September 24, 2020

WELL, FONDA HAS ALWAYS LOVED TOTALITARIAN LEFTISTS: Kamala Harris to Appear Alongside Hanoi Jane. Event comes one week after Biden hosted veterans outreach roundtable. “The Biden campaign, which has bombarded President Donald Trump with attacks about his respect for U.S. soldiers, will be campaigning this weekend with Jane Fonda, a celebrity best known for fraternizing with enemy troops during the Vietnam War.”

I’M NOT SURE I WANT TO KNOW. Swalwell 2.0: Did Jerry Nadler Have an ‘Accident’ on Live TV?

I’M EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Review: Colt Python Revolver in .357 Magnum.

Seriously, that’s one reason I’d never carry a .357. I think its crack is more likely damaging to the ears than any other handgun. Not an issue at the range, with ear protection, but as a carry gun it’s a genuine drawback.

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DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: UW-Madison student newspaper fires conservative columnist after refusing to run his op-ed.

Tripp Grebe, its author, called for better pay, better training, and police union reforms.

“If we’re expecting police officers to be better, why would we be taking money away from them? When schools are failing, we don’t ‘Defund Schools,’ we give them more money and implement new plans to ensure their success,” Grebe wrote in his submission.

“The city of Milwaukee has been defunding the police department for years. This past year the city cut the department’s budget by 60 officers, and the homicide rate in Milwaukee has more than doubled,” he argued. “… As we continue to stare directly into the eyes of police brutality’s harsh existence, let’s continue to fight for solutions. Let’s increase training and funding for police while extending Act 10 to cover police unions.”

After he submitted it, he was told by the Herald’s opinion editor Samiha Bhushan via email in late August that although the piece was “well written” that it was “too much of a hot take,” and that upper management of the paper was worried it may “alienate” incoming freshmen, according to a screenshot of the email.

“Additionally,” the email continues, “we just posted an editorial board supporting BLM and another article publicly endorsing two candidates who want to defund the police. As a result, your article would cause a lot of backlash that we cannot afford right now.”

Gentlemen, you can’t be controversial here – this is a newspaper!

ARSON, BEATINGS AND COP-MURDER CAN LOSE YOU PUBLIC SYMPATHY. WHO KNEW? AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines.

ANDREW KLAVAN: Late Night Comics ‘Provably Wrong,’ Then Colbert Makes Point for Him.

CAPITOL HILL BAPTIST CHURCH SUES DC MAYOR, GOVERNMENT: It’s tough to survive as a congregation when government officials bar any worship gatherings of 100 or more people, regardless if they are indoors or outdoors.

That’s why the 850-member Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) is suing Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District of Columbia government. Church leaders told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that for CHBC there is no theologically acceptable alternative to meeting together in person for fellowship and worship. Thus, the church has no virtual meeting capacity.

This suit could prove to be much more significant than at first glance it might appear because the D.C. government is the creation of Congress, which is itself explicitly barred by the First Amendment from prescribing what is acceptable worship practice and what is not.

There is also an element of basic hypocrisy, as the church pointed out in its filing:

“Defendants have been discriminatory in their application of the ban on large scale gatherings. For example, on June 6, 2020, Mayor Bowser appeared personally at an outdoor gathering of tens of thousands of people at the corner of 16th and H Streets, NW and delivered a speech describing the large gathering as ‘wonderful to see.’”

The church is represented by the First Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas, which has successfully defended multiple individuals and congregations that have tangled with authorities as a result of Covid-19 enforcement policies.

 

THAT SEEMS RIGHT JUST BASED ON CASUAL OBSERVATION: Older People Are Physically And Mentally Fitter Than 30 Years Ago, Says Finland Study.

I HOPE WE’RE NOT TOO MESSIANIC, OR A TRIFLE TOO SATANIC: The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pushed Me To Join The Satanic Temple.

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ON THE HORNS OF A WOKE DILEMMA: Leftists outraged at Biden quickly condemning violence and offering prayers for officers shot in Louisville.

HYGIENE THEATER: Schools aren’t spreading coronavirus. “The new National COVID-19 School Response Data Dashboard released its first data showing low levels of infection among students and teachers. Emily Oster, a Brown economics professor who helped create the dashboard, said school coronavirus rates are ‘much lower’ than those in the surrounding community.”

NOBODY TELL HOWARD WOLOWITZ: Researchers develop biomimetic hand prosthesis uniquely similar to a human hand.

BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN ELECTION THEY’RE TRYING TO WIN. NEXT QUESTION? Why is the media downplaying the Hunter Biden story?

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K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: What led to Utah’s K-12 enrollment dropping for the first time in 20 years. “The biggest factor that contributed to the decline was parents pulling their kids out to do home schooling this fall. . . . A change like this, even if it is temporary, has huge ramifications.”

It probably isn’t temporary. People are realizing that public schools aren’t essential services and teachers aren’t essential workers.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen — with a boost from the pandemic.

I’M PRETTY SURE NEIL ARMSTRONG WASN’T CHOSEN FOR HIS CHARISMA: Experience, charisma will steer NASA’s choice for first woman on moon.

IN THE ABOVE THE LAW RANKINGS BASED ON EMPLOYMENT, Tennessee is #41, #16 among public law schools.

DISPATCHES FROM THE BIDEN RIOTS: Why the Violent Unrest After the Breonna Taylor Decision Only Sabotages Progress.

THEY CAN’T EVEN KEEP THE A/C ON: California bans new internal combustion engines, starting in 2035. “California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state from 2035 be zero-emissions vehicles.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Resuming sex soon after heart attack may boost survival, study says. Makes sense to me.

POTEMKIN HEALTH MEASURES: Marriott CEO Admits Hotels are Engaging in ‘Hygiene Theater,’ Again Praises Totalitarian Measures. “It’s communicating to folks we care about what you feel and want you to stop and think about if you’re having any symptoms, and we also want to communicate to you that you’re now entering a place in which we’ve got protocols in place to protect you and others in the environment.”

It’s all about the feelz.

BATTLESWARM BLOG: Why Does The Liberal Overclass Hate Joe Rogan? “Social Justice Warriors hate liberals far more than they hate conservatives, and not just for the fact they stand in the way of the more immediate and important goal of seizing control of the Party. Social Justice Warriors hate liberals the same way the Islamic State hated Shiites far more than they hated Christians. You and I may be infidels, but to Social Justice Warriors, regular liberals are heretics who must repent or be destroyed.”

QUESTION ASKED: What the hell is going on with Joe Biden?” Joe Biden Basement-Campaign Strategy Risky.

Related: With Just 40 Days To Go, Biden Campaign Calls A ‘Lid’ Before 9:30 AM.

TYRANNY IMPOSED FOR THE GOOD OF ITS VICTIMS: Ohio Woman Arrested and Tased For Not Wearing a Mask at Son’s Outdoor Football Game.

I DUNNO, MAYBE IT’S THE WOKE MOBS THREATENING DINERS AT RESTAURANTS OR SOMETHING: ‘Something’s in the water’: Florida Republicans see surge in voter registration.

I mean, I’m just spitballing here . . .

WELL, THAT’S A NON-SEQUITUR: ‘We did not create the pandemic’ | Knox County Board of Health addresses concerns about policy powers.

My concern is that they’re not following the science. They’ve twice admitted that their own data don’t show bars and restaurants as significant sources of infection, yet they’ve continued to treat them as such. In the early days, when we didn’t know much, going by hunch and supposition was forgivable. Now we’ve got over 6 months of contact tracing data, and going by hunch and supposition isn’t forgivable anymore. Any government action must at the very least show a reasonable relationship between a legitimate governmental purpose and the action taken. At this point I don’t think they can show that for the bar and restaurant regulations.

As for the claim that a critical video by Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs “threatened” them — grow up, people. That claim alone calls your fitness into question.

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VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Donald Trump Is Literally Hitler™ (Not).

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Why should a President step down even if he wins reelection?

Answer: Because ORANGE MAN BAD, hater.

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

  • Mostly peaceful rioters go back to committing mostly peaceful arson and mostly peaceful assaults.
  • Kristi Noem is one helluva woman.
  • Meet antifa’s newest member, Comrade Speedbump.

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

DESERT EAGLE: A USAF KC-135 tanker, F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, and Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SAs fly over Saudi Arabia during a large formation exercise. Photo taken Sept. 10, 2020.

RELATED: A StrategyPage Warplanes update discussing the so called F-15 revival — upgrades to replace elderly F-15Cs and F-15Es. The upgrade program has generated controversy.

ROGER SIMON: Bullets over Louisville.

I thought back to my days as a sixties anti-war protestor, being caught up in the crowds yelling “Off the pig!” The joke then was what we would do if someone broke into our apartments with no cops available. “Call a hippie!” was the supposedly jocular response.

In truth, in those days few of us thought badly of the police (with the exception, of course, of the extremist Kathy Boudin/Weather Underground-types who killed them). It was all kind of a game to us, stupid, juvenile and pointless as it was, not to mention politically reactionary. The police were and are the working class, not the privileged college kids then attacking them.

Today, things are very different and multiple times worse, making the sixties indeed seem like child’s play.

As I type this, yet another cop is reported as being shot in Louisville, making two, the same number as were shot just the other day in L.A., with no one apprehended.

All this after it was made clear that in the Breonna Taylor case, the one all the Louisville madness is supposed to be about, the police did not break in on her apartment with a “no-knock” entry, and her drug-dealer boyfriend they were seeking admittedly opened fire first. And yet a cop, who was defending an already wounded buddy, got indicted. Go figure.

Basta.

The time has come to say clearly what many of us have muttered for a long time:

BLM… the Marxist-led Black Lives Matter… is the modern version of the KKK. The skin colors may be different but the murderous instincts and racist loathing are the same.

So, the terrorist wing of the Democratic Party, to coin a phrase?

 

TRUMP 2020 GET-OUT-THE-VOTE PROGRESS IN FLORIDA:

A VERY PUBIC EDUCATION: Public Schools Across Country Promote Black Lives Matter, Organize Protests. “Despite the close links between the Black Lives Matter movement and riots across the country, public schools have been a consistent source of support for the movement.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University refuses to say if professor who promised to spy on conservative student violated campus policy.

TELLINGLY, HE OMITS THE WHOLE RIOTING-AND-SHOOTING-COPS THING: NYT columnist Thomas Edsall lists 5 things Biden supporters should worry about.

LIVING ON TULSA TIME: Bay Area applicants flood program that pays them $10,000 to leave California.

“Hi, remote workers! We’ll pay you to work from Tulsa. You’re going to love it here,” reads the welcome message from Tulsa Remote.

The program, started by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, is paying people $10,000 to move to Tulsa, Okla., to work remotely, and a surge of applicants are now coming from the Bay Area.

“We’ve had over a thousand applicants just in the last two weeks alone. Over half of them are from California, many from the Bay Area,” Grant Bumgarner, the program’s community manager, told News on 6. “It’s been a wild time for us.”

GOP governors better get cracking on Glenn’s Welcome Wagon kits ASAP, if they want to keep their states in the red column.