March 8, 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES IS HAVING AN EMBARRASSING MELTDOWN OVER JOSH HAWLEY’S EXISTENCE:

Just before the third chapter of “How I Became A Famous Novelist,” Steve Hely’s 2009 satirical novel lampooning the publishing industry, he includes a fake New York Times Best Seller list. The No. 4 Nonfiction slot goes to “Needs Improvement In All Areas,” an attack on President George W. Bush, written by his former kindergarten teacher.

That happened for real today when The New York Times broke the news that an administrator from Sen. Josh Hawley’s middle school disapproved of his politics.

Barbara Weibling is quoted condemning her former middle school charge. Left unsaid by The New York Times is that Barbara Weibling is a left-wing activist. She is a small but committed donor to Democrats, and a perusal of her Facebook page shows she’s not exactly an unbiased educator. Her avatar is a flattering portraiture of Vice President Kamala Harris in the foreground, with President Joe Biden in the background.

She posts about her strong dislike of Fox News (where this reporter is a contributor) and love of Russia collusion conspiracy theorist Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. She posts outlandish left-wing claims from a group called “Occupy Democrats.” In between the supportive posts of socialism, Bernie Sanders, and Biden are attacks on Republicans going back to Reagan, at least. Is it really news that her dislike of Republicans extends to a former student at her school?

As silly as the whole thing is, the Times’ Elaina Plott and Danny Hakim debased themselves further by — and I’m in no way joking here — asking Hawley’s high school prom date for her thoughts. His prom date. HIS PROM DATE.

Shades of the media’s coordinated attack on Mitt Romney’s high school days in 2012 or life inside Brett Kavanaugh’s frat house six years later. Meanwhile, Democrats are free to construct mythical or highly embellished characters from the past like Cory Booker’s friend T-Bone and Biden’s buddy, Corn Pop. As Dominic Green wrote in 2019, “The Kavanaugh and Corn Pop stories must at all times be considered separately, for two reasons. First, if taken together, these stories show the extent to which pro-Democratic media, even the upmarket kind which advertises its fact-checking, will go in order to slander its enemies and support its team — and that the obvious cognitive decline of the Democratic frontrunner might not be as alarming as the obvious ethical decline in the press, because a party can find a better candidate, but the Times, it isn’t a-changin’. Second, there’s the risk that the two stories will merge into a single image in which Joe Biden’s friends push his penis into Corn Pop’s hand in order to prove his tolerance, while Brett Kavanaugh the Porn Cop stands pink and proud for family values. This composite is the true image of American politics today, so is best not considered at all, let along pushed into anyone’s face as part of a presidential nomination strategy.”

Heh, indeed.™

NOW OUT: The Deep Rig: How Election Fraud Cost Donald J. Trump the White House, By a Man Who did not Vote for Him. Barnes & Noble version in nook is here.

THAT’S THE DREAM: You Should Barely Know the Federal Government Exists. “The problem isn’t who’s in charge. The problem is that the power exists to begin with.”

GUN PORN: Girsan Regard: A Turkish Riff on a Beretta 92 That Looks Like it Came Straight of the Set of Narcos.

FLASHBACK: Les Paul in vintage Coors ad.

WE WILL NOT BE CANCELED: Big Tech Censorship and Cancel Culture Are on the Rise. Here’s How We Fight Back.

SO THEY BASICALLY JUST SHOWED UP AND DEMANDED TO BE FED? PLAUSIBLE. Ancient DNA Shows Cats Domesticated Themselves – Why Are We Not Surprised?

IT’S ON: NY Republicans File Cuomo Impeachment in State Assembly.

TRUMP WAS RIGHT: Gas Is at $2.75 a Gallon and Projected to Go Nowhere But Up.

Related: This Twitter meme brings back memories:

It’s the return of the Pelosi Premium!

MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE: Wyoming Gov. Gordon lifts mask mandate, rolls back coronavirus restrictions.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why You Should Test Your Ammo.

GETTING WHAT THEY VOTED FOR, GOOD AND HARD: Biden Celebrates International Women’s Day by Forcing Girls to Share Bathrooms, Sports Teams, With Boys.

THOSE ARE THEIR PRINCIPLES AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE THEM… WELL, THEY HAVE OTHERS: Senate Dems Drop For-Profit College Criticism to Appease Biden Nominee. “Elizabeth Warren ignores SEC pick’s for-profit college ties after attacking industry.”

BACK TO THE FUTURE! Ex-Activision veterans form Audacity Games to develop Atari 2600 titles. “In their first press release, Audacity Games described themselves as ‘focused on designing and publishing boxed game products for a variety of retro game systems’. Garry Kitchen later clarified on Twitter that each release would come with ‘a download of a digital version’, so those without the hardware can still enjoy the new games.”

PREDICTION: THE WUHAN CORONAVIRUS WILL TURN OUT TO BE A DISEASE PRIMARILY OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY AND OBESITY. Analysis of vitamin D level among asymptomatic and critically ill COVID-19 patients and its correlation with inflammatory markers.

Related: Dress style and Vitamin D levels.

Plus: Covid deaths high in countries with more overweight people, says report. “The correlation between obesity and mortality rates from Covid-19 is clear and compelling.”

AL GORE SAYS WE HAVE ONLY FOUR YEARS TO PREVENT IT: Most life on Earth will be killed by lack of oxygen in a billion years.

ORDERS GIVEN: Chinese Regime Tells Biden to Reverse Trump’s ‘Dangerous Practice’ of Supporting Taiwan. “Top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials have implored the administration to roll back Trump’s tough-on-China policies, focus on cooperation on issues such as climate change, and not to ‘interfere’ in what the regime dubs ‘red line’ issues, including its human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, the crackdown in Hong Kong, and military aggression toward Taiwan.”

IN RALPH NORTHAM’S VIRGINIA, LUXURY BELIEFS OUTWEIGH LOGIC: Virginia’s Unnecessary Ban on Styrofoam Food Containers Will Further Hurt Restaurants.

FACE IT, THE STATE’S MORE INTO CRIMINALS AND THE HOMELESS: Essential workers feel ‘left behind’ in Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout.

TEAM BIDEN DOWNPLAYS TRUMP’S VACCINE SUCCESS:

“I don’t think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last Thursday. The answer was in response to a question from ABC News senior White House correspondent Mary Bruce that noted that the Biden administration has been “following some of the same playbook” as the Trump administration when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations.

But Psaki is wrong. Trump has many failings, both personal and political, but in the case of the vaccines that were approved by the FDA last December to prevent COVID-19, he does in fact deserve credit for this historic achievement and the many lives it will save.

Psaki’s comment follows the narrative pushed by Biden and his team that Trump cannot be credited in any way, shape or form for Operation Warp Speed’s success in getting safe and effective vaccines to Americans in unheard-of time.

Indeed the Biden administration has been adamant that Trump utterly bungled the vaccine rollout.

Is anyone surprised after Kamala’s TDS-driven anti-vax conspiracy theories last year? Flashback to October: Kamala Harris says she will be ‘first in line’ for a coronavirus vaccine if health experts approve it, but ‘if Donald Trump tells us we should take it, then I’m not taking it.’

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Burger King Cracks Joke, Woke Brigade Cracks Skulls.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Is an eye-catching joke in service to a progressive aide program still a joke if no one gets it?

Answer: That’s not funny.

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

  • Minneapolis is about to feel the burn
  • Joe and Hunter used your tax dollars to pay for the press services they could have gotten for free
  • The only thing in the world worse than a rich and famous person complaining about their fame and fortune is three of them

Bonus Sanity: The CDC rediscovers the margin of error.

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

CONGRESSIONAL BLIND TRUSTS: “Why are members of Congress allowed to trade stocks? Why are their immediate family members allowed to trade stocks? I don’t think they were really upset with the Gamestop situation as much as they were ticked off they weren’t tipped off and allowed to participate in the squeeze.”

I RIDE A GS SCOOTER WITH MY HAIR CUT NEAT: The enduring appeal of the Vespa.

THANK YOU, DR. OBVIOUS: Fully vaccinated individuals can socialize without masks, distancing, CDC says.

Also people who have had Covid, but they don’t want to stress that because reasons.

SCENES FROM THE CLASS WAR: Elites see my black baby daughter as nothing more than a carbon-emitter.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S: Important message from “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden:” We may have been duped.

A KEY POINT: “The Seuss cancellations also illustrate how a disappearance can happen without a legal ‘ban’ being literally imposed. One day, the Seuss estate decides to self-censor; the next, that decision becomes the justification for eBay to delist used copies of the books. In a cultural landscape dominated by a few big companies with politically uniform management, you don’t need state censorship for books to swiftly vanish.”

THIS IS POLITICAL WAR, NOT IDEOLOGICAL DEBATE: Less Government’s Seton Motley sees no possibility of compromises with the reigning Democrats because they have zero interest in the moderation required for such prudence.

BRENDAN EICH’S REVENGE: Cancelled Tech Genius Behind Brave Preps the First New Search Engine.

WELL, YES: Biden’s “Equity” Push Is Actually a Push for Unequal Treatment.

The new president is so determined to sell us “equity” that he sometimes can’t get the buzz word off the teleprompter fast enough. One day in his second week in office, Biden misspoke and almost said “equality,” but then backed up and repeated the new magic word: equity.

Why was he so punctilious? Why equity and not equality? Because the difference has become enormous under the Biden administration.

“Equity” may sound like equality, but in the hands of Biden, his team, and the professoriate dictating the terms from the faculty lounge, it has become its functional opposite. This drives a dagger into any hope of unifying around the foundational principle of equality.

RELATED, FROM CHARLES LIPSON: ‘Equity’ Is a Mandate to Discriminate.

It’s the difference between equal treatment and equal outcomes. Equality means equal treatment, unbiased competition and impartially judged outcomes. Equity means equal outcomes, achieved if necessary by unequal treatment, biased competition and preferential judging.

Those who push for equity have hidden these crucial differences for a reason. They aren’t merely unpopular; they challenge America’s bedrock principle that people should be treated equally and judged as individuals, not as members of groups.

The Left is inherently hostile to this country’s foundational principles.

“GO AWAY,” THEY EXPLAINED: Google HR reportedly advised mental health leave in response to complaints of racist or sexist behavior. “The workers described encounters with coworkers that included racist comments about skin color and hairstyles, as well as sexual harassment. When they contacted Google’s human resources department, each was encouraged to take mental health leave, even when their complaints were unrelated to mental health concerns.”

#BELIEVEALLWOMEN: The Five Women Who Have Accused Andrew Cuomo of Sexual Misconduct.

THAT’S NOT FUNNY: So This Conservative Comic Goes on Social Media and… “Openly conservative stand-up Nick Di Paolo got suspended from YouTube for supposedly sharing false information, after ridiculing the left’s exaggerations of the virus in attacking President Trump. Comedian Chrissie Mayr’s video mocking China’s handling of COVID-19 — ‘Kung Flu Fighting’ — was erased by Instagram, which deemed it ‘hate speech’ despite featuring a diverse lineup of comics. The Babylon Bee, the right’s online answer to the satirical site The Onion, has been at war with Facebook for years. The social media giant intermittently threatens to de-platform the site for spoof articles that moderators apparently take seriously, such as its 2018 report that CNN had purchased industrial-sized washing machines to better ‘spin’ the news.”

HOW WOKEISM WORKS: Nassim Taleb: The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority.

WELL, IF HE WERE GOOD AT FIGURING THINGS OUT, HE’D HAVE A BETTER AVERAGE: Student shocked to discover he won’t graduate high school with 0.13 grade point average.

THE DAM HAS BROKEN: Calls grow for Cuomo to quit from top New York lawmakers. “Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first senior Democrat in the state to say the three-term governor should resign. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie stopped short of demanding that Cuomo quit, but said in a statement that ‘it is time for the Governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York’.”

A CLASS-ACTION SUIT I COULD GET EXCITED ABOUT: The Lid notes that millions of American kids are being cheated out of major learning time by teachers unions that are more than happy to use Covid as an excuse to keep getting paid for not working.

And here’s an interesting idea:

“Wouldn’t it be a damned shame if some of the money these Teachers’ Unions have to shovel into local elections were tied up with a national class-action lawsuit by the students and families who have been harmed by their outright refusal to return to work?”

UPDATE: Link fixed. Sorry about that, folks.

 

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Trump Was Right: Gas Is at $2.75 a Gallon and Projected to Go Nowhere But Up.

I don’t keep close track of gasoline prices since I drive a diesel, but locally diesel prices are up almost exactly 50% since SCOTUS refused to hear Trump’s case.

KAROL MARKOWICZ: Texas shows the way on COVID rationality.

Last week, a US state decided to throw off the shackles of prolonged pandemic restrictions that have done very little good and much harm. That state will reopen libraries, museums, houses of worship and most businesses at full capacity.

No uproar ensued. The state in question was, of course, deep-blue Connecticut. A day earlier, however, when the governors of Texas and Mississippi announced their states were reopening, they got a very different reception. When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also noted he will be lifting the statewide mask mandate, the liberal establishment reacted as if had vowed to personally inject the novel coronavirus into the bodies of Lone Star residents.

President Biden slammed the move as “Neanderthal thinking.” NBC’s Lester Holt declared the country at “an unsettling crossroad tonight.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boss ­Rochelle Walensky warned against a “premature lifting of these prevention measures.” Federal coronavirus guru Anthony Fauci called the news “inexplicable” and said “now is not the time to pull back.”

Actually, the time to pull back was months ago, but better late than never. A year into the pandemic, we easily forget that the lockdowns and other draconian restrictions were imposed as a temporary measure to “flatten the curves” and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. We did that successfully. Months ago.

No one signed up for living in lockdown indefinitely.

Nope.

Related: Nature article: Staying home doesn’t keep people safe.

A GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN to support Mark Judge’s work on his book. I donated. We have to support people that the left tries to destroy. God knows, the left takes care of its own.

UPDATE: Some people didn’t want to donate via GoFundMe. I get that, so I asked him if he had a Paypal account or a mailbox where people could send checks. Paypal is [email protected]

Mailbox is Mark Judge, 3220 N St. NW #175, Washington, D.C. 20007. Paypal is better if you can do that as he’s out of DC for a while. (Bumped).

KURT SCHLICHTER: Do We Even Have A Republic Anymore? “The idea of a republic is that the people, through their representatives, get to make the laws that govern the country, but it appears that’s no longer a thing. What if you made a law, and no one enforced it? Is there even any point to the exercise? And if we can make all the laws we want and not have them enforced except in the limited manner that the people hired to enforce them choose, are we even a free country? Well, it appears that our garbage elite does not think so, and it’s ecstatic about it.”

ARTEMIS: How ever changing US space policy may push back the next moon landing.

LUCKILY, THE W.H.O. ISN’T MUCH GOOD AT ANYTHING, INCLUDING WHITEWASHING: Another failed WHO whitewash of China’s COVID guilt.

MICHAEL BARONE: ‘Defund the police’ cost Democrats Hispanic and black votes.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump Informs GOP Higher-Ups That It’s Still His Party. “As The Hill article noted, this seems to be an attempt by Trump to ‘solidify his standing as a top kingmaker in the GOP.’ ‘The’ top kingmaker would be more like it. Who else in the Republican party has that kind of power? The MSM hacks are still lost in a dreamland where they think the Romney wing of the party is respected and has some clout.”

DIARY OF DEATH: A Retrospective Review of ‘American Crisis’ by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

More than 12,000 New Yorkers have died since October 13, when American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic hit bookshelves. Cuomo is no longer the #Resistance rock star he was in the early days and weeks of the pandemic, when thousands of nursing home patients were dying on his watch, and his administration was deliberately hiding the data to avoid negative press.

The extent to which the “Butcher of Albany” was slavishly deified in the media cannot be overstated. The thirst, as the saying goes, was real. As it turned out, avoiding negative press coverage was rather easy, given the circumstances. In the eyes of professional journalists and other psychopaths incapable of merely liking a politician, Cuomo was a certified PILF. They gave him a variety of sexually charged nicknames—the “Luv Guv,” among others—that ring differently in light of the sexual harassment allegations.

The most significant difference between then and now? Donald Trump is no longer president. Cuomomania never would have happened otherwise. Molly Jong-Fast, author of the Vogue piece “Why We Are Crushing on Andrew Cuomo Right Now,” recently admitted as much. For what it’s worth, she was also a fan of #Resistance porn lawyer Michael Avenatti and an unpaid adviser to the Lincoln Project. Being the “bad boy” who opposes Trump can be a lucrative career path, so long as you avoid committing felonies. (Easier said than done, apparently.)

Heh. Indeed.

THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED: “Safer at Home” Isn’t.

The Nature article is here. At the very least, this undercuts the self-righteous certainty that led to people who disagreed with established policy being labeled as “anti-science” murderers.

Will there be any apologies or accountability? Doubtful.

THIS IS HOW DESPOTISMS WORK, THAT’S WHY: “What is the government interest in suppressing communication by persons charged with crimes? I can understand why someone’s lawyer might advise him not to give public interviews, but why is there a requirement of ‘clearance from the U.S. Marshals Service, the detention facility or the judge’ — and what is the extent of the clearance? Is it just about giving interviewers access to a detention facility? If it’s nothing more than that, then the lawyer’s assumption was correct. If it is more than that… why is it more than that?”

ANALYSIS: TRUE. What China Really Wants: A New World Order. “The hope of U.S. engagement policy was to invite China into an international community based on free trade and mutually beneficial cooperation, ultimately changing China. Yet in the last 40 years, the CCP has become more internally authoritarian, and outwardly China has opened up only to a relatively small degree. At the same time, the U.S. has fully let the CCP enmesh with us and use our free system to its own advantage. Trump accused China of unfair trade, theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, using our freedom of speech and publication to serve the CCP’s propaganda goal, etc. But no American could have ever imagined that the CCP is plotting to ensure four enemies against the U.S. at the same time, a debt crisis to trap us, and even to control our Congress. It is one thing for a nation to strive for greatness and become a power by respecting international rules and treating other nations decently, either as cooperators or competitors; it is another thing to do so by enmeshing with cooperators or competitors not only to take advantage of them but also to undermine them.”

This is a long piece, but you might find it worth your time.

CHANGE: The Age of Space Reconnaissance.

RIGHT?

ANDY KESSLER: When The Stock Boom Turns to Bust.

Even after last week, it feels as if a lot of people think markets only go up. Buy the dip! Hold on for dear life! Feed the ducks when they’re quacking! Stocks. Bonds. SPACs. Real estate. Commodities. Crypto. $200,000 nonfungible tokens, known as NFTs, with clips of LeBron James. Even GameStop is flying again. The sentiment is: Assets go up; cash is for losers. That hasn’t been a bad bet. The March 2020 Covid insta-bear market quickly returned to an insta-bull market. So how do you know when to jump off the runaway train instead of being run over by one?

I don’t think I’m breaking new ground when I suggest that markets do go down. A lot. I was somewhat new to Wall Street when the crash of 1987 took 22.6% out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In retrospect, that’s nothing. A partner at an old-line investment bank once told me that you haven’t seen a real bear market until you’ve lost 90% of your money. . . .

How do these bull bashes end? When the last skeptical buyer finally sees the light and buys into the dream that every car will be electric, that crypto replaces gold and banks, that we overindulge on vertically farmed “plant-based steaks” while streaming “Bridgerton” Season 5 before we hop on an air taxi for our flight to Mars. Those last skeptics (maybe already) convince themselves there’s no longer any downside. And then boom, it’s over.

Bull markets need fuel. When the marginal buyer is done, there are no more greater fools to buy in, no matter how well companies actually perform. The dream is priced in, and firms can only meet, not beat, expectations.

For those lulled by today’s bull market, remember that you own a piece of paper. Low-yielding U.S. Treasury bills and bonds are safe because they are backed by the U.S. government, by cash flow of tax dollars and by the country’s assets (think land, not Fort Knox). Stocks are backed by expectations of future earnings, but if you overpay during periods of high expectations (like today), then your downside is huge. Crypto is backed simply by the faith of those who proclaim it is a store of value. Even art and exotic cars and silly NFT tokens are backed only by faith the wealthy will overpay for uniqueness. Faith becomes scarce when the selling starts.

I think we’re overdue for a big drop, but I tend to expect a crash too soon, and as a friend once told me, don’t scorn bubbles, you make your money in the bubbles. Well, sometimes. . . .

EVERY SUNDAY I RUN A PROMO POST FOR MOSTLY INDIE WRITERS:  Book Promo And Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.

There’s also a vignette-writing challenge, and some of them have sparked novels among regulars.
And yes, I hear your concern with Amazon. E-books are a negligible part of their business, though.  And yes, there are efforts to create alternatives going on. I know of a half dozen. But these things take time, and meanwhile writers got to eat.

NOT ANYMORE: Do Liberals Care if Books Disappear? The Dr. Seuss cancellation illustrates all the problems that they used to have with censorship.

In retrospect, it’s clear that they were only worried about censorship if they weren’t in control of who was censored. Most of the lefty free speech/academic freedom project was really just about building a defense for communists. Now that they’re in charge, they don’t need it and are happy to discard it. It was always just useful bullshit to them.

ALL NON-EXISTENT AND DEAD VOTERS NEED THAT ACCESS:  Biden Signs Executive Order Aimed at Expanding ‘Voter Access’.

THIS SHOULD READ “CHINA SPEAKING THROUGH ZHOU BAI DEN”:  Biden Admin “Pleased” Europeans Dropped Nuclear Censure Plan Against Iran.

 

LIKE CHEAP PSYCHICS:  Media-Hyped March 4 Capitol Attack Never Happened, So Now They’re Hyping Future Dates.

Or doomsday cults. Just say no to the funny smelling koolaid!

WELL, THAT’S BECAUSE ON THE RIGHT QANON IS MARGINAL. ON THE LEFT, BLUE ANON IS…. EVERYONE:   Blue Anon Mocks Liberal Media, Google Censors Term.

BE HAPPY PEASANTS:  Chuck Schumer’s Tone-Deaf Covid Aid Happy Dance.

“After we pay the really important people there might be crumbs left for you.”

These people have the situational awareness of cheese.

RAY BRADBURY WAS A PROPHET:  To Disappear in Dreams.

As a natural fiction writer, who can do this at will by closing her eyes (or even without doing that) trust me on this, it’s not worth it.  You can dream your life away, but in the end you’ll have had no life.

NAH. IT’S SERIOUS: The Zombie of Reparations.

In this case, it is Obama’s obsession with “making us pay.”

AGAIN, WHY WOULD THEY NEED TO BE THREATENED?  Supreme Court Dismisses ‘Sanctuary City’ Cases at Request of Biden’s DOJ.

DO THEY NEED TO BE THREATENED?  Will Court Packing Threat Keep SCOTUS From 2A Cases?  Will Court Packing Threat Keep SCOTUS From 2A Cases?

They already — with two exceptions — shredded the Constitution when they threw out the Texas case unheard.
I think they’re soon going to find they hold no power over anything.

FIFTY-THREE CENTS, ACTUALLY – THAT’S A SIX PERCENT DIFFERENCE!  You can now be a ‘millionaire’ in Venezuela for 50 cents.

Shucks, thanks to the FICUS crack team and the help of Pelosi, Schumer et al, soon enough we’ll all be millionaires. Unfortunately, a million won’t buy a cup of coffee.

OH PLEASE:  Spring breakers could spell ‘perfect storm’ for COVID-19 spread.

Turns out the truth is young people aren’t very good at catching it or transmitting it.

IS THE TEACHER’S UNION SURE THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT?  NYC mom enraged teacher played rap videos during Zoom economics class.

The more parents see what teachers have been up the less chance kids will return to the schools.  Ever.

March 7, 2021

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: ‘Real Housewives’ attorney Tom Girardi used cash and clout to forge powerful political connections. “When Joe Biden came to Los Angeles to raise money for his presidential campaign, Tom Girardi filled a dining room at the Jonathan Club with wealthy attorneys. . . . The 2019 breakfast fundraiser at the private downtown club was in many ways the end of an era. By the time Biden was elected last fall, Girardi’s life and legal empire were unraveling. His wealth, once estimated north of $250 million, has vanished and with it his reputation as one of the nation’s most connected and respected lawyers. With Girardi facing bankruptcy, divorce and a criminal investigation, his days as a political insider and power broker appear over. For decades, though, politicians were happy to take his money and put up with his requests for something in return. Along with his family and employees, Girardi contributed more than $7.3 million to candidates.”

HMM: Tesla is about to unveil an updated Cybertruck, Elon Musk says.

SWITZERLAND APPROVES BURQA BAN. “The proposal was put forward by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) which campaigned with slogans such as ‘Stop extremism’. A leading Swiss Islamic group said it was ‘a dark day’ for Muslims. . . . It is not the first time Islam has figured in a Swiss referendum. In 2009 citizens went against government advice and voted to ban the building of minarets – a proposal also put forward by the SVP which said minarets were a sign of Islamisation.”

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST: Merrick Garland Doesn’t Seem To Know Much About Anything During Questioning. “These answers conflict with statements Garland made in February, suggesting that there were changes to gun control policy that Biden could make unilaterally without the need for new legislation from Congress. But now he’s saying that he really doesn’t know what, if any limits there are to the President’s powers in that regard. Just as a reminder, this guy has been on the bench on one of the most influential appeals courts in the country for decades and he came very close to making it onto the Supreme Court. And he hasn’t given any thought to the Second Amendment?”

He just doesn’t want us to know what he thinks about it. And because of that, we do know.

OPEN THREAD: How was your weekend?

SPACE: Lawmakers ask Biden administration to keep oversight committees in the loop on space activities. “Reps. Frank Lucas and Brian Babin, who oversee civil and commercial space, expressed concerns about the administration’s push for international regulation of space activities.”

GIVEN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE MODELS SO FAR IN THIS PANDEMIC, I’M UNIMPRESSED: Mathematical model of SARS-CoV-2 UK variant suggests it could be 43–90% more transmissible.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY, AND “DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS:” Michael Moore says no to vaccines for Texans, then the woke crowd came for him.

SIRI, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER “DEFUND THE POLICE?” Portland Can Relax. The ‘Enhanced Community Safety Team’ Is On The Job.

MORE THOUGHTS ON Politics and Class in America.

GEORGE KORDA: Here’s a suggestion for city leaders about police departments.

I remember some years ago when I talked to Zenobia Dobson, mother of Zaevion, her complaint was that you never see police in that neighborhood until after something happens, not that police were the source of the problems.

More on Zaevion here.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Teachers unions are systemically racist. Here’s why:

Don’t get mad at me for saying it; I don’t make the rules of woke terminology. But under the sweeping definition of “systemic racism” the liberal Left has embraced, teachers unions’ incessant fight to keep schools closed most certainly qualifies.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson defines systemic racism as “systems and structures that have procedures or processes that disadvantages African Americans.” A writer at liberal news outlet Vox said systemic racism is a term “used to talk about all of the policies and practices entrenched in established institutions that harm certain racial groups and help others.”

More broadly, professor Ibram X. Kendi, a celebrated left-wing thinker, argued that racism exists wherever racial disparities do: “When I see racial disparities, I see racism.”

Conservatives don’t and shouldn’t necessarily accept this definition. But it’s entirely fair to hold liberal groups — teachers unions donate huge sums almost exclusively to Democrats — to their own standards. So, let’s apply this definition of “systemic racism” to the teachers unions’ fight to avoid opening schools and maintain failed “distance learning” schemes.

Read the whole thing.

TALENT RETURNED TO GOD: Rush Limbaugh’s Death Certificate Lists Occupation as ‘Greatest Radio Host of All Time.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

WHICH IS A BAD INCENTIVE STRUCTURE: Politicians Turn Problems Into Power.

WITH HER TRACK RECORD, WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Ric Grenell to Newsmax TV: ‘President Susan Rice’ in Charge.

MICHAEL WALSH: On the Left, an Era of Fascist Magical Thinking.

The constant push for fascism from our corrupt, lickspittle media, such as the Los Angeles Times cited above, only exacerbates the situation. Without the media-driven madness surrounding the Wuhan flu, few ever would have noticed it. Without the airy-fairy theory of “global warming,” most sane people would have gone about their lives completely unaffected by the madness of others.

And, really, who would buy an electric car, except as a virtue-signalling status symbol? Only at gunpoint, I suspect.

Read the whole thing.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. There is no measurement at our disposal and no level of gaslighting that will change the fact that Cuomo-led New York was an utter failure. “By any standard, the New York tristate area’s numbers are the worst in the country. By most measures, the numbers are some of the worst in the world. As the New York Times noted in May, New York City seeded the wave of outbreaks across the nation. Some of the carnage was likely unavoidable, but we can attribute the high number of nursing-home deaths, at the very least, to Cuomo’s ineptitude. Yet, even as his state was failing to meet its most serious challenge since 9/11 — it wasn’t until May 6 that cleaners began disinfecting the subway system, for example — Cuomo was busy taking softball questions on national cable news from his obsequious brother, Chris.”

OLD AND BUSTED: Q-Anon.

The New Hotness? Blue-Anon!

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Related: OMG-LOL! Receipt-filled thread mocking #BlueAnon for each and every crazy conspiracy theory on the Left is an epic must-read.

UPDATE: …And it’s gone. PJM’s alum Deb Heine notes the words that the Urban Dictionary does allow:

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OLD-FASHIONED BUT STILL EFFECTIVE: Stoeger Coach Gun: Top-Selling Side-By-Side in 2020.

REALLY? GOING ALL-IN FOR TRANS RIGHTS DIDN’T WIN THEM OVER? NY Times: Democrats Have A Problem Appealing To Latino Men.

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