Trump v. Pelosi v. AOC


Donald Trump is running for reelection, and it seems that he’d rather run against the sort of Progressive Democrat whose politics are strongly different from his own—”a choice not an echo” to borrow an old campaign slogan. While AOC won’t be the 2020 nominee, she’s the face of the Democrat’s for now, and that seems to suit Trump just fine.

Nancy Pelosi’s goals aren’t much different from She Guevara’s, but the two differ radically on how to achieve those goals. After six months as a congresscritter, AOC has shown that she is unwilling and/or unable to work within the established congressional order. She wants revolution now. Pelosi’s decades of practical politics have taught her that a recurring first step toward her goals is winning elections. She’s also seen what happens when her side’s politics moves too fast for the voters. See, eg., the elections of 1994 and 2010.

Pelosi isn’t all that popular with voters outside the costal blue zones, but recent poling shows that AOC and her squad of newbies are unpopular even in many Democrat strongholds. Thus, Trump would much rather have She Guevara as the face of the Democratic Party. As the coming primaries settle on the Democrat’s presidential nominee, that candidate will push AOC aside, but her effect on the party’s branding will linger, and Trump sees that as to his advantage.

So Trump is likely to continue baiting AOC and her squad. And given their mix of arrogance and inexperience, I suspect they’ll keep taking the bait.

Oh, one more thing … I’ve seen Trump’s tweets from last weekend labeled as “racist.” He suggested that a foreign-born congresswoman return to her homeland, straighten it out, and then come back to show us how it was done. How is that challenge racist?

Moar Prime


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My Prime membership has more than paid for itself with savings in shipping costs, and I’ve found the other services useful as well.

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Dissecting a Crab


This video was assembled from Hubble Space Telescope spectral observations of the Southern Crab Nebula. The hourglass-shaped nebula contains elements that were blasted into space by a couple of aging stars. Each of these elements glows in specific colors of light as it reemits energy absorbed from nearby stars.

Video Credit: L. Hustak (STScI)
Image Credits: NASA / ESA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Deadbeat Publisher/Protestor/Performer/etc. Kimberlin hasn’t paid any attention to the Justice Through Music Project since January. The ironic result (given the current notoriety of the Epstein case and Kimberlin’s past) is that the top story on the site is about a singer named Lolita.

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Stressed Cities


WalletHub has a report posted listing the cities in the U.S. with the most-stressed and least-stressed populations. (H/T, Mark Tapscott at Instapundit) I took the cities with the stress scores in the 90th percentile or higher (i.e., the worst 10 percent) and looked up the party affiliations of their mayors. The Gentle Reader may make whatever he wishes of these data.