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The capture of the Syrian town of Manbij, which acted as a gateway for jihadists travelling into Turkey and on to Europe, was an intelligence breakthrough, [British Maj. Gen. Rupert Jones] said. But he warned the militants would still be able to direct plots while they remained in their capital, Raqqa. –Ben Farmer, reporting for the Telegraph
◆ A final thought on those fraught family get-togethers, this one from Maureen Dowd. Actually, it is written by Dowd’s brother, a well-educated suburbanite who supported Trump. (New York Times)
The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.
The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust. –brother of Maureen Dowd, writing in her column
◆ Finally, a solution to the pothole problem by the English street artist, “Wanksy.” (Reddit)
The name Wanksy is a sexual allusion to the English graffiti artist, Banksy. (Banksy, in Smithsonian Magazine)
◆ Keith Ellison admired Louis Farrakhan and supported boycotting Israel. Why are Jewish Democrats supporting Ellison for Chairman of the Dem. National Committee, asks Tablet Magazine. “The people who vouched for Obama to the American Jewish community are now vouching for Rep. Ellison,” writes Jeff Ballabon, whose strong criticism of Ellison is based on years of personal knowledge. (Tablet Magazine)
Comment: “Go for it, Keith. We’re all for you,” says every Republican I know. They would love to see the Democrats tap a candidate whose political base is the party’s extreme left and the Nation of Islam.
◆ Hampshire College: Recently, students at Hampshire burned the American flag. The college administrators, showing the backbone of overcooked vermicelli, immediately decided to remove all US flags. Because: America’s history. Today, veterans peacefully protested the college’s policy. (WWLP, News 22 in western Massachusetts)
The [veterans] protests remained peaceful with the exception of one incident, when the protesters went to take a group photo one man sat in the middle of everyone making obscene gestures. That man wouldn’t confirm if he was a student. The college’s president did not attend the demonstration. –WWLP, News 22
⇒ Back in Texas, the Governor tweeted his response:
◆ School choice: Betsy DeVos, a strong proponent of school choice and Trump’s nominee for next Sec. of Education, is interviewed by John Stossel. She speaks courteously as she slices and dices an anti-choice guy who makes the conventional arguments. The interview is a couple of years old, but it is very relevant today.
◆ As you might expect, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, is not a happy camper about the DeVos appointment. Her job is to protect unionized teachers. Turns out, all they need is more money, and everything will be just dandy. Here’s her interview this week at MSNBC.
♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
◆ Josh Kantrow for the Maureen Dowd piece
◆ Bob Lieber for Keith Ellison story
◆ Timothy Favero for the story about veterans at Hampshire College
◆ Tweeter extraordinaire Belladonna Rogers for retweeting Greg Abbott
Seen any interesting news or commentary? I welcome your suggestions. Charles (dot) Lipson at Gmail (dot) com