YOUR HARD-HITTING PRESS HARD AT WORK, HITTINGLY: CNN’s Chris Cillizza Gushes Over Biden’s Injured Foot as the Epitome of Transparency. It’s Not.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE:Media Say Biden’s Female-Led Comms Team Is A First. It’s What Trump Has Now.

I BLAME CLIMATE CHANGE: Our Solar System Is Going to Totally Disintegrate Sooner Than We Thought.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Democrats Are Finally Dissecting Their Overall Awful 2020 Election Performance.

As Glenn has noted, “For a guy who supposedly lost, Trump sure had coattails. And for a guy who supposedly won, Biden sure didn’t.”

ANOTHER TRUMP TRIUMPH: ‘Absolutely remarkable’: No one who got Moderna’s vaccine in trial developed severe COVID-19.

I think we should start calling the vaccines developed under Operation Warp Speed “the Trump shot” just for fun.

LATEST: Team Trump Demands Signature Audit as Dominion Server Crash Delays Georgia Recount.

Who could argue? Signature audits are Obama-approved:

SPACE: Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid soil samples nears home.

GOOD AND HARD: Plans to disarm Portland State campus police on hold after too many quit.

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS NOBODY IS ASKING:

Also answers to questions nobody is asking: how many campers can a Vulva owner jump?

WELL, GOOD: House Republicans Form ‘Freedom Force’ to Counter AOC’s ‘Squad.’

BASICALLY THE “LINCOLN PROJECT” OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: ‘Turncoat’ macrophages in the tumor ‘micro-environment’ underlie breast cancer progression.

AMITY SHLAES’ GREAT SOCIETY: How Poverty Won America’s War on Poverty.

In which I take a very deep dive into Shlaes’ latest book over at Ed Driscoll.com.

(Bumped.)

TODAY’S NON-SHOCKING HEADLINE: It’s Not ‘Woke’ To Be Broke: Major Liberal Cause Turns Out To Be Just Scheme Enriching A Few.

#RESIST:

UPDATE: A friend emails:

Great to see this #Resist repurposed.

A close female relative and I had a conversation recently. She was making conciliatory verbal gestures, in effect, saying that if everyone who supported Trump admits he lost, agrees they were wrong, and that Trump was evil, we can all move on amicably.

I responded, very calmly and dispassionately, which I was able to do because I was expecting this conversation, more or less as follows.

Using game theory, it has been determined that the proper way to respond to defection from optimal behavior between two parties, is to match any bad behavior by equal retaliation. Acquiescing in bad behavior without consequences simply gets you more of it.

So, the only rational rational response for Trump supporters, after the last four years is to respond to Biden exactly as Trump was treated:

#NotMyPresident
#StolenElection
#FuckBiden
#Resist

First, no one who voted for or supports Trump will recognized Biden as legitimate. Second, everyone who voted for Trump will believe and continue to proclaim that the election was stolen, in this case with far more factual basis. Third, Biden will not be given any deference or respect due to his office, but will be given only contempt and profane disrespect. Fourth, there will be no prospect of cooperation but only opposition, in every lawful way, to everything he says, does, or proposes, all day, every day, until he is gone.

At some future date reconciliation may be possible. But not until the last four years has been repaid in full.

And the foregoing is on the presumption that Biden will be sworn in as President, which he should not be, and which may not happen.

#RESIST.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: How The Once Elusive Dream Of Laser Weapons Suddenly Became A Reality.

FLASHBACK: The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine.

CALIFORNIA DINER OWNER REFUSES TO CLOSE OUTDOOR DINING, PUTS UP SIGN RIFFING ON GOVERNOR’S DINNER AT SWANKY FRENCH RESTAURANT:

A restaurant in California is refusing to follow new coronavirus restrictions and erected a banner reading “The French Laundry” over its sign, in reference to the swanky French restaurant where Gov. Gavin Newsom was seen breaking his own virus orders.

“This Redondo Beach restaurant has a not so subtle message for CA. Owner Alex says he’s defying LA County orders to close outdoor dining because it’s not about him, it’s about all the workers that rely on him for livelihoods, and he can’t leave them stranded right before Christmas,” KTLA reporter Christina Pascucci tweeted, accompanied by a photo.

Earlier: It’s The Winter Of Love On Staten Island.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. School chaos is why you should teach your kids the truth about politicians. “Cuomo and de Blasio have grown-up kids, so their comedy-of-errors leadership doesn’t affect them. One day of supervising virtual kindergarten, and they would be forced to taste their folly.”

CHANGE: House To Vote On Bill That Would Delist China-Based Companies If They Fail U.S. Audit Standards. “As we reported about 2 weeks ago, the proposal will be issued for public comment in December, and will address a problem that has plagued Chinese companies on U.S. capital markets for more than a decade: China hasn’t let the work of Chinese auditors be inspected.”

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH GLENN GREENWALD IS A VOICE OF SANITY: Biden Appointee Neera Tanden Spread the Conspiracy That Russian Hackers Changed Hillary’s 2016 Votes to Trump.

AMERICA’S RIDICULOUS “RACIAL” CLASSIFICATIONS: Speaking of East Asians and Covid, it would be useful if we could compare Covid rates among Americans of East Asian descent to other Americans, to see if there is an indication that genetics plays a role in infection rates. But the U.S. gathers health and medical data via the same unscientific categories it uses for civil rights enforcement and affirmative action programs. So we have an “Asian” category, but 40% or so of that category is made up of people with origins in the Indian subcontinent or the Philippines; both groups are genetically distinct from East Asians. I address the implicit racism and stupidity of the U.S. government requiring researchers to use racial rather than genetic classifications in medical research here, and I have a forthcoming article on the origins of our official racial and ethnic classifications. Want to know how Indian-Americans got lumped into the same category as Chinese-Americans? Read on.

STACEY LENNOX: What Is Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Thinking?

IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, A NICE REVIEW for Joe Pappalardo’s Inferno: The True Story of a B-17 Gunner’s Heroism and the Bloodiest Military Campaign in Aviation History.

Excerpt:

In “Inferno,” Joe Pappalardo tells the story of B-17s over German-occupied Europe before long-range escort fighters could help them survive. His major character—and what a character!—is an over-aged juvenile delinquent, a 31-year-old among teenagers who as a little guy gets the ball turret.

Maynard Smith doesn’t have much to commend him, but the American military isn’t fussy in 1942. The Army willingly takes him on when he is delivered to the induction center in handcuffs. (He failed to pay child support, and the judge made him choose between prison and patriotism.) He earns sergeant’s stripes at the end of his training, such as it is, and finds himself in England as part of the nascent 8th Air Force.

On his very first mission, Sgt. Smith runs into the worst sort of trouble, and for once he does everything right. He saves himself, the airplane and those still alive in it. For this, he is awarded the Medal of Honor, the first enlisted airman to receive America’s highest award for valor. Naturally, he will eventually lose those stripes and finish the war as a private.

I haven’t read it yet, but Pappalardo never disappoints.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Communist China Lies Worse Than Our 10-Year-Old Does.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What does it take to get a Communist to tell the truth?

Answer: No, you may not use a car battery and nipple clamps.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Another Colorado town joins the COVID #Resistance.
  • Separated at Birth: Donald Trump and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?
  • News media turns the gaslight down to -11.

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

UNEXPECTEDLY: AOC’s Latest Viral Post Flunks Econ 101.

GOOD QUESTION: 195 Million Chinese Students Are In School. Why Aren’t Our Kids?

OUR RISIBLE ACADEMIC SECTOR: Academics: Biden administration will have to undo US’s ‘history of hate.’

As taxpayers tire of paying for this, we’re told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

JAMES LILEKS ON MINNEAPOLIS IN THE WAKE OF “DEFUND THE POLICE:”

At 8 AM a few days ago a housekeeper was sitting in her car outside the house where she worked. No, let’s say 7:58. She started at 8. That was probably the arrangement. She was probably looking at her phone, whiling away the time as we do when we have these empty moments in between. What did we do before? Twiddle the radio knobs, woolgather, try to sort our marginal thoughts into little packages we can put on the shelf before the day begins.

A car came up and stopped, angled, boxing her in.

* * * * * * * * *

No, I am not getting out. No, I am not sitting back and posting twitter snark because lol they have a Biden sign. The people in other threads on other sites are dunking on the people who put up the sign, but they don’t know that the victim in this case was a housekeeper who doesn’t live in this neighborhood. Is she entitled to our sympathy? Of course. As are my neighbors. But if you want to go the whole lol Biden route, then we’re indifferent about the fate of millions of our fellow citizens. Do I stop caring about a neighborhood and its inhabitants who may have, in the aggregate, voted a certain way, if they’re 12 blocks to the north? Fifteen? Seven? It would be good to know the rules so I can lol at the right people.

Then again . . .

This isn’t to say there’s no connection between how one votes and what happens down the road. Of course there is. I’m pretty sure they would have voted for Crime Bill Joe if he’d been the nominee years ago, because the alternative is unthinkable. (The other side would also want to put crooks in jail, but for the wrong reasons.)

Plus a look at the Hollywood adaptation of Inherit the Wind — co-starring Gene Kelly(?!) as H.L. Mencken.

Read the whole thing.

EVERYTHING GETS HACKED: A Bluetooth attack can steal a Tesla Model X in 90 seconds.

WHY HAVE EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES FARED SO WELL WITH COVID-19?: Maybe it’s genetics: An ancient coronavirus-like epidemic drove adaptation in East Asians from 25,000 to 5,000 years ago. A lot of commentators, including one I heard on the radio this morning, have suggested that China, Japan, South Korea, and so on have had few deaths from the Coronavirus because of some combination of an obedient, public-regarding culture and good government. But in China, the virus was raging undetected for two months or more, and during peak holiday season. Culture and government can’t respond to a pandemic that no one yet knows exists. In fact, back in the winter I was optimistic about how bad Covid would be, in part because the Chinese, even accounting for state censorship, didn’t seem to be hit that hard even though they had many weeks where the virus was silently spreading. So, a higher level of genetic or other immunity makes intuitive sense, and here’s a study that backs that theory up.

THEY’RE STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW MUCH. DON’T GIVE INTO THEIR IGNORANCE, EDUCATE THEM: Catholic University, under fire from students for espousing Catholic views.

AT AMAZON, Cyber Monday Deals Galore.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Are We Ready for the Hell of a COVID-19 Days of Christmas? “Christmas is a bigger deal for most of us, however. Thanksgiving is about celebrating America, which liberals hate. Christmas is about religion, which liberals hate even more. That’s why everybody’s least favorite elf on a shelf made sure he got in front of a camera on Sunday to let everyone know he’s going to try and crap all over that.”

HOW TO EXPLAIN TAIWAN, FEWEST COVID DEATHS AND LEAST RESTRICTIONS: Taiwan has one of the world’s densest populations, has tested only those with symptoms, yet has suffered the fewest Covid deaths (per capita), while imposing the least restrictive public health measures.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROTECT YOU: CDC Report: Officials Knew Coronavirus Test Was Flawed But Released It Anyway.

BEWARE THE DEMOCRAT-MEDIA COMPLEX: If Voters Had Known About 8 Stories Media Ignored, Trump Would Have Won, Says Media Watchdog.

INVESTIGATE AND PUNISH: New: FBI requests files of people voting ‘in multiple states.’

CHRISTIAN TOTO: How Ron Howard Brought ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ to Life Without Lectures. “The Oscar winner gets honest about the film adaptation’s ties to Trump’s America.”

DEMOCRATS SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT:  As John Fund explains, by putting Proposition 16 on the ballot, California’s deep-blue legislators help elected Republicans Michelle Park Steel and Young Kim to Congress. Washington State’s Democrats may want to take note.

OF COURSE: A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story: Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries.

It’s a Chinese virus. It came from China.

Flashback: Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis.

A competent, honest response would have placed the world on notice much earlier. A China that cared about the rest of the world would have halted flights abroad while this disease was spreading, instead of allowing its citizens to spread willy-nilly around the globe. (As Brian Kennedy writes: “China seems to have taken the position that if they were to suffer the coronavirus, so too was the United States and the rest of the world. What else is to explain the continuation of flights from China to the United States at the rate of some 20,000 passengers a day, until President Trump wisely shut them down?”)

Related: Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis. “From the moment the coronavirus emerged in central China, Beijing has acted in a way that made a pandemic possible and then inevitable. It covered up what was happening in Wuhan. It silenced whistleblowers who sought to warn the world. It stole medical supplies from other countries, even while claiming the sickness was no big deal. . . . If Beijing had given the real number of infected people and deaths, other countries would have recognized the danger, and taken necessary steps.”

OBVIOUSLY STUPID AND DISHONEST LEADERS HAVE TROUBLE LEADING: Senseless Restrictions on Outdoor Activities Undermine the Goal of Curbing COVID-19.

CHANGE (IT BACK): Philippines Looking to Reverse Course on Scrapping U.S. Military Pact.

CHINA MOVES TO BAN FOREIGN MISSIONARIES: A government agency controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — but I repeat myself — has issued a 40-article regulation that extends the government’s suppression of Christian congregations in China to foreign missionaries coming into the country. It’s Mao’s Cultural Revolution all over again but this time the Red Guards are government bureaucrats and secret police armed with digital weapons.

AT AMAZON, Shop Cyber Monday Deals.

INEZ STEPMAN: Contra your neighborhood hipster bar, there is no such thing as “craft vodka.”

Plus: “Now, I realize the French have made quite a reputation for themselves in matters of gastronomy and intoxication. Their wine, their cheese, their duck confit; far be it from me to push the people out of their well-deserved lane. To be honest, their accomplishments generally outshine my own hereditary Slavs in that department. But vodka, vodka we know.”

BIG TECH OCCUPIES THE UNITED STATES: “Big Tech has infiltrated the American homeland and is imposing speech laws that resemble those of Europe, challenging the authority and longevity of the First Amendment.”

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: ‘Good riddance’: Tech’s flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates. “Software engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas. Some San Francisco residents are fine with it.”

Many urban centers have seen residents move out in large numbers since the start of stay-at-home orders in March, but the shift has been especially dramatic for San Francisco, a city that was already experiencing rapid change because of the tech industry.

Software engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas, citing housing costs, California’s relatively high income tax and the Bay Area’s general resistance to rapid growth and change.

The scale of the departures is visible in vacant high-end apartments, moth-balled offices and quieter streets in neighborhoods popular with tech workers. And while no one is exactly celebrating, especially as Covid-19 has devastated the incomes of many people, some residents were ready to take a break from the rich.

“The gentrification pressure has been at least momentarily relieved,” said John Elberling, executive director of Todco, an affordable housing nonprofit that operates in the South of Market neighborhood alongside the shuttered headquarters of countless tech companies and startups.

Who will pay for the “affordable” housing once the tax revenues dry up?

WORST POLITICAL CLASS EVER: The Political Class’s Hypocrisy Long Predates Covid-19.

On some level, politicians have always believed that they deserve special treatment, that the ordinary rules don’t apply to them. They have pushed for limits on school choice for the poor while sending their own children to private schools. They have advocated for gun control and defunding the police while being protected by armed security guards. They have denounced the influence of money in politics while courting wealthy donors at closed-door fundraisers.

But the coronavirus protocol breaches we’ve witnessed this year could wind up being far more consequential if they lead to less support for nanny-state policies. Conservatives, who are more constitutionally averse to busybody politicians making decisions for people, were always warier of lockdowns and the rationale behind them. What has changed since the spring is growing skepticism of public-health edicts among liberals. . . .

These people are perfectly aware that infection rates are rising and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly cautions against celebrating the holiday with people outside your household. Alas, many of them don’t seem to care anymore. According to the American Automobile Association, there could be as many as 50 million Thanksgiving travelers this year, only 10% less than in 2019.

This is a form of mass civil disobedience like nothing the country has seen since the 1960s. Some of it is born of Covid fatigue, to be sure. But the endless parade of politicians flouting their own rules surely has also played a role. It began shortly after the spring lockdowns and if anything has become more commonplace, even farcical.

We are ruled, in many places, by clowns. Often vicious clowns, but still clowns.

IF YOU LIVE IN THE DENVER AREA, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Toast.  Like many places, it’s going to have a hard time surviving the completely insane second lockdown mandated by the crazy people in our state government. Get some take out, and give them a hand with the survival thing, until we come out the other side, okay?

Oh, and the food is great. It would be nice if we can have at least some good things on the other side, no?

ADOLESCENT BOYS OF ALL AGES AND GENDERS ARE ROLLING ON THE FLOOR AS YOU READ THIS:   November ‘beaver moon’, lunar eclipse to light up sky.

Can confirm….

AND, AS WE ALL KNOW, CHINA IS COMPLETELY RELIABLE:  China now claims India is original source of Wuhan Coronavirus.

OBAMA MUST RETIRE TO IRAN ALREADY, SO SAY THE REST OF US:  Trumpism Must Be Purged Say Obama Counsels.

HARK, IS THAT A HELICOPTER I HEAR?  Biden Hurts Ankle, Kamala Prepares To Ascend.

I HAVE A BETTER IDEA! REIN IN THE GUARDIAN TO SAVE THE WORLD:  Guardian: Rein in Advertising to Save the World from Climate Change.

TO BE FAIR, WE ALSO REGRET THEIR HAVING CHILDREN. OR AT LEAST RAISING THEM:  The Guardian: Climate Activists Avoid or Regret Having Children.

ONCE UPON A TIME THIS WOULD HAVE THE MAKINGS OF A HIT MOVIE, BUT HOLLYWOOD NO LONGER MAKES MOVIES WITH HEROIC JEWS:   Iran’s Mohsen Fakhrizadeh killed hit squad, report says.

WOW – THIS MOVEMENT DEGENERATED INTO A RACKET IN RECORD TIME:   Star-studded Time’s Up charities spent big on salaries, not victims.

Also, has anyone seen my shocked face? Because I really need it.

DOES ANYBODY ACTUALLY CARE?  Does Matt Drudge even work at The Drudge Report anymore?

The more important question is: are there any journalists who aren’t democrat operatives with bylines, or have they all been pushed out of the field?

OH, COMMUNISM:  ‘Sovereign Citizens’ claiming ownership of occupied mansions.

I MEAN, SERIOUSLY:  Cause of Death: A Primer.

AND IF WE TALLIED OURS FAIRLY, WHAT DO YOU THINK?   More people died of suicide in Japan in one month than the entire coronavirus pandemic.

WHAT IF WE ELECTED TRUMP, AND PEACE BROKE OUT?  Surprise exodus of Jewish Americans moving to once-hostile UAE.

November 29, 2020

AT AMAZON, Black Friday Deals Galore.

OPEN THREAD: With nothin’ to do but feed all the kangaroos.

THE “FACT-CHECKERS'” HISTORY HAS NOT BEEN EXACTLY BRILLIANT: Candace Owens Challenges Fact-Checker, And Wins. “I wanted to show that these fact-checkers just lie, and they usually go unchecked because most people don’t have the money, don’t have the time, and don’t have the platform to go after them — and I have all three.”

THERE IS UNREST IN THE FOREST. THERE IS TROUBLE WITH THE TREES. FOR THE MAPLES WANT MORE SUNLIGHT, AND THE OAKS IGNORE THEIR PLEAS: “I hope we can create some kind of trend, that actually people are going to run to the parks and start complaining to the trees. This is one way of healing at this moment of our history.”

Well, it’s one way. David Thompson has much fun with this suggestion, so read the whole thing.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Solar power stations in space could be the answer to our energy needs.

BECAUSE THE U.S. PRESS IS GARBAGE: Three professors, two from Dartmouth and one from Brown, have produced a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?” It focuses on the U.S. press, and its findings are disturbing.

Plus: “Why are ‘major’ U.S. news sources so massively more negative than their international counterparts? I think the widespread hostility toward President Trump is the obvious answer. The fact that Fox isn’t much different from its left-wing competitors probably tells us more about Fox than about the American press in general. But that isn’t the whole story. This NBER article suggests that the pessimism of major news outlets is a response to reader demand.”

TRANSLATION: IS TRUMP GOING TO SPILL THE SECRETS ABOUT US THAT WE GOT HIM OUT OF OFFICE TO PROTECT? When he leaves office, can ex-President Trump be trusted with America’s national security secrets? The intelligence community’s campaign against Trump started with a leak about a “briefing” about the fake Steele Dossier.

The intelligence bureaucracy is an unprincipled, self-interested player in American politics, and it doesn’t want people to know how, what, or who it’s been playing.

HMM: Computer mouse movements may reveal appetite for risk-taking.

ROGER KIMBALL: Crime Hiding Crime: A Motive for the Steal.

My point is this: fear as well as greed has been a powerful motivating force in explaining the desperate tactics employed by the Left to secure the presidency for the disagreeable and senescent political hack at the head of the Democratic ticket.

The agenda he and—more to the point—his leftwing puppeteers hope to enact was one motivating factor.

Their desire to free themselves from scrutiny for their years—in some case, decades—of corruption was another, equally powerful motivation.

Doubtless, many of them of them believe they can breathe easy now. Joe is almost president, isn’t he?

Well, is he?

I said that the whole Russia Collusion hoax was the biggest scandal in American history.

That award might be about to be transferred to the 2020 presidential election.

Fair and free elections are essential to the maintenance of democracy.

Perhaps we have just witnessed how difficult it is to assure their perpetuation in the face of concerted partisan interference.

The first U.S. presidential election was held in December, 1788. We’ve come a long way in two hundred and thirty-two years.

It was a good run, maybe the best in history. It would be sad to see it go.

Stay tuned.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Biden To Name Tanden as Budget Chief, Rouse to Economic Council.

Flashback: “Israel is depressing,” Tanden wrote in 2016:

The co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s transition team called the March re-election of hard-line Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “depressing” in an e-mail to Clinton’s campaign chair.

Neera Tanden moaned to John Podesta the day after Netanyahu’s win.

“Israel is depressing,” Tanden wrote.

The hacked message was among thousands released by WikiLeaks. “It’s a good lesson that the wing nuts are just ruthless in every country,” Tanden added.

“Bad,” Podesta replied.

And speaking of “bad:” The Center For American Progress Staff Was Shocked After Neera Tanden Named The Anonymous Harassment Victim In An All-Staff Meeting.

As Glenn noted earlier this month, “A Biden presidency would be the death of #Metoo, just as Clinton’s was.”

UPDATE: “‘The good thing about a Biden run,’ Neera Tanden, Clinton’s close aide who also advised the Obama administration on health policy, wrote to Podesta in 2015, in an email later exposed by WikiLeaks, ‘is that he would make Hillary look so much better.’”

‘The President Was Not Encouraging’: What Obama Really Thought About Biden, The Politico, August 14th.

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? San Francisco wealth tax will fuel next blue exodus for rich earners.

It’s not like they weren’t warned. And we need a separate version of my Welcome Wagon Project just for rich people who move.

DISPATCHES FROM THE PARTY OF TOLERANCE AND DIVERSITY:

Morning Joe: We Have No Reason to Tolerate, Understand Anyone Who Supported Trump.

NewsBusters, Wednesday.

Barack Obama Smears Trump’s Latino Voters.

Legal Insurrection, yesterday.

UPDATE: Professional Asshole Keith Olbermann: Prosecute Trump, Family, Supporters, Everyone (Video).

The Lid, today.

(Updated and bumped.)

TAKING A SECOND LOOK AT WWII WITH VICTOR DAVIS HANSON’S THE SECOND WORLD WARS.

My review at Ed Driscoll.com. Where else will you see Mussolini’s Italian biplanes fighting in the Battle of Britain?

(Bumped.)

DAILY BEAST SETTLING NICELY INTO ITS COMING FOUR YEAR SLUMBER: Joe Biden’s Dogs Have Told This Pet Psychic a Lot About Their Beloved Master, and His Future.

The pop-up add above that article is a hoot:

Support our fearless journalism!

UPDATE: Just as the gypsy woman didn’t foretold: President-elect Joe Biden twists ankle while playing with dog, to see a doctor.

As our sister-site Twitchy asks: How come The Daily Beast’s dog psychic didn’t warn Joe Biden about the ankle injury?

(Updated and bumped.)

CALIFORNIA, THERE IT GOES:

Hey Gavin: Pluck you, man! It’s time to stop the virulent Covidfornia virus before it infects every other place it touches. As the saying goes, if you don’t fight them over there, you have to fight them over here.

Therefore: we stay. We stick it out while they burn it down. After all, you’ve got to hit rock bottom before you can recover.

Lucky for me, we may be hitting rock sooner than I thought, thanks to Newsom, Mayor Garcetti, and L.A.’s newly elected district attorney, George Gascón.

George Gascón is a proud supporter of both BLM and Antifa. He is a far-left progressive and one of many District Attorneys who has enjoyed the generous patronage of George Soros. He thinks looting is reparations. His policies are a complete enshrinement of BLM demands: defund police, stop arresting criminals, and close down the jails, because they’re racist. The only people he plans to target for arrest are cops, of course, and innocent people guilty of things like home self-defense, white privilege, and insufficient public wokeness.

In other words, George Gascón is the disease—and the cure. Once he takes a wrecking ball to public safety, Lord help us all. The popsicle sticks and chewing gum holding this place together won’t stand a chance.

It is about to get real ugly, real fast. But at last, perhaps, people who have silently grumbled for years and years about tent cities and filth and robberies and junkies shooting up on the formerly beautiful beaches will have finally had enough.

The luddite mentality of aging San Francisco leftists is quite telling: ‘Good riddance’: Tech’s flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates.

Over the years, San Francisco residents tried a variety of tactics to protest the tech industry’s effects on the city: blocking corporate buses, halting expensive new condo buildings, proposing tax increases and even threatening to limit office cafeterias.

Affordable housing advocates, local politicians and longtime San Francisco residents hoped the well-off newcomers would contribute more to their new community, or if they didn’t, then perhaps leave.

Elberling, who before the pandemic spearheaded new restrictions on skyscrapers in San Francisco, is among those who believe the city was being overrun by people who arrived for one reason.

“The motivation got to this get-rich-quick attitude,” he said. “And that isn’t what our city is about. You can make a lot of money here, obviously, but that’s not the persona of San Francisco.”

San Francisco has a history of boom-and-bust cycles, stretching back to the 1849 gold rush and including multiple tech bubbles. But that’s not why people stay, Elberling said.

“If all you care about is money, I suggest you go to Texas,” he said.

GOP governors better get cracking on Glenn’s Welcome Wagon kits ASAP, if they want to keep their states in the red column. Otherwise, as a — [cough] — longtime resident of Texas, I’m all in favor of this proposal by America’s Newspaper of Record: Texas Passes Law Banning Californians From Voting After They Move There.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What Happened To Led Zeppelin’s Boeing 720, “The Starship?”

The unit held registration N7201U and was the first Boeing 720 built. It was initially delivered to United Airlines in October 1960.

However, the 138-seater saw its most famous action following its purchase for $600,000 in 1973.
According to I Love Classic Rock, new owners Bobby Sherman and Ward Sylvester splashed $200,000 into the project. By the time the new configuration was over, the main cabin featured a 30-foot-long couch that ran along the right side of the plane, as well as a TV and video cassette player. The superstar passengers could also have a shower on board. This helped lessen the need to live out of hotels and suitcases while traveling from town to town across North America.

* * * * * * * *

There was undoubtedly plenty of alcohol to go around at the bar. Road manager Richard Cole highlights the top quality champagne that was onboard.

Cole said the following, as reported by The New York Times:

”In those days, we went through a phase where we only drank ’64 and ’66 Dom Pérignon. If we found a good deal we’d have one of the assistants buy several cases and store it on the plane.”

Nonetheless, the first paying passengers on The Starship were the band members of Led Zeppelin. The group jumped on in July 1973, and during this period, they were one of the biggest bands across the globe. In true rockstar fashion, they toured with style, and there was plenty of excitement on their travels.

The band painted their name across the fuselage and treated the master suite like an hourly rate motel. There was also a lot of intoxication while in the skies, as Cole called the jet ”a floating gin palace.”

Earlier:

‘Jimmy Page: The Anthology’ and His Previous Coffee Table Book: None Will Be Revealed.

The Liner Notes of the Gods: ‘Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World’s Greatest Rock Band.’

ROGER SIMON: Now Is the Time for All Good Men and Women to Get off Twitter.

That Twitter has just censored (“suspended the account” in their parlance) the film version of Lee Smith’s “The Plot Against the President,” directed by Amanda Milius, is not in the least surprising.

It’s only the latest example of what Twitter does, what we have come to expect of it—censor or whatever euphemism you want to apply because the massive site, we are informed ad infinitum, is a private company and can do what it bloody well pleases without having to pay the slightest obeisance to the Bill of Rights or even the Magna Carta.

Yes, it’s good publicity for the film, an accurate retelling of the horrifying Russiagate story, but that’s no excuse.

Whatever Jack Dorsey and his minions dislike, whatever threatens them, is automatically banned or, at best, temporarily tolerated with some supercilious notation about its supposed wrongheadedness. (And they claim they’re a public facility—like the phone company.)

Almost never do they say with any specificity why they are censoring. They just do it.

What is surprising is that so many of us are still on Twitter, addicted as any homeless crackhead in Santa Monica while fattening the coffers of a maniacal “progressive” billionaire by living as inadvertent vassals on his online totalitarian estate.

I wanted to get out years ago but hung on, even through the extraordinary blocking of the New York Post’s reporting on Tony Bobulinski’s testimony regarding the China-centric business dealings of Hunter Biden and the “big guy,” an act of hyperpartisanhip worthy of Goebbels or Beria.

That may have been the proverbial straw on the back of the proverbial camel for me.

I got out shortly thereafter and intend to stay out.

I urge everyone else to follow me, not because I’m anything special—as I noted it took me years to make the break—but because it’s by far the best thing to do.

Leaving, taking your business elsewhere, is the only way to destroy the pernicious influence of Twitter and the other tech giants. I’ve said it before, but this time I’ve done it myself. (Finally.)

And we can’t expect the government to do it for us.

Especially if Biden’s election goes through (I know, thankfully getting iffy), the chances of Section 230, the provision allowing Twitter and the others to avoid legal responsibility for what they publish, is unlikely to change. Big Tech literally owns the Democratic Party.

And if Donald Trump has a second term, I’m, alas, skeptical he will do much. He’s evidently addicted to Twitter as well. He should also get out.

I’m not going to spend time criticizing the narcissistic reasons so many media players, even those on the right who are mistreated, stay on. Obviously, I was one of them.

But I will address, via a personal anecdote, the question of whether both sides actually can discuss the issues together in a collegial manner, putatively the intention of Twitter, although totally ludicrous in its execution because the site’s bias against one of the sides is so extreme, even to the point of banning or censoring them (again, a distinction without a difference in the real world).

In addition to its high-tech totalitarianism, it’s a virus of the mind as well — somebody should write a book about the multifaceted elements of Twitter’s insidious nature.

AT AMAZON, DuroMax XP4850EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator, Green.

COLOR ME SKEPTICAL THAT THIS WILL BE A GOOD THING: Digital License Plates Coming to Michigan in 2021 after Debut in California. “By making the license plate a screen, Rplate lets people display their own (approved) messages. The plate can also warn people that the car it’s on has been stolen, or maybe to show an Amber or Silver Alert, if the state wants that functionality.”

FASTER, PLEASE: New therapy to target the spread of bowel cancer.

THERE’S BARELY ENOUGH NATURAL INTELLIGENCE IN THAT FIELD: Exploring the use of artificial intelligence in architecture.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● Shot: Fauci resists Republican effort to turn testimony against protesters.

—Reuters, July 31st.

● Chaser: Fauci: There will ‘almost certainly’ be an uptick in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving travel.

The Hill, today.

HMM: MS has mixed impact on risk for cancer, study says.

RIP: Darth Vader actor David Prowse dead at 85. Prowse was asked to audition for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca but he said he chose Luke Skywalker’s father because ”you always remember the bad guys.”

That’s such a curious statement, since he chose to play one of the series’ most important good guys.

INTERVIEW: Glenn Greenwald on Biden, Free Speech, and Leaving The Intercept.

InstaPundit is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.