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Who Declared This To Be Crazy Week?

Featured image Did I miss something, or did Trump use his power under the National Emergencies Act to declare this week to be Crazy Week? Because there sure does seem to be an extra helping of crazy going on, and it’s only Wednesday! • The college admission scandal is just too delicious to be believed. It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of hypocritical, liberal-run institutions. One aspect of the scandal is »

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Featured image • Our favorite comic (after Ammo Grrrl), David Deeble, lives in Germany much of the year, and likes to joke that there are two things Germans don’t joke about—Hitler, and everything else. German politicians might be advised to take this to heart: Merkel successor slammed as intersex toilet joke falls flat German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s anointed successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, faced harsh criticism Monday over a carnival joke that ridiculed intersex »

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Featured image • Climate change watch: Los Angeles just experienced a February in which the temperature never reached 70 degrees for the first time in recorded history (LA temperature records go back about 130 years). And the midwest is in the grips of another bone-chilling polar vortex, because the damn groundhog lied. • Meanwhile, in other climate news, did you know climate change is causing an increase in kidney disease, because climate »

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Featured image • Apparently something called “The Oscars” are on right now. The only “Oscar” I care about are the ones followed by “Mayer Weiners,” or “Robertson.” • Did you hear un-funnyman Bill Maher say that Blue states “have chef Wolfgang Puck, they [Red states] have Chef Boyardee. Our roofs have solar panels, theirs have last year’s Christmas lights.” First of all, Wolfgang Puck!?!? He’s so 1990s. Second, the only reason those solar »

Notes & asides

Featured image I’m struggling with a painful condition that has not yet been subdued by medication. The condition is disrupting my sleep and the medication is suppressing my energy. (I should add that my painful condition is only painful. It does not have any other physical effect.) Borrowing the heading from the old National Review Notes & Asides column in which William F. Buckley responded to letters from readers — he compiled »

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Featured image Lots of news to catch up with and comment on today. • An RBG sighting! After weeks of being out of public view and prompting a ton of rumors, Justice Ruth Buzzie Ginsburg appeared—in person—at the Supreme Court yesterday, just in time to hand down today’s unanimous ruling that the 8th Amendments’s “excessive fines” clause applies to the states through “incorporation” of the due process clause. This ruling will greatly »

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Featured image • So this is interesting news: Snow falls in Hawaii a few times a year in winter on the state’s highest peak, Mauna Kea rising 13,803 elevation in feet, but the white stuff is rarely seen at elevations below 9,000 feet to 10,000 feet. On Sunday, Maui’s 10,ooo-foot Haleakala received a thick dusting and snow also accumulated at 6,200 feet in Polipoli State Recreation Area. Officials at the Department of Land and »

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Featured image • Factoid: Federal district courts have issued 30 nationwide injunctions against Trump Administration actions. Aside from the legal argument about whether federal district courts should be able to issue nationwide injunctions, this is more injunctions than all other U.S. presidents combined. #JudicialResistance? • Oh goody: • AOC chaser: Not being transgender makes me privileged says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she says: ‘I will never know the trauma of feeling like I’m »

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Featured image • No sooner do I speculate yesterday that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is likely unpopular with House Democrats that this pops up in the news: Some Dems float idea of primary challenge for Ocasio-Cortez Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that’s threatening to primary entrenched Democrats. Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables on her and are discussing recruiting a primary challenger »

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Featured image After a solid week on the road, time to catch up with a few news items. • Oh please, please make it so! Hillary Clinton tells friends she’s leaving 2020 door open Hillary Clinton may not be ready to give up on her Oval Office dreams, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reports. “Clinton is telling people that she’s not closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020,” Zeleny said. “I’m told by »

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Featured image • I assumed that the following letter from President Trump to Speaker Pelosi was a fake, like yesterday’s fake edition of the Washington Post, but no—it’s real, and it’s spectacular!  The White House has clarified that all congressional junkets will be postponed, not just Pelosi’s trip, which was supposed to depart this afternoon according to press reports. • Speaking of Democrats, save up for this, which sounds like the best »

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Featured image • Yeah, yeah, I know—I haven’t posted anything yet on AOC’s beloved “Green New Deal,” but that’s because I can’t stop laughing. I’m sure a “Green” New Deal will be just as effective as the original New Deal, which prolonged rather than ended the Great Depression, though it did succeed in vastly expanding the permanent power and reach of government, which was its real goal of course. • As a »

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Featured image Heading into the first weekend of 2019, a few stray stories worth noting. • This story out of Canada is so stupid that I can’t even give it one of our coveted Green Weenie Awards: Sometimes being energy conscious can mean geeking out on gigawatts, or studying the latest heat exchanger technology. But in this case, it involved splurging on a $2,000 cat door. The super-insulated, radio-frequency-controlled designer cat passageway »

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Featured image • RIP, Bre Payton. I only ever met and spoke with Bre Payton in person twice that I can recall (both times about our common roots in southern California, and my high regard for Patrick Henry College, this upstart institution in northern Virginia that is turning out impressive graduates like Bre because it stands for something), so I can’t claim to have known her well. But I was following her »

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Featured image • Finally! A stock market I can like! I hate stock markets that are at record highs. I love stock markets that are battered and bruised. One of the great things about being a conservative is that the essential contrarian nature of a conservative can and should extend to the stock market, too. When the Wall Street touts and CNBC shills say “It’s different this time,” a conservative will immediately »

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Featured image • About the “government shutdown,” a few questions and observations: Are the police and fire departments in your city still on patrol? Will city hall and the county courthouse be open for business next Wednesday after the Christmas holiday is over? Will your local public school open up again after the holiday break? Then “government” isn’t really shut down now, is it? If you count all the way down to local »

This Week’s Biggest Twits on Twitter

Featured image Everyone knows Twitter is an abyss, but some people abuse the privilege and have clearly been working overtime this week. Like this: John Dingell in a “hipster” coffee shop? More likely a hip-replacement coffee shop. I’m sure he just misheard. Twitter is the perfect medium for romper-room socialism: Oh please, please propose a wealth tax for New York City! I suspect that eight of the ten richest people in New »