October 27, 2021

ED MORRISSEY: “A living hell”: ABC features family trapped in Afghanistan … from India? “What seems tougher to explain is ABC’s choice to feature a family from India, rather than a family of one of the hundreds or thousands of Americans Biden abandoned. It takes thirty-three paragraphs into the story to get to the first mention of Americans in any context, and that is a mention of the 13 service members killed in a suicide attack outside the airport during the retreat. You’d have to already know that reference, however, as ABC doesn’t bother to explain the location or the mission at the time of the suicide bombing.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF HATE EDITION: Children ‘abused into becoming white humans’: CRT expert explains whiteness theory .

KEVIN DOWNEY JR: Wake Up Patriots: The Commies Are Winning.

I used to think the nation had “systems” in place to prevent such a takeover. I was wrong. The Democrats found a way to pry Trump, a true patriot, out of the White House. Mark Zuckerberg was a big part of that plan.

Biden sent his apparatchik lap dog, Merrick Garland, to Arizona to threaten the auditors into stopping. Democrats are fighting election audits in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. What’s there to hide, Dems?

Why did the left want Trump out? Was it cheap gas, historically low unemployment, and an economy that was booming, for the second time, after COVID hit? Was it mean tweets? No, it was because commies want to destroy, even if it hurts the people.

Read the whole thing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Conservatives often just stay silent in fear’: A look inside a woke, anti-Trump English class.

THE LEFT DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ACTUAL WOMEN, EXHIBIT #1,000,006:

Two girls getting raped by a boy in a skirt goes against the indoctrination these schools are imposing on children.

And if they start to question even a part of their indoctrination, who knows what difficult questions they might ask next.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Buy Thanksgiving turkey, sides while you still can, grocers say. “We’re having trouble getting a lot of things. But for the stuff we can get, it’s double the price.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: Rising Prices, Once Seen as Temporary, Threaten Biden’s Agenda.

Somewhere, Milton Friedman shakes his head and mutters, “I fucking told you so.”

RELIGION OF PEACE UPDATE: More Than 250 Iranians Executed in 2020, Including Nine Women And Four Children.

THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AND IT WILL BE AWESOME WHEN IT DOES: That corollary to Rod Dreher’s Law of Merited Impossibility is the suggestion of Nathaniel Blake, as he explains why the liberal elites are now pushing polygamy/polyamory as the next social/sexual milestone. That’s the one they assured us a decade ago would never come about. You could look it up.

DEMOCRATS HAVE LONG THRIVED ON MISERY, POVERTY, AND MENTAL ILLNESS: Homelessness is A Profit Center For The Democratic Party.

THIS IS ABUSE OF POWER: Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee today and odds are one of the issues he will be queried about is why his department is not respecting an age-old congressional rule.

That rule is the minority party in Congress gets the same access to executive branch information as the majority party in congressional investigations. But, according to The Federalist, Garland’s Department of Justice and the FBI are ignoring that rule concerning information requests from the House Select Committee on the January 6 riot, as are other executive branch departments and agencies.

“On September 3, [Rep. Jim] Banks asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to give Republican lawmakers the same briefing offered to the Democrats on the progress of the agency’s own investigation. Partial findings of the FBI’s independent investigation were leaked to Reuters in August, which found ‘scant evidence’ the Capitol riot was ‘an organized plot to overturn the president election result.’ Wray has not responded to the request.

“’Pursuant to the rules of the House of Representatives, the minority party in Congress retains the rights to the same information that is provided to the majority party,’ Banks wrote in another letter to Wray on Sept. 16, which was also sent to several other federal agencies such as the Interior Department. ‘I ask that you provide me any information that is submitted to the Select Committee.’ His requests have been met with radio silence across the Biden administration.”

Based on his recent performance before the House Judiciary Committee, don’t be surprised if Garland is vague, evasive, less than candid, disingenuous, some combination of all four if the senators query him on this issue.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: This Biden Agenda Stuff Doesn’t Seem Very Popular. “There was some cheerleading in several MSM outlets about the big week President LOL Eightyonemillion is supposed to be having right now. As I survey the news landscape, however, it appears that the Biden Way isn’t going so well.”

TOP SELLER: Survival First Aid Kit 142 in 1, Professional Survival Gear and Equipment. #CommissionEarned

#TIMESUP: ‘Loudoun County Protects Rapists’: Students Walk Out Over Trans Bathroom Rape Coverup. But all that #MeToo concern with rape disappeared as soon as the groper-in-chief was nominated.

TO BE FAIR, THAT’S BECAUSE HE’S BEEN A TERRIBLE FAILURE AS PRESIDENT: More than not call ‘F*** Joe Biden’ chant appropriate.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Former Clinton Global Initiative Co-Chair Steve Bachar has been indicted on felony theft and securities fraud counts. Known for pushing “socially responsible” investing, Bachar claims the charges are “outrageous, unfounded, and false.”

MAINSTREAM MEDIA SELLING ‘NEWS:’ Chuck Ross and Santi Ruiz of the Washington Free Beacon expose the bought news stories sold by Politico, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and Wired to Huawei. Huawei is one of the major digital tools of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime in Beijing. The Pentagon considers Huawei a national security risk for the U.S.

“The Wall Street JournalWired, Reuters, and Politico have all published news-style pieces commissioned by the Chinese telecom giant to advance its interests, according to a Washington Free Beacon review. Since July, Reuters has published two sponsored articles touting Huawei’s investments in the United Kingdom.

“The Journal has published 14 sponsored articles since last year, while Wired has hosted virtual events sponsored by the tech giant. Politico ran pro-Huawei content last year. The articles disclose that Huawei sponsors the content, though the company’s ties to the Chinese government may not be apparent to readers.”

Those ties ought to be apparent to the news organizations, however, which reminds, again, of Lenin’s quip that capitalists will sell the rope used to hang them.

WE NEED MORE STATUES: When One Comes Down Another One Goes Up.

We’re way beyond the point of expecting people who claim to be smarter than everybody else to be smart enough not to judge people, who were alive 250 years ago, by 2021 standards. That would get in the way of their political agenda, which appears to be destroying the reputations of the men who founded the country so that they can re-found one that suits their vision of a utopian nanny state.

Republicans have done their duty and spoken out against the stupidity of cancelling the Founders but that’s not enough.

Republicans should get into the statue building business.

When a Thomas Jefferson or George Washington statue is removed, they should be ready with another one to replace it. If not on the public property where it once stood, on private property close by.

Yes.

SCIENCE, LESS SETTLED THAN THEY PRETEND: Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed? Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings. “In our hearts, I think people don’t quite agree with this notion of a booster dose,” said one leading vaccine expert.

Following a series of endorsements over the last month by scientific panels advising federal agencies, tens of millions of Americans are now eligible for booster shots of coronavirus vaccines.

But the recommendations — even those approved unanimously — mask significant dissent and disquiet among those advisers about the need for booster shots in the United States.

In interviews last week, several advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to the Food and Drug Administration said data show that, with the exception of adults over age 65, the vast majority of Americans are already well protected against severe illness and do not need booster shots.

All the advisers acknowledged that they were obligated to make difficult choices, based on sparse research, in the middle of a public health emergency. But some said they felt compelled to vote for the shots because of the way the federal agencies framed the questions that they were asked to consider.

Well, Pfizer alone has 700 lobbyists in Washington. So the agencies know how to frame things.

Plus:

Other committee experts said that they wanted to avoid confusing the public further by dissenting, or that they voted according to their views of the evidence and were simply overruled.

“These are not evidence-based recommendations,” said Dr. Sarah S. Long, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and a member of the C.D.C.’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Like I said.

JACK DUNPHY: Who You Gonna Call — the Covid Cops?

Democrats want a police state, but they don’t want police. It’s awkward.

BALDWIN SHOOTING: Film Crew Played With the Gun on Set Earlier That Day.

FROM CELIA HAYES:  Deep in the Heart.


The sequel to Daughter of Texas – She was a woman with many friends – but few of them ever knew her heart!

Two husbands, a large house, many friends – that was predicted for Margaret Becker Vining. That she would be a widow, left to raise her four sons in a tiny frontier town was not mentioned in the old conjure-woman’s prophecy. Austin, the makeshift capitol city of the Republic of Texas, was threatened and besieged from all sides. Peace did not come with Sam Houston’s victory over the Mexican Army at San Jacinto. Between old and bitter enemies and the inconstancy of unreliable friends, Margaret Becker Vining, her family and her friends must fight to maintain their independence and security . . . while Margaret herself despairs of ever finding happiness again.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Enrollments Continue to Drop, Two Years Into The Pandemic.

The post-pandemic enrollment rebound everyone wished for has not come to pass.

College and university enrollments are still on the decline for most institutions, early data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show. Undergraduate enrollment across the board fell by 3.2 percent this fall, echoing last fall’s 3.4 percent decline. Since fall 2019, undergraduate enrollments have dropped by 6.5 percent.

The top-line findings paint a bleak picture for higher education’s recovery.

“We’ve really not seen declines across the board like this,” said Doug Shapiro, vice president of research and executive director of the research center.

Students still have not returned to college at the rate they left, and it will likely take years of work to bring them back into the fold, Shapiro fears.

“A lot of those freshmen who didn’t show up last year — they haven’t come back yet,” Shapiro said. “The longer students are away from school, the harder and harder it becomes for them to come back. It may well be that a majority of them might not ever make it back, and that’s very much a concern.”

Some of them will do fine in the trades. Others won’t do as well, but at least won’t carry college debt.

INTERESTINK:  Ray Epps , John Sullivan And The January 6 “Insurrection”.

AS THE BLACK DOG CIRCLES AROUND ME, AND US, IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:  Everything Isn’t Awful.

I’M CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE BEING ABUSED TO CURTAIL EVERY ONE OF MY RIGHTS:  New poll finds majority in US concerned about climate.

They poled Al Gore. No, not even his secretaries. Just Al Gore.

THIS IS NOT THE BEE:  Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos legally ‘people’: US judge.

THE UR BIDEN, INDEED:   A Prototype for Biden?

AS OUR SOCIETY FRACTURES: Hold On.

OF COURSE. AND WET STREETS CAUSE RAIN:  Dysfunctional Police Cause Crime Spike: Ilhan Omar.

THE TIME FOR POLITENESS IS PAST:  The Left Whines About Vulgar “Let’s Go Brandon” Chants.

BIDEN AND REALITY ARE NOT FRIENDS:  Biden Busts Out Some Whopping Personal Lies.

WHAT ISN’T WRONG WITH HER?  What is wrong with Kamala?

WE ARE AT WAR:  A “war warning” from Michael Yon.

HE’S OF THEIR KIN, HE’S OF THEIR KIND:  The Case of David Gilbert: Cuomo’s Final Appalling Act.

I HAVE BAD NEWS FOR THE EUROPEANS:  America Gone Mad.

Remember I have family and friends there, to whom I talk regularly. If we’ve gone mad, they’re locked in the padded room, in deathly fear of pollution, global warming and the Wuflu.  There is no anti-psychotic potent enough to bring them back. They need freedom. They need blogs. They need a respectable dose of skepticism about their so called leaders.  And then they can inspect the dust spec in our eye to their heart’s content.

EVERYONE MUST DRINK THE KOOLAID:  FDA Panel Votes Unanimously to Approve 5 to 11-year-old Vaccinations: “We’re Never Going to Learn About How Safe This Vaccine Is Unless We Start Giving It, That’s Just The Way It Goes”…

You’ll find out later, if it kills your kid.  Do you guys ever get the impression these people are the villains of every fairy tale ever?

GIVEN THAT, WHY ARE THEY SO DESPERATELY TRYING TO FORCE EVERYONE TO VACCINATE?  Today’s blacklisted Americans: Los Angeles government bans the unvaccinated from society.

IT IS THE MOST DEADLY DISEASE EVER TO STRIKE HUMANITY:  How deadly is COVID-19, really?

This is why all of us are just leaving corpses on the curb for pickup, and sanitation workers have painted “Bring out your dead” on the side of their trucks.*
*This claim is as trustworthy and verified as most of the utter bilge flowing out of the CDC and other China lackeys.

October 26, 2021

OUR OWN CHARLES GLASSER ON TV: Facebook papers reveal turmoil within company.

OPEN THREAD: Soon and very soon.

LET’S GO BRANDON MAKES IT TO THE NFL! Seen at the Eagles-Raiders game on Sunday, this “controversial” image has resulted in at least on banning according to this Reddit thread.

HARD TO ARGUE WITH THIS:

Related:

RIP: Mort Sahl, legendary comedian, dead at 94.

Director Woody Allen once praised Sahl in his 1994 book, “Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In Conversation With Stig Bjorkman.”

“I would never have been a cabaret comedian at all, if it hadn’t been for him,” Allen wrote, adding that before Sahl, “All these comedians were very, very formula.”

The “Annie Hall” filmmaker continued, “They’d all come out in a tuxedo and would say, ‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,’ and there was no sincerity to any of it. And they would do silly little jokes. … They would do golf jokes, because the president played golf. And suddenly, in this small cabaret, this comedian comes along, Mort Sahl.”

Bob Hope, hosting the Academy Awards, once introduced Sahl by saying, “Here he is, the favorite of nuclear physicists everywhere!”

Allen was quoted by biographer Eric Lax as saying, that Sahl “‘was the best thing I ever saw. He was like Charlie Parker in jazz,’ Woody said many years ago. ‘There was a need for a revolution, everybody was ready for the revolution. But some guy had to come along who could perform the revolution and be great. Mort was the one.’”

JOHN HINDERAKER ON battling the Minnesota teachers’ union. “Thanks again to Education Minnesota. Since you are the inveterate opponent of any reform to Minnesota’s public schools, and the main source of Critical Race Theory’s infiltration of our schools, I couldn’t be prouder to have you as an enemy.”

Nobody has come out of the pandemic looking more selfish and evil than the teachers’ unions. Which is saying something, given how many have been revealed as both.

NAME HIS NAME, OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN: Huma Abedin says she was sexually assaulted by a US senator around 2005 but was able to forget the incident until allegations against Brett Kavanaugh triggered her memory, new memoir reveals.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Come on, Ed. It’s not like she’s going to come out and name Joe Biden.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: So Much for ‘Phony Outrage’—Missouri and Ohio Leave National School Boards Association.

“A LIVING HELL:” ABC features family trapped in Afghanistan … from India? “The good news: ABC has escalated coverage of those abandoned in the Afghanistan collapse and crying out for rescue. The not-so-good news: the family ABC chose for this segment comes from India. Their description of Taliban rule as ‘a living hell’ is compelling, but … what happened to the Americans abandoned by Biden?”

The House of Stephanopoulos is doing their best, but I don’t think they can Memory Hole this issue on Biden’s behalf: The Biden Admin Said It Left 100 Americans in Afghanistan. They Now Admit It’s Far More. In off-the-record call with congressional staff, Biden admin says nearly 400 still stranded.

JEFFREY CARTER ON INEQUALITY:

Inequality is something that has persisted since the dawn of man and will always be a part of society. The only way to have “equality”, is for every single person to be the same with the same thoughts, same desires, and same outcomes. The only way to get to that utopia goes through the tip of the spear. We know that is totally unattainable.

Instead of equality, what we should be focusing on is “opportunity”. People need to be enabled to give themselves a chance. How many stories are out there in the naked city about some immigrant coming to America and building a better life for themselves and their family? Millions of them. I am sure you might have met them in your life. I have.

Climate change is a big bugaboo of mine. No innovation is going to change the climate. All the solutions I have seen for climate change do not work unless forced by an edict or are heavily subsidized by a government.

Until the climate fanatics take a hard look and embrace nuclear, nothing will happen. Besides, it’s going to take communist China to change their ways and they ain’t changing until the government there falls. The climate people are fanatics and they aren’t that different from fanatical cults we have seen throughout history.

Innovation lifts up lives and creates great outcomes when there is an atmosphere that embraces freedom of choice. Climate totalitarians always serve up solutions that take away choice. The climate totalitarians always serve up solutions that make energy more expensive, which will break the backs of the poor and middle class. Hey, that will increase inequality come to think of it not decrease it.

To be fair, that’s the goal. Every policy coming out of our awful political class is actually about entrenching the power of our awful political class.

HAHA:

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why You Should Be Eating More Wild Pigs Right Now.

DEVELOPING: Loudoun County Students Walk Out of Class in Protest.

But will their protest gain any traction in the DNC-MSM?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

Evergreen:


OLD AND BUSTED: Let’s Go, Brandon!

The New Hotness? Let’s Go, Brezhnev! Meet the Biden Nominee Who’s Sympathetic to Soviet-Era Socialism—and Wants the Fed to Pretty Much Take Over Private Banking.

I BELIEVE IT WAS THE EMPEROR IN DUNE WHO SAID, “CONTROL THE COURTS AND THE COINAGE, LET THE RABBLE HAVE THE REST.” Flashback: The Court and the Fed: Our Own Aristocratic Element.

UPDATE: Jim Bennett emails: “That’s why Andrew Jackson struck down the Second Bank of the United States. He understood the principle quite well.” Yep.

Related: Our Woke Fed (Updated).

SCIENCE, UNSETTLED: Glass flask catalysed famous Miller-Urey origin-of-life experiment.

MINNESOTA: Hundreds rally in Fergus Falls for recently fired surgeon. “Hundreds of people gathered in the town for a peaceful protest in support of Dr. Jeffrey Horak outside the Lake Region Healthcare Facility. While it is not clear why Dr. Horak is no longer with the hospital, some speculate that it has to do with statements he made earlier this month at the Fergus Falls school board meeting, where he spoke out against their mask mandate.”

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: Americans Face Most Expensive Thanksgiving in History.

The New York Times published a story Monday explaining how nearly every aspect of Americans’ Turkey Day feasts will be more expensive this year from spices and ingredients to the aluminum pan that holds the bird and fixings. It’s not just a few extra cents here and there, it’s everything. And, as The New York Times concludes, “Thanksgiving 2021 could be the most expensive meal in the history of the holiday.”

Which Peppermint Psaki will dismiss because: Rising Prices are a ‘Good Thing’ Because it Means ‘More People are Buying Goods.’

TAMARA KEEL: Girsan MC9: Black Sea Blaster on a Bargain Basement Budget. “The similarities between the Girsan and the M&P are deeper beneath the skin than on the surface. . . . While the Girsan MC9 isn’t likely to have you bragging on the ’Gram, it seems to be a perfectly serviceable pistol for not a lot of money.”

SOLVING THE RARE-EARTH SHORTAGE: “In one of nature’s unexpected bounties, a harmless food-grade solvent has been used to extract highly sought rare-earth metals from coal ash, reducing the amount of ash without damaging the environment and at the same time increasing an important national resource.”

Good news for us, bad news for China.

I LOVE A HAPPY ENDING: Feel Good Story of The Week: Elephants Stomp Another Poacher.

JOE BIDEN’S RETURN TO DECENCY: John Kerry Holds $1 Million Stake in Equity Fund Linked To Uyghur Labor Abuse.

On the one hand, we’re saying to [China], ‘You have to do more to help deal with the climate,’” Kerry said last month. “And on the other hand, their solar panels are being sanctioned, which makes it harder for them to sell them.”

Kerry holds “over $1,000,000” in Hillhouse, according to a financial disclosure report he filed at the beginning of the year.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) told the Free Beacon that Kerry’s investments are in conflict with his role as climate envoy. Rubio said Kerry has been actively lobbying against his bill that would bar Chinese imports made with slave labor, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support but has stalled in the House.

Communist China is guilty of far worse abuses than South Africa ever was, but Beijing keeps all the right palms greased.

NOT EXACTLY MAGA COUNTRY: Hold the Line! Massive Crowds in New York Protest Vaccine Mandates.

MOLECULAR-TORSION BATTERIES ARE THE WAY TO GO: Solid-State Batteries Rev Up Electric Cars, Boost Grid Storage.

SAUSAGE-MAKING: Manchin Gets Closer to ‘Yes’ on Spending Bill as Radicals Fume. “In short, the Build Back Better bill has gone from being a Sanders creation that funds the whole of the radical Democratic policy movement this century to something much different.”

MICHAEL WALSH: A Country Gone Mad Needs a Counter-Revolution.

It’s time for the counter-revolution, and one place to start is in two off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Jersey is probably too far gone down the path of punitive socialism to be competitive—early returns by both mail and in-person (yes, they’re already voting even though Election Day is not until Nov. 2) show registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans 237,000-77,000, with another 56,000 ballots from independents. But the incumbent, Phil Murphy, one of the worst of the fascist COVID overlords, is widely loathed from the pine barrens to the hill country, so perhaps challenger Jack Ciattarelli has a chance.

In Virginia, former Clinton bagman Terry McAuliffe is trying to regain the governorship for a second, non-sequential term—Virginia’s governors can serve two terms but can’t directly succeed themselves—but a race that seemed his to lose just a few weeks ago now has become just that. The reclamation of Virginia—the birthplace of eight presidents—would sting the left badly and offer hope of reclaiming the Electoral College in 2024.

Hapless Joe Biden’s plummeting approval ratings—he’s so far underwater now he’d need a diving bell to resurface—have dragged former favorite McAuliffe down into a virtual tie with his hitherto unknown challenger, Glenn Youngkin.

McAuliffe, who has never lost his atrocious Syracuse, N.Y., accent, is a brazen carpetbagger and D.C. swamp creature who relies on the federal workforce in northern Virginia bedroom communities to put him over the top. But his temper—he stormed out of a TV interview the other day—and his insistence that parents should have no say in what their kids are being taught in the public schools have seriously damaged him with the electorate. In the meantime, real Virginians are propelling Youngkin to what looks like a photo finish.

Read the whole thing.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Loudoun County Students Stage Walk-Outs to Protest Sexual Assault in Schools.

GOOD LUCK, I HOPE IT SUCCEEDS. Blue Origin, partners announce plans for private space station.

THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU WAS NOT MEANT TO BE A HOW-GO TO GUIDE: Bipartisan Lawmakers Now Plan to Grill NIH Officials Over Grotesque Experiments on Monkeys.

HE’S PREDICTABLY WRONG AND HECTORING ALL AT ONCE: Gender Fluid Teen Raped Girl, Judge Rules, After Obama Dismissed ‘Fake Outrage’ at School Boards.

FAIRFAX SCHOOLS: WE’RE NOT TEACHING CRITICAL RACE THEORY. Also Fairfax Schools: Critical race theory is a ‘frame’ for ‘our work.’

IT’S HARD TO DO SQUATS IN SPACE: Half of all space travelers deal with back pain, study says.

Of course, that’s comparable to the percentage of earth-types with back pain, I suspect.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT THE PJ MEDIA MOTHERSHIP:

Two plus two equals four, every time.

Related: Not the Bee has been locked out of Twitter, too, with no explanation given.

100 YEARS AGO, Warren Harding gave an address on racial equality in Birmingham, Alabama.

Related: This Presidential Speech on Race Shocked the Nation…in 1921: Ninety-five years ago today, Warren G. Harding traveled deep into the heart of Klan country and delivered a sermon on civil rights that was decades ahead of its time. Coming after the deeply racist and segregationist Woodrow Wilson, Harding was an underappreciated figure. But the press didn’t like him because he was a Republican.

NOBODY WANTS TO PERSUADE ANYMORE: Righteousness + Force in America: The Trap of Righteous Activism Coupled with State Power. “Righteousness, like its Pietist forebears, isn’t satisfied that you do and say the right things, you need to truly believe the right things. Compliance is not enough. You have to love Big Brother.”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR WEEKLY INSANITY WRAP: Enjoy the Most Expensive Thanksgiving Dinner Ever. “It seems like only yesterday that Insanity Wrap was basking in the glory of the 16¢ we saved on Independence Day by serving up the lamest celebration eats since Moby’s Very Vegan Christmas TV holiday special.”

Plus:

  • Don’t worry, miss, it doesn’t actually grow back
  • #BeagleLivesMatter
  • Biden coughs up another gem

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

TUNE IN, TURN ON, DROP OUT: China’s Sham Meritocracy Has Created a Burned-Out Generation: As the government pushes productivity, young Chinese are embracing cynicism.

The pleas are everywhere. Newspaper editorials urge young people to “strive in the prime of their life.” City governments team up with famous brands to encourage young people to consume more. Young couples visiting neighborhood party committees to obtain permission to get an abortion find themselves subjected to earnest lectures on the delight of childrearing.

The Chinese Communist Party is using the whole of its propaganda might to push a simple message: The young must throw themselves into work and life with a zest befitting China’s glorious “New Era.”

The party has reasons to worry. There’s a counternarrative getting in the way of its determination to turn young Chinese into good producers, whether of GDP or children. Young Chinese are curtailing their expectations and ambitions. Many of them are downgrading lifestyle choices around diet, travel, and more. They fill social media with talks of the futility of endeavoring and the hollowness of desire. And they are not ready for marriage and children, and don’t know if they will ever be.

There have been concerns around young people in China for decades, as in any society. But two factors have made the leadership there more anxious than ever to address their social and economic withdrawal: the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s upcoming demographic crisis. Although China experienced a robust economic recovery from the pandemic, the stimulus measures it had required further distorted the country’s debt-laden economy. The corrective that Chinese leaders are hoping for—a giant wave of pent-up demand from young Chinese—has yet to materialize.

And deeper trouble looms in the near future: The country’s fertility rate—the number of children a woman is expected to have over her lifetime—stands at just 1.3, one of the lowest in the world, according to the results from the latest census released in May. It laid bare the fact that the government’s move to end the one-child policy in 2016 has failed to produce the increased number of births the country desperately needs to slow the rapid aging of its population.

But getting young Chinese to live and strive will be a heavy lift for the party. Beyond the harsh economic realities that limit their options, the pessimism and reluctance of young Chinese have deeper roots—ones that the state itself has created.

Cynicism is one of the few things that communism is good at producing.

SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO CHALLENGE THE MANDATE: Liberty Counsel (LC) is representing legions of civilian and military federal employees, as well as state and local government workers, and employees of airlines and other corporations, in challenging President Biden’s Covid vaccination mandate on religious and other constitutional grounds.

Thanks to Biden, millions of Americans face a December 8 deadline for making a decision on this issue. They face the prospect of losing their jobs if they don’t comply.  Mat Staver, LC’s co-founder and chairman, has an excellent video that explains in detail what is involved in such a challenge.

If you are considering defying the mandate, you would be well-advised to give Staver a serious listen. Even if you aren’t, you should be aware of the significant legal and other challenges that people who are must deal with and overcome.

Other public interest legal foundations are also providing help on the mandate, including Alliance Defending Freedom and the First Liberty Institute. It really is quite amazing that we Americans still retain so much individual liberty and have effective and affordable avenues for upholding our liberty.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY:

AJ KAUFMAN: Parents Slam Obama Over ‘Fake Outrage’ Claims at Rally. “That is the most tone-deaf statement I have ever heard. To say that this is trumped-up as a political thing is laughable.”

OUT TODAY: Policing the Big Apple: The Story of the NYPD. #CommissionEarned

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Iran Behind Drone Attack On U.S. Base In Syria, U.S. Officials Say.

More: GOP Lawmakers Concerned Biden Removed Sanctions To Appease Iran.

Related: Iran nuclear talks ‘on life support’ as Tehran drags feet.

And: Oil Erases Gains After Topping $85 as Iran Nuclear Talks Near.

I’m old enough to remember when Iran was fairly effectively contained and oil was cheap, which makes me just barely old enough to also remember when Donald Trump was President.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, ADMINISTRATIVE BLOAT EDITION: Medical university hires ‘Vice President for Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism.’

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