I wasn't there, but in this case, I'll trust the Daily News

Lonely Green

Lonely Green

The New York City Daily News, second only to the old Lady, New York Times in its liberal bias, reports that "hundreds" of anti-Trump protestors showed up to demand that science bow to politics yesterday.

It's possible that many millions of New Yorkers who would otherwise have attended New York's party donned their pussy hats and diverted to Washington instead, but I suspect the minuscule turnout was a true reflection of the size of the Democratic base on this issue.

Frank Rich demonstrates why the Democrats are doomed or, at the least, why he and his ilk are so determined to eliminate the Electoral College

We're just so much smarter than them, Oprah, it's disgusting that we have to tolerate them within our borders

We're just so much smarter than them, Oprah, it's disgusting that we have to tolerate them within our borders

Because he and his fellow Democrats despise half the country's population and are determined to regain power without them.

He wrote the following for a March 17 issue of New York Magazine, but I'm just now catching up with it (shockingly, I don't read New York Magazine and, particularly, Frank Rich): 

"No Sympathy for the Hillbilly"

That makes it all the more a fool’s errand for Democrats to fudge or abandon their own values to cater to the white-identity politics of the hard-core, often self-sabotaging Trump voters who helped drive the country into a ditch on Election Day. They will stick with him even though the numbers say that they will take a bigger financial hit than Clinton voters under the Republican health-care plan. As Trump himself has said, in a rare instance of accuracy, they won’t waver even if he stands in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoots somebody. While you can’t blame our new president for loving “the poorly educated” who gave him that blank check, the rest of us are entitled to abstain. If we are free to loathe Trump, we are free to loathe his most loyal voters, who have put the rest of us at risk.

So how many voters are the Democrats not only dismissing but ridiculing as "hillbillies"? A lot: 43% of all college graduates, 49% of all white college graduates, and 52% of all non-college grades (of all races). 

Also back in March, week after Rich 's screed, NY Post columnist Salena Zito explained why the disapproval of the brie and chardonnay set is both irrelevant and delusional:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — While pundits breathlessly reported this week that President Trump’s Gallup approval rating has plummeted to a historic low (dipping to 37 points), not all approval ratings are created equal.
Because in American politics, geography is everything.
Live in an urban, minority or college setting, and Donald J. Trump is underwater in the polls in a big way; he gets a frosty 29 percent approval rating in the cities, 35 percent approval in the urban suburbs, in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal survey.
But, live in the second ring of suburbs outside the cities, or the exurbs or the third and fourth rings that comprise rural America, and the president gets a 53 percent to 59 percent job approval rating in the same poll.
For the most part, the people who live in those regions are pretty much happy with him.
That’s a puzzling notion that has befuddled many journalists, members of the permanent establishment and pundits on both sides of the aisle since the day Trump was inaugurated.
And, in all likelihood, that effervescent support will continue for a very long time. Why? Because the people who live in those outer rings of cities aren’t just separated by geography; they’re separated by culture, traditions and aspirations that differ from those of their city cousins.

And that's the problem for the urban elite that wants its hegemony back: our constitution gives voters in all parts of the country a say in the matter of presidential elections, and no matter how many Upper West Side and San Francisco intellectuals despise them, those loathsome rubes out in the hinterlands can thwart them.

Dismissing wrong-thinking college graduates as Hillbillies offends all Trump voters: graduates, because we don't consider ourselves racist idiots, and genuine hillbillies, who also don't consider themselves racist idiots, but who are sure to resent having people like me included in their ranks. And anger turns out voters far better than robo-calls from Chelsea Clinton.

We can see the result of this dim-witted arrogance right now:

The Chicago Tribune puts its spin on the latest approval polls today, but here's the takeaway, buried about 15 paragraphs down:

Democrats have lost considerable ground on this front. The 28 percent who say the party is in touch with concerns of most Americans is down from 48 percent in 2014 and the biggest drop is among self-identified Democrats, from 83 percent saying they are in touch to 52 percent today. That is a reminder that whatever challenges Trump is having, Democrats, for all the energy apparent at the grass roots, have their own problems.

The radical left now running the Democratic party thinks that appealing exclusively to coastal elites will bring them victory and I imagine that their Parisian equivalents think the same;  too, my prediction is that today's elections in France will not only echo Trump's triumph last November but also predict the results here in 2018, and - horrors! - 2020.

So keep it up, please.

Pretty much what I've been predicting here for years - the greens will never allow transmission lines to carry all that solar/wind energy

They know how to deal with sage grouse in wyoming, but in oregon? not so much

They know how to deal with sage grouse in wyoming, but in oregon? not so much

Not that there's very much of it anyway, but greens are anti-development folks, deep down, so all the pie in the sky alternative energy plans they tout are as doomed as pipelines and nuclear power plants.

Environmentalists win court fight to block transmission lines from proposed Oregon wind power facility.

The U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday killed a major wind-energy project slated for southeast Oregon over concerns about its impact on a local sage grouse population in a victory for environmental groups, which had fought the proposal for years.
The 104-megawatt project, which would have spread up to 70 wind turbines and a transmission line across 10,500 acres in rural Harney County, was decried by environmentalists as an “industrial scale wind development” that would have disrupted sage grouse habitat.
“Such a development would have severed a unique habitat corridor that is essential to the survival of neighboring populations of Greater sage-grouse and destroyed the bird’s nearby winter concentration areas,” said a statement by the Oregon Natural Desert Association and Audubon Society of Portland.

Just in time for tomorrow's anti-science celebration ...

what, no tutus? 

what, no tutus? 

A judge has declared a confused individual "non-gender". No word whether the same judge is also overruling definitions of species and repealing "A is A", but presumably those of you wishing to identify as unicorns or three-legged monkeys will find satisfaction in this woman (oops! -this judge's) courtroom.

Next week - gravity declared an unconstitutional impingement on the right to soar like an eagle.

Two Old Greenwich contracts reported

74 Laddins Rock rd

74 Laddins Rock rd

74 Laddins Rock, asking $1.3 million. Sellers paid $1.425 back in 2004, and earlier this month, discussing this price cut down to $1.3, I suggested that they'd overpaid. I even opined that the selling price of the identical house next door - $1.195 million, might be an appropriate price to begin negotiations. We'll see what the parties agreed to in a month of so, when the deal closes.

25 Halsey drive

25 Halsey drive

25 Halsey Drive, $1.285 - it started at $1.390 back in June, 2016. Halsey, which is in Havemeyer Park, is a good street in a good neighborhood, so I'm (a little) surprised that it took so long to find a buyer. Maybe the delay was caused by these owner's decision to devote their entire back yard to a pool: yards in Havemeyer are small, and a family with kids might prefer a play space instead of a water hazard. 

Good lord; bad enough we have to deal with ISIS, now we have short sellers planting bombs

The new terrorists

The new terrorists

Attacker of German soccer players bought puts on the team just before the explosion.

The 28-year-old suspect, identified as Sergej W., took out a loan on April 3 to finance the purchase of 15,000 “put options” in Borussia Dortmund, Germany’s top prosecutors said in a statement. The suspect would have profited if the soccer team’s share price had fallen in response to the attack on April 11.
“A massive fall in the stock of Borussia Dortmund would have brought a profit representing a multiple of the investment,” the prosecutor’s statement said. “A significant fall in the stock price would have been expected if after the attack players were seriously injured or even killed.”

You guys.