The mystery about a strange object that fell from the sky into the Canadian woods 55 years ago is finally solved. And if you’ve always suspected that it involved secret government snooping, well…give yourself a cookie.
A lot of smokers in recent years have turned to e-cigarettes (“vaping”) to help wean themselves off real cigarettes. But during the Obama Administration, there was a regulatory crackdown that threatened to drive e-cigarettes into extinction. They were being treated legally as if they were as dangerous to health as regular cigarettes, in spite of studies showing that they aren’t, because with no combustion, they don’t release tars and carbon monoxide. But with Obama out, new FDA Administrator Scott Gottlieb has extended the regulatory deadline from 2018 to 2022 and indicated that the FDA will reconsider the draconian regulations. So smokers who are trying to quit by switching to vaping can breathe a little easier. But then, they probably already were.
One of the surest signs that someone is a mature, civilized adult is that they know how to behave respectfully at a funeral. Shame on those who couldn’t put their political fanaticism aside for even one hour to show respect for Heather Heyer, the victim of the alleged neo-Nazi Charlottesville car attacker, and her family at her funeral.
Excellent column by Glenn Reynolds, a throwback to 2015. The 24-hour news channels are currently having a feeding frenzy over Charlottesville, and trying to convince us that the KKK and Nazisim are “on the rise” in America. They aren’t. They’re a tiny handful of racist idiots being blown up to look big and scary by a billion dollars’ worth of free publicity from the likes of CNN, MSNBC, et al. But giving a mouse a megaphone doesn’t turn it into an elephant. Meanwhile, this column reminds us that outside the liberal echo chamber, where everything is a CRISIS, and the world is always ending, and Trump is Hitler and America is always the bad guy, there is a gigantic nation filled with hundreds of millions of people, the vast, vast majority of whom are good, decent, kind, non-racists who care about their neighbors regardless of their race or religion. These media elites seriously believe Trump won by appealing to the ugly racist beliefs of the uncivilized deplorables. He actually won by telling working class voters that he cared that they were being ignored and slandered, and were struggling to feed their families because their jobs were being deported. Democrats think they’re going to win that vote back bigly in 2018. If so, then throwing a 24/7 media tirade, doubling down on the slander that white working class voters are secretly a bunch of evil racist Nazi and Klan sympathizers doesn’t seem like the best campaign strategy.
Here’s some refreshingly good news: We have an update on the health of Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim since he returned home from his time in a North Korean labor camp. Considering the tragic fate of student Otto Warmbier when he “came home,” no one could predict what condition Lim would be in after two years in prison. But according to his son, James Lim, he appears to be in good shape, considering what he’s been through. In fact, the first thing he decided to do on the trip home from the airport was to stop at Tim Horton’s coffee chain for coffee and a donut. Those donuts must really be good, because after spending two years digging holes in frozen ground, I might not want to see another another hole.
No, Trump didn’t compare Robert E. Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. He said that the same leftists who are trying to obliterate Lee and other Confederates from history would next go after Washington and Jefferson and other founders because they were slave owners. And he was indisputably correct: just one day before, the Rev. Al Sharpton was on PBS’s “Charlie Rose Show,” demanding that the Jefferson Memorial be torn down because it offends him.
America needs to come to its senses fast, stand up to this insanity, and tell the PC Taliban that you can’t change the past by destroying art and monuments. Indeed, you can only learn from the past by remembering it. Maybe this story will shock the vandals into realizing that being a leftist full of rage doesn’t give you a get-out-of-jail free card:
Interesting contrast: how Obama initially responded to the tragic shooting of black church members in Charleston by Dylan Roof. He didn’t call Roof a neo-Nazi or white supremacist because, he said, “Until the investigation is complete, I’m necessarily constrained in terms of talking about the details of the case.” How wise, sober and responsible, I’m sure the media said then.
Depending on which poll you listen to, President Trump’s approval is either rising or plummeting. The latest poll, by Monmouth University, finished up after two weeks of savage attacks on him for his method of dealing with North Korea (did I mention that Kim Jong Un stood down?) and his insistence that there was blame on both sides for the violence in Charlottesville. This poll shows (surprise) his approval inching up slightly, to 41%. That’s low, but still more than double Congress’ approval rating of 18%. Even more interesting, both Trump’s supporters and his detractors seem to be set in cement: large majorities of both say they can’t imagine him doing anything to change their opinion of him. Which could be seen as remarkably freeing: imagine a politician who can say or do whatever he really wants to without regard for how it will affect his poll numbers. Actually, that sounds like Trump since day one. You can read the full survey results at the link. But I should probably mention that if polls about Donald Trump could be believed, Hillary Clinton would be President now.
This video might have played a part in convincing Kim Jong Un to back down from his threats to attack the US. It shows the astounding accuracy of 80 JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions), dropped from a B2 bomber on practice targets in Utah. Maybe Kim saw this, realized he was lucky if his missiles could hit the ocean, and thought better of picking a fight with the US.
At least, there’s one slice of history that it’s impossible for leftists to get rid of: conservationists cataloging historical artifacts in Cape Adare, Antarctica, discovered a 100-year-old fruitcake. It was wrapped in paper inside a rusty tin, but it reportedly still looked and smelled “almost” edible. Yep, sounds like a fruitcake, all right. They claim the fruitcake will be returned to the site, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone gave it to me next Christmas. It would confirm the old theory that there’s actually one fruitcake in the entire world, and every Christmas, it gets regifted to someone else.
This was ostensibly the reason for that wild Trump press conference: an executive order to speed up the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure, which involves cutting back Obama-era environmental and climate-change regulations that made it very hard to build anything. Ironically, Obama himself came into office with a nearly trillion-dollar stimulus bill that he promised would create “shovel-ready jobs,” only to find that there were so many regulations to meet, it took 20 years just to get permission to buy the shovel. He later admitted that there were no shovel-ready jobs. But he did proceed to shovel on a lot more regulations that made the situation even worse.