November 29, 2021

I’LL TAKE TWO: For Sale: A Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Fighter Jet. “This 1960 Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is currently being offered for sale for $995,000 USD, making it one of the most affordable fully-functional fighter jets for sale anywhere in the world. The word ‘affordable’ is relative of course, but in the world of privately owned warbird jets, anything under a million dollars is a steal.”

WEST SIDE CHANUKAH STORY (Video):

No word yet on whether this vicious street gang is representative of the Sharks or the Jets.

GLEICHSCHALTUNG: Eye Roll: Merriam-Webster Announces Word of the Year.

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HMM: Despite Internal Turmoil, NRA Looks Like It’s Winning The Long Game. “On the one hand, more states are allowing Americans to carry weapons in public without permits, and the gun-rights movement could be on the verge of a major Supreme Court victory. On the other, the National Rifle Association, which advocates on behalf of gun owners, faces an existential crisis that’s mostly due to the NRA’s own missteps.”

And this is from Robert Spitzer, who’s not very friendly to gun rights, to put it mildly. Long-time InstaPundit readers may remember him accusing me of fomenting “vigilantism” with my Second Amendment views.

Also, one doubts that the New York Times of today would solicit a column like mine.

HOW ABOUT SOME CAUTIONS AGAINST ACTUAL LOOTING? San Francisco TV Reporter Cautions Against Use of Word ‘Looting.’

MANDATE CAVE: Biden to Suspend Vaccine Mandate for Fed Employees. “This is a huge cave for an administration whose remaining anti-COVID effort is focused almost exclusively on the vaccine mandate. Further lockdowns are out, according to one report. People have lost patience with social distancing and travel restrictions. And it’s probably not too much of an exaggeration to say that ‘Which famous person isn’t wearing a mask today?’ has taken the place of ‘Who in Hollywood is secretly gay?’ as America’s favorite gossip.”

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CANCEL CULTURE IS ALL IN YOUR MIND: Far-Left Groups Organize Push To Get Kyle Rittenhouse Kicked Out Of Arizona State University.

PRIORITIES: Israel Bans All Foreigners Except Beautiful Women Due to Omicron Variant.

Despite Israel being one of the first countries to close its borders due to concerns around the new Omicron COVID variant, it is still planning to host a cavalcade of beautiful women at the Miss Universe pageant at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat in December.

Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov made the announcement on Sunday, a day after Israel said it was banning all foreigners from entering the country.

The minister told reporters that participants at the Miss Universe beauty pageant would be given waivers while possibly undergoing PCR testing every two days, as well as other precautionary measures.

“This is an event that will be broadcast in 174 countries, a very important event, an event that Eilat, too, is very much in need of,” Razvozov said before Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting. “We will know how to manage this event. So, by using the waivers committee, we will have events like this, to which the country already committed itself and cannot cancel.”

Newsweek has contacted the ministry for comment.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gave a televised address during the cabinet meeting, in which he said Israel needs “to clamp down” on its borders to keep the country “open internally.”

Israel plans to host the competition for the first time on December 12.

It’s crucial to keep calm and stay focused during trying times.

WHY AMERICANS DON’T TRUST EXPERTS: The Pall of Politics Descends Upon American Medicine. “I’ll add here that public health’s imperial aspirations pose grave risks to America’s constitutional stability. Public health exhibits a recurring pattern: (1) Declare that X is now a public health issue. (2) Declare that X is in crisis. (3) Flout legal and constitutional norms to quell said crisis.”

CHINA IS ASSHOLE.

SO IS DISNEY.

UGH: Warning: Your Favorite Holiday Charity May Be Promoting CRT. “That’s right, the 156-year-old Christian charity known worldwide for its Holiday Red Kettle campaign has gone ‘woke.'”

THE NEW NORMAL: Biden’s Supply Chain Crisis Is Going To Be Here For Awhile.

There is a major supply chain crisis in our country, and it is not going away anytime soon. But if you listen to the White House, it’s no big deal. Nothing to see here. It will all end soon.

Not so says economist, consultant and writer, Milton Ezrati.

“The supply chain issues will be around for quite awhile, I’m talking about the 2nd half of next year at the earliest.”

So what is the problem? The two biggest issues are, too much government spending, and the Biden administration shutting down oil and gas.

“That’s not a supply chain issue, that’s policy” Ezrati told KTRH.

You could call it a crisis by design.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot: Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.

—The London Independent, March 20th, 2000.

Chaser: Storm Arwen traps customers in Britain’s highest pub for third night.

Staff at a pub cut off by snow were preparing a karaoke evening on Sunday as they expect guests to be unable to escape for a third night.

More than 60 people have spent two nights camped out at Britain’s highest pub due to heavy snowfall brought on by Storm Arwen.

Customers first became stranded at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales, on Friday night after going to watch an Oasis tribute band called Noasis.

Those staying at the inn, which is 1,732ft above sea level, woke up to around 3ft of snow.

Due to a fallen power line and snow blocking the main routes out, they have been unable to leave since.

Shot: Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.

—The London Independent, today.

AND YET PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE WHO TRAVELS INTO SPACE REPORTS FEELING THAT: “We didn’t evolve to feel awe about hurtling through space.”

DISPATCHES FROM KILLADELPHIA: Temple University Student Fatally Shot in Broad Daylight as Philadelphia Breaks Homicide Record. “Philadelphia has recorded at least 506 homicides this year, making 2021 the deadliest year on record in the city. ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of Samuel Collington, and strongly condemn this and any acts of violence in our city,’ a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office said. ‘We grieve every life lost to violence, and we’re heartbroken for Samuel’s friends and family as they cope with this unimaginable loss. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, the Temple University community, and his colleagues in the City Commissioners’ Office.’”

(Classical reference in headline.)

 

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NOT GOOD: Americans Are Having a Lot Less Sex. “Americans had a lot less sex in 2018 compared to 2009, according to a new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. The finding mirrors a downward trend also seen in many other parts of the developed world, including the UK, Australia, Germany, and Japan.”

Patton said that a soldier who won’t f*ck won’t fight. I think the general libidinal observation applies to societies.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF WEIMAR AMERICA AND THE K-12 IMPLOSION: Self-Proclaimed First Grade Teacher Boasts: ‘My Favorite Moments Are Always When My Students Ask About My Queerness.’

David French assures me that this one of the many ‘blessings of liberty.’”

HANUKKAH: Armed Jews Week.

LAPTOP FROM HELL: The Biden Grift & Influence Machine Is Even Worse Than You Thought.

“CAN HE RESIGN IN LESS THAN 140 CHARACTERS?” Jack Dorsey to step down as Twitter CEO:

Does this mean a new direction for Twitter, especially in its increasingly onerous interventions into debates? Eh, don’t bet on it. Dorsey has institutionalized that approach so much — helped by political pressure to act as a quasi-censor for unpopular opinions — that it’s tough to see any significant change from an organic succession of leadership. To effect the kind of change that would return Twitter or any other social-media platform to a true “free market of ideas” forum, it would either take an outright acquisition or the emergence of a true “free market” competitor of significance. I’d love to be proven wrong, but don’t count on this being anything more than a reshuffling of the politburo at Twitter.

The bannings will continue until morale improves:

The Morning Briefing: Area Fascist Jack Dorsey Purges James O’Keefe From Twitter.

—Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media, April 16th, 2021.

Twitter CEO’s Shocking Excuse for Censoring NY Post on Biden While Allowing NYT’s Trump Tax Returns.

—Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media, November 17th, 2020.

Twitter Admits ‘Error,’ Reinstates Zerohedge After Banning It in Late January for Calling Out China.

NewsBusters, June 15th, 2020.

UPDATE: Justin Hart notes that “The new CEO of Twitter might have to roll back some old tweets there.”

 

 

BLUE CITY BLUES: Our other seasonal surge: porch pirates. “The Mile High City somehow leapfrogged from outside of the top-10 cities for package theft into sole ownership of the top spot to steal the annual crime crown from three-time reigning champion San Francisco. A dubious distinction if ever there was one.”

IS REHAB EVEN AN OPTION? Mark Judge: The Media Have Turned Into Bottomed-Out Drunks.

The implosion of the press over the last several years has been the final act in a story that resembles the stories that recovering addicts tell. . . .

For most of the 20th century, the press was liberal but also skillful and responsible. Communists like Walter Duranty balanced out by better reporters like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Lippmann. Mistakes were made, but there was a code of honor, a core integrity that made it necessary to issue corrections and make every effort to represent people accurately and humanely.

Then came the first drink — Watergate. The 1970s scandal that drove Richard Nixon from office was a great party. The atmosphere in the media and on the left was glamorous, filling writers with a sense of intoxicated invincibility. Read Batya Ungar-Sargon’s new book Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy. She recounts how journalists went from working-class Joes who covered foreign wars or boxing bouts to elites who attended the Ivy League and congregated at cocktail parties in Georgetown and Manhattan. Being a journalist was suddenly sexy.

For the past 50 years, the press has been trying to replicate the buzz from Watergate. Journalism is no longer a way to convey news from your community to the masses. It’s a means to destroy someone powerful and become a celebrity. Just as an alcoholic will start to cut ethical corners and need more and more booze for less and less effect, reporters post-Watergate became sloppy and even disinterested in facts. There was Stephen Glass, the UVA rape hoax, and New York Times fantasist Jayson Blair. Mistakes and lies became more and more common.

For the media, the arrival of Donald Trump represented the mad final lap in end-stage addiction. That’s where the drug has completely taken over the user’s body and soul. The moments of bliss are harder and harder to capture despite the oceans of booze put to the task. Still, there is no stopping now. Just the idea of impeachment or removal from office was enough to blow through any and all guardrails, like presenting a boozehound a glittering bottle of Johnny Walker Blue. . . .

The Russia dossier, a sordid collection of lies about the president that was created by Hillary Clinton and her bootleggers, was pure backwoods grain alcohol. The kind of stuff that could make you go blind. It didn’t matter. To reporters there was still that sweet, distant memory of Watergate. That first high which cracked open the sky five decades ago. Like Gatsby gazing at the distant green light across the river, there had to be a way to recapture that magic.

Indeed. Of course, even the Watergate reporting is looking kind of dodgy now.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Gonzales Lays the Border Crisis Blame at Democrats’ Feet. “Rep. Tony Gonzales is a GOP congressman from Texas’ 23rd district. His district covers an astonishingly huge space — roughly a third of the U.S.-Mexico border. So if anybody in Congress is aware of what’s going on at our Southern border, it’s Gonzales.”

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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.”

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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.

HEH:

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!

BLINK. DO THEY THINK ZHOU BAI-DEN IS A SENTIENT LIFE FORM?  Israel Warns Biden on Iran.

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

NONSENSE, THEY PUT PETE BUTTIGIEG ON THE PROBLEM: Dems fear supply-chain blame.

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.

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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.

PARSING THE “DANGEROUS, SYRUP-DRENCHED” WAPO FRONT PAGE.

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.”

PANIC!!!!

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.

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