January 21, 2021

JUST WHAT YOU NEED FOR HOME DEFENSE: Review: Tippmann Armory Gatling Gun 9 mm.

LIVE IN FIVE FOR OUR VIPS: Live Chat with Kruiser, Preston, VodkaPundit.

ALSO FOR OUR VIPS: Gird Your Loins, Libertarians. The Biden Admin Is Going to Be Keeping an Eye on You. “Former CIA Director John Brennan let the cat out of the bag during an MSNBC appearance Wednesday, saying that the Biden administration is laser-focused on rooting out ‘insurgency movements’ in the U.S., cracking down on pernicious malefactors like (gasp!) libertarians. No, really.”

I BLAME #ORANGEMANBAD AND ANTI-MASK RED-STATERS: China reports more COVID-19 cases in Beijing, Shanghai.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Another Woman Gave Me An Orgasm At A Strip Club Bachelor Party.

REGULATIONS: New FAA Drone Rules: What Recreational and Commercial Pilots Need to Know.

QUESTIONS: How does SARS-CoV-2 get in your head and destroy your sense of smell?

HEY, JOE, CAESAR CHAVEZ WAS A VIRULENT FOE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Maybe our 46th chief executive should spend more time reading journalists like The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson.

QUESTION ASKED: Can Biden Sec State Continue the ‘Tougher Approach’ on China?

President Joe Biden’s incoming secretary of state, Antony Blinken, agrees former President Donald Trump’s administration got communist China right.

During his Jan. 19 Senate confirmation hearing, Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China. I disagree very much with the way that he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one. And I think that that’s actually helpful to our foreign policy.”

Blinken knows the Chinese Communist Party endangers America and the world.

But can the Biden administration continue “the tougher approach” with Hunter Biden’s China investment scandal lurking in the diplomatic and criminal background?

Read the entire essay.

HEALTH: New trial finds arthritis drug tocilizumab no better than standard care for severe COVID-19.

CHANGE: U.S. sees 5-fold increase in methamphetamine overdose deaths.

DNC-MSM CONTINUING TO ENJOY FOUR YEAR SLUMBER: Hey, Remember When Executive Orders Were Controversial? Not Anymore!

I THINK THE EXPERTS HAVE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD HERE: Collaboration Between Government and Big Tech Giving Rise to Totalitarianism, Experts Warn.

THE NEW CIVIL LIBERTIES ALLIANCE, ON WHOSE BOARD I SERVE, argued before the 5th Circuit in Michelle Cochran v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You can listen to the oral argument here.

NEW PRESIDENT, NEW SENATE, NEW ANTITRUST BALLGAME:

U.S. antitrust enforcement may be due for a shot in the arm as Joe Biden takes office, backed by Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress and led by lawmakers who have vowed to increase funding for competition enforcement and push other reforms.

Even before Democrats retook the Senate with victories in Georgia’s runoff elections on Jan. 5, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota had been confident Congress would get more aggressive on antitrust enforcement.

Regardless of whether she would continue as ranking Democrat on the Senate antitrust subcommittee in a GOP-controlled chamber or ascend to the chair if her party took over, Klobuchar said in November she would push for reforms she has introduced over the years, including bills making it easier to contest mergers.

“This was never a partisan issue,” Klobuchar said at the time, arguing antitrust concerns, especially about increasing market concentration, are not limited to the major technology companies that are currently facing scrutiny.

The head of the House antitrust subcommittee, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said in separate remarks around the same time that he would be working on competition legislation in the coming weeks.

Of the various reforms currently circulating, Cicilline said those with the most bipartisan support include calls for more funding for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as prohibitions against platforms favoring their own products and excluding competitors.

The Trump Administration was more friendly to antitrust than traditional Republican administrations, so this isn’t as big a shift as it might be.

MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE: Megyn Kelly Cheers Formation Of Legal Group Fighting Critical Race Theory. “Today, President Biden doubled-down on critical race theory in the federal government. In response, I am announcing a new coalition of legal foundations and private attorneys that will wage relentless legal warfare against race theory in America’s institutions. The fight is on.”

ROGER SIMON: An Inauguration in the United States of North Korea.

I tried not to break the pledge of my previous columns to avoid the inaugural, but you couldn’t escape some of the images of the event out of the corner of your eye as you went about your day.

And what I caught glimpses of more than anything else was a massive display of guard troops, not quite what you would see marching through Pyongyang to commemorate Dear Leader’s birthday, but enough to make you wonder what kind of state you were in, democratic or autocratic.

The putative excuse was to avoid violence and a repetition of the occurrences of Jan. 6, but a hundred troops or so would have been more than sufficient to have blocked entry to the Capitol that day, had they been so empowered.

For the inauguration we had twenty to twenty-five thousand troops, an army of greater size than Lincoln employed to prevent the invasion of Washington during the Civil War.

All this with no known threats, at least none reported. (The actual “insurrection” at the Capitol was far less than your average weeknight tussle in Portland for the last six months.)

The attendance estimates at the inaugural were around two thousand, less than many high school basketball games.

What was the purpose then of all this saber rattling on a day that was supposed to be a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power in a democratic republic other than an ominous show of force, a reminder to the unruly masses that “stability” had returned and you had better accept it?

The Uniparty was back or, as they would put it in North KoreaJuche!

At least for the moment, Americans can still mock Fearless Leader:

Related: Comments ‘Turned Off’ On Biden White House YouTube Video.

ZHEY AREN’T WASTING ANY TIME: Just like that … The White House website’s contact form now asks for your pronouns.

FINALLY: At last, America has a gaffe-prone president again.

‘Folks, I can tell you, I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately.’ So said then vice-president Joe Biden in 2012. A month earlier, he had assured a crowd in New York that President Barack Obama could, in Teddy Roosevelt’s famous words, ‘speak softly but carry a big stick’ when it came to international relations. ‘I promise you,’ he said. ‘The president has a big stick.’ The crowd started laughing at the double-entendre. Joe wasn’t joking. ‘I promise you,’ he repeated, gravely.

That is just Joe being Joe. The 46th president is someone who quite often has no idea what he is saying. Curiously, everybody seems relieved about that. We’re told Biden’s presidency will mark a ‘return to normalcy’. Really it will mark the triumphant return of the gaffe-prone president.

For decades, Biden’s verbal blundering has been the stuff of legend. His presidential campaign of 1988 died because he plagiarized a Neil Kinnock speech. As a senator, he was called ‘the gaffe machine from Delaware’. Or as the Washington Post once put it: ‘Joe Biden isn’t a gaffe machine. He’s the Lamborghini of gaffes.’

Democratic Party loyalist Robin Williams certainly enjoyed dunking on Biden:

And Biden is so old, so did Johnny Carson during the 1988 campaign season:

WOW: Paralyzed mice walk again after cytokine treatment.

YOU MAY NOT BE INTERESTED IN WAR, BUT WAR IS INTERESTED IN YOU: Deadly suicide attack rocks central Baghdad, first in three years.

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM: Johns Hopkins probes pro-Palestinian TA who tweeted about lowering Jewish students’ grades.

SO WHAT? VIOLENCE DOESN’T MATTER WHEN IT’S NOT BY REPUBLICANS: Oregon’s Democratic Party offices vandalized amid post-inauguration protests.

Police arrested eight people on Wednesday after the Democratic Party headquarters in Portland, Oregon, was vandalized hours after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The building’s doors and windows were smashed, a small dumpster was lit on fire, and graffiti reading “Breonna Taylor deserves justice” and “F— Biden” was sprayed on the outside walls, according to videos filmed at the scene mid-afternoon by reporters for NBC Portland affiliate KGW.

Portland police said some of the group of about 150 people carried weapons “including Molotov cocktails, knives, batons, chemical spray and a crowbar.”

Some members of the crowd met in southeast Portland before heading to the Democratic Party offices dressed in black and carrying banners reading, “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge! For police murders, imperialist wars and fascist massacres,” and “We are ungovernable,” according to a photo published by The Oregonian.

Mostly peaceful.

MICHAEL YON: Washington, D.C. — Now Effectively Under Martial Law.

I am a war correspondent. Many years experience across the world. I am American.

Now, troops are everywhere. D.C. is locked down tighter than Beijing or Hong Kong. I got kicked out of Hong Kong last year, and greatly doubt China will let me back into Mainland, or back to Tibet without arrest.

D.C. and this mayor are like something from 1984. Which I decided to read again during pandemic 2020. Read it.

This is my first post on Rumble. I am targeted elsewhere.

How’s that return to normalcy thing workin’ out for ya?

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Professors donated heavily to Biden. Many now hold key admin posts.

GHOSTS OF MILLIONS OF ABORTED BABIES HAUNT U.S.: Indeed they do. Nathaniel Blake, writing in The Federalist, observes:

“Most people’s consciousnesses are not as seared as those of the zealots of ‘Shout Your Abortion’ and similar campaigns, so, for the majority of abortion supporters, any rhetorical dodge will do if it avoids invoking the violent reality of abortion. They prefer to cover abortion in the moral haze of a necessary evil in an imperfect world, and then not think about it.

“They justify abortion as the distasteful protector of the individual autonomy, personal achievement, material riches, and sexual satisfaction that our culture glorifies. But the effects of abortion are not so easily ignored. It is, of course, obvious how abortion has broken our politics.”

 

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT! Earth to Joe Biden: Canceling Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Gift to China and Russia.

UPDATE: Biden Administration: Yes, We Are Following Through With a Fracking Ban.

ANOTHER UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Walter Russell Mead in 2017:

If Trump were the Manchurian candidate that people keep wanting to believe that he is, here are some of the things he’d be doing:
Limiting fracking as much as he possibly could
Blocking oil and gas pipelines
Opening negotiations for major nuclear arms reductions
Cutting U.S. military spending
Trying to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran.

Well.

WATCH: Joe Biden Violated His Mask Mandate Within Hours of Signing It.

Rules are for the little people.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE:

Shot: Biden’s Cesar Chavez bust in the Oval Office signals a new era for Latinos, activists hope: ‘It shows that he’s authentic.’

—The Washington Post, today.

Chaser:

On March 31, 1927, Cesar Estrada Chavez was born in Yuma, Ariz., to parents who had come north from Mexico as children in the 1890s. He went on to found the United Farm Workers union, and by his death in 1993 had become an icon for Hispanic activist groups and the Left in general.

And his views on border control would be a perfect fit in the Trump administration.

As a child working with his family in the California fields, Cesar quickly learned the reason farmworkers were paid so little and treated so poorly: As his biographer Miriam Pawel writes, “a surplus of labor enabled growers to treat workers as little more that interchangeable parts, cheaper and easier to replace than machines.”

Chavez acolytes today try to explain away his hawkish pro-border views as coming from a different historical context, applicable only to specific strikes and the strike-breakers that farmers tried to import. But this is false.

In fact, even before he started the union and fought against illegal immigration, he was opposed to the bracero program, which legally imported cheap, disposable labor from Mexico at the expense of American citizens (of Mexican and other origins) who had been working in the fields. Pawel quotes Chavez as saying, “It looks almost impossible to start some effective program to get these people their jobs back from the braceros.”

—“Hail Cesar!”, Mark Krikorian, NRO, March 31, 2017.

Hangover: The Jonestown-like madness of Chavez’s final days.

—The Atlantic, July/August 2011.

UPDATE: Joe Biden honors prominent slaveholders as well as America’s most anti-immigrant president in Oval Office redecoration.

DON’T BE EVIL: There’s Still No Sign of Privacy Labels for Most Google iOS Apps.

Google has not updated its major apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome, and YouTube since December 7 or before, and most Google apps have to date have not been updated with the Privacy Label feature.

The Google Translate, Google Authenticator, Motion Stills, Google Play Movies, and Google Classroom apps do include privacy labels even though they have not been updated recently, but Google’s search app, Google Maps, Chrome, Waze, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Home, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Assistant, Google Sheets, Google Calendar, Google Slides, Google One, Google Earth, YouTube Music, Hangouts, Google Tasks, Google Meet, Google Pay, PhotoScan, Google Voice, Google News, Gboard, Google Podcasts, and more do not display the information.

On January 5, Google told TechCrunch that the data would be added to its iOS apps “this week or the next week,” but both this week and the next week have come and gone with no update. It has now been well over a month since Google last updated its apps.

To lightly paraphrase former Google CEO Eric Schmidt: If your data harvesting is something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

DOUBTFUL: Biden put on a show of ‘unity’ — will he stick to it?

Related: To move on, drop the Trump impeachment trial.

By the way, I don’t think you can impeach an ex-President anyway. The only remedies in impeachment are removal from office and disqualification to hold positions of “trust or profit.” The disqualification vote can’t take place until after the removal, and you can’t “remove” someone from an office they don’t hold. (Also, the offices from which disqualification disqualifies people aren’t elective offices, but appointed ones, something on which Josh Blackman and Seth Barrett Tillman have managed to change my mind).

SO NOW THEY’RE OFFERING TO HELP? Amazon offers to help the incoming Biden admin with COVID response.

WE HAD HERD IMMUNITY LONG BEFORE WE HAD VACCINES: We Will Get to Herd Immunity in 2021…One Way or Another. “Long before we reach herd immunity, however, the infection and death rates will fall.”

Plus, from the comments: “It might help if the CDC didn’t take federal holidays. If they take off President’s Day, we’ll know how serious they are. They didn’t bother to update their statistics page between the 16th (as of 6 a.m. on Friday) and Tuesday evening (as of 6 a.m. on Tuesday). Three day weekends don’t say ‘national emergency.'”

REMEMBER, “SPREADING MISINFORMATION” AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES IS BAD AND MUST BE RESTRAINED: Hillary Clinton: I would love to see if Trump ‘was talking to Putin the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol.’

OUT: A FREE SOCIETY IS ONE IN WHICH IT IS SAFE TO BE UNPOPULAR.

IN:

THE UNPERSONING OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT: Twitch’s Trump ban sustained after leaving office.

DUNNO. DOES IT ALSO REPLACE SUN SPOTS AND BRING TECTONIC PLATE MOVEMENT TO A HALT? Engineers have built machines to scrub CO₂ from the air. But will it halt climate change?

HOUSE DEM FRESHMAN WANTS TO ABOLISH ‘AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM:’ Looks like Critical Race Theory has another proponent in the Democratic House of Representatives. We just don’t understand how evil we are until we listen to our betters like Rep. Jamaal Bowman. But The Lid’s Jeff Dunetz is not impressed.

TRANSGENDER DÉJÀ VU: I am waiting to see if (or rather when) the Biden Administration re-issues the Obama Era transgender Title IX bathroom guidance. My amicus brief in the Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. case still demonstrates why that guidance misstated the law and why, under the actual law, school districts have the discretion in this area. Bostock v. Clayton Co. (2020) does not conflict with my analysis. Its hyper-textual analysis arguably bolsters it.

#JOURNALISM: NY Paper Retracts Piece Mocking ‘Childless’ Elise Stefanik.

WELL, YES: Von der Leyen: big tech firms need to be reined in despite Trump’s exit.

The end of Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House was celebrated by the EU’s Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday, as she warned that the former US president’s rise highlighted the need to confront the internet giants who helped him spread “conspiracy theories and fake news”.

The European commission president spoke of her relief at Trump’s departure, but warned that the outgoing leader’s movement still existed, and that the digital platforms used to spread hate needed to be tackled.

Please note Von der Leyen’s tacit admission that she thought it was Big Tech’s job to determine the US election.

RULING CLASS: Michael Lind: The New National American Elite: America is now ruled by a single elite class rather than by local patrician smart sets competing with each other for money and power. “The rising ruling class in America is found in every major city in every region. Membership in it depends on having the right diplomas—and the right beliefs.”

Plus: “More and more Americans are figuring out that ‘wokeness’ functions in the new, centralized American elite as a device to exclude working-class Americans of all races, along with backward remnants of the old regional elites. In effect, the new national oligarchy changes the codes and the passwords every six months or so, and notifies its members through the universities and the prestige media and Twitter.”

Related: ‘Luxury beliefs’ are the latest status symbol for rich Americans.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Everyone But Kamala Harris Is Hoping Biden Stays Healthy. “The Democrats, however, are the ‘be careful what you wish for’ party. Whenever the Democrat who sane people like us think we want gone finally is, there is a ninety-nine percent chance that his or her replacement will be even worse. Seriously, those people have a never ending supply of awful gushing forth from wherever they’re spawned.”

IS SEX BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS A PRIVATE ACT: Of course it is. But as the Colson Center’s Brook McIntire explains, it’s all but impossible to avoid the reality that there can be public consequences for all of us.

UNLOCKING ACHIEVEMENT: HERD IMMUNITY. Covid-19 Vaccines May Cut Transmission as Well as Symptoms.

Once again, the Covid-19 health message is getting muddled. Even as officials and scientists urge the public to get vaccinated, they warn that after vaccination, we’ll still have to go on isolating and wearing masks.

It’s a mistake to oversimplify this way. We should be talking about using the vaccines to end the pandemic — not filling people with dread that they will be stuck with isolation and masks forever. The evidence is compelling that a strong, rapid vaccination campaign could render SARS-CoV-2 less of a threat than seasonal flu through building herd immunity.

Without herd immunity as a shared goal, some might skip the vaccine, influenced by scare stories about side effects and rare allergic reactions, especially if they are young and face only a small chance of dying from the virus.

Expect to see a lot more positive messaging from the press now that Orange Man Bad is out.

FROM AMIE GIBBONS:  Scorpions of the Air (The Elemental Demons Urban Fantasies Book 2).

There are more things in Hell and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy

Not even magic can trump terror…

Sarah Blakely fought off demonic possession last month, discovering she has powers she can use against the demonic forces of evil.

She’s ready to celebrate her birthday with a bang. But when a deadly variation of meningitis strikes Chattanooga schools without warning, the party isn’t the only thing shut down.

Children are dying, the doctors have no cure, people are panicking, and Sarah doesn’t believe anything about the sickness and fear drowning the city is natural.

With the entire city against them, and questions piling up, can Sarah and her friends stop the invisible specter haunting the city before it gets what it came for?

*And yes, although indies cannot for now circumvent Amazon, I’m working on something that will let you buy “pre-release” copies.  Give me a few months. And I plan to bring Amie along! (As well as other liberty-minded indies) – SAH*

A LAW SCHOOL DISGRACES ITSELF: Is This Law Professor Really A Homicidal Threat? “You would expect, given the sanctions that the University of Illinois at Chicago’s John Marshall Law School piled onto Professor Jason Kilborn, that he had done something horribly disgraceful. Disgrace there is in abundance, but it belongs to the school’s administration. Indeed, in this story, Kilborn is the only one who looks good.”

John Marshall Dean Darby Dickerson has an alleged history of bigotry where dealing with faculty and staff is concerned.

CHINA’S NORTHEAST BEING RAVAGED BY COVID: If you think our lockdowns are draconian …

I’VE GATHERED AROUND ME UPPITY LIBERTY-MINDED WOMEN: Not Today! – A Guest Post by Amie Gibbons.

And men too. And I’m very proud of that.

NOT AS MUCH AS A SOCIALIST USA WILL:  Study: Global Warming will Impact Children’s Nutrition.

Socialism/Communism/Collectivism: Bad for children and other living things.

TYRANTS ALWAYS WANT UNITY:  Biden and Harris: The Great Uniters?

Free societies are havens of dissent and disagreement.

THE LEFT PLAYS THEIR EMPTY SHOWS FOR NO ONE:  Jill Biden Is Media’s New Fashion Queen.

NO ONE’S PRESIDENT:  Inauguration of FICUS Biden – Citizens Not Invited.

And it wasn’t an Inauguration. It was a perjuring.

THE LEFT’S SPECIALTY:  Projection.

One of my fans called it “Like a drive-through IMAX”.

IT’S NOT PARANOIA:  The Dangerous Boomerang of Political Paranoia.

The dolts really are out to get us.

IT’S BIZARRE ACTUALLY:  An empty Biden inauguration for a false victory.

For us, children of the Cold War, it’s like watching the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, juxtaposed, like someone took a double exposure.
Nothing is what it seems.

DIVERSIFY, DIVERSIFY, DIVERSIFY:  New daily record for search engine DuckDuckGo.

And don’t give money to people who want to kill you or enslave you.

BUT IT WON’T LAST:  The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming.

Look, guys, these are not the nineties, when Clinton could make laying siege to an apocalyptic cult into an excuse for demonizing “militias.”

In many ways everything the left is doing are the deranged death throes of a dying cult. It doesn’t mean they can’t kill lots of us and destroy our economy. I fully expect them to do that.
However, and this is very important, we’re not watching the birth of a socialist republic that will last a thousand years. Please! The Fascists managed 10 years and were already falling apart before that. Arguably the war gave them cohesion.  The communists only lasted because we — through fear, confusion, misguided humanitarian urges, and yes, traitors within — fed them during the seventy year reign of the USSR.
There is no one to feed us after these idiots make a mess of everything (and they are. Double time. Look, Obama is a genius for their side. They are all college freshman potheads, inside) and no one to support them in any way. China doesn’t do that. China itself needs to feed off healthy countries. This move in supporting these idiots is proof that Xi is a moron. His regime’s days are now numbered.

Yes, it’s going to suck. But in the end we win, they lose.

HARDEN NOW:  Quick Word on Disconnection.

Diversification, expansion, anti-fragility. The next few years are going to suck. They’ll suck worse if we’re stupid.

OH, PLEASE! TWO SHOULD PLAY THAT GAME:  Left Calls for ‘Army of Citizen Detectives’ to Monitor & Report Trump Supporters.

I call for an army of patriots to expose, mock and annoy the leftist stasi. It’s only fair.  I mean if they’re going to LARP that we’re dangerous, let’s tie their tails in knots, shall we?

January 20, 2021

UNITY WATCH: As Trump Leaves Office the Left Shows Us They’re Miserable, Even in Victory.

IF YOUR SWEARING IN TAKES PLACE BEHIND 12-FOOT RAZOR WIRE, AND 25,000 TROOPS YOU DON’T FULLY TRUST, IT’S NOT NORMAL. THIS JUST MAKES IT WORSE: Acting DHS Deputy Secretary: Pelosi Wanted ‘Crew-Manned Machine Guns in Washington – That Was Rejected.’

SOME NICE ART FROM STACY TABB. I like her TANSTAAFL.

UPDATE: For those who don’t like Instagram, here’s a direct link to her site.

HEATHER MAC DONALD: Words of Division. Cloaked in an appeal to unity, President Biden’s inaugural speech hit all the expected themes of racial resentment and blame.

PROFESSOR KINGSFIELD WOULDN’T CARE WHAT THEY THINK, AND NEITHER SHOULD ANYONE ELSE: Harvard Law Students Petition Administration To Denounce Professor Adrian Vermeule’s ‘Highly Offensive Online Rhetoric.’

Students are “offended?” So what?

‘WE MUST END THIS UNCIVIL WAR,’ BIDEN SAYS, TAKING OVER A U.S. IN CRISIS:

Standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol two weeks after a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building, Biden called for a return to civic decency in an inaugural address marking the end of Trump’s tempestuous four-year term.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America, requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity,” Biden, a Democrat, said after taking the oath of office.

“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this – if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.”

That’s nice. But in war, the other side gets a vote:

Besides, as Dana Loesch writes: Biden Should Say “Civility,” Not “Unity.”

UPDATE: Unity!

(Updated and bumped.)

OPEN THREAD: The first Open Thread of the Biden Era.

ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe could make a 2nd stop at infamous asteroid Apophis.

FROM A FRIEND: “Advice to the despairing: sit back and enjoy the show, it’ll be absurd before it becomes entirely ridiculous.”

TEN SIGNS THAT you are the side chick. These may apply in politics, too . . .

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “Kamala Harris. Love her or hate her, she put a lot of black men in jail for bullshit reasons.”

SPACE: SpaceX launches first Starlink satellite mission of 2021.

HOUSE GOPERS SAY ‘STOP TRASHING COVID VACCINES:’ Republicans Ted Budd of North Carolina and Mike Garcia of California want the CDC to tell New York, Washington and other states to get the red tape out of the vaccination process.

AMAZON POLITICIZES VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: Amazon Offers To Help Biden Administration With Vaccine Effort After Sitting On The Sidelines For A Month.

Amazon offered to help the Biden administration on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, with efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, a proposal that the tech giant had not submitted to the Trump administration in the month since the vaccine was approved for public use.

“As you begin your work leading the country out of COVID-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of world-wide operations, wrote in a letter to Biden, according to Axios.

“We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts. Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort,” said Clark.

Clark also requested that Amazon’s 800,000 employees — who he characterized as “essential workers” — should be prioritized for vaccination.

Between delaying vaccine distribution for political reasons and nuking Parler, Amazon has had quite a January.

WELL, GOOD. Court Blocks Biden HHS From Forcing Catholic Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery.

I wouldn’t want to go under the knife of any surgeon happy to take orders from bureaucrats.

DAVID BERNSTEIN: The Need for Ideological Diversity in American Cultural Institutions: As the left increasingly dominates, the right is increasingly distrustful, and that’s not healthy.

He’s right, but it’s hard to imagine too many people listening. At least, among the people who run those institutions.

THE LUNAR LEGAL LANDSCAPE.

WOW: You Can Now Lease a V-8 Chevy Camaro for Under $300 a Month.

THAT WAS FAST:  Minutes after Biden took office, the Report of President Trump’s 1776 Commission (on which my colleague Peter Kirsanow served) was taken off the White House website.  I am told a Biden Executive Order has abolished the 1776 Commission already.

This afternoon I got an email from Pete.  As he put it,  this “tells you everything about the Left’s priorities–can’t have the truth about America out there for even a minute” and “I’m sure the Fahrenheit 451 crowd is tracking down every copy they can.”

FLASHBACK: Revisiting the Future with the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car.

A friend of mine who’s a turbine engineer worked for Garrett on a turbine-powered semi. It pulled like crazy, even on steep grades, but fuel consumption was . . . prohibitive.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Biden Sees Own Shadow, Predicting Just Six Weeks Of Being President.

HOW NICE OF THEM: Now the Washington Post Admits Trump Did Not Incite the Capitol Riot.

BECAUSE NOBODY TRUSTS TECH, OR PUBLIC HEALTH, ANYMORE: Why Aren’t COVID Tracing Apps More Widely Used? Along with technical issues, a new study suggests that trust and transparency are barriers for broader acceptance of the apps.

Many things are possible in a high-trust society that are impossible in a low-trust one.

THIS COULD BE FUN: Introducing Wokeyleaks. “A regular column by an anonymous whistleblower operating deep within heart of the Social Justice Movement that is the entertainment industry. To protect their identity, they will go under the code-name ‘They/Them’. Wokeyleaks will also function as a confidential news leak organization for any other sources who wish to divulge classified information (and hilarious anecdotes) about woke culture without fear of getting canceled.”

TRIUMPHS OF KNOWLEDGE: Scientists Have Described a Dinosaur’s Butthole in Exquisite Detail.

LOVELY: Trump Follows Tradition, Leaves A Note For Biden In Oval Office.

AT THIS LATE DATE, WHAT’S THE JUSTIFICATION? Biden will not ease U.S. travel ban for Europe, Brazil travelers, official says. Except for a few islands that have managed to stay Covid-free, it’s everywhere. What difference can international travel make, really?

NICE: Second B-21 Under Construction as Bomber Moves Toward First Flight.

NONSHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF PUBLIC HEALTH: Study: As more legal pot stores open, more young adults start using.

JOSH BLACKMAN & SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Is the President an “officer of the United States” for purposes of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment?

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Why Hasn’t Cancel Culture Come for Alec Baldwin? “The far-left star can do, or say, almost anything and Hollywood keeps calling.”

LET THE SUN SHINE IN: Shining Sunlight On Shannon Watts’ Campaign Contributions. “What’s going on here? Why is there a donation to a federal candidate using an old address in which she also donated using her current listed address in the same election cycle? Why was the old address used right in the middle of two ‘correct’ donations?”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Biden Takes Oath of Office, We Take Shots.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What are you doing today instead of watching the fauxnauguration?

Answer: We’re day-drinking and hoping you’ll join us.

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

  • Fox News does what it should have done on November 4: Fire Chris Stirewalt
  • Biden Center at center of questions about Communist Chinese influence peddling
  • Trump’s final middle finger salute

Bonus Sanity: Colorado tries to break the law of supply and demand, fails.

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

PLUS: Joe Biden Becomes President. “At noon, Joe Biden took the Oath of Office and became the 46th president of the United States.”

Welcome to the resistance.

BIDEN SWORN IN AS 46th President.

LOTS OF PEOPLE SIGN CLIMATE ACCORDS. THE U.S. IS ALMOST ALONE IN HAVING ACTUALLY LOWERED ITS CARBON EMISSIONS. Surprise! Chinese Coal Output has Risen to 2015 Levels, Undermining Climate Pledges.

But between making climate pledges and actually lowering carbon emissions, guess which one gets more praise?

HE HAD WON THE VICTORY OVER HIMSELF. HE LOVED BIG BROTHER: This unbelievably Orwellian 30-second CNN clip shows exactly what we can expect from the corporate media for the next 4 years.

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