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PowerLine -> The collusion confusion + Today’s attack reminds me

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Daily Digest

  • Midnight madness
  • Today’s attack reminds me
  • Democrats to White Males: You’re Not Wanted Here
  • Remy: Halloween Trigger Warning
  • The collusion confusion
Midnight Madness

Posted: 31 Oct 2017 04:34 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)

Why is the World Series like Italian neo-realism cinema? Because both have produced classics that to few Americans got to see.

This year’s World Series, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, has produced two classics so far — Game 2 and Game 5. Houston won Game 2 in eleven innings by a score of 7-6. The Astros got the game to extra innings by scoring one run in both the eighth and ninth innings to overcome a two-run deficit.

Then, they scored two runs in the top of the tenth, only for the Dodgers to tie the game in their half of that inning. Houston followed with two more runs in the top of the eleventh and held on for dear life as the Dodgers were only able to answer with one run in their half of the inning.

The game took four hours and nineteen minutes, thus ending after midnight in the eastern time zone. Even if we factor out the extra innings, we’re talking about a game of more than three and a half hours.

But that’s nothing compared to Game 5. The Astros won that contest 13-12 in ten innings. This game, even more, dramatic than Game 2, lasted five hours and 17 minutes. It ended at 1:38 a.m. in the east and 12:38 in the central time zone.

Despite its length, Game 5 sustained an average 12.8 overnight household rating in the nation’s metered markets, well down from last year’s Game 5 but still quite good. However, viewership surely was much lower when the game produced high drama in the ninth inning, in which the Dodgers scored three runs to tie it, and when the game reached its dramatic resolution in the tenth.

How many students age 18 and younger, and how many adults who work day jobs, were able to watch the whole game in the East and Midwest? Not many, I assume. How does baseball expect to create a new generation of ardent fans when very few of them get to watch the sport’s most dramatic moments?

Furthermore, even if the majority of the audience had been able to watch to the bitter end, it’s presumptuous and even maddening, that baseball demands that its most loyal fans show up bleary-eyed for work or school later in the morning.

Sunday’s 13-12 classic reminded me of two other World Series games. Pittsburgh defeated the New York Yankees 10-9 in Game 7 of the1960 World Series on Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run. I wrote five articles about that game.

It took two hours and 36 minutes to complete. That’s less than half of the time it took to complete Sunday’s (and Monday’s) Game 5.

Game 4 of the 1993 World Series was almost as wild as Sunday’s Game 5. Toronto defeated Philadelphia 15-14. That game lasted four hours and fourteen minutes, an hour less than Houston’s win over the Dodgers (which, granted, went one inning longer).

Baseball needs to pick up its pace of play. It needs to become less self-indulgent. It needs to limit the time allowed between pitches, limit visits to the mound (by players, not just managers), prohibit batters from stepping out of the batters’ box, and ditch video review.

With baseball, especially its showcase games, we’ve reached the point where less is more.


Today’s attack reminds me

Posted: 31 Oct 2017 03:40 PM PDT

(Scott Johnson)

Today’s terrorist attack in Manhattan serves as something of a reminder. It feels like an injection of reality into the fabricated partisan hysteria over collusion that otherwise suffocates us. It shoves the nature of the war in which we are engaged in our face where it cannot be ignored for the moment. It reminds us to be grateful for the bravery and readiness of our first responders.

It also reminds me that I am grateful Donald Trump is president and Hillary Clinton is not. No euphemisms will be deployed to characterize the attack as something other than what it is. It reminds me that I am grateful John “jihad is beautiful” Brennan is no longer Director of the CIA and that Mike Pompeo now serves in his place. It reminds me that I am grateful we have our best citizens serving in the highest offices responsible for our national security.


Democrats to White Males: You’re Not Wanted Here

Posted: 31 Oct 2017 12:59 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

The Daily Wire has obtained an internal Democratic National Committee email listing several open IT positions that openly says that it does not want white males. Here’s the email—note the underlined sentence at the end:

The sentence reads: “I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males since they’re already in the majority.”

So much for being an “equal opportunity employer” I guess. Just curious: what’s it like to be a straight, cis-gendered white male working at the DNC? Do you have to begin every day genuflecting outside the office of the diversity coordinator, and apologizing for your “white privilege”? Do you have to go to regular de-tox sessions to shed your “toxic masculinity”?


Remy: Halloween Trigger Warning

Posted: 31 Oct 2017 11:35 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)Trying to decide what is the more frightening costume to wear tonight: a conservative white male, or a Hollywood producer? In any case, just in time for Halloween, Remy comes along with “Trigger,” reminding us that one of the ratchets in college craziness came out of Yale a couple years back when someone suggested that maybe, possibly, people might just chill a bit about potentially “offensive” Halloween costumes. There are some really nice touches that go by fast in this video (I especially like the Harambe reference).


The collusion confusion

Posted: 31 Oct 2017 08:35 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)

Last week I tried repeatedly to make these points, but they bear repetition and here is Marc Thiessen making them from inside the great fog machine of the Washington Post itself:

Here’s the bottom line: We have congressional testimony, under oath, that Clinton hired the same firm to smear Trump that Putin reportedly used to smear Magnitsky. Moreover, we also know that the Fusion GPS dossier relied on senior Russian government officials for much of the dirt it compiled, including “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” and a “former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.” Together, those are bombshell revelations.

Yet today, there is barely a peep in the mainstream media about the Clinton-Fusion-Putin connection. Imagine the outrage that would have ensued if we had learned that Trump had hired an opposition research firm with Putin-linked clients to dig up dirt on Clinton and that senior Russian government officials had been the sources of the unsubstantiated allegations that were leaked to the media. The left would be screaming, “Smoking gun!”

None of this absolves the Trump campaign of collusion charges. But there is now more public evidence about Clinton’s collusion with Russia than there is about any such collusion by Trump.

Please pass it on.


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