September 21, 2020

MAKE AMERICA SUBSERVIENT: Biden’s Green New Deal Will End Fracking And Make America Beholden To China.

OLD AND BUSTED: “Anarchy in the UK.”

The New Hotness? Anarchy in the USA: DOJ Identifies Anarchist States Inside America.

The Department of Justice has officially identified New York City, Portland and Seattle as cities where violence and destruction of property is being allowed or enabled by local officials.

“The U.S. Department of Justice today identified the following three jurisdictions that have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities: New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. The Department of Justice is continuing to work to identify jurisdictions that meet the criteria set out in the President’s Memorandum and will periodically update the list of selected jurisdictions as required therein,” DOJ released in a statement Monday morning. “The list was published on DOJ’s website today in response to President Trump’s memorandum of September 2, 2020, entitled ‘Memorandum on Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities.'”

Or to illustrate this post visually:

I’m not sure it’s fair to include Portland on the above list of anarchistic cities, when its mayor is micromanaging the truly big issues of the day:

CAUSING ALL THE RIGHT HEADS TO EXPLODE: Trump Indicates When He’ll Announce SCOTUS Nominee.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: NYU Prof Says More Than 20 Percent of Universities Could Fail Because of the Lockdowns. Is it wrong to think of this as another anti-Trump torpedo circling around? Because I kind of think that’s what it’s turning out to be.

TRUMP KILLED REAGAN CONSERVATISM OR RESCUED IT? Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal is out with an arresting book assessing how the conservative movement that swept Ronald Reagan into the White House in 1980 ended up split in major ways over Donald Trump’s time in the Oval Office.

Having lived and worked through this epoch in American political history, there is more than a little of Seib’s analysis that I find inadequate, but this statement by Samuel Gregg in his review of “We Should Have Seen It Coming” is not part of those doubts:

“The push to deepen America’s economic engagement with China may have begun with the Clinton administration but it was a Republican administration which assented to China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in December 2001. The consensus was that greater immersion into global markets would increasingly liberalize China and its regime. That calculation lies in tatters today.”

It does indeed and you would be hard-pressed to find anybody on the Right today willing to argue the U.S. should reverse course in its present resistance to Chinese expansion around the globe. Gregg uses his Steib review as a tool for his own assessment of where the Right has been and where it is going. I’d be very interested in how Instapunditeers view Gregg’s analysis.

ROGAN SHOULD NOT ONLY TELL THEM TO PISS OFF, HE SHOULD DEMAND THAT THE COMPLAINING EMPLOYEES BE FIRED AS AN EXAMPLE TO THE OTHERS. Spotify Employees Demanding Direct Editorial Oversight Over Joe Rogan Podcasts — Before They’re Published.

This business of “employees” nobody ever heard of demanding to censor output needs to be reined in, and unemployment is the way to do it.

AND YOU KNOW HE’S RIGHT ABOUT THIS:

HAVE YOU TRIED TURNING HER OFF AND THEN BACK ON AGAIN? Pelosi glitches out, randomly says ‘Good morning, Sunday morning’ in middle of interview.

WHY DOES COCAINE MITCH GET THE COOLEST NICKNAMES? Mitch McConnell, ‘Apex Predator!’

HMM: Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know? “I have to agree with you that the lack of dialog on this point is concerning. The Future of Humanity Institute, which is devoted to assessing existential risk, has not said a word about a sentient web. Even billionaires who are fond of speculating about runaway AI can sometimes seem indifferent to the possibility that the internet might zombify the entire human race.It may be true that such an awakening is unlikely, but so was the possibility that the Large Hadron Collider would create a black hole that swallowed up the universe—and CERN commissioned a group of independent scientists to assess that risk before the project went forward.”

My advice: Don’t fear the machine that passes the Turing Test. Fear the one that deliberately fails it.

WHO? BidenWatch for September 21, 2020. “Greetings regular readers! I’m so glad you survived yesterday’s tragic mass die-off! Plus Biden campaign troubles, fundraising updates, the “Harris Administration,’ and the Burisma report looms.”

THEY BELIEVE IT, BUT I DON’T THINK THEY’RE WILLING TO SAY IT IN AN ELECTION YEAR:

YES, PLEASE: It’s Time To Take A Look Inside The B-21 Stealth Bomber.

MICHAEL GOODWIN: Why the country needs a filled Supreme Court for the 2020 election.

Well, as Hillary Clinton has explained, it’s basically unconstitutional to wait until after the election to fill a vacancy.

Plus, top law professors agree!

HEH, INDEED: “A couple of dozen progressive constitutional law professors, including several very prominent ones, have written a letter that, taken seriously, means that President Trump has a constitutional duty to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice and the Senate has the duty to hold a floor vote this year. . . . Of course, they wrote this in 2016, and almost certainly did not mean it to be taken seriously now that the shoe is on the other foot. But it might be worth asking them.”

Plus: “A very similar letter was sent by 350 or so law professors to the Senate Judiciary Committee, concluding: ‘The Senate Judiciary Committee should hold a prompt and fair hearing and the full Senate should hold a timely vote on the president’s nominee.'”

IS THERE A RELIGIOUS TEST FOR THE SUPREME COURT? Has the Smear Campaign Against Amy Coney Barrett Already Begun?

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Ginsburg flap shows Supreme Court, justices are too important. “When your political system can be thrown into hysteria by something as predictable as the death of an octogenarian with advanced cancer, there’s something wrong with your political system. And when your judicial system can be redirected by such an event, there’s something wrong with your judicial system, too.”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Crazy Battle as RBG Fights RBG on When to Fill a SCOTUS Vacancy.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Remember that part in the Constitution where the makeup of the Supreme Court is determined in part by an old woman’s dying wish?

Answer: We don’t, either, but we do expect the media to remind us about it every other minute for the next seven weeks.

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

  • The people are revolting against the revolting people.
  • Michael Moore sounds the alarm on Biden’s Michigan effort.
  • Minnesota Democrats soft on child pornograpgy.

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

ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS:

● Shot: Hundreds gather to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Portland vigil.

Portland Press Herald, yesterday.

● Double Shot: CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin suggests that Dems stop being ‘wimps’ and fight for SCOTUS by giving ‘street protests’ a whirl (video).

Twitchy, today.

● Chaser: Epidemiologists uncertain whether long-feared autumn second wave of COVID-19 will materialize.

—The Washington Examiner, today.

GOING WHERE NOT EVEN FDR DARED TO GO: Democrats Threaten to Pack Court If Republicans Vote on Ginsburg Replacement This Year.

CAMPUS SPOKESMAN DEFENDS CAMPUS ACTION. TALK ABOUT A DOG-BITES-MAN STORY. As critics slam UChicago for black studies-only commitment, campus spokesman defends it.

THAT’S BECAUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO DISCREDIT THE RESULTS IN ADVANCE, AFTER SPENDING NEARLY FOUR YEARS TRYING TO UNDO THE LAST ELECTION: Just 22% Of Americans Think 2020 Presidential Election Will Be ‘Free And Fair.’

THESE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS REJECT COVID LOCKDOWNS: This open letter to Belgian health authorities to date has signatures of 401 medical doctors, 1,375 medically trained health professionals and 9,141 private citizens

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “ROBBING US OF OUR TUITION DOLLARS ONCE AGAIN.” Gettysburg College tells most of its students to go home. They don’t go quietly. “Previously, the college quarantined students for days, prohibiting them from leaving their rooms except to pick up meals and use the bathroom. . . . Tension on the campus was further escalated by the College’s lack of communication about whether tuition and fees paid would be reimbursed. Many students enrolled at Gettysburg paid prices they expected would cover a traditional educational experience, rather than a less resource-intensive model of remote delivery.”

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Ginsburg flap shows Supreme Court, justices are too important. “When your political system can be thrown into hysteria by something as predictable as the death of an octogenarian with advanced cancer, there’s something wrong with your political system. And when your judicial system can be redirected by such an event, there’s something wrong with your judicial system, too.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Dems Are About to Learn How Much Republicans Are Still Seething 2 Years After Kavanaugh Hearings. “Whatever grief the Democrats get in the next month or two was brought about by their treatment of Brett Kavanaugh two years ago. Their behavior towards Kavanaugh was abominable and unforgivable.”

ICYMI: FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN MY HOME-STUDIO SETUP, I POSTED A DESCRIPTION WITH PHOTOS ON SSRN: TIRED OF LOOKING GRAY AND BORING ONLINE? A SIMPLE 3-CAMERA TV STUDIO/CLASSROOM FOR LIVELY ONLINE TEACHING.

STANDING UP AGAINST DOMESTIC TERRORISM:

The left has operated under a culture of impunity for years. That needs to end.

USEFUL IDIOT? FELLOW TRAVELER? ON THE PAYROLL? YOU MAKE THE CALL! Pelosi Stonewalls Bill That Would Crack Down on Chinese Influence in U.S.

IF ALLOWED, YES THEY WILL. Regardless of what Trump and Mitch do, the Democrats will (1) Eliminate the Filibuster, (2) Grant Statehood to D.C. and maybe P.R., (3) Expand the Lower Courts, and (4) Expand the Supreme Court.

Once you make the unthinkable thinkable, things change for good.

WHAT KILLED MICHAEL BROWN? Historian Shelby Steele’s new documentary provides the answers sure to outrage BLM, the Squad, the Biden Brigades, the MSM, and pretty much everybody on elite and state-run campuses. Here’s the trailer:

SWEDEN IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Britain threatens second lockdown, heavy fines as nation faces COVID-19 ‘tipping point.’

MAYBE IT’S TIME TO RECONSIDER CROMWELL: Paul Lay’s new book, “Providence Lost,”  will either become the focus of another academic book-burning episode, or it will go mostly unnoticed. Either outcome would be a loss for the Republic.

Daniel Johnson’s excellent review for Law & Liberty of Lay’s book illustrates why thoughtful folks with a passion for understanding the historical, spiritual and legal roots of the American Revolution and Constitution should get “Providence Lost” before it’s banned.

REALITY IS COMING FOR ACADEMIA: State Auditor Tries To Fire Tenured Professor Who Participated In #ScholarStrike.

THERE YOU HAVE IT, THE WORLD’S SMARTEST WOMAN HAS SPOKEN:

SEAPOWER: Navy Mulling Extending Service Lives of Nimitz-class Carriers. “The Nimitz-class carriers are currently projected to have a 50 to 55-year service life despite the design intending the carriers to be in service for 30 years, Downey said.”