swords, and polearms instead of rifles and artillery. While the notion of Chiang Kai-Shek as the Empress is amusing, Kuang spares us and her heroine nothing, not even the Rape of Nanking, which is horrifically re-enacted. I am looking forward to the sequel, The Dragon Republic with some trepidation; I’m hoping our heroine lives happily ever after but am rather afraid she won’t.  It’s due out in August.

On a more cheerful note, the first volume of Komi Can’t Communicate is out from Viz Media. I’d been following it thanks to fan translations on the web, and wrote kind of a pre-review here. The manga has more than lived up to my expectations – while a lot of the characters are bizarre, extreme caricatures of typical middle school kids, it’s at its base the story of a girl who can’t talk to people well but badly wants to make friends instead of being placed on a pedestal by her classmates for her “aloof” beauty. The art is nothing special, but the story is good. Worth your time.

The Four Horsemen universe rolls on, and I’ve finished Mark Wandrey’s Dirty Deeds and Jon Osborne’s When The Axe Falls. Wandrey’s book is the tale of a merc who wants to retire on an idyllic island colony…but trouble keeps finding him, and when the Mercenary Guild forces land, he realizes it’s time to saddle up with his fellow retirees and show the aliens why it’s a bad idea to mess with people who’ve grown old in a field where few do. Lots of humor, lots of action. Highly recommended. Osborne’s book is also good, mixing a story of revenge with an underhanded scheme by the Guild to set humans against humans….which turns out to be a bad idea for the humans the Guild is using as a catspaw.

Cash being short, I’m going to head over to the library this week and get caught up on some recent books by David Drake and the 1632 crowd, plus whatever else catches my eye.


In The Mailbox: 06.14.19

Posted on | June 14, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

OVER THE TRANSOM
Gungoal: Yet The Left Still Blames Guns Instead Of Mental Illness For Mass Shootings
EBL: National Bourbon Day
Twitchy: Rep. Will Hurd Bounced From Speaking At Black Hat Conference Because He’s A Republican, also, You Can’t Read This Brilliant Thread About The Anniversary Of Net Neutrality’s End Because The Internet Is Gone And We’re All Dead
Louder With Crowder: Change My Mind Google Edition – Hate Speech Q&A, also, High School Valedictorian Excoriates Crappy Counselor, Unhelpful Staff, & Drunk Teacher
According To Hoyt: Yeah, It Was Supposed To Be A Guest Post
Monster Hunter Nation: June Update Post
Vox Popoli: Corporate Cancer Metastasizes, also, The Comics Meltdown Continues

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: The Climate Change Socialists Show Their Hand, also, Friday Hawt Chicks & Links – Ebola Edition
American Greatness: A Conservative Resistance?
American Thinker: US Army War College Surrenders To CAIR
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Supermassive Friday
Babalu Blog: Cubans On The Street Tell Reporter What Living Under Socialism Is Really Like
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm For June 14
CDR Salamander: Fullbore Friday
Da Tech Guy: Sports And SABLE Under The Fedora
Don Surber: Mexico Kills Reporters, Trump Tweets – Who Does Media Call The Enemy?
Dustbury: Welcome To The Hotel Zuckerbergia
First Street Journal:
The Geller Report: Hezbollah Isn’t Just In Beirut, It’s In NYC Too, also, Here’s Facebook’s Process To Label You A “Hate Agent”
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, Everything’s Up To Date In Kansas City
Hollywood In Toto: Woke Late Night Grabs Gold In Victimization Olympics
JustOneMinute: Iran Behind Tanker Attack In Gulf Of Oman?
Legal Insurrection: Oberlin College Vows To Fight Gibson’s Bakery Verdict, also, DNC Announces The 20 Candidates Who’ll Be On Stage For First Debate
The PanAm Post: Maduro Gives Russia Control Of Two New Gas Deposits
Power Line: Cowardice At Harvard, also, From The Mixed-Up Files Of Ilhan Omar (5) and (6)
Shot In The Dark: The Strib Is Ilhan Omar’s PR Flack, also, People Are Basically Trash
The Political Hat: Happy Flag Day, 2019
This Ain’t Hell: Valor Friday, also, Marine Who Pissed On Taliban Corpse Wins In Court
Victory Girls: The Bell Tolls – Oberlin College’s $33 Million Lesson
Volokh Conspiracy: Short Circuit – A Roundup Of Recent Federal Court Decisions
Weasel Zippers: Left-Wing Billionaire George Soros Buys Two State Prosecutor Elections, also, FEC Chair Takes Shot At Trump Over Soliciting Foreign Info – Why Didn’t She Say Anything About HIllary?
Megan McArdle: A Comeback For Rent Control, Just In Time To Make housing Shortages Worse
Mark Steyn: The Great Fire Of A New London

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Corporate Censorship: A Short History of the Social Media Thought Police Regime

Posted on | June 14, 2019 | No Comments

 

In the sidebar, Ace of Spades beats Ben Shapiro like a rented mule:

Now that YouTube is deplatforming conservatives who don’t tow the line on the sexual left’s zero-tolerance-for-anything-less-than-complete-validation agenda on homosexuality and transgenderism, Ben Shapiro — who, oh yeah, makes a lot of money from YouTube — suddenly has a problem with the left’s deplatforming campaign.
What happened to Muh Private Business, Not-Binary Ben? Did the Muh Private Business mantra stop being sacred when the censors started knocking on your neighbor’s door?
Hey, remember when a lot of us told you that the alligator would soon come for you, licking its chops? But you were still content to feed the alligator your rivals and competitors?

The link is to Twitchy, where Sarah Desprat-Reed says of the “standards” by which YouTube justified demonetizing Steven Crowder:

The “standard” seems to be “hate speech is any speech I don’t like.” . . .
If YouTube’s going to crack down on so-called “egregious actions,” that’s fine. But they’d better be able to explain why “egregious actions” are only egregious when conservatives do them.

Leaving aside Ace’s grudge against Shapiro — the feud has lasted longer than the Mueller investigation — let’s ask: How did we get here?

The current era of social-media censorship can be traced back to #GamerGate, which feminists and other SJWs claimed was about “misogynist” harassment. That’s what inspired the creation of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council with totalitarian ideologue Anita Sarkeesian in February 2016, a week before my @rsmccain account was banned.

 

That ban was justified under Twitter’s recently promulgated prohibition on “targeted harassment” although, as was pointed out at the time, no one ever said who was “targeted” or how they’d been “harassed” in my case. Someone in authority at Twitter had evidently decided to make an example of me and, while there was general consternation among conservatives and libertarians at the time, this was forgotten a few months later when Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos. What seems to have happened next was that in November 2016, after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, everybody in Big Tech bought into the Democrats’ claim that online “fake news” and Russian “bot” accounts explained Hillary’s loss. Quite suddenly, any social-media behavior the Left didn’t like was “hate” and “fascism” and, especially after the August 2017 Charlottesville riot, this mentality led to increased censorship. Among the major-media “journalists” who encouraged the expansion of this Orwellian Thought Police regime was CNN’s Oliver Darcy.

Everybody who’s followed this story can name their own reference points in the saga, but two that stood out for me were, first, the firing of James Damore from Google in August 2017, and second, Amazon’s ban on pickup artist Roosh V’s books in September 2018. Now, nearly five years after the #GamerGate controversy erupted, we have reached the point where Carlos Maza (an employee of NBC-subsidized Vox) can succeed in getting YouTube to punish one of his critics: “We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies.”

Ah, “a pattern of egregious actions” — keep it nice and vague, eh?

What has happened, essentially, is that after decades of left-wing dominance of academia, younger members of the college-educated class (including journalists and tech-company workers) are overwhelmingly “progressive,” which is to say they are not only Democrat voters, but monomaniacally obsessed with certain ideas, which leads them to engage in virtue-signalling by accusing others of Thought Crimes. They seek to “win” arguments by silencing opposition.

“Twitter Is Now Banning Conservatives For Investigative Journalism About Big Tech’s Abortion Activism” is the latest headline from Madeline Osburn at The Federalist. There was a time when most Christian conservatives seemed inclined to ignore the censorship directed at various “alt-right” types. However, if people like Milo, Roosh and Alex Jones weren’t the kind of polite folks the Religious Right was apt to defend, it was predictable that once these rowdy voices were purged, that next the Thought Police would extend their reach. Crowder is not Alex Jones, and Lila Rose is not Milo Yiannopoulos, but all of them are viewed as enemies by the progressive Thought Police. There is no safe harbor where “respectable” conservatives can enjoy freedom of speech.

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!

In related news, PJMedia is now being blacklisted by Pinterest — because nudity? — and tech billionaire Naval Ravikant says, “The Left won the culture wars. Now they’re just driving around shooting survivors.”

UPDATE II: Oh, yeah, did I mention somebody’s got a book out?



 

In The Mailbox: 06.13.19

Posted on | June 13, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

OVER THE TRANSOM
357 Magnum: Don’t Have an Emergency During Shift-change
EBL: Tanker Attacked In The Strait Of Hormuz
Twitchy: Amazon Schools Joe Biden On the US Tax Code, Who Wrote It, And Why
Louder With Crowder: Dan Crenshaw Destroys NYT Writer Over 9/11 Bill

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: It’s Pride Month, So Enjoy Your Time In The Sun
American Greatness: Groups Want Delay On SCOTUS Citizenship Question Decision
American Power: Brace For A Voter Turnout Tsunami
American Thinker: Lingering Obama-Era Move At CFPB Now Threatens Credit Markets
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Random Notes News
Babalu Blog: Cubans Claim Havana Market Sold Them Dog Meat Labeled As Mutton, also, The NYT And Its Glorification Of Communism
BattleSwarm: The Illegal Alien Crisis In Uvalde
CDR Salamander: Everyone Just Calm The F*ck Down
Da Tech Guy: A Handy Primer For The Partner Impaired, also, Did Capitalism Really Kill Millions?
Don Surber: Even Trump Can’t Save The Media, also, Highlights of The News
Dustbury: The Wawa Pedal
First Street Journal: The NYT & WaPo Cover Up Joe Biden’s Stupidity
The Geller Report: Al-Aqsa Mosque Address Threatens Pretty Much Everybody Who Isn’t Muslim, also, Marine Le Pen Ordered To Stand Trial For Tweeting ISIS Killing Pictures
Hogewash: Educational Mismanagement, also, Gibson’s Bakery Jury Awards Triple Damages
Hollywood In Toto: Critics Slam Shaft As Racist, Sexist, AND Homophobic
Legal Insurrection: Oberlin College Hit With Maximum Punitive Damages In Gibson’s Bakery Case, also, Internet Reacts To Oberlin Damages
The PanAm Post: Colombian Guerrilla Wanted For Extradition Is Now Congressman
Power Line: A New Low In Press Cluelessness? also, So Long, Sarah, We’ll Miss You
Shark Tank: Rick Scott Backs Trump’s Ban On Cruise Ships To Cuba
Shot In The Dark: Where Have You Gone, Learned Foot?
The Political Hat: Current College Wokeness – Out With Heterosexism, In With Queer Feminism, & Always Doubleplusgood Newspeak
This Ain’t Hell: Veteran Reads Fake Obituary About His Own Death, Family Upset, also, 5th Fleet Aids Tankers After Iranian Attack
Victory Girls: Civil War Days Event Cancelled By Political Correctness
Volokh Conspiracy: “Photoshop The Change You Want To See In the World”
Weasel Zippers: K-Mart Bans Customers Using Christian Terms At Its Photo Kiosks, But Muslim Terms A-OK, also, NYC Mosque Blasts Call To Prayer To 20-Block Radius
Megan McArdle: Sanders’ Brand Of Socialism Is Hard To Pin Down
Mark Steyn: Do The Wokestapo Wear Hermes Scarves?

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Maximum Punitive Damages: Jury Rains Fire and Brimstone on Oberlin College

Posted on | June 13, 2019 | 1 Comment

Oberlin Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo (photo by Bob Perkoski).

Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which might lead to war, but that’s trivial compared to the big news from Ohio today:

The jury just rendered its verdict on punitive damages in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case.
Daniel McGraw, our reporter in the courtroom, reports that in addition to the $11.2 million compensatory damages awarded last Friday, the jury awarded a total of $33 million in punitive damages, which will probably be reduced by the court to $22 million because of the state law cap at twice compensatory (it’s not an absolute cap, but probably will apply here). That brings the total damages to $33 million. . . .
The breakdown was:
David Gibson – $17.5 million punitive damages
Allyn W. Gibson — $8.75 million punitive damages
Gibson Bros. Inc. (the Bakery) – $6,973,500 punitive damages.

Legal Insurrection has covered this story from the beginning, and Professor William Jacobson had his say in the Wall Street Journal:

On a different campus on a different day, it is unlikely a simple shoplifting case would have gained much attention. But the incident occurred the day after Donald Trump was elected president, in the wake of which Oberlin students appeared ready to build on the school’s history of left-wing activism to exercise their angst. Thus this otherwise unexciting crime became their cause célèbre. . . .
In this case, Oberlin students and administrators appeared happy to smear a family-run institution in pursuit of a “social justice” agenda. Ignoring the facts, they attempted to destroy a business without concern for the damage they were inflicting on a family and workers in their own community. . . .
For Oberlin, it didn’t have to end this way. At the height of the controversy, the Gibson family says it asked the school to send a letter to students reiterating what had already become clear: The bakery didn’t engage in racial profiling. Administrators refused. Had the college agreed to refute the baseless claims of racism, it is unlikely that the Gibson family would have pursued the matter in court.
The verdict is in, and it regards more than money. The jury held accountable an unhinged progressive activist college that lost concern for the lives of working people in its community.

If you want to understand what happened, begin with this: Oberlin’s administration promoted to the post of Vice President and Dean of Students the college’s former Title IX coordinator, Meredith Raimondo. In 2014, Raimondo had been named “Special Assistant to the President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” whatever that means. According to testimony at the trial, Raimondo handed out leaflets urging a boycott of Gibson’s, describing it as “a RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION.”

 

This was a grossly stupid thing to do and yet, Raimondo is an allegedly educated person who is being paid more than $100,000 a year in an executive supervisory role at an elite college where the annual cost of attendance is $71,390, including room and board. Dear God, I wouldn’t trust such an incompetent dimwit to supervise a Cub Scout picnic!

It would seem that Raimondo’s only qualification to be Dean of Students is that she is (a) female and (b) has the “correct” politics. That’s apparently the employment policy at Oberlin, as at all “elite” schools — any liberal woman with an advanced degree can get hired, and who cares if she’s grossly stupid and irresponsible? Campus life is so well insulated from real-life consequences that this stupid woman’s incompetence doesn’t really matter until one day, she engages in a deliberate act of defamation and — oops! — there goes $33 million.

However, Raimondo was not the only grossly stupid woman on Oberlin’s staff. There was also Antoinette “Toni” Myers, who in June 2016 was appointed assistant dean of students and director of Oberlin’s Multicultural Resource Center, where her job was to “work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and community partners to facilitate a complex and inclusive vision of diversity and multiculturalism that supports engaged educational excellence,” whatever that means. Myers was mentioned in the plaintiff’s closing argument:

[Gibson’s lead attorney Lee] Plakas closed with a pair of social media send-outs that he thinks the jury should see as indicative of the school being in charge of the entire affair. In August of 2017, when the three shoplifters plead guilty and were put on probation, Toni Myers, Oberlin College’s Multicultural Resource Center Director then, [sent] out a text which said, “After a year, I hope we rain fire and brimstone on that store.”
That year length in question, Plakas said, was the time it would take for the three shoplifters to finish probation and have their criminal record expunged.
He also told the jury that the definition of the “fire and brimstone” that Oberlin College administrators were sharing was two definitions in biblical terms: “torment suffered by sinners in hell” and “punishment that lasts forever.”
His second email mentioned in closing was when Meredith Raimondo sent out one about a college professor’s letter to the editor to the school newspaper on the protests. Roger Copeland, an Oberlin College professor of theater and dance (he is “emeritus” status now) criticized how the school was treating Gibson’s soon after the protests ended.
“F–k him,” Raimondo sent out in an email to the school’s communication’s director. “I’d say unleash the students if I wasn’t convinced this needs to be put behind us.”
Plakas used this now-famed email again. “They can’t say they have no control over their students, how they have free speech and are independent, but they can leash their students on unleash them whenever they want?” he asked the jury.
“When a powerful institution says you are racist, you are doomed.”

Well, the jury in Lorain County has delivered its own “fire and brimstone,” and smoke is rising from the crater of Oberlin College.



 

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