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Democrat Charles Schumer, speaking to “protestors” outside the Supreme Court: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

This statement was clearly a threat, but what kind of threat? Perhaps a direct physical threat, but more likely, I think, a threat to subject the two justices to the kind of orchestrated slander campaign that was already unleashed against Justice Kavanaugh; a slander campaign the would result in great emotional pain to the Justices and their families and great disruption to the operations of the Court.


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It is more or less accepted as gospel by the left that Trump is vigorously anti-gay. We’ve all heard on more than one occasion the recording of some imbecile asking if he was “going to put people like me in a camp.” The charge is not so self evidently as absurd as accusations of anti-Semitism that are frequently leveled against the President, but it is self evidently absurd.

It may be that I’m looking for consistency where there is none, but I can’t help it. This drives me nuts.


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For national security reasons, we need to have adequate steel production capability either onshore or the critical types (rolled stocks, sheet, etc., whatever) widely available from many places as commodities. It is pretty easy to understand also that we need to have onshore IC wafer fabrication and packaging capability so that our critical weapons are never in short supply during hot conflicts.

Why? Remember that during the Gulf War international rivals who we had allowed, for cost-reduction reasons, to be dominant suppliers of critical chips for our missile systems, i.e., JDAMS, tried to dictate our foreign policy by withholding critically needed components for our weapons production. This can never be allowed to happen (a similar argument to the current Huawei 5G issue); we need to keep control of certain critical materials — this is the reason for the frequently maligned (by Cato Institute military-skeptic types) Defense Production Act.


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The other night my beloved called me upstairs to the main floor of our house to show me something outside. I looked out the window to see a five-point buck deer, not ten feet away, staring back at us with curiosity. I said to my wife “If only I had a rifle, the creature would have nothing to fear from me.” I couldn’t hit a bullet with the broadside of a barn.

Not that I haven’t tried. After all, if you live in Montana hunting is practically mandatory, especially for men and boys. Hunters generally think of non-hunters as less masculine than they ought to be, and nobody wants to be labeled a sissy. So, I started hunting when I was fourteen, seeing it as more of a duty than a profitable form of recreation.


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I think everyone must have their own “never say never” story, and this is mine. 

I have been involved with my church’s 20s/30s singles group for quite a few years now, and something we’ve done for a long time is discipleship groups (or d-groups). These are small gender-specific groups that meet during the week, usually at someone’s house, for deeper fellowship and Bible study. I really enjoy d-groups and signed up for one right away. But after I had been a member of a d-group a couple of times, our leader, Kelly, started asking me to think about leading or co-leading one. 


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He was, no doubt, fully aware of just how ignoble the pest and how massive the shadow.

On occasion, I will pull my copy of The Reagan Diaries from the shelf and turn to whatever day and month it happens to be to see what Mr. Reagan had going on in his world at this point in his presidency (relative to Mr. Trump’s). It just so happened that today’s entry referenced a familiar name:


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Thomas Carlyle, the conservative Victorian proselytizer for the idea that hard work is man’s highest virtue, would strongly disapprove of my current idle and unproductive life.

I wasn’t always this way. I used to be as busy as Joe Biden’s hands in a roomful of women. As a kid, I shined shoes in bars, delivered both of LA’s newspapers on a bike, and set pins in a bowling alley. As an adult, I installed telephones for Ma Bell, spiked my way up telephone poles for the Army, studied hard enough to get a Ph.D., and taught English full-time in two universities for thirty years.


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There are some who believe there are strong bloodlines that will always show themselves and their qualities when the test is put to the individuals carrying them. That goes for both critters and people.

Harry Vold began making his way in life as an auctioneer in his native Alberta, like his father. But also like his father, he was a sure-enough cowboy who traded in livestock as well. He especially liked trading in bucking horses in a time when there were plenty of spoiled saddled horses around. He more or less drifted into supplying such animals to rodeos and developed a keen eye for finding bulls that would both buck and fight.


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95 countries now in the “club”. The screen grab above doesn’t even include all of the countries with 100+ cases. The total official count now exceeds 100,000. Iran’s epidemic appears to be very much out of control, and note how may cases elsewhere are known to be sourced in Iran. There are suspicions that the death count reported from Iran may be low. There are now believed to be two main strains of COVID-19 — types L and S– with L being more severe and S less so. There may be more as, like influenza, this virus mutates.


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Politics have started making me think of Lawrence of Arabia lately. I’ve seen political and social fault lines open up in places I hadn’t expected. Groups I’d seen as allies split over issues nobody had expected a few years ago. Commentators I’ve enjoyed reading for years are frustrating me. Some are insisting that you have to pick a side if you’re serious. Others are insisting you can’t pick a side if you’re serious. I don’t really like “my” politicians, and I sure don’t like “theirs.”

I’ve started feeling like Lawrence of Arabia, when he declared, “I have no tribe,” right before he executed the man whose life he’d saved just days earlier. We’ve supported these characters for years—politicians and pundits alike—and it seems that all of a sudden, every side is insisting on us agreeing on little points I just don’t care about. There’s almost nobody out there who I can say is “my tribe.”


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Barry Goldwater famously said that voters deserve a choice, not an echo. Democrats are getting a stark choice, though an unenviable one: a 78-year-old Democratic Socialist and a relatively fresh-faced 77-year-old Swamp Creature.

Having seen the writing on the wall, Bloomberg, Klobuchar, and Buttigieg dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden. But former Native American Elizabeth Warren was, characteristically, the last one in the room to get the joke. Playing to type, Warren has also refrained from endorsing either of the two remaining candidates.


Benjamin Weingarten has written a new book titled American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party, focusing on Minnesota’s favorite Squad member. Ben is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and Senior Contributor at The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter!

The intro/outro song of the week is “Gratitude” by the Beastie Boys. To listen to all the music featured on The Conservatarians this year, subscribe to our Spotify playlist!


Rob Long is off this week, Law Talk’s John Yoo is sitting in. We’ve got Henry Olsen (he of The Horse Race podcast right here on this network) to chat about Super Duper Tuesday, Joementum!,  and whether we’ve seen the last of the Socialist. Then, our friend and advisor Dr. George Savage stops by the tell us all about the Corona Virus — who’s got it, who doesn’t, what we can do about it and what we can’t. Yes, we’re sick of this topic too. Also, Chuck Schumer says something dumb, why are so many old white guys running for higher office, are some people are too damn sensitive, and another edition of What Are You Watching?

Music from this week’s show: My Sharona by The Knack


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“Did you sleep okay last night?” My stepmom, seated across the dining room table from my dad, had asked the question of him once already. “Actually, I slept really well,” he answered. “Good,” she replied, genuinely relieved that he had enjoyed a peaceful night’s rest. Looking out the window at a world seemingly bathed in the warm Florida sunshine, I wondered if Dad realized that she had asked him that exact question only moments before. Perhaps he’s simply trying to reassure her, I reasoned.


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Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
Greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so he knew ev’ry tree
Kilt him a ba’ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier!

My family first descended on the United States on October 29, 1963, when we arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport and settled for a year in a cramped second-story apartment in Brookline, MA.


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My mother, Chana Cox, was a standard east coast academic in a familiar world, with a predictable life laid out in front of her. Then, one fateful year, she was literally swept off her feet by a force of nature. My father. When my mother refused to go on their first date, he picked her up, threw her over his shoulder, and carried her down the street. Not just any street, but Broadway in New York City. Though she was kicking and screaming the whole way, nobody intervened; everyone else who saw them found someplace else to look. As I mentioned, my father was a force of nature.

My father could be resisted as easily as one can shut down a hurricane by using a clever retort. Since he had set his mind to marrying her, he did just that.


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On her way to Walmart this morning, my wife heard on the radio that stores around the country had sold out of Purell hand sanitizer, but that you could buy it online for $149 per bottle. Once she arrived at Walmart, she bought two bars of soap for 59 cents each. There was no apparent depletion of the stock available in the soap aisle.

On Super Tuesday, Democrat voters seemed to pivot away from a left-wing 78-year-old white male lifetime politician who wavers between slightly incoherent and moderately odd, and instead selected a left-wing 77-year-old white male lifetime politician who wavers between slightly incoherent and moderately odd.


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Senator Warren has called it quits. She emerged from her multimillion-dollar home (without a beer in hand) to announce that she has accepted that America doesn’t want her to be president. Beyond the fact that she has plans that would eventually bankrupt all of us, she was too ready to embellish, fabricate, and outright lie about her own biography. And while a candidate dissembling isn’t rare, she was taking it to a higher level.

She got her start in law and in academia claiming victimhood that she doesn’t deserve. She still claims she was let go from a teaching job for being “visibly pregnant” when school board records flatly refute the story. Oh, and before she entered electoral politics, she refuted it herself on video. She told this same false story at her last debate appearance only last week. Of course, no other candidate or any member of the media challenged her.


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Hat tip to Patrick Ruffini for the link to this interesting piece that shows how social pressure cements loyalty between Democrats and black voters.

There’s a kind of “Bradley Effect” where black voters are more likely to say they’re Democrats when asked by a black interviewer rather than a white interviewer. They also found that black voters will donate more money to Democratic candidates when faced with similar social pressure from other black Democrats.


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“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price! You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” Thus did Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) address a crowd in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday morning. It was impossible to miss the implication that Schumer was menacing two Supreme Court justices by name with unpleasant if vague consequences, leading Chief Justice John Roberts to issue a rare public rebuke:

Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All members of the court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.


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If President Trump wins re-election in November I think the thing that will push him over the top is the American notion of fundamental fairness. Does President Trump act “unpresidential?” Yes, and he acts presidential as well. Unlike his predecessors who no doubt had private (unpublished) moments that were not in keeping with the current notion of how a president should act, Trump has been the least private, most published president in our history. He truly seems to want all of America (and the world) to know what’s on his mind currently and all of the time. This communication style is different. This is not something we are used to. And we may be unsure as to whether or not we want to become used to it.

All of his quirks would work against him except for two things: (1) that which he does officially is at least as lawful (if not more so) than that which his predecessors have done, and are fully within the norm of executive leadership of the country as well as being generally effectual and providential, and (2) his critics are so over-the-top in their “counter-Trump” strategies that they have actually succeeded in convincing a lot of people that Trump is saner and more normal than his opposition.


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In Kansas v. Garcia, SCOTUS ruled Tuesday that Kansas can prosecute illegals who use fake social security numbers when filling out tax forms at the time of employment. The decision was a 5-4 split with the four liberal justices arguing that federal immigration law pre-empts Kansas from doing anything having to do with falsifying federally-mandated forms.

You would think that treating this as a criminal offense would be a no-brainer. Immigration enforcement, however, has been weirdly irrational since the ruling in Plyer v. Doe (1981) in which the Supremes told Texas they could not withhold funding for non-citizens from public education.


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When you hear the phrase “Los Angeles County Election Official,” the first word that comes to mind probably isn’t “genius.” The election officials are responsible for elections in a county so big that it has over 4,500 voting locations. They decided to reduce that number to 978.

The same officials were surprised when the 978 polling locations were crowded on Super Tuesday.