December 3, 2021

NOW OUT FROM MY FRIEND HIAWATHA BRAY: Power in the Blood.

OPEN THREAD: Sow a little tenderness.

TO BE FAIR, THEY PROBABLY COULDN’T HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY OUT ANYHOW: Snow storm forces customers to sleep in IKEA showroom.

SPACE: Space Force plans to launch experimental satellites early Sunday. Why are we launching “a satellite to aid detection of nuclear detonations in space?” Is it to watch out for the Chinese Orion tests?

GOOD: ‘Mild cognitive impairment’ fades for some older people, study says. “In fact, nearly half of seniors tracked in the study — all of who had been diagnosed with issues in memory and thinking and received an MCI diagnosis — no longer had the condition a few years later.”

IT WAS NEVER ABOUT SCIENCE: Covid’s Three Blind Mice. Scott Atlas’s memoir of his time at the White House offers appalling revelations about the bureaucrats who hijacked the nation’s governance during the pandemic. The troika of Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx and Robert Redfield had scant interest in scientific research or debate — and zero concern for the calamitous effects of their edicts.

MEDICAL MYSTERY: Mumps cases in vaccinated people increasing, reason why is unclear.

TRUST: Science Blah-Blah Horseshit is the Universal Language of Covid: And it’s why we need to be able to trust institutions.

I’m probably like most people: My trust waxes and wanes depending on what the institution does. Trust has to be earned.

That’s why I think the CDC’s missteps during the pandemic have outsized importance. I’ll highlight two highly visible and much-criticized moments: The CDC’s early-pandemic statements questioning the efficacy of masks and Dr. Fauci’s admission to the New York Times that he adjusted his statements about what level of resistance was necessary for herd immunity based partly on what he thought the public was “ready to hear”.

I think I understand the logic behind these decisions. Early in the pandemic, the CDC was worried about people buying up already-scarce N95 masks that were needed for medical workers; there was also a concern that “reduces the likelihood of transmission” would be interpreted as “makes you completely safe”. Regarding herd immunity, Dr. Fauci was worried that if he said we needed to get to 90 percent, it would trigger what I’ll call a “well then fuck everything” response that would make people less likely to get vaccinated. I get that these decisions were made with several factors in mind, and I think they were made with good intentions.

But I also think they were extremely wrong. The effects of these decisions went far beyond whatever short-term confusion they might have caused; the main effect was to degrade the CDC’s credibility. . . .

There’s a similar problem regarding the mainstream media (which I’ll define as the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, CNN and a few others). There’s a debate right now — mostly pointedly between Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan V. Last — about how much the mainstream media can be trusted. Sullivan argues that their credibility is basically gone; Last thinks that they’re about the same level of imperfect that they’ve always been. I’m basically in between the two; I think the Times and Post are the worst they’ve been in my lifetime, but they’re not complete bird cage liner just yet. Still, the change is significant; the difference between a Times I trust 90 percent and a Times I trust 75 percent is the difference between me using them as my go-to source for information and me seeking other sources for that role.

In the past year or two, we saw a major push for institutions to reflect a particular ideology; many people argued that institutions preaching neutrality should instead “take on a social justice role”. It happened in some corners of the media, several organizations, and many universities. Scientific touchstones like the American Medical Association and Science-Based Medicine had weird moments. The ACLU’s purpose seems to have dramatically changed. The result has been a degrading of institutions’ credibility, both individually and collectively. To the extent than institutions have accepted this change in purpose, people no longer trust them to provide the truth. That’s rational, because an institution that declares that its purpose is to pursue “social justice” as defined by a narrow set of activists has disavowed the pursuit of truth and declared loyalty to a predetermined set of beliefs.

I feel that institutions chronically undervalue their credibility.

Indeed. Plus, from the comments:

Impressive results lead to credibility. You have no choice but to respect an institution capable of the Manhattan project or Apollo missions. Even if you disagree with every aspect of it. A lot of people alive today probably can’t think of a single impressive thing they’ve seen a modern institution do.

The other credibility killer is that the public now recognizes these institutions as made up of distinct and flawed humans. The NYT is now just a bunch of people on twitter posting dumb shit about their lives. If they really wanted to restore credibility the first step would be to ban all reporters from having public social media accounts. The correct places for those opinions is the opinion pages. Of course that will never happen.

Emphasis added.

AGAIN: Waukesha massacre suspect scored high in pretrial risk assessment, but was released anyway. “Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm called Brooks’ bail ‘inappropriately low,’ despite it being his office who set the bail.”

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NO: Mercedes Introducing Fingerprint Scanning Next Spring.

BLUE ON BLUE: Joe Manchin Does It Again, Votes to End Vax Mandate.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Is Jussie Smollett the worst hate crime hoaxer of all time?

Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett appeared in court for the first time this week to defend himself against allegations that he fabricated an elaborate hate crime for attention. Chicago prosecutors say Smollett wasted police time and resources by sending them on a wild goose chase against his alleged attackers — resources which surely could have been better used elsewhere, given the city’s astronomical murder rate.

Early details shared during the trial don’t help Smollett’s case. Prosecutors showed the jury surveillance video of an alleged “dry run” of the orchestrated attack. The video, taken a day before the incident, shows Smollett walking around the area with the Osundairo brothers. Smollett is accused of paying the Osundairo brothers to stage the hate crime because he was frustrated by the lack of attention Empire gave to hate mail he received on set.

One of the Osundairo brothers took the stand Wednesday and testified that he procured drugs for Smollett and considered him a “brother.” The Nigerian immigrants previously told police that Smollett helped them plan the attack and warned them to pull their punches so as not to severely injure him.

This headline didn’t take long to appear: Jussie Smollett’s lawyers claim judge ‘lunged’ at one of them, ask for a mistrial.

UPDATE: From America’s Newspaper of Record: Mirror Brought Into Courtroom So Jussie Smollett Can Face His Attackers.

(Updated and bumped.)

DIGITAL MEDDLING: Google’s YouTube Meddles In French Election, Slaps Age Restriction On Presidential Candidate Zemmour’s Campaign Video.

According to YouTube’s policy, age restriction occurs when the Google-owned platform determines that content contains “Child safety” concerns, “Harmful or dangerous activities, including regulated substances and drugs,” “Nudity and sexually suggestive content,” “Violent or graphic content,” and/or “Vulgar language.”

Zemmour’s announcement does not appear to explicitly violate any of these themes. YouTube, however, did not immediately respond to the Federalist’s questions about what specifically in the video reportedly violated the community guidelines.

Searches of Zemmour’s video were also reportedly subdued on YouTube.

You’ll see and know what YouTube wants you to see and know.

NOT MUCH CHANGING AT TWITTER: New boss who loves censoring conservatives is same as (or worse) than the old boss who loved censoring conservatives, according to the Internet Accountability Project’s Mike Davis.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE AND WEIMAR AMERICA, PART DEUX: Loudoun County asks parent to pay $36K for FOIA request for documents regarding ‘sexual assault’ or ‘rape.’

THEY LITERALLY KNOW NOTHING: ‘Former Obama guy loses’ his SH*T in thread about DeSantis ‘PREPARING FOR A BREAK FROM THE FED GOVT.’ for reactivating FL State Guard and ROFL.

State Guards — which are distinct from the National Guard — have been around for ages, and lots of states, including my own, and California, have them. But when it comes to DeSantis, any outrage will do, because Democrat activists are ignorant, emotional children.

CHRISTMAS SEASON HAS ARRIVED: So expect soon to hear from the critics of the Virgin Birth with, according to Erik Manning, a fallacious argument from silence. After all, just because Thucydides doesn’t mention Socrates in “The Peloponnesian War,” nobody argues Socrates never said “the unexamined life is not worth living.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE AND WEIMAR AMERICA: Fairfax County parents demand school board resign after ‘doubling down’ on ‘porn in schools.’ From PJM alum Tyler O’Neil, now at Fox News:

Parents gathered outside the Fairfax County School Board meeting on Thursday, voicing their opposition to what they term pedophilia and “porn in schools” after Fairfax County Public Schools reintroduced two books containing depictions of sexual activity.

“They’ve doubled down on porn in the schools. They’ve all got to go,” Stacy Langton, the Fairfax County mother who confronted the school board with images from the books in September, told Fox News. “Who’s in favor of porn in the schools?”

Parents protested outside of Luther Jackson Middle School, holding signs reading, “No porn in our schools,” wearing t-shirts reading, “Mama Grizzly” and “Papa Grizzly,” and holding signs featuring the photos of school board members with the text, “Resign FairfaXXX.”

Thursday marks the first school board meeting since FCPS reintroduced the controversial books. “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison includes long sections of a boy reminiscing about explicit experiences he had at 10 years old, and “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” by Maia Kobabe includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man.

Read the whole thing.

IF ALL THESE NICE THINGS ARE EXAMPLES OF WHITE SUPREMACY, THE LEFT IS JUST ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO EMBRACE IT: Don’t Look Now, but Food Charity and Farmers Markets Are Part of ‘White Supremacy Culture’ Too.

HARD TO BELIVE THAT SUVs WEREN’T INVOLVED SOMEWHERE: Volcanic fertilization of the oceans drove severe mass extinction, say scientists.

A PREVIEW OF LIFE WITHOUT PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION: RTD union calls Denver Union Station a ‘lawless hellhole.’ “Union Station is a staple of downtown Denver transportation and services shuttle buses, light rails and commuter and Amtrak trains. According to the union, RTD passengers and employees in recent months have faced loiterers, encampments and illegal drug use while boarding buses, trains and light rail.”

UNEXPECTEDLY! U.S. employers added 210,000 jobs in November, a weaker figure than forecast. “The American economy hit a speed bump in November as hiring unexpectedly dipped before the holiday season, a sign that companies are cautious about prospects for growth.”

As former investment banker Carol Roth notes, “Jobs report was an anemic 210,000 jobs added despite 573,000 expected. It’s almost as if firing people for not taking the vaccine isn’t a great way to improve the labor scenario. On the bright side, the White House says gas is down two cents.

And they’ve got the dramatic charts to prove it!

President Klain is also getting into the dramatic charts business:

UPDATE (FROM GLENN):

Free falling: A quarter of Dems strongly disapprove of Biden performance in new poll.

Also: Voters worried about inflation don’t know why we’re spending trillions on Build Back Better, says … Dem who voted for it.

And: Biden tormented by Republican guerrilla campaign and ‘I did it’ stickers.

Also: 100Pcs I Did That Biden Funny Car Stickers. #Resist #CommissionEarned

PROBABLY NOT: Plastic food packaging gets a bad rap, but does it always deserve it?

OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY IN TALKS TO MAKE MASK MANDATES PERMANENT. Gee whiz, who saw this coming?

They told us “two weeks to slow the spread.” My suggestion: when the 2 year anniversary comes up – that’s 52 times the amount of time they asked – we all agree to just stop wearing them all at once. If they have the power to insist, like on air travel, we all just agree to put up a huge fuss every single time before we put it on. I think that would probably finish off these pointless mandates.

REVERTING TO TYPE: John Kerry Remains Committed to Enabling Evil.

DEAL OF THE DAY: FOXWELL NT301 OBD2 Scanner Professional Mechanic OBDII Diagnostic Code Reader Tool for Check Engine Light. #CommissionEarned

STILL AVAILABLE: New Apple AirPods Pro. #CommissionEarned Glenn has these and loves them.

COLLUSION: China’s Subnational Influence at Work in the New York State Legislature.

The New York State Legislature has a long record of promoting “friendship” with the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese government.

According to data made available by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC), which has been organizing trade delegations from New York to China “specifically designed for state legislators and executives of small and mid-size businesses” since the early 2000s, then-State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, in collaboration with AABDC, led the first business mission to China in 2004. In 2006, the first group of New York State Assembly members formed the New Majority Trade Mission and embarked on a similar trip. One legislator recalled, “[E]verywhere we went, gifts, tea, and the red carpet were pulled out and showered upon us.”

For the following five years, AABDC has curated at least one trip annually with support from the Chinese Consulate in New York and Foreign Ministry-affiliated Chinese People’s Institute for Foreign Affairs. The 2007 “New York State Legislators Trade Mission to China” resulted in the decision to establish the state’s first official presence in China, namely, the New York in China Center in Beijing, which opened in 2008. In 2009, the New York State Legislature and Jiangsu Provincial People’s Congress (JPPC) signed a memorandum of understanding to “establish regular communication between Offices of the President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the JPPC Standing Committee” to support exchanges and cooperation.

Read the whole thing.

DAVID SOLWAY: Medical Fascism, or, the Doctrine of Vaccination.

KEVIN DOWNEY JR: Three Teens Who Escaped From Aussie COVID Camp All Have One Thing in Common, and It’s Not the Virus. “Major checkpoints for three teens who don’t have COVID? You’d think mass-murdering cannibals had escaped.”

OCEANIA HAS NEVER BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Stacey Abrams tells Rachel Maddow she ‘did not challenge the outcome’ of 2018 election.

JEFF DUNETZ: An Irreverent Look At The Differences Between Christmas And Hanukkah.

IT’S DIFFERENT NOW BECAUSE SHUT UP: Biden Administration to Restart Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy.

NOW OUT: Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide. #CommissionEarned

PEOPLE ARE WISING UP: Fewer Than Half of Americans Say COVID ‘Most Urgent’ Health Problem.

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER: White and Asian male applicants largely shunned from investment program at Washington and Lee University.

RELAX: It Seems Omicron Actually Has Been Around for a While. “You may not hear this on CNN or NBC, or from Anthony Fauci, but multiple European countries found earlier omicron cases, too.”

JUNIOR STASI: Columbia University encourages students to report each other for ‘misgendering,’ refusing to use fringe pronouns.

I remember when higher education spending was justified as preventing totalitarianism and promoting tolerance.

UPDATE: Elon Musk warns Starship engines could bankrupt SpaceX. “Responding [to] the leaked email on Twitter, Musk confirmed that – in certain circumstances – bankruptcy is indeed a possibility. ‘If a severe global recession were to dry up capital availability/liquidity while SpaceX was losing billions on Starlink & Starship, then bankruptcy, while still unlikely, is not impossible’ Musk tweeted.”

Starship’s first orbital test flight is still expected in January.

ILYA SHAPIRO: What happened when I ran for school board in Virginia.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: America is behind in the new space race China is determined to win.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: BREAKING: US only adds 210,000 jobs in November. “Economists expected a job-creation boost of 573,000. The BLS reported that the US economy added well below half of that. Only 210,000 jobs got created in November, another in a series of disappointing results in an economy where millions of jobs have yet to be recreated more than a year after most of the pandemic shutdowns ended. . . . That’s the lowest month total in nearly a year, and there’s no particular outside event driving the disappointment.”

Plus: “This will come as a rude shock to the White House, which used better numbers from September and October to promote Joe Biden’s economic policies. Earlier this week, Biden himself claimed to have created 5.6 million jobs this year in a record expansion of the workforce, but that’s simply not true. The jobs being created now are replacements for those destroyed by government-imposed shutdowns last year, mainly in the first and second quarters of 2020. We are now in the fourth quarter of 2021 and we’re still around six million jobs short of where would otherwise be by now, and it looks as though the economy is stalling well short of a jobs recovery.”

Related: Free falling: A quarter of Dems strongly disapprove of Biden performance in new poll.

Also: Voters worried about inflation don’t know why we’re spending trillions on Build Back Better, says … Dem who voted for it.

And: Biden tormented by Republican guerrilla campaign and ‘I did it’ stickers.

Also: 100Pcs I Did That Biden Funny Car Stickers. #Resist #CommissionEarned

DISSOLVE THE PEOPLE AND ELECT ANOTHER: Psaki Blames Americans for Biden’s Broken Promise to ‘Shut Down the Virus.’

FROM LAST NIGHT’S OPEN THREAD: “Alec Baldwin is now the victim. Conveniently, the real victim is unavailable for TV interviews.”

Related: “Look, Alec . . .”

SPACE: SpaceX successfully launches latest Starlink fleet from Florida.

HOW’S THAT SPACE PROGRAM COMING ALONG? Eiffel Tower-sized asteroid will break into Earth’s orbit in a week, NASA says.

BLUE ON BLUE: Betrayed enviros plan 12 days of Biden protests.

FLASHBACK: Abolish the TSA. The day this was published it became the most popular item on the entire USA Today site.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: LOL…Democrats Think Mayor Pete Is Their Great White Hope. “Pete Buttigieg is the prime example of how institutionally vapid the Democrats have become. He’s well educated but incapable of original thought. There are third-graders in America who could come up with better solutions to the supply chain problem than he has.”

THE YALE LAW SCHOOL DUMPSTER FIRE: A Second Open Letter From Yale Grad Simon Lazarus: ‘A Take On Where Things Stand’.

USEFUL IDIOTS? FELLOW TRAVELERS? ON THE PAYROLL? YOU MAKE THE CALL! Senate Dems Blocking Measure To Prohibit Imports Made With Chinese Slave Labor.

THIS IS AN EMBARRASSING ADMISSION: What does the 20-year delivery on the AUKUS deal say about US power? “Then what did Australia get? Australia got subs, but you know what the fine print is, the first nuclear submarine that Australia builds is going to appear? Do you know what the date that they’ve got is? 20 years. 20 years! The thing is, this is not a serious thing.”

That was left out of the press coverage.

Plus: “The US used to ‘get things done’ but seems to have lost that.” Our institutions are run by people who think implementing pronoun training counts as getting things done.

MOVE ALONG, NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Epstein visited Clinton White House at least 17 times.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, PRIORITIES REVEALED EDITION: Just Rewards? Some colleges cut back during the pandemic, but not when it came to their presidents’ pay packages.

The news hit the inboxes of Assumption University faculty and staff members on a Thursday in late September 2020. Assumption would temporarily cut back on its match of employee retirement contributions for the next eight months. The move was necessary, President Francesco C. Cesareo explained in an email, because the small private college in Massachusetts was staring down a budget deficit “that exceeds any we have faced in recent memory.” Doing so would save Assumption a half-million dollars and help offset the university’s growing financial losses — the result of unforeseen pandemic-related spending and diminished room-and-board revenues.

As he concluded his message, Cesareo sought to reassure employees that the suspension of their retirement benefits would help Assumption emerge from the crisis in a stronger position. Though spending cuts were needed, the university’s balance sheet and long-term financial outlook were stable, he said. And faculty and staff members could trust him to be open and honest as the university navigated the pandemic’s fallout.

“What I can promise is that I will continue to be direct and forthright with you as we address these challenges,” Cesareo wrote, according to an email obtained and authenticated by The Chronicle.

What the recipients of Cesareo’s email could not know was that just 16 days prior, Assumption had adopted a deferred-compensation plan for the man himself. Such deals are common tools used by colleges and universities to pay their chief executives and other top employees. Institutions and their trustees often describe such arrangements as necessary components of many executive contracts, because they help attract and retain highly valued employees who do difficult jobs in an increasingly competitive labor market. But such agreements, especially those that were established amid some of the worst months of the pandemic, also raise larger questions about institutional priorities — and about whose contracts can be reneged on, and whose are inviolable. . . .

The Chronicle’s reporting found Assumption was one of several private colleges and universities to establish such plans with select employees during 2020, a year that saw athletic and academic programs eliminated, paychecks and benefits slashed, and higher ed’s work force decimated. At least two other institutions established top-hat plans for their presidents last year. Another 14 colleges entered into such plans with more than 100 nonpresidential employees.

Some pigs are more equal than others.

December 2, 2021

CLASSY: Hunter Biden’s out-of-wedlock daughter left out of White House Christmas display.

OPEN THREAD: Or this baby.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Laid-Off Journalist Trying To Learn To Code Horrified To Discover The Code Is Binary. “‘Wow — that’s really problematic, chief,’ Chalet said. After apologizing for appropriating the term ‘chief’ from the Native Americans, Chalet excitedly realized that exposing the bigotry of the programming community would make for a great Huffington Post article. It was a few minutes before he remembered that he wasn’t a journalist anymore, though.”

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: America is behind in the new space race China is determined to win.

STALIN JUST CALLED AND SAID THAT SILICON VALLEY MIGHT WANT TO DIAL BACK THE SOCIALIST PROPAGANDA:

HE’S RIGHT TO BE: Mike Griffin critical of U.S. response to China’s advances in hypersonic weapons.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE: Believe All Women?

You may have read about the case of Alice Sebold and Anthony Broadwater. Sebold is now a pretty well-known novelist; Broadwater spent 16 years in prison after being convicted of raping Sebold when she was 18 years old. Sebold wrote a memoir titled Lucky about her rape and the prosecution of Broadwater, which started her on her way to literary success. But Broadwater has now been exonerated and his conviction overturned. As a result, Sebold has publicly apologized to Broadwater. . . .

This “apology” strikes me as a classic of our moment in history. Sebold blames “the American legal system,” and jumps on the BLM train: “he became another young black man brutalized by our flawed legal system.” And the passive voice here is exquisite: “I will forever be sorry for what was done to him.”

Done to him by whom? It was Sebold who identified Broadwater, Sebold who drove his prosecution, Sebold who testified under oath, in court, that he raped her. Our “flawed legal system” consists of the police officers, prosecutor, and ultimately the jury that believed Sebold’s testimony–testimony that turned out to be false.

And she profited directly from that injustice.

WHEN JOHN GILL DISCOVERS THAT HE REALLY IS JUST A FIGUREHEAD: Biden Says He Jokes With His Wife That, By All Appearances, Fauci Is President.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Today’s deep question: Did a Biden judicial nominee commit perjury?

GOODER AND HARDER, FUN CITY: Bank of America execs warn junior staffers to ‘dress down’ as NYC crime surges.

If only there was a system with a proven track record designed to lower crime in Manhattan.

WELCOME BACK, CARTER: ‘Living the life!’ DCCC hopes you’ll appreciate the graph they worked so hard on and join them in celebrating Joe Biden lowering gas prices:

Meanwhile: Cringey Kamala Harris Writes the Perfect GOP Campaign Ad During North Carolina Stop.

HARRIS: “It’s not right that families have to choose to either buy groceries or pay for healthcare; to either fill up their tank or pay their rent.

* * * * * * * *

That’s Kamala Harris pretending to drive an all-electric bus, then honking the horn. “The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round,” Harris said, letting out a big laugh as Pete Buttigieg looks on.

Expect either the first, or both clips of Harris to be in wide circulation in GOP ads next year, likely with the above graphic from the DCCC. This is Dukakis in the tank levels of own-goals.

IT’S COMING: The Largest Comet We’ve Ever Seen Just Delivered a Curious Surprise. “Digging into readings logged by the Transient Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) between 2018 and 2020, researchers have discovered that BB became active much earlier, and much farther out from the Sun, than was previously thought.”

THE CULT IS ALIVE: Switching from Android to iPhone exposed my friends’ real feelings.

Surely, I thought, we’d moved past whether someone’s a “green bubble” or a “blue bubble” in a text message. But then after I started using my new iPhone, the following messages started coming in from several friends:

“I’m so happy you are blue now!!!”

“Bienvenue a la Club Apple!”

“It’s about time.”

These are all actual statements, whether through texting or in person, that friends being made aware of my switch have made to me… and I simply do not understand why.

I’m not surprised.

I ENJOY READING VANCE, BUT DON’T HONESTLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT HIS POLITICS: Kasich Republican J.D. Vance: The Worst Option in Ohio’s Senate Race.

IT’S A MYSTERY: Baldwin ‘Rust’ Movie Set Shooting Investigators Try to Track Source of Live Ammunition. “Investigators initially found 500 rounds of ammunition at the movie set on the outskirts of Santa Fe — a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what appeared to be live rounds. Industry experts have said live rounds should never be on set. Investigators have described ‘some complacency’ in how weapons were handled on the ‘Rust’ set.” Ya think?

Meanwhile, a friend writes:

“My wife is from Spain.” – Alec Baldwin on David Letterman Show, 2013

“I didn’t pull the trigger.” – Alec Baldwin on ABC, 2021

Ouch. And Tamara Keel has pungent thoughts:

Look, Alec, I get that you’re absolutely gutted by this.

I could be convinced that you legitimately believe that you did not pull the trigger. Our brains… our egos… will tell us some amazing lies in order to protect our id. Even though I think you’re a huge asshole, on some basic human to human level, I feel bad for you, because this is obviously a horrible experience.

But guns, and most specifically Colt Single Action Armies and their clones, do not work that way.

If it were some striker-fired semiauto, we could concoct some bizarre and cosmically unlikely hypothetical whereby the sear broke at the same time as the aliens from planet Zoltar beamed the firing pin safety out of the gun, but not on that smokewagon you were holding. You had to at least manually cock the hammer on that replica hogleg while pointing it at someone.

Yep.

REVIEW: 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Looks Fierce, Has Performance to Match.

FAKE NEWS: No, Trump Didn’t Have COVID Before His Debate With Biden.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to Improve Home Defense with a Security Camera.

ACTUAL TERRORIST INSURRECTIONISTS, WHO GET FAVORABLE MEDIA FOR THE MOST PART: Extinction Rebellions threatens to blow up pipelines, kill politicians.

LIVE AT 3:30PM EASTERN: ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ Live Chat with Kruiser, VodkaPundit, and Secret Special Guest.

TOP SELLER: Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife. #CommissionEarned “Country of Origin : ‎USA”

THAT’S THE PLAN: Taxing Wealth Is Sure-Fire Way to End Up With Less Wealthy Society.

I’VE SEEN THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE DAMAGE DONE: College students in declining mental, physical health one year into COVID-19, study shows.

A FRIEND SHARES THIS FROM HIS LAST FILLUP:

He missed a real opportunity, though. Biden tormented by Republican guerrilla campaign and ‘I did it’ stickers.

Also: 100Pcs I Did That Biden Funny Car Stickers. #Resist #CommissionEarned

AND ANOTHER ONE DOWN: Peter DeFazio — High-Ranking, Swing District Democrat — To Retire in 2022.

BEHOLD, THE TRUTH BOMB: As many of you know, I teach a class in the History of Journalism at NYU. This will be referred to in my final exam. From today’s New York Post:

“Yesteryear’s ragtag muckrakers, who tirelessly championed the little guy against powerful insiders, have become insiders themselves,” wrote three social scientists surveying America’s journalists back in 1980. “Newsmen had long cherished the vantage point of the outsiders who keep the insiders straight. But now, leading journalists are courted by politicians, studied by scholars, and known to millions through their bylines and televised images.”

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