JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH MICHAEL YON, who’s got some interesting plans for covering America in the next few months. Visit his Patreon page if you’re interested in helping.

FLASHBACK: “I’VE PROBABLY JUST GOTTEN PARANOID OVER THE YEARS, but the sudden wave of concern over ‘deepfakes’ makes me think maybe there’s some (genuine) video out there that’s really bad for the Democrats.”

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OBAMA ERA FLASHBACK: OPM’s ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ might affect 14 million.

AN OBITUARY FOR OUR TIMES: Leonard Louis Greendorfer.

Leonard Louis Greendorfer passed away peacefully on October 11, 2020, at age 92, leaving this earth to join the souls of his loved ones on the joyous Simchat Torah holiday. Len was raised in the Richmond District of his beloved San Francisco and spent much of his young life working at the family’s used furniture business on McAllister Street. When San Francisco razed the traditionally Jewish neighborhood of the Fillmore District in favor of redevelopment, the city lost its Jewish core. Len always enjoyed telling his family, friends and anyone else who would listen about the rich Jewish life that used to exist in San Francisco.

Len spent most of his career after the destruction of the Fillmore District in the tobacco industry, but his passion in life was family, friends and faith. . . .

Without pulling punches, Len had disdain for the dramatic changes taking place in local politics and religion. After a brief experiment with a Reform temple, Len and Hannah found a new religious home, as well as a physical home, when they left Daly City to move to Pleasanton. Chabad of the Tri-Valley restored Len’s faith in faith, and the election of President Trump gave Len hope that the American republic would be saved. Len was an ardent Zionist as well and took delight in seeing the re-establishment of the Jewish homeland of Israel as well as its growth into a modern Jewish nation. As proud as he was of the accomplishments of his people in Israel, he was just as shamed at the conduct of progressives who abandoned the Jewish faith for the religion of the Democratic Party. The highlight of recent years for Len was President Trump’s courageous and unprecedent support of Israel and the President’s strong actions to confront progressive anti-Semitism in the United States. . . .

A family service was held at Eternal Home in Colma, in defiance of the politically motivated lockdown that likely shortened Len’s life. In lieu of flowers, Len would appreciate everyone reading this obituary to vote to re-elect President Trump.

His memory is already a blessing.

OPEN THREAD: This is your special place.

SALENA ZITO: Meet the suburban women who may yet win the election for Trump.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Long-standing claims of Biden corruption all but confirmed with Hunter’s emails.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ:

So, just like 2016, then.

RICK TUMLINSON ASKS, how long before the commies go after the NewSpace phenomenon?

I think the billionaires involved expect this. Jeff Bezos has tried to protect himself by assuming lefty coloration. Elon Musk has chosen bravado and rapid movement. The Google folks have just buried their space stuff in a confusing jumble of projects.

FOUR YEARS AGO THIS WEEKEND: Clinton Vaults to a Double-Digit Lead, Boosted by Broad Disapproval of Trump (POLL). “All told, Clinton leads Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, 50 to 38 percent, in the national survey, her highest support and his lowest to date in ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post polls.”

WHEN THE LEFTY WASHINGTON MONTHLY IS SAYING THIS . . . Why Trump Has a Serious Chance of Winning. Really. “First, the president is actually more popular now than on the day he was elected. Yes, that’s right. His personal favorability rating around election day in 2016 was 37.5%. Now, it is 43.2%. There are, in fact, hundreds of thousands of Americans (if not millions) who have grown fonder of Trump.”

Related: Feeling pushed towards Trump. “The reason I am feeling pushed towards Trump, and at such a late date, and despite my strong inclinations otherwise, is that I no longer feel this is a Kang v. Kodos scenario. From the right, I continue to see the usual callous indifference to the lives of ordinary people, but it’s just indifference. The message I am getting from the left is that I am a target they mean to destroy. I’m not real comfortable with that.”

MEMORIES TAKE UP RESOURCES, AND MOST MEMORIES LACK SURVIVAL VALUE: To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget: Researchers find evidence that neural systems actively remove memories, which suggests that forgetting may be the default mode of the brain. Which raises the question of why I can remember cigarette jingles from when I was 5 years old.

Actually, I have a theory on that. For the vast majority of evolutionary history, people were preliterate, and songs were the chief means of longterm information transmission. (Rhyme and meter, etc. even serve as primitive error-checking mechanisms.) So being able to remember the songs that told you where to find famine foods, etc., had definite survival value.

ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE FOR TRUMP:

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Democrats Propose Stopping Coyotes By Distracting Them With Decoy Roadrunners.

CHAMPAGNE FOR BREAKFAST, AND A SHERMAN IN MY HAND: Nat Sherman International Closed. Manhattan Townhouse and wholesale cigar operations shuttered by end of September, ending 90-year history in New York City. “‘We worked hard to successfully transition Nat Sherman International to a new home. The Covid-19 pandemic created new challenges that were unfortunately too big to overcome,’ said Jessica Pierucki, general manager, managing director for Nat Sherman.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to Gain Political Influence.

DISPATCHES FROM PORTLANDIA: Seattle LGBTQ Commission wants their lesbian mayor to resign.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: Tampax gets ratioed into outer space after tweeting “Not all people with periods are women.”

Yes, that is indeed some ratio. You can read a few of the many replies at the above link.

SO, A BITTERLY CLINGING BASKET OF DEPLORABLES, IN OTHER WORDS? Watch: Joe Biden Calls Trump Supporters Outside His Rally ‘Chumps.’

SADLY, YES: Politics key to views on COVID-19 in U.S., poll shows.

Related:

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The Importance of Readiness for Self Defense. “I was involved in two shootings. In the first, I killed the man. In the second, I got shot down. Both of them were a total surprise.”

WHAT DIVIDES US IS CLASS, NOT RACE:

It should be noted that the backlash against immigration is often expressed within racial categories. Workers from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and other African countries who’ve migrated to South Africa have faced terrible violence from locals who resent their competition in the job market. And in the mid-19th century, it was white Christian Irish immigrants fleeing the Potato Famine who stoked the anger of restive urban workers—as dramatically portrayed in Martin Scorsese’s 2002 masterpiece Gangs of New York. Bad economic times tend to push people into tribes—and race is just one way that such tribes self-organize.

A modern-day (and decidedly less violent) version of this intra-racial pattern is represented by London’s so-called Polish Plumbers. Something like a million Poles migrated to Western Europe since their country joined the EU in 2004. A majority settled in the United Kingdom—part of the nearly 17 million “posted workers” in the European Union who live and work in a country other than their own. For the most part, they come from Eastern Europe and seek jobs in the more affluent west.

What drives them is what drives Central American migrants who seek entry into the United States. They’re looking for higher incomes, better schools, a brighter future for their families. These are dreams that everyone shares. The difference is that posted workers are legal, while many Central American migrants who cross the border are not. The idea that whole nations—including their low-paid workers—will someday celebrate the ideal of “open borders” is a fantasy, just as Sanders told us five years ago. And given the crushing effect on the poorest members of our society, it is ironic that it is progressives who embrace this fantasy most fervently. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who campaigned to yank Great Britain from the EU (and hence its acceptance of posted workers), can thank the Polish Plumbers for giving him the greatest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher—as their presence helped him sweep formerly Labour-voting working-class constituencies across northern England.

I’m not supposed to say this, but I will: Taking a knee to Black Lives Matter, or hauling down monuments, isn’t going to change any of this. Nor will corporate diversity policies, many of which are trumpeted on social media by the same conglomerates that are hiring low-cost labor in droves. What we need are policies—including trade and immigration policies—that help us carve up the economic pie in a way that sees all workers get their fair share, no matter what their ethnicity.

In America, class war is disguised as cultural war, and cultural war is often cloaked in the language of race and civil rights, to coin an Insta-phrase.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): When Rulers Despise The Ruled. “If the rulers feel neither loyalty nor empathy toward the ruled, the ruled can be expected to return the favor.”

Related: Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad: “But the New Class isn’t limited to communist countries, really. Around the world in the postwar era, power was taken up by unelected professional and managerial elites. To understand what’s going on with President Donald Trump and his opposition, and in other countries as diverse as France, Hungary, Italy and Brazil, it’s important to realize that the post-World War II institutional arrangements of the Western democracies are being renegotiated, and that those democracies’ professional and managerial elites don’t like that very much, because they have done very well under those arrangements. And, like all elites who are doing very well, they don’t want that to change.”

LIFE IN DE BLASIO’S NEW YORK: The Latest: UNGA Head Concerned NY Mayor Won’t Meet on Virus. “The president of the United Nations General Assembly has expressed concern that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio rejected a meeting with him to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work of the 193-member world organization.”

GREEN NEW DEAL SNEAK PREVIEW: PG&E to cut power to over one million people in California.

SCIENCE, UNSETTLED: Venus might not have signs of life after all, say astronomers.

MARK JUDGE IS ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Revisiting the New Romantics — Was Duran Duran more important than the Clash?

And for those looking for more deep dives into early ’80s music:

 

WITH GREAT DILIGENCE AND PLEASURE: How The New York Times Helped Hide Stalin’s Mass Murders in Ukraine.

Walter Duranty’s spiritual children are still at it today: ‘1619 Project’ Founder Has a Tantrum After NYT Publishes Critical Column.

SO THE LOCKDOWNS DIDN’T STOP IT? COVID-19 cases in U.S. skyrocket by 71,000 — the most in 3 months. But it may be good if they pushed the cases to when people’s Vitamin D levels were highest. Now we shouldn’t have any lockdowns because we don’t want to push cases back to midwinter when levels are low and cases are likely to be more severe. Right?

BUNGA BUNGA: A cautionary tale about how democracy can subvert itself.

Berlusconi was more of a crony capitalist than the neo-fascist of leftwing caricature. Few recall that the formative political relationship of his career was with Bettino Craxi, the socialist who led Italy in the mid-1980s. They were close, Craxi even godfather to Berlusconi’s children. Berlusconi backed the Craxi regime, characterized by unbelievable venality and, weirdly, pan-Arabism. Berlusconi inherited only one of those traits from his mentor: guess which?

Self-interest, not ideology, drove him. Becoming PM was a business decision. After acquiring Mondadori, Italy’s biggest publisher, and Publitalia, Italy’s biggest advertising firm, the next step was simply to acquire the government. Turns out that could be bought as easily as anything else in his portfolio. It allowed him to pass laws to stifle investigations into fraud, corruption, mafia links. He banned over-seventies from going to prison… then publicly celebrated his 70th birthday. You have to admire the cheek.

In a sense, Byron was right. If a leader can make 2,500 court appearances in 106 trials without ever getting done for anything, there does seem to be no functioning law or government. It’s not true, though, that things carry on well enough regardless. In the decade to 2010, Berlusconi’s decade, only Haiti and Zimbabwe had lower GDP growth, as Italy creaked into the eurozone crisis.

Read the whole thing.

THEY HAVE LEARNED NOTHING AND FORGOTTEN NOTHING: The Hunter Biden Corruption Scandal Is a Reckoning for the Legacy Media.

CHELSEA HANDLER, CLOSET TRUMP SUPPORTER: How else to explain this headline? Chelsea Handler explains shaming of Trump-backer 50 Cent: ‘I had to remind him that he was a Black person.’

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: General Atomics and Boeing team up on high-energy laser weapon.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS:

 

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: #MeToobin Edition.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Won the Debate—But Won Bigly the Post-Debate.

QUELLE HORREUR — THE CHALKENING RETURNS!

This week I drove down to Thibodaux, Louisiana, to give a Live Not By Lies talk at Nicholls State University. Thibodaux is Cajun country. It is not the Bay Area. It is not the Upper West Side. It is not New England. It is a conservative place. But earlier in the week, the Social Justice Warriors made their malign presence known on campus in a big way.

Last weekend, the campus College Republicans chalked pro-Trump messages on the sidewalk. Such as:

“Geaux Trump” is the most Louisiana MAGA thing ever. Anti-Trump students had a meltdown. Over chalk. On a sidewalk. Here is a parade of fragile students speaking out at an extended student government meeting, all of them outraged that other students expressed a political opinion — support for the re-election of the President of the United States — that caused them anxiety.

“Safetyism” is in the process of destroying a generation of young adults.

(Classical reference in headline.)

REPRESENTATION FOR OUR POLITICAL OPPONENTS THREATENS DEMOCRACY! Harvard professor says Republican Party threatens democracy. When you realize that to leftists, “democracy” just means “unchecked power on our part,” it all makes sense.

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST: Senator Hirono’s Double Standard.

On Thursday afternoon, I caught up with Hirono in the Capitol and asked her about the apparent double standard. The Hawaii senator stands by her condemnation of Barrett for saying “sexual preference,” but won’t call on Biden to apologize for using the same term in May 2020:

National Review: Senator, last week at the hearing you mentioned that you thought it was “offensive and outdated” when Amy Barrett used the [term] “sexual preference.” It turns out that Joe Biden said it in May. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said it in 2017. Some of your colleagues on the Judiciary Committee said it maybe in 2010, 2012. Do you stand by that criticism?

Mazie Hirono: Well, of course.

NR: Do you think Joe Biden should apologize for saying that in May?

Hirono: Well, look, it’s a lesson learned for all of us. But when you’re going on the Supreme Court and you’ve been a judge, as one of my judge friends said, you should know what these words mean.

NR: Should Joe Biden apologize, too, like Amy Coney Barrett did?

Hirono: Joe Biden is not up for the Supreme Court.

NR: He’s up for the presidency. So, he shouldn’t apologize?

Hirono: People will decide.

NR: You don’t want to call on him to apologize?

Hirono: Oh, stop it. The world is in flames.

Of course, the state of the world is the same this week as it was last week when Senators Murray and Hirono smeared Barrett as a bigot for using the term, and the argument that either Barrett or Biden did anything wrong is very weak.

As P.J. O’Rourke wrote, “The founding fathers, in their wisdom, devised a method by which our republic can take one hundred of its most prominent numbskulls and keep them out of the private sector where they might do actual harm.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Profs outraged over Trump being nice to female debate moderator Kristen Welker. Well, when you’ve lost the faculty of the University of Wisconsin (Platteville). . . .

NON-COMBATANT EVACUATION: A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey prepares to land during a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise at Twentynine Palms, California. Photo taken Oct. 16, 2020.

I BLAME GLOBAL WARMING: October snowstorm set to smash early-season records.

In conjunction with the record-challenging cold that is set to surge southward across the central and western United States, another potentially record-setting snowstorm is set to target millions of Americans in the coming days. This time, the dose of wintry precipitation will target areas much farther south, including some that typically don’t pick up snow until much later in the season.

With this storm coming on the heels of recent winterlike weather that shattered a 115-year-old snowfall record in the Twin Cities, residents across the Plains and Upper Midwest may check their calendars twice to make sure it’s still October.

But, of course, this means nothing in terms of science — it’s not climate, it’s just weather. Now if it were unseasonably hot weather, it would be clear proof of climate change. Because that’s how the science works.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Pissed Trump Called Her AOC During Debate.

JOE “SUPERPREDATOR” BIDEN WILL FIX THAT: Under Trump, black prison rate lowest in 31 years, Hispanics down 24%.

THIS IS CNN: Jake Tapper Is Nearly in Tears Whining About Trump’s Attacks on Sundown Joe.

MAKE THEM PAY: Jewish Students at U. Illinois File Education Department Complaint Over Campus Anti-Semitism.

Remember, the process is the punishment.

NO ENEMIES ON THE LEFT: Bernie Bro with Van Full of Guns and Explosives Plotted to Assassinate Biden. Media Buries the Lede, as Usual.

What was Treisman’s motive? He must be one of those evil Proud Boys or crazy QAnon freaks we keep hearing so much about, right?

Wrong. But to find out the actual motive, you have to go all the way down to paragraph 15 of the WaPo story (emphasis mine):

The 19-year-old’s focus on Biden started in the spring, according to the order… Days after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign, Treisman, who had suggested in a Reddit post that he had to “save bernie,” posted a meme with the caption questioning whether he should kill Biden.

Oh. He’s a Bernie Bro. He wanted to kill Biden to somehow help Bernie.

But you sure wouldn’t know that by reading the headline (“A 19-year-old with a van full of guns and explosives plotted to assassinate Biden, federal officials say”) or the first 14 paragraphs. Isn’t that kind of important?

No, it isn’t, because WaPo wants you to think a conservative or a right-winger or some other designated villain did it. That’s the game.

They all did the same thing in 2017 when a Bernie Bro named James T. Hodgkinson shot up a baseball field where some Republican congressmen were practicing. Steve Scalise was seriously wounded and almost killed. And the media bent over backwards to avoid mentioning that Hodgkinson was a staunch supporter of Bernie Sanders. Hell, within two months of the shooting, they had quit mentioning Hodgkinson at all.

Read the whole thing.

Evergreen:


FAMILIARITY BREEDS RESPECT: Faculty Confidence In Online Learning Grows.

TRUMP WAS CORRECT: Of Course New York City Is A Ghost Town.

QED:

THE BEE, REPORTING NEWS AGAIN:  Intelligence Experts Concerned Media May Tamper With Election By Asking Biden Questions.

SPEEDLIMIT ENFORCED BY PACHYDERM:  Rampaging elephant won’t tolerate dumbo car drivers.

TDS IS A CERTIFIED IQ CRASHING DISEASE:  Coyotes Comment Confuses Trump Haters.

I DOUBT THEY’VE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE ECONOMIC HARM NOR THE UNTREATED ILLNESSES AND DEPRESSION ATTENDANT; NOR IS IT LIKELY THEY’VE INCORPORATED THE HARM DONE CHILDREN BY SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LOSS OF LEARNING COINCIDENTAL TO SCHOOL CLOSURES.  SO THIS IS A WAY LOW-BALL ESTIMATE:  ‘Enormous impact’ of COVID-19 translates to 2.5 million years of potential life lost.

THEY’VE SURVIVED WORLD WAR, DEPRESSION, BIG BOX STORES AND E-TAIL BUT THEY CANNOT SURVIVE DEBLASIO & CUOMO:   Strand Book Store says it ‘cannot survive’ without more business.

OKAY. I’M NOT GOOD WITH SUPERNATURAL STUFF. MAYBE IT’S THE WRITER MIND COMING THROUGH: Instruments.

It’s the only mind I have.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE. SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED:  Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Figure: Unemployment Figures Dramatically Favor Republican-Led States.

SURE, BUT I THINK THEY’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT AMERICANS ARE NOT CHINESE:  Is China Now In Control of Our Flow of Information?

THE PROVINCIAL LEFT IS ONLY INTERESTED IN FOREIGNERS THEY CAN WHITE-KNIGHT FOR:  Foreign Policy? What’s That?

Kind of like minorities. The left uses “categories” of people. They’re not interested in actual, real people.

AND AS THE EXPENSIFY EXEC DEMONSTRATED THEY’RE DELUSIONAL NARCISSISTS:  Democrats still live in a Trump-fueled dystopian nightmare.

EXCEPT THIS PARTICULAR TWATWAFFLE (NOT THE WRITER, THE EXPENSIFY GUY) DOESN’T KNOW ONE IS A CROOK, AND IMAGINES THE OTHER ONE IS A DICTATOR:  Expensify Says Vote For Crook Not Fascist.

A GODLESS RELIGION:   Woke Calvinism and Biden.

October 23, 2020

YES NOT SPEAKING GIVES THE PRESS AN EXCUSE AND HE KNOWS THEY’RE IN THE TANK FOR HIM: Biden won’t deny. “If they’re not real, Biden would strongly, clearly assert that the emails are fake. What reason could there be to fail to make a clear assertion? I think the answer is that he knows it’s an assertion that can be proven false, leaving him plainly exposed as an outrageous liar.”

AT AMAZON, Leupold Rifle Scopes.

WELL:

Plus:

JOEL KOTKIN: Minorities are doing better on almost every measurement in redder metros. Wokestan is failing the very people it purports to care most about.

As Kimberly Klacik says, the worst place to be black is in a Democrat-controlled city.

OPEN THREAD: Thread away.

CONSEQUENCES: Vulnerable Democrats Break With Biden Over ‘Transition’ From Oil Industry.

AT THE NEW YORKER, deep unhappiness that people are choosing to parent their own children. “Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its employment report for September, which showed that women have been choosing to leave the workforce in staggering numbers: while about two hundred and sixteen thousand men dropped out of the workforce that month, about four times that many women made the same decision. Though the figures for September are particularly stark, they are consistent with trends that have been recorded since March.”

And the article equates staying home to raise your children, instead of putting them in daycare, to “ignoring our children.” Uh huh.

Related (From Ed): Comcast concurs!

 

 

 

IT’S ALMOST LIKE THEY AREN’T HONEST MEDIA AT ALL: The Hunter Biden Corruption Scandal Is a Reckoning for the Legacy Media.

DESPERATE TRUMP CRITICS LIE DESPERATELY: Desperate Trump Critics Cook Up Despicable Lie to Suggest Biden Won the Debate.

“Trump critics cook up despicable lie” is kind of an evergreen headline.

GO BROKE: The Inside Story of Formula 1’s Coronavirus Collapse. “I spent 50 hours and 48 minutes traveling 21,896 miles to and from Australia. I spent 52 hours and 11 minutes on the ground in Melbourne. I’ve still never seen a running F1 car.”

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Bernie Sanders Reportedly Wants To Be Labor Secretary In A Biden Admin.

WINNING: Israel and Sudan begin normalization process after call with Trump.

PROGRESS: Study Reports Record Number of Carry Permits in U.S.

THIS IS CNN: CNN panelist plays stupid, pretends she does not know her former employer.

Shades of Mary Mapes, CBS’s RatherGate producer in 2004, claiming after she was caught, that even though she was holding herself out a news producer, she didn’t know who any of the players were on the starboard side of the Blogosphere.

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