March 2, 2021

LOTS OF UTI NEWS TODAY: Scientists develop vaccine strategy for urinary tract infections.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Executive director of Common Cause New York apologizes for calling Orthodox Jews an ‘extremist’ voting bloc.

EVERYTHING IS RACIST: LA Teachers Union Cries ‘Structural Racism’ Over School Reopening Plan.

PUPPETS ON A STRING: ‘We Don’t Like Cuomo Now,’ Says Every Late-Night Host In Perfect Robotic Unison.

They really are such tools. And such obvious tools at that.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: New college promises real-world STEM training, traditional liberal arts education in 3 years at low cost.

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: Ex-Michigan health director cashed out $155,506 in hush money deal with Whitmer administration.

The separation deal between Michigan Governor Whitmer’s people and health department director Robert Gordon had a two-side confidentiality clause.

Detroit News laid out the backroom negotiations done with taxpayer money. A four-page agreement was signed on February 22nd: Robert Gordon gets nine months salary and healthcare benefits, and in return Gordon promised not to pursue any legal claims against the state.

The decision by both parties not to talk about details had a stated reasoning to it: “In response to any inquiries from prospective employers, employer will state that employee voluntarily resigned,” according to the agreement.

The parties involved assert such secret dealings are standard legal practice. But not everyone in the state’s political sphere is satisfied with this explanation. One such person is state representative Matt Hall. He’s questioning as to why taxpayers are secluded from knowing what’s going on, even though it’s their money on the line in this situation. “The people of Michigan deserve to know what was going on here.”

You’ll get nothing and like it.

SHE AIN’T NO CIRCLE BACK GIRL: Breaking: Kayleigh McEnany Joins Fox News.

SO CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR GOT IT WRONG: Neanderthals could perceive and produce human speech.

Neanderthals possessed the capacity to hear, process and produce human speech, according to a new survey combining CT scans and computer models.

For the study, published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, researchers used computed tomography scans to build 3D models of the ear structures in Neanderthals, Homo sapiens and Neanderthal relatives unearthed at Atapuerca, an archaeological site in Spain.

Computer algorithms developed by scientists in the field of auditory bioengineering helped researchers analyze the 3D models and estimate Neanderthals’ auditory capabilities.

The findings suggest the origins of human language can be traced to our closest hominin relatives.

Interesting.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: With Pandemic Ending, People Who Yell At Others To Wear Masks In Danger Of Never Feeling Important Again.

Earlier: COVID Is on the Verge of a Humiliating Defeat.

TYLER O’NEIL: The SPLC’s Horrifying Plan for Your Children’s Schools.

THAT SUCKS: Many women getting wrong antibiotic for UTI, study says.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Move Over Fitness Trackers, Here Come On-Skin Electronics That Look Like Stickers.

NOT THE BEE. SERIOUSLY, NOT THE BEE: Covid is being blamed for an increase in avalanche deaths.

OLD AND BUSTED: Rock Star Destroys Guitar.

The New Hotness? Guitar Destroys Rock Star! Steve Vai held a guitar chord for so long he had to undergo surgery.

I DO NOT LIKE IT, SAM-I-AM: Digital Book Burning Comes for Dr. Seuss — on His Birthday.

Related: Joe Biden Cancels Dr. Seuss.

Of course, PJ Media/Townhall VIP supporters got the heads-up last week.

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Officials try to calm nerves as NY reports 1st COVID-19 case.

“We want New Yorkers to go about their everyday lives — use the subway, take the bus, etc.,” city Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said, explaining that COVID-19 “is not an illness that can be easily spread through casual contact.”

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the virus is thought to spread mainly via respiratory droplets among “close contacts” — such as coming directly into contact with the droplets or certain other bodily fluids from a patient, or being within about 6 feet (2 meters) of a patient for “a prolonged period.”

More than 80,000 cases of COVID-19 have occurred worldwide since the virus emerged in China. About 3,000 people have died. The illness is characterized by fever and coughing and, in serious cases, shortness of breath or pneumonia.

De Blasio said he was confident residents would go about their regular lives. “New Yorkers do not scare easily,” he said.

To be fair, de Blasio had no problem going about his regular life during the pandemic:

Mayor de Blasio dances in Times Square with his wife after shutting down annual New Year’s Eve party.

Bill de Blasio’s pandemic bungling.

Suddenly Bill de Blasio Is Worried About ‘Violent Unrest’ — in Hasidic Jewish Communities.

‘We Do Not Have A Plan’: De Blasio Admits Having No Timeline For Reopening NYC Indoor Dining.

Mayor de Blasio forced to defend his grasp on reality of New York City.

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Invokes John Lennon’s “Imagine” To Dismiss The Idea Of Defunding Police.

Bill de Blasio and wife stroll through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park amid coronavirus.

De Blasio’s latest crazy, no-good nepotistic job for Chirlane McCray. McCray was appointed head of “coronavirus racial inequality task force.”

I HAD BEEN ASSURED THAT VOTER FRAUD WAS A MYTH: Texas judge and three others arrested on 150 counts of voter fraud.

EMBRACE THE HEALING POWER OF “AND:” Cuomo’s problem isn’t #MeToo. It’s killing old people.

UPDATE: Andrew Cuomo Is What Happens When Democrats Know Media Will Shield Them.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Hillary Finally Finds a Victim of Sexual Harassment Who Deserves Answers.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Remember all those victims of Bill Clinton’s sexual predations?

Answer: Neither does Hillary, but that won’t stop her from trying to take the moral high ground once the wine kicks in.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Public health officials concerned because we’re getting better
  • John Brennan ought to be embarrassed for being a commie
  • Is “Cuomosexual” still a thing, and why was it ever a thing?

Bonus Sanity: Star Parker says what needs saying on reparations.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

TO BE FAIR, WE’RE NOT ALL THAT CRAZY ABOUT HAVING HIM IN THE CLUB, EITHER. Former CIA Director John Brennan: ‘I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days.’ The MSNBC senior analyst made the declaration on air.

THE NEW ANTI-RACISM LOOKS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE THE OLD RACISM: Cartoon Network’s ‘Anti-Racist’ PSA Tells Americans to ‘See Color.’

SO WHEN DOES THE LOOTING START? Georgetown student government launches initiative to abolish campus police.

AYAAN HIRSI ALI: When migrants come, culture migrates too.

The challenge of integrating immigrants from the non-western world is not new to Europe. But a large influx of new migrants over the last decade, and a significant increase in harassment and sexual assault against women across multiple European countries, make it one that Europe can no longer avoid addressing.

This story has its origins in the decades of economic recovery after World War Two, when many European countries faced a growing worker shortage for industry work. ‘Guest worker’ programs were created, notably in Germany, on the assumption that such workers would return home. But many workers preferred to stay in Europe and pursued family reunification. Jobs and welfare entitlements made Germany preferable to Turkey, France preferable to Algeria.

Meanwhile ideas of national sovereignty and national identity came under scrutiny. The horrors of national socialism and fascism were used to discredit the idea of national borders and the nation-state itself. As part of the process of European integration, states began to relax border controls. Countries such as the Netherlands sought to atone for their insufficient resistance against German deportations of Dutch Jews during World War Two by relaxing immigration restrictions in a quest to realize a ‘multicultural society’.

Multiculturalism also meant that little effort was made to promote the cultural assimilation of immigrants and their children. ‘Dish cities’ — cultural enclaves watching satellite television broadcasts from abroad — became a feature in many parts of Europe. What was over-looked is that multiculturalism is often at odds with a commitment to universal women’s rights, particularly women’s autonomy and security in the public sphere.

Europe’s leaders did not realize that opening the gates brought not just guest workers, but also their culture. Sometimes — often — the cultures of newcomers contained misogynistic norms incompatible with the modern notions of women’s rights that had made rapid progress in Europe from the 1960s on. Suddenly, Europeans were confronted with the unfamiliar: traditional practices such as child marriage, female genital mutilation and honor violence.

Well, some of Europe’s leaders did: “Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser. Labour threw open Britain’s borders to mass immigration to help socially engineer a ‘truly multicultural’ country, a former Government adviser has revealed.”

Related: the Hoover Institute’s video interview with Ali, discussing her new book, Prey:

VICTORIA TAFT: Newsom ‘Plan’ to Re-Open California Schools Involves Billions in Bribes. “In a news conference on Monday, Newsom pointed to billions of dollars coming to the state from the CARES Act passed by Congress. Newsom also expressed hope that California would get a chunk of the $1.9 trillion that includes special ‘blue state bailouts’ to reward states responsible for the most onerous shutdowns and draconian regulations in response to COVID.”

STUDENTS NEED TO BE TOLD THAT THEIR OPINIONS AREN’T THAT IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW MUCH YET: Baylor students tried to cancel professor over transgender comments. They failed miserably.

IMPRESSIVE: Twitch kicks off ‘Womxn’s History Month’ by inclusively pissing off everyone (including trans women).

Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month.

IF YOU’RE A CIS-HETERONORMATIVE TRANSPHOBE, THAT IS.

If you’re woke, like gamer livestreaming platform Twitch, you know that March is all about celebrating womxn:

Twitch since deleted the tweet after a spectacular ratio, as their archived page on the Internet Wayback machine illustrates:

They’ve since issued a groveling apology to the Twitter outrage mob:

Meanwhile, at America’s Newspaper of Record: Women’s History Month Canceled For Implying There Is Such A Thing As ‘Women.’

CONSERVING CONSERVATISM OR WHATEVER: Leaked Twitter Messages Reveal Lincoln Project Paid $1.5M to Firm Linked to ex-Obama Staffer Bill Burton.

DISPATCHES FROM THE “IT’S DIFFERENT WHEN WE DO IT” PARTY:

Related: When the Left Attacked the Capitol.

In the winter of 1971, you could still find vestiges of an age of innocence in Washington. The previous decade had been one of the most unstable in the country’s history, rocked by political assassinations, racial violence and explosions at public buildings. But at the U.S. Capitol, it was still easy to stroll through without having to empty your pockets or show a driver’s license. No metal detectors or security cameras. You didn’t need to join a tour. Which is why two young people who melted into the crowd of sightseers were free to scour the building for a safe spot to set their bomb.

They were members of the Weather Underground. Since 1969, the radical left group had already bombed several police targets, banks and courthouses around the country, acts they hoped would instigate an uprising against the government. Now two of these self-described revolutionaries wandered the halls with sticks of dynamite strapped under their clothing. They slipped into an unmarked marble-lined men’s bathroom one floor below the Senate chamber. They hooked up a fuse attached to a stopwatch and stuffed the device behind a 5-foot-high wall.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on March 1, the phone call came into the Capitol switchboard. The overnight operator remembered it as a man’s voice, low and hard: “This is real. Evacuate the building immediately.”

It exploded at 1:32 a.m. No one was hurt, but damage was extensive. The blast tore the bathroom wall apart, shattering sinks into shrapnel. Shock waves blew the swinging doors off the entrance to the Senate barbershop. The doors crashed through a window and sailed into a courtyard. Along the corridor, light fixtures, plaster and tile cracked. In the Senate dining room, panes fell from a stained-glass window depicting George Washington greeting two Revolutionary War heroes, the Marquis de Lafayette and Baron von Steuben. Both Europeans lost their heads.

You may recognize a few of the suspects:

Neither Jones nor anyone else in the documentary named the bombers. However, at least three published accounts have identified them as two women then in their late 20s—Kathy Boudin, one of the survivors of the Greenwich Village explosion, and Bernardine Dohrn, a graduate of the University of Chicago’s law school whose looks, brains and take-no-prisoners attitude had made her a romantic icon within the left. Neither Boudin nor Dohrn has publicly admitted or denied placing the Capitol bomb. Neither responded to questions for this article.

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The Weather Underground continued to stage nonlethal bombings in the 1970s, notably a blast inside a Pentagon bathroom and at the State Department. (They called ahead on those, too.) When the Vietnam War finally ended, the group lost its center of gravity. By 1980, Weather had effectively disbanded. Dohrn, along with her husband and fellow member, Bill Ayers, came out of hiding. They didn’t go to prison. The government had dropped most charges against them for the same reason they couldn’t prosecute Leslie Bacon, and also because agents on a desperate hunt for clues had been caught conducting illegal break-ins at homes of the fugitives’ friends and relatives. The FBI’s overreach had backfired, but the era of left-wing extremism imploded on its own.

Curiously, CTL-F “Obama” brings up zero mentions. But the article does mention:

As a slogan of the 1960s went, what goes around comes around. That 14-month-old son who Dohrn and Ayers raised for Boudin? He became a Rhodes scholar, a lawyer and a public defender. In 2019, he was elected district attorney of San Francisco, a job once held by Vice President Kamala Harris. And on Jan. 6, as the pro-Trump mob attacked, Chesa Boudin sent out a tweet: “Hoping everyone who works in the Capitol is safe from this despicable effort to take down our democracy.”

Irony can be awfully ironic, sometimes.

SO FAR ITS RECORD HAS BEEN UNIMPRESSIVE: U.S. Supreme Court to hear pair of Arizona elections cases Tuesday.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES AT AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Take The Babylon Bee’s Anti-Racism Corporate Training.

The Bee knows its staffers are quite busy, so it’s surprisingly fast.

SPOILER: BIDEN WON’T CHANGE PLANS. Democrats Sound Alarm On Biden Immigration Plan: ‘Will Be Catastrophic For Our Party, For Our Country.’

DISPATCHES FROM AL SHARPTON’S NETWORK. Liberal Media Scream: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi says racism defines America.

No, but one could say it defines a television network.

Speaking of which, What’s Up with All the Anti-Semitism at NBC?

IF WE’RE HOLDING TRIALS UNDER THREAT OF RIOT, ISN’T THAT “INSURRECTION?” Minneapolis courthouse turned into fortress for George Floyd murder trial. Pretty sure it would be if roles were reversed here.

Much more from Scott Johnson. “The charges against Chauvin were brought in a lynch mob atmosphere led by Governor Tim Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. They publicly pronounced Chauvin and the other officers guilty many times over last spring and summer. Those of us who took up law and/or journalism may have been inspired by Atticus Finch or John Adams or Woodward and Bernstein, but when the time came to face down the mob and talk back to the authorities, the lawyers and the press took their places in the crowd. . . . The prospect of a fair trial in this atmosphere seems incredibly remote. We remain one step removed from the territory of The Ox-Bow Incident.”

To be fair, Atticus Finch has since been retconned as a rape apologist.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Happy Texas Independence Day! Will Woke History Cancel the Alamo? “As we hit the 185th anniversary of Texas Independence and the fall of the Alamo, then the rise of Texas, we have a problem. Some are revising the story to put slavery front and center, when it was not. It was an issue, but not the primary issue. The Texas State Historical Association’s chief historian wants us to forget the Alamo and view its defenders — and their supporters now — as racists. Walter Buenger, PhD and TSHA chief historian, recently slammed the Alamo as an insignificant battle then and a monument to white supremacy now. The facts don’t support that at all. ”

Proud Texan Bryan Preston is filling in today while Kruiser shakes off a birthday hangover.

NOBODY EVER THOUGHT HE WAS A RACIST, IT WAS ABOUT SURRENDERING TO A WOKE MOB: New York Times Reporter Donald McNeil Says Paper Twisted His Arm Into Resigning.

Here’s McNeil’s blog account.

“You’ve lost the newsroom.” Bullshit. If you have a newsroom that acts this way, it’s the newsroom that needs to be lost.

SPACE: Blue Origin’s massive New Glenn rocket is delayed for years. What went wrong?

During a meeting in December 2011 with then-NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver, Bezos discussed an orbital rocket capable of challenging SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster. As Christian Davenport recounts in his book The Space Barons, Bezos told Garver at the time, “I want to tell you about my big rocket.”

The “big rocket” at the time—which would become known publicly as New Glenn more than half a decade later—was not quite so big as New Glenn is envisioned today. Rather than being powered by seven BE-4 engines and towering nearly as tall as NASA’s famed Saturn V rocket, Bezos originally envisioned a more modest-sized rocket comparable to the Falcon 9 or United Launch Alliance’s single-stick Delta IV. In some iterations, New Glenn had just three main engines.

This would have represented a more incremental step for a launch company that has yet to put a gram of material into orbit. But instead of offering a waypoint between New Shepard and a massive orbital rocket, Bezos ultimately opted to jump right to the massive, 313-foot-tall version. “It’s like if NASA had gone straight from Alan Shepard to the Saturn V rocket, but then also had to make the Saturn V reusable,” one former Blue Origin employee said.

Instead of crawl-walk-run, Bezos asked his engineering team to begin sprinting toward the launch pad.

The SpaceX formula of taking smaller steps but iterating rapidly is paying off much better than Blue Origin’s attempt to take shortcuts.

NOW OUT: Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.

THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY: Biden State Department Nominee Is a Defender of China Propaganda Program.

WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. Covid-19 Live Updates: The U.S. Is Edging Toward Normal, Alarming Some Officials.

Screen-capped in case the New York Times revises this Orwellian headline:

NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER DONALD MCNEIL SAYS PAPER TWISTED HIS ARM INTO RESIGNING. Times executive editor Dean Baquet said privately McNeil wasn’t a racist.

The Medium post also suggests that the New York Times union was unwilling to defend McNeil. The union “was deeply split over my case,” McNeil said, so “I decided I needed my own lawyer.” As the Washington Free Beacon reported last month, the union even exploited U.S. labor law to up the pressure on McNeil.

While McNeil said he still considers Baquet a friend, he had harsher words for Charlotte Behrendt, the human resources official who oversaw the investigation into his conduct. “She makes the Times newsroom more like North Korea every day,” he said in a follow-up Medium post, quoting an email he had sent to a friend.

Behrendt herself had used the n-word while grilling McNeil about the Peru incident. “I flinched a little as she said it,” McNeil said, recounting a meeting at which he and Bill Baker, the New York Times union chair, were present. “[M]ostly because Bill, who was sitting next to me, is black.”

Neither Baquet nor Behrendt responded to requests for comment.

McNeil’s Medium articles (which I assume are the first draft of a memoir in progress) are well worth your time – they read like watching a car crash happen in very slow motion, including this moment:

As I remember it, Dean started off by saying “Donald, you had a great year — you really owned the story of the pandemic….”

As soon as I realized he was talking in the past tense, I became tense and started taking notes.

“Donald, I know you,” he went on. “I know you’re not a racist. We’re going ahead with your Pulitzer. We’re writing to the board telling them we looked into this two years ago.”

“But Donald, you’ve lost the newsroom. People are hurt. People are saying they won’t work with you because you didn’t apologize.”

“I did write an apology,” I said. “I sent it to you Friday night. I sent another paragraph on Saturday morning. Didn’t you get it?”

Dean didn’t answer.

“I saw it,” Carolyn said.

“But Donald,” Dean said, “you’ve lost the newsroom. A lot of your colleagues are hurt. A lot of them won’t work with you. Thank you for writing the apology. But we’d like you to consider adding to it that you’re leaving.”

“WHAT?” I said loudly. “ARE YOU KIDDING? You want me to leave after 40-plus years? Over this? You know this is bullshit. You know you looked into it and I didn’t do the things they said I did, I wasn’t some crazy racist, I was just answering the kids’ questions.”

“Donald, you’ve lost the newsroom. People won’t work with you.”

“What are you talking about?” I said. “Since when do we get to choose who we work with?”

“Donald, you’ve had a great year, you’re still up for a Pulitzer.”

The problem of course wasn’t that McNeil “lost the newsroom” suddenly – Baquet never had control over its staffers during his run as editor – which some are speculating will end next year.

McNeil’s Medium articles are also a vivid reminder of who America’s true Newspaper of Record is, these days:

PLAYING WITH POOR PEOPLE’S LIVES.

IT’S PAST TIME TO THROW THIS PARTICULAR BASTARD OUT: Gavin Newsom Ignores His Own COVID Shutdown Rules AGAIN at California Restaurant.

FROM ALMA BOYKIN:  Learnedly Familiar.

Where do you file a Missing Meister Report?

Something is moving. Arthur Saldovado, Lelia, and André defeated ancient evil, but mysteries remain. And worse – Arthur’s name-sake is learning how to drive! Who needs abyssal creatures when you have teenagers, school-yard spats, and retail woes to worry about? Certainly not Lelia Chan Lestrang.

When André’s mentor disappears, Lelia braces for the worst. Trouble’s coming, as bad perhaps as the evil that drew her and André together. But she has a few surprises of her own now, including allies in very strange places. With very strange senses of humor.

Return to a Familiar world, full of adventure, bad puns, dark music, magic, shedding lemurs, and domestic chaos.

SO WE HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN INJUSTICE OR RIOTS?  Remember Derek Chauvin? His trial is coming up.

FORMER NYT REPORTER SAYS BAQUET PRESSURED HIM TO RESIGN: Donald McNeil is a Pulitzer-nominated former New York Times reporter who became a victim of Cancel Culture last year after being accused of using the N-word.

His account in Medium of the events of the day he first learned of the Daily Beast story that prompted his departure from the Grey Lady includes this poignant passage: “From the very beginning, I misread the situation. I was blasé about the Beast email. The Times was in full freakout message-control mode.”

I suspect such naivete in a veteran journalist about the true nature of Cancel Culture and the character of the players involved is typical of its victims, but McNeil’s account is especially worth reading because of the detail and candor he provides. The manner in which one can be defenseless against baseless charges ought to shock us all.

NOTED:  THIS is just…chilling…

IN DEMOCRAT LAND:  DHS Sec. Mayorkas: ‘Loving Parents’ Send Unaccompanied Children to the Border.

LIKE BOB ZIMMERMAN, I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT:  State legislatures proposing repeals of 2020 election revisions that made fraud easy.

OH, BELIEVE ME HONEY, THIS IS JUST ONE MORE STRAW O THAT CAMEL’S BACK:  Tensions over vaccine equity pit rural against urban America.

I’m not ready to call it the last, but the beast is getting angry.

NOBODY TELL MY HUSBAND:  Go nuts: Reese’s making chocolate-free, all peanut butter cups.

CAUTION: OBJECTS IN FUTURE MAY BE FARTHER AWAY THAN THEY APPEAR:   First-ever space hotel slated to be operational by 2027.

I, FOR ONE, DON’T WANT TO LIVE IN A NATION WHERE ITALIANS CAN’T PUSH SAUSAGE:   Cuomo accused of pressuring reporter to ‘eat whole sausage’ in video.

Though the least said about Cuomo’s sausage, the better.

AMERICAN JOURNALISTS WILLINGLY SURRENDERED THEIRS:  Foreign journalists in China see ‘rapid decline in media freedom’.

And would like to import the system here.

March 1, 2021

FLORIDA RULES: Why does anyone still live in the northeastern United States?

I’m researching this and will report back later.

SHADES OF HARRY REID: Mitt Romney knocked unconscious, suffers black eye during fall.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Public School Superintendent Who Warned Pod-Based Learning ‘Causes Inequities’ Is Sending His Own Kid to Private School.

It’s lying, hypocritical hacks all the way down.

UNDOING WELFARE REFORM: The Biden Child Allowance: Examining the Impact of Welfare on Work. “Critically, the Biden plan would eliminate all existing work obligations from the current child credit program. By doing so, President Biden rejects the foundational principles of welfare reform established in the 1990s. That reform was rooted in the concept that welfare should no longer be a one-way handout. Instead, welfare should be based on reciprocal obligation: Society should support those who need assistance, but able-bodied recipients of aid should in turn be required to work or at least prepare for work in exchange for the aid given. The Biden plan abandons that principle.”

OPEN THREAD: Speak, friend, and enter.

ASK THE GANG AT THE LAUNDRY WHAT IT MEANS: Mysterious stripes spotted over Russia in satellite images — and NASA is perplexed.

HOW BAD IS THE EU’S VACCINE FAIL? THIS BAD. Hard-hit Czech Republic turns to Russian jabs after EU delays.

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: Third Woman Accuses Andrew Cuomo of Harassment.

HOW PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGING FAILED US IN THE PANDEMIC: “One of the most important problems undermining the pandemic response has been the mistrust and paternalism that some public-health agencies and experts have exhibited toward the public.”

Plus: “Throughout the past year, traditional and social media have been caught up in a cycle of shaming—made worse by being so unscientific and misguided. How dare you go to the beach? newspapers have scolded us for months, despite lacking evidence that this posed any significant threat to public health. It wasn’t just talk: Many cities closed parks and outdoor recreational spaces, even as they kept open indoor dining and gyms. Just this month, UC Berkeley and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst both banned students from taking even solitary walks outdoors.”

Related:

AND AFTER AMAZON WENT ALL-IN TO CRUSH PARLER FOR HIM: Biden Backs Amazon Warehouse Workers’ Union Drive.

R.I.P. ANDREW BREITBART. NINE YEARS AGO: Goodbye, Andrew. “No figure on our side was more despised in the whited sepulchers of the media/academic/political Left, and Breitbart wore their loathing as a daily badge of honor. His refusal to grant even a glimmer of moral absolution constantly enraged them, and his very existence was an affront to their carefully constructed — to use one of Andrew’s favorite words — ‘narrative’ of moral superiority. Naturally, they are already dancing on his grave, with the manic joy of being suddenly and miraculously delivered from one of their most potent enemies.”

HEH: Via a friend.

GET WOKE…TV Ratings: Golden Globes Crater, Headed for Multi-Year Low.

Related: In contrast, this report: “31 million viewers for Donald Trump’s CPAC speech. And that was just online.”

HISTORY: See rare video of 14 year old Dolly Parton performing in Knoxville. In Fountain City, near where Litton’s restaurant is today.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Yale Law Journal Editor Apologizes For ‘Unwelcoming Culture:’ The prestigious Journal admitted 60 percent of black applicants in 2020, far higher than any other demographic group.

That sounds, if anything, excessively welcoming. But the solution is to change Yale University’s name from that of an infamous slave trader, to something like Harriet Tubman University. As long as they keep Eli Yale’s name, everything else is window-dressing. If they’re still too racist to name it after Harriet Tubman, there’s always Jeremiah Dummer.

MY LATEST FOR PJ MEDIA/TOWNHALL VIP SUPPORTERS: You Didn’t Think Google’s ‘Incognito’ Mode Really Protected Your Privacy, Did You? “Google’s Chrome might not remember your activity locally, on your computer or on your smartphone, but it seems that Google’s servers remember everything.”

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FREEDOM IS THE FREEDOM TO SAY THAT TWO PLUS TWO MAKE FOUR: There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math. I naively believed that STEM would be spared from the ideological takeover. I was wrong, says Princeton professor Sergiu Klainerman.

ANALYSIS: TRUE*: Florida rules.

* But don’t tell anyone.

 

OLD AND BUSTED: “Believe All Women.”

The New Hotness? Cuomo Asks America To Hold Off on Believing Women This Time.

SPOILER ALERT: YOU’RE PROBABLY A HATE GROUP. SPLC Urges Biden, Big Tech to Block ‘Online Funding’ for ‘Hate Groups’ to Fight Domestic Terrorism.

“PLEDGES” ARE CHEAP. BigLaw Eschews Recruiting At Lower Ranked HBCU Law Schools Despite Pledge To Hire More Black Associates. Also, in the current climate you have to be extra careful, since people who don’t make it are more likely to sue or badmouth you. Much safer hiring white males, or maybe asians.

JOANNE JACOBS: Teacher slams ‘rich, white parents.’ “All the rich white parents suddenly concerned about mental health can take a seat.”

“Suddenly” after kids spent a year locked down at home while even teachers with vaccinations refuse to go back to school.

VDH: Was COVID-19 Our Neutron Bomb?

Shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline, opening up the border in a time of pandemic to illegal immigration, nominating a number of big-government zealots, and institutionalizing unproductive, commissar-like wokism do not promote economic growth.

Yet natural processes are underway that Joe Biden likely will be unable to thwart immediately by his redistributionist policies. So we should imagine that the now labeled “Trump virus” will at some point sooner than later grow dormant. The “Trump quarantine” will then lift, and with it the “Trump recession.” The “Biden vaccination” will help to end the pandemic, along with the number of those previously infected with “Trump antibodies,” as the “Biden recovery” will take off, at least for a few months.

All sorts of known unknowns follow. When will Biden’s tax hikes, new regulations, subsidized green add-ons, gas and oil curtailment, and massive accumulating debt begin to slow things down?

Will a near $30 trillion debt growing at $2 trillion a year, with a progressive laundry list of ever more “essential” entitlements, finally lead to inflation, or stagflation, or permanent zero interest rates—or an abrupt recession, or worse?

No one knows.

But in the political sense, Republicans might wish to prepare for an artificially inflated but robust economy that could last until late in the midterm year 2022. It will do no good to argue that Operation Warp Speed, an end to the failed New York-California blue-state lockdown model, and the remnants of the Trump economic package mostly account for the upswing. The president in power when economies tank or roar gets commensurate blame or credit.

All the talk of a dismal Trump response to the virus will soon and reluctantly wane, as our vaccination rate, our prior national leadership in creating vaccines, and our earlier end to the pandemic will be positively compared with other nations, especially those in Europe. As a result, Biden will transmogrify from a shrill critic of what he inherited to a plagiarist of that recovery.

If Biden and his team get what they wish—a neo-socialist, big government transformation—we will enter tough times. But not yet and perhaps not until after 2022.

As a prominent member of Biden’s earlier administration famously said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: What Is Bitcoin and What Makes it Special? An Economist Explains.

But can you buy GameStop stock with it?

ADDS YEARS TO YOUR LIFE AS WELL AS LIFE TO YOUR YEARS: Sildenafil for the Treatment of Heart Failure.

REFILL THE SWAMP: Top Biden aides cashed in advising major corporations.

Biden has leaned on veterans of the Obama and Clinton administrations to staff his White House. Many of these longtime Democratic policy operatives have passed through Washington’s so-called “revolving door,” cashing in via work with private-sector companies before returning to control the highest levers of government.

And despite interludes consulting for major defense industry, Silicon Valley, or federal contracting companies, these so-called “reverse revolvers” don’t ever appear on official lobbying registries. Such firms now have old friends in high places.

“Large corporations like to have real interpersonal ties to people within the government whom they call and chat with on a basis of a real personal relationship and past collaboration,” said the Revolving Door Project’s Jeff Hauser.

I’m sure they do.

MICROBIOME NEWS: The future of probiotics and gut microbiomes is bright.

THE HEROES OF THE PANDEMIC BECOME ITS VILLAINS, CONTINUED:

(Classical reference in headline.)

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Who Is Doing Dementia Joe’s Thinking for Him?

Insanity Wrap needs to know: If every puppet needs a puppetmaster, then whose hand is making Joe Biden’s mouth function?

Answer: If that’s his mouth functioning, then America is being run by the worst puppeteer in history. But as you’ll see, our Mystery Puppeteer was bad at most everything else, too.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Zuckerberg millions “helped” the vote in Michigan
  • Riots come to Georgia over voter ID
  • How to properly wear and use two masks at the same time: A handy video guide for newbies

Bonus Sanity: LinkedIn backtracks on anti-white propaganda training materials.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

SO MEN CAN COMPETE SO LONG AS THEY IDENTIFY AS WOMEN, BUT ACTUAL WOMEN CAN’T HAVE TOO HIGH A LEVEL OF NATURAL TESTOSTERONE: Caster Semenya appeals to European Court of Human Rights over ‘discriminatory’ testosterone limit.

OF COURSE:  Berkeley teachers’ union honcho videotaped while delivering his child to an in-person private pre-school (while arguing for continued closure of public schools).

TURNABOUT: Joe Biden is a China patsy.

Look at his recent statement in which he suggested that ‘cultural differences’ might explain why the Chinese thought it was OK to brutally oppress Uighurs. An unnamed source within the intelligence community has revealed that Biden could not unequivocally condemn China’s human rights abuses because Xi Jinping has ‘has something’ on him. The 46th President therefore cannot be trusted to stand up to Xi on the world stage.

‘The Russians deploy kompromat as leverage over foreign assets,’ says my source. ‘Chinese agencies use something called “black materials” to extort western authority figures into doing what they want.’

I’m making this stuff up. Rather, I’m blending truths with half-truths; hearsay with nonsense. I’m concocting a grandiose conspiracy theory that an authoritarian state is now controlling the leader of the free world. If that sounds familiar it is because that is exactly what a lot of supposedly serious journalists spent the first two years of the Trump administration doing.

Read the whole thing.

SHOCKER: Southern states outperforming northern states amid COVID-19.

FLASHBACK: WOKE CAPITAL ISN’T A GAME. “The people who work at these companies do, in fact, hate you.”

THE REVOLUTION DEMANDS YOUR ACQUIESCENCE: SUNY student suspended for Instagram post saying, “A Man Is A Man, A Woman Is A Woman.” The college’s rationale for suspending the student is that he is an education student, and his professed ideas would prevent him from treating all students appropriately. In cases like this, the question should not be what one’s personal ideology is, but whether one is willing to comply with whatever rules are established. For example, if a school district was to require this young man in the future to call a biologically male transgender boy “he,” and it’s lawful to require him to do so, would he do it? If so, then his personal ideology should matter no more than that of a Communist or libertarian teacher who agrees to use the prescribed textbook and curriculum even though they disagree with it. To suggest that only teachers who buy into the prevailing ideology are allowed to teach is worthy of the USSR, not the U.S.

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