September 20, 2020

IN THE MAIL: Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America (Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Series).

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: It’s On: Undercover Journalist Behind Baby Body Parts Scandal Sues Planned Parenthood for Defamation.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As colleges go bankrupt due to COVID, higher education will actually get better.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: Why White People Owning Dogs is Racist.

However, is it racist for a white person to own a dog when she’s pretending to be another race?

“PUBLIC HEALTH” AND DOUBLE STANDARDS: Radford University is allowing a protest supporting Black Lives Matter to take place on campus despite coronavirus restrictions. “The university is not allowing events, indoor or outdoor, of more than 10 people.”

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WHEN NARRATIVES FAIL: Racist? Under Trump, black people and Hispanics join suburbs and home ownership up.

ANDREW MCCARTHY: Systemic Racism? Make Them Prove It.

Racism “happens in our residence halls and in our classrooms, at the tables of our dining halls and in our locker rooms, on our sidewalks, within the offices where we work, and in our town.” So maintains Middlebury College president Laurie Patton. Among the doyens of higher education, Patton is the rule, not the exception, in spreading this gospel across the campus. With characteristic clarity, Heather Mac Donald rolled off example after example in a recent City Journal essay. It is not just the administrators, the battalions of diversity coordinators, and the social scientists. According to academics, “structural racism” even “pervades” mathematics, geology, astronomy, you name it — to the point, Mac Donald observes, that the journal Nature claims “the mission of science should be to ‘amplify marginalized voices’ in atonement for science’s complicity in ‘systemic racism.’”

Okay, if they say so . . . but where are the concrete examples?

Mac Donald discerns that the rote self-abasement of academic institutions is detached from lived life. She pointedly asks the questions we should all be asking: What are the specifics of the indictment: “Which faculty members do not treat black students fairly? If that unjust treatment is so obvious, why weren’t those professors already removed?” How have we tolerated an admissions process that apparently lets in thousands of student bigots? Of course, regardless of what they may say, college administrators do not act as if they’re trapped in a racist dystopia. As Mac Donald observes, there is no better proof of this than these same administrators: when not preening about systemic racism, they are gushing about the sensitivity, accomplishments, and integrity of their faculty, students, and alumni.

Earlier: Betsy DeVos Calls Princeton’s Bluff: If You Really Are Racist, No More Federal Funding.

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TRUST: Michigan Dem Spotted at Airport After Saying She Wouldn’t Leave D.C.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: ‘Ocasio-Cortez says Ginsburg’s death should ‘radicalize’ Democrats: ‘We can, and must, fight.’

Her former chief of staff, and the author of the Green Nude Eel was photographed wearing a shirt emblazoned with the image of Hitler-supporting Indian activist Subhas Chandra Bose. Over the past summer, her party’s most fervent devotees committed over two billion dollars worth of property damage. How much more radically radical radicalizing doe she expect from her shock troops in the coming weeks?

DEPARTMENT OF NON SEQUITURS: Death of George Floyd prompts reckoning over race and colonialism in Europe.

JOHN NOLTE: Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Permanently Resets 2020 Election.

I’m not sure what to chew on. Fingernails are down to the white meat.

There’s a bit of justice in all this. Reason Trump has a pretty good chance of replacing Ginsburg is because the Republicans expanded their majority in 2018. Reason Republicans expanded their majority in 2018 was because of the abysmal and obscene behavior of Democrats and the media during the Kavanaugh confirmation. Funny how that works.

Regardless of the outcome, what we have on our hands right now is a total 2020 game changer and one that is almost certainly going to benefit Trump. This isn’t me celebrating the death of a fellow human being. There was a lot to admire about Justice Ginsburg. But this is what it is, and what it is is a legitimate and breathtaking last-minute game changer.

The national media and Biden had planned to make 2020 a referendum on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic. Come hell or high water, they were not going to allow the subject to be changed from that. And it was a good plan. Kept Biden on offense, kept Trump on defense, and that’s how you win presidential elections in this country.

Well, the unfortunate passing of Ginsburg throws all that right over the side.

Whether, in the end, McConnell can or cannot cobble the votes together doesn’t matter. The news cycle is about to be swamped by this confirmation battle, which puts Trump on offense and Biden on defense.

Read the whole thing.

Related Twitter thread: “Since the masks are off, let me take off mine. I am, underneath it all, an utterly cold blooded pragmatist. I loathe to my DNA that SCOTUS is now most powerful. But it is. That’s not changing. And thus I want that power to be on my side as much as possible. If that means ramming a vote through as hard and fast as possible, so be it. So be it. I screamed my throat raw and typed my fingers bloody for decades telling everyone not to get to this point. I lost that argument. I lost that argument entirely. Will to power it is then.”

The bill has come due for the last four years of insanity by the left — the Kavanaugh freakouts, the endless impeachment hearings, billions of dollars of property damage, etc., etc.

CHANGE: California Public Universities To Be Online In Spring 2021.

September 19, 2020

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YOUR WISH FROM 2014 IS GRANTED, 2020 #NEVERTRUMPER:

FLASHBACK: Liberals Celebrated the Death of Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

OPEN THREAD: How’s everybody doing?

LIFE IN THE BLUE ZONES: $5K Reward Available, Suspects Sought After Cyclist Fires at 3 Philly Cops. A second gunman also fired at police after the officers crashed their car.

So at what point, faced with assassination attempts, do the police go rogue and form their own death squads to neutralize their enemies? That’s what generally happens in corrupt third-world polities, which is what our Democrat-run cities are becoming.

SHOCKER: Expanding donor list shortens heart transplant wait times, study finds.

THE OLD-FASHIONED Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “She could fight with the best of them—but I never heard or saw or even intimated anything other than respect and even, often, affection for her adversaries in these battles. No snide remarks, no nasty innuendoes, none of that. She valued civility and collegiality very, very highly.”

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Was Generation Z Miseducated about Life?

JIM TREACHER: Indianapolis Social Activist Pretended to Be Both Black And Gender-Neutral.

But that’s not what caught my eye. What hooked me was this part:

Cole — who uses pronouns they/them

Oh, okay. This is one of those people who has decided that millions of years of evolution doesn’t apply to them, they’re somehow outside the laws of nature because they discovered k.d. lang at a young age, and so now the rest of us have to tiptoe around his her their pronouns.

Ever since the Dolezal mess, my biggest question has been: If Bruce Jenner has become a secular saint for deciding to be a different gender, why can’t somebody decide to be a different race? If biology doesn’t determine identity, why does biology absolutely determine that aspect of identity?

And now we have this Satchuel Cole person, who embodies both contradictions at once. What a brain-teaser this will be for our friends on the left! You’re a racist if you use Cole’s preferred racial designation, and you’re a transphobe if you don’t use Cole’s preferred pronouns. One identity is rigidly enforced, and the other one is whatever a person wants it to be at any time.

As Iowahawk tweets, “What does this make now, 4? These chicks should all get together and start a singing group called the White Supremes.”

WHEN TRUMP-HATRED LEADS TO TERROR: Ricin Is Said to Have Been Sent to White House.

JOE BIDEN ON NOMINATING A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE DURING AN ELECTION YEAR:

UPDATE: Joe’s former boss was even more concise:

(Updated and Bumped.)

FILL THE SEAT:

The constitutional process unfolding as designed by the Framers is not a crisis — no amount of tweets or New York Times opinion pieces can make it so. Nor can the celebrities making threats to take to the streets while never leaving their palaces; nor can antifa activists burning down businesses. Lululemon cosplayers will once more attempt to barnstorm elevators, just as they have done for the past four months in cities across the country. If you’re the political side threatening violence if you don’t get what you want politically, perhaps you should revisit your assertion that Mitch McConnell or the Republican party are the power-hungry fascists. If the ne’er-do-well Twitter punditocracy are looking for a scapegoat, might I suggest directing your ire toward former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, without whom we would not even be entertaining this ‘crisis’.

The system is working as designed. Though it may have been Ginsburg’s final wish to not fill her seat until after the election, it’s not her call, with all due respect. Instead it falls to the people who voted for a Republican majority and a Republican president in 2016. The people threatening violence are the people without the constitution or guns on their side.

Related: There it is! GQ writer predicts new and improved riots if Mitch McConnell holds SCOTUS vote before the election.

UPDATE: Chuck Schumer basically just promised that Dems will increase the number of Supreme Court justices if the GOP moves to fill RBG’s seat.

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JUST BECAUSE THEY WENT TO 11 LAST TIME DOESN’T MEAN THEY WON’T TURN IT UP TO 12 THIS TIME:

LEFTIST POLITICAL TERRORISM ACCELERATES?

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RECORDING THE BEATLES: Looking Back at the Deepest Dive Ever Into the Sound of the Fab Four.

My latest, over at Ed Driscoll.com.

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FROM A JOURNALIST FRIEND ON FACEBOOK: “Big problem for the Democrats: Donald Trump has said more, and more articulately, about RBG than Joe Biden. The day after this apostle of the radical left’s death (and with <50 days to go) his [Biden's] campaign issued a lid at ***8:30am****, meaning that the candidate was done for the day, no more statements or events, journos go home, we’ll try again tomorrow."

DEVELOPING: Package Containing Ricin Said to Have Been Intercepted in White House Mail.

NOT JUST IN TRAINING: Learning From Your Failures in Training. But better to learn from failures in training than failures when the stakes are higher.