August 4, 2021

IT’S A VERY CUNNING FORM OF STUPIDITY:  The Magical Stupidity Of Thinking “Wage Slavery” Is A Thing.

VERY MUCH NOT, BUT DON’T WORRY. CHINA SUCKS AT THIS:  China Picking Up Where US Leaves Off Not A Good Thing.

FAVORED PETS OF THE REGIME:  Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions.

Also stupid as rocks, since they haven’t figured out they’re putting themselves in the middle of a family fight. I mean, even police officers fear “domestics.”

MY MAIN QUESTION BEING: EPSTEINED?  Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions.

WE HAVE A DEMOCRACY LIKE LIZZY IS AMERINDIAN:  Elizabeth Warren Tells Teen Vogue: Abortion, Voting are ‘About the Functioning of Our Democracy’.

Also, is it too late for retroactive abortion since she supports it so hard? Because a lot of us think she’s not very happy, what with trying to be another ethnicity and all. We think it’s a quality of life issue. She’s not very happy and never has been. She should be kept comfortable, while the nation has a talk about her….  Though mind you, just making her retroactively born in Cuba is just as good. We can drop her off. We’ll even give her a parachute.

SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED. BEHOLD MY SHOCKED FACE:  Report: UN-Funded Palestinian Teachers Promote Antisemitism, Glorify Jihad Terrorism.

BUT MURDERING ELDERLY? THAT’S FINE:  Biden Says Cuomo ‘Should Resign’ After Bombshell Report Showed He Sexually Harassed Women.

ARISTOS, ARISTOS A LA LANTERNE:  Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Halting Texas Illegal Migrant Transport Ban.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AN AMERICAN:  Olympic Gold Medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock: ‘I Love Representing the U.S.’.

HAVING A HONEYMOON WITH A USURPER IS LIKE HAVING A HONEYMOON WITH A RAPIST:  ‘Honeymoon Officially Over’: Biden’s Job and Economy Approval Ratings Drops in Two Polls.

Any honeymoon was as real as the FICUS (Fraud In Chief of the US) having the most votes ever in history.

August 3, 2021

MICHAEL WALSH: A Ministry of Fear Rules America.

Back in 1943, the British novelist Graham Greene published “The Ministry of Fear,” a thriller set in World War II London involving mercy killings, exploding suitcases, seances, Luftwaffe air raids, outright murder, insane asylums and undercover Nazi spies. It was successfully made into a movie the following year starring Ray Milland as the troubled protagonist, and directed by Fritz Lang, himself a refugee from Hitler.

Both novel and film capture the paranoid atmosphere during that troubled time, with danger lurking even in something as innocent as a cake. Whom or what can you trust? As the world falls apart, and the future is shrouded in threat and mystery, society devolves into a dog-eat-dog struggle for survival, in which neither the old verities nor the old pieties obtain any longer.

Welcome to America, 2021. In just a few short months since the mysterious elevation of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., inexplicably elected the 46th president of the United States, our country has undergone a stunning rapid devolution from a confident, economic powerhouse to a shabby debtor nation afraid of its own shadow.

Read the whole thing.

WATCH DEMOCRATS ENDORSE THE WALL: 54% Of Hispanic Voters In California Say They Would Vote To Recall Newsom.

I BELIEVE IN THE SCIENCE: Experts Warn Of New ‘Cuomo’ Variant That Is Dangerous To Young Women, Fatal To Elderly.

RALPH NORTHAM SMILES: Neighboring Democratic govs call on Cuomo to resign amid sex harass probe report. “In a terse statement, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, and Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee — all Democrats — said they were ‘appalled at the findings of the independent investigation by the New York Attorney General. Governor Cuomo should resign from office,’ they added.”

SO HOW LONG BEFORE CUOMO COMMITS SUICIDE?

We’ve come to a situation where any politically connected suicide is presumed to be a murder. The government has lost the benefit of the doubt.

SHOCKER: Politico’s GETTR Hit-Piece Was Covertly Funded By Big Tech Giants.

SHE’LL NEVER BE A HERO TO THE MEDIA WITH TALK LIKE THAT: WATCH: U.S. Wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock Praises God, America After Winning Gold.

As she bounced on her feet in excitement, the network reporter asked her about the American flag she had draped around her shoulders. He wondered how it feels to represent the U.S.A. at the Olympics.

The reporter may have been hoping for Mensah-Stock to attack the U.S. like so many other privileged athletes, but if he was, he came away disappointed. Instead, Mensah-Stock was thrilled and to be a proud American.

“It feels amazing,” Mensah-Stock said of competing for her country. “I love representing the U.S.,” she continued as she brought her hands up in the shape of a heart. “I freaking love living there, I love it, and I’m so happy I get to represent U-S-A,” she said.

Is that sort of talk even allowed anymore?

JOURNALISM:

NATURAL IMMUNITY VS. VARIOUS VACCINES: “In both sets of estimates, breakthrough infections in those vaccinated or who had a prior infection had substantially lower infectiousness than primary infections in unvaccinated persons. . . . One finding of this study is that there appears to be a hierarchy in infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 infections, where primary infections in unvaccinated persons are most infectious, followed by BNT162b2 breakthrough infections, mRNA-1273 breakthrough infections, and finally reinfections in unvaccinated persons.”

In other words, people with natural immunity are the least likely to infect others if reinfected with Covid.

OPEN THREAD: I got my finger on the cosmic trigger.

THE UNHAPPY FATE OF THE ‘CUOMOSEXUAL’ TENDENCY: “It is nothing short of astonishing that something in the liberal soul compels them to step on this same rake with metronomic regularity. It’s anyone’s guess who the next unqualified paragon of the pandemic will be. But that there will be another, there can be no doubt.”

FROM MY OTHER LIFE: Five Pro Tips for Programming Articles That Will Preserve My Last Nerve.

 

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Mystery surrounds Chinese private rocket launch attempt.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Professor Sues Student, University After Provost Overrules Her and Awards Him a Participation Grade.

PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCES ON LIVE TV THAT HE INTENDS TO BREAK HIS OATH OF OFFICE.

UPDATE: The CDC’s New Eviction Moratorium Has Virtually all the Same Flaws as the Old. It still covers some 90% of the country, and still rests on a theory of virtually limitless CDC authority. Even President Biden acknowledges the order is legally dubious.

STACY MCCAIN: “Cuomo: Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!

WELL, GOOD: CDC: After nearly 9M Pfizer shots for U.S. teens, serious side effects rare.

DON’T GET COCKY. Politico: Dem campaign chief warns party would lose House if election were held today.

Weakness on the economy is the real sore spot for Democrats. As they see it, they’ve been spending money like drunken sailors so the electorate should reward them for it at the polls. The problem is that the spread of the delta variant and the revival of mask mandates in a lot of places has people who work in retail, restaurants, etc. nervous about what comes next for the economy. You can spend all you want but if businesses can’t operate like they did pre-COVID then the economy isn’t going to fully return to normal.

It’s quite the Catch-2022:

IMMIGRATION: Abbott, Merrick Garland face off over feds handling of COVID-positive migrants.

AND YET IF THEY EAT LESS, THEY’LL LOSE WEIGHT: Lockdown weight gain: Telling people to eat less has never been the answer.

WHAT PASSES FOR “CONSERVATIVE” AT THE WAPO, SHOWING HER USUAL JUDGMENT:

THE MASKING OF AMERICA: Faceless people make compliant subjects, not good citizens.

In its worldwide impact, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst in a century. As a threat to Americans’ health, however, it is closer to the 1968 Hong Kong flu or the 1957 Asian flu—neither of which noticeably altered Americans’ everyday lives—than to the 1918 Spanish flu. In a head-to-head comparison, COVID-19 makes the Spanish flu look like the Black Death of medieval Europe. According to the best available figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and elsewhere, the typical American under the age of 40 in 1918 was more than 100 times as likely to die of the Spanish flu than the typical American under the age of 40 in 2020 was to die of COVID-19. Whereas COVID-19 sadly shortened the lives of many older people already in poor health, the Spanish flu took people in the prime of life and left orphans in its wake.

Americans’ reaction to COVID-19, however, has been radically different from their behavior in 1968, 1957, or even 1918. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the Hoover Institution’s Niall Ferguson recalls that President Dwight Eisenhower asked Congress for $2.5 million in additional funding for the Public Health Service during the Asian flu. Overall, Congress has authorized about 2 million times that much for COVID-19. In 1957, there were no widespread school closures, travel bans, or mask mandates. Ferguson quotes one person’s recollection of those days: “For those who grew up in the 1930s and 1940s, there was nothing unusual about finding yourself threatened by contagious disease. Mumps, measles, chicken pox, and German measles swept through entire schools and towns; I had all four…. We took the Asian flu in stride.”

One major difference between then and now is the increased role of public health officials. Long before their ascension, Socrates made clear in Plato’s Republic that he did not want doctors to rule. Philosophers or even poets would be better governors of society, because they at least attempt to understand political and social life in its entirety and minister to the human soul. Doctors, by contrast, tend to disregard the soul: it is the nature of their art to focus on the body in lieu of higher concerns. Moreover, Greek philosophers and poets alike celebrated courage in the face of death—Plato’s Socrates and Homer’s Achilles were undeterred from their noble missions by fear of the grave. But rule by public health officials, under which we increasingly live today, encourages excessive risk-aversion and almost transforms cowardice into a virtue.

Cowardly citizens are easier to rule.

Related:

POSITIVE Mental Attitude. “Stabbing your husband and his mom is what made you who you are today.”

SHE’S SAID TOO MUCH! NYT’s Maggie Haberman marveling at the ‘damning’ results of the Cuomo investigation is also extremely damning for the media:

She’s this close to admitting how the MSM largely functions as Democratic Party operatives with bylines.

Some really blur the lines: Email Appears to Show CNN’s Chris Cuomo Drafted Sexual Harassment Statement for His Brother. “Zucker and his cadre have already enabled this behavior, so if they don’t move to suspend or fire Cuomo, one could use their own standards to say CNN condones this.”

Evergreen:


RALPH NORTHAM SMILES: Biden Calls for Cuomo to Resign over Sexual Harassment Allegations.

THE “ROBBER BARONS” OF THE 19TH CENTURY GAVE US STEAMSHIPS AND RAILROADS; THE SPACE BARONS OF TODAY WILL GIVE US THE STARS. ‘Space Barons’ & Advantages of a Free Economy.

The Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker once quipped that “intellectuals who call themselves ‘progressive’ really hate progress.” The question is: Why? Perhaps one of the reasons for that curious attitude is not the clerisy’s opposition to progress as such, but to the means by which that progress is being achieved. Since the Enlightenment, we have become richer, healthier, better fed, longer-lived, more educated, and, as Pinker himself showed, gentler and nicer. Not only did most of that progress come about in free-enterprise countries during the free-enterprise era, but progress happened despite the constant warnings from the clerisy that free enterprise would achieve the exact opposite.

Inequality of outcome is inherent to a free economy, which tends to reward the most talented. Since talent is unequally and arbitrarily distributed, free enterprise and its resulting inequality of outcome are unpalatable to the equalitarian Left. Yet progress depends on the flourishing of the talented. That means that inequality is truly the midwife of progress. And that’s why progressives hate progress.

Well, also free markets reward talents other than lying and sucking up.

WITH RUTHLESS EFFICIENCY: How the Gender Industry Weaponizes Empathy to Convert Human Insecurity Into Cash. “Compassion is weaponized into word-salads chock full of meaningless jargon intended to confuse the reader into conflating true empathy with bovine-like acceptance of the transgender movement writ large.”

STACEY LENNOX: California’s Liberal Utopia: Blackouts, Bacon Shortages, and Maxi Pads for Boys. “California only produces 45 million pounds of the 255 million pounds consumed by residents. California residents decided the piggy needed more room to wiggle, which, according to one analysis, will cause bacon prices to jump 60%. For pork producers, the desires of California voters are just not profitable.”

California is the Sackcloth State.

BUT #METOO ENDED WHEN BIDEN WAS NOMINATED: ‘I Do Not Want An Apology’: Cuomo Accuser Charlotte Bennett Calls For Impeachment.

Related, from a friend:

READER BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat (Bumped)

You can see the full list of book recommendations here.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The Modern Generation Has No Clue How to Date.

HE PROBABLY THOUGHT THEY MEANT HIS GOOD FRIEND MARIO: Yikes: Joe Biden Freaks When Reporters Ask Him if Andrew Cuomo Should Resign.

JUST FYI: I’m back on Parler as @InstaPundit. Better than Twitter! If you want there to be alternative platforms, you need to support alternative platforms.

#RESIST: Soros-Backed Virginia Prosecutors Face Recall Amid Crime Surge. “A new Virginia nonprofit, Virginians for Safe Communities, is launching a campaign to recall Fairfax County’s Steve Descano, Loudoun County’s Buta Biberaj, and Arlington County’s Parisa Dehghani-Tafti from their respective offices, the group announced in a Monday statement. The progressive attorneys took office in January 2020 after Soros spent more than $2 million supporting their campaigns. All three have since implemented lenient law enforcement policies, decisions that have coincided with a rise in crime.”

JIM TREACHER: Lindsey Graham Got the Virus, But Not Despite Getting Vaccinated. “No. No, no, no, no, no. Wrong. Whether or not Lindsey Graham becomes seriously ill, and I sincerely hope he doesn’t, it’s not despite the vaccine. That’s like saying somebody survived a gunshot despite wearing a bulletproof vest. Wait, what? No. That’s the whole point of the vest! It still sucks when the bad thing happens to you, but you have a much better chance of living through it because you took preventative measures. Vest or vaccine, it’s the same idea.”

DON’T BUY FROM CHINA? How to Keep the Automotive Chip Shortage From Happening Again.

YES, BUT HE’S A DEMOCRAT: Several Media Outlets Knew Cuomo Was Trying To Destroy One Of His Accusers. “Several media outlets knew that Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was trying to destroy one of the women who accused him of sexual harassment. Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s director of communications and senior adviser, sent a file on Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan to journalists from several prominent outlets, documents show. The files were sent hours after Boylan publicly accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in December of 2020. . . . New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that an independent investigation found that Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women. James said that Cuomo had violated state and federal law by subjecting employees to offensive or sexually charged comments as well as unwanted touching. He also was involved in pressure campaigns to keep them quiet, the investigation found.”

FLOUTING THE RULES TO OWN THE PEASANTS: These 12 High-Profile Politicians Got Caught Violating Their Own COVID Rules.

A REMEDY FOR WOKE NONSENSE: Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers. Edited by Robert Woodson, with chapters by John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Clarence Page, Carol Swain, and more.

HIGHER EDUCATION IMPLOSION UPDATE: Professor Sues Student, University After Provost Overrules Her and Awards Him a Participation Grade.

THESE MARGINS DWARF ANY RECENT ELECTIONS: 57% COMFORTABLE ATTENDING INDOOR SOCIAL EVENTS WITHOUT MASKS.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters would feel comfortable going without a mask to an indoor restaurant, bar, or other social settings with a large number of people. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% would be uncomfortable.

These numbers are essentially unchanged since late May. That stability is interesting for a variety of reasons. In late May, 56% were confident that the worst of the pandemic is behind us. That figure has fallen to 28% today. Additionally, the CDC guidance on wearing masks has changed, a fact that 61% of voters recognize.

One possible explanation for this is that a large number of people are simply not following the CDC guidelines. Among those who recognize that the CDC recommends even vaccinated people to wear masks at indoor social events, 42% are comfortable attending such events without a mask. That’s consistent with data from a few months ago showing that just 33% of voters have been following the CDC guidance very closely.

Well, the CDC isn’t trusted.

Plus: 62% oppose new lockdowns, 31% want them.

OUT: GET VACCINATED AND YOU PROBABLY NEED A BOOSTER. IN: People chasing Covid-19 vaccine boosters create headaches for the health care system.

The entire U.S. health care system has been single-mindedly focused on getting Covid-19 vaccine shots in arms, but as the Delta variant spreads, the country’s decentralized vaccination campaign is presenting a different challenge — how to police people seeking unauthorized booster shots.

The buzz around booster shots for Covid-19 vaccines has intensified in recent weeks as Pfizer has sought approval for a third shot of its vaccine regimen, and Israel, the United Kingdom, and Germany have greenlit additional shots. Federal officials in the United States say that booster shots are not needed yet. But some anxious patients are nonetheless trying to get them — either by asking a health care provider willing to prescribe an extra shot, or by lying about their earlier vaccination.

So there. But maybe they’re depriving people who want a first shot of chances? Nope. “Because vaccine supplies have been so plentiful in recent weeks, ensuring patients aren’t overloading on vaccines hasn’t necessarily been top of mind for providers.”

This story line seems to be appearing all over all of a sudden. Why?

FOR THE CHILDREN™: New Study Shows Just How Much School Lockdowns Harm Innocent Kids. “The McKinsey report uses testing results from spring 2021, translating points-based scores into a “months-of-learning-lost” metric and comparing this year’s results to pre-pandemic levels. The results show that, on average, elementary school students lost the equivalent of five months—or half a school year—of learning in math, and four months in reading. Results varied by race and income, and unsurprisingly, students of color and from poorer families suffered most.”

HIGH TESTOSTERONE MAY NOT MAKE YOU A SUCCESS. It may even work the other way:

There are plausible mechanisms for this too. First, we know that socioeconomic disadvantage is stressful, and chronic stress can lower testosterone. Second, how a person perceives their status relative to others in society might influence their testosterone: studies of sports matches, usually between men, have often found that testosterone rises in the winner compared to the loser.

It’s also possible that some third factor is responsible for the associations seen in previous studies. For instance, higher testosterone in men is linked to good health – and good health may also help people succeed in their careers.

So there you are.

EVERYTHING IS RACIST: Now You Are a Racist if You Don’t Want Your Kid Near a Pit Bull.

GOOD: Exercise improves health through changes to DNA.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: The left is furious with Biden as eviction moratorium ends.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: It Just Got Harder to Buy a Gun in Colorado.

HB21-1298 “Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements,” went into effect on June 29, and is specifically designed to “address the epidemic of gun violence we have seen in Colorado,” said bill sponsor Sen. Julie Gonzales, D-Denver.

Under existing federal law, if a background check doesn’t come back after three days, gun dealers can transfer a firearm to another person. However, HB 1298 undoes this and requires gun dealers to get approval — no matter how long it takes — before transferring a gun.

Additionally, before the enactment of HB 1298, when a background check resulted in denying someone a firearm transfer, they could appeal the decision, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was required to review that person’s background records and render a final decision within 30 days. HB 1298 changes that 30-day deadline to 60 days and allows for indefinite denial in certain instances.

Finally, HB 1298 adds 11 misdemeanors the list of background check disqualifiers and makes it so those convicted of these misdemeanors can’t purchase or possess a gun for five years from the date of conviction.

Spoiler: None of these provisions will do anything to combat the surge of so-called “gun violence” occurring in badly-run, Democrat-controlled (but I repeat myself) cities.

#JOURNALISM:

THEY DON’T EVEN WISH THEY KNEW HOW TO QUIT HIM: NYT Says It’s Trump’s Fault Biden Isn’t Pleasing the Climate Change Cult Quickly Enough.

HERE WE GO: NYC will require vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms.

PORKULUS II: THE REVENGE. 2,702 Pages Of Pork. “All this only scratches the surface of a bill week-kneed Republicans are telling us is acceptable only because it doesn’t have every leftwing wishlist item the $3.5 trillion “infrastructure” bill does.”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Fourth Capitol Hill Riot Police Officer Commits Suicide, Welcome to Insanity Wrap Conspiracy Central.

Plus:

  • Soros financier has us wondering if QAnon was right all along
  • Neurodivergent minors are using kitty and pup and bunnyself pronouns because our stupidest possible timeline somehow just got stupider
  • It’s news when a reporter reports news

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

READER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End: A Novel with One Foot in the Future. This is the only book by Vinge I have ever read.

For all book recommendations, go here.

A FEDERAL TAX ON EVERY MILE YOU DRIVE: The Lid reports it’s on page 511 of the draft text of the Senate infrastructure bill, authorization for a national pilot project for a Mileage-Based User Fee for every mile you drive. Glenn highlighted the privacy concerns of such a program in Road & Track in 2019.

CHANGE: Number of students being homeschooled in Colorado more than doubles. “Colorado is representative of what we’re seeing across the country – which is families had to make a lot of hard decisions last year and some of them chose to homeschool. Either for family flexibility or disenchantment with how remote school was going or they didn’t like the hybrid model — there are a lot of reasons where homeschooling may have been a better fit during the pandemic.”

After, too.

ALL THE EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT NATURAL “RECOVERED” IMMUNITY IS AT LEAST AS GOOD AS THE VACCINES: Law professor with naturally acquired COVID immunity battles GMU’s strict vaccine mandate. “Multiple clinical studies have shown that natural immunity provides at least as much protection against reinfection as the most effective vaccines—and unquestionably more protection than less-effective vaccines from China and elsewhere that university policy approves.”

Oh, please. If they’ll accept Sinovac then they’re not serious about health. They’re just too greedy to turn down foreign students who pay full tuition.

QUESTION ASKED: “If it’s okay for a privileged Democrat like Barack Obama to have a bunch of people surrounding him for his birthday party as the Delta variant spreads, why isn’t it okay for anyone else to do so?”

TALCULM X: White Privilege? Racial Trickster Shaun King Buys Lakeside Mansion.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: REPORT: Public university presidents’ salaries, tuition hikes since Great Recession.

JOANNE JACOBS: SF school board, union undercut pandemic hubs. “’Political infighting undercut the effectiveness of city-sponsored learning hubs for vulnerable students last year,’ writes Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle, citing a report by independent researchers.”

It would be much easier to still believe in public education if only public educators still believed in public education.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW IS SEARCHING FOR A NEW DEAN. It’s a pretty good gig as deanships go, with a happy productive faculty and a sensible and supportive university administration.

RADLEY BALKO: I don’t think those identical tweets are coming from Chinese bots:

It’s almost like you can’t trust stuff on social media.

NO, AND THAT’S WHY CHINA CONTINUES TO CONTROL THE INFORMATION: Can US know COVID origins conclusively when China controls the information?

CONVENTIONAL NON-WISDOM:

Peggy Noonan’s column in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday is a very clear exposé of the profound political division in America today. Her position is that Donald Trump is a deadly combination of crazy, dishonest, and incompetent, that there can be no possible question that he was and is unsuited to be president, and that he was unquestionably honestly defeated in the presidential election. More, he deliberately incited a violent assault upon the U.S. Capitol on January 6, his party is afraid of him even though his support is thin and diminishing, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s investigation into the events of January 6 must be pursued with energy and thoroughness, for the chief purpose of ensuring that Trump never returns to public office.

This is the epiphany of the comparatively civilized Trump-hater and it is almost entirely false.

At no point does Noonan dispute the accomplishments of the Trump Administration, and I do not recall that she has ever disputed them. The near elimination of illegal immigration and of unemployment and the sharply rising incomes in low-income ethnic minority areas, reduced taxes, the identification in sober terms of the Chinese challenge, the elimination of oil imports, the extermination of ISIS, shaping up of NATO, the Abraham Accords in the Middle East, and the pressure on Iran and de-escalation of the confrontation with North Korea; to the best of my recollection as a regular reader of hers, Noonan never disputed any of this.

And yet previously she has compared Trumpism to metastatic cancer. This and similarly extreme strictures establish her as one of the most perfervid of the respectable Trump haters.

Peggy is the voice of the establishment. Unfortunately, our current establishment is a toxic stew of corruption, incompetence, and disconnection from reality.

READER BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Commenter Blunt Force Karma suggests Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society.

You can view the whole “book club” list here.

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Matt Margolis: Kamala Harris’s Unpopularity Is Truly Historic. “What makes this significant is that Kamala Harris’s approval ratings matter a great deal. From the very beginning, there’s been a sort of co-presidency vibe from this administration.”

Kevin Downey Jr: Liberals Worldwide Are Ramping Up the Panic About COVID Stats. Here Are Some Fast Facts. “The woman who published the tweet below, Debbie Burnett, is running against Rep. Boebert in Colorado. She is histrionic about COVID. She is actually a veterinarian who volunteers at a hospital as a physical therapist. The rolling average of new COVID cases in Aspen (which is Boebert’s district) is five per day. This woman is dangerous.”

Yours Truly: The Dumbest Well-Read Man in America Wants to Pummel You Into Submission on Vaccines. “He was and remains the master of the ‘He couldn’t be that dumb for real, could he?’ explainer piece.”

JAMES LILEKS: Here it comes, it seems: the Remaskening! “Just remember: everything that is going amiss is due to people you don’t like. Right? No. But . . . everyone I like is guided by reason, right? Not necessarily. Or entirely.”

 

THAT’S NOT EVEN A SLAP ON THE WRIST FOR A CCP SPYWARE COMPANY AND ITS AMERICAN ENABLERS: Zoom to pay $85M for lying about encryption and sending data to Facebook and Google.

UNPOSSIBLE. KARENS EVERYWHERE HOLD THEM OUT AS LIFESAVERS. Disease Expert Tells CNN: Most Masks Don’t Really Work Against Wuhan Coronavirus.

To be fair, Fauci said that at one point. But then, he’s said everything at one point.

DON’T BE SILLY. JIM JONES WAS A DEMOCRAT-SUPPORTED LEFTY ACTIVIST. Liberal Media Scream: New CNN low, comparing Trump ‘cult’ to Jonestown massacre.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: High Noon at the Delta Variant Panic Porn Corral. “As Republicans look ahead to the 2022 midterm elections, it’s important that they realize that how they react to this lunatic overreach and overreaction from the Democrats may do more than anything to determine their success or failure next year. This isn’t time to draw a line in the sand, it’s time to push back so hard that the other side never gets near where the line would have been.”

HARSH BUT FAIR: U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Makes Country Proud, Unlike Women’s Team.

NOW BACK IN STOCK AND ON SALE: The whole dang game. 410 cards total. (Bumped)

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Masking kids and closing schools is irrational, unscientific child abuse.

I’M EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: SpaceX installs 29 engines on giant Super Heavy Mars rocket.

Super Heavy will initially sport 29 Raptors, and future versions will have 32 of the engines, Musk has said. Starship’s upper stage, a 165-foot-tall (50 meters) spacecraft called Starship, will be powered by six additional Raptors.

Three-engine Starship prototypes have flown multiple times, on test flights that reached a maximum altitude of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). In May, a vehicle known as SN15 (“Serial No. 15”) became the first to ace this high-altitude hop, surviving its touchdown intact. (Several of SN15’s predecessors did well until the very end, failing to stick the landing.)

SN15’s success cleared the way for the coming orbital flight, which will be the first liftoff of a Super Heavy vehicle. A fully stacked Starship, consisting of a Super Heavy known as Booster 4 and the SN20 upper-stage prototype, will launch from South Texas.

The only question is when, and the EPA seems to be dragging its feet.

IT’S THE CORRUPT OLIGARCHY: Something is rotten about our big Blue cities.

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