HE’S NOT WRONG:

Related: Bill Maher and Cuomo Admit Something We’ve All Known About the Trump Hush Money Trial. “hat case, the attorney general’s case in New York, frankly, should have never been brought. If his name was not Donald Trump and if he wasn’t running for president. I’m the former AG in New York. I’m telling you, that case would have never been brought. And that’s what is offensive to people. And it should be.”

OPEN THREAD: Happy Saturday.

ANOTHER “SCIENTIFIC” MYTH, BUSTED: The Mysterious ‘Ecocide’ Collapse of Easter Island Never Really Happened. “The myth of this so-called Rapa Nui ‘ecocide’ – held up for decades as a cautionary tale about overexploitation of natural resources – should be firmly relegated to the bin of outdated theories, scientists now say. This finding is just the latest in a mounting body of evidence that the Pacific Islander population’s decline had nothing to do with their way of living.”

It now seems likely that they were casualties of open borders: “In fact, the collapse so soon after European contact in the 1700s probably had more to do with the slave trade, enforced migration, and introduced pathogens.” I don’t see people being as eager to hold that up as a warning.

GREAT MOMENTS IN LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Anti-Israel activists protest AOC, Bowman primary rally.

Anti-Israel activists protested a Democratic Party primary rally for New York City congresspeople Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman on Saturday.

The event, which featured guests such as Senator Bernie Sanders, was according to the event website aimed at rousing supporters for canvasing before the Tuesday primaries — but the “squad” members faced opposition from within the progressive coalition.

Within Our Lifetime demonstrated outside the event, demanding that the New York politicians un-endorsed US President Joe Biden in his incumbent race for the White House in November, and for them to renege on their denunciation of the anti-Israel group’s June 10 protest of the Nova Music Festival Massacre exhibit.

Accusations of genocide

The activists accused Biden of supporting a supposed genocide in Gaza, and said that Ocasio-Cortez, Bowman, and Sanders had tied themselves to that alleged crime. According to footage published by WOL on Twitter, activists chanted “Over 40,000 dead, AOC your hands are red!”

Earlier: Sandy’s War: The AOC AIPAC Freakout. And at long last, the AOC-Nick Fuentes love fast!

DISPATCHES FROM WEIMAR AMERICA: ‘Non-Binary’ Star of The Acolyte Has Total Meltdown, Writes Woke ‘Diss Track’ of Star Wars Fans.

[Amandla] Stenberg hasn’t been taking the criticism very well, and she recently had a total meltdown, writing a “diss track” of her critics. Prepare to read some of the dumbest, most woke lyrics in history.

“They spinning ‘woke,’ bastardize it and appropriate it. Last I recall, woke was something we created, speak truth to power, keep an eye out for you silly racists,” she says.

“Now they use it to describe anything they threatened by … it was all about people recognizing bigotry, the power of community, not fodder for your clickbait,” she exclaims.

Stenberg also says she has been “taking bullshit” from her critics for centuries, by virtue of having enslaved ancestors.

“I’m sick and fucking tired of suppressing my rage. 400 years of taking their bullshit to compartmentalize like my ancestors had to encaged,” she raps.

“If you don’t confront the pain that you live with it’ll manifest as addiction, disease, and hate. I’ve seen the infection repression can give ya, I’m not gonna be the next one sent to an early grave,” she says.

Yeah, I’m sure that’ll bring the disillusioned fans back into the fold. What a great decision by Disney to hand hundreds of millions of dollars to a far-left director obsessed with “LGBTQ+ representation” who had zero relevant experience so she could go cast some ultra-woke social justice warrior to crap all over those who have made Star Wars the success it used to be. Absolutely brilliant.

How bad is the Acolyte? This bad:

Related: Disney VP Takes Leave of Absence After Date with Undercover Reporter for James O’Keefe.

Michael Giordano went on a date arranged though an online service and got a lot more than he bargained for. His date was working for O’Keefe and prompted him with questions about what DEI looks like behind the scenes. Giordana said he’d personally applied for many jobs during his 11 years at the company and has seen more diverse candidates with less experience get the promotions. He says one of his friends in HR told him, “Look, nobody else is going to tell you this, Mike, but they’re not considering any white males for this job. They just aren’t.”

But Giordano wasn’t the only person who missed out because of race. He told a story about a candidate for a promotion who was mixed race, with one black parent and one white parent. He described this person as “half-black but didn’t appear half-black.” Giordano says a creative executive at the company interceded, saying something like “that’s not what’s wanted.” He added, “They wanted somebody in meetings who would appear a certain way and he wasn’t gonna bring that to the meeting.”

When it comes to casting their TV projects, Giordano said the company was very careful about what was said openly but suggested there were codes used to indicated what the bosses wanted to see. For instance, saying that they wanted something other than the usual suspects. But at times, Giordano said they were more blunt and simply said something like, “There’s no way we’re hiring a white male.” Giordano predicts that at some point there will be a lawsuit over these practices.

Video at link.

Flashback: A Word to the Wise Liberal. “This is a PSA to all male Democrat staffers: If a really hot chick goes on a few dates with you, there’s a 75% chance that she works for James O’Keefe.”

OH, TO BE IN ENGLAND: Whoever you vote for, the Blob wins.

Watch a clip of Yes Minister and it’s like looking at something from the political Cretaceous period, because Humphrey and Hacker were on equal terms. Today, when Hacker suggests a policy, Humphrey reminds him that he has devolved responsibility to the National Paperclips Authority, or it’s not within his power, or judicial review will stop it, or it’s against human rights law, or he’s bullying Bernard by asking him to turn up to work.

Rory Stewart tells alarming stories of civil service obstruction in his memoir. When he tried to stop aid going to jihadis in Syria, he was told it was not within his power, then that the decision came from a ‘small group’ of senior civil servants who outranked him. He called their bluff, exposing these excuses as false. But when he wrote to the prime minister, his draft was edited to remove his argument; when he reinserted it, they ‘lightly edited’ – i.e. re-removed – it. When he wrote his own letter to the prime minister’s foreign policy adviser, the chap refused to pass it on.

In my nine years in the House of Lords, I saw this at first hand. No matter how cogent my argument in the chamber, or even in a select committee, and no matter how polite the minister’s reply, most of the time she or he might as well have just been saying: Sir Humphrey says no. Who was the monkey and who the organ grinder? Parliament was mostly an elaborate charade. It was one of the reasons I decided to retire.

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Of course, ministers get to appoint the chairs of quangos but even that power is shrinking. Latterly, the Tories in government found that their preferred appointees were kept off shortlists by civil servants on some pretext or other. Partly this was ideological, anybody with a whiff of conservatism being deemed ‘not impartial’ (it happened to me), whereas lefties were fine, but a lot of it was just civil servants gradually expanding their power. I suspect the Starmer administration will not find it as easy as Tony Blair’s did to stuff their chums on public boards.

Wow, it’s a good thing nothing like that could ever happen to our Federal government…

FROM THE HOME OFFICE ON THE SOUTH BANK OF THE RIVER THAMES: The best James Bond films – ranked.

The shape-shifting nature of the James Bond franchise makes it a window on each era’s vogues. Some of these fashion statements, comic stylings and approaches to action choreography have held up splendidly; others appallingly.

When settling on a ranking for all 25 films – we’ve excluded the series outliers (the 1967 Casino Royale and the independently-produced Never Say Never Again) – it’s hard to be definitive: many people might be kinder overall on the Pierce Brosnan era, or harsher on Roger Moore.

We’ve made the case for at least one entry that’s unfairly loathed, and dinged a few that have bigger flaws than generally gets admitted. By the time the next one comes out, maybe we’d reshuffle them all over again. But for now, here they sit.

The number one and two Bond movies should be pretty obvious to anyone even vaguely familiar with the franchise over the years, but number three is an excellent choice as well, and would have likely been the best Bond ever, had it starred Sean Connery.