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Good Morning, America! Rise and Shine, Fellow Spectators!

I know we’re always saying, “Just sing the song the way it was written”, but this kid did a damn awesome rendition. I actually got, ya know, something in my eye— *eh-hemmm*.

Capital Gazette: Defensive end Jackson Dean Nicholson’s voice impressed Arundel. Then Maryland. Then the country.

Jackson Dean Nicholson, publicly, doesn’t use his last name. “Jack Nicholson” is taken. “Jackson Nicholson” is a mouthful, not to mention he found another musician already using it, a heavy-metal artist jamming in his room.

And Arundel’s “Jackson Dean” is anything but that.

He grew up on classic rock and country, a dead-end road with nothing but a gun-range and a swamp behind him.

“Spent more time in the woods than with actual people,” Nicholson said. “I was always drawn to music.”

It was there he eventually learned to play country music. His career first bud in his freshman year and now, as a senior, it’s blossoming.

Over a span of a little over three days, “Jackson Dean” became a national name.

Nicholson, a defensive end for Arundel football, stood before a microphone and a crowd of Wildcats parents and fans Friday before the team’s tilt against Chesapeake. It was the second time he’d played before a football crowd.

“I’m not really nervous when I have to sing in front of people. First five times you do it, the butterflies just go away. It’s all good after that,” Nicholson said. “We knew we were going to videotape it, and I think I was more anxious about that.”

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The senior’s version of the anthem fits seamlessly into his entire brand of music. It’s smoky, more folksy and slow. He doesn’t want it to sound at all like the mainstream top 10 that cycles on country radio.

Internet fame isn’t Nicholson’s biggest platform to date either, although it’s close. He’s collaborated with producer Frank Green and already worked on a record, splitting time in Baltimore and Nashville studios, and has performed on stages in both cities as well.

“But that was … it was something people don’t normally get,” Nicholson said. “It was very cool. I probably knew 90 percent of the people sitting in those stands, and they had no idea I was doing it ‘til I brought my guitar out.”

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Arundel (7-1) is playoffs-bound and in good standing after bringing down a formidable team. But for Nicholson, he’s adamantly certain this fall will be his last season with football. He’s not aiming to play ball in college; he’s not even planning for college.

“This is my last year, then I’m done. I’ve got until January, I’ll have all my credits done, and I only have to be enrolled for this semester,” he said. “I got a waive by my principal and she’s very supportive of what I do.

“I’m going to go for it.”

Nicholson has a blueprint laid out down in Nashville, as well as a few fruitful meetings he can’t disclose, though the thought of them spreads a smile across his face…

Keep an eye on this young man.

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“Mankind was born on Earth … It was never meant to die here.”

DM: ‘I don’t know any words, in any language, to match the beauty of an orbital sunrise’: Stunning space station shots revealed

c|net: NASA’s asteroid chaser gets first glimpse of potentially hazardous target

PM: Rocket Lab Chooses Wallops Island, Virginia as American Launch Site: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, an oft-overlooked rocket launch facility in northern Virginia, makes a play for a piece of the spaceflight industry.

Glenn Reynolds (2008): Not Your Father’s Space Program – Who needs NASA when private enterprise is turning the stuff of science fiction into reality?

Space News: Space Force to be the topic of next National Space Council meeting

PM: How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust: The view of the resurgent U.S. spaceflight is raising alarms across the Atlantic.

PM: The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was: Aristotle called it the fifth element. Alchemists thought it was the key to the philosopher’s stone. Scientists believed it was the stuff light moved through. But it never existed at all.

PM: Private Moon-Exploration Company Will Work with Canadian Space Agency

TIME: China Plans to Launch an ‘Artificial Moon’ to Light Up the Night Skies

Space.com: How NASA Mars Lander’s ‘Steampunk’ Claw Will Work (Video)

DM: NASA’s ‘brilliant’ plan for a cloud city of airships in the atmosphere of Venus

Space.com: Mysterious Deep-Space Flashes: 19 More ‘Fast Radio Bursts’ Found

PM: In Defense of Elon Musk: The Tesla and SpaceX maestro is under attack for bad tweets, production woes, and strange behavior. But we need people who take risks. We need people who try.

Ed Driscoll:

JOHN PODHORETZ ON FIRST MAN: One Giant Flop for Moviekind.

The genuinely troubled and obviously tormented man on the Apollo 11 flight was Buzz Aldrin, who has long been admirably frank and outspoken about the depression that consumed him following the moon landing and who is portrayed rather nastily in the movie by Corey Stoll. You might say that First Man is a movie about Neil Armstrong that wishes it were a movie about Buzz Aldrin. And that does both men an injustice.
I can’t tell you how much I hated First Man.

Read the whole thing.

Update: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on battling depression, alcoholism, and why Mars is the next frontier.

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Weekend Reads and Watches Assignment…

Reads…

Rush Limbaugh: Psychological Disorders as Policy Shouldn’t Win an Election

So I just checked the e-mail, a public e-mail account, which I do often sometimes during the breaks, and I found one. A subject line is how I find these. “Dear Mr. Limbaugh, I disagree with your assessment of what this election is about. The main voting issue is not immigration or health care. It is that the Democrat voting base is a bunch of nuts.” I wish that were true. I have tried to make that a fundamental issue in people’s minds.

The literal insanity, the psychological disorders… And I mean that with every essence of my being. I think much of the Democrat Party agenda has derived from their voters being psychologically screwed up. They are suffering psychological disorders because of things that have happened to them in their lives, and they want to blame the country for it. They want to blame the patriarchy; they want to blame the founding.

But then they claim that the only fix for it is the government punishing the people that did whatever happened to these people. And the Democrat Party has embraced all of these various psychological disorders and abnormalities and has tried to normalize them all by enshrining them as policy planks in the Democrat Party platform, if you will. And that’s how we end up with people that represent two-tenths of 1% of the population, giving the whole weight of the Democrat Party thrown behind them to make their issue one in which the otherwise vast majority can end up being bullied into submission.

I have tried ever since… Well, even before, but specifically since the Kavanaugh hearings to make the point that that’s what we’re up against, and that’s what is going to end up triumphing and winning if the Democrats win the House. All of that abnormality is going to achieve power. And when they have the power to actually implement their forms of punishment against groups of people they blame for whatever is wrong in their lives… These are not people that think they can fix things themselves.

They are not people that… They’ve not been raised this way. The Democrat Party does not promote that kind of thing in human behavior. The Democrat Party is happy to help them blame others, happy to make them think they have no hope, that the deck is stacked against them because of whatever. Their skin color, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their religion, whatever.

Democrat Party is helpful in making all these people believe they are justified in thinking that life is miserable because of all these horrible other people and what they have done to them. And the Democrat Party says, “Let us fix it for you. We’ll become your champions. We’ll punish these people for you.”

And the Democrat voter basically says, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” Now, what you need to do is examine every Democrat constituency group that they’ve been representing for the last, take your pick, 10 years, 20, 50, and ask yourself if any of the people in those groups have become happy, have had their issues addressed and fixed, or are they as miserable as they’ve always been?

Are they as angry as they have always been, if not more so? Are they still complaining today about things they were complaining about, injustice, discrimination, mistreatment, that they’ve been complaining about for 50 years? What has the Democrat Party done to fix any of this? The answer is nothing. Although the Democrat Party has done its best to punish people who are not Democrats.

And Pelosi has recently suggested that there’s more of that on tap if the Democrats win. People that don’t vote for them, don’t go along with them are going to “suffer consequences,” she said. But the Democrats have tried to punish all these people, but it has not made their voters any happier. There isn’t any happiness on the left. You can’t find any. There’s no laughter. There’s no enjoyment, contentment. Why do we want them winning? […]

AT: We’re Not Battling Craziness. We’re Battling Evil.

As Selwyn Duke alluded to recently, and others noted more directly years ago, modern liberalism – aided and abetted by the Democratic Party – is a dastardly tool of the enemy of all mankind. It’s like a modern-day Mephistopheles luring hordes of Faustian fools with promises of worldly pleasure – especially sex – and perpetual provision from a paternalistic, godless nanny state. Such dark pursuits consume their personal lives and thus their politics as well. This is what results when one makes a god of government.

Speaking of “dark pursuits,” it seems that witches now outnumber Presbyterians in the U.S. Speaking of witches, it seems the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation brought them even more into the mainstream of modern liberalism – so much so that, now that we’ve entered the Kavanaugh era of the Supreme Court, Vox saw fit to report on how modern-day witches are helping the “faithful” to cope.

Part of this coping involves placing hexes on Justice Kavanaugh. New York City witches have an event scheduled this coming Saturday for devoted occultists. A $10 donation is suggested for those attending. Half of the proceeds will be split between Planned Parenthood and an LGBT organization. Justice Kavanaugh is just the latest target of those invoking witchcraft to “magically bind” President Trump and his administration.

As Rod Dreher implies, it’s no surprise that witchcraft attracts feminazis who wish to rebel against age-old family norms and anything remotely resembling Christianity. Thus, it’s also little surprise that witchcraft fits so nicely under the tent of modern liberalism.

ABC News: Witches to ‘hex’ Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; exorcists pray in response

Powerline: The Democrats’ Leftward March

I’ve never bothered to do a deep dive into the numbers behind this chart for several reasons. First, it defies common sense. Take abortion as an example. I’m so old I can recall that George McGovern—who was wrongly called the candidate of “acid, amnesty and abortion” as least when it came to abortion—actually had two pro-life Catholic running mates on his 1972 presidential ticket. What are the chances a pro-life Democrat could be a presidential running mate today? Are there even any pro-life Democrats left?* There used to be quite a number of them, even Al Gore and Richard Gephardt on occasions. Could a Democratic presidential candidate today repeat what Bill Clinton said in 1992—that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare“? To the contrary, it is evident that Democratic Party orthodoxy about abortion today is like Democratic Party orthodoxy about slavery in the 1850s: it must be celebrated as a positive good. But because there are so few votes on abortion-related issues cast in Congress in recent years this shift doesn’t show up on any quantitative metrics. (By the way and for the record: McGovern’s actual position on abortion in 1972—before Roe v. Wade—was that the issue should be left up to the states to regulate. Just imagine what would happen to any Democrat who said that today.)

I could go on with other examples, such as the marked shift in Democratic Party fondness for single-payer health care, since it is obvious that Obamacare fixed very little. But the biggest flaw in this exercise is so blindingly simple that it is almost embarrassing to point out. The analysis purports to show that Republicans moved to the right in the 1980s and kept going that way. There is some truth to this, of course. But what else happened in the 1980s and 1990s? Hmmmm. . . What could it be? Ah, that’s right: Republicans started winning more elections! First Reagan for president, and then for Congress starting in 1994. And since Republicans are forever supposed to be the Washington Generals to the Democrats’ progressive Globetrotters, something is clearly wrong with the order of the universe when Republicans win. If Republicans moved to the right and then started winning more elections, what does it say about the American people, or at least the preferences of voters? Liberals rarely say openly what they think, though when we do, we get “deplorables.”

IBD: Left-Wing Violence Ramps Up As Election Nears — And Dems Yawn

Civil Society: What happens when men physically assault female politicians or threaten them with poison? If those women are Republicans and the attackers are leftists, Democrats greet them with silence, excuses, or worse. So left-wing violence grows.

Here’s what the “tolerant” left has been up to in just the past few days, as the midterm elections near…

The conservative news site Breitbart has been tracking acts of left-wing violence — or active encouragement of it by politicians and journalists — and found more than two dozen in just the first two weeks of this month. The list tops 600 over the past two years.

And what has been the response from leading Democrats and the mainstream media to these attacks, especially those against women? Expressions of outrage from party leaders? Loud denunciations of violence of any kind?

Nope. Mostly crickets.

If they do talk about such acts, Democrats make excuses. They say Trump is to blame, or that Republicans have their own problem with violent extremists, or they complain about Republicans’ use of the term “mob.”

Worse, leading Democrats have been egging attackers on…

AS: Teen Vogue: Making Commies Sexy – Redistributing stupidity…

Fundamental misunderstandings of capitalism are peddled to young people on a daily basis. The most glaring example of this trend was a recent tweet by TeenVogue magazine, advertising their capitalism explainer article to teen girls with the caption, “Can’t #endpoverty without ending capitalism!” This is a magazine that caters mainly to a very young, female audience, and whose readers are still forming their opinions on big picture things like what the ideal economic system is. How can such a publication, in good faith, put out something that is so misleading about the basis of our economy?

[…]

TeenVogue is a magazine that makes its money by telling teen girls which lipstick their favorite pop star thinks is in this season and selling ads for makeup, designer clothes, and TV shows. The prosperity of capitalism has allowed people the leisure to buy the sorts of products TeenVogue advertises; its entire model is a capitalist one. So, let’s not take them at their word in their hope to end capitalism.

Sarah Hoyt: Stop the Left Speaking Crazy FOR the voiceless

Why does the left think that using their children to make political points makes those points more valid, in any way shape or form?

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And it makes no sense whatsoever.

First of all the left is not, in general, fond of children. Oh, sure, they talk about the children a lot. “It’s for the children” has been used for gun control, welfare and all the pet programs of the left. But in reality children are far less prevalent on the left than on the right. And most of the left seems to be convinced we are overpopulated and favors lunacy like voluntary human extinction and taxes on families with “too many children.”

[…]

Anyone who claims their children are “terrified” or “can’t sleep” because someone was confirmed or elected is, in fact, saying they have gaslighted the kids into being scared or worried about this stuff. Isn’t that child abuse? Shouldn’t CPS at least investigate?

It might not cure the left of their inveterate need to put their sclerotic, murderous Marxist philosophy in the mouths of innocents – who don’t know that philosophy always results in hundreds of thousands of mass graves – but it might at least make them think twice.

I think we should give it a try. Come on. It’s for the children…

Katie Pavlich: The left’s identity politics fall apart

As we head into the 2018 midterm elections and eventually the 2020 presidential race, the expectations Democrats have from voters has stayed the same as previous cycles. The left’s assumption is that women and minorities vote for Democrats because it’s in their best interest and major cultural events back it up.

But over the course of the past two weeks, the left’s strategy of identity politics as a way to divide and conquer American voters has not only failed, it’s backfired.

[…]

Democrat obsession with skin color and gender as a strategy is starting to fall apart and recent cultural events show us how. Nov. 6 is just around the corner and the battle lines for presidential votes are already being drawn. For Democrats, those lines are being crossed as women and minorities vote on interest, not on identity politics.

Ann Althouse: I’m trying to read the new Michelle Goldberg column in the NYT, “A Cure for Political Despair/Join the women trying to save America from Trump,” but it’s so hysterical and melodramatic.

DC: OPINION: Blacks’ Loyalty To The Democrat Party is Insane — Not Kanye West

NRO: ‘White Women’ Becomes a Disparaging Term

Erick Erickson: North Carolina Democrats Excited About Their New Racial Filter Voting Tool

HotAir: Paid Democratic voter fraud ring uncovered in Texas

PJM: The Left Believes in Trickle Up Poverty

CNBC: Kamala Harris and other prominent Democrats want to repeal Trump’s tax cuts and replace them with cash payouts for the poor and working class

NYT: Think Professors Are Liberal? Try School Administrators – The ideological bent of those overseeing collegiate life is having the biggest impact on campus culture.

Glenn Reynolds:

IT SHOULD HAVE COME RIGHT AFTER THE HITLER BIRTHDAY BASH: NYU hosts Marx birthday bash…during the wrong month.

WT: Portland mayor stands by decision to allow antifa to block traffic, hassle motorists

DW: WATCH: Antifa Thug Who Harassed 9/11 Widow Runs Away When Confronted – (VIDEO)

Watches…

Doctor Zhivago

The Last Emperor

The Killing Fields

George Orwell’s 1984

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Dem Mob Boss: The Biggest Reason Republicans MUST Hold the House – UPDATED

Nancy Pelosi is a real work of bad art inflicted on this nation. Even the democrats have little tolerance for this woman anymore. However, the dino establishment democrat leadership keep her out there because they are even far more eyeroll-ish and groanful of alternatives like Maxine Waters.

Nancy Pelosi is just more deadly black mold infecting our republic. OUR tax dollars — which she believes belongs to government — returned to OUR hard earned paychecks are crumbs and OUR jobs, OUR economy, OUR families are just “collateral damage”. She also puts illegal alien needs above the American people, sovereignty, security, and sanity. Nancy Pelosi is toxic…

The Hill: Pelosi Not Willing to Trade Over Border Wall, Calls It Trump ‘Manhood Issue’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said today there is nothing she would trade for President Donald Trump’s border wall, setting a hard negotiating stance in advance of an expected December showdown over the issue…

“It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that,” the California Democrat said during a discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics…

Pelosi emphasized Democrats do support border security but they would prefer to look at strengthening existing security measures as part of a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws…

HotAir: Pelosi: “Nothing” to trade for Trump’s border “manhood issue”

IJR: Thousands of Immigrants Are Marching North to America But Pelosi Thinks the Wall Is a ‘Manhood Issue’ for Trump

Pelosi’s outlook for the rest of us, should her party regain control of the House, is nothing more than a shrug…

“By any means necessary” … Right, old, rich, white woman with power? Fucking typical leftist.

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No wonder everyone is equating Pelosi’s M.O. as a fucking mob boss…

And that whole Kavanaugh smear campaign…

MORE:

FOX News: GOP using Nancy Pelosi as campaign tool in key midterm Senate races

FOX News: Billionaire’s Trump impeachment push grows in midterm run-up

FOX News: New York Times board member telling Hillary Clinton to stay quiet proves she is ‘politically radioactive,’ experts say

UPDATE:

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NEWSPAPERS: A Simple​ Guide for 2018

The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand The New York Times.

The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could find the time and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it.

The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.

The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

The Chicago Tribune is read by people that are in prison that used to run the state, and would like to do so again, as would their constituents who are currently free on bail.

The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.

The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay, handicapped, minority, feminist, atheists, and those who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.

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Twitter Videos of The Day: Dem-De-DemDem-Demmmmmms

Busted by Project Veritas.

Pretty much a narrative on Hillary’s 2016 loss and her two years after.

I hear Kyrsten depends on witches too in order to get her political needs.

Bill de Blasio voter, no doubt.

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I Love The Smell of Democrat Desperation in the Morning

The democrat party simply cannot shake Hillary Clinton off the bottom of their shoes. She insists on remaining the face of the party, even after losing the 2016 election that was expected to be her win, and then refusing to move on as she persists in showing, in her political dementia mind, she believes she really won…

Townhall (FLASHBACK): Oh, That Time When Clinton Said Anyone Who Doesn’t Accept The Results Of An Election Is A Threat To Democracy

Following the war on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination and confirmation process democrats are watching their mid-term polling numbers melt away, and public confidence and belief in whatever they or the MSM wing of the democrat party say. Couple that with the great economy and the job growth numbers and democrats are desperate and cannot campaign on pulling back any of Pres. Trump’s and the GOP’s successful policies…

CNBC: Don’t expect a big Democratic wave this fall, a new CNBC poll says

Twitchy: DEM PANIC TIME: GOP leads by 1 in generic poll for 66 toss-up districts; Dems ‘fear lackluster Latino support’

LI: Left Turns on Hillary After ‘Tone-Deaf’ Comments on Lewinsky

Twitchy: ‘Dems VICTIM-SHAME me.’ Sharyl Attkisson’s interview of Ellison’s ex who accused him of abuse is INFURIATING

The Federalist: Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton Finally Admitted Democrats Think It’s Okay To Cheat To Win – Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton have finally voiced the reality: There’s politics. There’s dirty politics. And then there’s progressive politics—lying, cheating, and stealing to win.

Dan Bongino: Two Times The Clinton Campaign Faked “Russian Collusion”

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