• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

TODAY’S “Democratic Party is determined to cheat!”

 JULY 8, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at Power Line:

ELECTION INTEGRITY IN WISCONSIN

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, President Trump and his allies brought numerous lawsuits, seeking to overturn the reported result in various states. Those efforts all failed, not necessarily because the cases’ arguments were not meritorious, and certainly not because voter fraud didn’t occur, but because there was no time to litigate the necessary factual issues between the election and Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Wisconsin is a case in point. Uniquely for the 2020 election, Wisconsin adopted a system in which untended boxes were set up where anyone could drop an absentee ballot, filled out by himself or by someone else. This unprecedented measure, which obviously made it easier to commit fraud, was justified by reference to the dreaded covid epidemic.

But were these untended and anonymous drop boxes legal under Wisconsin law? Trump’s Wisconsin lawsuit questioned them, but it failed because one conservative justice voted with three Democrats to dismiss the case on the ground that by December, it was too late to rule on the legality of the ballots that were cast in November.

Today the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided Teigen v. Wisconsin Elections Commission, revisiting the legality of the untended drop boxes. On a 4-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the untended absentee ballot drop boxes were illegal under Wisconsin law.

I won’t analyze the opinion in detail; you can read it for yourself. I think the majority has much the better of the argument over statutory interpretation. The three-Democrat minority opinion is long on hysteria and short on statutory analysis.

But that isn’t the point. The point is that the failure of Trump’s many post-2020 lawsuits says little about their ultimate merits. Election integrity is a serious problem, and it was compromised in many states in 2020. In my own state, Minnesota, and a number of others, a corrupt Secretary of State (here, Steve Simon) “settled” collusive litigation brought by the Democratic Party by agreeing to dispense with the requirement of a witness signature on mail-in ballots. The Secretary of State had no constitutional authority to do away with the principal safeguard, under Minnesota’s election laws, against fraud in mail-in ballots. But he did it anyway.

This kind of corruption was seen in state after state. In Philadelphia and Detroit, Democrats locked Republicans out of the buildings where ballot counting was going on. Do you think they did that because they were qualifying and counting the ballots honestly?

The lesson of 2020 is twofold: election integrity is a serious problem, and it is one that can be addressed only before the election. Once illegal ballots have been cast, it is too late. There is no way to know how many illegal ballots were dropped into Wisconsin’s untended ballot boxes, or how many illegal mail-in votes were cast in Minnesota without the required witness signature. Nor is there any way to know for whom those ballots were cast. Once the votes are counted, the egg can’t be unscrambled. And courts, in any event, are not going to undertake the task of sorting out who *really* won a presidential election.

We have from now until November to try to make sure that the midterm election is conducted as honestly as possible, and from now until November 2024 to see that the next presidential election is conducted as honestly as possible. Neither will be perfect–our elections have never been perfect, and the Democratic Party is determined to cheat–but today’s decision out of Wisconsin is a reminder of how important the fight for election integrity is.

“But that didn’t stop Joe Biden”:

JULY 8, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at Power Line:

BIDEN HOPS ON THE RAPE BANDWAGON

I wrote here about the sensational story of a 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio who had to travel to Indiana for an abortion. The story, phoned into an Indiana newspaper by an abortionist who seems to spend most of her time promulgating pro-abortion propaganda in the press, spread around the world almost instantaneously. But there is little reason to believe it is true. No one, including Snopes, has been able to verify it, there is no sign of any criminal investigation or prosecution of the supposed rapist, and the abortionist who originally peddled the story seems to have gone to ground.

But that didn’t stop Joe Biden: in his press conference on abortion today, he retailed the story as his best evidence of the desirability of abortion on demand, up to the moment of birth. In an apparent Freudian slip, he referred to terminating a presidency rather than a pregnancy:

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The entire press conference was disgraceful. Biden was in full demagogue mode:

What we’re witnessing wasn’t a constitutional judgment, it was an exercise in raw political power.

Actually, it was Roe that, having no plausible basis in the Constitution, was an exercise of raw political power–five votes to overturn the laws of the large majority of states. Dobbs, conversely, represents a return to the rule of law. Political power, with respect to abortion, reverts to the states, where it belongs.

We cannot allow an out of control Supreme Court, working in conjunction with extremist elements of the Republican party, to take away freedoms and our personal autonomy.

“An out of control Supreme Court”? “Extremist elements”? The Democrats will violate any norm, tear down any institution, in their rabid pursuit of political power.

Mitch McConnell? Who’s He?

McConnell’s Disastrous Culture War Surrender Is Wrong On The Year, The Issues, And The Nature Of The Fight

BY: CHRISTOPHER BEDFORD at the Federalist:

JULY 08, 2022

Mitch McConnell holds a musket at CPAC. Gage Skidmore/CPAC.

McConnell’s strategy misunderstands the nature of the fight Americans are engaged in: We can fight or surrender; there is no retreat.

Author Christopher Bedford profile

CHRISTOPHER BEDFORD

“McConnell,” a weekend NBC headline read, “wants to win the suburbs by defusing cultural hot buttons.”

His goal, the carefully placed story reports, is to “downplay the contentious issues on which suburban voters may be more sympathetic to Democrats.”

Those issues listed include guns, abortion, and Donald Trump, of course. That’s not where it ends, though; that’s never where it ends with D.C. Republicans.

Gender ideology and childhood transitioning? That’s an uncomfortable fight for the retired businessmen who make up much of the national GOP. Critical race theory and intersectionality in schools? Another doozy. And if our bi-annual “Gang of X” crews mean anything, even immigration is a lot harder for Republicans to talk about than, say, taxes and regulations.

These sorts of articles don’t just fall out of reporters’ brains, though: They’re placed by interested parties. In this case, it’s Sen. Mitch McConnell and his team, who are now nakedly working to run a 2012 election strategy in 2022. They’re not even hiding it anymore.

Those old enough to remember 2012, however, might recall that it didn’t work — and a divisive and then-unpopular President Barack Obama solidly defeated the GOP.

The strategy was a disaster then, and there’s even stronger reason to believe it will be more disastrous 10 years on. Why?

For one, McConnell and his team have the wrong year. For another, McConnell and his team have chosen the exactly wrong fight to move their targets (suburban parents). And finally: McConnell and his team have fundamentally misunderstood the nature of — and source of — the very fights they’re trying to disengage from.

But let’s start with the wrong year: 2022 might be a year like any other for most Americans, but in politics, 2022 is a midterm year. That makes a difference in a number of ways, including that we’re going to see fewer voters. Sure, turnout will be solid, but unlike with general elections (2020, 2024, etc.), only the most active and most motivated will turn out. Because of this, these off-year elections are decided by the party faithful more than anyone else.

November’s winners will be the candidates who rev up their bases the most — and nothing excites Republican base voters like the issues McConnell so desperately wants to avoid.

Even if it were 2024, however, there’s a second thing wrong with McConnell & Co.’s get-out-the-vote strategy: The “cultural hot buttons” are exactly what have driven suburban moderates away from the Democratic Party in the first place.

Though suburban moderates (and women, in particular) were driven toward voting for Joe Biden in the 2020 general election by what they perceived to be an atmosphere of constant cultural conflict around the Trump White House, just one year later, Republican Glenn Youngkin was able to win the governorship in blue Virginia by diving head first into the culture war.

While Youngkin is a corporate-friendly moderate by any stretch, his campaign stalled when he wore a mask and focused on grocery taxes and other economic matters. When he overruled his high-paid consultants and drilled down on contentious battles of transgender ideology, left-wing school boards, shuttered classrooms, and activist teachers, he pulled ahead, earning a surprise win.

This win would not have been possible had McConnell and his men run Youngkin’s campaign. Instead, they would have driven Youngkin’s campaign past grocery taxes and inflation and right into an obscure page of has-been political history.

Youngkin might have preferred those economic issues, sure. He is a retired businessman (like most of the rest of the national GOP) and is most at ease when speaking about economic issues. He didn’t have that choice, however; nor did the moderate suburbanites who propelled him to the governor’s manse.

This brings us to the third problem with McConnell and the boy’s election strategy: In the culture war, the GOP is not the aggressor. Far from it, the Republican Party (and the American people, more broadly) are fighting a defensive maneuver: Today’s battles aren’t about shutting down gay bars or raiding Black Panther meetings; rather, they’re being fought in our kids’ classrooms and bathrooms.

And this isn’t slowing down, either. Despite fireworks over their agenda, just this week the country’s largest teachers union proposed changing “mother” to “birthing parent” in its contracts. This, from an educators’ trade union. This, from all around us.

The hard lesson that suburban parents learned in 2021 is despite the Democrats and the media blame game — and despite the GOP’s hand-wringing — Trump was not the cause of the omnipresent American Culture War. Yes, he answered nearly every call to battle, but rarely did he instigate any major cultural conflicts.

Perhaps to moderates and McConnell’s great surprise, in schools, professional sports, playgrounds, city halls, amusement parks, and entertainment companies across the country, the culture war has continued in his absence. In many places, it’s even heated up.

That’s why suburban parents from all types of political, religious, and ethnic backgrounds are rebelling against woke policies. They understand who the aggressors are; they get it, yet the professionals in charge of the Republican Party don’t.

That’s a problem that reflects poorly on both McConnell’s team’s political acumen and on their political courage. Theirs is a strategy that will lead to anemic electoral gains at best, in what should (through no fault of their own) be a banner year for Republicans.

Theirs is a strategy that mistakes the nature of the 2022 election, misses some of the main issues motivating suburban voters, and most damningly, misunderstands the very nature of the fight the American people are engaged in: We can fight, or we surrender; there is no retreat.

How Low Do Dems Go?

JULY 8, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at Power Line:

HOW LOW CAN NPR GO?

Details about the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are still sketchy, but one thing that isn’t sketchy at all is how despicable NPR has shown itself to be with this tweet:

Contrast this with the left media’s headlines for the passing of Castro (he “defied America,” so you can see why NPR loved him), or the Washington Post‘s headline description of Islamic terrorist al-Baghdadi (killed by a US missile strike) as an “austere religious scholar.” (See below.)

NPR deleted the tweet, but that someone could think this was an appropriate tweet for a “news organization” tells you all you need to know about NPR’s “news judgment.” I thank NPR for providing a textbook example for Power Line’s Lexicon of Leftist Terms—”divisive” means “any politician that the staff of NPR doesn’t like or agree with.”

This is as good a time as any to re-up Glenn Garvin’s terrific 1993 piece, “How Do I Hate NPR? Let Me Count the Ways.”

P.S. Abe was so “divisive” that he was one of the longest-serving prime ministers in post-war Japan. I guess the Japanese electorate must be deeply divided. Unlike NPR’s noxious newsroom.

UPDATE—AP is just as bad:

Contrast:

And for further reference:

“THE RIGHT … TO EAT DINNER.”

JULY 8, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at Power Line:

MORTON’S SPEAKS UP

The harassment of conservative Supreme Court justices manifested at Morton’s in the District of Columbia on Wednesday evening. While Justice Kavanaugh ate dinner at the downtown steakhouse, protesters were tipped to his presence. The protesters showed up out front, called the Morton’s manager to tell him to kick Justice Kavanaugh out, and later tweeted that the justice was forced to exit through the rear of the restaurant.

In response to to a request from Politico for comment, the Supreme Court offered nothing on the justice’s behalf. Morton’s, however, was not so shy. A spokesman for Morton’s sent Politico’s Daniel Lippman this statement:

Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other patrons at the restaurant were unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton’s restaurant. Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency.

Politico’s Ryan Lizza and Eugene Daniels seem to think it all a big joke. They run the scrupulously reported story in their morning round-up with the tag: “THE RIGHT … TO EAT DINNER.”

A Touch Of American Fresh Air…..AT LAST!

Green light for the Fed: US adds 372,000 jobs in June

ED MORRISSEY Jul 08, 2022 9:21 at HotAir: 

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Economists expected the economy to add 250,000 jobs in June, a significant drop from the 400K/month rate over the last year as the economy began to slow under the heavy burdens of runaway inflation and Federal Reserve actions. It didn’t slow in June, however, as the US added jobs at nearly the same rate as before. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 372,000 jobs were added to the rolls, bringing the US closer to its February 2020 pre-pandemic level of employment:

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 372,000 in June, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and health care. …

The labor force participation rate, at 62.2 percent, and the employment-population ratio, at 59.9 percent, were little changed over the month. Both measures remain below their February 2020 values (63.4 percent and 61.2 percent, respectively). (See table A-1.)

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons declined by 707,000 to 3.6 million in June and is below its February 2020 level of 4.4 million. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been reduced or they were unable to find full-time jobs. (See table A-8.)

The number of persons not in the labor force who currently want a job was essentially unchanged at 5.7 million in June. This measure is above its February 2020 level of 5.0 million. These individuals were not counted as unemployed because they were not actively looking for work during the 4 weeks preceding the survey or were unavailable to take a job. (See table A-1.)

However, the previous two months got revised downward, sharply so in the case of May:

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for April was revised down by 68,000, from +436,000 to +368,000, and the change for May was revised down by 6,000, from +390,000 to +384,000. With these revisions, employment in April and May combined is 74,000 lower than previously reported.

For those keeping track, the new number of total jobs filled is now 151.98 million. That puts the US a little over a half-million jobs shy of the February 2020 figure of 152.504 million jobs filled, the last full month before the pandemic shutdowns destroyed 22 million jobs in April and May of the same year.

It means we have recovered 98% of the jobs lost since March 2020, but that is a static measurement. Population growth in the US — between 2 and 2.5 million per year — requires constant job growth to keep up the employment-population ratios and maintain a healthy economy. Even at a minimal population-growth assumption of 4 million over 28 months, we need an additional 2.4 million jobs to keep pace with the February 2020 dynamic status quo, so we are now about 2.9 million jobs shy of full recovery from the pandemic.

What about wages? That’s also a good news/bad news situation:

In June, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 10 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $32.08. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 5.1 percent. In June, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees rose by 13 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $27.45. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

Note that these numbers are not adjusted for inflation. In an environment where inflation remained at the Fed’s target level of 2%, that kind of wage growth would be spectacular. In this environment, where Consumer Price Index inflation has been well over 5% for a year and has been around or above 8% for the last four months, it’s a measure of eroding real income.

Even core CPI, which excludes food and energy (where inflation bites hardest for most American households), has run above 5.1% for the past six months. The next CPI report will come out next Wednesday, and at least based on signals from the producer price index, is likely to remain high even with a slight dip in gas prices over the last week. That dip in gas prices won’t help with core CPI, of course, which is where the Fed typically looks for calculating its strategy to contain inflation — as well as the jobs reports.

What does this mean? Green lights all the way for another big rate increase, which has already been signaled to investors:

The U.S. stock market has rebounded this week amid lighter-than-average trading volumes as weak economic figures have led investors to question how aggressively the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates to fight inflation down the road. Lately, data have shown a drop in activity in industries ranging from manufacturing to home construction, accelerating worries among traders that the economy is headed for a recession.

This week, U.S. central bankers reaffirmed their commitment to fighting inflation, first in minutes from the Fed’s June meeting, and then again on Thursday when two Fed officials signaled support for another 0.75-percentage-point interest rate increase later this month. Both also indicated that recession fears may be overblown.

“I think there has been this relief that central banks, particularly the Federal Reserve, will get a handle on inflation,” said Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. “Inflation, and the pain that it’s causing and could cause in the future if it continues to spiral out of control, is considered to be the biggest risk for financial stability for economies.”

And that came when expectations of jobs growth were well below what the economy delivered in today’s report. We can probably expect not just a 75-basis-point hike this month but a series of such big moves into the fall as a means of tamping down the corrosively high inflation we have had over the past fourteen months. That will likely create a recession at some point, but at least for now, we still aren’t seeing it.

Note: Normally I’d include a look at ADP’s private-sector jobs growth projections, but … we don’t have any. ADP announced that they are now partnering with the Stanford Digital Economy Lab to “retool” their projections. That’s the second time in roughly a decade that ADP has gone to the workbench for retooling their reports. Their official announcement makes no mention of their previous partnership with Mark Zandi and Moody’s Analytics. Make of that what you will.

Mitt Romney? Who’s That?

July 7, 2022

Mitt Romney: Master troll

By John Green at American Thinker:

Mitt Romney penned an especially inspirational piece in the Atlantic for the 4th of July, in which he itemized our national problems and then blamed us (the people who don’t reside in Washington, D.C.) for them.

Mitt started out his missive with a little criticism of our crop management practices.

Even as we watch the reservoirs and lakes of the West go dry, we keep watering our lawns, soaking our golf courses, and growing water-thirsty crops.

We’re told by the Left that we can’t have meat because it’s mean-spirited.  Little did we understand that we’re also supposed to feel guilty about growing water-thirsty crops — which would be all crops.  So meat and plants are out as food.  What does Senator Delecto recommend that we feed the masses with?  Soylent Green?  Will they be serving that in the French Laundry, too?  Is processed human remains best with red or white wine?

Then the good senator moved on to global warming.

It turns out the senator owns four homes with an estimated total value of $18 million.  His home in California even has an elevator for his freaking car!  It seems that Mitt’s carbon footprint is just slightly shy of that for the Army’s 1st Armored Division.  But the problem is really our Amazon habit — sure.  (Mitt also mentions that the ever-flatulent cattle and swine contribute to global warming.)

Mitt then touched on inflation.

As inflation mounts and the national debt balloons, progressive politicians vote for ever more spending.

Was that intended as a mea culpa?  Because it didn’t sound much like a mea culpa.  While he was harping about “progressive politicians,” he failed to mention that he voted in favor of $2.1 trillion in deficit spending during the last two years alone ($900 billion for COVID relief and $1.2 trillion for infrastructure).  So, Mitt, is that all you have to say about squandering our hard-earned money — shame on us?

Mitt is suddenly concerned about the flood of illegals across our southern border as well.

When TV news outlets broadcast video after video of people illegally crossing the nation’s southern border, many of us change the channel.

Mitt is a U.S. senator.  If he’s so concerned about the border, he must have a plan — though somehow, I missed it if he does.  Donald Trump recognized the problem and even tried to declare an emergency to fund a wall.  Isn’t it funny that Mitt failed to mention that he voted against Trump’s plan?  I guess it’s a crisis only as long as it isn’t helping The Donald’s political fortunes.  I’m sorry, Mitt — did you say something about principled leadership?

Mitt also gave the January 6 Committee an assist — because…you know…orange man bad.

And when a renowned conservative former federal appellate judge testifies that we are already in a war for our democracy and that January 6, 2021, was a genuine constitutional crisis, MAGA loyalists snicker that he speaks slowly and celebrate that most people weren’t watching.

To be clear, we are snickering, but not at threats to our democracy, which we find to be deadly serious business.  We’re snickering at the predictable crowd of Trump-haters, saying they’ve really got him this time, only to produce no evidence — again.  When Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Adam Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi make such an effort to beclown themselves, it would be impolite to not snicker at least a little bit.

In reviewing Mitt’s article, I was to the point of exasperation, wondering how even an unprincipled fool could be so clueless.  And then Mitt gave away the joke:

Joe Biden is a genuinely good man, but he has yet been unable to break through our national malady of denial, deceit, and distrust.

He called the guy that invented Borking, tried to cancel freedom of speech, targeted parents as terrorists, threatened states that sought to protect children from sexual grooming, and tacitly condoned an assassination attempt on a Supreme Court justice “a genuinely good man.”  The Romney piece was a satire!  It had to be.  Nobody could be that stupid otherwise.  Could he?  Well done, Mitt, you clever but unprincipled bastard!  You got me, but I’ll still never vote for you.

Question for Utah: seriously?  Is this the best you’ve got?

John Green is a political refugee from Minnesota, now residing in Idaho.  He currently writes at the American Free News Network and The Blue State Conservative.

“Here’s a six-second clip of Roger’s most famous move….”

 JULY 7, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at Power Line:

WORST SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR

Sensible nominations for the worst recent developments/scandals in sports would surely include the universal designated hitter in MLB, or the runner-on-second-base-in-extra-innings innovation, the continued employment of Angel Hernandez anywhere near a baseball field, or the defenestration of Jack Del Rio for the sin of speaking common sense.

But these would all be wrong. The worst sports story of the moment is the LA Dodgers’ suppression of the sportscraft of Roger Owens. Owens is a Dodger Stadium legend, for, among other talents, being able to toss a two-bag peanut assembly behind his back to someone seated deep in the middle of a section. Here’s a six-second clip of Roger’s most famous move:

Here’s a slightly longer clip from Twitter:

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I’ve been on the receiving end of his accurate tosses on the Loge level, and it really is performance art, as the whole section gets into the action when he shows up. I had no idea he was still at it, but the Dodgers have decided his method is “hazardous” and must cease. The Los Angeles Times reports:

This is an “Only in L.A.” story: the celebrity peanut vendor who can toss a bag of peanuts behind his back, or between his legs.

Owens has pitched peanuts at presidential inauguration festivities, on “The Tonight Show,” and in two movies and three television series in which his role was always the same: peanut vendor. His wedding guests included Tom Bradley, then the mayor of Los Angeles, and Don Sutton, the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame pitcher.

TMZ is more blunt about it:

The days of Dodger fans getting nuts thrown in their faces are long gone — famous vendor Roger Owens has been banned from his traditional peanut bag-tossing routine … with officials deeming the practice too dangerous.

79-year-old Owens — who’s famous for his theatrics when delivering a bag of nuts to fans at Dodger Stadium for decades — claims he’s been told by his bosses to refrain from his signature delivery while walking the aisles of the park.

The reason?? Levy Restaurants — which is in charge of concessions at the stadium — believes Owens’ peanut pitching is a safety concern for spectators.

Typical of modern sports to continue sucking more and more joy out of the whole scene.