September 19, 2021

SLOWER, PLEASE: Manchin wants to pause voting on $3.5T spending bill until 2022.

FASTER, PLEASE: Texas DPS Surge To Del Rio Border, Protect State From Biden Failure.

WHEN BIDEN HAS LOST CHUCK TODD…: Chuck Todd Blasts Biden: ‘He’s Got A Pretty Big Credibility Crisis,’ World Doesn’t Know If ‘Competent.’

Nahh, the world knows, starting with his former boss: “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”


JOE BIDEN’S PRESIDENCY IS HANGING BY A THREAD AS RADICALS AND MODERATES GO TO WAR: “There would still be a chance to salvage the situation if Joe Biden’s popularity was on the rise, not languishing in the 40s. But why should Democratic House members in competitive races in 2022 do any favors for a president who’s likely to drag them down to defeat if they appear to be too close to him?”

THE HOUSE OF STEPHANOPOULOS COVERS ALL THE BASES: ABC Fears GOP ‘Pouncing’ and ‘Seizing’ on Botched Boosters to Hurt Biden.

THIS SHOULD HELP US CLOSE THE MINE SHAFT GAP: The World’s Longest Cave System Just Got Even Bigger.

HANNAH COX: Nicki Minaj Is Right: Individual Autonomy Matters. “It is worth noting that many of Minaj’s detractors are the same people who advocate for Black women, but it seems when a member of that group breaks with them ideologically, they are quick to condemn them. Minaj is right to want to do her own research and make the decisions she thinks best for her own body. No matter where one falls on the issues of the vaccine, one thing is certain: we the people have been misled by our government consistently over the past year.”

Yeah, it would be easier to trust them if they weren’t, you know, big fat liars.

SHANNON RAE IS A FRIEND OF FRIENDS, and her band The Ronstadt Revival is awesome.

Here’s a list of upcoming dates if you’re in the area.

CLOTHES ARE IMPORTANT: Humans used tools to make clothes more than 100,000 years ago. Clothes and fire are what let humans — an essentially tropical species — spread throughout the Earth.

GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE ELITE: What Progressives Wrought. Today’s divisions in America are the result of a century-long campaign by progressives to discard the nation’s founding principles.

FAKE STATISTICS: Hyping the Covid Burden on Hospitals. In the U.K., as in the U.S., health officials and the media have been exaggerating the number of people hospitalized for Covid because the tallies include those who test positive but don’t need treatment. In Britain, about 25 percent of these so-called Covid patients are actually being treated for other ailments.

STEVEN MALANGA: Heaping on the SALT. Democrats press Biden to reinstate a tax break for the wealthy.

CLAPPING BACK: Where have the rebels of rock ‘n’ roll gone?

Of the two, Morrison is the more philosophic. Lines like “Is this a sovereign nation/Or just a police state?” and “Dick Turpin wore a mask too” in “Stand and Deliver,” as well as “Were they really all that tough?/Or was it just some PR stunt?…It’s not very rock ‘n’ roll/Where have all the rebels gone?” in “The Rebels” are more thoughtful than Clapton’s simple “Enough is enough.” Clapton, on the other hand, brings style. “Thinkin’ of my kids, what’s left for them / And then what’s comin’ down the road / The light in the tunnel could be the southbound train / Lord, please help them with their load,” he sings.

For the “Change the World” artist who is trying to do just that, one wonders if a song is enough. And what is at stake?

The trickle-down effect of canceled concerts at the beginning of the pandemic to the thousands of music industry jobs in my own hometown of Nashville alone was more like a dam breaking. While music streaming only accounts for a diminutive fraction of most artists’ revenue, and tickets pay the bills, no live music means everything else dries up. The people who made up the music industry—managers, lighting directors, promoters, ticket vendors, concessions vendors, merchandizers, and beyond—felt the effects almost immediately, even before ticket refunds sapped whatever was left in the spigot. The layoffs were immediate and widespread. Recounting last year, my father tells the story of one friend who had to lay off 46 employees from his light and sound production company within a week of March 15. Forty-six.

And if you missed it yesterday, my post on Clapton’s recent Fort Worth show: Eric Clapton Gets Loud at Tour Opening in Fort Worth, But Stays Quiet On Vaccine Stance.

HEATHER MAC DONALD: Ripping Off the Veil. By firing nearly half its musicians in order to “prioritise diversity,” a British classical music organization exposes the sordid business behind all racial-preference regimes.

WELL, YES: Opinion: Elon Musk’s Criticisms of the EV Incentive Bill Are Valid.

ROY COHN, JUAN PERON, TOSCANINI, DACRON, DIEN BIEN PHU FALLS, “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK:” Why the US should offer to buy France’s submarines for Vietnam.

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: Biden vacations at Delaware beach house after week of heavy losses.

FASTER, PLEASE: New nano particles suppress resistance to cancer immunotherapy.

TWO AMERICAS: “On Saturday in New York City you needed a vaccine passport to eat in a restaurant or grab a drink in a bar, work out in a gym, go to a movie, or attend any sporting event. Just four hours to the west nearly 110,000 maskless Penn State Nittany Lion fans who had to provide no health records to anyone to attend the game reveled in their school’s biggest football game in two years, packed as close together as possible all clad in white in one of the great football cathedrals of this country. Watch this video and tell me which America you want to live in, the one where you have freedom and embrace life or the one where you either bow down to the authoritarian whims of a group of leaders who don’t even follow their own rules or have no ability to do anything.”

Related: A Defense of ‘Barstool’ Conservatives. “At college football games across the country the past two weekends, student sections erupted in ‘F— Joe Biden’ chants. Thousands of unruly fans expressing their discontent with the president packed Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, and dozens of other football stadiums. Many conservatives I know found it impossibly crude. Others found it amusing. They all missed the point: The chanting did more to break the progressive narrative on campus than God and Man at Yale ever did.”

Like Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden is proving to be a brilliant salesman for limited government.

Update: Video: More ‘F*ck’ Joe Biden Chants Rings Out at College Football Games.

FRUITS OF DISTRUST: Study: Rising number of parents refuse HPV vaccine for adolescent children.

SEEN MORE AROUND TOWN: Gadsden flag Don’t tread on me Bumper Sticker.

“UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:” As NYC builds out green infrastructure, some brace for unintended consequences. “Their concern isn’t the clean energy, but how it will be conveyed and what that might mean to neighborhoods that for years have absorbed projects sold as being for the greater good, but have hurt residents.” They are right to be concerned.

And are consequences that are usually foreseeable really “unintended?”

SPLASHDOWN! All-Amateur Space Crew Returns Safely to Earth.


I had no idea that “Hardcore MAGA Qanon Insurrectionists” were such aficionados of Vinyard Vines!

Related: Now it all makes sense:


More: “Justice for J6” Entrapment Rally was a Bust. Police, media and “fedboi” infiltrators outnumber ‘Justice for J6’ protesters. As expected.



ROGER KIMBALL: The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Milley.

Milley, like Sun Tzu, goes beyond strictly military themes into realms sociological, psychological, and political. “You cannot betray the one to which you were never loyal.” This obviously is an insight that has wide application, as pertinent in business as in warfare proper. Ditto Milley’s postmodern revision of JFK’s famous saying: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for China.”

Finally, General Milley’s art of war has a pragmatic commercial side, as can be seen in such observations as “He who turns on a bad orange man gets a big book deal.” Has any fortune cookie ever contained greater wisdom?

“But that’s all satire, parody!” you object. “It’s from the Babylon Bee, not any real book written by Mark Milley.”

You’re right about that and I apologize for the imposition.

I also note that it is effective satire. Why? What makes it effective? Its close proximity to the truth. Mark Milley would never advise a military leader to “pick up the phone” and call one’s enemy to alert him to a forthcoming attack. No, no. General Milley is a man of action. He does not write about such things. He actually does them. He actually called his counterpart in China, twice, to assure him that, should the United States be planning an attack, he, Mark Milley, would be sure to let him know in advance. What a guy!

Related: Fire the military and intelligence bigs who bungled Afghanistan — now.

COMING OUT SOON: Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.


Flashback: Lincoln’s New Assassins.

Now the mob takes the role of John Wilkes Booth in removing perhaps the greatest of all Lincoln sculptures, the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park, located in northeast Washington, D.C. The preeminent Lincoln scholar of our or any other time, Harry V. Jaffa, said many times that this sculpture, originally referred to as the Freedman’s Memorial, rivaled Daniel French’s Lincoln Memorial creation. The statue was dedicated to honor Lincoln on the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Yet the furious mob blindly objects that the statue shows a kneeling slave before a standing Lincoln. The mob is even more blinkered in its art appreciation than it is in its historical understanding, as I will show in close-up views of the muscular freedman—no longer a slave!—and other details.

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If we don’t believe our own eyes, we have the testimony of Frederick Douglass, who delivered the dedication address, honoring his friend Abraham Lincoln. The escaped slave Douglass is famous for his criticisms of Lincoln’s policies, including what he then regarded as his slowness to accede to plans for using black soldiers. But he also conceded the correctness of Lincoln’s measured policies. Douglass’s speech is among his best, his most complex, for its unsparing, many-sided views of Lincoln: it smashes all clichés about both men. His audience, we should note, included President Grant.

Related: Do we erase black history when we take down statues?

More: Why the Right Foresaw the Statues Coming Down. “When Donald Trump wondered whether it would be ‘George Washington next week’ and ‘Thomas Jefferson the week after,’ he was treated to haughty and dismissive dispatches in the mainstream press explaining why these Founders were more than just their proximity to slavery. These were valuable missives, but Trump wasn’t the right audience. They should have been directed at the activists who have taken their campus-based maximalism with them into the workforce. The failure on the part of polite liberal opinion makers to anticipate this attack on America’s foundations is a failure of imagination and an act of hubris. They assumed they spoke for the mob when it was the mob that spoke for them.”

It’s not surprising that Democrats are toppling statues of Lincoln — but this time, the calls are coming from inside the theater!

A VICTORY OVER HIGHER EDUCATION SEGREGATION: University shuts down anti-racism training that separated students by race.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Brown exempts its official functions from new indefinite COVID restrictions.

What, you thought Covid rules were going to be different?

FALL GUY? Feds to indict ex-Boeing test pilot over 737 Max crashes: report. He may have done wrong, but I very much doubt he’s the primary offender.

STILL #1 IN ARGENTINIAN HISTORY: The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Weekly Biden Report Card: Border bungle and Afghanistan attack spoil Newsom win news.

FIRE GENERAL MILLEY: Oops: Biden’s ‘Righteous Strike’ in Kabul Now a ‘Tragic Mistake’.


One of the chief roles of the Covid response is to distract the world’s populace from what else is being done to them.

JOHN GILL SHOULD HAVE NEVER LEFT THE ACADEMY: Staffers Trying to Build ‘Wall’ to Stop People From Seeing What a Mess Biden Is.

(Classical reference in headline.)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION BUREAUCRATS: No, we won’t tell you how many of us are vaccinated.

The World Health Organization, a subsidiary of the United Nations, has been trying to lead the way on global vaccination policy during the COVID pandemic. They are keen to see as many people as possible be vaccinated and they keep close track of the progress in nations across the world. They are also quick to note how many vaccinations take place and scold more economically prosperous nations for taking care of their own people before sending more doses to less developed countries. But when it comes to vaccination rates and vaccine hesitancy, how well are the people at the WHO doing themselves? How many of them and their staffers have rolled up their sleeves to set a good example for the rest of the planet? We don’t know because they are refusing to tell us. That sort of medical information is “private,” you see. . . .

Far more likely is the possibility that the WHO just doesn’t want the public snooping around regarding their own vaccination rates. If their own hesitancy rate is higher than that of some of the countries they are barking at, their position as the world’s hall monitor is severely undermined. That’s the same thing we see in governments and organizations everywhere these days, though. They are the first to preach to you about the importance of getting vaccinated, tracking vaccination rates, and scolding areas where the numbers are too low. (Unless we’re talking about an area with a lot of minority residents, in which case it’s simply “unfortunate.”) But when you ask them how they are doing in getting everyone vaccinated in their own offices, it’s suddenly personal information.

Isn’t it curious how this all seems to keep playing out the same way? Normally, people’s private medical information is just that… private. People or institutions peering too closely at anyone’s medical situation can be called out for potential discrimination and all manner of other things. In certain cases, you can be charged with violations of the law for doing so. But now, when it comes to a specific vaccination, everyone is supposed to voluntarily make that information very public.

Well, not everyone, exactly. Bureaucrats everywhere: Privacy for me, but not for thee, but hypocrisy for me by the truckload. It’s a clown show all the way down.

And, of course, it’s certain that the reason they’re not releasing the numbers isn’t “privacy,” but because the vaccination rate is low enough to make the W.H.O. look bad and to undercut its message.

COLLUSION: Chinese Major-General worked with fired scientist at Canada’s top infectious disease lab. “The joint research conducted by Major-General Chen Wei and former Canadian government lab scientist Xiangguo Qiu indicates that co-operation between the Chinese military and scientists at the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) went much higher than was previously known. The People’s Liberation Army is the military wing of China’s ruling Communist Party.”

I suspect that one reason we’re hearing such muted criticism of the Chinese over the Covid debacle is that so much of the western “public health” community was in bed with them. I also suspect that this isn’t by accident, but by design.

HOW THE DEMOCRATS’ DIRTY-TRICKS MACHINE WORKS: Clinton lawyer’s indictment reveals ‘bag of tricks.’

The 26-page indictment of former cybersecurity attorney and Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann by special counsel John Durham is as detailed as it is damning on the alleged effort to push a false Russia collusion claim before the 2016 presidential campaign. One line, however, seems to reverberate for those of us who have followed this scandal for years now: “You do realize that we will have to expose every trick we have in our bag.”

That warning from an unnamed “university researcher” captures the most fascinating aspect of the indictment in describing a type of Nixonian dirty tricks operation run by — or at least billed to — the Clinton campaign. With Nixon, his personal attorney and the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) paid for operatives to engage in disruptive and ultimately criminal conduct targeting his opponents. With Clinton, the indictment and prior disclosures suggest that Clinton campaign lawyers at the law firm of Perkins Coie helped organize an effort to spread Russia collusion stories and trigger an investigation. . . .

The big trick in 2016 was the general effort to create a Russia collusion scandal with the help of Justice Department insiders and an eager, enabling media.

It was only last October, for instance, that we learned that then-President Obama was briefed by his CIA director, John Brennan, on an intelligence report that Clinton planned to tie then-candidate Trump to Russia as “a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.” That was on July 28, 2016 — three days before the Russia investigation was initiated.

The problem was that both the Steele dossier and the Alpha [sic: it’s Alfa] Bank allegations fell apart soon after being fed to the FBI. A key source for dossier compiler and former British spy Christopher Steele was viewed by American intelligence as a Russian agent, and it was believed that the Clinton campaign and the dossier were being used by Russian intelligence to spread disinformation.

According to Durham, the Alpha Bank allegation fell apart even before Sussmann delivered it to the FBI. The indictment details how an unnamed “tech executive” allegedly used his authority at multiple internet companies to help develop the ridiculous claim. (The executive reportedly later claimed that he was promised a top cyber security job in the Clinton administration). Notably, there were many who expressed misgivings not only within the companies working on the secret project but also among unnamed “university researchers” who repeatedly said the argument was bogus.

The researchers were told they should not be looking for proof but just enough to “give the base of a very useful narrative.” The researchers argued, according to the indictment, that anyone familiar with analyzing internet traffic “would poke several holes” in that narrative, noting that what they saw likely “was not a secret communications channel with Russian Bank-1, but ‘a red herring,’” according to the indictment. “Researcher-1” repeated these doubts, the indictment says, and asked, “How do we plan to defend against the criticism that this is not spoofed traffic we are observing? There is no answer to that. Let’s assume again that they are not smart enough to refute our ‘best case scenario.’ You do realize that we will have to expose every trick we have in our bag to even make a very weak association.”

People need to be punished sufficiently to ensure this isn’t done again.

Plus: “The Clinton team denied involvement in the creation of the Steele dossier throughout the 2016 campaign despite direct media inquiries. It was only after the election that mysterious expenses for its legal counsel led reporters to discover the truth.”

Also: “Durham’s final report, meanwhile, could answer even more questions, but will Washington ever allow it to see the light of day without massive redactions?”

If it made Republicans look bad, the full text would be leaked, and published by “courageous” journalists.

IT’S NOT EXACTLY PENTHOUSE: Brian Frye: Letter To The Yale Law Journal Forum.

September 18, 2021

MY COUNTY MAYOR, Glenn Jacobs.



Direct link to the interview here.

THE AMERICA THAT WORKS: SpaceX’s private Inspiration4 crew returns to Earth with historic splashdown off Florida coast.




In the words of Marisa Tomei from My Cousin Vinny: “Oh yeah. You blend.”

UPDATE: From the open thread:



MORE: It gets better:


OPEN THREAD: Dreams unwind and love’s a state of mind.

UPDATE: Some really great 1970s camerawork there, and Stevie Nicks shows that she can belt it, even if she never does on the studio stuff.

JUST BE SURE TO PHONE THE ENEMY BEFORE ATTACKING: U.S. generals planning for a space war they see as all but inevitable.

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SCIENCE: Studying aging through metabolite changes in saliva.

IT WON’T BE THE LAST: Joe Biden’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. “By any measure, Friday, September 17, 2021, will go down in the books as one of the worst days of Joe Biden’s presidency. (At least so far, anyway.)”

So far.

UPDATE: Don Surber: President Fubar.





The left always shows you what it’s afraid of. And they’re afraid of this phenomenon. It shows people aren’t afraid of them, even on college campuses.

And the “legal experts” going on about the dangers of “violent speech” after the four years of actual violence over Trump are hilarious, pathetic, and a disgrace to the profession all at once. Hacks. Or maybe this is a parody. Who can tell anymore?

UPDATE: Folks in the comments say it’s a parody. Like I said, who can tell these days, when most of our betters speak in parody all the time, whether they know it or not. The chants, at any rate, are sincere.

SPLASHDOWN SET FOR 7:06 PM ET: SpaceX’s private Inspiration4 astronauts will return to Earth tonight and you can watch it live.

COLOR ME SUSPICIOUS: Powell orders ethics review after Fed presidents disclosed multimillion-dollar investments.

Do I believe that the Fed presidents have conflicts? Probably. But do I think this is coming out now to provide an excuse for a purge and replacement with loyal henchment? Yes, yes I do.


SCIENCE: Studying aging through metabolite changes in saliva.


Arnold Schwarzenegger, who became California’s governor in 2003 after a recall, said he was relieved that Gavin Newsom kept his job.

“I think voters made the right decision,” Schwarzenegger said in an interview on Wednesday, the day after Democratic Gov. Newsom beat the recall. “It’s better to stay with someone who you know what they’re going to do, rather than someone who comes in wacky and is changing everything around.”

Still, the Republican added he was hopeful that the special election was a “wake-up call” for Newsom that “makes him perform better.”

Regarding anti-maskers, Schwarzenegger uttered the words “screw your freedom” last month, which also neatly sums up Newsom’s approach to Californians in general.

Which brings us to this headline from America’s Newspaper of Record: Californians Desperate To Escape Cling To Landing Gear Of Last Jet Leaving LAX.

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden’s reset.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget.

On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists. A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration voted to not recommend COVID-19 booster shots for all Americans over age 16, dashing an administration hope. And France announced it was recalling its ambassador to the United States out of anger for being cut out of a secret nuclear submarine deal Biden had struck with the United Kingdom and Australia.

The headlines, all within an hour, underscored the perils for any president from situations that can define a term in office.

Already, Biden has seen public approval numbers trend downward as the pandemic has deepened and Americans cast blame for the flawed U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The passive tone in this AP article is just incredible — but it all makes sense when you remember that it’s written by Democratic Party operatives with bylines.

And the hits just keep on coming: Number of Americans Trapped in Afghanistan Exceeds Biden Admin Claims, GOP Lawmaker Says. Rep. Darrell Issa says at least 200 individuals stranded, double Biden’s public claim.

(Classical reference in headline.)

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND THE MEMORY HOLE: Emory newspaper edits 20-year-old article written by Biden nominee.

The Emory University student newspaper edited an article written by the now-U.S. Solicitor General nominee to remove a quote they described as “harmful for some readers.”

Editors at The Emory Wheel, the student newspaper of Emory University, removed a quote given to then-student editor Elizabeth Barchas, whom President Joe Biden nominated to be the U.S. Solicitor General in August.

Elizabeth Barchas now goes by Elizabeth Barchas Prelogar.

“It’s really disappointing because we think we live in such a modern culture but there’s still so many primitive people out there who think violence is an effective way to show anger or prove a point,” then-freshman Justin Karp originally told the Emory Wheel in a now-archived version of their story after the September 11, 2001 attacks. “We’re better than that.”

The article, “Students react to national crisis with disbelief, hope,” was re-published on September 11 and omits the quote provided by Karp, with an editor’s note stating that his words “may be harmful for some readers.”

Not least of whom include Comrade Ogilvy.


UNEXPECTEDLY: AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ dress designer Aurora James owes debt in multiple states.

The company racked up three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes from employees’ paychecks totaling $14,798, the state Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post. The debts — which were incurred before the pandemic — stem from 2018 and 2019. The company has been hit with 15 warrants in total since 2015.

The company got into a deeper hole with the feds. Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal liens on Cultural Brokerage Agency totaling $103,220. The liens specifically cite the company’s failure to remit employee payroll taxes.

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While James apparently has no problem stiffing the Taxman, she isn’t shy about taking money from taxpayers — her company received in $41,666 in pandemic relief aid.

Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.


NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why Defensive Firearms Training Is So Important.

USCCR’s REPORT ON MATERNAL MORTALITY:  In its report released this week, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights tries to make the case that racial disparities in maternal mortality are caused by racism.  As one of my colleagues put it, “Black women are treated differently in the maternity ward than others in terms of being listened to, and recognized as custodians of their own care, and advocates of their own care.”  In my dissenting statement, I point out that Hispanic and Asian mothers have lower rates of maternal mortality than white mothers.  Make of that what you will.

JIM TREACHER: It’s the Same Vaccine, No Matter Who’s President.

Joy Reid is a shameless hypocrite. She keeps screaming about people who are hesitant about a vaccine, which she was also hesitant about until she wasn’t.

Reid has been trying to defend herself, but unfortunately for her, she has to rely on the logic and rhetorical skills of Joy Reid:

Yeah, here’s the thing about that: IT’S LITERALLY THE SAME VACCINE. It didn’t magically transform from a bad vaccine to a good vaccine, or vice versa, just because we elected a new president. There’s not a “Trump vaccine” and a “Biden vaccine.” It’s literally the same stuff! It’s the same physical matter residing in the same universe. The only thing that’s different now is a few misfiring neurons in the brains of partisan morons like Joy Reid.

This is the woman who managed to keep her awful MSNBC show after claiming that some homophobic posts on her old blog, which she wrote before anybody even knew who she was, were planted there by a hacker. That’s right, some hacker got into a time machine, went back to 2010, and tried to ruin Joy Reid’s career by making it look like she hates gay people. She’s always loved science fiction.

More here: Reid Lies About Ben Shapiro, Insists It Was Good to Be Anti-Vax Under Trump.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Data Study: 18 Months of Ammo Sales during a Pandemic, Protests, and the Biden Presidency.

To give a pre-pandemic baseline of sorts, over the past 18 months our overall sales have increased as follows:

590% increase in revenue
604% increase in transactions
271% increase in site traffic
77% increase in conversion rate

This data is from February 23, 2020 – August 23, 2021, when compared to the previous 18 months (August 24, 2018 – February 22, 2020).

Much more at the link.

THE L.A. TIMES KEEPS ROCKIN’! Smear Campaign Against Larry Elder Reveals Fraud by Woke Media:

Elder, who would have become the state’s first black governor had he won, was smeared continually by California media at the behest of the left in the most absurd and often quite offensive ways.

The Los Angeles Times ran an opinion column in August headlined “Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy. You’ve been warned.” Another Los Angeles Times columnist linked Elder to the politics of David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

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It got worse.

Late in the campaign, Elder was subjected to an assault by an unidentified white woman in a gorilla mask who hurled an egg at him. It was a disgusting act.

Imagine, for a moment, that this identical attack had occurred against a black Democrat. Kyle Smith, writing for the New York Post, was spot on with this analysis:

We would be treated to multiple news analyses about the history of the usage of gorilla tropes against blacks. Joy-Ann Reid, Rachel Maddow and Don Lemon would be doing hour-long broadcasts on the attack, convening panels discussing just how the attack pulls the scab off racism in America, and proves we have so much work left to do in dealing with the problem. Vox would commission a series about California’s grim history of racism dating back to the Chinese Exclusion Act, and Asian-American and Latino writers would hasten to explain that California’s historic hostility to all sorts of persons of color is as traditional as its Tournament of Roses parade.


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


(Classical reference in headline.)

UNIVERSITIES HAVE NO BUSINESS DECIDING WHETHER RELATIONSHIPS ARE CONSENSUAL OR NOT: 2 Women Dated for Years. After It Ended, JMU Said Their Relationship Was ‘Nonconsensual.’

They dated for two and a half years, living together for much of that time.

The relationship ended badly, causing both women much consternation. Almost a year later, on December 4, 2018, Lese filed a Title IX report with JMU. This report then became the basis of a sexual misconduct complaint, and Reid was accused of engaging in a nonconsensual relationship with her former girlfriend.

JMU suspended Reid from teaching. Then, following a hearing where Reid was given no meaningful opportunity to rebut the allegations against her—Lese did not even attend it—the university determined she had violated an aspect of the sexual misconduct policy that had not even existed during the time period in question.

The finding made it impossible for Reid to continue working at JMU; indeed, she had already been denied a promotion and barred from campus. She was hired at another university, sold her house, and moved—but when her new employer found out about the sexual misconduct finding, the offer was abruptly rescinded.

“I was let go a week before the semester began,” she says.

Reid is now suing JMU, as well as the U.S. Department of Education, which pushed colleges and universities to adopt unfair sexual misconduct adjudication policies during the years of Barack Obama’s presidency. The lawsuit comes at a time of profound national uncertainty about the trajectory of federal education policy as it relates to Title IX, the statute that prohibits sex and gender-based discrimination in schools. Under Obama, the Education Department instructed campus officials to vigorously investigate sexual misconduct, define it broadly, and give accused persons very little recourse. Then, under former President Donald Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama-era policies and made basic fairness a central component of Title IX adjudication.

Now Joe Biden is president, and he has selected Catherine Lhamon as his Title IX enforcer. The name should be familiar to readers: Lhamon had the exact same job during the Obama era. As assistant secretary for civil rights within the Education Department, she enforced the policies that prompted hundreds of students and professors to sue their institutions after being removed from campus following the sorts of ordeals that Reid faced. No single government official bears more responsibility than Lhamon, and Biden would like to give her back her old job.

Complaints of sexual assault should be referred to law enforcement. Universities lack the expertise, and the moral stature, to resolve this sort of thing on their own.

Also, I disagree with the claim that these policies are the product of “good intentions.”

YAHOO FINANCE: “7 ways men live without working in America”:

Almost one-third of all working-age men in America aren’t doing diddly-squat. They don’t have a job, and they aren’t looking for one either. One-third of all working-age men. That’s almost 30 million people!

How do they live? What are they doing for money? To me, this is one of the great mysteries of our time.

Someone should write a book about this great “mystery.”

HOW IT STARTED: America is back with Biden, France’s Macron says.

—Reuters, June 12.

How it’s going: “Furious.” France withdraws their American ambassadors.

The fallout from the sudden announcement this week of a secret deal between the United States and Great Britain to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines is not calming down yet. If anything, it’s escalating. China is obviously upset since they were specifically called out as the reason for the Aussies wanting that sort of naval power. But French officials were reportedly “furious” over the arrangement. They had assumed that they would be supplying the Australians with their next fleet of (conventionally powered) subs. Rather than being able to calm the waters in private talks, the argument has been carried out in a very public way, culminating yesterday with France withdrawing their ambassadors to the United States and Australia.

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I’m not opposed to the Australians obtaining nuclear submarines if their government feels that’s the appropriate action to take. And I’m fairly sure that the French aren’t objecting to the idea in principle either. They’re upset because they anticipated cashing in on a nearly $100 billion deal that’s suddenly been yanked out from under their feet.

—Jazz Shaw, Hot Air, today.

Related: How bad is it? So bad that even Jake Tapper is calling out his boss: Jake Tapper notes that it doesn’t seem like Biden’s living up to his promise to restore alliances.


He did play a half-dozen hits, including “Tears in Heaven” and a drowsy acoustic shuffle version of “Layla.” And he chased them with his usual flurry of blues standards, including a slow, swinging take on Willie Dixon’s “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man.”

Some of the high points arrived in unexpected tunes, like the funky Derek & the Dominos outtake “Got To Get Better In A Little While” and a pair of lovely unplugged tunes: the new instrumental “For Kerry,” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Man of the World,” which he dedicated to the late Peter Green.

He got impeccable backing from his 8-piece band which featured veteran drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and Paul Carrack, who stole the spotlight with his gospel-tinged organ solos. But the star of the group was his longtime left-hand man, Dallas-born guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, whose semi-dirty textures provided the perfect contrast to Clapton’s more fluid style.

Clapton ended the show on a high note, with another Big D native, guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, adding fuel to the fire on Joe Cocker’s hit “High Time We Went.”

I was there, and was thrilled to be back seeing live music in an arena. Walking across the pedestrian bridge from the parking garage to the area, it appeared that perhaps one out of 50 early arrivals were wearing masks. However, as opening act Jimmie Vaughan took the stage, the late arriving audience members appeared to have a much higher percentage entering wearing masks. Perhaps the early crowd took their cue from seeing so few masks, and vice-versa.

This is the third time I’ve seen Clapton live. The first was in 1983, when Clapton, then newly-released from rehab in Hazelden (his first of two stints there) was on his “Money and Cigarettes” tour. The second was in 1988, when Clapton was in his Miami Vice-style Gianni Versace phase.

Today, at 76, Clapton looks the part of the grizzled road warrior, but unlike other septuagenarian rockers, his voice is still strong, and he’s still got his fabled guitar chops. Dusting off “Gotta Get Better in a Little While,” a once fairly obscure song from Derek and the Dominos’ 1973 live album, is both a timely message, and a reminder that Clapton’s playing can return to his fiery early days when he wants it to.

There were a couple of disappointments, though. Clapton’s switch to acoustic guitar mid-set is a nice way to break up the concert, and thanks to his best-selling MTV Unplugged concert, went down well with the audience, aside from a few drunken hecklers who want to get back to the electric boogieing. (The live version of “Tears in Heaven” was quite moving, knowing the song’s tragic backstory.) However, while the acoustic version of “Layla” that Clapton worked up for the MTV concert is quite pretty, nothing beats the hard rocking original, and its magnificent piano coda.

Also, Clapton’s set was over almost exactly 90 minutes after it began, after only one perfunctory encore, leaving many in the audience disappointed. (not least of whom me!) After one year and nearly seven months on the sidelines thanks to COVID, presumably a younger Clapton would celebrated his return with a much longer set.

As the above Dallas Morning News article noted: “The Clapton COVID Kerfuffle marks an unexpected chapter in the career of a musician who’s long presented himself as apolitical. You have to go back 45 years for the previous chapter, and that one was a doozy: the infamous 1976 anti-immigrant rant he made onstage in England during the height of his drug and alcohol addictions. That tirade inspired Britons to launch the Rock Against Racism movement.”

Or as this recent Rolling Stone headline screamed, “Eric Clapton Takes Break From Slagging Lockdown to Release New Music.” (Apparently Rolling Stone’s current crop of writers and editors don’t realize that the venerable magazine exists for, and was created to publish crazy quotes from rock stars.)

I’m vaccinated, and I disagree with a fair chunk of Clapton’s take on this topic. But I’ve been used to rock stars having err, offbeat takes on a myriad of issues for my whole life. However, the lockstep left cannot process anyone disagreeing with whatever their current stance is. Or as William F. Buckley famously said, “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

I’m not all that interested in the medical advice of a legendary rock star — and conversely, I really don’t seek music opinions from medical experts. But I’m glad he’s back out on the road, and live concerts have finally resumed.

(Or to put it another way: Ignoring Them Is the Only Way Out. “Public-health authorities don’t know how to stop giving you extra-restrictive advice. And they can’t learn how to stop giving it if we don’t learn how to stop asking for it. Or until we start ignoring what they say, and start punishing politicians who translate their guidance into nuisances.”)


WELL, THIS IS THE 21st CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Someone Placed a Sports Bet From Space.

You would think someone who’s in space for the first time wouldn’t worry very much about how many points were scored in Thursday night’s football game between the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants, but Jared Isaacman had a lot on the line.

Isaacman, the billionaire founder of Shift4 Payments Inc., paid a vast sum of money to purchase the first all-civilian space flight for his crew and is commanding the Inspiration4 mission until the conclusion of its three-day mission, likely sometime on Saturday. Not content to merely go to space or be part of this historic all-civilian flight, Isaacman brought along 66 pounds of hops that will eventually be used in a limited edition space beer brewed by Samuel Adams. He also figured that as long as he was engaged in risky spaceflight, he might as well risk $8,000 on a couple of sports bets

“As [sports business reporter Darren Rovell] said after placing the bets, ‘That’s one small bet for man, one giant leap for mankind.’”

SEEMS LIKE THEY SHOULD FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Princeton freshmen forced to view video about university’s ‘systemic racism.’

It’s clearly time to abolish higher education. By their own admission — hell, by their own proud assertion — they’re cesspits of rape and racism.

KIRSTEN MORTENSEN: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy…on a societal scale? “I started asking this question because of something I’ve noticed when I watch ‘experts’ on television talk about disasters. Maybe you’ve noticed it, too. The ‘experts’ sometimes give off an odd vibe. They sometimes seem inappropriately ‘up’ and excited.”

Well, it’s normal to be excited when something you’ve studied comes to the forefront of issues and you get a lot of public attention. For bureaucrats, it’s also a chance to boost budgets. But that’s not inconsistent with the idea that these people are getting off on this in a selfish and shady way.

AIRBRUSHING IS NOW THE NORM IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Emory newspaper edits 20-year-old article written by Biden nominee.

If you think historical quotes are “harmful,” well, you’re both utterly unqualified to do journalism, and perfectly suited to fit in with the people who are doing it now.

AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD: General Milley Is Releasing A Revised Version Of ‘The Art Of War’ — And We’ve Got Exclusive Excerpts.

My favorite: “He who turns on bad orange man gets big book deal.” Much more at the link, of course.


Just so we’re all on the same page: Ocasio-Cortez, who trades on a carefully crafted “working class” image, indulged herself this week in an exclusive party infamous for its extravagant displays of power and wealth. She attended wearing a “Tax the rich” designer dress borrowed from the upper-crust girlfriend of the billionaire Seagram heir. The congresswoman, whose admission was waived by the taxpayer-subsidized Met, also showed up to the event toting a customized $995 “Tax the rich” handbag, likewise provided by the Canadian-born designer.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office then responded to criticism of her presence at the gala by sending an email hawking her own “Tax the Rich”-branded merchandise. Now, Ocasio-Cortez’s designer friend is using the congresswoman’s appearance at the 2021 Met Gala, including a photo, to advertise $995 “Tax the rich”-branded handbags.

Everyone involved is making a profit. Well, everyone except for the working-class people Ocasio-Cortez claims to represent.

I’m not even mad. This is the grift in its purest form.

Flashback: “In a famous Soviet joke, then-leader Leonid Brezhnev shows his mother his luxury apartment, his limousine, his fancy country house and his helicopter only to have her object: ‘But what if the communists come back?’”


CENSORSHIP IS EVIDENCE OF WEAKNESS, NOT STRENGTH: Nicki Minaj asks ‘what in the world scared y’all so much that it made you disable my f*cking Twitter?’

READER RECOMMENDATION: Make Orwell Fiction Again Bumper Sticker. The funny thing is, leftists think this is an anti-Trump message. Hah!

WHY THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO DISTRACT PEOPLE WITH COVID THEATER: Shame: 70% call Afghanistan withdrawal a ‘national humiliation.’

GREAT MOMENTS IN PERSPECTIVE: General Milley told Trump the George Floyd protests were no big deal.

“We’re a country of 330 million people. You’ve got these penny packet protests,” he said, using a term for something insignificant, according to the book being published Sept. 21.

Milley insisted it was not an issue for the US military — and instead said the protests were understandable given systemic racism, according to the Fox excerpts.

“That’s pent up in communities that have been experiencing what they perceive to be police brutality,” Milley reportedly told Trump.

But when the Jan. 6 Capitol riot happened, Milley believed it “was indeed a coup attempt and nothing less than ‘treason,’” the book said.

Related: Stark Contrasts: RealClearInvestigations’ Jan. 6-BLM Side-by-Side Comparison.


The Hong Kong-based developer is sinking under a mountain of liabilities totaling more than $300 billion (€254 billion) after years of borrowing to fund rapid growth.

Evergrande has stepped up acquisitions in recent years, taking advantage of a real estate frenzy.

But the property giant began to falter after Beijing introduced new measures in August 2020 to closely monitor and control the total debt level of major property developers.

Evergrande relied on presales to finance itself and keep its activities afloat, and the crackdown forced the group to offload properties at increasingly steep discounts.

Investors have made down payments on around 1.5 million properties, Bloomberg reported, citing data from December.

Many buyers have expressed concern on social media about whether they will get their money back after housing projects were suspended.

Evergrande was downgraded by two credit rating agencies last week and its Hong Kong-listed shares have collapsed by more than 80% this year.

On Monday, the Shanghai Stock Exchange paused trading in Evergrande’s May 2023 bond after it fell more than 30%.

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The Hong Kong-based developer is sinking under a mountain of liabilities totaling more than $300 billion (€254 billion) after years of borrowing to fund rapid growth.

Evergrande has stepped up acquisitions in recent years, taking advantage of a real estate frenzy.

But the property giant began to falter after Beijing introduced new measures in August 2020 to closely monitor and control the total debt level of major property developers.

Evergrande relied on presales to finance itself and keep its activities afloat, and the crackdown forced the group to offload properties at increasingly steep discounts.

Investors have made down payments on around 1.5 million properties, Bloomberg reported, citing data from December.

Many buyers have expressed concern on social media about whether they will get their money back after housing projects were suspended.

Evergrande was downgraded by two credit rating agencies last week and its Hong Kong-listed shares have collapsed by more than 80% this year.

On Monday, the Shanghai Stock Exchange paused trading in Evergrande’s May 2023 bond after it fell more than 30%.

Flashback to November of 2019: How to Conduct Business with Chinese Companies That See a Dark Future.


The media throughout 2020 reported a “scientific consensus” that the pandemic was a result of a zoonotic jump that is unrelated to lab activity without providing information on what questions the scientists it surveyed were asked, how many scientists were surveyed, and whether or not these scientists conducted investigations into the origin of COVID-19. It is clear that journalists have a powerful tool through which they are able to declare a scientific consensus before a matter is rigorously investigated.

Amplifying ignorance and absolutism in order to enforce unproven opinions as unquestionable “facts” is the opposite of how the scientific method functions. Irresponsible reporting and nonfactual declarations of scientific consensus on developing matters endanger public health just like a virus does, by undermining public trust in science. We should learn something from the boys who cried wolf.

XI’s gotta have it!

JUST WHEN YOU THINK HIS FRAUDULENCY HAS HIT BOTTOM: He finds another shovel. This one is funding a wall in Tajikistan to keep out Afghan refugees fleeing from the Taliban, even as he keeps the U.S. border with Mexico wide open to all comers.

OUR POLITICAL CLASS FAVORS A MONARCHY: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Is the Latest Sign of the Presidency Becoming a Monarchy. From their perspective, a monarchy only involves sucking up which is a cornerstone of their skillset. A democracy involves accountability, which they abhor.

THAT SEEMS ABOUT RIGHT: Commercial spaceflight industry sees Inspiration4 as a pathfinder but not a model.

OBVIOUSLY, IT WAS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: Portland scraps Texas boycott plan over state’s abortion law.

LAW: Justice Clarence Thomas: 2021 Tocqueville Lecture, Transcribed.

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