November 29, 2021


RULE OF LAW: Leftist Arizona State U. groups demand Kyle Rittenhouse be booted from campus. “This actually might be a bit tough to accomplish given that Rittenhouse — recently acquitted of all charges in the shootings of three people (two of whom were killed) in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer — is enrolled online.”

CYBER MONDAY DEAL: Save on running shoes.

HMM: Is The Omicron Variant The ‘Midterm Election Variant’? “On Saturday, Jackson suggested that Democrats will use the Omicron variant to push for universal mail-in voting for the 2022 midterm elections and save their party from an electoral bloodbath next year.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Conservative Auburn student met with racial slurs in response to his anti-mandate views.

BULLIES: Taiwan Scrambles Jets after Chinese Air Force Breaches Buffer Zone.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 18 fighter jets from mainland China’s air force, along with five H-6 bombers and a refueling aircraft, flew through the defense zone near the southern part of the island. Taiwan scrambled its own air force to respond and deployed missile systems to track the Chinese breach.

The incursion came at the close of a three-day military conference attended by Chinese premier Xi Jinping, where he called for the cultivation of military talent, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

At the same time as the conference, five U.S. lawmakers conducted a surprise visit to Taiwan and met with President Tsai Ing-wen. The delegation affirmed U.S. support for Taiwan, and comprised Representatives Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.), Nancy Mace (R., S.C.), Mark Takano (D., Calif.), Sara Jacobs (D., Calif.), and Colin Allred (D., Texas).

It’s pretty clear that Beijing’s actual audience wasn’t Taipei.


Source: CDC county-level Covid tracker.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: It’s Black Friday, ‘70s-Style. “Strawberry prices go up in the fall because the supply is lower; apples are cheap, because they are abundant. Prices of one good relative to another change, and induce us to shop effectively. That’s normal. Inflation is different. Inflation describes all prices and wages going up at the same time, straining supply throughout the economy. That’s the situation right now.”

Plus: “Widespread inflation always comes from people wanting to buy more of everything than the economy can supply. Where did all that demand come from? In its response to the pandemic, the U.S. government created about 2.5 trillion new dollars, and sent checks to people and businesses. It borrowed another $2.5 trillion, and sent more checks to people and businesses. Relative to a $22 trillion economy, and $17 trillion of existing (2020) federal debt, that’s a lot of money. People are now spending this money, the economy can’t keep up, and prices are rising. Milton Friedman once joked that the government could easily create inflation by dropping money from helicopters. That’s pretty much what our government did.”

Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.

Related: Democrats’ war on suburban women includes inflation-fueling reckless spending.

THE LEFT CAN’T MEME: The DOT’s Twitter Meme Doesn’t Just Offend Comedy — It May Also Be Illegal.

LAW FOLLIES: Koppelman On The Yale And UIC Law School Controversies.

Faculty susceptibility to administrative sanction is at the center of the highly politicized culture wars playing out across universities in the last five years or so. Law schools are no exception. In the last year, Northwestern Law’s Andrew Koppelman has emerged as a sort of monitor of what he sees as flagrant instances of administrative overreach. “Many administrators,” he told me, “are cowards who are pre-disposed to grovel before student demands. The way to make cowards behave appropriately is to give them fears in the other direction.”

Indeed. But I think he’s way too generous with regard to the Yale Law administration, possibly because he’s a Yale alumnus. The Yale administrators, by all accounts, didn’t just make bad judgments. They tried to blackmail people into making false charges, among other crimes.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Hospital Struggles To Treat 18 Waukesha Parade Victims Because Of Vaccine Mandate. “The largest children’s hospital in Wisconsin has been struggling to care for patients in injured in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack on Nov. 21 in large part because of staffing shortages stemming from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, multiple sources say.”

I GIVE BIDEN AN F: White House Report Card: COVID fears and Democrats scared.

EVER HEAR OF MAUREEN COMEY? She’s James Comey’s daughter. And she’s a prosecutor. Prosecuting Ghislaine Maxwell. Hmmmm.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: New York’s New Governor Is Andrew Cuomo Without the Groping. “Guv Kathy wants to delay elective surgeries to deal with the problem that isn’t a problem. FYI, one of the main reasons that hospitals have been so busy in recent months is that they’re filled with people who had to delay surgeries last year, not because of ZOMG DELTA, as the MSM would have you believe.”

I’VE READ THIS BOOK. THE REVIEW IS A BIT HARSHER THAN I WOULD HAVE BEEN, BUT BASICALLY FAIR: REVIEW: ‘Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol.’Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol should be interesting. After all, it’s about girls and booze, possibly the most interesting combination of all time. But through some kind of reverse alchemy, O’Meara took 25,000 years’ worth of information on women and alcohol and made it boring. . . . Nowhere is O’Meara’s feminist critique more inconsistently applied than in her discussions of actual girly drinks, which she returns to even after dismissing the idea on page two. She bemoans the fact that women are expected to order ‘cloyingly sweet, fizzy drinks,’ but later shows that all the landmark girly drinks she names… were invented by women.”

There’s a fair amount of interesting stuff, but it’s largely spoiled by the big helpings of you-go-girl feminism interspersed with actual man-bashing.

FLASHBACK: Everybody Here Hates the Media, and Everybody Owns a Gun.

IT FAILS A LOT OF TESTS: Biden’s Build Back Better bill fails Manchin’s three-part test.

Manchin asks three questions about any proposed spending program: 1) Are proposed programs paid for? 2) Do they have bipartisan support? 3) And do they solve a specific problem facing his constituents?

Build Back Better clearly fails the first two parts of the test and probably fails the third as well.

As the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed, Build Back Better is in no way paid for, adding $791 billion to federal deficits in just five years. Over 10 years, the legislation only adds $367 billion to deficits, and the deficit reduction stems from the fact that the bill authorizes only a few years of new spending and then “pays” for it with 10 years of taxes. If the spending were extended to last as long as the taxes that “pay” for it, then the bill would add trillions to deficits.

Moving to the second test, Biden’s Build Back Better agenda didn’t receive a single bipartisan vote in the House, and no Republican senator has said they support the bill either. This legislation has zero bipartisan support.

On the last test, it is not exactly clear what problem the Build Back Better bill actually solves for West Virginians. Manchin has said the bill’s child tax credit expansion is anti-work and he wants the child care portion of the bill means-tested. He also clearly doesn’t believe the climate portions of the bill are good for his state’s economy.

Stand fast, Senator.

PEOPLE SEE IT’S BIDEN AND THE POLITICAL CLASS: I couldn’t have put it any better myself than this opening paragraph from Issues & Insights’ editorial on the results of their latest TIPP Survey regarding the supply chain and inflation crises:

“Americans are making their lists, checking them twice, and finding that Washington politicians have been naughty, not nice, when it comes to the U.S.’ growing inflation problem and its supply-chain chaos. Indeed, the November I&I/TIPP Poll shows Americans overwhelmingly blame our Potomac-based political class for the current problems.”

And while you’re there, don’t miss the I & I crew’s take on Fauci finally coming around to something Trump was saying in October 2020; namely, that Covid is going to be around for a long time:

“Covid isn’t ever going away. We can cower in the basement, dutifully comply with ridiculous mask requirements and intrusive vaccine mandates, and submit to pointless shutdowns. Or we can do what Trump advised way back when. Act like adults, use common sense, and learn to live with COVID.”


PAUL CARON: Dave Chappelle, Reinhold Niebuhr, And The Gospel.

WELL, THAT’LL BE A SWITCH: Fauci: ’I’m going to be saving lives and they’re going to be lying.’

All this lashing out all of a sudden suggests that Fauci is getting rattled. Which he should be, since he’s doing a terrible job. Then again, he did a terrible job on AIDS 40 years ago and that didn’t hurt him.

And it’s rich that he thinks criticism of his lousy performance is “bias against science.”

Science is what works. That’s not what Fauci has delivered.

SALENA ZITO: Nobody builds hospitals anymore. “Mr. Albertini, a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, said he called the organization looking for anyone who had opened a hospital recently; they essentially said, ‘Good luck.'”

OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE CORRUPT AND INEPT AND PEOPLE HAVE NOTICED: Military, justice, FBI — half the country has lost faith in pillars of US civilization.

SOMETHING ODD ABOUT THIS: Matthew McConaughey says he’s not running for Governor of the Lone Star State “at this moment.” But he’s clearly not going away. Could he be, for example, thinking Ted Cruz may seek higher office come 2024, thus creating a Senate vacancy?

ON SUNDAY I DO A PROMO POST FOR (MOSTLY) INDIE AUTHORS:  Book Promo And Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.

There’s also a vignette writing challenge.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: San Francisco: Knife-Wielding Afghan Refugee Charges Police, Is Shot Dead.

GLENN GREENWALD: The Cynical and Dangerous Weaponization of the “White Supremacist” Label. “In dominant elite discourse, no evidence is needed to brand someone a ‘white supremacist.’ The belief that it will produce political or personal gain suffices.”

To be fair, that’s because our dominant elites are garbage.

IF YOU’VE EVER COMPARED YOUR FOOT AND YOUR DOG’S PAW: Then you were doing Homology, something that Darwin knew a lot about. But maybe not everything Darwin knew about Homology was accurate.

SO? SAVE FOR NEXT YEAR:  For Thanksgiving – Heirloom Dishes.

Are your arms broken, or did you forget where the bookmark bar is?

HAVE YOU GUYS EVER READ ABOUT SOVIET SCIENCE?  The Profound Junk Science of Climate.

If you had, this story would be familiar.

AGAIN, MORE ACCURATE WITH A PERIOD AFTER ADMINISTRATION:  Complete Madness In The Biden Administration: Energy Policy.

LORD, WHEN WE ASKED THAT YOU MAKE OUR ENEMIES RIDICULOUS:  That Wasn’t Thought Out: MSNBC Columnist Encourages People to Cut Their Cable to Hurt Fox News.

We didn’t expect You to overachieve!


BLUNT BUT ALSO NOT WRONG:  I’m going to be blunt.

MORE THAN ONE, ACTUALLY:  Is there a wholly unexpected benefit from the left’s COVID madness?

THIS HEADLINE MAKES PERFECT SENSE WITH A PERIOD AFTER BIDEN:  Media ignoring the utter weirdness of Biden’s Nantucket stay at a billionaire’s estate.

AND THERE’S MY SHOCKED FACE AGAIN!  Sentencing Of Jan. 6 “Shaman” Jacob Chansley Was Excessive.

SURE, BECAUSE WHAT GERMANY NEEDS IS A MORE POWERFUL GOVERNMENT:  Germany’s Next Government Vows “Climate Revolution,” Creates “Super” Ministry.

Particularly one that is “fighting” a strange menace they swear is real.

I’m shaking my head so hard my shocked face is going to fall off.

OH, MY, CRON!  Confused South African Medical Community Says Omicron Variant Only Has Mild Symptoms, “We Do Not Know Why So Much Hype”.

So, bog standard viral mutation? Behold my shocked face!

SO, JUST LIKE ITS AUTHORS?  Biden and Fauci’s Omicron travel ban ‘worse than useless,’ critics say.

There needs to be t-shirts with pictures of Biden, saying “I was scared of Covid-19, and all I got was this useless president.”

FACE COVERING IS FOR THE DEPLORABLES:  Biden seen flouting mask-wearing rule at Nantucket store.

Also Xi-Flu hasn’t crossed the species barrier into lizard people.

November 28, 2021


OPEN THREAD: Roll it up. I love the organ part, which is Byron Wong on a virtual synth emulating an old Prophet 5. I had that one — I forget if it was from Native Instruments or Propellerhead — and wasted hours trying to get that playing-through-a-bad-cable sound. I eventually got the attack and distortion, etc. just right and felt very accomplished.

CNN HAS A SAD: Matthew McConaughey will not run for Texas governor.

THIS IS CALLED “BACK CONTAMINATION” AND IT’S NOTHING NEW: Alien organisms could hitch a ride on our spacecraft and contaminate Earth, scientists warn. I was on the NASA Planetary Protection Subcommittee that deals with that over a decade ago, and we worried about it for the first Moon landings.

Related: Why I hope there’s no life on Mars.

HOW’S THAT SPACE PROGRAM COMING ALONG? Large asteroid stronger than nuke heading towards Earth late December. “The last time a large asteroid struck the planet was in 2013 in Russia, when a 17-meter asteroid exploded in the atmosphere. But the last impact from an asteroid this big was in 1908 above the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia, in what has now become known as the Tunguska event.”

This one won’t hit us this pass, but it’s yet another wake-up call.

COLONIALISM: Uganda loses its only international airport to China for failing to repay loan.

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MOVE YOUR MUSCLES: Humans Have Evolved to Stay Active Even in Old Age, New Hypothesis Claims.

#RESIST: Justin Binik-Thomas sends this photo from a gas station in Liberty Township, Ohio.

I’m surprised people aren’t putting these on Grocery store shelf tags.

A year ago we had OPEC on the ropes.

Related: Joe Biden “I Did That!” Gas Pump Sticker. #CommissionEarned.

A METAPHOR FOR OUR CULTURE? Why a toaster from 1949 is still smarter than any sold today.

SOME PEOPLE DID SOME THINGS: Apparently CNN has appointed Ilhan Omar to Editor-in-Chief of CNN. Because “a car” just happened to do something. Just like those planes just happened to crash into the WTC on 9/11.

Shame on you, CNN.


CHINA IS ASSHOLE: Joe Rogan and Jocko Willink on “Peng Shuai and China’s Anti-American Propaganda.”

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Buttigieg responds to criticism over racist roads comment: ‘The point is not to make America feel guilty.’

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday responded to criticism over his recent comments about racist bridges and highways, saying “the point is not to make America feel guilty” but to fix what he believes are injustices in the country’s infrastructure.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” Buttigieg was asked to respond to critics who don’t believe his argument that some bridges and highways were built with racist intentions.

“What we’re doing is we are reconnecting people who may have been disconnected or divided by discriminatory decisions in the past,” the secretary responded. “That helps everybody. I don’t know why anybody would be against reconnecting people who have been divided by discriminatory decisions in the past.

“And again, the point is not to make America feel guilty,” he continued. “The point is to make America better and more equitable and more effective in moving people to where they need to go. The point of transportation is to connect, so if a transportation was ever used to divide, we have a responsibility, a moral one but also a very practical one, to fix it.”

Buttigieg might want to tackle getting supply chain issues sorted out in time for Christmas Saturnalia the upcoming Winter Solstitial Holiday before reworking the Interstate Highway System due to perceived 2021 inequity issues.

In the meantime though, take heart! ‘Christmas dinner in a can’ promises answer to supermarket shortages.

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BRADLEY THOMPSON: The Fundamental Issue of Our Time.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! President Biden caught on video flagrantly violating mask mandate. Again.

UPDATE: Biden clams up when Nantucket business owner challenges him to name his favorite chowder.

More: Jill Biden doesn’t seem too worried about the Omicron Variant, either:

(Updated and bumped.)

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: White Smoke Emanates From Wuhan Lab Chimney Signaling A New Variant Has Been Named.

WHAT MAKES THE OMICRON VARIANT SO DANGEROUS? IT HAS MILD SYMPTOMS! South African medical association says Omicron variant causes ‘mild disease.’ “It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home.”

Plus: “The official noted that hospitals have not been overburdened by Omicron patients and that the new strain is not been detected in vaccinated persons.”


UPDATE: As people are noting in the comments this — less deadly, more infectious — is the normal trajectory for a virus as it evolves. And at this point, the symptoms of the vaccine seem to approximate those of the disease it’s supposed to prevent.

COMPETITION: Could Luxury Submarine Trips Thrive as an Alternative to Space Tourism? I suspect they’ll function more as a gateway.

SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB: Fauci rips Cruz over Jan. 6 when asked about DOJ prosecutions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci shot back at Sen. Ted Cruz, who called for the Justice Department to prosecute Fauci for allegedly lying about funding gain-of-function research.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases quipped about the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 when asked about Cruz, one of several GOP lawmakers who has attacked him.

“Yeah. I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on Jan. 6, senator?” Fauci quipped during an appearance Sunday on CBS News’s Face the Nation.

Complete non-sequitur. As Dan McLaughlin asks, “Is Dr. Fauci under the impression that nobody is being prosecuted for Jan. 6? Or is he saying Ted Cruz should be prosecuted for speech & debate on the Senate floor?

More Fauci: Fauci would support a 9/11-style commission to study the US response to COVID.

That might not go the way he thinks it might:

● Biden on February 1st, 2020:

Yesterday, Donald Trump further diminished the United States in the eyes of the world by expanding his travel ban, placing new restrictions on the residents of six more nations that limit who is allowed to come to the United States.

Three years ago, he took aim at Muslim-majority nations. This time, he targeted primarily African…

And there is no evidence that they do anything to make us safer. If anything, they endanger the best tools we have to fight terrorism — our globe-spanning network of alliances and partnerships. They erode our moral standing in the world and make it less likely that other nations will work with us to take on terrorist threats before they can reach our shores.

Immigrants from each of these countries and their broader diaspora communities here in the United States enrich the larger fabric of American life as our friends and neighbors and make vital contributions to our economy. They make our nation stronger. The United States has a meaningful history of offering safety and opportunity to peoples of every nation — no matter where they come from, no matter if they are rich or poor, no matter the faith they follow.

Donald Trump is doing everything in his power to destroy that legacy. It’s a disgrace, and we cannot let him succeed.

Statement from Vice President Joe Biden on Donald Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban,

Nancy Pelosi Visits San Francisco’s Chinatown Amid Coronavirus Concerns. “‘[W]hat we’re trying to do today is to say everything is fine here,’ Pelosi said. ‘Come because precautions have been taken. The city is on top of the situation.’”

—NBC Bay Area, February 24, 2020.

Kamala Harris says she will be ‘first in line’ for a coronavirus vaccine if health experts approve it, but ‘if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, then I’m not taking it.’

Business Insider after the debate between Harris and Mike Pence, October 7th, 2020.

Here’s a montage of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Andrew Cuomo saying not so long ago that you shouldn’t trust the feds, the FDA, and the vaccine.

Not the Bee, September 11th, 2021.

Major Milestones in Governor Cuomo’s Nursing Home Deaths Scandals.

Where Is Cuomo’s Apology for Killing 10,000 People?

Whitmer Has a Covid Nursing Home Scandal of Her Own: Michigan nursing home death toll ‘could be double’ official count.

Whitmer to Michigan: Stay Home and Shut Up.

Why New Orleans Pushed Ahead With Mardi Gras, Even as It Planned for Coronavirus: A cache of internal emails reveals city officials believed chances were “low” that the festivities would help spread the virus, a prediction that proved tragically off base.


More: Politico: Gov. Cuomo wasn’t a good pandemic leader and his daily ‘Cuomo show’ was management by press conference.

THAT’S CRAZY, SUVs HADN’T EVEN BEEN INVENTED: Collapse of ancient Liangzhu culture caused by climate change.

JEFF DUNETZ ON THE FIRST OF EIGHT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH: The True Story And Meaning Of The Hanukkah Holiday.

UNEXPECTEDLY: ABC/NBC Most Concerned With How Omicron Variant Hurts Biden’s Agenda.

With the emergence of the new Omicron Covid variant out of South Africa that’s reportedly more transmissible than Delta, the liberal media’s initial reaction on Sunday was to fret for the future – not in terms of how it could hurt people, but how it could hurt President Biden’s agenda. ABC’s Good Morning America worried about the midterm elections and NBC’s Sunday Today wanted Biden to “use the bully pulpit” against Republicans.

ABC congressional correspondent Rachel Scott was filling in as co-anchor of GMA when she asked deputy political director Averi Harper about how the new variant could be a wet blanket for Biden. “Nearly 150 days ago the President said we were closer to declaring independence from the virus. Now we see this new Covid variant. How much of a challenge does this pose for the President,” she wondered.

“[W]e saw the markets took a nosedive on Friday all because of the omicron variant. So, I would say this poses a significant challenge to the Biden administration, particularly on the economic front,” warned Harper.

Her biggest concern was reserved for how Omicron could damage Biden’s and Democrats’ chances in the midterms[.]

Flashbacks to early March of 2020:

Chuck Todd: Coronavirus Can Be to Trump Like Iran Hostages Were to Carter.

‘She’s actually smiling:’ MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and guest discuss coronavirus that could become ‘Trump’s Katrina.’

Which dovetails nicely with this quote from Mickey Kaus in 2005: “In short, Katrina gives them a way to talk about Iraq without talking about Iraq. No wonder Gwen Ifill smiles the ‘inner smile.’”

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

‘IMMIGRATION IS WAR:’ an interview with Éric Zemmour.

For Zemmour, the most craven expression of this hyper-individualism is militant political correctness — “le wokeisme.” He calls it “hypersensitivity to the rights of the individual, a generalized offensive against French and western culture, against the white heterosexual man. These people want above all to make the French and all westerners feel guilty, ashamed of their history, so that they amputate themselves, destroy themselves, abandon their culture, their civilization, simply so that they no longer feel guilty.”

This wokeness, he argues, is a kind of Trojan horse for the Islamification of formerly Christian nations. “It is by destroying our cultures, our history, that they make a clean sweep of all that and allow a foreign culture, history and civilization to come and replace it.”

Such talk — echoing as it does “the great replacement theory” of Renaud Camus — causes consternation in progressive circles. Somebody, probably David Aaronovitch, will no doubt accuse The Spectator of giving a platform to nativism or white supremacism merely by speaking to him. Yet Zemmour is utterly unabashed about his views and he’s currently second or third in the presidential election polls.

Might his preoccupations with national characteristics, the greatness of French literature and the collapse of western civilization have something to do with the fact that he is himself an immigrant child? His parents were Berber Jews from Algeria. His grandfather spoke better Arabic than French. His father drove an ambulance.

“What my family has done in terms of assimilating French culture should be an example,” he says, proudly. “I am a product of French colonialization. I am not one of these people who condemn the French colonizer. I say thank you.


● Jared Bernstein, member of Biden’s Council of Economic Advisors: “One thing we learned in the 1990s was that a surefire way to reconnect the fortunes of working people at all skill levels, immigrant and native-born alike, to the growing economy is to let the job market tighten up. A tight job market pressures employers to boost wage offers to get and keep the workers they need. One equally surefire way to sort-circuit this useful dynamic is to turn on the immigrant spigot every time some group’s wages go up.”

● Former Trump administration senior adviser Stephen Miller: Biden’s Immigration Plan Would “Erase America’s Nationhood.”

“Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser. Labour threw open Britain’s borders to mass immigration to help socially engineer a ‘truly multicultural’ country, a former Government adviser has revealed.”

69 Percent of Hispanics Disapprove of Biden’s Handling of Immigration.

Tom Cotton’s Response to Kamala Harris’ Border Failures Should Be the Default for All Republicans: “‘You know, Laura, Kamala Harris didn’t have to go all the way to Guatemala and Mexico to find the root causes of this border crisis because they’re not there,’ Cotton told Fox News host Laura Ingraham earlier this week. ‘The root causes are in the White House.’ He further explained that it ‘happened on January 20th when Joe Biden took office, and he essentially opened our borders, reversing very effective policies that had our borders under control.’”

A core theme of the midterm and presidential elections won’t be too hard to figure out:

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OUT: RULE OF LAW. IN: Wisconsin college students protest Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

OH, YOKO! Beatles Fans* Think ‘Get Back’ Dispels The Idea That Yoko Ono Broke The Band Up And Peter Jackson Agrees.

* Not all of us, sunshine. Plus, doesn’t the author get that Peter Jackson had keep the representative of John Lennon’s estate happy so that she would sign off on the production of the miniseries?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: University Administrators on the Rittenhouse Verdict. “Rather than encourage independent scrutiny, administrators on many campuses have issued statements that presuppose answers to hotly contested questions, and assert opinions about the not-guilty verdict in the case and its ostensible significance as though they were matters of community consensus. The whole episode is an illustration of a bigger problem in academia: Administrators make ideologically selective efforts to soothe the feelings of upset faculty members and students. These actions impose orthodoxies of thought, undermining both intellectual diversity and inclusion.”

THOSE MORONS AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE: New variant hysteria comes from same institution that popularized lockdowns & previous COVID scares. Given their track record, I don’t know why anyone listens to them. “Imperial College UK is the home of the infamous ‘doomsday models’ for COVID-19, which promised that millions of people would imminently be wiped off the earth if the Western world did not lock down in March of 2020 for COVID-19. The idea that the world needed to ‘flatten the curve’ through pseudoscientific lockdowns was spawned by a faulty academic model from Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College. When pressed to open source his models, Ferguson outright refused. He later resigned in disgrace from the U.K. government scientific advisory board. Yet ‘Professor Lockdown’ somehow remains a very influential figure.”

Related: Goldman Slams Omicron Panic: “This Mutation Is Unlikely To Be More Malicious; No Reason For Portfolio Changes.”

All the variant hype has been largely BS.

GOOD: Andrew Yang defends Chappelle over tense exchange with high school students. I love how the students actually expected Chappelle to apologize.

GREAT MOMENTS IN IDENTITY POLITICS: CNN columnist predicts “Harris and Buttigieg could be allies instead of rivals” in 2024:

The next presidential election is three years away. Recent reports about early concern over whether President Joe Biden will run for reelection in 2024 and about tension between potential 2024 rivals, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Vice President Kamala Harris are, to some extent, standard Washington gossip that can be safely ignored. Still, there may be something more than that.

Buttigieg is clearly very ambitious, ran an impressive presidential campaign in 2020 and has only strengthened his political skills since then. Harris, as the vice president, is a leading contender to be the face of the post-Joe Biden Democratic Party. Each may see the other as standing in their way as 2024 approaches. This is particularly important because the 79-year-old Biden, despite wisely sending signals that he will seek reelection in 2024, may decide that he doesn’t want to run three years from now.

If Biden does run, as an incumbent, he has an advantage. But if he chooses not to, that doesn’t mean Democrats are doomed.

A primary campaign between Harris and Buttigieg could pit two key Democratic constituencies against each other: African Americans, particularly African American women, and LGBTQ voters. The impact of that fight would be even worse if it began in 2023 and took over the second half of Biden’s current term.

Fortunately, this is a problem that can be easily solved without either politician having to give up anything lasting. Harris and Buttigieg instead could agree that, if Biden does not run again, they would run together in 2024, with Harris the nominee for president and Buttigieg for vice-president. This could put an end to whatever feuding exists between them now, while giving the Democratic Party a very strong ticket in 2024 that would seem like a natural continuation of Biden’s first term.

Live look at the Democrats’ battlefield preparation before running Harris and Buttigieg after the events of 2021:

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WELL, IT’S GRETCHEN WHITMER: ‘Bad Leadership’: Detroit Businessman Blasts Gretchen Whitmer’s Economic Policies.

THE GASLIGHTING WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES: One Target store. One huge spike in shoplifting reports. What does it mean for San Francisco?

A closer look at the data shows that the spike in reported shoplifting came almost entirely from one store: the Target at 789 Mission St. in the Metreon mall. In September alone, 154 shoplifting reports were filed from the South of Market intersection where the Target stands, up from 13 in August. And then, in October, the reports from this intersection went down again to 17.

What happened at this particular Target? Did the store see a huge spike in shoplifting in September? No, said store manager Stacy Abbott. The store was simply using a new reporting system implemented by the police that allows retailers to report crime incidents over the phone.

When asked why the shoplifting reports had decreased again in October, Abbott said she wouldn’t be able to answer any more questions and directed The Chronicle to the Police Department as well as Target’s media team, which did not answer questions either.

Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson, said the new reporting system was accessible to other businesses and individuals on weekdays, not just the Target. He did not respond to questions about how long the system had been in place or whether the department had seen an increase in shoplifting incidents from other stores since the system’s implementation (publicly available data does not show such an increase).

Though the spike seen in the data generates more questions than answers, one thing is clear: A single (albeit large and busy) store’s decision to report a majority of its shoplifting incidents doubled the entire city’s monthly shoplifting rates.

As Ace of Spades co-blogger Arthur Kimes tweets, “In other words, if the rest of the stores in SF reported shoplifting AS IT ACTUALLY OCCURS then the reported amount of shoplifting in SF would be shockingly high.”

Though to be fair, it’s the San Francisco Chronicle, so I can understand why they’d be angered by accurate reporting.

SHOCK: CNN Analyst Has ‘No Idea’ What’s Behind Smash & Grab Robbery Wave—Then Supplies Answer!. “The punishment for this kind of crime is very, very minimal. In most cases it’s a misdemeanor. There are some DAs that have flat-out said they’re no longer going to prosecute shoplifting.”

Do tell.

HIGHER EDUCATION: Columbia Settles COVID-19 Class Action Tuition Refund Suit For $12.5 Million.

AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD!  Racist Joe Biden Bans Travel From Africa.

BRUTAL:  Dress-Up.

Deserved, but brutal. If I were Vanilli, I’d crawl in a hole and stay there.

IT MIGHT HOWEVER BE ABOUT A CRISIS IN AMERICAN EDUCATION:  No, Thanksgiving Isn’t About ‘Genocide And Violence’.

Let’s inform college professors we want them to actually know the truth, rather than just virtue-signal. Seriously. At this point most teachers in the humanities are as useful as a chocolate hammer. There is objective truth. It is discoverable. Let’s start there.

WELL, I SAY IT IS:  Interesting.

TO BE FAIR, OZ HAS GONE MAD ON ALL FRONTS:  Aussie Bushfire Madness: Fuel Load Not an Issue, All Climate Change.


THEY ALWAYS HAVE PLANS:  The left always has plans: “But take it we will”.

But when has a single one of their plans worked? Remember all the five year plans? All the “we will bury you” plans? All the “The west will be red” plans?

The only thing commies and soshes are good at is retconning to make it sound like they planned what happened all along. You’re not required to believe them, though. In fact, given what they peddle, if you believe them you have to ask yourself why.

UN-POSSIBLE. ICE IS A THING OF THE PAST! ELEVENTY!  Arctic Sea Freezes Early, Trapping 18 Ships in Ice Near Russia.

BIDEN AND HIS OWNERS:  Iran’s Oil Exports to China Rebound as Biden Admin Fails to Enforce Sanctions.

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