January 20, 2022

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Biden acts much more like Putin’s puppet than Trump ever did.

UPDATE: From the open thread:

OPEN THREAD: Whenever I’m down, I call on you, my friend.

KURT SCHLICHTER: Youngkin Brings the Pain and Shows Republicans How to Win.

Dumb people think the secret of Trump was mean tweets. No, those were just an amusing fringe benefit. Trump’s gift to the party was to demonstrate how Republicans can win going forward. And it’s not with some warmed-over perversion of Reaganism that the consultant class pushes. It’s easy. Focus on the concerns of the voters, not the donors or the elite, and then keep your promises. Simple, but effective. That’s the recipe for GOP success in the post-Trump era.

And Youngkin did it. A Republican moderate is not supposed to attack the institutional racism of CRT in the schools even though the people are screaming about it. That kind of cultural issue is icky, and people at the country club will turn up their noses at you. Talk about tax cuts, about liking the cops, and about building a bridge across the aisle to a better tomorrow.

But Youngkin was having none of that. He smelled blood and went for the jugular. He listened to the people, instead of trying to tell them what they wanted.

And so far, he looks like he’s having fun doing it as well: Glenn Youngkin Masterfully Trolls Woke Establishment With Diversity Hire. “The governor has renamed the state’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer the Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion Officer. Further, he appointed a conservative to the spot and also listed one of the job requirements as being an ‘ambassador for unborn children.’ Democrats are not used to being fought on their own ground. By and large, the left has come to expect that while they may be opposed, the guardrails they’ve set up will be respected. That’s why a change like this makes them so upset, and to be sure, the wailing in response has been deafening. You aren’t supposed to actually retake territory when you fight the left. You are, instead, supposed to kowtow to their institutions and work around the edges. That’s what they’ve come to expect from Republicans like Larry Hogan. Youngkin continues to impress, though. Instead of playing by the left’s rules, he’s decapitating their sacred cows. The inclusion of unborn babies in the mission of the state’s Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion office is master trolling, but it’s also an incredible moral imperative.”

UPDATE: Loudoun County schools’ chief of staff axed over sex-attack scandal: reports.

(Via Small Dead Animals.)

 

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Jordan Peterson resigns from his tenured position at University of Toronto.

We are now at the point where race, ethnicity, “gender,” or sexual preference is first, accepted as the fundamental characteristic defining each person (just as the radical leftists were hoping) and second, is now treated as the most important qualification for study, research and employment…

And it’s not just the universities. And the professional colleges. And Hollywood. And the corporate world. Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity — that radical leftist Trinity — is destroying us. Wondering about the divisiveness that is currently besetting us? Look no farther than DIE. Wondering — more specifically — about the attractiveness of Trump? Look no farther than DIE. When does the left go too far? When they worship at the altar of DIE, and insist that the rest of us, who mostly want to be left alone, do so as well. Enough already. Enough. Enough.

Read the whole thing.

SPACE: SpaceX passes 2,000 Starlink satellites launched.

WELCOME BACK, CARTER! Is Stagflation Returning in 2022?

During the late 1970s, American families experienced stagflation—a combination of economic stagnation and significantly higher inflation. By the summer of 1980, unemployment hit 7.8% and the economy was actually shrinking. On the year, inflation spiked 12.3%.

Some fear that today’s slowing economic growth (2.3% annualized last quarter) and the steepest price hikes in 40 years portend a return to stagflation.

Real weekly earnings have plummeted more than 6% since the middle of last year, and the cost of living eclipsed wage increases. Dramatic price hikes in housing, rent, vehicles, gasoline, and some food staples have fueled the feeling that something in our economy is amiss.

Government mandates, regulations, spending, and borrowing are largely to blame for this painful increase in the cost of living. These governmental actions suppressed the supply of goods and services while spurring demand.

Read the whole thing.

Related: Understanding Inflation, the ‘Mugger.’

NBA STAR ENES KANTER FREEDOM ACCEPTS YAO MING’S INVITATION TO VISIT COMMUNIST CHINA—WITH CLEVER CONDITIONS:

Lastly, Freedom speaks directly to Ming. “Listen, Yao Ming, you or your Communist Party cannot buy me. I do not need a luxury tour of China,” he says. “I want the world to see the real side of China under [the] cultish Chinese Communist Party’s brutal rule, [with] slave labor camps and millions living in fear because of inescapable government surveillance.” Freedom concludes the video, saying he will certainly buy his own ticket to China if Ming will agree to show him the real China of the Uyghurs, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Shuai.

Kudos to Enes Kanter Freedom for such a clear and clever response. It’s refreshing to see a high-profile celebrity refuse to bow to financial or social pressures and instead do and say what is right. It’s a good bet Yao Ming and the Communists wish Freedom would quietly go away. As of publication time, Ming and the Chinese government have yet to respond.

To invert the Godfather, Kanter-Freedom is making him an offer he can’t accept.

TEXAS SYNAGOGUE TERRORIST RANTED ABOUT “F***ING JEWS” IN LAST CALL TO FAMILY MADE DURING SIEGE:

The disturbing 11-and-a-half minute audio recording, obtained from a security source, reveals a conversation between Akram and his brother, Gulbar, 43, who was speaking from a police station in Blackburn in an attempt to persuade him to surrender.

In a semi-coherent ramble about American conflicts overseas, the terrorist said: “Why do these f***ing motherf***ers come to our countries, rape our women and f*** our kids? I’m setting a precedent… maybe they’ll have compassion for f***ing Jews.”

When urged by Gulbar to end the siege, do time in prison and come back to his family, Akram shouted that he had been “praying to Allah for two years for this” and intended to die. “I’d rather live one day as a lion than 100 years as a jackal,” he said.

“I’m going to go toe-to-toe with [police] and they can shoot me dead … I’m coming home in a body bag.”

He added: “I promised my brother on his deathbed that I’d go down a martyr.” One of his younger brothers died three months ago, reportedly from Covid.

And as soon as it was over, the media were quick to forget the story, Eve Barlow writes:

The news of this incident broke as it was happening, spread by Jewish media outlets and Jewish activists on social media. As is typical for the Jewish news cycle, when mainstream media picked up the story, they doubted its authenticity. The BBC, Guardian and Telegraph all reported the situation with quotation marks around the word ‘hostage’, because apparently it wasn’t obvious enough that this was a hostage situation. Associated Press wrote: ‘Hostages apparently taken at Texas synagogue’.

The news did not make the front page of the New York Times the next day. It didn’t receive nearly as much coverage on rolling televised news as such events warrant. Why? It has no political use. It’s not on the agenda. The hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram – shot dead in the standoff with police and SWAT teams – wasn’t a white supremacist nor a neo-Nazi. He was avenging a Jihadi serving an 86-year sentence, who at her trial had asked that there be no Zionists or Israelis on her jury.

As for Twitter pundits, where the previous week people with zero interest in Jew hate were laying into JK Rowling over the question of whether or not her depiction of goblins in Harry Potter ​was antisemitic, causing it to trend with a hashtag. During this desperate moment for Jewish Americans? Crickets. The opportunists who used Jewish victimhood to attack a now controversial public figure had no business with this more prescient instance of antisemitism. Disappointing doesn’t cover the angering sense of betrayal and abuse.

The message was loud. Nobody cared. If they did, they were actively trying to minimise or justify the attack. Some blue tick voices made it about the Islamophobia that may or may not result from a scenario in which a terrorist was potentially going to kill four innocent Jews. Only a month prior to this, Zahra Billoo, the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), had given a spine-chilling speech in which she warned against ‘Zionist synagogues’ and other Zionist organisations as ‘enemies’.

It’s evil that people have a hard time naming an attack on a synagogue an act of antisemitism. Wonder why a Muslim extremist would hold a rabbi hostage at gun point and force him to call another rabbi in a faraway state believing that other rabbi had some institutional power to free an imprisoned terrorist? It is because that terrorist believed Jews wield such power. It is because that terrorist spread the oldest antisemitic tropes. The terrorist didn’t walk into a Starbucks. He walked into a synagogue. If this had been a Black church or an LGBTQ+ nightclub, there’d have been no question calling the act what it was. But Jews are not granted the same ferocious collective protection.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and the story’s burial makes sense. In addition to there being no political use to the left, the media don’t want to remind voters, especially after Biden’s Afghanistan debacle, that, as Rabbi Michael Barclay writes, “It is a reality that there are wolves at the door.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Rejuvenation by controlled reprogramming is the latest gambit in anti-aging. “Startups are betting that partial reprogramming with Yamanaka factors may lead to age reversal, but hurdles remain.”

THEY’RE ONLY CENSORING YOU FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. WELL, AND THEIRS. ESPECIALLY THEIRS. We need to talk about the vaccines: Public debate on side-effects is being censored. “I am an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as a practising physician, and I firmly believe that it would be a mistake to censor Rogan under the guise of combating ‘misinformation.'”

The notion of censoring “misinformation” is a new one, and stems from people who have been so often wrong, but so seldom in doubt, that their position seems very weak. Which is no doubt why they resort to bluster and intimidation.

STEPHANIE GRISHAM MAKES WILD CLAIMS ABOUT ‘SECRET MEETINGS’ AHEAD OF JAN. 6TH:

The infotainment industry’s sources claim that Grisham’s testimony was “more significant” than expected, but there is nothing unusual about the sitting US President having meetings in which not every single solitary person in the White House is included.

Nonetheless, Grisham’s nothing-burger continues to gain traction in the media.

They need all the distractions they can get in an election year, when even CNN is reporting that Brandon is in serious trouble.

 

C’MON — IT’S BATMAN, NOT A DAVID LEAN MOVIE: The Batman Runtime Revealed: 2 Hours and 47 Minutes, Without Credits.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Prior infection and vaccination offered greatest protection during delta COVID-19 surge, CDC study finds.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Biden Outperforms Nation’s Expectations For First Year By Still Being Alive.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE JOE’S ABILITY TO F**K THINGS UP: We Will All Pay for Joe Biden’s ‘Minor Incursion’ Mistake.

The effect of Biden’s remarks was immediate. European capitals—Kyiv, in particular—erupted with indignation. “They watched those remarks, I think, with horror,” CNN’s Matthew Chance said of the Ukrainian government. One Ukrainian official said Biden had all but given Moscow a “green light” to invade. The White House immediately went to work cleaning up Biden’s comments, but it was wholly insufficient. “He was referring to the difference between military and non-military/para-military/cyber action by the Russians,” National Security Council Spokeswoman Emily Horne said. Some difference. Even if you believe Russia is parsing the fine distinctions between the president’s statements and their post-facto revisions by his more responsible staffers, “para-military” incursions are precisely what Moscow executed both in Crimea and in the Donbas region. There, Russian proxy forces have transformed the area into a warzone and carved out illegitimate “republics,” though the Russian currency and passports held by the residents of these puppet states leave no one confused as to who is in charge.

The president’s words and actions carry more weight than any half-hearted statement walking them back. Courtesy of his performance in Afghanistan, Putin has all the evidence he needs to conclude that Joe Biden will blink in defending American interests against an aggressor if he thinks the costs of such an effort are too high to bear. Biden has exposed the very real and now fully confirmed tensions within the Atlantic Alliance over how to respond to Russian aggression, if there is any response at all. All the tough talk in the world cannot undo that. Joe Biden has sown the wind. Now, we await the whirlwind.

Earlier, from Steve: Is Biden Inviting the Very War in Ukraine We Don’t Want to Fight?

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Ford will be idling Mustang production this week due to an insufficient supply of semiconductor chips.

IS THAT A GUITAR IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME? Police seek man who stole $8,000 Les Paul by stuffing it into his pants (video).

HE FOUND YET ANOTHER WAY TO CHEAT: U Penn Trans Swimmer Accused of Intentionally Losing to Foil Trans Critics.

TO BE FAIR, IT WOULD BE THE QUESTION ON JOE BIDEN’S MIND IF HE STILL HAD ONE: The Question On Gun Owners’ Minds: What Will Joe Biden’s Next Pivot Be?

NOW THEY’VE GONE TOO FAR: ‘No vaccine, no booze’: Quebec introduces new restrictions for the unvaccinated. “Liquor and cannabis stores are only accessible to people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.”

LIVE AT 3:30PM EASTERN: ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ with Kruiser, VodkaPundit, Special Guest.

BIDEN LIES BALDLY AND BADLY BUT MOSTLY BADLY: White House touts ‘key wins’ of Biden’s first year in office, says he had ‘most impactful’ legislative agenda.

JUST KEEP THEM AWAY FROM QUANTUM SHARKS: Physicists Spin Up Quantum Tornadoes.

THE COUNTRY IS IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: First Barack Obama, Now Joe Biden: Mumbling Our Way Into War. “Biden could have spent the last year reducing the risk of war by taking the diplomatic initiative with NATO and the United Nations. Instead, Biden allows Putin to make moves — to take the initiative, to test the waters — and then Biden issues weak verbal replies, hasty and unprepared.”

HMM: ‘Decoy’ protein works against multiple SARS-CoV-2 variants.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MUCH BIGGER BLOG: A Partial List of the Myriad Abuses That Facemasks Inflict on Our Children.

YALE LAW UPDATE: Heather Gerken Reappointed Dean Of Yale Law School For Another 5-Year Term. I would say that she’s got nowhere to go but up, but I’m not so sure about that.

VDH: Is America Heading for a Systems Collapse?

In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a “systems collapse.” The term describes the sudden inability of once-prosperous populations to continue with what had ensured the good life as they knew it.

Abruptly, the population cannot buy, or even find, once plentiful necessities. They feel their streets are unsafe. Laws go unenforced or are enforced inequitably. Every day things stop working. The government turns from reliable to capricious if not hostile.

Consider contemporary Venezuela. By 2010, the once well-off oil-exporting country was mired in a self-created mess. Food became scarce, crime ubiquitous.

Radical socialism, nationalization, corruption, jailing opponents, and the destruction of constitutional norms were the culprits.

Between 2009 and 2016, a once relatively stable Greece nearly became a Third World country. So did Great Britain in its socialist days of the 1970s.

Joe Biden’s young presidency may already be leading the United States into a similar meltdown.

Related: The ‘cabal’ that bragged of foisting Joe Biden on us must answer for his failed presidency.

 

THE NEW SPACE RACE: First lunar rovers in decades may explore the moon in 2022. Well, China already has one there, but . . .

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Incompetent Biden Administration COVID Test Saga Continues: Will These Things Even Work? “COVID-19 rapid antigen tests can’t be mailed due to temperature requirements.”

ONE OF THE (MANY) WAYS GREEN POLICIES KILL: Study: Carbon monoxide deaths soar during power outages.

INTERESTING: The Rifle: Combat Stories from America’s Last WWII Veterans, Told Through an M1 Garand. #CommissionEarned

WILLIAM ESTRADA: Parents Are Winning. That’s Why Far Left Is Turning Us Into Bogeymen.

Are “parental rights” some secret Bat Signal for right-wing evangelicals? The answer is yes, if you are writing for Salon. In a recent article, author Kathryn Joyce argued that “parental rights” is really the latest attempt of right-wing evangelicals to win elections.

Joyce has a long history of trying to pin blame on right-wing evangelicals. She has previously attacked international adoptions and large families only if they’re Christians (not any other faith, or lack thereof). So, it is not particularly surprising that now that parents from across the political spectrum are speaking up, she’s ready to blame it all on her favorite scapegoat: right-wing evangelicals.

Except it’s false: Parents from across every racial, demographic, ethnic, and political background are fighting against bureaucrats over who will decide basic questions regarding the education, upbringing, and care of their children.

It’s not just right-wing evangelicals. It’s parents from across the political, religious (and nonreligious), and demographic spectrums.

Targeting a broad spectrum of concerned parents as domestic terrorists was probably the American Left’s most damaging self-own this century.

But given that leftism has no limiting principles and the inherent illegitimacy of their power, they also had no choice but to try.

Which tells you pretty much all you need to know about leftism.

REOPEN SOCIETY AND SHUT DOWN MORAL NARCISSISM: Fauci’s home office features photos of himself, his own bobblehead.

(Classical reference in headline.)

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Ex-Labor Secretary Robert Reich says Democrats should assault Sinema over filibuster stance in deleted tweet. “National Review’s Charles Cooke said Reich’s remark was tantamount to saying Sinema ‘must be slapped around by her party if she fails to follow the demands of a white man.’ ‘No big deal,’ tweeted radio host Larry O’Connor. ‘Just Democrat/Socialist icon [Robert Reich] encouraging violence against a female senator who didn’t vote the way he wanted.’”

Related: What happens when a congressman threatens a colleague with violence?

In March 2010, 10 months before the shooting, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin had posted a map of 20 congressional districts she and John McCain won in 2008 but whose representatives in Congress had voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act. The map marked each district with a set of crosshairs. Palin promoted the map by tweeting “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD.” One of those crosshairs targeted Gabby.

Although no direct connection was ever established between Palin’s map and Gabby’s shooting, surely Palin’s violent rhetoric contributed to a climate of political violence in America in which a delusional man would mark Gabby for assassination. Gabby herself had expressed concern about Palin’s map.

Just as surely, Palin’s inflammatory post was a step toward increasingly violent political rhetoric on the way to Donald Trump and the insurrection of 6 January.

—Robert Reich, The Grauniad, November 16, 2021.

IT’S A SHORT LINE FROM “OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY” TO “OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES”: Joe Biden ‘Makes No Apologies For’ Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Radian announces plans to build one of the holy grails of spaceflight. “A Washington-state based aerospace company has exited stealth mode by announcing plans to develop one of the holy grails of spaceflight—a single-stage-to-orbit space plane. Radian Aerospace said it is deep into the design of an airplane-like vehicle that could take off from a runway, ignite its rocket engines, spend time in orbit, and then return to Earth and land on a runway.”

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: Durham vs. Horowitz: Tension Over Truth and Consequences Grips the FBI’s Trump-Russia Reckoning. “As he documents the role of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in generating false allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, Special Counsel John Durham has also previewed a challenge to the FBI’s claims about how and why its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began. At stake is the completeness of the official reckoning within the U.S. government over the Russiagate scandal – and whether there will be an accounting commensurate with the offense: the abuse of the nation’s highest law enforcement and intelligence powers to damage an opposition presidential candidate turned president, at the behest of his opponent from the governing party he defeated.”

IT’S DIFFERENT WHEN THEY QUESTION THE LEGITIMACY OF AN ELECTION: Will the 2022 Midterms Be Legitimate? Joe Biden Says ‘It All Depends.’

I eagerly look forward to the press calling out the president for this assault on our democracy.

AS CROMWELL TOLD THE LONG PARLIAMENT: That select committee House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol has issued 84 subpoenas, only eight of which actually relate to the events of that day, according to The Federalist’s Tristan Justice.

“Born in the ashes of a 9/11-style commission blocked by Republicans when Democrats refused a genuine investigation of violence on Capitol Hill, Pelosi’s Select Committee on Jan. 6 has remained faithful to its central purpose. That purpose is seeking retribution against political dissidents while offering a smokescreen to Pelosi’s own culpability in her failures to reinforce Capitol security,” Justice explains.

Were he around to witness these events today, Cromwell might well voice something along this line: “You are no investigators; I say you are no legitimate inquiry; begone, and give place to honest men.”

HOW MANY BOOSTERS TO AVOID THIS ONE? Hey folks, there’s an exciting new Flu Manchu side effect: ‘agonizing penis pain.’

JOE BIDEN WILL NEVER CHANGE:

He and his administration were elected to “shut down” a virus that he has for the most part ignored since July, when he declared “masked or vaxxed” and then stuck his foot in a hole in Afghanistan. His administration handlers ensured that the defining image from the Kabul catastrophe was footage of him turning his back to the American people, as he refused to answer questions about the manner of the troops’ withdrawal. We were told that Joe Biden was elected because of his empathy and competence. The commentators who told us that have since learned that he has neither quality.

Joe Biden is not suddenly going to become coherent when he speaks to the press. He can’t make Vladimir Putin back down by whipping out his aviators and heading to the nearest ice cream parlor. The pundits who bought the gingerly grandpa act may be praying that he can capture any fleeting fairy dust bestowed upon him by Barack Obama’s pop-culture prowess. But that won’t transform Biden into someone able to “shut down the virus.”

David Brooks thinks Biden needs to “begin revamping his presidency.” “Jennifer Rubin claims that “Biden needs a reset.” Frankly, any paid pundit begging for Biden to become the fantastical wise elder statesman they fantasized about should keep their thoughts to themselves. The rest of us should ignore their “expertise” when making any serious assessment of this defeated old man’s tenure.

Related: The ‘cabal’ that bragged of foisting Joe Biden on us must answer for his failed presidency.

I REMEMBER WHEN HIGHER EDUCATION WAS DEFENDED AS PRODUCING BETTER CITIZENS: Penn State professor: Maybe masked drunk drivers should speed through ‘pro-covid’ neighborhoods.

As taxpayers become increasingly unwilling to support this sort of thing, we’re told that it’s because they’re “anti-intellectual.”

YES. NEXT SOFTBALL QUESTION? Biden Calls from a List of Reporters at Press Conference, Is He Trying to Avoid Tough Questions?

THE CREEPY, AUTHORITARIAN WORLD OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Students describe life on campus under ‘health surveillance.’ It’s creepy and authoritarian, but also incompetent and risible.

STILL POPULAR: LED Desk Lamp Table Lamp Reading Lamp with USB Charging Port. #CommissionEarned

IF UNIVERSITIES ARE GOING TO START FIRING PROFESSORS WHO SAY THINGS THAT UPSET OTHERS, I’VE GOT A LIST: Academic Freedom Alliance Letter to the University of Pennsylvania.

And if Penn finds the idea of “too many Asians” offensive, maybe it needs to have a word with its admissions department.

THIS STORY WAS MORE AN INDICATION OF THE PRESS’S HOPES: Fmr. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien Pours Cold Water on Gossip About Split Between Former President Trump & Governor DeSantis.

He’s not very happy with the “minor incursion” remark from Biden, either.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Joe Manchin knows what most Democrats don’t: His party is out of touch.

CHANGE: Starbucks Drops COVID Vaccine and Testing Requirements for Employees. “The coffee chain told its staff of 228,000 that they are no longer required to be fully vaccinated or receive weekly testing. . . . The policy change follows the Supreme Court’s decision last week to block the Biden’s administration’s vaccine mandate for large employers. This order would have required companies with more than 100 workers to ensure that employees are either vaccinated against COVID, or wear a mask and be tested on a weekly basis.”

GOOD TIMING:  On this day in 1981, approximately 20 minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th President of the United States, Iran released the 52 American hostages it had been holding for over a year.  That same day, the United States “unfroze” $8 billion in Iranian assets.

PJ MEDIA VIP ROUNDUP: Don’t forget that VODKAPUNDIT promo code if you’ve been thinking of joining us.

Cameron Arcand: Why the Arizona Governor’s Race Is Important… and Amazingly Unusual. “While the Democrats will likely nominate Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Republicans are dealing with a much more complicated battle to become Gov. Doug Ducey’s successor”

Athena Thorne: It’s Time to Re-Institutionalize the Dangerous Mentally Ill. “There is an ever-increasing supply of violent criminals to take advantage of the path the left has cleared for them to prey upon citizens. While this is a vast, multi-faceted problem with no quick and easy solution, one way to help would be to reduce the number of potential murderers, rapists, and attackers. And one way to do this is to return to the common-sense public policy of separating from society those who pose a threat to themselves and others.”

Yours Truly: Ranking the Bond Movies: Part 001 (Bonds, James Bonds). “The Bond movie franchise turns a respectable 60 years old in 2022, and with the …special… nature of the new No Time to Die — no spoilers! — I’m going to rank the Bond movies from best to worst in a 007-part series.”

THE MORE THEY TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY, THE MORE THEY PRACTICE CONFORMITY: From Hiring to Admissions, Universities Seek Ideological Conformity in Applicants.

And the more they talk about “inclusion” the more they try to isolate and exclude those who are different.

UPDATE: From a friend: “As I’ve noted many times, the people who currently insist that CRT is just an obscure method of thinking from advanced law school seminars are the same people who also demand statements expressing a commitment to CRT principles as a condition of hiring for a faculty job in the astronomy, economics, math, biology, or engineering departments. Increasingly, they are also demanding the same for college admissions in both undergrad and grad school.”

THEN A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL LOSE THE SOURCE OF MEANING IN THEIR LIVES: If Omicron Creates Herd Immunity, Then What?

LEGALLY SANCTIONED LAWLESSNESS: Soros-Funded Group Gets $158M Government Contract to Help Illegal Immigrants Avoid Deportation.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: “Biden leaves Democrats hanging as midterms burst into full swing” — and CNN is sounding the alarm:

Biden advisers say that the President talks politics with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, but people familiar with both leaders say any campaign talk has been brief, and Democratic leaders have significant concerns with the White House’s approach to getting the President to break through. It’s not just that Biden’s approval ratings have tumbled. Those in charge of keeping Democrats in power doubt that Biden’s team understands how to improve his political fate — and with it, theirs.

“It’s hard for me to believe that the President knows how little his political shop is doing to support Democratic majorities in the Senate and the House. All of us believe that the President would be shocked to learn how little the White House political team is doing,” said one senior Democratic elected official in Washington, voicing widespread worries about the midterms. “We just know Joe Biden, and we know how much he cares about this stuff.”

Senior Democrats, including some White House aides, describe a West Wing lacking both a political strategy and the discipline to execute one. Focus groups are giving party operatives nightmares. Biden is coming across as old and absent, they say. Real and perceived fumbles play into deep fears that he’s not up to the job and that Democrats are incompetent. Few Americans can say what was in the massive bills he’s signed, though many have heard about Democratic infighting and failure in what he hasn’t signed.

“What is the plan to fix that?” asked one operative in touch with the White House. “They can’t tell us what they’re talking about next week.”

Though most Democrats in power believe there’s still ample time for a turnaround, several top operatives are already talking triage. They’re fearful of discussing all of this publicly because they don’t want to create more problems. But privately, they are petrified that a Republican majority would end Biden’s agenda and swamp them with endless investigations and subpoenas, promise impeachment and potentially endanger fair certification of the next presidential election.

Why, it’s as if: The Democrats damned Biden by impeaching Trump.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Year one disaster: Sixty percent call Biden ‘unsuccessful,’ highest ever disunity.

TESSA MAJORS UPDATE: Final Teen Sentenced in Barnard Student Murder. 14 years to life for Rashaun Weaver. Hope it’s the latter.

MATT WALSH EXPLAINS HUMAN BIOLOGY TO CONFUSED TRANS ACTIVISTS (Video): “Walsh clashed with trans activists on a recent episode of the Dr. Phil show in a heated debate over gender identity that climaxed at the fundamentals of gender identity and what it means to be a woman.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Bipartisan Senate Majority Kills Democrats’ ‘Voting Rights’ Lie. “Sane citizens of this still great Republic can breathe a sigh of relief after last night. The Democrats’ mad plan to turn the United States of America into USSR 2.0 was thwarted by the thinnest of bipartisan margins.”

CHRIS RUFO ON Woke Segregation and the Ghost of Jim Crow. Ghost?

This isn’t an “unintended consequence.” It’s fully intended.

JOHN ROBERTS KEEPS TELLING HIMSELF THAT HE’S PRESERVING THE REPUTATION OF THE COURT: SCOTUS GDRs Trump v. Thompson: Grant, Dictumize, and Retreat. “Ultimately, this entire opinion is a legal fiction–call it dicta, if you will! Indeed, remember Chief Justice Roberts tried to pawn off Roe’s viability line as dicta? The Chief is a smart lawyer. This dicta nonsense is insulting to our intelligence. But that’s where we are. Once again, the Court punches a ticket good for one ride: Trump loses, but no adverse precedent is set that could hamstring some future, more worthwhile president.”

If you want people to believe that all of our institutions have been corrupted, just act like John Roberts.

HIGHER EDUCATION AS POLICE STATE: Update: Professors still may be sanctioned for Halloween costumes from 2014.

CHILD GROOMING: Law and Order: SVU Has 8-Year-Old Come Out as ‘Bi.’

Why, it’s as if Hollywood is a sex-grooming gang or something.

THE ‘REFORMED TROMBONIST’ ON HOW WE GOT HERE FROM THERE: Long-time Instapunditeers know him as the frequent commenter here, “Reformed Trombonist.” I’ve been privileged in recent months to get to know him as Lee Dise, accomplished trombonist, computer programmer and very smart guy.

Dise launches the first of a seven-part series on HillFaith this morning in which he takes a candid and bracing tour of how America and Western Civilization got from where we were as the cradle of freedom, prosperity and civility to the present cauldron of endless civic conflict, political degradation and cultural repression.

You may not agree with everything Dise says in this series, but I can assure you he will give you much to think about carefully and deeply. And next time you see one of his comments here on Instapundit, feel free to say “wait a minute, you said over on HillFaith that ….” Gotta keep authors straight, right!

WELCOME TO WOKE COLORADO: Boulder Valley School District to host hiring event for ‘teachers of color’ only.

THE IDEA IS WILDLY UNPOPULAR, WHICH IS NO DOUBT WHY THE PRESS ISN’T REPORTING IT: Biden just signed a law that will require kill switches in all new cars that monitor you and “allow police or other government authorities to access it whenever.”

HOW THE TOFU GETS MADE: “An explosive story from [NPR and Nina Totenberg] about supposed high drama around masking at the Supreme Court imploded [yesterday].  I want to take you through how misinformation like this gets mainstreamed by the corporate press and others.”

A Twitter thread (on the Thread Reader App) by Drew Holden.

THE DELAY WAS FOR POLITICAL REASONS, TO ENSURE THAT THE VACCINE RELEASE DIDN’T HELP TRUMP BEFORE THE ELECTION: How Many Americans Died Because the FDA Delayed the Covid Vaccines?

That the Atlantic is even asking this question says everything.

NOT SATIRE: TSA Says It Will Accept Arrest Warrants as ID for Illegal Aliens at Airports.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Emerson College punished students for “racism” because they handed out stickers reading “China kind of sus.” People are fighting back. A reader sends this pic from Boston, at the corner of Boylston & Tremont:

There’s also the EmersonKindaSus website, set up by our friends at F.I.R.E.

Remember, make bureaucrats’ — and educrats’ — lives uncomfortable, and they’ll change their behavior.

BLAKE POWERS STILL NEEDS OUR HELP:  A New Life.

Yes I’m hoping to be able to help him more soon. Yes, I know things are crazy tight for people right now.  But no matter how bad your 2021 was (and mine was bad), it wasn’t getting-hit-by-lightening bad.  If you can help him, do so. If you can’t, please spread word of his need.

On our side, we’re all fighting with our legs in a sack. The other side has all the tech lords and the filthy rich slimy fools. We? All we have is each other.

WE HAVE LOST OREGON MUSE:  The world is poorer for his passing.

THE MASKS ARE WELL AND TRULY OFF:  Freedom is under siege, and the besiegers have now told us they have no mercy.

THEY’VE BEEN DANGEROUS FOR A LONG TIME:  ‘View’ Veers from Idiotic to Borderline Dangerous.

As astounding as it sounds, a lot of their viewership takes them seriously.

BUT BUT BUT OPEN BORDERS IS A HUMAN RIGHT!  Migrant Arrested with 5 Pounds of Fentanyl Taped to his Body.

SIGNS OF SANITY:  Great Britain, Czech Republic, and Israel Back Away From Vaccine Passports.

WE’VE NOTICED:   I watched the FBI become so woke it can’t call out terrorism.

THE MORE OF THESE THINGS THAT COME OUT, THE MORE I DISTRUST ANYTHING THAT FITS THE MARXIST NARRATIVE:   Not One Corpse Has Been Found In The ‘Mass Grave’ Of Indigenous Children In Canada.

SURE, THE PURPOSE OF NEWS ORGANIZATIONS IS TO PROMULGATE THE ONE APPROVED TRUTH, DONCHA KNOW?   CNN Wants To Hire Team To Manage “Misinformation”.

HOT! HOT! HOT!: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is releasing its report on bail reform today–two months after its originally scheduled release date.  Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know.  My Dissenting Statement, which was written several months ago, is here.

I have some sympathy for the notion that we could improve our current pretrial detention practices. But, alas, nothing good will come from attempting to negotiate reform with “defund the police” advocates (or similar loons). Improvements to the system, if they are possible, will have to wait until more of our political leaders start taking crime seriously again.

NO. BUT AT THIS POINT RESUMING PAYMENTS WILL CAUSE ISSUES:  Elizabeth Warren Thinks Biden Can Save His Presidency With Executive Order Canceling Student Loan Debt.

So, they’re stuck.

MOST OF IT NOT FROM TEXAS:  Beto Raises $7.2 Million in First 6 Weeks of Texas Gubernatorial Campaign.

AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE WORKING HARD TO MAKE IT SO:  Biden Says 2022 Election “Could Easily Be Illegitimate”.

January 19, 2022

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS ARE HAVING A BAD DECADE: Nikki Fried is so, so bad at this.

ON THE ONE HAND, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO SHOOT PEOPLE IN DEFENSE OF PROPERTY. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’D HAVE LESS CRIME IF THE RULE WERE OTHERWISE: Philadelphia gun owner fatally shoots one of three men trying to steal his car. “The fatal shooting came just days after a 60-year-old grandfather allegedly shot a 16-year-old boy who pulled a gun on him and fired several shots during an attempted carjacking in the city.”

Given the crime situation in Philly, we might see jury nullification on this, I don’t know. But I’m guessing that the Soros DA will consider this a rare case worthy of full-bore prosecution, lest other people start shooting criminals.

Reminder: The justice system isn’t really there to protect citizens from criminals. It’s there to protect criminals from citizens. And within limits that’s a good thing, but when you create a state of nature, you get a state of nature. And in the state of nature people absolutely do kill to protect their property from marauders.

WELL, TO BE FAIR, IT HAD JOE BIDEN IN IT: Biden’s press conference was an utter disaster.

If President Joe Biden’s press conference Wednesday was supposed to inspire confidence, it failed — horribly.

Even though he spent most of it clearly calling on reporters from a list of “safe” questioners provided by his staff, he stumbled and bumbled and all too often made no sense at all. Plus, he repeated his bizarre “whisper shout” gimmick to emphasize certain points — when what it actually emphasizes is his age.

On that note, he kept walking down memory lane, reminiscing about how “in my day” cable news was like that; the Republican Party was like this, and so on. He’s fighting old wars in his head, or maybe just confused about the modern world.

Yet he couldn’t remember what he said last week, insisting he hadn’t compared opponents of end-running the Senate filibuster rules to pass the nationalize-election-law bill to Bull Connor and Jefferson Davis. Yet minutes later he warned those same (Democratic!) senators that their supposedly infamous position will stick with them all the rest of their days.

And that’s before we got to the part where he green-lighted a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Related: The ‘cabal’ that bragged of foisting Joe Biden on us must answer for his failed presidency.

YEP: Why Science™ Authorities Flip-Flopped to COVID Positions That Got People Banned Five Minutes Ago. “‘Trust the Science’ has long meant ‘submit to our politics of total control.'”

QUESTION ASKED: Why is the FBI at the home of Rep. Cuellar? “Rep. Henry Cuellar is a moderate Texas Democrat who is sometimes at odds with his own party on issues like border control. Today, a reporter named Valerie Gonzalez is reporting that the FBI has shown up at Rep. Cuellar’s home and is currently investigating something.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): From the comments: “It is sad that the default assumption is that the FBI is targeting Cuellar at the request of their Democrat party masters, and no one doubts it.”

And as someone else notes, that’s the pattern.

OPEN THREAD: When I get low, I get high.

STRAIGHT FIRE: “This is gonna be the end of your cushy government bureaucratic careers”: Bethany Mandel went full Tombstone on her county council over proposed vax passports.

[Warning: Looking directly at these words for too long may cause blindness because they’re more nuclear than the core of the sun]

So everyone here is going to tell you why this is bad for businesses and for residents. I’m here to tell you why this is bad for you as politicians. This is gonna be the end of your cushy government bureaucratic careers.

Here’s the thing. The seats for this council are up for a primary vote in June. That’s the deciding election in this county. An election the only truly motivated people bother to vote in during off-election years. Unfortunately for you, you’ve made us care. And we’ve filled these speaking slots within three minutes of them opening.

For those of you who are facing term limits, we’re coming for your seats. For those of you who plan to run again, we’re coming for yours. This resolution is the final straw for a number of businesses, groups and individuals in this county who have seen you come close to destroying everything they’ve built.

Read the whole thing; as Greg Gutfeld said last month:

GUTFELD: So it’s up to the people to tell them that it’s over. Right now, if you’re at home, you’re not in office like this, you have no idea what it’s like in this building. You have no idea. I just sent home what, four — four employees? Stress is peaking. It’s a combination of holiday stress, a combination of hassles that you have to deal with when you’re traveling. And they are adding this on top.

So there is an environment of panic gushing through the city, going through our offices that is 100 times worse than omicron. Its nuts. And it’s creating psychosomatic symptoms. I’m very suggestible. One minute I feel great. The next, I think I’m dying. This is insane.

This is — the point I’m making is, this is a panic from the top down. It’s not from above. It’s not a typical hysteria that you would get about some kind of strange phenomenon. This is a reverse hysteria. It’s coming from government bureaucracy, right? So the problem here is that you have a mild but highly contagious strain that almost everybody is getting. You get tested, it’s going to come positive. That’s what is happening with everyone I know.

But the only tool that we have is a sledgehammer. So we have the testing and then what we do is we send everybody home.

PERINO: Right.

GUTFELD: It is a shutdown in reverse. Originally we were saying okay, we’re going to shut down everything and maybe it will stop. But now we’re doing it in reverse. We’re testing. Now we’re doing it. And it turns out if you get this thing, it’s as tolerable as a cold. Most of the people that I know that have it had sniffles and that’s it. But we have a government bureaucracy that is terrified of losing an election and terrified of litigation.

So what now is not a death panic, it’s a hassle panic because we all want to go home and be with our families and they’re screwing us over. But, what this intense panic tells you, the government is not an appropriate vehicle anymore for telling us what to do. They are done because the vehicle only has one speed and its panic.

It’s driven by one incentive, re-election. It’s not driven, it’s not skewered towards risk management. Adults understand risk management. You saw that with Biden. He doesn’t understand it. He believes that there should be zero risk. That is a child mentality. So it is up to us to pick the date. I’ve been having a conversation with Scott Adams. We decided that the date for this is February 1st.

We are the hostage negotiators on behalf of America to discuss with the government about what to do since no one else has volunteered. We have to talk to the government about a return to normalcy because they are not going to do it. They are too cowardly. So it’s up to us to actually say this is what we want. February 1st, we are done.

Related:

That’s what happens when your Website is an offshoot of America’s Newspaper of Record.

PUTIN’S PUPPET: Biden admits Russia ‘will be able to prevail over time’ if it invades Ukraine.

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH PIERS MORGAN IS A VOICE OF SANITY: Piers Morgan Obliterates Joe Biden’s First Year In Office: ‘You’ve Been A Disaster.’

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