URLs du Jour

2017-02-26

Proverbs 29:23 is actually quite nice:

Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

I've seen a lot of movies where that happens.

  • Jonah Goldberg's G-File this week is online, and titled: "Down with the Administrative State" Although as usual it rambles aimlessly covers a number of diverse topics. It's why we Goldberg fans are… fans of Goldberg.

    Anyway, Jonah notes with approval Steve Bannon's talk about…

    Deconstructing the administrative state is a kind of nightingale’s song for many intellectual conservatives, particularly my friends in the Claremont Institute’s orbit. It’s been great fun watching mainstream journalists, who are not fluent in these things, talk about the administrative state as if they understand what Bannon means. The “administrative state” is the term of art for the permanent bureaucracy, which has come untethered from constitutional moorings (please read Phillip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, or Charles Murray’s By the People, or my forthcoming book — which as of now has some 75 pages on this stuff). Most of the law being created in this country is now created on autopilot, written by unelected mandarins in the bowels of the government. It is the direct result of Congress’s decades-long surrender of its powers to the executive branch. The CIA is not the “deep state” — the FDA, OSHA, FCC, EPA, and countless other agencies are.

    This kind of thing is why I'm a Trumpkin every third day or so.

  • There was An Actual False-Flag Operation at CPAC:

    Jason Charter, 22, and Ryan Clayton, 36, passed out roughly 1,000 red, white, and blue flags, each bearing a gold-emblazoned “TRUMP” in the center, to an auditorium full of attendees waiting for President Trump to address the conference. Audience members waved the pennants—and took pictures with them—until CPAC staffers realized the trick: They were Russian flags.

    If only there had been more vexillologists in the CPAC crowd, they might not have been duped so easily.

    The merry pranksters, Jason Charter and Ryan Clayton, were identified as members of "Americans Take Action", whose goals include impeaching Trump, "restoring free and fair elections, creating a purpose-driven economy, and maintaining an open internet."

    And they are, at least for now, pretending to have a sense of humor, so give them a little credit for that:

    “Remember,” Clayton added, still committed to the fake [Russian] accent, “In Trump’s America, flag wave you!”

    OK, so recycling Yakov Smirnoff jokes from the 1980s may not be the highest form of humor, but it's something.

  • By the way, Yakov is still around, and is active on Twitter. Sample:

    Moan. But what a country!

  • If You Hate Comic Sans it turns out you're a dreadful person. Emily Zanotti at Heat Street:

    [...] at least one prominent social justice warrior now wants you to know that if you can’t handle Comic Sans, that probably means you’re an elitist and worse, someone who hates disabled people.

    Because some people with dyslexia can read text better when it is rendered in Comic Sans.

    Me, I try not to hate people, let alone fonts.

  • And the Atlanta Falcons have found the real villain behind their Super Bowl LI flop: Lady Gaga

    Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu told the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Friday that Lady Gaga’s 40-minute halftime performance “definitely did” impact the team’s play in the second half.

    Because it was 40 minutes of inaction for the Falcons, while the Patriots were able to use Coach Belichick's magic TiVo to fast-forward through the break.