January 21, 2022

THE ONLY PIPELINES BIDEN SUPPORTS ARE THE ONES THAT BENEFIT RUSSIA: US No Longer Supports EastMed Gas Pipeline. “Washington no longer supports the proposed EastMed gas pipeline from Israel to Europe, according to a Jerusalem diplomatic source. The Biden administration reportedly informed Israeli, Greek, and Cypriot officials in recent weeks of its change in attitude.”

See, this pipeline helps Israel, whom the Biden administration doesn’t like, and hurts Russia, by limiting its leverage with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Related: Biden acts much more like Putin’s puppet than Trump ever did.

#RESIST: A reader writes: “H-E-B Plus in New Braunfels, TX.”

Another reader sends this: “I live in a little podunk town, Clinton, Louisiana, north of Baton Rouge. Fell out when I saw an ‘I Did That’ sticker on a gas pump at the Dollar General. Only Dollar General I know of selling gas. Former Walmart Community Market with gas pumps that wasn’t open long when Walmart closed many stores a few years back. We don’t even have a street light here, but we’ve got an ‘I Did That’ sticker. AND mostly dems here, except me.”

And there’s this from Granite Bay, California:

Hey, they’re everywhere. Even NPR noticed.

SWAPPING SPIT: This Is How Toddlers Know if People Share a Special Bond, And It’s Gross.

CAYMAN PUSHBACK: Cayman’s Covid rules have been extraordinarily harsh, but also ineffective. Now Caymanians are protesting.

THE RULING CLASS IS CONSISTENTLY TONE DEAF: New York gov: My daughter got used to wearing sneakers, your kid will get used to wearing a mask.

“INFRASTRUCTURE.” White House to spend $14B on Everglades, other infrastructure projects.

MARK JUDGE: Breaking Up With Carl Bernstein and the Communist Media.

Like a lot of people from the Watergate era — Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Jesse Jackson — Bernstein has lived long enough to see himself go from hero to villain.

As with Hillary, the irony surrounding Bernstein’s hypocrisy is particularly acute. He helped expose a president who was orchestrating opposition research on opponents, including digging into their psychiatric files. Now Bernstein, like the rest of the media, celebrates the very same kind of tactics, and even kicks it up a notch. . . .

The problem with Bernstein is not just evident in his obviously deranged leftism. It’s that this totem of journalistic integrity is a founding father of fake news and has been for years. It’s not just his recent madness that calls into question his integrity. It’s his evasiveness going back decades.

The roots of it can be found in his 1989 memoir, Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir. Bernstein’s parents were members of the Communist Party. But, in his memoir, the famed Watergate sleuth plays dodge with the extent of their involvement with the Party. He was called out for this not by conservatives, but by radical lefty Martin Duberman in “Bernstein’s Left-Wing Legacy,” a 1989 review in The Washington Post. Duberman chided Bernstein for not defending his parents’ Communism, and thus revealing that Bernstein may have been hiding something about his family’s true links to that murderous and evil false religion.

Commies always lie. It’s essential to their creed.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: Andrew Sullivan: How Biden Lost The Plot.

One explanation, perhaps, for Biden’s dense and hard-to-sell legislative juggernauts is that if he’d broken them up and prioritized any single policy, he’d have split his own party. Look what happened when infrastructure passed the Senate first: the left went nuts. In that sense Biden is not so much governing the country as trying to keep the Democrat coalition together, and in the end, achieving neither.

Another aspect of the problem is that so many Dem activists and groups have deeply imbibed the notion that America in 2022 is a “white supremacist” country, designed to suppress non-whites, and that we are now living in a system of de facto “legal fascism,” with a minority “white” party holding the country in its undemocratic grip, perhaps forever. The Democrats and elite liberals really seem to believe that we are back in the 1960s or 1890s or even 1860s, that we live in a black-vs-white world of good vs evil, and that the choice today is literally, in Biden’s words, between backing Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis. This is as self-righteous as it is ludicrous. It’s MLK envy. It’s an attempt to recreate the moral clarity of the civil rights movement, in a country no one from 1964 would begin to recognize.

The Democrats also increasingly view the Constitution itself as a problem for democracy. Notice how frequently they bring up the anti-majoritarian nature of the Senate and the Electoral College, as if that’s a bug and not a feature of the American republican balance. Notice how adding seats to the Supreme Court is also popular among Dems, because they have been outmaneuvered by the wily and shameless McConnell in the Congress. And how many more columns in the MSM do I have to read by people who believe the next election will be our last if the Republicans win? I remember when Norm Ornstein and Ron Brownstein, for example, were solid pillars of centrist conventional wisdom. Now, they both appear to believe it’s 1933 in Weimar, and without a federal takeover of elections, our democracy is over. Our democracy isn’t over. It’s our liberal democracy that’s under threat, and this kind of morally pure Manicheanism is one reason why.

Weimar, you say? Flashback to 2020: Niall Ferguson: ‘Weimar America?’ The Trump Show Is No Cabaret. Detractors have been equating the U.S. with 1920s Germany for 85 years, and they are still wrong:

Weimerica has recurred in dystopian function: in Stephen King’s “The Running Man” (1982), Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (1985), Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” (2004) and Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” (2008). In each case, although the focus is on life in a fascist America, there is a version of the Weimar back story, for without the degeneration of the republic, the rise of the dictatorship is inexplicable. (For some reason, the Weimar syndrome rarely claims dear old Canada, which provides a bolt-hole for the U.S. resistance.)

So when my old friend Andrew Sullivan urged us last month “to be frank” about recent developments in American politics and admit that it is all “very Weimar,” he was adding to an 85-year-old tradition.

“The center has collapsed,” Sullivan wrote. “Armed street gangs of far right and far left are at war on the streets. Tribalism is intensifying in every nook and cranny of the culture. The establishment right and mainstream left tolerate their respective extremes because they hate each other so much.”

It’s not the first time Sullivan has made the Weimerica argument. Six months before the 2016 election, he warned that “our paralyzed, emotional hyperdemocracy” was leading “the stumbling, frustrated, angry voter toward the chimerical panacea of Trump” — and from there to tyranny.

As far back as September of 2007, Sullivan referred to then-President Bush as “The Weimar President,” as a way to do the Bush is Hitler analogy that every other leftwing pundit was making back then without fully redlining the Godwin Meter.

A SMALL MEASURE OF FREEDOM: Pennsylvania lawmakers make new push to privatize liquor sales. “For decades, Republicans have tried to get Pennsylvania out of the booze business, but have been unsuccessful. However, a new approach that would let voters decide may have the GOP popping champagne corks in the next few years.”

MICHAEL BARONE: Abolish parenthood? No, family trumps ‘equity.’

CHANGE: Republic of Ireland scraps almost all coronavirus restrictions.

UPDATE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARIES ACCORDINGLY, COMRADES! New York Times Refers To Women As ‘Menstruators’ For The First Time.

The New York Times referred to women as “menstruators” for the first time in a Thursday article on changing attitudes towards feminine hygiene products.

“New menstruators,” the article said in reference to young girls who have recently started their periods, “often turn to a parent for products and advice — now parents can hand over more than a disposable pad or tampon.”

The article avoided using feminine pronouns when noting that “the average menstruator can use thousands of tampons in their lifetime.”

The author did not use the words “woman” or “female” at any point in the article, and the article only says “girls” in reference to two specific girls the NYT interviewed for the piece. Instead, the author says “people” when referring to women experiencing menstruation periods and “young people” to describe girls experiencing menstruation.

Related: Watch: Matt Walsh Destroys Woke Gender Narrative With One Simple Question.

OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN: Humans probably didn’t mean to tame sheep and goats.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Oh my: Democrat support for Pelosi/Schumer-led Congress crashes by over half.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Infighting: Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain Accused of Hidin’ Biden.

As Biden’s Chief of Staff, Klain is the nucleus of office politics, which are said to be rife with “grumbling” “personal score-settling and constraints… on Biden’s ability to reach out,” though top White House officials denied the report.

When Biden was asked at Wednesday’s press conference about what his 2022 reset would entail, Biden blamed coronavirus and not Klain for his detachment from his pragmatic way of “connecting with people.”

“I find myself in a situation where I don’t get a chance to look people in the eye because of both Covid and things that are happening in Washington, to be able to go out and do the things that I’ve always been able to do pretty well — connect with people,” Biden claimed.

Biden’s decision to escape the White House and speak with Americans is reportedly not in line with Klain’s priorities.

Biden’s confidants told NBC News that “Klain knows Biden ‘can be influenced by his old friends,’ and that ‘frankly, he should be, because there’s a lot of experience there.’”

The report also accused Klain of giving “outsize credence to cable news and social media” and supported the claim with evidence of incessant tweeting and retweeting to pacify the media.

Flashback: Journo Twitter runs the Biden administration.

DON’T GET COCKY: Republicans Beware! You Ain’t Won Anything Yet.

FAKE NEWS: Things Get Salty at NPR Between Totenberg, Editors Over Botched SCOTUS Mask Story.

“Botched.”

THINK OF THEM AS DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES AND YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG: The Washington Post Invents a Vaccine Claim Ron DeSantis Didn’t Make.

Nowhere in this quote does DeSantis suggest that getting the COVID-19 vaccine can affect fertility.

The speech, which was given at an event where DeSantis announced $2.3 million for nursing and vocational programs, focused on the critical medical worker shortage seen not just in Florida but around the country. The Post, as well as MSNBC and other outlets, are cutting off a key sentence from the DeSantis quote. A local outlet in Florida gives you the context you need. . . .

In one sentence, it’s clear that DeSantis is talking about how vaccine mandates will only make a shortage of nurses worse. Young nurses who are wanting to get married and start families are getting let go because they aren’t getting vaccinated. It’s a controversial policy because on one hand, potentially spreading the virus from staff to patients is a medical and legal nightmare, but on the other hand, you’re looking at a shortage of nurses because of the virus and other circumstances already and letting more go only hurts the quality of care you can give.

DeSantis is looking at the mathematical equation here and deciding that it’s silly to look at a health care worker shortage and think “We need more barriers to work,” which is not an unreasonable conclusion to draw.

But the media looks at the DeSantis quote, cuts off a sentence, and declares he is spreading some conspiracy theory because he’s a successful Republican governor and he’s speculated to be a frontrunner in 2024. He has dismissed the media on multiple occasions as the hacks they are, and they don’t like being undermined.

At this point, I no longer assume that they’re biased or sloppy. I assume that they deliberately make things up for partisan reasons.

TEXAS JUDGE BLOCKS BIDEN’S FEDERAL WORKER VACCINE MANDATE. CBS News is quick to get both T-words in there; Trump and Texas:  “A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by then-President Donald Trump, ruled that opponents of Mr. Biden’s vaccination mandate for federal employees were likely to succeed at trial and blocked the government from enforcing the requirement.”

Somehow I don’t think they lost much sleep over the legendary “Hawaiian Judges” blocking The Bad Orange Man’s agenda.

UPDATE: Ace of Spades writes, “your employer does not have the right of Medical Prima Nochtae over you, which leftwing professors would grasp if a conservative president mandated, say, that all female government workers not get abortions or whatever. And the president’s power to order about the bureaucracy is limited by the powers actually given to him by Congress. And Congress has not given him this power…I saw a commentator, I forget who, maybe Brit Hume, note that Presidents and their attorneys are usually mindful not just about the personal price of losing on their claims of presidential power, but about the historic price of losing on claims of presidential power for all future presidents. And so that most presidents do not roll the dice and say ‘YOLO’ on very dubious, weak claims of power, knowing that in all likelihood the courts will say ‘No’ and put up a firm limit on presidential power. Brandon doesn’t roll that way, obviously. His presidency is not just disastrous for the nation’s current citizenry, but for all future occupants of the White House. This small, nasty, weak little man is enfeebling the office of the presidency for all future presidents out of pique and senility-caused anger.”

 

SUPPLY CHAIN: Toyota Confronting Widespread Factory Stalls in Asia.

PRESSURE WORKS: UND stops work on proposed gender inclusion policy. “UND has stopped work on a proposed gender inclusion policy that caught the attention of the North Dakota Catholic Conference and sparked a community conversation. . . . Armacost ultimately made his decision after hearing feedback on the policy from various groups both on campus and off. He then informed members of the State Board of Higher Education, legislators and alumni of his decision to cease work on the policy.”

NO. Can Freight Train Cars Go Electric—and Self-Driving?

GOOD LUCK! NASA prepares final rocket tests for first Artemis moon mission launch.

WOW, THAT’S LIKE, WHAT, 1.2 MASKS PER CITIZEN? White House to make 400 million N95 masks available to Americans at no cost.

BUILD BACK BRANDON: Biden Says People Are Getting Raises—But New Data Show Wages Are Actually Going Down.

EVERYTHING IS RACIST: Oh Liberals, Spare Me Your Fake Outrage About Mitch McConnell’s Non-Racist Remark.

INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE: I’m a Public School Teacher. The Kids Aren’t Alright. “My students were taught to think of themselves as vectors of disease. This has fundamentally altered their understanding of themselves.”

DATING AND MATING: How a High Sex Drive Works Differently in Men and Women.

“NOW THAT THE NATIONAL MEDIA HAVE ‘MOVED ON,’ THE TRUTH COMES OUT:” Oh, Now They Tell Us: Texas Synagogue Terrorist Was Known Jew-Hater.

BUGATTI CHIRON OWNER TARGETED BY TRANSPORT MINISTRY AFTER 260MPH HIGH SPEED RUN ON AUTOBAHN:

Here, I should note that this was completely legal as the A2, the road used for this run, hasn’t got a speed limit and is known around the world as somewhere you can take your car to the peak of its performance – in a straight line anyway.

But now Germany’s Transport Ministry has criticised the driver and is accusing him of putting other drivers in danger after he posted a video of the stunt to YouTube (see above).

Despite the run taking place at 4:50am, where there’s barely any traffic on the road, the Transport Ministry said in a statement that it doesn’t condone driving at such high speeds on its public roads. It said it “rejects any behaviour in road traffic that leads or can lead to endangering road users”.

Passer, estimated to be worth over $300 million and is the Czech Republic’s 33rd richest person in the country, is now being accused of breaking the following law: “Anyone participating in traffic must behave in such a way that no other person is harmed, endangered or obstructed or inconvenienced more than is unavoidable under the circumstances.”

Video at link. As Richard Hammond once said on Top Gear, if there’s ever a speed limit on the Autobahn, “What’s the point in having Germany?”

MATT MARGOLIS: Can Anyone Explain Why Biden Keeps Doing This? “Aside from Biden’s brain malfunctions during his public appearances, he’s also got a very bizarre habit that defies any logic, and he did it during his press conference Wednesday.”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Go bold, GOP: 10 commandments worth running on in midterm elections.

SALENA ZITO: These girls are hurt by transgender competition.

“I have a twin brother who is an athlete but does not run competitively for his sports. We raced against each other recently, and he beat me. Not because he trained harder, but because there are biological and physical advantage boys have over girls in some sports.”

Smith, who set high school and county records as a short-distance track runner the moment she stepped on the field as a freshman at Danbury High School in Connecticut, says when she turns up to compete against male runners who identify and compete as females, she knows the cards are stacked against her.

And it has nothing to do with not being prepared.

“It is frustrating. I spend all of that time training to compete against other girls, and I find myself losing to biological males,“ she said.

Since 2017, two males who identify as female have taken 15 women’s state championship titles in Connecticut. Smith’s frustration led her last February to join with two other elite Connecticut runners, Selina Soule and Chelsea Mitchell, to file a federal discrimination complaint against Connecticut’s policy allowing transgender competition against females. The girls explained that the suit alleges the policy unfairly marginalized them and violated Title IX, the federal law designed to ensure equal opportunities for females in education and school-based athletics.

On inauguration day, President Biden issued an executive order saying a court case about transgender rights applies to Title IX, a federal education law that prevents discrimination based on sex. Elite female athletes such as Smith, Mitchell, and Soule say Biden’s pro-transgender order underscores their concerns.

Mitchell said she was ranked as the fastest girl in the 55-meter dash in Connecticut high school track in 2019. “Then I went to a high school competition, competing with two biological males who identify as girls,” she said. “I really put my all into it, [but] I ultimately came in third behind the both of them.”

I’ll bet they supported Biden in 2020 though.

DEAL OF THE DAY: Dark Iron Fitness Weight Lifting Belt for Men & Women – 100% Leather Belts, Adjustable Back Support. #CommissionEarned (Bumped)

THANK GOODNESS THE ADULTS ARE BACK IN CHARGEL Joe Biden’s gaffe may have inadvertently revealed the truth about his Ukraine policy.

According to the Ukrainians, that was a particularly dangerous thing to do as Mr Putin’s preferred option is believed to be a limited incursion.

It led to suspicions a deal was being done behind Ukraine’s back. Indeed, the fear in Kyiv was that Mr Biden had not so much been wrong, but that he had inadvertently told the truth.

Whatever he meant, it was an example of Mr Biden saying too much, and talking loosely, a failing for which he has form.

In his first press conference for 78 days, the President was perhaps seeking to demonstrate his command of detail, ultimately speaking for almost two hours.

But the moment he finished White House officials desperately scrambled to “clean up” the remarks on Ukraine.

He just isn’t up to the job.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Great Faculty Disengagement: Faculty members aren’t leaving in droves, but they are increasingly pulling away. Call it “Operation Retire In Place.”

MY NAME [WAS] BRUCE: Even Caitlyn Jenner Wants to Protect Women’s Sports From Trans Wokeism.

NOW OUT: Hollowed Out: A Warning about America’s Next Generation. #CommissionEarned

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE: Do The COVID Shots Work Against Omicron? “The Danish study results shown in the graph found the Pfizer and Moderna shots provide some protection for a couple months, followed by a higher risk of infection than no shots at all.”

I haven’t bothered with the boosters. I’d rather get omicron, instead.

USA TODAY SEEMS DISAPPOINTED IN THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS’ UNWILLINGNESS TO SUPPORT THE PROGRESSIVE LINE:   “60% of People Awaiting Trial Can’t Afford Bail.  A Civil Rights Commission Can’t Agree on Reform.”

The article laments the Commission’s failure to agree on “findings and recommendations” for its bail reform report and extensively quotes my colleague, Michael Yaki:

“We find ourselves in a position where we lack a majority to continue our mission,” wrote Commissioner Yaki, a Democrat. . . .

. . .

Yaki placed the blame at the feet of the newly Trump-appointed commissioners.

“The first action that the conservatives took was to kill a report–much less findings and recommendations–on voting rights that took over a year and a half of investigation and testimony,” Yaki wrote in an email to USA TODAY.

Alas, the killed voting rights report was killed for a reason.  It was a partisan screed.  The bail reform report released yesterday wasn’t exactly brilliant either, but it made more sense to let it go, so long as the Commission was willing to allow the conservative to include their own (dissenting) statements as part of the reports.  Here’s mine.

Prior to Trump’s appointment of Stephen Gilchrist and Christian Adams to the 8-member Commission, my long-time colleague Peter Kirsanow and I could only dissent from reports, since we didn’t have the votes to actually stop a report (or even to affect them much).  Even clear errors in the reports often went through without correction.  We had to content ourselves with writing dissents.

Some of those dissents include this one on immigration detention centers, this one on environmental racism, and this one on jobs for individuals with Down Syndrome. And don’t forget this one on school discipline.  In each case, the Commission’s report had major flaws that in a sane world would have required the draft to be extensively rewritten.

Now that the Commission is split 4-4, you’d think everyone would understand that compromise is necessary to get anything done.  Some members of the progressive caucus, however, don’t seem to have noticed how the situation has changed.  Even small proposals for improving the Commission’s output are often ignored.

MORE OF A CHASM THAN A DISCONNECT, SOMETHING COLLEGE IS SUPPOSED TO NARROW NOT WIDEN: Wharton Students Reveal the Disconnect Between Elite College Kids and Reality.

BIDEN, INC. REMAINS A PARTLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF THE CCP: Americans Deserve Answers on Hunter Biden’s Beijing-Backed Cobalt Mine Deal.

THAT’S DIFFERENT, BECAUSE SHUT UP: Biden Is Not Alone. Democrats Have Been Delegitimizing Elections for Years.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Biden acts much more like Putin’s puppet than Trump ever did.

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS: (CONT’D): Kent State Professor Doesn’t Think Violent Rapes in School Bathrooms Are a ‘Safety Issue.’

NINTH CIRCUIT: Shutdown of Gun Stores During Early COVID Months Violated Second Amendment.

ECUADOR: An Entire Country Switched to Bitcoin and Now Its Economy Is Floundering.

The country’s president Nayib Bukele made waves last year when he announced that the nation would accept the token for use at stores and banks. The self-described “CEO of El Salvador” even announced plans to build a “Bitcoin City“ to turn the country into “the financial center of the world.”

However, it turns out that forcing your nation’s banks and stores to accept a currency large swaths of the population are unfamiliar with and don’t trust is a good way to tank your economy.

Government’s mucking around with the currency never ends well, although in this case the bad end came with impressive speed.

SEEMS LIKELY: Gun groups brace for Biden shift to bans and confiscation.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Meat Loaf Is Dead and Howard Stern Is Now Your Grandmother. “I wasn’t a radio guy but there was a time in the early ’90s when I set my alarm to listen to Howard Stern. He was that good. He was crass. He was insightful. Most importantly — for me — he was funny. He was also beyond edgy. Now he’s a bitchy, housecoat-wearing granny.”

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Virginia Teachers Threaten To Bully Maskless Children.

JOHN FUND:  Biden won’t fire his Master of Disaster, Chief of Staff Ron Klain …

PRIVACY: IRS Will Require Facial Recognition Scans to Access Your Taxes Online. “You will have to submit sensitive government documents, your Social Security number, credit history, and a face scan to ID.me, a third-party company.”

THEY SOW THE WIND, AND WILL REAP THE WHIRLWIND: Glenn Greenwald: Congress’s 1/6 Committee Claims Absolute Power as it Investigates Citizens With No Judicial Limits: The Committee plotted with JPMorgan and its lawyer, former Obama AG Loretta Lynch, to obtain a citizen’s financial records with no possibility of judicial review.

This abuse of power is not merely abstract. The Congressional 1/6 Committee has been secretly obtaining private information about American citizens en masse: telephone records, email logs, internet and browsing history, and banking transactions. And it has done so without any limitations or safeguards: no judicial oversight, no need for warrants, no legal limitations of any kind.

Indeed, the committee has been purposely attempting to prevent citizens who are the targets of their investigative orders to have any opportunity to contest the legality of this behavior in court.

If you do that, you just encourage extralegal responses.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: NPR ‘Founding Mother’ Unloads on Public Editor Over SCOTUS Story: ‘She’s Not Clarifying Anything!’

A spokesperson for NPR told The Daily Beast late Thursday that “we stand behind Nina Totenberg’s reporting.” The NPR offical added: “The public editor is independent and does not speak for NPR.”

McBride, for her part, told the Daily Beast on Thursday night that she stood by her recommendation, and that she does “think NPR should clarify the language in the story.”

But in her own telephone conversation with the Beast, Totenberg — a towering presence at NPR who has been there since 1975 — responded to McBride, the justices, and general criticism of her story.

“A non-denial denial from two of them doesn’t work,” Totenberg said, referring to the statement from Sotomayor and Gorsuch. As to Roberts, she said, “the other just refuses to accept the fact that I did not say that he requested that people do anything, but in some form did.”

“I have got nothing to say, except that I am sticking by my reporting,” Totenberg said while eating dinner. “I think it is absolutely valid.”

As Ed Morrissey wrote on yesterday:

It sounds suspiciously like NPR and Totenberg needed material for a narrative more than an accurate look at the inner workings of the court, especially as it chews on highly controversial topics like Roe v Wade and vaccine/test mandates.

And this last bit from [Robert Barnes of the Washington Post] more or less seals Totenberg’s fate on this report:

On the bench Wednesday, all of the justices again were masked, although a few took their face coverings off for brief periods. Sotomayor again participated remotely.

D’oh! So much for the NPR narrative.

Totenberg sounds like she’s entered into Dan Rather’s ”If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I’d like to break that story” territory.

STACEY LENNOX: Joe Biden Accidentally Framed the Democrats’ Biggest Challenge in 2022. “Whoever decided a marathon press conference that ran past the president’s bedtime was a good idea should be fired.”

DAVE FREER’S CLOUD-CASTLES: Now in paperback for those who prefer reading on paper! #CommissionEarned

BE SURE TO REMIND THEM THEY’RE MOVING HERE AS REFUGEES, NOT MISSIONARIES:   Openly right-wing Blue Line Moving ferries Northeast exiles to Florida.

FUNNY – THAT’S HOW I FEEL ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT FOR OPEN BORDERS:  ‘The View’ Hosts Slam Tennis Player Novak Djokovic Over Anti-Vax Stance: “You’re Picking Other People’s Risks”.

Also, no. Other people, if they’re so terrified, can stay at home. You can’t mandate I stop driving to reduce your risk of being run over. You can however stay home, if life terrifies you. Go home, idiots. Go hide under the bed. You’ll be safe there.

WHAT DIFFERENCE – AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?   Prince Andrew’s ex says Clinton, Epstein were ‘like brothers’.

THE LEFT FINDS NEW WAYS TO FAIL:   Privileges.

ONLY A SURPRISE TO THE WILLFULLY BLIND, BUT HEY, WE’RE GLAD HE ADMITTED IT:  Hakeem Jeffries lets the cat out of the bag about Dems’ plan for America.

EVERY POWER GRAB THEY TRIED DESTROYED THEIR STRENGTH:  After COVID, Never Again.

LIKE ALL TALES FROM THE MARXISTS, IT WAS NEVER PARTICULARLY RAVELLED:  The January 6 Narrative is Starting to Unravel.

Good Lord, people. Look what they’ve done to publishing and Hollywood now it’s almost solid Marxism. These people haven’t had an original idea ever. Their secret hope is that communism will redistribute brains and creativity.

THE BIDEN JUNTA IS DANGEROUS TO THE WORLD:  Rand Paul: Biden’s ‘Muddled Message’ is ‘Dangerous to the Country,’ He Probably Shouldn’t ‘Speak and Appear in Public’.

The vast conspiracy to “fortify” our elections turns out to have been a group of self-important imbeciles with delusions of grandeur. Of course, we already knew that, since that’s the definition of Marxist. But they are demonstrating it to the world in exquisite detail.

May the Lord protect fools, drunkards and the United States of America.  We need it.

WELL, THEY DO HAVE THE BRAINS OF PEANUTS:  M&M Candy Characters Going Woke To Be Inclusive.

ANY ATHLETES WHO GO TO CHINA ARE OUT OF THEIR EVER LOVING MINDS:  China: Punish Olympic Athletes Who Engage In Wrong Speak .

IT’S VERY OLD STUPIDITY:  Progressive View That “Kids Belong To Whole Communities” Not Parents Isn’t New, That Viral Video Is From 2013.

And of a piece with the left’s view of humans as widgets that fit broad classes. The truth is these people are not American inside their heads. Their every belief is against our founding.

ALL IN ALL IT’S JUST ANOTHER, ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL:   THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF UTTER FAILURE.

#ISTANDWITHTRUCKERS:  Truckers Stage Protest Against Mandates At The U.S.-Canada Border at Emerson Manitoba.

#solidarnosc!

January 20, 2022

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Biden acts much more like Putin’s puppet than Trump ever did.

UPDATE: From the open thread:

OPEN THREAD: Whenever I’m down, I call on you, my friend.

KURT SCHLICHTER: Youngkin Brings the Pain and Shows Republicans How to Win.

Dumb people think the secret of Trump was mean tweets. No, those were just an amusing fringe benefit. Trump’s gift to the party was to demonstrate how Republicans can win going forward. And it’s not with some warmed-over perversion of Reaganism that the consultant class pushes. It’s easy. Focus on the concerns of the voters, not the donors or the elite, and then keep your promises. Simple, but effective. That’s the recipe for GOP success in the post-Trump era.

And Youngkin did it. A Republican moderate is not supposed to attack the institutional racism of CRT in the schools even though the people are screaming about it. That kind of cultural issue is icky, and people at the country club will turn up their noses at you. Talk about tax cuts, about liking the cops, and about building a bridge across the aisle to a better tomorrow.

But Youngkin was having none of that. He smelled blood and went for the jugular. He listened to the people, instead of trying to tell them what they wanted.

And so far, he looks like he’s having fun doing it as well: Glenn Youngkin Masterfully Trolls Woke Establishment With Diversity Hire. “The governor has renamed the state’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer the Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion Officer. Further, he appointed a conservative to the spot and also listed one of the job requirements as being an ‘ambassador for unborn children.’ Democrats are not used to being fought on their own ground. By and large, the left has come to expect that while they may be opposed, the guardrails they’ve set up will be respected. That’s why a change like this makes them so upset, and to be sure, the wailing in response has been deafening. You aren’t supposed to actually retake territory when you fight the left. You are, instead, supposed to kowtow to their institutions and work around the edges. That’s what they’ve come to expect from Republicans like Larry Hogan. Youngkin continues to impress, though. Instead of playing by the left’s rules, he’s decapitating their sacred cows. The inclusion of unborn babies in the mission of the state’s Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion office is master trolling, but it’s also an incredible moral imperative.”

UPDATE: Loudoun County schools’ chief of staff axed over sex-attack scandal: reports.

(Via Small Dead Animals.)

 

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Jordan Peterson resigns from his tenured position at University of Toronto.

We are now at the point where race, ethnicity, “gender,” or sexual preference is first, accepted as the fundamental characteristic defining each person (just as the radical leftists were hoping) and second, is now treated as the most important qualification for study, research and employment…

And it’s not just the universities. And the professional colleges. And Hollywood. And the corporate world. Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity — that radical leftist Trinity — is destroying us. Wondering about the divisiveness that is currently besetting us? Look no farther than DIE. Wondering — more specifically — about the attractiveness of Trump? Look no farther than DIE. When does the left go too far? When they worship at the altar of DIE, and insist that the rest of us, who mostly want to be left alone, do so as well. Enough already. Enough. Enough.

Read the whole thing.

SPACE: SpaceX passes 2,000 Starlink satellites launched.

WELCOME BACK, CARTER! Is Stagflation Returning in 2022?

During the late 1970s, American families experienced stagflation—a combination of economic stagnation and significantly higher inflation. By the summer of 1980, unemployment hit 7.8% and the economy was actually shrinking. On the year, inflation spiked 12.3%.

Some fear that today’s slowing economic growth (2.3% annualized last quarter) and the steepest price hikes in 40 years portend a return to stagflation.

Real weekly earnings have plummeted more than 6% since the middle of last year, and the cost of living eclipsed wage increases. Dramatic price hikes in housing, rent, vehicles, gasoline, and some food staples have fueled the feeling that something in our economy is amiss.

Government mandates, regulations, spending, and borrowing are largely to blame for this painful increase in the cost of living. These governmental actions suppressed the supply of goods and services while spurring demand.

Read the whole thing.

Related: Understanding Inflation, the ‘Mugger.’

NBA STAR ENES KANTER FREEDOM ACCEPTS YAO MING’S INVITATION TO VISIT COMMUNIST CHINA—WITH CLEVER CONDITIONS:

Lastly, Freedom speaks directly to Ming. “Listen, Yao Ming, you or your Communist Party cannot buy me. I do not need a luxury tour of China,” he says. “I want the world to see the real side of China under [the] cultish Chinese Communist Party’s brutal rule, [with] slave labor camps and millions living in fear because of inescapable government surveillance.” Freedom concludes the video, saying he will certainly buy his own ticket to China if Ming will agree to show him the real China of the Uyghurs, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Shuai.

Kudos to Enes Kanter Freedom for such a clear and clever response. It’s refreshing to see a high-profile celebrity refuse to bow to financial or social pressures and instead do and say what is right. It’s a good bet Yao Ming and the Communists wish Freedom would quietly go away. As of publication time, Ming and the Chinese government have yet to respond.

To invert the Godfather, Kanter-Freedom is making him an offer he can’t accept.

TEXAS SYNAGOGUE TERRORIST RANTED ABOUT “F***ING JEWS” IN LAST CALL TO FAMILY MADE DURING SIEGE:

The disturbing 11-and-a-half minute audio recording, obtained from a security source, reveals a conversation between Akram and his brother, Gulbar, 43, who was speaking from a police station in Blackburn in an attempt to persuade him to surrender.

In a semi-coherent ramble about American conflicts overseas, the terrorist said: “Why do these f***ing motherf***ers come to our countries, rape our women and f*** our kids? I’m setting a precedent… maybe they’ll have compassion for f***ing Jews.”

When urged by Gulbar to end the siege, do time in prison and come back to his family, Akram shouted that he had been “praying to Allah for two years for this” and intended to die. “I’d rather live one day as a lion than 100 years as a jackal,” he said.

“I’m going to go toe-to-toe with [police] and they can shoot me dead … I’m coming home in a body bag.”

He added: “I promised my brother on his deathbed that I’d go down a martyr.” One of his younger brothers died three months ago, reportedly from Covid.

And as soon as it was over, the media were quick to forget the story, Eve Barlow writes:

The news of this incident broke as it was happening, spread by Jewish media outlets and Jewish activists on social media. As is typical for the Jewish news cycle, when mainstream media picked up the story, they doubted its authenticity. The BBC, Guardian and Telegraph all reported the situation with quotation marks around the word ‘hostage’, because apparently it wasn’t obvious enough that this was a hostage situation. Associated Press wrote: ‘Hostages apparently taken at Texas synagogue’.

The news did not make the front page of the New York Times the next day. It didn’t receive nearly as much coverage on rolling televised news as such events warrant. Why? It has no political use. It’s not on the agenda. The hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram – shot dead in the standoff with police and SWAT teams – wasn’t a white supremacist nor a neo-Nazi. He was avenging a Jihadi serving an 86-year sentence, who at her trial had asked that there be no Zionists or Israelis on her jury.

As for Twitter pundits, where the previous week people with zero interest in Jew hate were laying into JK Rowling over the question of whether or not her depiction of goblins in Harry Potter ​was antisemitic, causing it to trend with a hashtag. During this desperate moment for Jewish Americans? Crickets. The opportunists who used Jewish victimhood to attack a now controversial public figure had no business with this more prescient instance of antisemitism. Disappointing doesn’t cover the angering sense of betrayal and abuse.

The message was loud. Nobody cared. If they did, they were actively trying to minimise or justify the attack. Some blue tick voices made it about the Islamophobia that may or may not result from a scenario in which a terrorist was potentially going to kill four innocent Jews. Only a month prior to this, Zahra Billoo, the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), had given a spine-chilling speech in which she warned against ‘Zionist synagogues’ and other Zionist organisations as ‘enemies’.

It’s evil that people have a hard time naming an attack on a synagogue an act of antisemitism. Wonder why a Muslim extremist would hold a rabbi hostage at gun point and force him to call another rabbi in a faraway state believing that other rabbi had some institutional power to free an imprisoned terrorist? It is because that terrorist believed Jews wield such power. It is because that terrorist spread the oldest antisemitic tropes. The terrorist didn’t walk into a Starbucks. He walked into a synagogue. If this had been a Black church or an LGBTQ+ nightclub, there’d have been no question calling the act what it was. But Jews are not granted the same ferocious collective protection.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the story’s burial makes sense. In addition to there being no political use to the left, the media don’t want to remind voters, especially after Biden’s Afghanistan debacle, that, as Rabbi Michael Barclay writes, “It is a reality that there are wolves at the door.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Rejuvenation by controlled reprogramming is the latest gambit in anti-aging. “Startups are betting that partial reprogramming with Yamanaka factors may lead to age reversal, but hurdles remain.”

THEY’RE ONLY CENSORING YOU FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. WELL, AND THEIRS. ESPECIALLY THEIRS. We need to talk about the vaccines: Public debate on side-effects is being censored. “I am an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as a practising physician, and I firmly believe that it would be a mistake to censor Rogan under the guise of combating ‘misinformation.'”

The notion of censoring “misinformation” is a new one, and stems from people who have been so often wrong, but so seldom in doubt, that their position seems very weak. Which is no doubt why they resort to bluster and intimidation.

STEPHANIE GRISHAM MAKES WILD CLAIMS ABOUT ‘SECRET MEETINGS’ AHEAD OF JAN. 6TH:

The infotainment industry’s sources claim that Grisham’s testimony was “more significant” than expected, but there is nothing unusual about the sitting US President having meetings in which not every single solitary person in the White House is included.

Nonetheless, Grisham’s nothing-burger continues to gain traction in the media.

They need all the distractions they can get in an election year, when even CNN is reporting that Brandon is in serious trouble.

 

C’MON — IT’S BATMAN, NOT A DAVID LEAN MOVIE: The Batman Runtime Revealed: 2 Hours and 47 Minutes, Without Credits.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Prior infection and vaccination offered greatest protection during delta COVID-19 surge, CDC study finds.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Biden Outperforms Nation’s Expectations For First Year By Still Being Alive.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE JOE’S ABILITY TO F**K THINGS UP: We Will All Pay for Joe Biden’s ‘Minor Incursion’ Mistake.

The effect of Biden’s remarks was immediate. European capitals—Kyiv, in particular—erupted with indignation. “They watched those remarks, I think, with horror,” CNN’s Matthew Chance said of the Ukrainian government. One Ukrainian official said Biden had all but given Moscow a “green light” to invade. The White House immediately went to work cleaning up Biden’s comments, but it was wholly insufficient. “He was referring to the difference between military and non-military/para-military/cyber action by the Russians,” National Security Council Spokeswoman Emily Horne said. Some difference. Even if you believe Russia is parsing the fine distinctions between the president’s statements and their post-facto revisions by his more responsible staffers, “para-military” incursions are precisely what Moscow executed both in Crimea and in the Donbas region. There, Russian proxy forces have transformed the area into a warzone and carved out illegitimate “republics,” though the Russian currency and passports held by the residents of these puppet states leave no one confused as to who is in charge.

The president’s words and actions carry more weight than any half-hearted statement walking them back. Courtesy of his performance in Afghanistan, Putin has all the evidence he needs to conclude that Joe Biden will blink in defending American interests against an aggressor if he thinks the costs of such an effort are too high to bear. Biden has exposed the very real and now fully confirmed tensions within the Atlantic Alliance over how to respond to Russian aggression, if there is any response at all. All the tough talk in the world cannot undo that. Joe Biden has sown the wind. Now, we await the whirlwind.

Earlier, from Steve: Is Biden Inviting the Very War in Ukraine We Don’t Want to Fight?

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Ford will be idling Mustang production this week due to an insufficient supply of semiconductor chips.

IS THAT A GUITAR IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME? Police seek man who stole $8,000 Les Paul by stuffing it into his pants (video).

HE FOUND YET ANOTHER WAY TO CHEAT: U Penn Trans Swimmer Accused of Intentionally Losing to Foil Trans Critics.

TO BE FAIR, IT WOULD BE THE QUESTION ON JOE BIDEN’S MIND IF HE STILL HAD ONE: The Question On Gun Owners’ Minds: What Will Joe Biden’s Next Pivot Be?

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