November 28, 2020

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NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: ‘Historically strange’ spike in incomplete Nevada voter files, casinos as ‘home.’

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Carter Page Sues DOJ, FBI, James Comey, And Others Behind Crossfire Hurricane FISA Abuse.

In an eight-count complaint filed Friday in the D.C. District Court, Carter Page seeks damages of no less than $75 million from the U.S. government, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and individuals responsible for obtaining four illegal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act orders against Page.

Page’s 59-page complaint lists as defendants a veritable “Who’s Who” of the SpyGate scandal, including former FBI Director James Comey, Assistant Director Andrew McCabe, and the disgraced team of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Also singled out were Kevin Clinessmith, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to falsifying an email to hide Page’s past service as a source to the CIA, and FBI Agents Joe Pientka, Stephen Somma, and Brian Auten, with additional defendants identified merely as John Doe 1 – 10 and Jane Doe 1 – 10.

Just in case they thought this stuff would go away after the election.

MATTHEW CONTINETTI: Natan Sharansky and the Meaning of Freedom.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Former Cuomo aide Alexis Grenell in The Nation on The Collapse of the Cuomosexual.

The whole thing was already very Through the Looking Glass before the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced on Friday that they were awarding the governor an Emmy for his “television shows with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure.” Next he’ll be playing himself in an Aaron Sorkin movie, taking three points off the back end. Aside from having just barely survived the delusion that elevated a reality TV character to the presidency, we’re now giving a real-life governor an entertainment award for doing his actual job. Where does that leave governors like Michigan’s Gretchen Witmer, who also gave press briefings, but didn’t take a bow—and got death threats instead?

There’s something genuinely depressing about seeing the son of a man who refused a seat on the Supreme Court so eager to be flattered by Ben Stiller. It’s almost hard to remember how he ridiculed two-time Emmy Award–winner Cynthia Nixon back in 2018 for being an unqualified celebrity.

Turns out he just wanted to trade places all along.

As Jeff Dunetz adds, “It turns out that Alexis Grenell, a Democratic Party consultant, has got Andrew Cuomo down to a ‘T.’ He doesn’t act like a politician. He acts like an absolute ruler—a tyrannical one.”

Which is why, you’re gonna need much more Cuomosexual Conversion Therapy:

But in the last few days, more New Yorkers have enrolled in Cuomosexual Conversion Therapy. Their two major sticking points? Vaccines and schools.

There was widespread optimism when Pfizer-BionTECH and Moderna announced success rates of over 90 percent for their COVID-19 vaccines. For the first time in months it seemed as though there was hope for America. Enter Andy-Vaxxer Cuomo, using his platform as governor to undermine public trust in the FDA’s potential authorization of vaccine which we will all need to take. ‘We can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way that Trump and his administration is designing it,’ he said last week, with all the scientific expertise of an Instagram wellness blogger. ‘I’m pushing hard to make sure that we have a process in place to check what the FDA says before people start getting the vaccine in New York.’

People were happy to put up with Cuomo’s pettiness when he was moving his daughter’s boyfriend to the Canadian border, or deploying the State Liquor Authority to target bars that mocked his dumb food rule by serving ‘Cuomo pizza’. But the prospect that his tussling with Trump might delay the climax of the COVID carnage has given many pause for thought.

The governor compounded his misstep with another display of logger-headed machismo posturing this week, clashing with Mayor Bill de Blasio over school closures. The mayor, after dithering for days, introduced an arbitrary 3 percent positivity rate to re-close NYC’s public schools. The governor contradicted this, saying at a Wednesday press conference that schools could remain open as the positivity rate was only 2.5 percent. A Wall Street Journal reporter expressed confusion on behalf of parents — and Cuomo, acting as hard as a pierced nipple in winter, snapped:

The delivery of Cuomosexual deprogramming tools should be prioritized so that Emmy Award voters receive theirs first:

OPEN THREAD: The turkey is left over, but the comments are fresh!

ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE: Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa may spout water plumes from its icy crust.

YEP: “Georgia Republicans need a record turnout in January to put Perdue and Loeffler beyond the margin of error, beyond the margin of lawyer, and beyond the margin of sewer…”
– Mark Steyn now on Tucker Carlson Tonight

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE (CONT’D): Windsor mayor breaks COVID restrictions at restaurant, just hours after urging zero tolerance.

FIGHT THE POWER: Eric Clapton joins Van Morrison’s anti-lockdown campaign with new song, ‘Stand and Deliver.’

Music legend Eric Clapton is joining Van Morrison’s efforts to reopen the live music industry amid the coronavirus pandemic by releasing a new anti-lockdown song called, “Stand and Deliver.”

The song, which was written by Mr. Morrison and performed by Mr. Clapton, will debut Dec. 4 and the proceeds will go toward Mr. Morrison’s Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which supports U.K. musicians who are facing financial hardship because of widespread government restrictions on live music, Variety reported. . . .

“I’m not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already,” Mr. Morrison said at the time. “It’s about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.”

The lockdown backlash will be big, and will cross ordinary political divides. Politicians are insufficiently concerned.

WELL: United Airlines flying Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Charter flights. “United Airlines will be allowed to carry five times the amount of dry ice normally permitted on board to keep the vaccine at the necessary cold temperature.”

HMM: Hydrogen-producing algae may fuel alternative energy economy.

FOR SOMEONE WHO SUPPOSEDLY LOST, TRUMP SURE HAS COATTAILS, AND FOR SOMEONE WHO SUPPOSEDLY WON, BIDEN SURE DOESN’T:

STOCK CHARACTERS MEET THE STOCK MARKET CRASH: The Third Season of Babylon Berlin on Netflix.

Dispatches from the Börse Belt, my latest over at Ed Driscoll.com.

(Bumped.)

TRUST THE SCIENCE? Johns Hopkins Study Saying COVID-19 Has ‘Relatively No Effect on Deaths’ in U.S. Deleted After Publication.

Was it because it was wrong? Was there a scientific error that slipped past the reviewers? Nope. Johns Hopkins tweeted that it was because “the article was being used to support false and dangerous inaccuracies about the impact of the pandemic.”

It’s true, but we deleted it because it’s useful to people we disagree with isn’t science.

HERD IMMUNITY, HERE WE COME! Australian study suggests true COVID-19 infection rate is 6.2 times higher than official tallies.

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GOOD CALL: AstraZeneca says its vaccine needs ‘additional study.’

AN OPEN LETTER TO VERMONT’S GOVERNOR FROM A CONCERNED PARENT:

To Whom it May Concern and May it Concern You:

I am appalled that Governor Phil Scott would even consider directing schools to ask children if they joined other households for Thanksgiving. Governor Scott is not asking parents, he is asking children to incriminate their families. He is placing the burden of the parents’ decision on the children, and it should be clearly unacceptable in a free society, pandemic or not. While I believe the desire of the Governor is to keep the illness at bay and to protect those in our community who cannot protect themselves, putting children in the middle is not an option.

Imagine the embarrassment of the child who slips and says that they ate with Grandma and Grandpa. This child is now pulled from line at school to sit out for 2 weeks—yet these same Grandparents have been providing child care all along, but are not “part of the household.” Imagine the fear of the kids whose parents chose to have a get-together but their ability to go to work hinges on the child lying. Do children of divorced families who have 2 households have to lie because they changed households on Thanksgiving? This is unfair to the children and it too closely resembles other totalitarian efforts of using children to enforce the government’s desires. If you want to know if parents took their children to other households for Thanksgiving, then ask the parents directly.

One can argue that this is an extension of the daily questions already being asked, however, those questions were established and decided on before school started. At my children’s schools, parents were notified ahead of time that these questions would be asked. While I feel these questions are invasive enough, I was fully aware and agreed to send my children despite these questions. Due to COVID weariness I doubt many parents have heard that schools will be asking this question. These same parents who are not aware might well be the ones who need to go to work the most! Parents are not being made fully aware and that is one difference. Yet, I feel strongly that this question should not be asked at all!

The logic behind this cancelled Thanksgiving assumes that Vermonters cannot assess the warnings and risks for themselves so the government must tell us how to behave to keep us “safe”. We are told not to gather so that next year we can celebrate twice as much. However, in both 2017 and 2018 around 6700 Vermonters died. If we wait until next Thanksgiving, there will be another estimated 6700 people who will not share in our Thanksgiving dinner, not because of COVID but because time marches on. And now you, Governor Scott have decided for us that the 6700 people who will not be with us next year are less important than the 64 we have lost to COVID. Every life does matter, but you are choosing which lives will get to celebrate. I am a thinking woman and can decide that for myself and my children, thank you.

Lastly, let us keep perspective that, as of November 17, 2020, there had been 60 COVID deaths and 60 automobile related deaths this year. Further, the automobile deaths have increased significantly in a pandemic year when there should be far fewer people driving compared to last year. According to the Vermont State Police Website, “As of November 17th, there have been 60 fatalities on Vermont’s roads in 2020. There were 38 at this point in 2019, and the 10-year average for this date is 54.” While our road death rates are up 22% from last year, and one might argue the “epidemic proportions” of this, no one is asking us to stop driving or asking our children if someone drove them to school or to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving safely!

Today, I am thankful for my family and for all the work our public servants have done through this crazy year. Whether I agree with their methods or not I appreciate their time and do believe they are trying to do what is best. However, I am also thankful that I live in a country where my voice can be heard. I have the privilege and the responsibility to speak out and to let my elected official know when I disagree. Today, I am finally speaking out that I have had enough and our children are not pawns.

Governor Scott, please continue to guide and share good information but let Vermonters make their own decisions, and do not bring our children into this debate.

Sincerely,

Mother of Three, Concerned Citizen

You have to break a few eggs to be in the running for an Emmy or a Time Magazine “Person of the Year” cover story.

THIS IS THE MAN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MACHINE AND THE MEDIA — BUT I REPEAT MYSELF — CARRIED ACROSS THE FINISH LINE:

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DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Why a Liberal Reporter Saved a Ton of Headlines from Liberal Media Outlets Concerning the Electoral College.

HE HASN’T FORGOTTEN, HE JUST HOPES YOU WILL: Barack Obama Forgets That He Put Immigrants in Cages, Attacks Trump Over Policy.

ONE OF THE FEW LEFTIES WHO’LL GIVE TRUMP CREDIT FOR HIS RECORD OF PEACE: Glenn Greenwald: Nothing Trump Did Compares to the ‘Moral Evil’ of Bush’s and Obama’s Wars.

ALSO, OTHERS’: Quick bursts of exercise can help diabetics’ hearts.

GOODER AND HARDER: Minneapolis momentum is being crushed by the crime wave. The city was rebranding for a vibrant future, but today you can’t go to the grocery store without fear of being attacked.

Flashback: After Trying to Defund Police, Minneapolis City Council Asks: ‘Where Are the Police?’

You want to get rid of the police? This is what it looks like. When you stop enforcing the law, you get anarchy and chaos. You get ruined lives and billions in damages. The only thing worse than cops is no cops.

And that’s after we saw nonsense like this, from Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender:

And speaking of nonsense in Minneapolis: Minneapolis Won’t Let Riot-Battered Stores Install Security Shutters.

In a report justifying the rule change, Minneapolis officials argued that external shutters “cause visual blight” and create the impression that an area is “unsafe” and “troublesome.”

After looters crashed through his floor‐​to‐​ceiling windows and stole $1 million worth of booze in May, Chicago‐​Lake Liquors owner John Wolf wanted to protect himself from a repeat occurrence. … The [forbidden] investment [in security shutters] would not only prevent rioters from entering his store, it would protect his windows — which cost $50,000 to replace.

Minneapolis will have more “visual blight” than it knows what to do with for years after this past summer’s Biden Riots.

THIS IS NO DOUBT BECAUSE #ORANGEMANBAD: Doctors, officials raise alarm as S. Korean COVID-19 cases hit 8-month high.

CAPITALISM, THE UNKNOWN IDEAL: GoFundMe Has Worked COVID-19 Miracles While Fraud And Dysfunction Plague Government Relief Programs. Just imagine what charity could accomplish if big government programs weren’t consuming so much of our resources.

EXODUS: The ironies and finalities of being on top of the world.

What we now call our “technological age” was supposed to be a full-throated and enduring argument for the future, not unlike previous epochs in history that pushed art, science, philosophy, and religion forward in dizzying ways that run counter to ordinary time. The Enlightenment. The Renaissance. The French Revolution. These movements now sit as categories on our bookshelves with clear beginnings and ends, and more importantly, clear hubs and cities of frenetic building that drove the ethos forward. Many books assume that contemporary critics or philosophers were blissfully ignorant to the unraveling of their revolutions, but we should not assume that contemporaries did not feel the same twilight setting. The figurative orange skies always creep in before dawn.

Which brings us to the supposed death of Silicon Valley, a fate that has long been predicted but with data now finally catching up. San Francisco apartment rents in 2020 have deflated by 20 percent after an up-up-and-away decade that made the city truly unlivable. Home inventory has reached a fifteen-year high in a city blighted by restrictive housing policy that makes construction cranes as miraculous as stumbling upon a burning bush. The growth in online sales-tax collection, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is the lowest of all counties in the state of California. And public tech companies, such as Pinterest, paid upwards of $90 million to break its lease in downtown San Francisco. Some would argue this is a clear end to Bay Area tech dominance, while others would point to the many new unicorns that popped up this year despite the once-in-a-century pandemic. No one’s living here, yet somehow the companies are still growing.

Silicon Valley doesn’t really have cultural critics to weigh in on whether this era is officially over, but we do have venture capitalists. And our Nostradomuses are telling us that change is afoot.

Do we really need this office? The founders all have left.

Their entire partnership is now living in Montana. It’s only a two-hour flight away!

Denver seems like a good option, but Reno has no state income tax.

Earlier: Don’t ‘Californicate’ the Rest of America.

IRAN’S TOP NUCLEAR SCIENTIST KILLED IN ATTACK, STATE MEDIA SAY: “The assassinated scientist had long been a target of Israel’s Mossad,” a mournful New York Times is quick to add.

Live video of Ben Rhodes’ reaction:

The WaPo, once worried about democracy dying in darkness, sounds upset as well:

IN THE MAIL: From Virginia Postrel, The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World.

NOT ONLY IS 2020 STRANGER THAN WE IMAGINED, IT IS STRANGER THAN WE CAN IMAGINE: Austrian village named F–king to change name after unwanted tourist attention.

Come next year, the village of 100 residents near the German border will be named Fugging.

“I can confirm that the village is being renamed,” Andrea Holzner, the mayor of Tarsdorf, the municipality where the village is located, told regional daily Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten.

“I really don’t want to say anything more — we’ve had enough media frenzy about this in the past,” she said.

English-speaking tourists have increasingly flocked to F–king for a photo-op next to an entrance sign bearing the village’s name.

I blame Amazon’s Grand Tour series:

IT’S NOT AN “EXCUSE,” AND YOU’RE A SORRY EXCUSE FOR A CITIZEN: Chief diversity officer: ‘First Amendment “excuse” is out’ regarding offensive speech. And this sort of talk will make the inevitable civil rights suits easier.

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WE’VE BEEN ZUCKED. OR XI’D? China wants the world to adopt its QR-code system for assigning every individual a color denoting his or her current Covid status. What could possibly go wrong? Maybe some people should read Revelation 13?

A STRIKE IS WHEN YOU STOP PRODUCING SOMETHING OF VALUE. STUDENTS DON’T PRODUCE ANYTHING. Hundreds of Haverford College students strike following admin’s response to Walter Wallace death.

CHINA PREPARES FOR ‘INFORMATIONIZED’ WAR:

China’s 2019 Defense White Paper argued, “War is evolving in form towards informationized warfare, and intelligent warfare is on the horizon.”

Intelligent warfare seems to include autonomous decision-making systems and autonomous weapons. That suggests Chinese strategists think Informationized War is a concept and system that trains military planners to integrate autonomous, unmanned systems into full-spectrum warfighting operations — say, a battle for control of the western Pacific that includes hidden, pre-positioned swarms of robot boats, robot submersibles (capable of knocking out a U.S. Navy nuclear attack sub), autonomous missile systems and autonomous electronic warfare assets.

At the moment, that war scenario is science fiction warfare.

China, however, is trying to move from concept to capability.

“Informationized War” is a clunky term, but remember it’s an English translation. China’s senior leaders take concept quite seriously. It’s my latest Creators Syndicate column.

FRESH WATER BELOW THE SEA?: Scientists uncover billions of gallons of hidden fresh water off Hawaii.

Using a new technique that relies on tracing electrical resistance, a team of geohydrologists has discovered a never-before-seen way the islands’ volcanic soil collects and hides away freshwater beneath the ocean’s salty surface.

Accessing this freshwater could give Hawaii and other volcanic islands a more sustainable and future-proof solution to collecting water during times of need.

The next move? Drill baby, drill, and find out if the potential reservoirs really hold 900 billion gallons of fresh water.

THAT WAS DIFFERENT, BECAUSE SHUT UP:

THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S MOTTO: Obama’s Libya war was an illegal disaster, but at least he owned the cons.

COMBAT CRAFT ASSAULT, MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Sailors aboard a Combat Craft Assault (CCA) pull alongside the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams. Photo taken Nov. 23, 2020. The second and third paragraphs of this Special Operations update has background information on the CCA.

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VERY INTERESTING:  Study: Absolutely NO excess deaths from COVID-19.

BUT OF COURSE: Biden Labor Candidate Oversaw Fraudulent Payments to California Prison Inmates.

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SADLY BELIEVABLE: In Michigan lawsuit, Sidney Powell alleges poll workers altered large numbers of ballots.

She charged that Detroit and Wayne County officials took actions “permitting illegal double voting by persons that had voted by absentee ballot and in person; counting ineligible ballots – and in many cases – multiple times; counting ballots without signatures, or without attempting to match signatures, and ballots without postmarks, pursuant to direct instructions from Defendants.”

Here’s the complaint.

PUBLISHED IN USA TODAY ON NOVEMBER 2D, THE LAST DAY YOU COULD RAISE THESE QUESTIONS WITHOUT BEING CALLED A CONSPIRACY THEORIST: Will your ballot be safe? Computer experts sound warnings on America’s voting machines.

Millions of voters going to the polls Tuesday will cast their ballots on machines blasted as unreliable and inaccurate for two decades by computer scientists from Princeton University to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Toyed with by white-hat hackers and targeted for scathing reviews from secretaries of state in California and Ohio, Direct Recording Electronic voting systems, or DREs, have startled Illinois voters by flashing the word “Republican” at the top of a ballot and forgotten what day it was in South Carolina. They were questioned in the disappearance of 12,000 votes in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, in 2002 and 18,000 votes in Sarasota County, Florida, in 2006.

“Antiquated, seriously flawed and vulnerable to failure, breach, contamination and attack,” U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg wrote of Georgia’s aging DRE system before ordering the state to replace it in 2019. . . .

All election systems are for the most part black boxes: proprietary software and hardware jealously guarded by the handful of companies selling them. But state reviews and court cases opening up DRE systems of all makes and models for examination have for years flagged problems.

But remember, if you say this now, you’re a conspiracy theorist.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: After defunding the police, Portland mayor attacks police for not arresting more rioters (that just get released anyway).

(Via Blazing Cat Fur.)

THE IRONY OF TRUMP’S APPEAL

Trump set himself against the 1 percent at a time when donor-dependent politicians (including virtually all of them in the Republican Party) were unable even to consider that the country might have a problem with inequality. And Trump did so credibly. He didn’t just oppose the 1 percent, he made them sick. That meant he wouldn’t be able to sell out to them even if he wanted to. That was enough.

The inequality that we are speaking of was as much cultural as economic. Trump’s supporters were disproportionately rural and exurban “deplorables,” to use a coinage of Hillary Clinton’s that will be the one thing the average schoolchild is taught about her a generation from now. They were sneered at, condescended to, and lectured about their racial homogeneity, as it were a function of their hostility to diversity rather than of their exclusion from the global economy arrangements that generate diversity. But such matters are often subjective, subtle, and time-consuming to describe except in broad stereotypes. We must turn to economic statistics for an objective description of this great social conflict, even if they leave out its most important psychological and sociological elements.

Trump didn’t sell out his supporters. In fact, his presidency saw something extraordinary, even if it was all but invisible from the country’s globalized cities: the first egalitarian boom since well back into the twentieth century. In 2019, the last non-Covid year, he presided over an average 3.7 percent unemployment rate and 4.7 percent wage growth among the lowest quartile of earners. All income brackets increased their take. That had happened in the last three Obama years, too. The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom, the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. In the Trump economy, the distribution was different. Net worth of the top 10 percent rose only marginally, while that of all other groups vaulted ahead. In 2019, the share of overall earnings going to the bottom 90 percent of earners rose for the first time in a decade.

The Democrats have a plan to fix that.

MELTING MARSHMALLOWS IN IT DUMBS YOU RIGHT BACK DOWN.   ADDING IN ESPRESSO, HOWEVER, BOOSTS YOU UP AGAIN.  ADDING BRANDY MAKES YOU PASS OUT IN FRONT OF THE FIRE:  Drinking hot chocolate makes you smarter, study shows.

MOST OF THEIR THOUGHTS CANNOT BE REPRINTED:  Army-funded study developing tech that could allow ‘telepathic’ soldiers.

THEY RAN A POTEMKIN CAMPAIGN. THEY PLANNED ON VAST AMOUNTS OF FRAUD. BUT TRUMP GOT SO MANY VOTES THEY HAD TO FRAUD HARDER. IF I WEREN’T SO ANGRY, I’D BE LAUGHING:  All Hands On Deck.

THE LEFT HAS WORKED EXTRA HARD SINCE CLINTON’S FIRST TERM TO ENSURE THAT THERE ISN’T ANY ELECTION SECURITY:  Busting all the Democrats’ lies about election “security”.

TO MAKE IT EASIER:  Doug Ross Journal Creates Infographics of Sidney Powell Georgia Lawsuit…

LOTS AND LOTS OF PROFANITY, BUT I’M REALLY THANKFUL FOR: This Razorfist Rant!

APPARENTLY SOME JUSTICES CAN STILL READ THE CONSTITUTION:  Five Justices Vote to Support Religious Rights.

COMING TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, IF WE LET THE STEAL STAND:  California braces for Thanksgiving power-outages due to green justice policies and wildfires…

I JUST HOPE IT’S NOT THE AUTHOR SETTING UP A CONVERGENCE BETWEEN THE FIRST AND THE LAST. LOOKS UP AT CEILING “YOU NEED A WRITERS’ GROUP, OH LORD”:  The connection between this Thanksgiving and George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789.

MEXICO’S PRESIDENT MIGHT BE COMMUNIST, BUT IS APPARENTLY NOT STUPID:  Mexico’s President Still Refuses to Recognize Biden Win.

THEY’RE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE MASQUERADING AS A POLITICAL PARTY:  Reminder: In 2016 Democrats Threatened and Harassed Members of Electoral College to Stop Trump.

SO PLEASE STOP SAYING THERE WAS NO FRAUD. WHEN YOU SAY THAT, OR WHEN YOU REFER TO BIDEN AS THOUGH HE’D LEGITIMATELY WON, YOU’RE PUTTING SHACKLES ON WRISTS AND, WORSE, THOSE OF MY CHILDREN. I DO NOT TAKE KINDLY TO THAT:  Nine useful articles and data points showcasing 2020’s election theft.

DID YOU ALREADY FORGET THEY CANCELLED THE FOURTH OF JULY? HOW LONG WILL YOU TOLERATE THIS?  First, They Came for Thanksgiving; Now They Are Coming for Christmas.

WE NEED A LOT MORE OF IT:  Some rationality on COVID lockdowns from President Trump’s Supreme Court.

November 26, 2020

WHAT HE SAID:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND HAPPY HANUKKAH from the Reynolds/Smith household.

NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER:

Given Nate Silver’s track record, maybe he shouldn’t be throwing shade here.

OLD NARRATIVE: THE MEXICANS HATE TRUMP. Now: Mexico’s President Still Refuses to Recognize Biden Win.

While the mainstream media has used every opportunity to smear President Donald Trump as an ‘anti-Mexican” figure since the day he announced his candidacy five years ago, the U.S. forged a strong relationship with its southern neighbor under his leadership. “President Trump has been very respectful of us, and we have reached very good agreements, and we thank him because he has not interfered and has respected us,” President Obrador admitted.

Unlike neighboring Mexico, Communist China has been more than forthcoming in recognizing the Biden team’s victory claim.

How about that?

SPOILER: PROBABLY. Trump’s leaving Biden a Christmas gift of Middle East peace — will Joe throw it in the trash?

Weirdly, what may save the deal is that the Saudis support it, and they have lots of influence in Washington. Wouldn’t that be ironic?

OPEN THREAD: Explore things.

HOPE YOU HAD A HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We had Thanksgiving for two at my house, instead of 30, but with one family household locked up because of a Covid case (now recovering nicely), and others unable to travel, our traditional gathering wasn’t going to happen. We did manage the traditional Glenn-with-turkey shot, though, and everybody got together over Zoom, which wasn’t as nice as the real thing, but which wasn’t bad either.

HEH:

WELL, I HOPE: Change Is Coming to Big Tech, and Joe Biden Can’t Stop It.

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Religious Freedom: Blame It On Trump.

THE NEW REPUBLIC: The Biden Popular Front Is Doomed to Unravel: It may turn out that Donald Trump was the one force keeping the Democratic Party together.

The coming weeks may see the reemergence in backrooms and boardrooms of the tensions that loomed over the 2020 Democratic primaries. Let us review the three power centers in the party as they existed then:

The new economy. Two titans of the finance world (Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer) sought to win the Democratic nomination by funding their own and various down-ballot candidacies. (Both would eventually back Biden.) There was also one impecunious primary candidate who had some original ideas about the tech world: Andrew Yang. The new economy provides wealth for so few people that it can never command the party’s rank and file. But it exercises a dizzying gravitational pull on its leaders.

Socialism. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were its candidates, the former in a doctrinal way (unions, benefits, income redistribution), the latter in a way adapted to strike more precisely at modern power relations (financial regulation, economic rights), which she denied was any form of socialism at all. Each was a more dire threat to the interests of people like Bloomberg and Steyer than anything the tax-cutting, deregulatory Republicans might produce. This is the great drama of the Democratic Party: They are the party of the 1 percent. They are also the party of expropriating the 1 percent.

Civil rights. The party’s glue is civil rights, broadly understood. Civil rights long meant looking out for the practical and principled interests of Black people—naturally a commitment on which cooperation with socialists is possible. But over the decades, civil rights has also become a regulatory and judicial system for advancing the interests of other groups, including immigrants (elite and mass), women executives, two-income gay couples, and lawyers—commitments more consistent with those of the Democrats’ plutocratic wing. The role of civil rights as reconciler-of-contradictions can be compared to that of anti-Communism in the tripartite Reagan coalition of the 1980s, which appealed in one way to Christians who thought the country ought to be more fraternal and in another to businessmen who thought it ought to be more rapacious. . . .

Trump didn’t sell out his supporters. In fact, his presidency saw something extraordinary, even if it was all but invisible from the country’s globalized cities: the first egalitarian boom since well back into the twentieth century. In 2019, the last non-Covid year, he presided over an average 3.7 percent unemployment rate and 4.7 percent wage growth among the lowest quartile of earners. All income brackets increased their take. That had happened in the last three Obama years, too. The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom, the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. In the Trump economy, the distribution was different. Net worth of the top 10 percent rose only marginally, while that of all other groups vaulted ahead. In 2019, the share of overall earnings going to the bottom 90 percent of earners rose for the first time in a decade.

How about that?

EVEN THE ATLANTIC HAS NOTICED: The Logic of Pandemic Restrictions Is Falling Apart: This is why you can eat in a restaurant but can’t have Thanksgiving.

It isn’t just New York; in states across the country, local officials have urged caution and fastidiousness. But those words can seem tenuously connected, at best, to the types of safety measures they’ve put in place. In Rhode Island, for example, residents are prohibited from gathering with even one person outside their household, even in the open air of a public park. But inside a restaurant? Well, 25 people is fine. Hire a caterer? You’re legally cleared to have up to 75 outdoors. The governor’s executive order merely notes: “The lower attendance at such events, the lower the risk.” (The Rhode Island governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.)

Yes, there’s a lot of absurd TDS in this piece, but some reality has managed to force its way in, though the author seems to have no understanding whatsoever of business or economics.

Also in The Atlantic, from May, Quarantine Fatigue Is Real: And Shaming People Won’t Help.

JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS OUT, THEY PULL ME BACK IN! Diane Keaton: Watching Recut Godfather: Part III Was ‘One of the Best Moments of My Life.’

NOT ONLY IS 2020 STRANGER THAN WE IMAGINED, IT IS STRANGER THAN WE CAN IMAGINE: Dead minks infected with a mutated form of COVID-19 rise from graves after mass culling.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS START TOO EARLY AND ARE BAD FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Later school start may reduce migraines for high school students, study says.

HERE’S SIDNEY POWELL’S COMPLAINT, just filed today in Michigan.

JAMES LILEKS’ OBLIGATORY THANKSGIVING ESSAY:

There have been 105 Thanksgivings at this house. It’s a solid place. There will be a hundred more, as long as the walls and the foundation and the roof endure. This was a young country when the house was built. It is a young country still. May it never grow so old it forgets the humbling lessons of gratitude, and the happy joys of civic rituals.

Today we celebrate no creed, no official birthday, no war’s cessation. We look inward to family and outward to the polity that protects our freedom. All this and pie. God Bless America.

Read the whole thing — and Happy Thankgiving to you and yours!

UPDATE: Be Thankful for the Capitalism That Makes the Abundance Laid Out Before Us Possible.

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