June 22, 2021

NEW YORK, CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE,, DETROIT, LOS ANGELES, AND PHILADELPHIA:  Most big cities have become more racially segregated: study.

Gee, I wonder which party dominates these cities? Anyone?

BEHOLD! MY SHOCKED FACE!  Recent History Suggests FBI Involvement in January 6.

Disband them. Salt the Earth.

MOST OF THE MARXISTS ARE:  Journalists Are Completely Out Of Touch With America And Reality.

SEPARATE, MAYBE, BUT CLOSER TO REALITY-REALITY THAN CNN:  RI School Superintendents Group: “We all know many of our citizens live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk”.

CRAZY LEFTISM IS NOT EPISODIC. IT’S CONSTANT:  WaPo Goes Full Critical Race in VIDEO: ‘White Body Supremacism is not Episodic; It’s Structural’.

OH, IT’S JUST A CASE OF INCOMPLETE THOUGHT:  Psaki: WH has ‘Highest Ethical Standards’ Despite Many Admin Family Hires.

They mean “highest ethical standards” in hell!

BUT BIDEN STILL WANTS TO GIVE THEM PALLETS OF CASH:  Iran President Raisi Refuses To Meet With Biden.

June 21, 2021

WELL: More Australians Have Died From Vaccine-Related Blood Clots Than From Covid This Year. Of course, their situation is different from ours: “Two women in Australia have died from the blood clots. The only COVID fatality this year was an 80-year-old traveler who died in April after being infected overseas and diagnosed in hotel quarantine.”

OPEN THREAD: Fire away.

RALPH NORTHAM SMILES:

USS BOONDOGGLE: NASA’s new moon rocket, the Space Launch System, takes shape in giant hangar. This much money used to purchase launch services would have had us on the Moon already.

READER BOOK PLUG: My friend and roommate Terry Lacy has a new book coming out, available for pre-order now. The book is Savannah 1.0:The Quest for Love.

Dan Mitchel is a lonely guy, plagued with OCD and terminal social awkwardness, at times so severe he seems robotic. Raised by a cold, overbearing mother, he fails at every romantic relationship and resigned himself to growing old alone–until he buys Savannah, a sexbot, the first one able to pass as human. In many ways, his problems are finally over, but in others they are just beginning. Can a robot teach a man what it means to be human?


“I may be terminated over Monday’s incident.”

They had watched both Schwarzenegger movies, and he’d explained that a “terminator” was a killer robot. She had enjoyed both of them, but had cheered for the terminators, calling herself “Team Robot.” He’d found it funny, and cheered with her. But it was her only reference to the word, so she looked confused as she asked, “They’re going to kill you?”

P.S. I read it and think it’s really good. Start of a series.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Female Weightlifter Suffers Tragic Testicle Injury Just Weeks Before Tokyo Olympics.

MICROBIOME NEWS: Probiotics Against COVID-19? Researchers Investigate Gut Bacteria Defense.

GOODER AND HARDER: California’s $100 Million Marijuana Bailout Tells You All You Need to Know about Its Government.

I bring up [the Johnny Depp film] Blow in light of news that California’s legislature approved a $100-million plan to boost California’s struggling legal marijuana industry.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, the industry is in serious trouble. The growth of licensed cannabis shops has been dismal and far below state projections. Just 1,086 retail and delivery firms have been permitted to date—about 82 percent lower than the 6,000 cannabis shops the government anticipated.

How is this possible? Well, shortly after California legalized pot in 2016, lawmakers began burdening the industry with so many regulations—particularly myriad compliance orders associated with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)—that businesses are drowning under paperwork, fees, and delays.

“Many cannabis growers, retailers and manufacturers have struggled to make the transition from a provisional, temporary license to a permanent one renewed on an annual basis — a process that requires a costly, complicated and time-consuming review of the negative environmental effects involved in a business and a plan for reducing those harms,” the Times reports.

Who on earth could have predicted this development? Flashback: California’s Legal Weed Is So Heavily Taxed and Regulated That the Black Market Might Survive.

Related: The Ontario government lost $42M selling cannabis in the last year.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO SHOP PRIME DAY, please support some of the Helen’s Page authors and businesses such as Old Post Road Oils, Korving & Company, authors of the Before I Go Workbook, or Professor Carol’s Why Freshmen Fail: and How to Avoid It.

WE JUST GOT EVEN MORE PROOF THAT STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS LETHALLY BACKFIRED:

In a new paper, economists from the University of Southern California and the RAND Corporation examined the effectiveness of “shelter-in-place” (SIP) mandates, aka stay-at-home orders, using data from 43 countries and all 50 US states. The experts analyze not just deaths from COVID-19, but “excess deaths,” a measure that compares overall deaths from all causes to a historical baseline.

The authors explain that lockdown orders may have had lethal unintended consequences in their own right, such as increased drug overdoses, worsened mental health problems, increased child abuse, deadly delays in non-COVID medical care, and more. So, to find out whether stay-at-home orders truly helped more than they hurt, examining excess deaths, not just pandemic outcomes, is key.

The results aren’t pretty.

“We fail to find that shelter-in-place policies saved lives,” the authors report. Indeed, they conclude that in the weeks following the implementation of these policies, excess mortality actually increases—even though it had typically been declining before the orders took effect. And across all countries, the study finds that a one-week increase in the length of stay-at-home policies corresponds with 2.7 more excess deaths per 100,000 people.

The lockdowns simply didn’t work.

As Jordan Schachtel wrote late last month in a Substack article titled, “What to make of the COVID-19 lab leak theory,” “The virus was not the cause for global catastrophe. It was the response to the virus that crippled the global economy and our society. The disease was not nearly as damaging as the ‘cure’ for the disease.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: My road to cancellation — Stanford professor and CEO Joel Peterson’s take.

Soon, a Black Lives Matter advocate asked, of all things, whether I would stand for the American flag. To provide context for my decision, I shared a story. As a toddler, I’d seen my mother take a call from the Department of Defense announcing that her fighter-pilot brother had been killed. Honoring her grief, I’d chosen to stand for the flag under which my only uncle had offered the ultimate sacrifice. The student’s response was presented as an irrefutable argument; my choice was “racist.”

Furthermore, in this woke new world, my professional experience was no longer relevant because of the race and gender I’d been assigned at birth. Despite having created tens of thousands of jobs, promoted women and minorities, and coached scores of entrepreneurs, I was deemed an “oppressor” in the catechism of “wokeism.” Furthermore, the penance for being raised in a “systemically racist” society — founded on millennia of Greek, Roman and Judeo-Christian antecedents, no less — was submission, and, if resisted, cancellation.

The reason behind such tyranny came into focus for me when Condolezza Rice, former secretary of state and current director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford, told me she’d shared with her students that the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (9/11’s architect) had felt like “having Erwin Rommel under lock and key.” The blank looks on the faces of her very bright students revealed that they had never heard of WWII’s famous Desert Fox.

Until then, I’d traced the enmity to activists like Jackson and Hannah-Jones. Now, I could see that it also stemmed from students having swapped an education for indoctrination. Those enlisted as social justice warriors had avoided the lessons of history, missed out on refining skills that might have allowed them to judge assertions and denied themselves the insights required to make wise trade-offs.

In The Social Media Upheaval, Glenn wrote:

In bragging about how he manipulated the political news media, Obama foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes described them this way: “Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

Knowing nothing makes you easy to manipulate. Lack of relevant life experience makes you easy to manipulate. So maybe people should know more? I’ve written elsewhere about the failures of our educational system, but in a time when two-thirds of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is, it’s not crazy to think that our populace could be toughened up when it comes to mental nutrition.

I’ve linked here before to a 2013 video by Holocaust education advocate Rhonda Fink-Whitman, interviewing depressingly clueless incoming freshmen (hope that f-bomb isn’t too triggering) at several Philadelphia-area colleges; as the Washington Post reported in 2018, “Holocaust study: Two-thirds of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is.” Which allows the Corbynization of the Democratic Party to continue apace.

HEATHER GERKEN’S DEANSHIP IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: The New Yorker: What Is Going On At Yale Law School? “From certain vantage points, everyone in this story looks unsympathetic.”

The problems at Yale predate Gerken — Bob Post’s deanship was awful and laid the foundation — but the place needs firm, common-sense leadership instead of capitulation to mobs. When I was there a group of students presented a demand to one of the older professors, who responded “that might bother me, if I cared what students thought.” That’s a much healthier response. Right now a relatively small number of students are bullying other students, and faculty, and the administration isn’t doing anything about it.

TESTING Bullet-resistant glass.

BOMB CANADA — THE CASE FOR WAR: Vancouver School Board Is Eliminating Honors Programs To Achieve ‘Equity.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

ABIGAIL SHRIER: The Books Are Already Burning. The question is only: How long will decent people stand by quietly and watch it happen?

Let that sink in: a book review by a respected physician was bullied out of existence in America.

Public figures who have watched the success of such campaigns — and they are now weekly if not daily — now know they risk their livelihoods by engaging heterodox views. Jordan Peterson, for example, chose to demonetize the interview we did on his YouTube channel to, in his words, “avoid attracting counterproductive attention by jackals who weaponize demonetization.”

It’s not only corporations facing this type of activist pressure. Public libraries now do, too.

Halifax Pride, the annual LGBTQ festival, announced late last month that it would cut ties with the city’s library system over its insistence on carrying Irreversible Damage, calling it “transphobic,” and claiming that it “jeopardizes the safety of trans youth” and “debates the existence of trans people.”

So far, the Halifax Public Libraries have resisted. Their position is straightforward and apolitical: libraries exist to expose the public to the widest array of views, “including those which may be regarded as unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.”

The Halifax Public Libraries tried to compromise with the activists by pasting a note inside the book’s cover, directing readers to a list of “trans-affirming” resources. But the activists were unappeased. No ties with the libraries were restored. They want the book gone from the library and scrubbed from existence. Two copies in a library of nearly 1.2 million volumes are two too many.

Not even the Nova Scotia Library Association or the Canadian Library Association has come to the library’s defense, though their standing orders explicitly require member libraries “to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable.”

Silent supporters stand alongside the Halifax Libraries. They sign up to borrow the book, now nearly 150 of them, and post supportive messages on Twitter usually under pseudonyms.They know that the activists waging this battle — over who gets to determine what we can read, what ideas adults are allowed to explore, will, at some point, come for ideas they favor, or causes they support.

But like too many individuals and institutions who try to hold fast to liberal values in the face of an intolerant and illiberal onslaught, the Halifax Libraries stand alone in the public square.

I know how they feel.

As Ray Bradbury wrote in the introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Fahrenheit 451, “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.”

Speaking of which, flashback: Antifa Forces Portland Book Store to Stop Selling Andy Ngo’s Book About Antifa.

SHOCKING NEWS: No matter how many vitamins we take, we will eventually grow old and die.

Eventually can mean a lot of different things.

#JOURNALISM: Inside The Top Secret Pentagon Papers 50 Years Later.

JOE BIDEN’S NEW NEGOTIATING PARTNER: Iran Prez-Elect on Mass Execution of Political Prisoners: ‘I Have Always Defended People’s Rights.’

TEACH YOUR KID TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR: KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue.

BLUE ON BLUE: Progressive Group Launches Mega Ad Campaign Against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The G7 Does Not Bode Well for the Globalists. “Biden returns from G7 with a new cold war with China and its junior partner Russia under way. With each new sinister report out of China, the globalists must feel like those movie brides who are progressively discovering evidence their charming new husband is a serial killer, and always has been. But they cannot even act on that belated realization without deranging their domestic Woke agenda.”

HMM: Some blood pressure-lowering meds linked to less memory decline in older adults. “These findings represent the most powerful evidence to-date linking brain-penetrant ACE-inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers to better memory. It suggests that people who are being treated for hypertension may be protected from cognitive decline if they medications that cross the blood-brain barrier.”

SPORTING: New Zealand Sends Male Weightlifter to Defeat Women in the Olympics.

POWERLINE: Fighting Back Against Evil.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to Wipe Metadata from Any File. Like, with a cloth?

JIM TREACHER: Fauci Flip-Flops on Previous Flip-Flop About Masks.

Fauci could’ve started out in March 2020 by saying, “Please don’t wear masks because health care workers need them right now,” and that would’ve been justified. But he didn’t. He lied, and he’s still lying. That’s not our fault, it’s his.

If Anthony Fauci was ever a scientist, those days are long gone. He’s a bureaucrat, and the #1 priority of any bureaucrat is always to cover his own ass. He can get as indignant as he wants, but his many, many public statements over the last 15 months prove him to be a liar.

If you lie to me, admit you lied but tell me it was for the greater good, and then accuse me of hating science itself for remembering that you admitted you lied, don’t expect me to ever trust you again.

Flashback: The Suicide of Expertise.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Defeat Racism With This One Weird Trick.

Plus:

  • Anthony Fauci IS science
  • Yet another journalist repeating fake news before doing any journalisming
  • Hamid Karzai would like to speak to the manager

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

A SMALL LESSON ABOUT BULLETS.

I LOVE VINHO VERDE, IT’S MY GO-TO SUMMER WINE: Roger Kimball: The green, green wines of Portugal: Grab a case before setting out on your next boat trip or barbecue.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-OWNERSHIP:

I’ll believe there’s an ongoing public health emergency when the people telling me there’s an ongoing public health emergency start acting like there’s an ongoing public health emergency.

DONALD SENSING: Stop making Protestant arguments against Catholic bishops! “We Protestants need to understand that the sacraments of the RCC are a system and are closely interrelated. This is not much true in my denomination, the United Methodist Church. Our two sacraments of baptism and Communion are related, but not much interrelated. . . . Finally, it is pretty obvious that tweets like this are not really directed at the RCC bishops, for this is not an attempt to persuade the bishops to reconsider. This and other, similar tweets and posts are directed toward the posters own in-group to signal that they are defending not a superior theology of Communion, but political figures whose abortion advocacy must be protected.”

BREAKING: Unanimous Supreme Court Rules for Student Athletes Against NCAA.

MARK JUDGE: Weak Dissent. Another Lazy, Dumb, and Error-Packed Book About Me in High School. “You can add the contents of Dissent to the long list of intentional media calumny about me, Brett Kavanaugh and Georgetown Prep, the high school we attended. At various times in fall 2018, our East German Stasi media told the public that I’d presided over ten gang rapes. That I’d bought and sold cocaine. That all in all I was a volatile mix of Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson and King Kong. Vanity Fair had to issue a correction admitting that a woman who’d said we went to college together in fact had attended a different school. The Washington Post withheld an exonerating witness from their explosive first story about Ford. NBC’s Kate Snow withheld damaging facts about Michael Avenatti, whose fever dreams of drugs and gang rapes were touted by New York magazine as the end of Kavanaugh. Avenatti is now awaiting sentencing for extortion and has two more criminal trials coming up.”

“IT’S A LONG TRADITION IN RHODE ISLAND:” Sheldon Whitehouse’s systemic racism. “As GoLocalProvidence notes, Whitehouse didn’t wait a fortnight after George Floyd’s death before decrying its supposed cause of systemic racism. ‘We hear the voices of the peaceful protestors who have marched. We can and must do better to root out systemic racism in its many forms,’ Whitehouse wrote in a statement at the time. And yet, here’s Whitehouse who’s apparently unwilling to root out systemic racism in a club in which he and his wife have an ownership stake. Notably, this comes the day after the first celebration of the new Juneteenth federal holiday, which Whitehouse enthusiastically supported. D’oh!…If a Republican belonged to an all-white club, the media would never let it go. It certainly seems odd that the national media has yet to make an issue out of this even after 15 years for this prominent progressive Democrat, doesn’t it?”

Not at all. Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

Evergreen:


SPEAKING OF ANTI-COMPETITIVE PRACTICES IN EDUCATION: Georgia Public School Board Blocks Charter School Due to ‘Competition.’

THIS IS BIG: BREAKING: Unanimous Supreme Court Rules for Student Athletes Against NCAA.. “The NCAA couches its arguments for not paying student athletes in innocuous labels. But the labels cannot disguise the reality: The NCAA’s business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America.” Query: What other things does the higher ed industry do for which that might be the case?

Plus, thoughts on the business implication from Points and Figures.

NOW THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY I’D BEEN HOPING FOR: Airspeeder says it had the first successful test flight for its electric flying racecar.

KAROL MARKOWICZ: This summer, turn off your screens and boldly go out into the real world.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University of Oregon can discipline students for off-campus offenses under new policy.

OUR ELITES ARE ANYTHING BUT: Portland Can Blame ‘Woke’ DA Schmidt and Singer John Legend for the Police Riot Squad Walk Out.

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! Chapman University hosts racially segregated ‘cultural graduation celebrations.’ “‘There is no separate graduation for exceptional academic achievement, but one for someone’s skin color,’ remarked one student.”

Well, that tells you what’s important to the Chapman University administration, I guess.

HE’LL LAUGH AT THIS ALL THE WAY TO SUB-ORBIT AND BACK: Petitions to Stop Jeff Bezos From Returning to Earth After Space Trip Get Thousands of Signatures.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Audit Everything Until the Stink From Last November Is Gone. “That’s the thing here. Any American truly interested in fair and free elections shouldn’t shy away from examining the kinds of things that happened last year. This, by the way, is different than Stacey Abrams running around acting like she’s the real governor of Georgia because feelings and stuff. There was a lot that went on last November that didn’t pass the smell test.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Via a friend:

TOP AND BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Salma Hayek Has No Plans To Stop Posting Bikini Photos: ‘I Have No Shame On It.’

BOB MCMANUS ON THE NYC MAYORAL RACE: Eric Adams the only choice to get kids out of the line of fire.

THAT’S NOT FUNNY: Facebook to update its community standards to clarify what it considers satire. “The Oversight Board pointed out in its recommendation that while Facebook has said it will make exceptions for satire, it doesn’t specify how or what qualifies as satire in its guidelines. Facebook said in its post that in addition to making its guidelines around satire clearer, it would ‘initiate a review of identical content with parallel context,” and may take further action.'”

Previously: Oversight Board Reveals It’s A Rubber Stamp For Facebook Censorship.

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT THERE, YOU CAN’T MAKE IT ANYWHERE: South Dakota rocked again as a wind turbine plant shuts its doors.

BY ITS FRUIT, THE TREE IS KNOWN: Youth Protest Group Inspired By Greta Thunberg Disbands, Accuses Itself Of Racism.

CRYBULLIES: 85% of ‘liberals’ would report ‘offensive’ prof. “Students were almost as eager to report their classmates: 76 percent of liberals, 57 percent of independents and 31 percent of conservatives say that a student who says something that offends other students should be reported.”

“Tolerance” doesn’t mean what they think it means.

“ANTIRACISM.” Why antiracism zealots are trying to silence black voices like mine.

IT’S MONDAY, SO EXPLAIN THIS: Critics claim Jesus was just a regular Joe Blow who happened to be a great teacher who got in trouble with the authorities and got himself executed. Then the disciples and church leaders over the next many decades created the myth of the resurrection and that Jesus was God Incarnate. But if that were the case, explain this. 

WEIRD HOW INSTITUTIONS CONTROLLED BY THE LEFT ALWAYS SEEM TO WIND UP ANTISEMITIC: Too Jewish For Hollywood: As Antisemitism Soars, Hollywood Should Address Its Enduring Hypocrisy In Hyperbolic Caricatures of Jews.

HMM: Is Pennsylvania on the Verge of a Forensic Election Audit? “Why is State Senator Jake Corman of Pennsylvania fighting so hard that there not be a Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam?”

MATT TAIBBI: Why Has Ivermectin Become a Dirty Word? At the worst moment, Internet censorship has driven scientific debate itself underground.

Kory had been trying to make such a case, but complained to the Senate that public efforts had been stifled, because “every time we mention ivermectin, we get put in Facebook jail.” A Catch-22 seemed to be ensnaring science. With the world desperate for news about an unprecedented disaster, Silicon Valley had essentially decided to disallow discussion of a potential solution — disallow calls for more research and more study — because not enough research and study had been done. Once, people weren’t allowed to take drugs before they got FDA approval. Now, they can’t talk about them.

“I want to try to be respectful because I think the intention is correct,” Kory told the committee. “They want to cut down on misinformation, and many doctors are claiming X, Y, and Z work in this disease. The challenge is, you’re also silencing those of us who are expert, reasoned, researched, and extremely knowledgeable.”

Eight million people watched Kory say that on the C-SPAN video of the hearing posted to YouTube, but YouTube, in what appears to be a first, removed video of the hearing, as even Senate testimony was now deemed too dangerous for public consumption. YouTube later suspended the Wisconsin Senator who’d invited Kory to the hearing, and when Kory went on podcasts to tell his story, YouTube took down those videos, too. Kory was like a ghost who floated through the Internet, leaving suspensions and blackened warning screens everywhere he went.

One of the challenges of the pandemic period is the degree to which science has become intertwined with politics. Arguments about the efficacy of mask use or ventilators, or the viability of repurposed drugs like hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin, or even the pandemic’s origins, were quashed from the jump in the American commercial press, which committed itself to a regime of simplified insta-takes made opposite to Donald Trump’s comments. With a few exceptions, Internet censors generally tracked with this conventional wisdom, which had the effect of moving conspiracy theories and real scientific debates alike far underground.

A consequence is that issues like the ivermectin question have ended up in the same public bucket as debates over foreign misinformation, hate speech, and even incitement. The same Republican Senator YouTube suspended for making statements in support of ivermectin, Ron Johnson, has also been denounced in the press for failing to call the January 6th riots an insurrection, resulting in headlines that blend the two putative offenses.

“You have these ideas about the need to censor hate speech, calls for violence, and falsity,” Kory says, “and they’ve put science on the same shelf.”

As a result, doctors and organizations that may have little to do with politics but have advocated for ivermectin, from Dr. Tess Lawrie’s British Ivermectin Recommendation Development (BIRD) to California pulmonologist Roger Seheult to many others, have been shut down online with the same unilateral abruptness platforms apply to hate speech or threats.

It’s like there’s an integrated campaign of lies and censorship.

ON SUNDAYS I DO A PROMO POST FOR MOSTLY INDIE WRITERS:  Book Promo And Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.

There’s also some vignette writing!

YES, INDEED!  9 Careers More Appealing Than Being A Police Officer In 2021.

YOU MEAN MORE THAN THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN DOING?  HIPAA? CO Public Health Targeting Unvaccinated People.

I’ve got to get out of this place, if it’s the last thing that I ever do….

PULL THE OTHER ONE, IT PLAYS “SHUT UP, YOU CON ARTIST”:  Omar Gaslight Theater: CRT Not In Schools.

WELL, BIDEN WON’T. BUT THE WORD IS GETTING OUT:  U.S. Will Not Push China On Covid Origin.

BACK IT UP AND DO IT AGAIN:  Growing up American.

If we lose the last, greatest hope of mankind, what will future generations think of us?

I RECOMMEND SHE MIGRATE TO CUBA:  Singer Macy Gray Calls for Replacing ‘Tattered and Divisive’ American Flag.

As a gesture of good will we’ll take her to a Florida beach, donate an innertube and a bottle of shark repellent, and stand waving from the shore as she makes for her promised land.

THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS:  A disturbing look at corporate Critical Race Theory brainwashing.

HE HAS OFFENDED G-D AND MAN FOR YEARS WITHOUT REBUKE, WHAT SHOULD HE FEAR:  Shameless: Biden shows up to mass as communion issue rages.

It’s not like he believes in a power greater than himself!

EUROPE LOVES THEOCRACY. ALWAYS DID, ALWAYS WILL:  Euro Courts Infringing On Freedom Of Science…Climate Science Being Decided By Courts Instead Of By Proof.

AND ALL TO ADHERE TO THE DICTATES OF GAIA WORSHIP:  The Looming Oil Shock.

“SOME NUMBER”:  Report on Andrew Cuomo’s Nursing Home Order Confirms Policy ‘Did Lead to Some Number of Additional Deaths’.

I suspected it, when they blew up the Winnie the Flu numbers, but now we know. The left can no longer count.  “A thousand, two thousand, some number”….

OH, REELY? AND HERE I THOUGHT IT BURNED BECAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING  CLIMATE CHANGE OFFENDING THE GODS OF SOCIALISM:  California Will Now Fight Wildfires … by Trimming Back Forests.

Apparently you can employ this magic called “forest management” and stop wildfires. Who knew?

June 20, 2021

THIS IS CNN: Don Lemon: ‘I don’t know’ that US sees black people as ‘fully human.’

“I don’t think America has seen enough people like me. I don’t think America intimately knows enough people like me. I would love America to see black people, especially black gay men, as, and I hate this word, normal, and as human beings, and as part of the culture. … I don’t know if America sees black people and especially black gay men as fully human, and as deserving of the American dream,” he told the Washington Post.

Plus:

Lemon argued black and white people are “living in two different realities,” saying former President Donald Trump was “the necessary wake-up for America to realize just how racist it is.”

Flashback: Trump May Have Lost, But Trumpism Won. “And you can see a Trump realignment, bigly, in the fact that Trump markedly increased support among blacks, Hispanics, and Asians (not to mention the Holy Grail of Intersectionality, ‘Other’). And in the fact that Trump doubled his support against LGBT voters. And in the fact that Trump only seemed to lose ground among… Whites.”

IS IT RACIST TO CONFRONT A SUICIDE BOMBER?

The independent inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing of May 2017, in which 22 pop fans were killed by an Islamist extremist, has published the first volume of its report. It makes for chilling reading. The inquiry has found there were numerous ‘missed opportunities’ to confront Salman Abedi, the bomber, and potentially stop him from detonating the device in his rucksack. Most chilling of all is the reason given by one of the key security guards on patrol that evening as to why he failed to question Abedi. He was worried, he said, that asking a brown-skinned man why he was hanging around the arena might be construed as racist.

Take that in. There was a very shifty-looking young man around the foyer and mezzanine of the Manchester Arena towards the end of an Ariana Grande concert, carrying a ‘bulging’ rucksack so large he ‘struggled’ under the weight of it, and a security guard was reluctant to confront him lest he be accused of racism. In the words of the report, this was a significant ‘missed opportunity’. The ‘inadequacy’ of the security guard’s response to the presence of a highly suspicious individual was one of the many misjudgements made on that black, fateful night, the report says. Is it possible that the fear of being thought of as racist is screwing up everyday life, and even hindering sensible action in threatening situations?

As Mark Steyn wrote in 2005, “With hindsight, the defining encounter of the age was not between Mohammed Atta’s jet and the World Trade Center on 9/11, but that between Mohammed Atta and Johnelle Bryant a year earlier:”

Ms Bryant is an official with the US department of agriculture in Florida, and the late Mr Atta had gone to see her about getting a $650,000 government loan to convert a plane into the world’s largest crop-duster. A novel idea.

The meeting got off to a rocky start when Mr Atta refused to deal with Ms Bryant because she was “but a woman”. But, after this unpleasantness had been smoothed out, things went swimmingly.

When it was explained to him that, alas, he wouldn’t get the 650 grand in cash that day, Mr Atta threatened to cut Ms Bryant’s throat. He then pointed to a picture behind her desk showing an aerial view of downtown Washington – the White House, the Pentagon, etc – and asked, “How would America like it if another country destroyed that city and some of the monuments in it?”

Fortunately, Ms Bryant had been on the training course and knows an opportunity for multicultural outreach when she sees one. “I felt that he was trying to make the cultural leap from the country that he came from,” she recalled. “I was attempting, in every manner I could, to help him make his relocation into our country as easy for him as I could.”

“Better dead than rude,” to coin a phrase.

UPDATE: More examples of “better dead than rude” from one of Glenn’s USA Today columns in 2016:

There were warning signs with the San Bernardino shooters, whose neighbors reportedly didn’t want to call the cops for fear of being thought racist. And there were warning signs with [Omar] Mateen [the Pulse nightclub shooter in Orlando], who apparently had been on security officials’ radar screen for some time but not enough to do anything about it. Classmates of Nidal Hassan said he regularly spouted Islamist propaganda months before he shot up Fort Hood, but the military was too politically correct to do anything and afterward tried for some time to pretend that his deliberate, jihadist attack was merely “workplace violence.”

(Updated and bumped.)

THE COST OF A LEFTIST MOVEMENT AIMED AT REMOVING TRUMP: Why cities can expect 2020’s violent crime spike to last.

OPEN THREAD: Make it special.

SPACE: Space tourism startup flies test balloon 20 miles high over Florida.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Particularly if you’re in the corporate boardroom and letting Twitter flamewars dictate company policy.

Why, it’s like “Twitter sentiment is a Styrofoam iceberg. You may think 9/10 of it is underwater, but actually, 9/10 of it is visible,” to coin an Insta-phrase. Somebody should write a book about this stuff.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: How to Talk Yourself into Believing a Lie.

The backlash against CRT is very real. The notion, for example, that the incensed parents who are descending on school-board meetings in droves have been bamboozled by the Heritage Foundation betrays an unfamiliarity with both how local politics is conducted and the attention parents pay to their children’s education. NBC is one of the first national outlets to even address what has rapidly become a national phenomenon: the outrage over a consensus forged behind closed doors during a once-in-a-century pandemic. On the local level, dispatch after dispatch after dispatch chronicles this organic phenomenon and the surprise with which it has taken supporters of a race-conscious curriculum.

And while we have no way to know if this backlash will have electoral consequences for Democrats on the federal level, municipal elections that hinged on this controversial curriculum have shown that it’s a loser for Democrats. For example, in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Southlake, the slate of candidates who campaigned against a plan not just to teach CRT but to create databases of alleged racial transgressions both in and outside school lost a May election by a resounding 70 to 30 percent of the vote.

It’s whistling past the electoral graveyard to wave this phenomenon off as a fabrication of malevolent right-wing think tanks. More insulting is the notion that it is the right that is somehow obsessed with race. At best, the right can be accused only of noticing that obsession among its opponents.

Exit quote: “The idea that conservatives did anything more than notice this mania is laughable. The legislative efforts on the local level, some of which flirt with violating civic and constitutional propriety, deserve skepticism because this reckoning is entirely organic. Right-wing overreach threatens that emerging consensus. But Republicans should take heart in how Democrats are trying to convince themselves that none of this is real, and no serious person questions the validity of CRT’s sudden ubiquity. They’ll never see it coming.”

 

THAT WAS DIFFERENT, BECAUSE SHUT UP:

NEW ISRAELI PM NAFTALI BENNETT TRASHES NEGOTIATIONS TO REENTER JCPOA:

One of the issues where Joe Biden and Binyamin Netanyahu disagreed about the most was Biden’s intent to get back into the Iranian Nuclear deal. But if Biden thought that Israel would drop the topic after they dropped Netanyahu he was wrong. At Sunday’s cabinet meeting in Israel, new PM Naftali Bennett trashed Biden’s intention of getting back into the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] as fervently as Bibi ever did. He warned the US and other nations trying to regenerate the JCPOA with Iran to “wake up” following the election of a hard-line murderer as Iran’s new president. reenter the JCPOA, reenter the JCPOA

Iran ‘elected’ hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as its new president on Friday (well, their version of an election). The president-elect – who will be inaugurated in August – is under US sanctions. His nickname is the “Butcher of 1988,” and he’s been linked to the execution and torture of political prisoners, including children and pregnant women.

Bennett warned that Raisi’s election was “the last chance for the world powers to wake up before returning to the nuclear agreement and to understand who they’re doing business with. These guys are murderers, mass murderers.”

So why did/does Obama and his retreads currently working for President Biden want Iran to have the bomb? Because the loathe Israel, obviously, but also, as Lee Smith wrote in Tablet in late November, because it would help in the fundamental transformation of America – one way or another:

Americans don’t want Iran to have the bomb. In 2015 the House and Senate both opposed the deal by 2 to 1, reflecting the opinion of the American public. So why are Obama and his team so eager to repeat their worst debacle?

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The Iran nuclear deal was never about the Middle East, which opposed the deal from the start. It was about America. The Iran deal was a part of the worldview that Obama lays out in his new memoir when he writes that he isn’t “yet ready to abandon the possibility of America.” That’s an interesting locution for a man who was elected president of America twice. What does it mean?

What Obama means is that he understands himself as the president of an America that has not yet been realized. The country he led, and leads, is not the historical American nation-state, but a theoretical place that exists “not just for the sake of future generations of Americans but for all of humankind. I’m convinced that the pandemic we’re currently living through is both a manifestation of and a mere interruption in the relentless march toward an interconnected world, one in which peoples and cultures can’t help but collide,” he writes. “In that world—of global supply chains, instantaneous capital transfers, social media, transnational terrorist networks, climate change, mass migration, and ever-increasing complexity—we will learn to live together, cooperate with one another, and recognize the dignity of others, or we will perish.”

The flawed Americans of the here and now may have elected Obama president twice, but they also cling to things like national borders, religion, and guns. Obama’s America is a place without borders. It’s a country in which Big Tech oligarchs, social media warriors, and powerful bureaucrats join hands to destroy those who don’t follow a media-enforced ruling-class consensus. The wealth of Obama’s America isn’t in the hands of families of any race, color, or creed; it belongs overwhelmingly to an oligarchy that partners with the Chinese Communist Party, which uses its massive pool of slave labor to produce cheap goods that destroy hundreds of thousands of small businesses and reduce millions of American workers to penury.

Obama understands that his prophetic vision of a new world is scary to lots of people who live in the contingent historical construction called America. And the Iran deal is a central component of that vision, or else his aides working through Joe Biden wouldn’t be so keen to make it stick. The point of empowering a regime that is anti-American at its core is to help bring the America that is to heel, so it can be transformed into the America that Obama envisions. If it brings chaos and war to the Middle East, why are the lives of Israelis and Saudis worth more than the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who died last time in the service of one man’s obsessive vision?

Flashback: $400 million sent to Iran as U.S. prisoners released, raising questions.

CAM EDWARDS: Missouri’s Devastating Response To DOJ Attack On 2A Preservation Act (Video).

WHEN HOLLYWOOD WENT NUTS: The Swimmer.

The film was not a success when it was released in 1968, but its narrative ideology and influence would be lasting. The 90-minute story, a mix of Narcissus and Odysseus set to a backdrop of class anxiety and cultural decline, is basically the same one that would take place over seven seasons of Mad Men; if you knew your Cheever, it was easy to imagine Ned sharing the commuter train into Manhattan with Don Draper. When the AMC series began, it even had Don and his family living in Ossining, NY, the same bedroom community Cheever called home when he died.

I was born the same week Cheever’s original story was published in the New Yorker, seven months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a Catholic whose family had excelled in their imitation of high WASP style. Ten years or so later, a teacher at my Catholic grade school would screen a very expurgated 16mm print of the film to us during English class. I remember finding it baffling, even scary; if this was what being an adult involved, I was in no hurry to grow up.

The world of The Swimmer was recognizable to me years later, when Ang Lee made a movie out of Rick Moody’s 1994 novel The Ice Storm, set in a Connecticut commuter suburb less than a decade after The Swimmer. It told a similar story from a very Generation X perspective – the unsupervised kids growing up with Watergate and stagflation, their parents active soldiers on the front lines of the sexual revolution, hooking up and coming apart.

When we talk about the youthquake that unsettled and remade Hollywood in the late ’60s, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider gets cited inevitably. But in hindsight it’s difficult to see that the story of Wyatt and Billy crossing America on their motorcycles was more influential than a flop like The Swimmer, made by a movie star, a post-studio mogul and a pair of middle class bohemians that helped fix the image and pass judgment on a whole social class that, just a decade earlier, was certain that it had taken the commanding heights of society.

As James Lileks recently wrote on advertising in the 1950s and ’60s, “Turns out that living in near-Utopia has the worst possible effect: you decide to strive for a different Utopia altogether. Come to think of it, though, the roots of it all are in the ads. They’re testaments to happiness, a goal, a mode of living. But it’s not happiness you get because you’ve earned it. It’s happiness that you deserve as an American. That’s where things started to go sideways. It’s a short hop to thinking you deserve it all because you exist.”

SELF-DEFENSE: You know how to shoot a gun. Do you know how to fight with one?

DON SURBER: Onward Social Justice Warriors. “What I liked about the story was the pair’s self-righteousness about the marketing campaign.”

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