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PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Krugman vs. Krugman. New York Times columnist tries to memory-hole his prior views on immigration.

And don’t get him started on this sort of invasion of illegal aliens: Fake an Alien Invasion, Save the U.S. Economy. “‘If we discovered that space aliens were planning to attack and we needed a massive build-up to counter the space alien threat, and inflation and budget deficits took secondary place to that, this slump would be over in 18 months. And then if we discovered, ‘whoops, we made a mistake, there aren’t actually any space aliens,’ we’d [still] be better,’ he added.”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Ocasio-Cortez says Trump win would result in ‘grave impacts’ on democracy.

The Hill, yesterday.

Yes, who knows what level of government force he would use to coerce people to his whims? Oh wait:

“[T]he Green New Deal would mean big changes. But how big? And how would those changes be made? Steve Inskeep, a journalist at NPR and host of the Morning Edition program, asked AOC if her plan requires ‘massive government intervention.’ ‘It does. It does. Yeah. I have no problem saying that,’ she responded, according to the transcript.”

—”44 Things You Should Know about the Green New Deal,” the Foundation for Economic Education, May 24th, 2019.

And what would Sandy’s massive government intervention have entailed in 2019? The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal. Banning cars? Check! Banning planes? Check! Gutting every building in America? Check! Banning farting cows? But of course!


PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: NBC: Taylor Swift arrives in Las Vegas for Super Bowl.

With the help of Tokyo’s 17-hour time difference ahead of Las Vegas, Swift had a window of more than 35 hours to cover the 5,500-mile journey to watch her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, face off against the San Francisco 49ers in the 58th Super Bowl Sunday evening.

Despite buzzy speculation about the tight travel plans, many fans weren’t too worried about her ability to make it. The Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., even issued a social media statement earlier this month expressing confidence that the pop star would “comfortably arrive” at her destination if she departed after her concert, which on Saturday ended at around 9 p.m. local time.

“We know that many people in Japan are excited to experience Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, so we wanted to confirm that anyone concerned can be Fearless in knowing that this talented performer can wow Japanese audiences and still make it to Las Vegas to support the Chiefs when they take the field for the Super Bowl wearing Red,” the embassy wrote, referencing albums of Swift’s.

Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, online sleuths spotted what they believed to be a private or chartered jet containing Swift — who has been the subject of intense scrutiny and criticism for her outsize carbon emissions as a frequent domestic and international traveler — touch down at LAX.

From there, she traveled to Las Vegas, where she is all set to cheer on her 13th (her lucky number) Chiefs game of the season.

Hey, remember back in 2007 when NBC tried to shame football fans for having too many lights on? (Except for the billions of watts of klieg lights illuminating the NFL stadium in Philadelphia. And, err, the lighted Toyota sign, since they were sponsoring SNF.) I remember:

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: David Frum Announces Misguided Quest to Rehabilitate the Reputation of One of America’s Worst Presidents.

I dunno — Woodrow Wilson sounds like a pretty awful fella based on what I’ve read in the past:

Wilson was also the most disdainful racist to hold the presidency since Andrew Johnson in the 1860s. Wilson’s administration sought to remove black Americans from all but the most menial federal employment. Those who could not be removed were required to work in spaces screened from public view and to use segregated lunchrooms and toilets. When a black newspaper editor led a delegation to Washington to protest the introduction of Southern Jim Crow into the national government, Wilson — a slaveholder’s son — retorted that segregation “was not humiliating, but a benefit” to black people.

Wilson led the United States into the First World War in April 1917, justifying his decision in characteristically idealistic language: “to make the world safe for democracy.” Only five months before, he had won reelection on an antiwar platform: “he kept us out of war.”

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Yet these same admirers also quietly came to see Wilson as the very model of how not to be president: as a dogmatist, a chatterbox, and, ultimately, a loser. When it came their turn to decide issues of war and peace, they praised Wilson — then did just the opposite. That seems likely to be the lasting verdict of history, too.

—“Mystery Man,” David Frum, Newsweek, March 11th, 2013.

Related: The Hater’s Guide to Woodrow Wilson. “I come now not to explain Wilson, but to hate him. A national consensus on hating Wilson is long overdue. It is the patriotic duty of every decent American. While conservatives have particular reasons to detest Wilson, and all his works, and all his empty promises, there is more than enough in his record for moderates, liberals, progressives, libertarians, and socialists to join us in this great and unifying cause.”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Chuck Schumer: GOP ‘Dangerously’ Trying to Tie Ukraine Aid to ‘Hard-Right Border Policy.’

So hard right that it was the policy of — checking notes — a crazed stalwart of the vast right wing conspiracy called Chuck Schumer in 2009:



Shot: Salon Magazine Warns of ‘Democracy’s Last Thanksgiving’ If Trump Becomes President.

[Salon politics writer Chauncey Devega] even argues that Trump is faring better than Biden in the polls because Americans are stupid.

“Journalists, pundits, the mainstream political class, other experts, and everyday Americans who follow politics and current events closely assume that the average member of the public does so as well,” the Salon author writes.

“There are decades of research by political scientists and other experts, however, that shows this to not be true.”

“In reality, most Americans are politically disengaged, lack a sophisticated understanding of political matters, are imagistic and emotional, have a difficult time retaining and understanding complex information, do not pay close attention to elections until they decide to vote, and more generally are civically illiterate,” he continues.

“More than half of the American public reads below a sixth-grade level.”

“In all, the average voter also makes political decisions based on “calculations” and concerns that mainstream professional politics watchers — especially liberals and progressives — would find ‘irrational.”

Devega even claims that foul play will tip the election in Trump’s favor.

“Given the Electoral College, voter nullification and voter suppression, gerrymandering and other structural failings in American “democracy” there is a very real and growing probability that Donald Trump will return to power in 2025,” he notes.

Devega goes on to lament that the media and ‘experts’ have failed to persuade the public into believing “Dictator Trump” is fascist.

“The sum effect is that these discussions and warnings about America’s ‘democracy crisis’ and ‘fascism’ are often ignored or filtered out by large portions of the public as being just more ‘partisan bickering’ and ‘politics as usual,’” he writes.

—The Daily Fetched, yesterday.

It’s a bit late for Salon to pretend to be anti-“fascism” based on their previous fever swamp wishes, such as these greatest hits over the years:

Democrats have a massive opportunity with Capitol riot committee: Shove it down the GOP’s throat.

—, July 27, 2021.

“Hugo Chavez’s economic miracle.”

—, March 6, 2013.

“Let’s nationalize Fox News: Imagining a very different media…Excerpted from ‘Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA.’

—, January 18, 2014.

● “Like [the late communist Pete] Seeger and the FDR cargo cult, Salon also harbors turn-the-clock-back fantasies of their own: Last month, the publication called for the nationalization of the news media because it was uncomfortable with the glut of right-leaning news and opinion led by — you guessed it! — Fox News. (Hmmm — I wonder if someone in the FCC read that article?) Now the Website wishes to turn the clock back on the film industry because of a perceived glut of independent films.”

Easy Riders, Raging Stasists, Ed, February 22, 2014.

“Let’s nationalize Amazon and Google: Publicly funded technology built Big Tech. They’re huge and ruthless and define our lives. They’re close to monopolies. Let’s make them public utilities.”, July 8, 2014.

As Charles Cooke asked the left in 2016, “Herewith, an under-asked question for our friends on the progressive left: ‘Has Donald Trump’s remarkable rise done anything to change your mind as to the ideal strength of the State?’”

And as far as ‘Democracy’s Last Thanksgiving,’ that concern was raised and acquitted a few years ago:

Give it a rest, Republicans — no one wants to take away Turkey Day. The imaginary “war on Thanksgiving” is just Republicans grasping for post-Trump bulls**t to rile up the base., November 24, 2020.



PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: The Chickens Come Home to Roost for Muriel Bowser and Her Pro-BLM Virtue Signaling. “DC’s mayor says nation’s capital is up to 400 cops short and ‘we have policies that make it difficult to recruit new officers.’”

Related: Democratic congressman suffers the consequences of his actions. “Cockburn probably need not mention the irony of members of the political party who have been sympathetic to defunding the police becoming the victims of crime. [Democrats Henry Cuellar and Angie Craig] have rhetorically opposed the Defund the Police movement, but also both voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a sweeping overhaul of policing in America that would have removed qualified immunity from police officers and ‘redirect funding to community-based policing programs,’ according to NPR. Local police departments that did not comply with the new policing standards laid out by the bill would ‘lose access to federal policing funding,’ said Vox. The bill ultimately did not become law, but on the local level, Democrats have installed progressive prosecutors and shrugged at rising crime.”


Shot: Colin Kaepernick compares NFL Draft process and training camp to slavery.

—Fox News, October 30th, 2021.


In accordance with the prophecy: Jets File Restraining Order Against Colin Kaepernick.

—Headline, the Babylon Bee, September 14th.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Hunter files lawsuit against Giuliani for “hacking” laptop data. “But in order for that to be true, won’t Hunter have to admit that the laptop data was actually his, a change in his previous representations in other court proceedings?”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: San Francisco politician Hillary Ronen forced to apologize to 15-year-old gun victim’s mother after she helped his killer by ‘writing a letter for him’ in the days after the murder.

A San Francisco politician has apologized to a 15-year-old gun victim’s mother after she helped his killer by writing a letter to a judge after the brutal murder.

Hillary Ronen, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, helped the killer Fernando Madrigal weeks after he shot and killed high school freshmen Day’von Hann from a car while prowling for rivalling gang members in July 2019.

The politician and attorney admitted she ‘wrote a letter without doing her due diligence’ before Madrigal was indicted by the US Attorney’s Office in December 2020. He pleaded guilty to the murder – and is awaiting sentencing.

I’m shocked, shocked! Rosen has never exhibited behavior like this before, except when she has:  Shot: defund the police; Chaser: I am begging for more police.

Liberals are never, ever held to account.

It depends upon what day of the week it is. On some, Rosen wants to defund the police. On others, she’d like many more officers, please:

Riots for thee, but not for me, in other words.