DEMOCRATS SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT:  As John Fund explains, by putting Proposition 16 on the ballot, California’s deep-blue legislators help elected Republicans Michelle Park Steel and Young Kim to Congress. Washington State’s Democrats may want to take note.

OF COURSE: A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story: Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries.

It’s a Chinese virus. It came from China.

Flashback: Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis.

A competent, honest response would have placed the world on notice much earlier. A China that cared about the rest of the world would have halted flights abroad while this disease was spreading, instead of allowing its citizens to spread willy-nilly around the globe. (As Brian Kennedy writes: “China seems to have taken the position that if they were to suffer the coronavirus, so too was the United States and the rest of the world. What else is to explain the continuation of flights from China to the United States at the rate of some 20,000 passengers a day, until President Trump wisely shut them down?”)

Related: Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis. “From the moment the coronavirus emerged in central China, Beijing has acted in a way that made a pandemic possible and then inevitable. It covered up what was happening in Wuhan. It silenced whistleblowers who sought to warn the world. It stole medical supplies from other countries, even while claiming the sickness was no big deal. . . . If Beijing had given the real number of infected people and deaths, other countries would have recognized the danger, and taken necessary steps.”

OBVIOUSLY STUPID AND DISHONEST LEADERS HAVE TROUBLE LEADING: Senseless Restrictions on Outdoor Activities Undermine the Goal of Curbing COVID-19.

CHANGE (IT BACK): Philippines Looking to Reverse Course on Scrapping U.S. Military Pact.

CHINA MOVES TO BAN FOREIGN MISSIONARIES: A government agency controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — but I repeat myself — has issued a 40-article regulation that extends the government’s suppression of Christian congregations in China to foreign missionaries coming into the country. It’s Mao’s Cultural Revolution all over again but this time the Red Guards are government bureaucrats and secret police armed with digital weapons.

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INEZ STEPMAN: Contra your neighborhood hipster bar, there is no such thing as “craft vodka.”

Plus: “Now, I realize the French have made quite a reputation for themselves in matters of gastronomy and intoxication. Their wine, their cheese, their duck confit; far be it from me to push the people out of their well-deserved lane. To be honest, their accomplishments generally outshine my own hereditary Slavs in that department. But vodka, vodka we know.”

BIG TECH OCCUPIES THE UNITED STATES: “Big Tech has infiltrated the American homeland and is imposing speech laws that resemble those of Europe, challenging the authority and longevity of the First Amendment.”

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: ‘Good riddance’: Tech’s flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates. “Software engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas. Some San Francisco residents are fine with it.”

Many urban centers have seen residents move out in large numbers since the start of stay-at-home orders in March, but the shift has been especially dramatic for San Francisco, a city that was already experiencing rapid change because of the tech industry.

Software engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas, citing housing costs, California’s relatively high income tax and the Bay Area’s general resistance to rapid growth and change.

The scale of the departures is visible in vacant high-end apartments, moth-balled offices and quieter streets in neighborhoods popular with tech workers. And while no one is exactly celebrating, especially as Covid-19 has devastated the incomes of many people, some residents were ready to take a break from the rich.

“The gentrification pressure has been at least momentarily relieved,” said John Elberling, executive director of Todco, an affordable housing nonprofit that operates in the South of Market neighborhood alongside the shuttered headquarters of countless tech companies and startups.

Who will pay for the “affordable” housing once the tax revenues dry up?

WORST POLITICAL CLASS EVER: The Political Class’s Hypocrisy Long Predates Covid-19.

On some level, politicians have always believed that they deserve special treatment, that the ordinary rules don’t apply to them. They have pushed for limits on school choice for the poor while sending their own children to private schools. They have advocated for gun control and defunding the police while being protected by armed security guards. They have denounced the influence of money in politics while courting wealthy donors at closed-door fundraisers.

But the coronavirus protocol breaches we’ve witnessed this year could wind up being far more consequential if they lead to less support for nanny-state policies. Conservatives, who are more constitutionally averse to busybody politicians making decisions for people, were always warier of lockdowns and the rationale behind them. What has changed since the spring is growing skepticism of public-health edicts among liberals. . . .

These people are perfectly aware that infection rates are rising and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly cautions against celebrating the holiday with people outside your household. Alas, many of them don’t seem to care anymore. According to the American Automobile Association, there could be as many as 50 million Thanksgiving travelers this year, only 10% less than in 2019.

This is a form of mass civil disobedience like nothing the country has seen since the 1960s. Some of it is born of Covid fatigue, to be sure. But the endless parade of politicians flouting their own rules surely has also played a role. It began shortly after the spring lockdowns and if anything has become more commonplace, even farcical.

We are ruled, in many places, by clowns. Often vicious clowns, but still clowns.

IF YOU LIVE IN THE DENVER AREA, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Toast.  Like many places, it’s going to have a hard time surviving the completely insane second lockdown mandated by the crazy people in our state government. Get some take out, and give them a hand with the survival thing, until we come out the other side, okay?

Oh, and the food is great. It would be nice if we can have at least some good things on the other side, no?

ADOLESCENT BOYS OF ALL AGES AND GENDERS ARE ROLLING ON THE FLOOR AS YOU READ THIS:   November ‘beaver moon’, lunar eclipse to light up sky.

Can confirm….

AND, AS WE ALL KNOW, CHINA IS COMPLETELY RELIABLE:  China now claims India is original source of Wuhan Coronavirus.

OBAMA MUST RETIRE TO IRAN ALREADY, SO SAY THE REST OF US:  Trumpism Must Be Purged Say Obama Counsels.

HARK, IS THAT A HELICOPTER I HEAR?  Biden Hurts Ankle, Kamala Prepares To Ascend.

I HAVE A BETTER IDEA! REIN IN THE GUARDIAN TO SAVE THE WORLD:  Guardian: Rein in Advertising to Save the World from Climate Change.

TO BE FAIR, WE ALSO REGRET THEIR HAVING CHILDREN. OR AT LEAST RAISING THEM:  The Guardian: Climate Activists Avoid or Regret Having Children.

ONCE UPON A TIME THIS WOULD HAVE THE MAKINGS OF A HIT MOVIE, BUT HOLLYWOOD NO LONGER MAKES MOVIES WITH HEROIC JEWS:   Iran’s Mohsen Fakhrizadeh killed hit squad, report says.

WOW – THIS MOVEMENT DEGENERATED INTO A RACKET IN RECORD TIME:   Star-studded Time’s Up charities spent big on salaries, not victims.

Also, has anyone seen my shocked face? Because I really need it.

DOES ANYBODY ACTUALLY CARE?  Does Matt Drudge even work at The Drudge Report anymore?

The more important question is: are there any journalists who aren’t democrat operatives with bylines, or have they all been pushed out of the field?

OH, COMMUNISM:  ‘Sovereign Citizens’ claiming ownership of occupied mansions.

I MEAN, SERIOUSLY:  Cause of Death: A Primer.

AND IF WE TALLIED OURS FAIRLY, WHAT DO YOU THINK?   More people died of suicide in Japan in one month than the entire coronavirus pandemic.

WHAT IF WE ELECTED TRUMP, AND PEACE BROKE OUT?  Surprise exodus of Jewish Americans moving to once-hostile UAE.

November 29, 2020

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THE “FACT-CHECKERS'” HISTORY HAS NOT BEEN EXACTLY BRILLIANT: Candace Owens Challenges Fact-Checker, And Wins. “I wanted to show that these fact-checkers just lie, and they usually go unchecked because most people don’t have the money, don’t have the time, and don’t have the platform to go after them — and I have all three.”

THERE IS UNREST IN THE FOREST. THERE IS TROUBLE WITH THE TREES. FOR THE MAPLES WANT MORE SUNLIGHT, AND THE OAKS IGNORE THEIR PLEAS: “I hope we can create some kind of trend, that actually people are going to run to the parks and start complaining to the trees. This is one way of healing at this moment of our history.”

Well, it’s one way. David Thompson has much fun with this suggestion, so read the whole thing.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Solar power stations in space could be the answer to our energy needs.

BECAUSE THE U.S. PRESS IS GARBAGE: Three professors, two from Dartmouth and one from Brown, have produced a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?” It focuses on the U.S. press, and its findings are disturbing.

Plus: “Why are ‘major’ U.S. news sources so massively more negative than their international counterparts? I think the widespread hostility toward President Trump is the obvious answer. The fact that Fox isn’t much different from its left-wing competitors probably tells us more about Fox than about the American press in general. But that isn’t the whole story. This NBER article suggests that the pessimism of major news outlets is a response to reader demand.”

TRANSLATION: IS TRUMP GOING TO SPILL THE SECRETS ABOUT US THAT WE GOT HIM OUT OF OFFICE TO PROTECT? When he leaves office, can ex-President Trump be trusted with America’s national security secrets? The intelligence community’s campaign against Trump started with a leak about a “briefing” about the fake Steele Dossier.

The intelligence bureaucracy is an unprincipled, self-interested player in American politics, and it doesn’t want people to know how, what, or who it’s been playing.

HMM: Computer mouse movements may reveal appetite for risk-taking.

ROGER KIMBALL: Crime Hiding Crime: A Motive for the Steal.

My point is this: fear as well as greed has been a powerful motivating force in explaining the desperate tactics employed by the Left to secure the presidency for the disagreeable and senescent political hack at the head of the Democratic ticket.

The agenda he and—more to the point—his leftwing puppeteers hope to enact was one motivating factor.

Their desire to free themselves from scrutiny for their years—in some case, decades—of corruption was another, equally powerful motivation.

Doubtless, many of them of them believe they can breathe easy now. Joe is almost president, isn’t he?

Well, is he?

I said that the whole Russia Collusion hoax was the biggest scandal in American history.

That award might be about to be transferred to the 2020 presidential election.

Fair and free elections are essential to the maintenance of democracy.

Perhaps we have just witnessed how difficult it is to assure their perpetuation in the face of concerted partisan interference.

The first U.S. presidential election was held in December, 1788. We’ve come a long way in two hundred and thirty-two years.

It was a good run, maybe the best in history. It would be sad to see it go.

Stay tuned.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Biden To Name Tanden as Budget Chief, Rouse to Economic Council.

Flashback: “Israel is depressing,” Tanden wrote in 2016:

The co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s transition team called the March re-election of hard-line Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “depressing” in an e-mail to Clinton’s campaign chair.

Neera Tanden moaned to John Podesta the day after Netanyahu’s win.

“Israel is depressing,” Tanden wrote.

The hacked message was among thousands released by WikiLeaks. “It’s a good lesson that the wing nuts are just ruthless in every country,” Tanden added.

“Bad,” Podesta replied.

And speaking of “bad:” The Center For American Progress Staff Was Shocked After Neera Tanden Named The Anonymous Harassment Victim In An All-Staff Meeting.

As Glenn noted earlier this month, “A Biden presidency would be the death of #Metoo, just as Clinton’s was.”

UPDATE: “‘The good thing about a Biden run,’ Neera Tanden, Clinton’s close aide who also advised the Obama administration on health policy, wrote to Podesta in 2015, in an email later exposed by WikiLeaks, ‘is that he would make Hillary look so much better.’”

‘The President Was Not Encouraging’: What Obama Really Thought About Biden, The Politico, August 14th.

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? San Francisco wealth tax will fuel next blue exodus for rich earners.

It’s not like they weren’t warned. And we need a separate version of my Welcome Wagon Project just for rich people who move.

DISPATCHES FROM THE PARTY OF TOLERANCE AND DIVERSITY:

Morning Joe: We Have No Reason to Tolerate, Understand Anyone Who Supported Trump.

NewsBusters, Wednesday.

Barack Obama Smears Trump’s Latino Voters.

Legal Insurrection, yesterday.

UPDATE: Professional Asshole Keith Olbermann: Prosecute Trump, Family, Supporters, Everyone (Video).

The Lid, today.

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TAKING A SECOND LOOK AT WWII WITH VICTOR DAVIS HANSON’S THE SECOND WORLD WARS.

My review at Ed Driscoll.com. Where else will you see Mussolini’s Italian biplanes fighting in the Battle of Britain?

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DAILY BEAST SETTLING NICELY INTO ITS COMING FOUR YEAR SLUMBER: Joe Biden’s Dogs Have Told This Pet Psychic a Lot About Their Beloved Master, and His Future.

The pop-up add above that article is a hoot:

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UPDATE: Just as the gypsy woman didn’t foretold: President-elect Joe Biden twists ankle while playing with dog, to see a doctor.

As our sister-site Twitchy asks: How come The Daily Beast’s dog psychic didn’t warn Joe Biden about the ankle injury?

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CALIFORNIA, THERE IT GOES:

Hey Gavin: Pluck you, man! It’s time to stop the virulent Covidfornia virus before it infects every other place it touches. As the saying goes, if you don’t fight them over there, you have to fight them over here.

Therefore: we stay. We stick it out while they burn it down. After all, you’ve got to hit rock bottom before you can recover.

Lucky for me, we may be hitting rock sooner than I thought, thanks to Newsom, Mayor Garcetti, and L.A.’s newly elected district attorney, George Gascón.

George Gascón is a proud supporter of both BLM and Antifa. He is a far-left progressive and one of many District Attorneys who has enjoyed the generous patronage of George Soros. He thinks looting is reparations. His policies are a complete enshrinement of BLM demands: defund police, stop arresting criminals, and close down the jails, because they’re racist. The only people he plans to target for arrest are cops, of course, and innocent people guilty of things like home self-defense, white privilege, and insufficient public wokeness.

In other words, George Gascón is the disease—and the cure. Once he takes a wrecking ball to public safety, Lord help us all. The popsicle sticks and chewing gum holding this place together won’t stand a chance.

It is about to get real ugly, real fast. But at last, perhaps, people who have silently grumbled for years and years about tent cities and filth and robberies and junkies shooting up on the formerly beautiful beaches will have finally had enough.

The luddite mentality of aging San Francisco leftists is quite telling: ‘Good riddance’: Tech’s flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates.

Over the years, San Francisco residents tried a variety of tactics to protest the tech industry’s effects on the city: blocking corporate buses, halting expensive new condo buildings, proposing tax increases and even threatening to limit office cafeterias.

Affordable housing advocates, local politicians and longtime San Francisco residents hoped the well-off newcomers would contribute more to their new community, or if they didn’t, then perhaps leave.

Elberling, who before the pandemic spearheaded new restrictions on skyscrapers in San Francisco, is among those who believe the city was being overrun by people who arrived for one reason.

“The motivation got to this get-rich-quick attitude,” he said. “And that isn’t what our city is about. You can make a lot of money here, obviously, but that’s not the persona of San Francisco.”

San Francisco has a history of boom-and-bust cycles, stretching back to the 1849 gold rush and including multiple tech bubbles. But that’s not why people stay, Elberling said.

“If all you care about is money, I suggest you go to Texas,” he said.

GOP governors better get cracking on Glenn’s Welcome Wagon kits ASAP, if they want to keep their states in the red column. Otherwise, as a — [cough] — longtime resident of Texas, I’m all in favor of this proposal by America’s Newspaper of Record: Texas Passes Law Banning Californians From Voting After They Move There.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What Happened To Led Zeppelin’s Boeing 720, “The Starship?”

The unit held registration N7201U and was the first Boeing 720 built. It was initially delivered to United Airlines in October 1960.

However, the 138-seater saw its most famous action following its purchase for $600,000 in 1973.
According to I Love Classic Rock, new owners Bobby Sherman and Ward Sylvester splashed $200,000 into the project. By the time the new configuration was over, the main cabin featured a 30-foot-long couch that ran along the right side of the plane, as well as a TV and video cassette player. The superstar passengers could also have a shower on board. This helped lessen the need to live out of hotels and suitcases while traveling from town to town across North America.

* * * * * * * *

There was undoubtedly plenty of alcohol to go around at the bar. Road manager Richard Cole highlights the top quality champagne that was onboard.

Cole said the following, as reported by The New York Times:

”In those days, we went through a phase where we only drank ’64 and ’66 Dom Pérignon. If we found a good deal we’d have one of the assistants buy several cases and store it on the plane.”

Nonetheless, the first paying passengers on The Starship were the band members of Led Zeppelin. The group jumped on in July 1973, and during this period, they were one of the biggest bands across the globe. In true rockstar fashion, they toured with style, and there was plenty of excitement on their travels.

The band painted their name across the fuselage and treated the master suite like an hourly rate motel. There was also a lot of intoxication while in the skies, as Cole called the jet ”a floating gin palace.”

Earlier:

‘Jimmy Page: The Anthology’ and His Previous Coffee Table Book: None Will Be Revealed.

The Liner Notes of the Gods: ‘Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World’s Greatest Rock Band.’

ROGER SIMON: Now Is the Time for All Good Men and Women to Get off Twitter.

That Twitter has just censored (“suspended the account” in their parlance) the film version of Lee Smith’s “The Plot Against the President,” directed by Amanda Milius, is not in the least surprising.

It’s only the latest example of what Twitter does, what we have come to expect of it—censor or whatever euphemism you want to apply because the massive site, we are informed ad infinitum, is a private company and can do what it bloody well pleases without having to pay the slightest obeisance to the Bill of Rights or even the Magna Carta.

Yes, it’s good publicity for the film, an accurate retelling of the horrifying Russiagate story, but that’s no excuse.

Whatever Jack Dorsey and his minions dislike, whatever threatens them, is automatically banned or, at best, temporarily tolerated with some supercilious notation about its supposed wrongheadedness. (And they claim they’re a public facility—like the phone company.)

Almost never do they say with any specificity why they are censoring. They just do it.

What is surprising is that so many of us are still on Twitter, addicted as any homeless crackhead in Santa Monica while fattening the coffers of a maniacal “progressive” billionaire by living as inadvertent vassals on his online totalitarian estate.

I wanted to get out years ago but hung on, even through the extraordinary blocking of the New York Post’s reporting on Tony Bobulinski’s testimony regarding the China-centric business dealings of Hunter Biden and the “big guy,” an act of hyperpartisanhip worthy of Goebbels or Beria.

That may have been the proverbial straw on the back of the proverbial camel for me.

I got out shortly thereafter and intend to stay out.

I urge everyone else to follow me, not because I’m anything special—as I noted it took me years to make the break—but because it’s by far the best thing to do.

Leaving, taking your business elsewhere, is the only way to destroy the pernicious influence of Twitter and the other tech giants. I’ve said it before, but this time I’ve done it myself. (Finally.)

And we can’t expect the government to do it for us.

Especially if Biden’s election goes through (I know, thankfully getting iffy), the chances of Section 230, the provision allowing Twitter and the others to avoid legal responsibility for what they publish, is unlikely to change. Big Tech literally owns the Democratic Party.

And if Donald Trump has a second term, I’m, alas, skeptical he will do much. He’s evidently addicted to Twitter as well. He should also get out.

I’m not going to spend time criticizing the narcissistic reasons so many media players, even those on the right who are mistreated, stay on. Obviously, I was one of them.

But I will address, via a personal anecdote, the question of whether both sides actually can discuss the issues together in a collegial manner, putatively the intention of Twitter, although totally ludicrous in its execution because the site’s bias against one of the sides is so extreme, even to the point of banning or censoring them (again, a distinction without a difference in the real world).

In addition to its high-tech totalitarianism, it’s a virus of the mind as well — somebody should write a book about the multifaceted elements of Twitter’s insidious nature.

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COLOR ME SKEPTICAL THAT THIS WILL BE A GOOD THING: Digital License Plates Coming to Michigan in 2021 after Debut in California. “By making the license plate a screen, Rplate lets people display their own (approved) messages. The plate can also warn people that the car it’s on has been stolen, or maybe to show an Amber or Silver Alert, if the state wants that functionality.”

FASTER, PLEASE: New therapy to target the spread of bowel cancer.

THERE’S BARELY ENOUGH NATURAL INTELLIGENCE IN THAT FIELD: Exploring the use of artificial intelligence in architecture.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● Shot: Fauci resists Republican effort to turn testimony against protesters.

—Reuters, July 31st.

● Chaser: Fauci: There will ‘almost certainly’ be an uptick in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving travel.

The Hill, today.

HMM: MS has mixed impact on risk for cancer, study says.

RIP: Darth Vader actor David Prowse dead at 85. Prowse was asked to audition for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca but he said he chose Luke Skywalker’s father because ”you always remember the bad guys.”

That’s such a curious statement, since he chose to play one of the series’ most important good guys.

INTERVIEW: Glenn Greenwald on Biden, Free Speech, and Leaving The Intercept.

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UTAH MONOLITH: The mysterious silver monolith in the desert has disappeared.

Has anyone checked the lunar crater Tycho recently for magnetic anomalies under its surface?

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): The last known photo of the monolith may provide a clue to its disappearance:

IF ONLY THERE WAS A LIQUID AVAILABLE THAT COULD RELIABLY POWER CARS, AND WAS EASY AND INEXPENSIVE TO REFILL: ‘Why did it take nine hours to go 130 miles in our new electric Porsche?’

NYC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO REOPEN FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING ON DEC. 7: DE BLASIO.

No word yet how badly Andrew Cuomo will lash out at reporters over this decision.

IN THE MAIL: Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Broncos won’t have quarterbacks against Saints because of COVID contact concerns.

WITH A NAME THAT CONTROVERSIAL, THEY’RE DOOMED: ‘Students for Western Civilization’ wants to set up shop at Canadian university.

CONSPIRACY TO INTERFERE WITH CIVIL RIGHTS: Incoming Texas freshmen threatened with doxxing if they join conservative campus groups.

IT’S EXTREMELY EASY IF YOU TRY. Thought experiment: Imagine if Iran had assassinated an Israeli nuclear scientist.

ROGER KIMBALL: Reality and the Narrative.

The strongest argument for Biden’s victory is not the vote tally. It is the monolithic narrative, pumped up like one of those inflatable play castles at a child’s birthday party. With every passing day, that narrative becomes more boisterous, more assertive, more uncompromising. It is a collective primal scream, emitted with eyes shut and ears plugged.

There is a problem for the narrative, however. Or more to the point, there are 73 million problems. A major concession in the Biden-won-give-it-up-narrative is revealed by the hawkers of the “Unity Now” meme. Let us all come together as one nation, under Joe, and reassert the American normality that has been so sorely missing under the despotic reign of Donald Trump.

No. No, that’s not going to fly, and not only because of the snarling viciousness that attended Donald Trump and his entire administration from the moment he was elected until now. Granted, Democrats are masters of hypocrisy. I will give them that. Brazenness is part of the formula. They are utterly unembarrassed by double standards. Indeed, they glory in them.

Plus: “Inquiring minds want to know, how is it possible that voter turnout in just those key cities in just those key states was so high: often 90 percent or more? How is it possible that Joe Biden, who barely campaigned, garnered more votes in just those spots than even Barack Obama had done? How is it possible that, as everyone was getting tucked into bed on the night of November 3, Donald Trump had notable leads in almost all of those states and then, suddenly, all at once, in the wee hours, floods of votes poured in and—wouldn’t you know it—they were overwhelmingly, sometimes exclusively, for Biden? And what about those voting machines from Dominion: are we confident that they are secure?”

Read the whole thing.

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JOHN KERRY, REPORTING FOR DOODY: Apparatchik John Kerry, Climate Czar.

Suppose you are a man with a long history of personal mediocrity in important positions. You aren’t quite as publicly toxic as, say, Hillary Clinton. But no one really respects you either. You’re old, 76. You’re definitely a “me too” lothario. You have said nothing notable in 35 years in the public eye, first as a U.S. Senator, then failed presidential candidate, and finally Secretary of State.

Your biggest success was in being the face of Obama’s Iran deal, the entire premise of which was to set up an untrustworthy, fundamentalist regime hell-bent on acquiring nuclear weapons, and deeply hated by its own people, as a dominant regional power.

So which job do you get in a Joe Biden Administration?

Climate Czar!

For the sake of the nation’s economy, let’s hope Kerry is as useless at that job as he has been at everything else in the past:

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HANNAH COX: How Big Government Stacked the Deck Against Small Business.

MICHAEL WALSH: Why traditional masculine attributes still matter on the battlefield.

Heroism — the willingness to put your life on the line for family, tribe, duty, honor, country and God in the face of the greatest possible adversity — used to be considered one of the foremost masculine virtues.

Indeed, the history of western civilization from the ancient Greeks to the recent present has been the history of heroism as well: the last stands at Thermopylae, Masada, the Swiss Guard at the Vatican in 1527, the Alamo, Khartoum, and Stalingrad are still names to conjure with, learn from, and celebrate.

Indeed, just 70 years ago this week, the First Marine Division fought its way into the pages of history with their gallant stand at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. In temperatures as low as minus-30 degrees, the Marines held off some 100,000 Chinese attackers and fought their way in hellish conditions back to the allied lines.

Today, however, we live in a decidedly unheroic age, one in which the traditional masculine attributes of courage, physical strength, and moral fortitude have been disparaged by feminists and soy boys nearly into oblivion.

QED: Sarah Fuller Becomes The First Woman To Play In A Major College Football Game. “Props to Fuller for carving out her place in history, but Vanderbilt is in trouble if this is where their kicking game is at.”

FOR A GUY WHO SUPPOSEDLY LOST, TRUMP SURE HAD COATTAILS. FOR A GUY WHO SUPPOSEDLY WON, BIDEN SURE DIDN’T. How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America.

This year, Democrats targeted a dozen state legislative chambers where Republicans held tenuous majorities, including in Pennsylvania, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Minnesota. Their goal was to check the power of Republicans to redraw congressional and legislative districts in 2021, and to curb the rightward drift of policies from abortion to gun safety to voting rights.

In all cases, Democrats came up short. None of their targeted legislative chambers flipped, even though Biden carried many of the districts that down-ballot Democrats did not. It could make it harder for Democrats to retain a House majority in 2022.

They did badly in Congressional races, too.

DIVERSITY RULES: Biden Creates Diverse Covid-19 Advisory Board To Contrast With Trump.

Please tell me there will be a Muslim outreach program, too.

LIKE ALL THE OTHER RULES IN THE MODERN OLIGARCHY: Pandemic Rules Are Only for the Little People. “We’re expected to suffer discomfort, economic pain, and emotional distress or else pay fines or serve jail time. Government officials, meanwhile, take offense when called out for violating the standards they created.”

OPEN THREAD: Have fun, you crazy kids.

IT’S THE WINTER OF LOVE ON STATEN ISLAND: NYC Pub Borrows a Page From Leftists in Lockdown Dispute.

A clever bar owner in New York City is borrowing a tactic from left-wing anarchists in an ongoing spat with the government over coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The pub, located in Staten Island, declared itself an “autonomous zone” as a new ban on indoor dining at bars and restaurants took effect on Wednesday.

The New York Post reported on Saturday that a sign outside Mac’s Public House in Grant City read, “!ATTENTION! We hereby declare this establishment an !!!AUTONOMOUS ZONE!!!”

Saul Alinsky smiles.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Physicists could do the ‘impossible’: Create and destroy magnetic fields from afar.

MORE FROM MICHAEL YON: Antifa in Atlanta.

THE BACKLASH IS INTERNATIONAL: More than 150 arrested in London during anti-lockdown protest.

I don’t recall Black Lives Matter protesters being arrested in London.

DON’T OPEN THEM AT LEAST UNTIL 2020 IS OVER: Egypt Has Unearthed 160 Ancient Coffins Since September. Some Were Sealed With a ‘Curse.’

STRONGER, BUT LESS VERSATILE: Neanderthals’ thumbs were well-suited to ‘squeeze,’ study says. “The paper, published Thursday in Scientific Reports, said Neanderthals were well-adapted to grip tools the way we grab hammers — but would have struggled to hold a pencil or shake hands with someone else.”

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MICROBIOME NEWS: Gut microbes: The key to normal sleep. Gut flora seem to be the key to a lot of things.

PAGING TRUMP’S ELECTION RECOUNT TEAM:

Twitter thread assembled by Thread Reader.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Just Put the F*cking Turkey in the Oven.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: SIG SAUER Cross Recall. “Sig Sauer has viewed an online video that presents a single CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle with a potential safety concern. This gun has been returned to Sig Sauer and upon evaluation it has been confirmed that the rifle exhibited a delayed discharge after the trigger was pulled. Sig Sauer has decided to issue a safety recall in order to implement a modification to the firing action to address this potential safety concern.”

ROLL OVER THOMAS THE TANK: Intelino is the new Smart Train in the Toy World.

Over at the PJ Media Lifestyle section, I have a review of the Intelino Smart Train, which I first observed in action at the start of the year at the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and wrote about here at Instapundit.

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