April 22, 2021

IN ORDER TO DILUTE THE INFLUENCE (AND IGNORE THE CONCERNS) OF ACTUAL CITIZENS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. NEXT QUESTION? Why Does The Dallas City Council Want Illegal Aliens On Their Commissions?

IT’S COME TO THIS: Oscars Attendees Must Wear Masks… But Only Off-Camera.

But okay, here’s my question: How does a virus know when a camera is pointed at you and when it isn’t?

How is this filming protocol supposed to work, scientifically speaking? If two actors are in the same shot together, breathing the same air, what is the benefit of making them put on masks as soon as the scene is over? Does the virus just wait off-camera until they’re done?

And if Hollywood celebrities don’t need to wear masks while they’re on the clock, or sitting in the audience at the Oscars, why do the rest of us need to wear masks? Does a virus get star-struck? Does it say, “Oh no, I’d better not infect this guy, he’s Leonardo Di Caprio”?

Well yes. As America’s Newspaper of Record has reported: In Show Of Solidarity, COVID-19 Vows Not To Infect Anyone Protesting Inequality.

THIS WILL END WELL: Mass. Liberals Launch Woke Witch Hunt Against Local Businesses That Support Police.

DEMOCRATS BRING A GUN TO A KNIFE FIGHT:

Instead of admitting error in jumping to conclusions — that this incident was somehow linked to Derek Chauvin being found guilty of the murder of George Floyd — Twitter activists, cable news hosts and even the White House doubled down on the tale of a racist police officer sticking his gun where it didn’t belong. Bree Newsome, the activist famous for scaling a flag pole and tearing down a Confederate flag tweeted, ‘Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons. We do not need police to address these situations  by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.’

Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama adviser, echoed this sentiment by tweeting, ‘A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability.  Fight for justice.’ While appearing on CNN, former head of the NAACP Cornell Brooks declared it a schoolyard fight:

‘What if it were your daughter, what if it were your child, a member of your family, your neighbor in a — essentially in a teenage fight, a schoolyard fight?’

Attorney Ben Crump tweeted, ‘As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting as @ColumbusPolice killed an unarmed 15yo Black girl named Makiyah Bryant. Another Child lost! Another hashtag.’

The New York Times later printed Mr Crump’s tweet, editing out his claim that the girl was unarmed. The Times has not explained why they edited a published tweet without editorial comment.

The incident made it all the way to the White House, where press secretary Jen Psaki insinuated that this was another police shooting driven by race, stating, ‘black women and girls, like black men and boys, experience higher rates of police violence.’ The footage and 911 call, wherein a woman begs for help because she is being attacked by someone with a knife, released by Columbus officials and the mayor have been deemed inconvenient to the left. The activists speaking out are sending a message that police had no business breaking up or stopping an armed altercation between two black teenagers. Most likely, had the police not been there to stop a girl from being stabbed to death, this incident would have been ignored by the media and the Biden White House. This would have been another faceless tragedy in a Democrat-controlled city among poor urban communities — and would have gone the way of gun violence in Chicago, which is never to be used as an example when it comes to gun or street violence. We are meant to look the other way because even bringing it up is allegedly structural racism at work.

Oh, and speaking of the Windy City, this is not a Babylon Bee headline: Chicago Mayor: Police should get permission before chasing anyone.

UPDATE:

 

HE’S NOT WRONG:

THEY CRASH THEIR PLANES, BUT THEY CRASH THEM INTO YOU: The Kamikaze Congress.

(Classical allusion in headline.)

INDEED: There’s No Way Americans Can Trust The Jury’s Chauvin Verdict.

Given the circumstances of the trial, however, it’s extremely hard to believe the jury was solely concerned with either truth or justice. It’s extremely hard, if not impossible, for any thinking person not to have a reasonable doubt about the outcome.

We know the judge in the case refused to sequester jurors from media coverage and outside influences during the trial, and that the pressure conveyed to them was beyond intense. It was made perfectly clear to them that the nation would be engulfed in flames if they expressed they did in fact have a reasonable doubt over whether Floyd’s death was Chauvin’s fault.

The entire bloody year of 2020, in which unprecedented and murderous riots swept the nation, was premised on the incident that led to this trial. At least 30 people died amid waves of riots that widely used Floyd’s death as the pretext. The Floyd riots have caused the most high-dollar damage in U.S. history, an estimated $2 billion.

Read the whole thing.

HAPPY EARTH DAY, EVEN THOUGH WE’RE ALL DOOMED:

At one time, the doomsayers claimed there wasn’t enough food to feed everyone, that India and China would suffer scenes of unimaginable tragedy with people dying in the streets of starvation. Then came the green revolution and China and India are now exporting food. The concern over overpopulation morphed into a concern that we were running out of oil. That prediction proved to be even sillier than mass starvation.

Why is it the doomsayers are never called out for being so spectacularly wrong? In the past, their errors didn’t cost trillions of dollars and millions of jobs. But what if they’re wrong about climate change? Not that the climate doesn’t change or isn’t changing now but these specific, terrifying predictions of doom—life if we don’t stop using fossil fuels we’re all going to die—are being used to justify all kinds of mischief by governments.

And if climate change is such a rock-solid certainty, why are opposing scientific views squelched? This fear that contrary views are somehow dangerous and need to be censored is more terrifying to me than anything the climate can do to me. If we are going to allow double-digit trillions of dollars to be sucked out of the economy, costing jobs, lives, and people’s peace of mind, you would think climate change advocates would welcome the debate.

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Flashbacks:

“Earth Day” Turns 50. Half a century later, a look back at the forecasters who got the future wrong—and one who got it right.

● “Earth Day” Founder And Notorious “Unicorn Killer” Ira Einhorn Has Died In Prison At Age 79.

● On the eve of 2011’s “Earth Day,” NBC stumbled into this headline and subhead to describe Einhorn: Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend. Ira Einhorn preached against Vietnam War and violence, but had dark side.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: Let’s Return Earth Day To Its Roots.

The first Earth Day celebration was conceived by then-U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson and held in 1970 as a “symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship.” In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience, and most activities were organized at the grassroots level*.

Sadly, today’s Earth Day shares something with the current political environment: It reeks of divisiveness.

Earth Day has devolved into an occasion for environmental Cassandras to prophesy apocalypse, dish antitechnology dirt, and proselytize for a “woke” agenda. Passion and zeal routinely trump science, and provability takes a back seat to plausibility.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to return “Earth Day” to its roots, considering that for the radical enviro-left, nothing has changed since 1970: Earth Day predictions of 1970. The reason you shouldn’t believe Earth Day predictions of [2021].

Also 51 years on, to paraphrase the late Kathy Shaidle on Trump as Hitler, I’m already on (at least) my fourth apocalypse:

* Though it was thoroughly endorsed and promoted by that Jurassic Democratic Party operative with a byline, Walter Cronkite.

(Bumped. Classical reference in headline.)

ANSWERS TO THE IMPORTANT QUESTION: Is Chinese President Xi Jinping Too Fat to Lead?

Like most communists, Xi rarely practices what he preaches. During a hospital visit last month, for example, the Chinese leader said health was the most important indicator of people’s happiness. If the Chinese people had a choice, which they don’t, they might prefer to get their health advice from a man of less formidable girth, such as former American president Donald J. Trump.

Yes, it’s satire — or is it??

IT IS UNWISE TO BRING UP INCONVENIENT FACTS, COMRADE: Twitter Suspended GOP Commentator Steve Cortes For Citing Study He Got From Govt Website.

BIDEN CELEBRATES TRUMP VACCINE VICTORY! Biden Says Goal Of 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccinations In 100 Days Has Been Met.

I remember when Trump promised this, he got the “without evidence” and “experts skeptical” treatment. But now it’s a big achievement for Biden!

HEATHER MAC DONALD: A Troubled Rule of Law. The pervasive sense that cities would burn if Derek Chauvin were not convicted raises questions about whether the jury’s verdict was reached dispassionately. And the false narrative about a racist criminal-justice system will continue victimizing thousands of law-abiding blacks in vulnerable urban neighborhoods who yearn for more police protection.

SPOILER: THEY WON’T. Portland’s Black Leaders Ask Woke White Folk to Stop Ruining Things.

BUT OF COURSE: Democratic Socialists at AOC’s alma mater are still protesting for free laundry.

SHUT UP, YOU HATE-MONGERING CHINESE TOOL: LeBron James says tweet about police shooting ‘being used to create more hate.’

LeBron’s sponsorship deals: “James is expected to sign a multi-year deal to promote the Mountain Dew brand for the snacks and beverage giant, sources confirmed to Forbes. It joins AT&T, Beats, Nike, Walmart, Rimowa, GMC and Blaze Pizza in his endorsement portfolio.”

SIXTH CIRCUIT PANEL WHITESPLAINS IMMIGRATION POLICY, draws sharp response from Judge-of-color Amul Thapar. “I have my doubts about the wisdom of courts opining on hot-button political issues or the motives of citizens who hold one position or another in those debates. And as someone who is neither blond-haired nor blue-eyed and who has benefited directly from the kindness of the American people, I believe that the American Dream is alive and well for persons of all stripes.”

NEW BOOKS AT HELEN’S PAGE: I have noticed many new books up at my page that look like fun. Here is one that looks interesting: Hamlet’s 2020 Vision: A recasting of Hamlet as the tragedy of the 2020 election and this one too: What Our Helmets Let Us See which is a short satire about politics. I like the creativity of the authors at Helen’s Page. Go support them.

HM ROYAL CANADIAN CONSTABULARY IS GETTING WEAPONS OF WAR OFF THE STREETS! The US needs this kind of common sense gun control.

OK, OK, cheap shot, I guess. Toronto authorities also show off the more modern weapons they seize.

For once, the Twitter comments on these posts are actually kinda worth reading…

THESE IMAGES ARE QUITE STRIKING: Huge superyacht squeezes down narrow Dutch canals. A friend comments that this is proof the Netherlands should operate the Suez Canal.

IT ISN’T A BLUFF IF IT GETS PUTIN EASTERN UKRAINE EVEN WITHOUT A WAR: Is Russian Military Buildup on Ukraine Border a Bluff?

UGH: India Hits Global Record for Daily New Covid-19 Cases: Health officials say they have detected the presence of several highly infectious coronavirus variants. “India reported more than 314,000 new coronavirus cases, the world’s biggest ever single-day jump of new infections, as the country struggled to keep a surge of infections from overwhelming its healthcare system. Hospitals in New Delhi and other hard-hit cities have been turning away patients and running low on oxygen, beds and other medical supplies.”

WE NEED TO SEE SOME RACIAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY:

Good for the Biden Administration for committing to ferreting out the racism in the Democratic Party!

The whole “City X last had a Republican mayor in [year]” thing has become kind of an all-purpose giggle line for righties (myself included).

But seriously here: Except for a weird one-day thing, Minneapolis has had nothing but Democratic mayors dating back to the early sixties. The City Council (per Wiki), which governs the PD, has 12 Democrats and one Green (and that’s it). The Chief (nominated by the mayor, approved by the City Council) is a Black man who has held the post since 2017, and whom you’d have to guess is not a Republican (not because he’s Black, but because he got the job). And I’d guess you’d have to go way back in time to find a Chief who wasn’t Democrat-leaning.

So who hires these cops? Who trains them? Who disciplines them? Who provides their rules of engagement? It’s Democrats all the way down.

Yes, and they need to be held responsible.

UPDATE: Via a friend:

THE END OF CIVIL SOCIETY: Fired for donating to Kyle Rittenhouse? “In other words, Lt. William Kelly was fired for having an opinion. Again… where is it written in the Norfolk PD rules that officers can’t have opinions?”

You can have an opinion. In fact, you must have an opinion. But it must be the opinion that the Party wants you to have, comrade.

YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO SAY THAT:  “No sign that George Floyd was killed because of his race.”

OUT: INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE.

In: BLM protesters rally for ‘victim,’ leave after learning he was white.

CHANGE: Florida House Overwhelmingly Approves Consumer Privacy Bill. “ Florida, the country’s third most populous state, would be the latest to enact consumer protections against Big Data’s ability to harvest personal information about how people conduct their day-to-day lives, including where they shop and eat, what they read and what they share online.”

IT SEEMS TO MOSTLY EXIST IN AMERICA’S MOST ELITE INSTITUTIONS: Michael Barone: The ebbing of ‘the misperception that bigotry is everywhere.’

Plus:

How will future historians explain this? From 2001 to 2014, majorities of Americans, including supermajorities of blacks and non-Hispanic whites, told Gallup pollsters that “race relations” were either very or somewhat good.

Then, after the election and reelection of the first American president of African descent, in each case with majorities of popular as well as electoral votes, perceptions suddenly plunged.

Only around 50% of non-Hispanic whites rated race relations as good in 2015, 2019, and 2020. And the percentage of blacks taking that view fell to 51% in 2015, before Donald Trump’s election as president, and then 40% in 2019 and 36% in 2020.

The short explanation is that August 2014 saw the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement amid protests about the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri, of an 18-year-old black man who had just robbed a convenience store and attempted to seize a policeman’s gun.

How will future historians explain this? From 2001 to 2014, majorities of Americans, including supermajorities of blacks and non-Hispanic whites, told Gallup pollsters that “race relations” were either very or somewhat good.

Then, after the election and reelection of the first American president of African descent, in each case with majorities of popular as well as electoral votes, perceptions suddenly plunged.

Only around 50% of non-Hispanic whites rated race relations as good in 2015, 2019, and 2020. And the percentage of blacks taking that view fell to 51% in 2015, before Donald Trump’s election as president, and then 40% in 2019 and 36% in 2020.

The short explanation is that August 2014 saw the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement amid protests about the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri, of an 18-year-old black man who had just robbed a convenience store and attempted to seize a policeman’s gun.

Floyd’s death generated enormous publicity and a sizable increase in support for the Black Lives Matter movement among whites (to 43% in Civius polling) as well as black people (to 69%). But that support was accompanied by widespread misperceptions of the magnitude of the problem of police shootings of black people. As Canadian political scientist Eric Kaufmann points out, a Quadratics survey in fall 2020 found that eight in 10 black people believe black men are more likely to be killed by police than die in an auto accident. So did 53% of white Biden voters. Only 15% of white Trump voters shared this illusion.

Actually, thousands of black men die in auto accidents annually, whereas far fewer than 100, according to the Washington Post, are killed by police. Similar questions showed similarly wide divergences from reality are apparent on other racially charged questions, and indeed ordinary people often have enormous misperceptions of many statistical relationships.

This misperception exists because people on the left want it to exist, and people in the press want to help.

CHRISTOPHER RUFO: The Shaky Foundations of LA’s Housing ‘Entitlement’ for the Homeless.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump’s Biggest Failure Was In Not Gutting the FBI. “An avowed leftist unloads over a hundred rounds aimed at a gathering of Republicans and the FBI thinks his motive was that he was just looking for a way to off himself. A citizen not in law enforcement who’s only watched cop shows on television knows that this doesn’t fit the ‘suicide by cop’ definition.”

And what happened on January 6 was no “insurrection,” but whatever definition helps push the Left’s narrative is the correct definition.

WHY IS ACADEMIA SO FULL OF HATE AND DISCRIMINATION? A New Systemic Racism? Hiring at some of the country’s elite institutions paints a troubling picture. “Maybe white high schoolers overlooked Princeton this year. But we think there’s a greater likelihood that the university is treating white applicants the way Harvard treats Asians—and that, aware of the way hiring works at the country’s elite institutions, today’s ambitious high schoolers are rushing to discover long lost indigenous ancestors. The understanding of smart young people today that there are material benefits to identifying as a minority should be enough to give the lie to claims of systemic racism—at least against minorities.”

WE NEEDED A SUPREME COURT TO TELL US THAT?: On this day in 2014, the Supreme Court decided by a margin of only 6-2 that Michigan voters are permitted under the Constitution to insist the State of Michigan NOT discriminate on the basis of race. The name of the case was Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary. The respondent’s name—the acronym for which is “BAMN”–should tell you everything you need to know about its modus operandi.

Here’s some background on the Schuette case with a little bit on BAMN and its origins in the Revolutionary Workers League.

SETI AT HOME, REDEFINED: Alien Artifacts on Earth and in Our Solar System is Possible, NASA Reports.

For over five decades, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence has almost exclusively focused on monitoring the sky for signals that could represent a distant advanced alien civilization. However, for as many years, scientists have quietly discussed the possibility that evidence for advanced alien life could be closer than we realize in the form of relics or artifacts.

Largely thanks to technological advances, in recent years, a handful of scientists have slowly started coming forward and saying that the hunt for nearby alien relics is something that merits serious consideration.

After the last year, it would take Klaatu descending the ramp of a flying saucer in Washington to shock most people.

UM: Chris Christie allies: Are you ready for President Chris Christie?

I’ll, er, cross that bridge when I come to it.

CIVIL RIGHTS: “Good for the Biden Administration for committing to ferreting out the racism in the Democratic Party!” “So who hires these cops? Who trains them? Who disciplines them? Who provides their rules of engagement? It’s Democrats all the way down.”

CANCEL CULTURE IS ALL IN YOUR MIND: Va. Police Department Fires Cop Over Donation to Kyle Rittenhouse Legal Fund.

I HAVEN’T READ IT YET, BUT I LOVE IT WHEN MY “WRITING KIDS” ARE DOING WELL AND FOLLOWING THROUGH:

From C. V. Walter:   Bound to the Alien Engineer.

Mindy’s best friend Molly was a maintenance technician on the Bradbury 12. When Molly went missing, Mindy started looking for answers but all she found were more questions. They were supposed to meet up at Geniuscon, a science fiction convention that attracts people from every walk of life, and she knows Molly’s son Aidan is going to be there. Determined to get in touch with her friend, Mindy tracks down Aidan and meets some of his new friends, the guys cosplaying as big, blue aliens.

The first time he heard her voice, Alvola knew Mindy was the one. It didn’t matter that he couldn’t understand the language or touch her skin, the sound of her voice made his body sing. Determined to meet his mate, Alvola volunteers for the mission to Earth to pick up Aidan and meet with the scientists and engineers that will be their first official contacts with humanity. When Alvola actually meets Mindy in person, his mission becomes to keep her by his side, no matter the cost.

IT DOES SEEM THAT WAY, DOESN’T IT? A Lot More Demand For Racism Than Supply.

THEY DON’T MEAN SQUISHY. THEY MEAN SQUISHED:  Neutron stars may not be as squishy as some scientists thought.

THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW MY OBSESSION WITH THE GREAT SNAIL WAR:  DAILY ART FIX: Inkulinati Is a Serious Strategy Game Created with Absurd, Hilarious Medieval Art.

Know I must check this out….

I SHOULD HAVE LINKED THIS EARLIER:  March 19: Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

To forget is to invite repeat.

AND WHAT HE SAID:  Gun Control Stupidity.

WHAT THE MAN SAYS:  Again with the “Not True Marxism”.

YEP. THAT’S WHAT IT’S FOR:  Critical Race Theory Promotes Discrimination And Racism.

DUH:   Corporate Media *is*, Indeed, Our Enemy.

I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT IT’S TIME TO DOXX BACK:  Norfolk Officer Doxxed and Fired After Donating “Anonymously” To Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Fund.

WHAT WOULD THE LEFT DO WITHOUT AN ENEMIES’ LIST? Democrat Drops Bill to Reveal California Recall Petition Signers.

NO. THEY ARE PUTTING US ON A PATH TO CIVIL WAR:  Supreme Court’s failures are putting America on a path to tyranny.

NO, CHICKIE:  “Trained Marxist” and BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Says Outrage Over Her Personal Wealth is a “Tactic of Terror”.

Blocking highways and burning down buildings is a tactic of terror. You know, like your peeps do.

CONSIDERING HOW MANY TIMES THE LEFT IN MY FIELD HAS ACCUSED OF BEING A RUSSIAN AGENT:  Executive Order Canceling the Constitution .

Anyone, anywhere can be considered to “aid the Russian Federation.”
It’s time to stop the flow of inimical and unconstitutional EOs flowing from the Junta’s cloaca.  Or at least it’s time to inform them we’re no longer obeying any of this effluvia.

NO RACE, NO CULTURE, NO SUBGROUP IS WITHOUT SIN:  On Sparing The Rod.

Making any group untouchable is to make them monsters. Because every group has psychotics and evil people who, knowing they’ll never be punished, will then do their worst. Worse if they have had their heads stuffed with victimhood and helplessness by our ridiculous so called schools.

I DON’T WANT TO GIGGLE:  BLM Protesters Kneel, Rally for Man Killed by Police, Then It Turns Out He’s White.

Giggle!

April 21, 2021

CONGRATS: Ronda Rousey Announces She’s Pregnant With First Child.

OPEN THREAD: It’s there. It’s there for you. It’s what you want.

SPACE: US military picks 3 companies to test nuclear propulsion in cislunar space. Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics. SpaceX not included, but I imagine Elon’s already got people working on plans for Orion propulsion.

GOODER AND HARDER:

FATTER BY THE DAY: Combining data from several studies shows increase in BMI in children over generations. Pretty sure they’re not adding muscle.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: BLM Calls Out Biden: Claims ‘Our Communities…Terrorized’ More Now than Under Trump.

A GOOD REVIEW FOR MEN’S SHAVING SOAP AT HELEN’S PAGE:

A reviewer says: “So, I’m cheap. Not thrifty, but full-blown cheap. However, I decided to try supporting someone listing their products on this site, and I was unhappy with my recent shaving products (and shaving product companies, but that’s a different story).

So, I decided to order – but being cheap, I didn’t take advantage of a bundle and only got the men’s shaving soap in the bay rum. ….

Give it a shot – take it from someone as cheap as me it was worth every penny!”

UPDATE: The website to buy the soap is here. (Bumped)

FLASHBACK: Tucker’s Right.

He laid at the feet of our ruling class a devastating litany of failure: the destruction of the family, skyrocketing out-of-wedlock births, the opioid crisis, rampant male unemployment, the sleazy effort to anesthetize the dispossessed with payday loans and pot, increasing financialization and techification of the economy and resultant wealth concentration, and foreign war without purpose, strategy, victory, or end.

But have our rulers really failed? Not if one understands, Carlson explained, that their real aim is to enrich themselves and maintain their power: “We are ruled by mercenaries who feel no long-term obligation to the people they rule.”

And most of them are on China’s payroll, or at least on its team.

ALSO UNDER-QUALIFIED: The Age of Over-Abundant Elites.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, THE RED BARON WAS SHOT DOWN:

The Red Baron’s final flight took place on April 21, 1918, when pilots from his Flying Circus engaged a group of British planes over Vaux-sur-Somme, France. As Richthofen swooped low in pursuit of an enemy fighter, he came under attack from Australian machine gunners on the ground and a plane piloted by Canadian ace Arthur Roy Brown.

During the exchange of fire, Richthofen was struck in the torso by a bullet and died after crash-landing in a field. Brown got official credit for the victory, but debate continues over whether he or the Australian infantrymen fired the fatal shot.

Following Manfred von Richthofen’s death, Allied troops recovered his body and buried him with full military honors. The 25-year-old had only prowled the skies for a little over two years, but his 80 confirmed aerial victories proved to be the most of any pilot on either side of World War I.

The remains of his body would be moved several times since then:

DID XI TELL LEBRON THIS WAS TOO MUCH? LeBron James’ ‘you’re next’ tweet about officer who shot Ma’Khia Bryant got deleted (but here it is).

UPDATE: Impressive ratio for LeBron, before his tweet was deleted:

ANOTHER UPDATE (FROM GLENN): I used to think LeBron James was a Chinese tool, but now I think he’s just a tool. Well, okay, still the Chinese thing, too.

THE DAM IS BREAKING:  Coca Cola’s “woke” general counsel is out.  This is the guy who wanted at least 15% of the lawyer time billed  to Coca Cola by law firms to be for African American lawyers.

YOU CAN’T STOP THE SIGNAL (MESSENGER PROGRAM): Cellebrite creates some of the software governments use to spy on all of us. The makers of Signal are pushing back hard by hacking them right back. If only literally any other tech company or organization would have this kind of spine!

This tech dystopia has been extremely disappointing. We were promised The Matrix or Person of Interest or, at the very least, Sneakers, and instead we got Nextdoor telling you it’s racist to post “Blue Lives Matter” as though it’s 1. not cartoonishly arrogant to do so and 2. a totally normal thing to insult your customers and decide their political views are any of your damn business.

A NORM HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED: 3/4 of States Are Now Stand Your Ground; only 12 Are Duty to Retreat.

OUT ON A LIMB: Prince Philip’s death marks ‘the beginning of the end’ of the Queen’s reign.

Royal expert Anna Whitelock said the widowed monarch, who turns 95 today, is moving into the “twilight” of her reign. Ms Whitelock added that the Duke of Edinburgh’s death has begun a “transition to the future”.

What would we do without royal experts?

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What Is a Supernova Volcano and How Can We Prevent an Eruption? When it comes to existential threats to humanity, a supervolcano eruption is twice as likely as a giant asteroid strike. But there’s a fix, as explained in one of the engaging science and public-policy videos at the new Kite and Key Media website. Other videos debunk the “overpopulation” crisis and the myth that electric cars can make a difference in combating climate change.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Trevor Noah Is Wrong about the Police.

“We’re told time and time again that these incidents that Black Americans are experiencing are because of ‘bad apples,’ right?” said Daily Show host Trevor Noah, using a phrase he believes is used to dismiss police misconduct. “My question, though, is where are the good apples?” he asks.

Apparently, they serve on the South African police force:

As Glenn Greenwald tweeted last week, “Trevor Noah speaking on the 2012 Marikana massacre — where South African police shot and killed 34 striking miners — is really quite something given the new persona about policing and crime he presents these days.”

“JOURNALISTS” NOW SEE THEMSELVES AS ENFORCERS FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY APPARAT: Tucker Carlson says Washington Post contacting his ‘old college classmates’ looking for dirt.

Related: Utah News Station Targets Paramedic Because He Donated $10 to Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Fund.

STEPHEN GUTOWSKI: Leaked ATF Document Details Biden Plan to Ban ‘Ghost Guns.’

I GUESS THAT MAKES IT FAIR: L.A. Homeless Injunction: Something For Everyone To Hate.

DISPATCHES FROM THE “IT’S DIFFERENT WHEN WE DO IT” PARTY: Ayanna Pressley Wants To Cancel the Rent. She’s Also Made at Least $15,000 As a Landlord.

YOU CAN’T POLISH A TURD: AOC Introduces a New and Improved Green New Deal.

YESTERDAY NORTH DAKOTA BECAME THE LATEST “STAND YOUR GROUND STATE”: Only 12 states remain “duty to retreat states.” The history of all this is pretty interesting.

NOTHING GOOD. NEXT QUESTION? What will Russia do with forces massed on Ukraine’s borders?

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: How People with Paralysis Can Command Computers Wirelessly With Their Minds.

THE TWO RULES OF MODERN JOURNALISM:

RULE # 1: Because journalists are required to be open-minded, exercise independence of spirit, and display a healthy amount of skepticism, the words and deeds of politicians, leaders, and the powerful — as well as those of regular citizens being interviewed — must constantly be questioned, second-guessed, doubted, fact-checked, challenged, and, more often than not, interrupted (more or less politely).

RULE # 2: Rule # 1 only applies to Republicans.

(And to anybody leaning conservative.)

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

WASHINGTON STILL HAS MODERATE DEMOCRATS? Moderate Democrats Are Mad at Maxine Waters as They Worry About 2022.

HMM: Simple oral hygiene could help reduce COVID-19 severity, says study.

FAIL, BRITANNIA: UK Still Won’t Accelerate Re-Opening Despite COVID Deaths Dropping Below Road Accident Fatalities. “The average number of daily deaths now stands at 25 a day with COVID cases dropping 94 per cent from the peak. On Monday, the UK recorded just four total deaths.”

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A SMALLER BLOG: The 1619 Project Summarized in One Single Sentence.

CHANGE: NASA clears first reused SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule for astronaut launch.

THIS IS A FIGHT WE HAVE TO WIN:  “Biden Administration Offers Grants to Teach Children ‘1619 Project,’ Inherent Racism Central to U.S.

RUSSIAN AND CHINESE SHOWS OF FORCE CONFRONT THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: Russia and China are conducting multiple probing operations intended to test President Biden’s administration and, frankly, Slow Joe himself.

Without strong leadership by democratic nations, primarily from the powerful U.S., our weaknesses, especially our self-inflicted weaknesses, could quickly become debilitating wounds the authoritarians will leverage, to our great loss.

Credit French President Emmanuel Macron with recognizing that, at least regarding Russia. He told CBS News the democracies must continue discussions with Russia but “define clear red lines” with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime. He added, “sanctions are not sufficient in themselves, but … are part of the package.”

Macron criticized “a failure of our collective credibility” to respond effectively to Russia’s 2014 Ukraine invasion. The “international community” also failed to enforce the Obama-Biden administration’s now-infamous August 2012 “red line” forbidding use of chemical weapons by Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad. During the interview, he made this strong statement: “We will never accept new military operations on Ukrainian soil.”

Bravo. But Macron knows that making that stick in the Kremlin craw requires U.S. diplomatic, economic and military power.

It’s my latest Creators Syndicate column.

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Related: Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis ‘meant no disrespect’ with widely criticized tweet:

“Davis told The Associated Press and The Athletic that he also didn’t know that the phrase ‘I can breathe’ was used by supporters of police in New York after the death of Eric Garner in 2014 and that he wouldn’t have used that phrase if he knew the history. ‘It’s a tough situation,’ Davis told the AP. ‘I feel bad it was taken in a way it wasn’t meant to be done. That can only be my fault for not explaining it.’”

It’s an even more thoughtless tweet considering the vicious history of the Raiders. Two words: Darryl Stingley.

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