March 6, 2021

I KNOW HOW I’M GUESSING: Online dating: Super effective, or just… superficial? “People’s reason for swiping right is based primarily on attractiveness and the race of a potential partner, and that decisions are often made in less than a second.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Huntington’s disease driven by slowed protein-building machinery in cells.

DON’T LOOK TOO CLOSELY, THE DEEP SEVENS MIGHT NOT LIKE IT: Scientists Detect Signs of a Hidden Structure Inside Earth’s Core.

EVERGREEN HEADLINE FOR THE 21st CENTURY: I can’t believe this is not satire. But this is not satire. They’re really doing this. “Yes, this a real product. Yeah. It’s a ridiculous-looking Groucho-style air filter you wear over your schnoz all day long. So that the air you breathe in through your nose is cleaner and less virus-y. Because nowadays everything is trying to kill you, remember?”

The above link goes to Not the Bee — because in 2021, even the Babylon Bee’s satire can’t keep up with how crazy reality has become.

 

REVIEW: Walther PDP Handgun in 9 mm.

SCIENTISTS EXPECTING AN EARTHSHATTERING KABOOM: South-West Iceland’s Been Hit by 17,000 Earthquakes This Week. It May Be About to Erupt.

THINK OF IT AS EVOLUTION IN ACTION: Humans evolved to use water much more efficiently than apes.

JOE BIDEN’S UGLY BETRAYAL OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE:

In the short time since taking office, Biden has already snubbed Iranian dissidents who courageously wrote to him from inside Iran, some writing from prison, urging him to maintain sanctions and other pressures on the regime and to provide support and solidarity for their democratic struggle. Instead, their message was received as an inconvenience by a White House national security team staffed with some of the regime’s leading U.S.-based apologists. The administration then quickly provided other sweeteners to the regime, including the lifting of sanctions on their proxy in Yemen, the lifting of restrictions on its arms buying and selling, the lifting of U.S. opposition to an IMF loan, and the neutering of a pro-freedom public diplomacy initiative from the State Department, which went overnight from being a popular source of information on the regime’s repression and corruption to the butt of jokes among Iranian democracy activists. The initiative‘s Persian-language Twitter account has had a steep drop in followers since the U.S. election because of its canceling of real-time statements about the regime’s human rights abuses in favor of promotion of the Biden team’s appeasement measures. When angry Iranians on Twitter pushed the State Department into taking a stand about the regime’s torture and killing of Behnam Mahjoubi, it only raised their ire by saying he was “mistreated.”

Biden’s decided U-turn away from maximum pressure on the regime to a posture of maximum accommodation has been accompanied by silence about the regime’s escalation of its war against its own people, and anyone else who is unfortunate enough to fall within its reach. Biden’s policy of appeasement has been accompanied by large increases in the number of executions and deaths in custody of political prisoners, the taking of foreign hostages for ransom, and threats to kill dual nationals like Swedish Iranian researcher Ahmadreza Djalali. The new administration has, in effect, taken every opportunity to demonstrate to Iran’s thuggish theocracy that it will give in, even signaling that the regime’s holding of American hostages will not be an impediment to negotiations on the nuclear program.

The results of this policy of accommodation are clear. Khamenei has not hesitated to respond by intensifying belligerence by the Islamic Republic’s proxies, who shell American troops in Iraq. America’s other leading adversaries, particularly China and Russia, are also taking note; they do not expect to be confronted for their aggressions and can more easily plot to fill the vacuum left by the United States in the Middle East.

Earlier: ecological Terrorism: Iran Behind Major Oil Spill Off Israel’s Coast.

THIS SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD: Recipe: Creamy French Mustard Chicken.

THE GRAUNIAD, ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Why I’m taking the coronavirus hype with a pinch of salt.

SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB. MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Conservatives would trade tax cuts to ‘openly say the n-word.’

BOB ZUBRIN: A Method for Creating Enormous Space Telescopes.

LIKE MY GRANDFATHER SAID, SMOG MEANS JOBS: Air pollution fell sharply during lockdown.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Biden: ‘Indian-Descent Americans Are Taking Over the Country.’ “Can you even imagine if the previous president had said this out loud into a microphone? You’d have to peel Brian Stelter off the ceiling. Hell, last week Biden blurted out what sounded a lot like the N-word, and all the libs pretended it never happened because they just don’t want to deal with it.”

NANCY ROMMELMANN: Kids and Cowards: What Really Happened to Donald McNeil at the New York Times.

I don’t know who leaked the information (neither does McNeil). But the why seems easier to fathom: It’s one way to get ahead these days, a shortcut whereby you can chop down someone’s 45-year career in a few days, killing their reputation while burnishing your own as someone who’s fighting the unassailable good fight. And in 2021, that fight is combatting racism. Drop that blood in the water and watch it spread.

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The repercussions were swift. As Baquet kept repeating, “Donald, you’ve lost the newsroom.”

“Let me give you an alternative view of ‘who’s lost the newsroom,” McNeil countered. “If you fire me over this, you’re going to lose everybody over age 40 at the paper, all the grown-ups.”

“We’re not firing you,” Baquet said. “We’re asking you to consider resigning.”

It was the exact same abdication of leadership Baquet has become famous for. What kind of executive editor allows the newsroom—indeed, the most activist subset of the newsroom—to lead him?

Yeah, who does Baquet think he is, Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic?

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: PEAK STUPIDITY EDITION.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: Liberals melt down on Twitter over video of Sen. Sinema’s thumbs-down vote against the minimum wage hike.

If you haven’t seen it yet (it broke Twitter yesterday), do not miss the clip of her thumbs down/curtsy gesture on the Senate floor.

(Classical reference in headline.)

YES. DO. Stop Saying We Can’t Go Back to Normal After Vaccines.

Some people don’t want to go back to normal.

NEANDERTHAL THINKING: U.S. Optimism About COVID-19 Situation Reaches New High, Gallup poll finds.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Covid deaths high in countries with more overweight people, says report.

NEWS YOU CAN USE? You’re Not Trans. You’re Just Weird:

Editor’s note: This hypothetically open letter was originally posted by its anonymous author on Medium and was rapidly removed as “hate speech.” We found it to be a refreshing dose of honesty, a charming and relatable open letter from one parent to other parents (not to the child, obviously!) about dealing with a challenging and dangerous moment in raising children, especially “weird” adolescents who search for their identities harder than others and risk making life-damaging mistakes in a way never before possible. We are reposting it here on New Discourses with the permission of the author.

by Donna M.

My dear, sweet, son,

I’ve got to break it to you: you’re not trans, you’re just weird.

This seems like a cruel thing to point out right now. Clearly, you are struggling and feeling pretty awful about things. I can see that you are in a rough patch, and one of the first rules of parenting is to not pile on. The world is pretty heavy on your shoulders. You’re fifteen. There’s a pandemic going on. But here I come anyway. I’m about to throw more on you.

When you were two ­– a happy, chubby, little tyke in pull-ups, you watched the world with wary eyes behind the thumb in your mouth. You leapt with joy in the rhythm of the toddle music classes. You chattered and shared stories about your stuffed animals. You loved your little sister. Enjoyed cookies and finger painting. That was all pretty normal.

But you also started to count to one thousand on our walks. And you started to call out the store names as we drove around. And you preferred reading books rather than playing with the other two-year-olds at preschool. And you hated sitting in the circle when instructed. And you hated the feel of blue jeans. And you threw big tantrums when you lost any kind of game. In other words, you started to show signs that you were… weird.

The grandparents were the first to notice. They said gentle things like “You oughta keep an eye on that one,” and sent us links to Wall Street Journal articles about child prodigies. And then the other parents in the play groups started to comment; “He’s pretty intense, huh?” And the teachers were on to it pretty quickly. They started to use fancy terms like “asynchronous development.”

Read the whole thing.

BIDEN’S RECKLESS IMMIGRATION TALK ISN’T JUST BAD FOR AMERICA, it lures immigrants into deadly danger. Michael Yon: Deadly Funnel: The Darien Gap. “There is no road at all connecting Panama and Colombia, thus the infamous Darien area is called the Gap. Or the Darien Gap. Reminds me of the Desert of Death in Afghanistan, only this is mountains, jungle, and murderers. And so, they must go on foot for roughly 4O miles and six days. . . . The osmotic human pressure has dramatically increased since January. The Biden administration established a Green Zone in D.C., unfurled a welcome-to-hell carpet across our Southern border, and now people are flooding through Darien. Communist Guerrillas and drug smugglers, along with naked tribesmen, fill the Darien. Even the Armies stay clear.”

ETHICS: Ethics professor who advises Cuomo caught scrubbing nursing home deaths from report by health officials.

Way back before InstaPundit was a thing, Peter Morgan and I argued that the “Ethics Establishment” was essentially corrupt, and nothing has happened since then to suggest we were wrong.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Baltimore Student Who Failed All But Three Classes In Four Years Was Ranked In Top Half Of His Class.

Baltimore’s last Republican mayor left office in 1967.

HEY, IT’S NOT ABOUT INCLUDING POOR PEOPLE. Northeastern hires first-ever ‘chief inclusion officer’…while hiking tuition 3.7 percent.

(HOW REFRESHING.) Biden Press Secretary: Trump Admin Doesn’t Deserve Credit for COVID Vaccine Rollout.

It’s hard to determine which has been more infuriating: Biden, Harris, and other Democrats deliberately undermining the vaccine last year by telling people it could be unsafe if “rushed through because of politics,” Democrats conveniently flip-flopping on that position after the election, or the Biden administration delivering slaps to the faces of Operation Warp Speed members who worked their fannies off to help make what was said to be impossible happen before the end of the year.

Biden can try and cover himself in glory all he wants on how the vaccine rollout has gone so far, but the facts are what they are. No amount of posturing and “circling back” on the issue from Psaki or any other spinmeister in this administration is going to change that.

In other news regarding the Circle Back Girl: Jen Psaki Tries to Explain Joe Biden’s ‘Neanderthal’ Insult, and People Feel the Unity.

(Classical reference in headline.)

GOODER AND HARDER: Walgreens shutters 10 stores in San Francisco as residents point to rampant shoplifting. “Under California law, theft under $950 is considered a misdemeanor, but many prosecutors throughout the state have opted to free those charged with the offense under certain conditions rather than holding them in jail for the maximum sentence of six months.”

Related: California Is Lost, Getting Rid of Newsom Won’t Save It.

WHY AREN’T PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE NEW JORDAN PETERSON BOOK?

Well, some people are.

It’s Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.

SHOULD HAVE DONE IT YEARS AGO: NRA move to Texas cheered by Cruz, Jordan, and Pompeo.

DAVID BERNSTEIN: Is non-Orthodox American Judaism doomed?

OUCH:

MICHAEL YON EMAILS: “Am in Colombia by Panama border. Edge of Darien Gap. Tons of migrants coming north. I’ve been talking with them and making many photos/videos.”

Stay tuned.

THE NEW BORDER CHAOS: A crisis of Biden’s own making.

Trump had a number of false starts at the border, but, by the end, had created an entirely reasonable system based on his lawful authorities to impose order at the border. There is no good reason to rip up much of this arrangement, though that’s exactly what Biden has done.

During the pandemic, Trump turned around illegal crossers at the border on public-health grounds. Biden has created an exception for unaccompanied minors, which is an obvious incentive for families to send children under age 18.

Under Trump, the Migration Protection Protocols, also known as Remain in Mexico, ended the practice of letting Central American migrants into the US while their asylum claims were adjudicated.

This was crucial because, under the old arrangement, asylum seekers were allowed in while their claims were considered. Even if the claims were ultimately rejected, as the vast majority of them were, the migrants overwhelmingly ended up staying anyway. This was a huge magnet to migrants — get to the border and claim asylum and you’re in the United States, very likely to stay.

Related: Dana Loesch explores The Rage Hypocrisy Over Texas’s Reopening:

Either the pandemic is a concern terrifying enough to close businesses forever; rob a year of life from children; set schools back a year; enforce policies that cause drug and alcohol abuse rates, anxiety percentages, suicide, and abuse to skyrocket; terrifying enough to hysterically invoke rhetoric like “They literally want to sacrifice the lives of our fellow Texans” — or it’s not.

O’Rourke and other Democrats haven’t expressed any hysteria over releasing often untested and/or coronavirus-positive illegal entrants and asylum-seekers into the country. In fact, they haven’t said a word.

I thought they were concerned about the pandemic and the lives affected?

Speaking of which: Biden administration tells facilities for migrant children to reopen to pre-pandemic levels.

IT’S ONLY A PANDEMIC CRISIS WHEN THEY WANT IT TO BE A PANDEMIC CRISIS: “Extraordinary circumstance”: Feds to reopen border shelters for child migrants — at full capacity, despite COVID.

SHOCKER: USA Today: Support for BLM has fallen and support for police has risen. “But perhaps the most interesting finding in this survey is that support for BLM has dropped more among Black Americans than white Americans. Similarly, trust in police has gone up slightly more among Black Americans than among whites.”

GLENN GREENWALD: As the Insurrection Narrative Crumbles, Democrats Cling to it More Desperately Than Ever: If the threat of “armed insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists” is as great as some claim, why do they have to keep lying and peddling crude media fictions about it?

It was a made up line, for domestic political purposes. If there were a real insurrection, they’d deny it.

Plus: “(Two FBI operatives have since anonymously leaked that it is looking at a ‘suspect’ who may have engaged with Sicknick in a way that ultimately contributed to his death. But nothing still is known; Sicknick’s mother claims he died of a stroke while his brother says it was from pepper spray; and all of this is worlds away from the endlessly repeated media claim that a bloodthirsty pro-Trump mob savagely bashed his head in with a fire extinguisher.)”

Also:

So I figure the “intelligence” about new “uprisings” on January 20, March 4, March 20, etc. is just people spreading rumors to make the authorities look stupid. If so, it’s working!

BOOK BANNING IN AN AGE OF AMAZON:

Last week, Ryan Anderson’s When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, vanished from “the world’s largest bookstore.” The hardbacks, the paperbacks—even the used copies of When Harry Became Sally sold by third-party sellers through Amazon—poof, gone. When questioned by Anderson’s publisher, Amazon lamely pointed to a new policy that permits it to bar “inappropriate and offensive” works and also “hate speech.” It never bothered to offer proof or explain how Anderson’s book ran afoul of these guidelines; it apparently didn’t think it needed to.

The New York Post’s editorial board attempted to explain why Amazon targeted this particular three-year old book: Anderson’s “scholarly analysis of transgenderism . . . questions politically correct sacred cows.” But there are plenty of other politically-incorrect volumes sold on Amazon, including Anderson’s 2012 book, What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense—a conservative objection to gay marriage. I suspect What is Marriage’s home on Amazon.com will remain undisturbed—not for lack of controversy, but for lack of relevance.And here we get to the key difference between the two books: The legality of gay marriage has been settled in America. Whatever people’s private feelings about gay marriage, its legality in America is beyond dispute, and its acceptance by American society, widespread. Opposing it is a dead issue, a loser.

And as Amazon well knows, no book is likely to change that.But transitioning minors—that’s another story. For all the sloganeering about how the sanctity of affirmation-based treatment is settled practice, it isn’t. Leading psychotherapists have challenged “affirmative care” and its abuses have been acknowledged in open court. J.K. Rowling’s well-publicized alarm at the spike in transgender identification among teen girls, followed by the publication of my book, encouraged a widespread backlash against the idea that it is wrong or repressive to question the protocols governing the medical transition of minors.

One week after Black History Month concluded, it’s…really something to see “Item Under Review” and “not currently available for purchase” on Amazon’s page for the Kindle edition of Thomas Sowell’s classic 1996 book, The Vision of the Anointed:

Click to enlarge.

Related: We didn’t start this culture war. The woke left rages against increasingly bizarre things, and then calls everyone else crazy. “All this, and in the service of what? A new woke orthodoxy whose authoritarianism is matched only by its stupidity. If you genuinely think that building a better society starts with rebranding the kids’ toys, you have no business calling anyone else crazy. The left’s embrace of wokeness has made it look utterly ridiculous to the very people it should be representing. Nothing will be gained from this censorious, divisive movement. But a hell of a lot could be lost. Those of us on the anti-woke side of politics, which extends far beyond the lazy right-wing caricature, did not start this culture war. But we do need to win it.”

OUR GARBAGE ELITES ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF YET ANOTHER WAVE OF MASS HYSTERIA: Gone With the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s among TCM’s nearly 2 dozen ‘problematic’ films.

It’s easier to succumb to mass hysteria when you’re garbage people performing for other garbage people, unrelieved by much in the way of intellect or values.

WAR ON THE WORKING CLASS: Democrats Just Snuck a $1 billion tax hike on workers into their Covid bill.

FROM DAVE FREER: TOM.

 

Tom is a cat in trouble. The worst possible kind of trouble: he’s been turned into a human. Transformed by an irascible old magician in need of a famulus — a servant and an assistant, Tom is as good at being a servant as a cat ever is. The assistant part is more to Tom’s taste: he rather fancies impressing the girl cats and terrorizing the other toms by transforming himself into a tiger. But the world of magic, a vanished and cursed princess, and a haunted skull, and a demon in the chamber-pot, to say nothing of conspiring wizards and the wickedest witch in the west, all seem to be out to kill Tom. He is a cat coming to terms with being a boy, dealing with all this. He has a raven and a cheese as… sort of allies.
And of course there is the princess.
If you were looking for ‘War and Peace’ this is the wrong book for you. It’s a light-hearted and gently satirical fantasy, full of terrible puns and… cats.

AND RIGHTLY SO: Poll: Most support tough stance towards China on human rights, economics. “Roughly nine-in-ten U.S. adults (89%) consider China a competitor or enemy, rather than a partner, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Many also support taking a firmer approach to the bilateral relationship, whether by promoting human rights in China, getting tougher on China economically or limiting Chinese students studying abroad in the United States. More broadly, 48% think limiting China’s power and influence should be a top foreign policy priority for the U.S., up from 32% in 2018.”

IT’S BEEN A YEAR LIKE THAT:  Picking Up The Pieces.

I AGREE WITH HIM. WHICH PROBABLY MEANS NOT THAT LONG:  US politics have now become a war for survival – for both sides.

RESISTANCE GROWS TO CREEPING EVANGELICAL WOKISM: Natasha Crain is an evangelical blogger, podcaster and author who normally focuses on family life issues. But she recently took up the issue of reputation and the public perception of the evangelical community.

In the course of a sterling analysis, Crain pointed to some fundamental flaws in a widely read piece by Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention:

“Similarly, Moore says that we all must acknowledge the reality of systemic racism. But systemic racism is a loaded term that has a very specific meaning today — it’s the idea that racism is baked into the very structure of our society, and any disparity in outcomes between people is due to oppressive social structures. There are many Christians who would not agree with Moore that this is a ‘truth’ we should be lining up behind in order to salvage our cultural credibility.”

Crain is likely not well known to many Instapundit readers. I would humbly suggest that she should be.

HOW LONG WILL WE TOLERATE THIS?  Border Crisis: California, Feds Spending Millions on Hotel Rooms for Illegal Migrants.

I’M SURE TWITTER DISAPPROVES OF HIM TOO:  Today’s blacklisted American: Student blackballed for saying “a man is a man, a woman is a woman”.

WELL! IF TWITTER HATES IT, IT CAN’T BE ALL BAD:  Suit Supply ad that looks like an orgy causes Twitter frenzy.

(Yes. That really is where I live these days. Too bad. So sad.)

WELL THEN, THAT SETTLES IT – OFF WITH HIS RACIST HEAD:  Woke parents agree: Dr. Seuss books are canceled.

Did anyone see my eyes. I rolled them so hard I think they’re under the sofa. The cats are probably playing with them.

OH, FOR THE LOVE OF BOB:  CDC offers ‘zombie preparedness’ tips in case Nostradamus is right.

John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising novels have a better chance of being right. For one, he’s smarter and a more rational thinker than all of the CDC together or one by one.

AIRLINES. ONE MORE CASUALTY OF COVIDIOCY:  Masks still needed on airplanes, FAA says in updated recommendations.

BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT STUPID? Why blue-collar workers are going red. .

Oh, oh oh, and they know where food comes from!

I HAVE A CURE FOR THAT: OPEN UP THE ECONOMY:  Pushed out by pandemic, women struggle to regain footing in US job market.

Let my people go!

TOO LATE TO CONSENT, IF HE’S READING YOUR PANTIES:  Sex assault survivor launches lingerie line, ‘Assk first’.

March 5, 2021

OBVIOUSLY CORRECT, BUT ALSO NO DOUBT EVIDENCE OF PATRIARCHY: Federal judge says states acted too late to ratify Equal Rights Amendment.

Of course, assuming fair enforcement the ERA would be a disaster for feminists.

HARSH, BUT FAIR:

Well, also vaccines and most cookery.

WELL, THEY CERTAINLY WANT TO REPLACE US: America Must Replace Its Failed Elites.

NOW DO THE IMPACT OF THE DEMOCRATS’ IMPEACHMENT THEATER, MR. PRESS APPARATCHIK:

OPEN THREAD: Ring in the weekend with stellar blog comments.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE HE MAY BE TAKING A JOB IN THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: Whitesides steps down from Virgin Galactic. “According to company sources, Whitesides said he was leaving the position of Virgin Galactic’s chief space officer to pursue unspecified opportunities in the ‘public service sector.'”

I’ve known him since he was NSS Executive Director. An able guy and very pro-space. I hope I’m right about what this means.

IAN FAITH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING: Tony Hendra, This Is Spinal Tap Actor and National Lampoon Alumnus, Dies at 79.

NOW THAT MOST JOURNALISTS CONSCIOUSLY VIEW THEMSELVES AS APPARATCHIKS, this behavior makes sense:

DO SCIENTISTS KNOW ABOUT SHRINKAGE? Mercury may not have shrunk nearly as much as scientists think.

BIDEN MOVES TO FIRE EEOC GENERAL COUNSEL:  Sharon Gustafson’s term as General Counsel at the supposedly independent EEOC doesn’t expire until 2023.  So far, she has refused to resign.  (Of course, if Trump had done this, it would have been an outrage.)

BOB MCMANUS: Andrew Cuomo’s insidious lies are finally catching up with him.

MEDICARE PART A BANKRUPTCY IN 2026: Congress and Presidents have been warned over and over and over. Robert Moffit of the Heritage Foundation explains how the coming insolvency will affect everybody, not just seniors.

GOOD: Researchers discover new way to halt excessive inflammation.

WEST VIRGINIA: Restaurants back to 100% seating capacity; small business & retail store restrictions lifted; but mask mandate still in effect. Restrictions also lifted on gyms, fitness centers, museums, youth travel sports.

Related: Reopen America Now.

Texans and Mississippians might be forgiven for wondering why their governors did not earlier follow the courageous path of Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), who has garnered national headlines for her stubborn refusal to enact various mask-wearing mandates and other lockdown orders. But still: Better late than never.

Abbott now joins Florida’s standout Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, who recently finished second behind former President Donald Trump at the 2024 presidential straw poll conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference, as a fellow leader of a highly populous red/red-leaning state who has dared to defy the histrionic groupthink and draconian lifestyle restrictions that have far too often defined America’s COVID-19 response. DeSantis’ leadership on getting Florida back to seminormal again (the conference itself, normally held outside Washington, D.C., was held in Orlando, this year due to laxer COVID-19 restrictions) has dramatically elevated his national political profile. Abbott, a less surefire 2024 presidential contender, similarly stands to benefit politically, at least within the Lone Star State.

Joe Biden, never known for his eloquence, lambasted Abbott and Reeves for making a “big mistake” and succumbing to “Neanderthal thinking.” But federalism is a stubborn thing, and Uncle Joe has no say in how Texas and Mississippi exercise—or don’t exercise, as the case may be—their “police power” regulatory authority over their respective citizenries.

No word yet if Biden’s “neanderthal thinking” crack also applies to Ned Lamont’s Connecticut: Capacity Limits to Be Lifted at Restaurants, Gyms & More; Mask and Distancing Guidelines Maintained.

WHEN DEMONIZATION IS YOUR STOCK IN TRADE, YOU WIND UP PARANOID:

During his opening monologue on Thursday, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson excoriated the ongoing military occupation of Washington, D.C. and explained why it’s still there and what has liberals so fearful.

While the left is admittedly scared of pretty much everything, he acknowledged, fear of “the other” has them most wound up now.

“When you’re a liberal, the world is a very scary place, but there is one fear that rises above all other fears in the liberal mind: The fear of “the other.” Like all primitive cultures, modern liberalism is tribal,” he said. “Liberals understand most of the American continent as a mysterious dark space, like a medieval map populated by drooling Trump voters and violent illiterates with extra chromosomes.

“Liberals despise people like this, of course, and on some level, they know they’re hated right back,” he continued. “They worry that someday there will be a backlash against the people in charge, which, of course, is them. That’s their biggest fear, a peasant revolt.”

And so, D.C. looks like Baghdad’s Green Zone, he said.

The left and right were fully prepared for another “insurrection” on March 4, but like a child fearful of the monster in the closet, the threat wasn’t real.

Open up the Capitol now. The People’s House for the People!

HOWIE CARR: Coronavirus has the Karens and Biden voters cowering.

Three states announced they were ending the absurd yearlong “mask mandates,” and the left’s collective head exploded in outrage.

The reason is because this isn’t about public health anymore, or even politics, if it ever was. COVID is now the state religion, and the decisions by these GOP governors aren’t seen as a policy dispute, they’re considered heresy. . . . Remember the 15 days to flatten the curve? That was a year ago. And there is no end in sight.

Masks have been transformed from tools that are moderately useful in the right circumstances to magical totems. The sort of thing that a . . . neanderthal might employ against disease.

TAMARA KEEL: “Funnily enough, I’ve never noticed a single Chevy commercial ever mentioning that it’s illegal to operate their products in at least fifty states without a driver’s license, yet I don’t see the NYT clutching their pearls at General Motors’ ad agency. Anyhow, the point of the lawsuit isn’t to win, it’s to go on a hunt for something that, quite frankly, probably isn’t there. . . . Still, though, I wouldn’t want you rifling through my emails for stuff to cut-and-paste out of context, either. Would you want me rummaging through your stuff, Mr. Grewal?”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 5 Great Types of Shotgun for Personal Defense.

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: ‘Space hurricane’ that rained electrons observed for the first time.

IT DIDN’T WALK THERE BY ITSELF: How Did This Skull End Up All Alone in a Cave in Italy? We Finally Have an Answer.

GETTING ABDUCTED BY ALIENS IS NOT THE ONLY WAY TO GET A MANDATORY ANAL PROBE: Passengers Arriving in Beijing And Shanghai Being Forced To Undergo Covid-19 Anal Swab Testing.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE:

Shot: Why Joe Biden Might Be the Best Bet to Beat Trump.

—Andrew Sullivan, New York magazine, May 3rd, 2019.

Chaser:

(Classical reference in headline.)

FAKE NEWS FROM AL JAZEERA: Sorry, but I take this one personally. As many of you know, last year, I co-chaired the “No on Proposition 16” campaign here in California. I was also the campaign’s second largest donor (behind the first highest by 1 cent), even though I am by no stretch of the imagination a wealthy woman. Our campaign was outspent by about 14 to 1. We tried as best we could to make up for that disadvantage by working 14 times as hard. And somehow, we managed to win. (It helped a lot that California voters agreed with us .)

Al Jazeera, however, has managed to find an American academic who attributes Proposition 16’s defeat to the supposed big money financing of an “anti-affirmative action industry.” I know … it’s just Al Jazeera.   What was I expecting?  Still, it’s annoying.  I assume I’m not supposed to cuss on this blog, so I’d better stop now …

WHY ARE STEREOTYPES SO PERSISTENT? Research shows dating stereotypes still exist in the virtual world.

BLAME AMERICA FIRST (LAST AND ALWAYS): U.S. Adversaries Weaponize Woke Politics.

China responded to international criticism about the Uighur genocide on Monday by pledging to submit a “report on human-rights violations in the United States” that will discuss the Black Lives Matter movement. Russia, meanwhile, convinced Amnesty International in late February to revoke the “prisoner of conscience” label from Russian dissident Alexei Navalny by disseminating his decade-old anti-immigrant comments.

American rivals—from China to Russia to Iran—are using terms out of the woke dictionary, such as “white supremacy” and “systemic racism,” to peddle propaganda in the United States. Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said the progressive rhetoric allows propagandists to deflect criticism about their authoritarian politics and sow discord in America.

“This is a two-fer for them: It can sow dissent and unrest here, and then it can let them say to their own people, ‘Look how unruly and violent democracy can be,'” Gonzalez told the Washington Free Beacon. “It makes the conduct of our foreign policy much harder, in places like Hong Kong or Xinjiang for example.”

The Woke Left empowers autocrats at home and abroad.

GOD PUT THE REPUBLICANS ON EARTH TO CUT TAXES: House Republicans Working to Block New ‘Wall Street Tax’ Proposals.

(Classical reference in headline.)

I BLAME PREHISTORIC SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES: Global warming led to ancient mass extinction event, scientists say. “According to new research, a rise of greenhouse gases 250 million years ago led to the disappearance of most life on Earth.”

Exclusive video of the culprit most likely responsible:

WHERE THINGS STAND:

WITHOUT COPS, NOBODY GETS TO WORK: Except criminals, of course. It’s an important point that rarely gets made, as J. Warner Wallace reminds us. Lots of folks who happen to be Members of Congress ought to think about this, too.

21ST CENTURY HOUSING: Nation’s First 3D-Printed Homes for Sale Hit Austin Market. “ Logan Architecture designed the one-of-a-kind homes using ICON’s Vulcan construction system to deliver sustainable, resilient, and aesthetically pleasing housing. The first floor of these highly energy efficient homes were 3D printed using ICON’s advanced material that the company says is stronger and longer lasting than traditional building materials.”

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: A cyberpunk scene at SpaceX’s launch facilities: A robot dog inspected the wreckage of a Starship rocket prototype.

YES, THE WHOLE “POPULATION BOMB” THING WAS AT BEST MASS HYSTERIA AND AT WORST DELIBERATE DISINFORMATION: Experts sound the alarm on declining birth rates among younger generations: “It’s a crisis.”

But it’s not just misinformation. Testosterone levels show steady decrease among young US men. And pretty much everywhere else.

Flashback: I was blogging about the coming global baby bust when InstaPundit was shiny and new: Fertility rate: ‘Jaw-dropping’ global crash in children being born.

Related: The Parent Trap.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: America’s elites are waging class war on workers and small biz.

JIM TREACHER: Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter (Again).

Hey, at least he hasn’t punched anybody! Yet.

This is one of those Too Online stories that makes me grateful for these new COVID vaccines, because it’s proof that everybody’s been cooped up way too long. I mean, I just wrote an entire blog post about a famously mercurial actor quitting a social media platform (again) because he said something even dumber than usual (again). And you just read it all the way to the end.

Go outside already!

Sound advice.

CAVEAT EMPTOR: Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers.

“FEMINIST MALES” ARE THE WORST: Cuomo once boasted of signing bill to protect women from predators on campus.

GOOD LORD: Great Balls of Fire! Judges Gone Wild in the Missouri Judiciary Make Telenovelas Look Humdrum. “Judge Douglas Beach and Judge Erin Burlison have skeletons in their closets, too. For instance, Beach is a former judge on the St. Louis County Circuit Court and now works at JAMS, a mediation company that Zellweger orders petitioners in her courtroom to use at the exorbitant price of $1,200 down and $450 an hour. A whistleblower attorney in St. Louis contacted PJ Media confidentially to tell the public what is really happening in St. Louis courts. This attorney with ten years of experience told PJM, ‘If a litigant cannot pay the amount ordered, a judge has contempt power to strike all the litigant’s pleadings from a case.’ In other words, if you can’t pay for justice, you aren’t getting it. Is that what you thought justice was in America? Due process in Saint Louis County appears to be gasping for its last breath, if not dead.”

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