November 28, 2021

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

SPACE: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Completes a Record-Setting Swing by the Sun.

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.

CYBER MONDAY DEAL: Weider Gym. #CommissionEarned

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 virus 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, Medium.com

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.

UPDATE:

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.

Earlier:

● 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:

NOW OUT: Rush on the Radio: A Tribute from His Sidekick for 30 Years. #CommissionEarned

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.

HIGHER EDUCATION IMPLOSION UPDATE:  Why Academia Is Doomed.

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.

SURE. MAKE PEOPLE DIE OF CANCER TO AVOID A BAD FLU:  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Halts Elective Surgery In Response to Omicron Covid Variant.

For the record, in this sense “elective” means you won’t die in a day without it.

YOU KNOW, EVERY TIME WE HAVE DEMOCRATS IN POWER UFOS BECOME A BIG THING:  Pentagon Creates Office to Examine Unexplained Aerial Sightings.

Is it because we’re all hoping for a ride out of here, or because these people are delivered by UFOs?

CAN YOU HEAR ME ROLLING MY EYES?  Goodwill Embraces Critical Race Theory, Hires “Director of Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion”.

Yeah. This will be good for the brand. NOT.

November 27, 2021

OPEN THREAD: Are you there, Mr. Hoodoo?

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Astronaut Wang Yaping snaps Earth photos and more from Chinese space station.

BEER. IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? TYSON FURY ADMITS HE ‘HAD TWO PINTS’ OF BEER BEFORE DEONTAY WILDER FIGHT. “It teaches you to relax and enjoy the fight. That’s what it’s all about.”

THE BEATLES ‘GET BACK’ IN PETER JACKSON’S NEW THREE-PART DOCUMENTARY: And I take a deep, deep dive into the new Disney+ miniseries over at Ed Driscoll.com.

(Bumped.)

THE ORC INVASION: Contra Costa District Attorney Announces Arrest and Charges Against the Defendants in Organized Retail Theft Operation.

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office announces Felony charges have been filed related to the retail thefts at Nordstrom, Walnut Creek on November 20, 2021, when approximately 90 individuals stormed the Nordstrom Department Store in Walnut Creek simultaneously using three separate entrances.

Three people have been arrested by the Walnut Creek Police Department:

Dana Dawson, 30; Joshua Underwood 32 and Rodney Robinson 19.

“The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office is committed to working with the Walnut Creek Police Department and our retail community to hold those involved in retail theft accountable. We are committed to stopping those who participate in organized retail theft, which has adverse and costly impacts on business owners and consumers as well” stated District Attorney Diana Becton.

The copy of the complaint and charges are attached. The defendants will be arraigned on the Felony charges on November 29, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m. in Department 25 of the Contra Costa Superior Court.

Here’s a link to the complaint docket:

On or about November 20, 2021, in the County of Contra Costa, State of California, the crime of Conspiracy
To Commit A Crime in violation of PC182(a)(1 ), a Felony, was committed in that DANA NIKA DAWSON
AND JOSHUA NOEL WILLIAM UNDERWOOD AND RODNEY BARONE ROBINSON did unlawfully
conspire together and with another person and persons whose identity is unknown to commit the crime of
Robbery, Burglary and Organized Retail Theft, in violation of Section 211, 459/460(b), 490.4 of the Penal
Code, a felony; that pursuant to and for the purpose of carrying out the objectives and purposes of the
aforesaid conspiracy, the said defendants, DANA NIKA DAWSON AND JOSHUA NOEL WILLIAM
UNDERWOOD AND RODNEY BARONE ROBINSONs committed the following overt act and acts at and in
the County of Contra Costa:
1. Approximately 90 individuals stormed the Nordstrom Department Store in Walnut Creek simultaneously
using three separate entrances.
2. Most of individuals arrived at the Nordstrom in cars that were missing license plates, were cold plated or
had temporary registration tags. Approximately 25 cars were strategically parked in front of Nordstrom
preventing emergency crews from accessing the location.
3. Several of the individuals storming Nordstrom were armed with weapons including crowbars and
hammers.
4. Nordstrom employee Flamm was pepper sprayed by a member of the group.
5. Nordstrom employee Acasio was kicked and punched in the face by a member of the group.
6. Nordstrom employee Rydman was assaulted with a knife by a member of the group.
7. Nordstrom employee Juarez-Ruis was struck in the head by a member of the group.
8. The group stole over $100,000.00 worth of merchandise from the store in approximately one minute.

ENHANCEMENT1
PC12022.53(b): Special Allegation-Personal Use Of A Firearm
It is further alleged as to Count 1 that said defendant, DANA NIKA DAWSON personally used a firearm, a
Glock 29 9mm handgun, within the meaning of Penal Code Section 12022.53(b) also causing the above
offense to become a serious felony pursuant to Penal Code section 1192.7(c)(8) and a violent felony within
the meaning of Penal Code section 667.5(c)(8).

ENHANCEMENT 2
PC12022.5(a): Special Allegation-Use Of Firearm
It is further alleged as to Count 1 that in the commission and attempted commission of the above offense,
the said defendant, DANA NIKA DAWSON, personally used a firearm(s), to wit: Glock 26 9mm handgun,
within the meaning of Penal Code sections 1203.06(a)(1) and 12022.S(a) also causing the above offense to
become a serious felony pursuant to Penal Code section 1192. 7( c)(8) and a violent felony within the
meaning of Penal Code section 667.S(c)(B).

Or as America’s Newspaper of Record reports: San Francisco Stores Hold 100% Off Black Friday Sale.

In other news from California’s ORC invasion: Security guard killed while protecting news crew covering a flash mob robbery in Oakland.

(Classical reference in headline.)

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT! WHO skipped two Greek alphabet letters in naming coronavirus variant.

CLAIM: The World Health Organization skipped two letters of the Greek alphabet, nu and xi, when naming omicron, a newly identified variant of the coronavirus.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: True. The agency said it did so to stop people confusing nu with “new” and to avoid “causing offense” because Xi is a common last name.

Uh-huh. Flashback: Nobody believes China –Except the World Health Organization and the US media.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Asking OPEC to drill more is ‘lunacy’ after being energy independent.

A year ago we had OPEC on the ropes.

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

MAYBE BECAUSE THEY ARE? “Compared with cars, e-scooters are a lower-carbon, quieter and cheaper means of transport that can make a positive impact on urban mobility and the environment. However, despite their promising potential, the majority of the urban population perceives them either as toys or a public safety hazard.”

SCIENCE: Hot Girls Don’t Feel The Cold.

CYBER MONDAY DEAL: TRAVANDO Mens Slim Wallet with Money Clip AUSTIN RFID Blocking Bifold Credit Card Holder for Men with Gift Box. #CommissionEarned

GIVE THANKS: ‘Attitude of gratitude’ could help to de-stress during holiday season.

AL GORE HARDEST HIT: Arctic Sea Freezes Early, Trapping 18 Ships in Ice Near Russia.

TO BE FAIR, FEW ARE FOLLOWING CNN EVEN ON THEIR BEST DAYS: CNN Reports Study Questioning Climate Change Models On Thanksgiving Day When Few Are Following News.

IS IT TOO FAR SOUTH FOR STARLINK? An undersea cable could bring speedy internet to Antarctica.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Whose Land Did Native Americans Steal Before Europeans Stole It From Them?

MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE: How we uncancelled Jordan Peterson.

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: New Deviant Edition.

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: New Apple AirPods Pro. #CommissionEarned

THE VACCINES ARE UNDERPERFORMING: Study: COVID-19 protection wanes after two doses of Pfizer vaccine.

‘KAMIKAZE DEMOCRATS’ HAVE ARRIVED:

This handy little description was coined by The Wall Street Journal editorial board Tuesday to describe Democratic lawmakers who must now face the daunting reality of the multitrillion dollar tax, climate and entitlement spending bill, which passed in the U.S. House five days ago.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi marched her majority off a cliff in 2010 with votes on ObamaCare, and now she has done it again,” said the detailed editorial.

“The 81-year-old Mrs. Pelosi is almost certainly retiring after this Congress, and this vote is a legacy project for her. But her younger members will have much to explain in 2022 as they defend this gargantuan, destructive and unnecessary bill,” the editorial advised, citing expensive particulars of the legislation which will raise taxes, raise energy prices and empower illegal immigrants, among other things.

“Democrats say their specific programs are popular — who doesn’t love free child care? But voters understand that nothing is free from the government, and polls are starting to show that voters think they will end up paying for it. They are right. There are only so many rich people to soak, and Democrats are cutting taxes for most of them,” the Journal continued.

“Americans have also begun to link the flood of government spending to inflation, which is acting like another tax. With this bill, passed in the wake of their nationwide election drubbing this month, Democrats are underscoring that they are the inflation party,” the editorial said.

“Mrs. Pelosi promised Democrats she wouldn’t make them vote on a bill before the Senate agreed to it, but as in 2010 she’s done that again. They’ll now have to defend provisions that couldn’t pass a Democratic Senate. No wonder Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor for eight hours. He knows the Democrats were voting to make him Speaker,” the Journal concluded.

As Mark Steyn once wrote, “When the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dumped some of his closest cabinet colleagues to extricate himself from a political crisis, the Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe responded: ‘Greater love hath no man than to lay down his friends for his life.’”

THIS IS MORE LIKE THE 21st CENTURY I WAS PROMISED: Flying Motorcycles, Better E-Bikes and More Personal Transportation to Come.

The Speeder is a futuristic-looking flying motorcycle created by Ventura, Calif.-based Jetpack Aviation. Though some elements are still in development, the vertical take-off-and-landing aircraft will have jet turbine engines that provide vertical thrust. Once in the air, the engines would tilt backward and the aircraft would fly on small wings powered by net-zero-carbon fuel. Two recreational models, priced starting at $385,000 each, are available for preorder. One reaches speeds of over 150 mph, and flies for nearly an hour at more than 15,000 feet; an ultralight version that doesn’t require a pilot’s license to operate is limited to 60 mph by federal regulations and flies for 15 minutes. The company hopes to make them available in 2023. A faster, heavy-duty model intended for military and rescue missions is also in development. Within 10 years, the recreational Speeder could be automated and used for public transportation in cities, with rooftops repurposed for parking, says CEO David Mayman.

The illustration atop the article displays a key breakthrough in the advance of flying motorcycles — the propeller blades are hidden within the jet turbine engines. Otherwise, what could possibly go wrong?

I DON’T EXPECT SHE’LL NAME NAMES. SHE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN, WHO DIDN’T KILL HIMSELF: Victims and Prosecutors See Ghislaine Maxwell as ‘Center’ of Epstein’s Scheme Ahead of Trial.

NPR MORPHED INTO THE BABYLON BEE SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED: Canada taps into strategic reserves to deal with massive shortage … of maple syrup.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: OPEC considers lowering production to account for oil reserve releases. A year ago we had OPEC on the ropes.

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

#AMAZONSHITCARSHOW: The Grand Tour Presents: Carnage A Trois.

 

SUCKING IN THE SEVENTIES: Hate Skinny Jeans? You’re in Luck: Flared Jeans Are Making a Comeback.

How many dreadful 1970s trends did this photo-up unleash?

NOW OUT: The Nixon Conspiracy: Watergate and the Plot to Remove the President. #CommissionEarned

HERE WE GO AGAIN: NY Gov. Kathy Hochul orders halt on elective surgery amid COVID spike, Omicron.

MILTON FRIEDMAN SHAKES HIS HEAD AND SAYS “I WARNED YOU, YOU SON OF A BITCH:” U.S. inflation is one of the highest in the world.

I BLAME THE HOARDERS AND WRECKERS: NYT wonders: Say, why aren’t deep-blue states progressive Utopias?

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CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM IS RIFE: ‘Academic fiasco’: Duke student leaders vetoed pro-Israel student organization.

GAD SAAD INTERVIEWS: Dr. Pat Kambhampati, Anti-Woke Chemistry Professor.

THIS TIME IT’S DIFFERENT! Why the boom in US home sales is not a bubble. “Economists argue This time is different. Tight supply and rising demand—not lax lending standards—are driving the current boom. So while the housing market in 2006 was a bubble waiting to pop, this one appears to reflect the entry of a new generation of buyers into the market, and the plausibly long-lived disruptions of a global pandemic.”

If it’s not a bubble, it’s because it’s inflation.

THE LEGAL PROFESSION: NOT DEAD YET. Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season With Payouts Up To $115,000.

DAVID FRUM IS STILL TRYING TO CLAIM THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION HOAX WASN’T A HOAX: Seth Barrett Tillman responds.

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MARCUS ARBERY ALMOST PUT AL SHARPTON OUT OF BUSINESS: “‘All lives matter, not just blacks,’ Arbery told the media Wednesday after the verdict. ‘We don’t wanna see nobody go through this. I don’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get shot down like that. So it’s all our problem. It’s all our problem. So hey, let’s keep fighting, let’s keep doing it, and making this place a better place for all human beings, all human beings. Everybody. Love everybody. All human beings need to be treated equally.’…If you take another look behind Arbery and his inspiring words, it looks like there’s another tableau going on. You can see after a couple of perfunctory ‘Amens’ from Ben Crump, there appears to be consternation from Crump as his hand goes to his face. Then, the person right behind Arbery says something to Crump, after which you can see Crump putting his hand on Arbery as though to draw his remarks to a close. You can see Crump exchange a look with Sharpton who appears to be about to step in and the video ends. It sure looked like they wanted to bring what Arbery was saying to a close, that he was going outside of the narrative. What would happen if everyone actually believed that ‘all lives matter?’ That would put the folks pitching division out of business.”

THE TIKTOK KIDS ARE NOTICING FAUCI’S TRACK RECORD:

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BUILD BACK POORER: Pa. electricity prices will be rising by as much as 50% next week.

RED-LINING THE IRONY METER: German clinics are now requiring the Covid vaccine in order to get euthanized.

UPDATE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARIES ACCORDINGLY: American Medical Association Wokes Up, Cancels Terms Such as ‘Morbidly Obese’ and ‘Inmates.’

For those of you who are morbidly obese, I have huge news: You’re not.

So says the American Medical Association.

Over the past few years, institutions have given syllables a shellacking.

Societal betters have overhauled language for the sake of us all.

I question the timing: We Need to Stop Overlooking One Politically Incorrect COVID-19 Death Factor:

The United States has the 13th highest COVID-19 death rate relative to population. Many different factors shaped death rates in the pandemic. But there’s one uncomfortable reason that the U.S. likely experienced more COVID-19 deaths that has largely been ignored because it’s politically incorrect.

Out-of-control obesity rates and the “body positivity” movement predating the pandemic have left the U.S. population disproportionately vulnerable to COVID-19 compared to other countries. The U.S. ranks No. 12 in obesity worldwide, one of the highest rates among developed countries. One study found that 90% of worldwide COVID-19 deaths occurred in countries with high obesity rates.

Bill Maher concurs:

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Biden Announces Travel Ban That Blows up His Own Prior Words and Those of Fauci.

Also from Biden (or his ghost tweeter) in early 2020:

That tweet links to an article at Medium in which Biden (or his ghostwriter) hyperventilates:

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.

And Joe and handlers wonder why they’re encountering so much skepticism and resistance in 2021.

MY FRIEND MARTIN SHOEMAKER DECLARED TODAY SHARING DAY: He said if we put one of our books on our facebook pages, he’d share it, to ensure all the people he loves had a happy holiday.  Well I never got around to putting one of mine up, because we’re getting some things finished and… well… But I think turnabout is fairplay. Martin is an even better writer than he’s a friend, and trust me, he’s an excellent friend.

FROM MARTIN SHOEMAKER:  The Last Dance.

At the heart of a mystery unfolding in space, the opposing forces make a treacherous journey between Earth and Mars.

In space, mutiny means death—that’s why Inspector General Park Yerim is taking her investigation so seriously. The alleged mutineer is Captain Nicolau Aames, whose command of the massive Earth-Mars vessel Aldrin has come under fire. The vast System Initiative says he disobeyed orders, but his crew swears he’s in the right.

En route to Mars, Park gathers testimony from the Aldrin’s diverse crew, painting a complex picture of Aames’s character: his heroism, his failures, even his personal passions. As the investigation unfolds, Park finds herself in the thrall of powerful interests, each pushing and pulling her in a fiery cosmic dance.

Corruption, conflicting loyalties, and clashing accounts make it nearly impossible to see the truth in fifty million miles of darkness, and Park faces danger from every direction. All eyes are on her: one way or another, her findings will have astronomical implications for the Aldrin and the future of space travel.

DON SURBER: NYT fears Democrats will again pay for Obama. “10 months before Obama left office, NPR ran a report on how much damage he did to his own party. . . . But as this month’s elections in New Jersey and Virginia show, Democrats likely will slide even further as the party pays for his historically bad presidency. His smash-mouth style angered his opponents while his failed policies disappointed his supporters. The New York Times has good news for us, bad news for them. Obama’s failures kept Republicans in charge of redistricting in key states, and that bodes well for Republicans over the next decade.”

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