June 16, 2021

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Healthy levels of vitamin D may boost breast cancer outcomes.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Texans Are Getting Blackout Warnings in June. Why?

In February 2021, the entire state froze over. That demand for heat along with human errors strained and broke the grid. It was a historic disaster in which dozens died.

Now it’s June, which we know will be hot, but we also know we’re not yet at the peak of a Texas summer. It’s hitting the low 90s now. It will top 100 in July and August. This is an immutable fact of life, at least where I am in central Texas. It’s Texas. It gets hot. Hopefully, it’ll at least burn up the mosquitoes outside. But we need A/C inside or we’ll all be living in saunas.

Not only will this dog not hunt, it won’t even get up from its cool spot under the shade tree to go get a drink of water.

Read the whole thing.

FANATICS: Politics has become a religion.

As a cultural invention of the United States, woke ideology bears a specifically American religious stamp: that of Calvinism. The Calvinists believed in Predestination. From the moment of your birth, they were convinced, you were destined for Heaven or Hell, and you could do nothing over the course of your life to change that. As the German sociologist Max Weber explained in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, this doctrine bred in the Calvinists of the early United States an obsession with discerning who among them was saved and who was damned. They surveilled each other constantly, searching for signs of who did and who did not belong to God’s “elect.” They policed their own behavior relentlessly, guarding against any possible indication, both to themselves and to others, that they stood outside of God’s grace and were hellbound. Desperate to reassure themselves, they became ostentatious in their displays of austerity, humility, the sacrifice of their egos to a higher calling, and other visible signals of their devotion to God. Their lives became a performance of piety and virtuousness, born of constant, pervasive dread.

Nobody believes in Predestination anymore. Many of us don’t believe in God. But the cultural residues of Calvinism and other puritanical Protestant sects remain with us, in our binary moralism, which divides humanity between the virtuous and the damned, in our scrutinizing of ourselves and others for ethical imperfections, and in our use of public shaming to enforce moral conformity. All of these tendencies fit as comfortably into American left-wing social justice culture as they did in right-wing Christian evangelical culture in the 1990s. Liberal Twitter in 2021 is one big digital Calvinist village, everyone trying to out-virtue-signal one another to prove their ever-tenuous membership in an amorphous club of the morally elite, picking over everyone else’s tweets for signs of political heresy, and calling them out to the mob in a desperate attempt to deflect scrutiny from themselves. The same political culture prevails on college campuses, media outlets, and the non-profit industrial complex. Increasingly, it is becoming the norm in Congress.

Since we’re currently living in the version of the Matrix that was programmed by Tom Wolfe before his death in 2018, it’s worth quoting from in his epochal 1976 article, “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening:” “It is entirely possible that in the long run historians will regard the entire New Left experience as not so much a political as a religious episode wrapped in semi military gear and guerrilla talk.” (That line was written with early ‘70s radical chic in mind, but reverberates quite nicely today, given Antifa’s love of paramilitary cosplay.)

SUPPORTERS OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY THREATEN TO GET VIOLENT. “Last night in Moorhead, however, a group of extremists showed up, determined to disrupt our event. While they comprised no more than ten percent of the crowd, they tried to take over the meeting and eventually got violent, to the point where police had to be called. One woman was led away in handcuffs.”

Sue ’em. Sounds like a conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights by shutting down their free speech.

MEMORY: That song is stuck in your head, but it’s helping you remember. “We typically think of earworms as random nuisance beyond our control, but our results show that earworms are a naturally occurring memory process that helps preserve recent experiences in long-term memory.”

I had some related thoughts on why I can remember cigarette jingles from when I was in preschool: “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.” I think my colleague Ben Barton originally proposed something like this.

Obligatory reference: Arthur C. Clarke’s The Ultimate Melody.

CHICAGO’S MAYOR MORPHED INTO JACK TORRANCE SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED: Newly released email reveals Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot dressing down staffer.

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I’m reasonably certain that Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick didn’t intend The Shining to be a guide to effective interoffice memos.

WELL, “SCRAPPING” IS A FORM OF REDRAFTING: The Internal Revenue Code Should Be Be Redrafted.

LEADER OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY QUITE CROSS WITH ONE OF HIS OPERATIVES WITH A BYLINE: Biden Erupts At Reporter For Asking About Putin: ‘Where The Hell, What Do You Do All The Time?’

President Biden went off on CNN’s Kaitlan Collins at the end of his post-summit press conference and suggested she may be “in the wrong business” after she asked why he was “so confident” that Putin will “change his behavior.”

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Reporters have started to react negatively toward Biden’s refusal to answer more questions from the media and toward his attitude sometimes when answering the few questions that he does take.

“Any analysis of President Biden that doesn’t sound like praise inspires people to leap to defend him by pointing out the obvious: ‘He’s not Trump!’ He’s not, but he’s not made of glass, either,” New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi tweeted following Biden’s meeting with Putin. “The most powerful person in the world doesn’t need to be cocooned from criticism.”

President Klain obviously disagrees with Nuzzi.

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO ANTI-SCIENCE? Warnings about processed meat fail the test of science.

A new re-analysis of the science concerning links between processed meat and chronic disease indicates that studies showing a relationship between the two are very low quality and suffer from, as the authors put it, “serious risk of bias and imprecision.”

This conclusion is unsurprising, as it follows a recent set of analyses that rocked the nutrition world. That earlier set of studies, published in Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this month, concluded that guidelines warning us to consume less red and processed meat are based on evidence with very low certainty. The researchers who performed those analyses asserted there is no way to determine, for any given individual, what the risks or benefits of eating meat might be.

In that regard, this new study, published October 17 in PLOS ONE, is similar not only in its contradiction of decades-old dietary guidance, but in its indictment of the science behind nutritional guidance in general.

Believe the science!

SHE OUGHT TO BE BOOTED FROM CONGRESS: McCarthy Vows to Boot Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee if GOP Takes Back House.

21st CENTURY HEADLINES: Osama bin Laden’s niece protests Biden-Putin summit with ‘Trump won’ boat parade.

THE HORSEPOWER IS HUGE, THOUGH: Why Does Every New Car Look Like Every Other New Car?

I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN BILL KRISTOL WAS STILL A CONSERVATIVE:

NOW #1 IN ECONOMIC POLICY & DEVELOPMENT: Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell.

LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE: Hungary Bans LGBT Content for Minors.

“DISASTROUS. TEAM BIDEN CAN’T EVEN ORGANIZE AN ORDERLY POOL SPRAY,” Charlie Spiering of Breitbart.com tweets.  Details here: Russian Security Tried To Push U.S. Reporters Out Of Biden-Putin Summit: Reports.

Just before a U.S. president meets with a foreign leader, at home or abroad, reporters and photographers from both countries are trotted in for a few minutes for what’s called a “pool spray,” to ask questions and snap a few pictures. The kabuki theater usually goes off without a hitch — except when the Russian are involved.

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In a later pool report, [Anita Kumar, a reporter for Politico]  wrote: “There’s an extremely chaotic scene at the door. Both pools being denied access. At 1:39 pm, part of the pool was ushered in but we were pushed and shoved by security officials and Russian media. Poolers tripped over cords.”

She offered more detail in another report, one in which she put some of the blame on the U.S. press corps.

“The shoving match began at a side entrance immediately as the two presidents entered the villa from the front door. Journalists from both countries rushed to enter the building but were stopped by U.S. and Russian security and government officials. The pool was repeatedly told to line up separately and in single file but neither side did. Instead, the journalists pushed and shoved trying to enter the building,” Kumar wrote.

Exit question: ‘Why would Trump do this?’ Joe Biden smiles as US journalists yell at and fight with each other before getting shoved by Russian security (pic, video).

RENT-SEEKING: Major Proterra Investor Al Gore Lobbies White House on Infrastructure.

QUESTION ASKED:

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Biden’s Europe Trip A Bumbling, Stumbling, Blundering — And Embarrassing — Debacle.

While throughout his trip, Biden took few questions from the press — and always from pre-selected members of the friendly mainstream media — he ended up clashing with one reporter who (gasp!) asked a tough question. In answer, Biden leaned down close to the microphone, and in an odd voice said, “120 days. Give me a break. Need time.” In fact, Biden had been president for 145 days, so he even got that wrong.

In the end, Biden dodged a joint press conference with the Russian leader — something every president has held at summits for decades. Instead, he will hold a solo presser Wednesday, where he’ll once again take softball questions from a pre-selected handful of friendly members of the establishment media.

But you won’t hear about any of this in the MSM. Instead, Biden’s trip will be portrayed as a ringing success and the media will sell the idea that the Democrat — like the Chosen One, Barack Obama — has raised the stature of America.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

What’s the point of Biden doing press conferences with Putin, when he can get his own Pravda-level propaganda at home?

A prime example of The Sovietization of the American Press.

SPENDING: Senator Schumer Will Trigger Reconciliation on Wednesday. “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will meet with the 11 Democratic members of the Budget Committee to begin the process of passing a 2022 budget resolution. Included in next year’s budget will be Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill and his $1.8 trillion ‘American Jobs Plan’ using the reconciliation process to ram it through Congress on a party-line vote.”

WELL, THAT’S NOT GOOD: A Potential Downside of Intermittent Fasting: A rigorous three-month study found that people lost little weight, and much of that may have been from muscle.

The new research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is one of the most rigorous studies to examine time-restricted eating, which involves fasting for 12 or more hours a day. Many followers of the diet, which has been popularized in best-selling diet books and touted by celebrities, routinely skip breakfast and eat all their meals between roughly noon and 8 p.m., resulting in a daily 16-hour fast.

Research over the years has suggested that the practice spurs weight loss and improves metabolic health, although much of the data has come from animal experiments or small studies of relatively short duration in humans. Experts say the diet works because it allows people the freedom to eat what they want so long as they do it in a narrow window of time, which leads them to consume fewer calories over all.

But the new research found that overweight adults who were assigned to routinely fast for 16 hours daily, eating all their meals between noon and 8 p.m., popularly known as the 16:8 diet, gained almost no benefit from it. Over the course of the three-month study, they lost an average of just two to three and a half pounds — only slightly more than a control group — and most of the weight they shed was not body fat but “lean mass,” which includes muscle.

The Insta-Wife tried it to no result; I know other people who swear by it.

GOOD: US scientists close to producing super-wheat resistant to deadly-rust variants.

We should be working on cold-resistant and short-growing-season strains, too.

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: Biden Hosting Huge July 4th Party After Telling States, Citizens Not to Hold Large Gatherings.

THE ROMANS’ CONTAINED POWDERED LEAD: Study: Many cosmetics contain unlisted, toxic ‘forever chemicals.’

IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

[Harrison] Ford is 78 years old, so naturally his age is showing. He’s hardly the same man he was when Indiana Jones was first introduced to the public in 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Of course, nobody is expecting him to be the young and vigorous Indiana Jones, but seeing a worn-out man wearing a regulatory pandemic mask fits all too poetically into our current age of malaise and lack of creativity.

Growing up in Bosnia (former Yugoslavia) and being completely obsessed with American culture and movies, I loved watching the adventures of Indiana Jones. Those repeated musical notes indicating Indy’s triumph over the bad guys (Nazis, to be precise), his leather jacket, fedora, and whip, his insistence that all the artifacts that he seeks “belong in a museum!”—all of these were part of my excitement as a young girl seeing the signs of American optimism. I still watch the movies and I still love them, despite the fact that now I can notice filming inconsistencies. None of it matters because the original trilogy captures the American spirit that destroys the bad guys.

Whether the latest “Indiana Jones” film will be good or not is beside the point. What’s interesting is that our artistic elite is not creating new forms of film, or any other art form for that matter, to capture that spirit. By no means am I denying the past, which we should always be aware of, but at some point, films like these become yet another journey into nostalgia and presumably (and mostly!) the search for more money.

The late Gene Siskel once wrote that for him, the test of a whether or not a movie was any good was, “Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?” Unlike 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, hopefully the upcoming Raiders of the Lost Ark sequel will at least clear that low bar.

BREAKING UP IS EASY TO DO: Atlanta May Be Headed for a Final Divorce as Communities Nationwide Seek to Redraw the Lines. “Buckhead, a portion of Atlanta, Georgia, is looking to break free from the rest of a city in rapid decline. After decades of increased safety that started ahead of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, it took one woman and a single summer to ruin it. Not even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can beat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ time for running a city into the ground. It took de Blasio two terms. Bottoms has been so spectacular she’s announced she won’t even run for a second one.”

WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER THEY GAVE ME DARVON AND WYGESIC, NEITHER OF WHICH DID A LOT: Study finds wide range of effective migraine treatments, but not opioids. I don’t get migraines nearly as often any more (in my teens I got two or three a week), but when I do a big slug of ibuprofen seems to work better than any fancy migraine medicines.

GLEICHSCHALTUNG: Texas State Guardsman: Leadership Is Trying To Indoctrinate Us To Far-Left Ideology.

INTIMIDATION: Taiwan reports ‘record number’ of Chinese jets in its air defence zone.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: California’s $100 Million Bailout for… POT SELLERS? Yes, Pot Sellers.

Plus:

  • Geopolitical manspreading
  • Face masks are even grosser and more dangerous than you thought
  • Biden orders airlift of families of illegals into the US

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

TATER, MASHED: CNN’s Brian Stelter draws smallest audience of 2021 as Reliable Sources gets crushed by MediaBuzz. “Fox News’ ‘MediaBuzz,’ which is Stelter’s direct timeslot competition, averaged 1.1 million viewers to beat the struggling CNN show by a whopping 41 percent. Fox News aired 12 different programs on Sunday alone that attracted a larger audience than ‘Reliable Sources.’”

AT GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S INVITATION: Trump to Visit Southern Border to ‘Shine a Spotlight’ on Biden’s ‘Crimes Against Our Nation.’

POINTS AND FIGURES: Pins And Needles For Fed Meeting. “Unfortunately, policymakers didn’t think out of the box on Covid. They didn’t follow data, and were imprisoned by bureaucracy and old ideas. They were unable to critically think in a hyper-politicized environment.”

HMM: CDC: Few Pregnant Women Received COVID Shot. Well, most pregnant women are in a low-risk demographic.

WHAT THE DEMOCRATS INTEND FOR MIDDLE AMERICA UNDER THE “GREEN NEW DEAL:” Joel Kotkin: The Killing of Kern County.

YOU MIGHT NOT BE INTERESTED IN THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG BUT THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG IS INTERESTED IN YOU: U of Oklahoma volleyball player shut out of program due to rejection of ‘social justice.’

GRANNY-KILLER CUOMO: Report Confirms: Yes, Gov. Cuomo Killed the Elderly.

HYPERSONIC MISSILE CASUALTY: The Navy’s Railgun Is Finally Dead.

The U.S. Navy’s push to create a $500 million electromagnetic railgun weapon—capable of slinging projectiles at hypersonic speeds—appears to have come to an end. The service is ending funding for the railgun without having sent a single weapon to sea, while pushing technology derived from the program into existing weapons.

The weapon is a victim of a change in the Navy’s direction toward faster, longer-range weapons that are capable of striking ships and land targets in a major war.

Just because it’s very cool technology doesn’t mean it was the right technology. Still, I’d love to see some other application for it.

MANDATORY INDOCTRINATION: Top-ranked law school to mandate critical race theory course for graduation.

CANCEL CULTURE IS ALL IN YOUR MIND: A Young Composer Condemned Arson and Then the Mob Came for Him. Hard.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: The Chrissy Teigen Cancel Choir Is Singing a Beautiful Tune. “Teigen is one of those people who is famous for being famous more than anything else. She married a famous guy, but there’s not much on the résumé beyond that.”

THE WRONG SORT OF VIOLENCE: What’s Really Behind the Reported Spike in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes? We’re told it’s “white supremacy” and Trump’s — correct — blaming of China for the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. (See, e.g., Jon Stewart.) But in fact:

Take, for example, the vicious murder of 84 year-old Thai retiree Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco this January. In the New York Times, it was portrayed as a kind of culmination of anti-Asian hate, with the Times putting the tragedy in the context of “President Donald J. Trump repeatedly referring to the coronavirus as the ‘Chinese virus.’” which it touted as being linked to crimes such as that which was committed against Ratanapakdee.

And yet, the facts do not at all conform to this narrative. The perpetrator, 19-year-old Antoine Watson, was vandalizing a car when Ratanpakdee spotted him and began walking in the opposite direction. That caused Watson — who allegedly yelled, “Why ya looking at me?” before barreling into Ratanapakdee — to knock the elderly man over, resulting in the brain hemorrhage that would kill him. The motivation seems to have had nothing to do with race, then, as Watson comes from a biracial family that includes Asians, and Ratanapakdee’s race was likely indiscernible thanks to his being covered up head-to-toe for the winter weather.

His death was likely the product not of racial animus stoked for political reasons, but of minor criminality turned major in a moment of panic and uncontrolled rage; Watson had been cited by police already on the day of the attack for reckless driving after a dispute with his family.

San Francisco saw another attack on an Asian-American resident when a female police officer approached 33 year-old homeless man Gerardo Contreras and asked him to comply with a pat-down on Memorial Day. Suddenly in the middle of the interaction, Contreras attacked the officer, overpowering and choking her before the intervention of bystanders and other officers prevented the worst. Contreras’s history of mental-health struggles and prior arrests strongly suggest that it was circumstance, not the recently revived lab-leak theory that motivated the attack.

In fact, homelessness and recidivism have both proven to be recurring themes in many of these assaults. That same day on the opposite coast, 48- year-old Alexander Wright walked up to and punched an Asian woman in New York City’s Chinatown. Wright was living on the streets and had already accumulated 40 prior arrests at the time of the attack, including a number of them for violent crimes like assault. Video of his arrest shows Wright shouting “he hit me!,” and synthetic marijuana was found on his person.

Other attacks show similar fact patterns. Earlier that month, 37-year-old homeless woman Ebony Jackson wielded a hammer against two Asian women after they refused to shed their face coverings on the sidewalk in New York at Jackson’s request. No evidence has yet emerged that the troubled attacker was motivated by race, much less the lab-leak theory. Similarly, in San Francisco, Patrick Thompson, a 54-year-old man with mental-health issues arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in 2017, approached and stabbed two elderly Asian women from behind in February.

Another February stabbing of an Asian victim, this one by 19-year-old Salman Muflihi was ruled not to have been motivated by anti-Asian bias. Muflihi, who had previously been arrested for assaulting his own brother, ran up to a nearby security guard after committing the act, telling him, “I just stabbed someone” before asking, “Where are the police at?”

That’s okay, the press reports will tell you what you’re supposed to think.

Plus: “These attacks are a part of a larger breakdown in the social order. The de facto decriminalization of offenses such as shoplifting in California, along with the demonization of law-enforcement agencies, combines to embolden criminals, giving them a false sense of invincibility. The aforementioned Patrick Thompson? He was released into the general public after his arrest and failed to show up for his original arraignment date.”

How about that?

GOOD: Federal judge blocks Biden’s ban on leases for drilling on public lands.

But it will frustrate the Democrats’ goal of higher gas prices at least a bit. Now if we could just undo the Keystone Pipeline decision.

PUSHBACK: Arizona attorney general defends Maricopa vote audit against ‘hysterical’ DOJ criticism.

Nothing says “we have nothing to hide” and “only kooks distrust the electoral proces” like demanding that no one look into the election.

WOKENESS IS A SPECIES OF MASS HYSTERIA: “Even North Korea is not this nuts.”

A REPORT ON KNOXVILLE’S FIGHT OVER COPS IN SCHOOLS: Knox County’s libertarian pro-wrestling mayor fights to keep police in schools. “Glenn Jacobs can lull you into believing he’s a slow-moving, slow-thinking jock. Then he strikes like a rattler.”

WELL, IT ISN’T LIKE THE US GOVERNMENT IS ALLOWING A SERIOUS INQUIRY TO SQUELCH THIS KIND OF THING: Putin Implies That the U.S. Government ‘Assassinated’ Ashli Babbitt.

OBAMA’S THIRD TERM: Biden Admin Prepared to Lift Sanctions on Iran’s Top Terrorism Financers, Senator Says.

As I wrote yesterday, Biden is weakening our position in the Middle East while increasing our dependency on Middle East oil.

FLASHBACK: Inspector general’s report on FBI and Clinton’s emails shows secrecy threatens democracy. “The 500-page inspector general’s report released Thursday reveals how unjustified secrecy and poor decisions helped ravage the credibility of both Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the FBI.”

JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT: Separation of Powers Dispute in South Dakota: Federal Judge Holds U.S. Marshal in Contempt For Refusing To Provide Vaccination Status. “Yes, a federal judge accused a Deputy U.S. Marshal of ‘kidnapping’ a prisoner. The judge also charged that the unvaccinated Marshals are the ‘most dangerous people’ in the courtroom–not the prisoners.”

Well, people more afraid of catching COVID-19 are more judgemental, study finds.

I HAD BEEN ASSURED BY THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT HE WAS THE BEST CATHOLIC SINCE PETER: Vatican Nixes Plan for Pope Francis to Give Biden Communion.

I’VE BEEN SO OUT OF IT, I FORGOT TO LINK THE SUNDAY PROMO POST I DO FOR MOSTLY INDIE AUTHORS:  Picture Challenge and Sunday Book Promo.

CRAZIER THAN KIM WHOA FAT!  Anatomy of the Woke Madness.

THE LEFT HAS ALWAYS REACTED TO THE AMERICAN FLAG LIKE VAMPIRES TO THE CROSS:  Today’s blacklisted American: Business that makes American flags blackballed by Paypal, Facebook, and Shopify.

So, of course they’d do this. It’s time to wave it in their faces morning, noon and night, until they retreat hissing and spitting to their dark lairs and live the normal world alone.

BECAUSE OF COURSE THEY DO:  ERCOT issues conservation alert… Media blames natural gas.

TURN OFF THE GASLIGHT. WE DON’T ACCEPT IT ANYMORE:  Biden Admin’s Strategy to Combat Domestic Terrorism Calls White Supremacy, Militia Groups as Biggest Threats.

SANE PEOPLE KNOW HARVARD PSYCHOSIS IS AN INCREASING DANGER TO AMERICA:  Retired Harvard Psychiatrist Claims Trump’s ‘Psychosis’ is Still a Danger to America.

THEY SHOULD PANIC HARDER. NO ONE IS BUYING WHAT THEY SELL ANYMORE:  Media Panics Over Mounting Opposition to Critical Race Theory.

Get out, you bums. And take Governor Blackface with you.

NAH. IT’S JUST MORE GASLIGHTING:  Biden Called Out Ukraine for Corruption, Forgetting His Own Ukrainian Corruption.

The worst part? They think we still buy this.

THE GASLIGHTING IS SO OBVIOUS, NO ONE SHOULD BELIEVE ANY OF THIS:  When Jon Stewart Doesn’t Buy the Covid Origin Story.

BEHOLD! MY SHOCKED FACE:  Feds Investigating Chinese Spies’ Return to US Ahead of COVID Travel Ban.

GRAFT. BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU POLISH THE DOG TURD, IT’S STILL A DOG TURD:  Hunter Biden’s amazing, extraordinary, sublime, unprecedented art talent has his paintings selling for $500,000 a pop.

THINK ABOUT IT: OUR “ELITES” ARE CRAZIER THAN KIM WHOA FAT!  North Korean Defector After Attending Ivy League School: Even North Korea Was ‘Not This Nuts’.

And the worst part is that…. she’s right, you know?

I FOUND OUT TODAY A LOT OF MY OWN FANS DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THIS:  Hundreds still are incarcerated for being in DC on January 6. Why is the GOP so afraid to stand up for what is right?

It’s time to make sure everyone knows. Before this goes any further.

DOES HE MEAN SACRIFICE BUREAUCRATS TO CTHULHU? BECAUSE THERE’S A CHANCE OF THAT:  Former Biden COVID-19 Czar Says ‘Next Time’ Americans Need To ‘Sacrifice More’ During Pandemic.

As for “Trump denied it, reeee.” Dear Leftists: Kindly can it. I denied it. Trump fell for it like a duckie, probably because of being a germaphobe. It’s the one thing he did in his time in power that truly disappointed me.

ALL THEY HAVE IS GASLIGHTING:  The Invisible Sculpture Sale is Symbolic of the Systematic Shams Elites Expect Us to Swallow.

June 15, 2021

I BLAME TONY SOPRANO: Black bear found lying dead in Staten Island parking lot. “There ‘is no known population of black bears on Staten Island,’ the department added.”

David Baron, call your office.

UPDATE: A friend writes: “It did not kill itself. What did it know about Hillary Clinton??”

MAYBE FUNDING CHINESE VIRAL RESEARCH WAS ALWAYS A TERRIBLE IDEA:

READER BOOK PLUG: So I finished Stephen Hunter’s Basil’s War: A WWII Spy Thriller, and found it quite entertaining. As he said in an email, it’s lighter than his Bob Lee Swagger novels, but that was fun. And you have to admire a man who, however cynical he appears, gives up a night with Vivien Leigh for patriotic reasons.

UPDATE (FROM THE COMMENTS:) “Stephen Hunter is one of a handful of authors whose books I consider to be ‘must reads’ sight unseen. Having said that, this book is completely different from anything Hunter has written before. It’s as George MacDonald Frasier wrote a James Bond novel. Great fun and one of the most entertaining books I have read in years.”

MCCABE IS A HACK, AND THE “DOMESTIC TERRORISM” TALK IS A WAY TO TAR POLITICAL OPPONENTS AS TERRORISTS: Dana Loesch Drops Facts on Andrew McCabe After His Disgraceful Comments About Congressional Baseball Shooting.

It’s also fair to refer to Andrew McCabe as a serial and disgraced liar, because, you know, he is.

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OPEN THREAD: I’ve got the world calling me tonight on the phone.

BUILD BACK BETTER: Unemployed Households Can Earn $25/Hour on Welfare in 21 States, New Study Finds.

SPACE: Seraphim Capital unveils world’s first listed space technology fund.

QUESTION ASKED: Who Let Capitol Protesters Into the Building on January 6?

WELCOME BACK, CARTER: Retail Sales Tank As Prices Continue To Skyrocket Due To Inflation.

WITH COVID FADING ON ITS OWN, WHAT’S THE POINT? Over 500 U.S. Colleges Will Require Students And/Or Faculty/Staff To Be Vaccinated For The Fall Semester.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: NY Mayoral Candidate Maya Wiley Hosted Event With Anti-Semite Dropped From Women’s March.

SHOCK VIDEO: Shoplifter brazenly robs San Francisco Walgreens in front of security guard. “The GOP could spend a decade brainstorming and never come up with a better campaign ad. ‘Defund the police’ indeed.”

CHANGE: More Sanctuary States of the Right: Conservative states seeking to protect gun rights are copying the tactics used by liberal immigration sanctuaries. “The right can continue to complain about the things that the left is successful at, or they can look at it, learn from it, and replicate it.”

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: People Who Ruined World’s Economies Gather To Discuss How To Fix World’s Economies.

GERARD BAKER: Jeffrey Toobin, the ‘1619 Project’ and the Journalistic Reign of Error: As long as you further the narrative, no bad behavior or corruption of the truth will go unrewarded.

Even if Jeffrey Toobin is in fact the indispensable legal mind CNN evidently believes he is, his reinstatement last week must surely fill some of his colleagues with misgivings. “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” the great Aretha Franklin once asked. It’s a valid question that may take new form in the minds of participants in future video calls with the easily distracted Mr. Toobin.

But his restoration to a more salubrious on-camera role is a helpful reminder of the rules that now govern news. The medium is no longer the message: The new reality is that the mission is the message. As long as your work furthers the mission, no failure in behavior, no error in reporting or editing, no corruption of the truth or the evidence will go unrewarded.

All data and facts, all judgment about stories and the people who produce them, are subordinate to the mission. In one of the more ironic developments of this age of progressive hegemony, this is called “moral clarity.”

As CNN was being restored to its full complement of progressive missionaries, the same message in service of the same mission was more powerfully conveyed by the authorities who every year emerge from the temples of Columbia University to bestow on another crop of journalists the mantle of Joseph Pulitzer.

The steady conversion of these “prestigious” awards into Hero of the Soviet Union-like ribbons for full-time advocacy of approved causes was nearly complete this year, with almost all the prizes in journalism and literature going to works that fit within the approved range of writing.

Indeed.

SKYNET SMILES: Mayflower AI sea drone readies maiden transatlantic voyage. “Over its roughly three-week trip from England to the United States, the Mayflower will be guided by an artificial intelligence-powered ‘captain’ and make the journey without humans on board.”

PETTY THIEVES, REJOICE: Chicago cops no longer permitted to chase suspects on foot for some offenses. “The new policy, which goes into effect on June 11, prohibits foot chases in connection to minor traffic offenses or for criminal offenses less than a Class A misdemeanor.”

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