UPDATE YOUR NEWSPEAK DICTIONARIES ACCORDINGLY: The AP Stylebook Now Doesn’t Want a Riot To Be Called a ‘Riot.’

KAYLEIGH MCENANY JUST DESTROYED FOX NEWS’ JOHN ROBERTS IN A SINGLE TWEET:

Or as Caleb Hull responds:

On the right: Trump denounces white supremacy on Wednesday while speaking to John Roberts’ wife.

On the left: 24 hours later, John Roberts wonders why Trump hasn’t denounced white supremacists.

And Roberts is not a happy man right now: Fox News’ John Roberts Loses Temper at Critics of His ‘White Supremacist’ Questions.

FAIR: Non-Southerner Who Says ‘Y’all’ Accused Of Cultural Appropriation.

VANDERBILT COURSE PENALIZES STUDENTS WHO DON’T SEE CONSTITUTION AS RACIST: It’s the largest course ever offered on the Nashville campus, but Campus Reform reports students are penalized who answered “no” to question asking if the Constitution is a tool of white supremacy.

MY FAITH IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY IS NOT GREAT: Here’s How We Prepare for the Next Pandemic.

ROGER SIMON: Go Lincoln-Douglas: Eliminate Moderators from Presidential Debates. “Let’s completely eliminate moderators from presidential debates, all of them, not just Chris Wallace, although I’m almost certain the vast majority of Fox viewers would be delighted to see him go altogether. Presidential debates should be conducted in the time-honored Lincoln-Douglas style, just the two candidates by themselves on stage.”

It’s an idea so crazy, it just might work.

AT AMAZON, Leupold Rifle Scopes.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump Eviscerates the False Narrative About His Proud Boys Answer to White Supremacy Question.

AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Stellar explosion in Earth’s proximity. “While a very close supernova could inflict massive harm to life on Earth, this one was far enough away. It only caused a boost in cosmic rays over several thousand years. ‘However, this can lead to increased cloud formation,’ says co-author Dr. Thomas Faestermann. ‘Perhaps there is a link to the Pleistocene epoch, the period of the Ice Ages, which began 2.6 million years ago.'”

EPIC: TED CRUZ DEMOLISHES CNN’S FREDO CUOMO IN 20-MINUTE BRAWL. “Cuomo eventually steered the rhetorical cage match to a conclusion and on the liberal media-fueled fear Trump won’t leave office if he loses, but in the final few moments on COVID, he falsely claimed that Biden never called the administration’s China travel ban ‘xenophobic.’ Seeing as how he bet Cruz dinner that Biden never said that, the Texas junior senator should start looking at restaurants as, despite claims from so-called fact-checkers, Biden did say it.”

SPOILER: HE DIDN’T USE MANY FACTS. Presidential Debate Number One: A Biden Fact-Check.

OH, FER CHRISSAKES: You’d think a Harvard Law Professor would know how to style a complaint and name the appropriate parties from whom he seeks libel damages…but this is the Ivy League, where skill and understanding take a back seat to political litmus tests and identity politics.

Which reminds me: Which Yale Law School graduate and failed Presidential candidate and her surrogates convenienttly forgot how the Constitution works? Here’s a clue: “She got more votes!

 

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Sex remains important to women through middle age, survey shows.

SPOILER: THEY WON’T. Why California Should Let Markets, Not Mandates, Drive Vehicle Choice.

WITH RATHER A LOT OF KICKING AND THRASHING: Andrew Klavan: We Are Watching The Death Of Leftist Culture.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Hollywood’s Silence on Cancel Culture Censorship Is Darn Near Criminal.

Did anyone think it would stop with “Gone With the Wind?”

That movie classic got temporarily removed from HBO Max before it returned with a “warning” about its outdated content. Even the Blu-ray version of the Oscar-winning film now carries a “trigger warning” for those about to view it.

In a way, “Gone With the Wind” got lucky. It hasn’t been permanently yanked from public view.

At least not yet.

The same isn’t true for several Adult Swim shows. They’ve been “permanently retired due to cultural sensitivities,” Variety reports. Let that phrase sink in. Chances are we’ll be hearing similar verbiage in the weeks to come.

Read the whole thing.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Is That a Pipe Bomb in Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy to Arrest Me?

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What should the New York Times say in a COVID-19 that shows Trump was right all along about travel?

Answer: Orange Man Bad, hater.

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

  • This is CNN: Chris Cuomo lies for Andrew Cuomo even though Andrew was already busy lying for himself.
  • The Media-Democrat love that dare not speak its name.
  • Another George Carlin bit becomes real.

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

THIS IS WHY WE NEED ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT: The Tech Start-Up Economy Is Broken: The focus on making a lucrative exit causes concentration in Silicon Valley, and helps create monopolies. But there are a bunch of other suggestions in this interesting piece.

IN THE MAIL: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

LIVE WEBINAR ON FIRE’S COLLEGE FREE SPEECH RANKINGS: I’ll be co-hosting this today at 1pm ET, if you are interested – hit the link to register.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: It’s Time That Democrats Are Asked to Condemn Some Things. “It’s farcical that Trump is being forced to condemn the violence in America when most of it is being directed at him. In a sane world, journalists would be pressing Biden to disavow not only antifa, but the anti-cop, anti-American Black Lives Matter movement as well. Both groups have become threats to national security.”

ANALYSIS: TRUE.

When people tell you who they are, believe them. And this is the former CEO of Twitter talking, which also tells us a lot about Twitter.

Related:

Statements like this should result in ostracism, but we reserve that sort of punishment for more serious offenses, like accidental misgendering.

OOPS: Modern dual-flush toilets intended to save water actually waste BILLIONS of gallons every year, reveals report.

Most dual-flush toilets use a drop valve, which sits underwater at the bottom of the tank.

Instead of relying on siphoning it uses gravity to do the job, which means less water for every flush.

But that valve can easily be stuck open by mineral deposits or other debris, causing the toilet to fill continuously.

Plus: “The volume of water loss is getting bigger every day as more people refurbish and retrofit their older toilets and as we build more homes, so we’re actually adding a problem.”

MAKE THEM PAY: Judges grill University of Iowa on why officials shouldn’t be liable for unconstitutional actions.

Qualified immunity should go for everyone — and educrats, unlike cops, don’t have to make split-second decisions amid noise and confusion.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: NBA playoff viewership falls of the cliff.

BEN SHAPIRO IS GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Why I’m Leaving California.

When my family moved to North Hollywood, I was 11. We lived in a safe, clean suburb. Yes, Los Angeles had serious crime and homelessness problems, but those were problems relegated to pockets of the city—problems that, with good governance, we thought could eventually be healed. Instead, the government allowed those problems to metastasize.

As of 2011, Los Angeles County counted less than 40,000 homeless; as of 2020, that number had skyrocketed to 66,000. Suburban areas have become the sites of homeless encampments. Nearly every city underpass hosts a tent city; the city, in its kindness, has put out port-a-potties to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 spread.

Police are forbidden in most cases from either moving transients or even moving their garbage. Nearly every public space in Los Angeles has become a repository for open waste, needles, and trash. The most beautiful areas of Los Angeles, from Santa Monica beach to my suburb, have become wrecks.

My children have personally witnessed drug use, public urination, and public nudity. Looters were allowed free reign in the middle of the city during the Black Lives Matter riots; Rodeo Drive was closed at 1 p.m., and citizens were curfewed at 6 p.m.

To combat these trends, local and state governments have gamed the statistics, reclassifying offenses and letting prisoners go free. Meanwhile, the police have become targets for public ire. In July, the city of Los Angeles slashed police funding, cutting the force to its lowest levels in over a decade.

Decay is a choice.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U Colorado requires approval on statements addressing ‘sensitive’ topics, like First Amendment.

GLEICHSCHALTUNG: Virginia Forces Christian Ministries to Adopt ‘Government Ideology’ or Pay $100K. “The so-called Virginia Values Act (S.B. 868), which Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) signed on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday) in the middle of a pandemic, compels churches, religious schools, and Christian ministries to hire employees who do not share their stated beliefs on marriage, sexuality, and gender identity. A companion law (H.B. 1429) requires ministries and others like them to pay for transgender surgery in employee health care plans, a procedure that violates these ministries’ convictions.”

WHERE’S THE PORK? Open The Books maps $2.3 Trillion – yes, that’s T-as-in-Trillion – in wasteful federal spending in just the years 2017-19.

CHINOOK SUNSET: A U.S. Army Chinook on a mission at sunset. Here’s some background on the CH-47F and CH-47D models. It includes this observation: “CH-47s will still be at work in the 2060s. The CH-47 will end up serving about 100 years.” Additional photo: A CH-47 in action with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan.

UPDATE: I’m told the StrategyPage certificate issue was fixed as of 12:15 pm CDT. It was not a hack. Thanks to the commenters who noted the problem.

THE IGUALA MASSACRE INVESTIGATION CHALLENGES IMPUNITY: Mexico’s President Versus Beyond-the-Law Elites.

I EAGERLY AWAIT PAUL KRUGMAN’S STERN CONDEMNATION OF THIS HATEFUL ELIMINATIONIST RHETORIC: Some Business Leaders Should Face A Firing Squad, Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Suggests In Angry Tweet.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Kyle Rittenhouse’s Lawyer Will Sue Biden for Libel Over False Accusations in New Ad. “I am getting ready to teach @JoeBiden a lesson he will never forget. He falsely accused a 17-year old boy & prejudiced Kyle’s legal rights.”

WHAT REASON FOR TRUST HAVE THEY GIVEN US? Just 9% trust media ‘a great deal,’ 33% ‘none at all,’ highest ever.

ANTITRUST: US could sue Google for search, advertising dominance. The lawsuit reportedly accuses Google of trying to put search rivals such as Bing at a disadvantage. More specifically, it’s claimed that Google deprives rivals of ‘the data about users and user preferences’ that these rivals need to improve their services and advertising.”

IT’S AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT: Biden Can’t Name Single Law Enforcement Group That Supports Him.

And it’s compounded by the fact that civil liberties people hate Kamala Harris for her prosecutorial overreach and misconduct.

JUSTICE: Man charged in ambush shooting of 2 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies.

Deonte Lee Murray is also believed to be involved in a Sept. 1 carjacking and robbery that occurred prior to the shooting. He was arrested in connection with that incident on Sept. 15.

He was charged with carjacking, second-degree robbery and assault with a semiautomatic firearm and attempted murder in the carjacking incident.

Ballistics testing of the gun discarded during the pursuit showed it was the one used in the attack on the deputies, LASD Homicide Bureau Captain Kent Wegener said. He also noted that the gun held eight rounds, five short of its capacity, and that five rounds had been fired at the deputies.

He also faces allegations of association with a criminal street gang and discharging a rifle inflicting great bodily injury in the carjacking incident.

Investigators later linked Murray to the shooting of the deputies and charged him, authorities said.

No motive for the shooting was given, other than “the fact that he hates police officers and he wants them dead.” said Wegener.

I blame the Democrats and their climate of hate.

VERY DANGEROUS. YOU GO FIRST: Supermassive Black Holes Might Really Be ‘Traversable’ Wormholes, Astrophysicists Suggest.

OUT ON A LIMB: Note to AOC, Liz Warren, Kamala: Trump Is NOT a White Supremacist.

THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN REASSIGNED TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE: Classroom Indoctrination Season Is Here: NY Anti-Trump Professor Caught on Tape Is ‘Reassigned’ for ‘Electioneering.’

TWENTY YEARS AGO, IN A MOMENT OF INSANITY — YOUNG I WAS, HUSBAND TRAVELING FIVE DAYS A WEEK WAS, STUCK AT HOME WITH TWO UNDER-SIX KIDS I WAS — I DECIDED TO WRITE FANFIC:
Only to realize one probably needed to watch much more TV or movies than I did (or do.)  Bizarrely, (ahem) no one had pages for Heinlein fanfic or Agatha Christie fanfic. The only sf series that had a robust fanfic following — of the series I’d read and liked, that is — was Anne McCaffrey’s Pern, and she’d just stomped all over the fanfic groups before I started looking.  Dumas fanfic…. Do yourself a favor and don’t look up Three Musketeers fanfic. Let’s just say that’s not what I wanted to write.  I finally found Austen fanfic. And after I’d got myself kicked out of the most humorless of the groups for a joke about unruly pillows (you had to be there) I found myself a home at the Derbyshire Writers’ Guild.  Over the next few years, I established some online friendships.

Eventually this led to the creation of a fantasy version of Pride and Prejudice, co-written with a friend (who honestly did most of the work, as — as soon as we’d started writing it — I found myself under a bunch of deadlines and also working part time in a real-life job.)  The story, set in the same universe as my novel Witchfinder (if not the same world) went on to be one of the most popular at the site. (And by the way, now that the health problems are, if not conquered at least under control, I am writing the sequel to Witchfinder for free on my blog, one chapter at a time on Saturdays. Only somewhat impaired by it being 2020. Another sequel is largely finished and waiting a clear week to make it coherent. Note the free novel is first draft, with all its typos and inconsistencies upon it.)

A Touch of Night was published, for a few years, a few years ago (don’t make me look up how many) and we’re now bringing it out again, considerably cleaned up (and I take some blame for how bad it was, since I did see page proofs. Take that as a measure of how ill I was back then) in terms of typos and inconsistencies and now under my published-fanfic name.

A Touch Of Night: Pride, Prejudice, Werewolves and Dragons, Oh, My! – by Alyx Silver and Sofie Skapski

In a world that puts shape shifters to death, Mr. Darcy was unfortunate enough to be born as a were-dragon.
But the cruel laws don’t always find their victims. Mr. Darcy has survived and protected Mr. Bingley who is a werewolf.
Meanwhile, in Hertfordshire, Lizzy has been protecting her sister Jane who turns into a beautiful hunting dog.
When Mr. Bingley rents Netherfield, the Were-Laws and the shape shifting of three of them add extra complications to the flowering of romance between the well-loved couples. And Mr. Wickham. joining the Royal Were Hunters, lends additional danger to the situation.
Will they get together despite the danger, Lizzy’s active imagination and Mr. Darcy’s excessive nobility of character?

(This book was previously published with Sarah A. Hoyt and Sofie Skapski as the authors. Sarah’s name has been changed to match her other published Austen fanfic.)

SO I JUST SAW THIS PIECE, WHICH HAS BEEN OVERTAKEN BY EVENTS: A Recess Appointment for the Ginsburg Seat?

But let me go on record as saying that while I have no desire for a regular Supreme Court appointment, I’d love to serve a recess appointment there. I think it would be a nice change from my regular routine, and obvious book fodder afterward.

DO AS WE SAY, NOT AS WE DO:  Guess How the Times Knows So Much About Tax Losses Trump Uses.

AND THIS NEEDS TO STOP:  The American Narrative is Being Re-Written.

WHATEVER COMES BACK FROM THE DEBACLE THAT WAS/IS COVIDIOCY IT WON’T BE THE COLLEGES WE KNOW NOW. MIND YOU, THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY. BUT THIS HAS ACCELERATED THEIR DEMISE AND MAKES IT INEVITABLE IN THE NEXT DECADE:  Paint it Black.

AS LONG AS AMERICA PERSISTS IN A SINGLE HEART, WE CAN HAVE HOPE. IDEAS ARE HARD TO KILL. BUT LET’S TRY TO KEEP THE TERRITORY AND SOCIETY TOO:  Two uplifting thoughts for you to take with you.

THE LEFT TRULY DOESN’T UNDERSTAND ANY DIVERSITY OF BELIEF AND/OR OPINIONS:   Justice and Religion and RACISM.

LEARN TO CODE:  Student Journalists Walkout Because Boss Was Mean.

SERIOUSLY, THEY’RE JUST AFRAID SHE’S HIDING A BOTTLE OF HOLY WATER IN HER SLEEVE. I MEAN, THAT STUFF STINGS, YOU KNOW?  Schumer, Warren Among Democrats Who Refuse to Meet With Amy Coney Barrett.

THE CITY IS BROKE AND THE MAYOR IS BOTH CRAZY AND STUPID (IN OTHER WORDS, A MARXIST):  NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Imposes $1000 Fines for Not Wearing Masks in Public.

WHICH IS WHY MY ADVICE TO THE LEFT IS:  Tell the truth — or at least don’t lie.

Particularly to themselves. (And yes, this is the story of the bubblegum pig. Deal.)

AND THEIR EAGERNESS IS GOING TO COST THEM:  Kyle Rittenhouse’s Lawyer Will Sue Biden for Libel Over False Accusations in New Ad.

DON’T INTERRUPT THEM. THEY HAD THE ADDS READY TO GO AND ALL. JUST BECAUSE TRUMP WOULDN’T PLAY THEIR SCRIPT, THEY’RE STILL GOING TO RUN WITH IT:  Debate Transcript Shows Trump Did Not “Refuse to Denounce” White Supremacists, Contrary to Media Narrative.

YEAH. EXPERIENCE IS A GREAT TEACHER:  Refugees from tyranny agree: Authoritarian threat in America now is from the left.

September 30, 2020

AT AMAZON, EOTECH EXPS3 Holographic Weapon Sight.

OPEN THREAD: Use your time wisely.

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF BIGOTRY? “A Joe Biden staffer suggested that orthodox Christians, Jews, and Muslims who adopt traditional values are ‘intolerant,’ that their beliefs should be ‘taboo,’ and that they should be disqualified from serving on the Supreme Court.”

THEY DIG QUITE A MEMORY HOLE AT THE ATLANTIC:

SPACE: NASA and SpaceX wrapping up certification of Crew Dragon.

NOW OUT FROM CHARLENE OESTERLING: A Pinhole of Light.

FOX NEWS MANAGEMENT REALLY WORKING OVERTIME TO SATISFY ITS CORE AUDIENCE: Fox News Media praises Chris Wallace’s ‘professionalism, skill and fortitude’ in moderating debate.

HE’S A GOOD GUY: Massad Ayoob Named President Of Second Amendment Foundation.

ILYA SOMIN: Pitfalls of Statutory Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices. I don’t know if term limits are a good idea, but I’m sure they can’t legitimately be done by statute.

I think we’d be better off going to an elected Supreme Court than going to term limits.

WHAT??? HUMANIST GROUP SUPPORTS CHRISTIAN SPEECH: The American Humanist Association (AHA) has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the case of Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski.

The case was originally filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of former Georgia Gwinnett College student Chike Uzuegbunam, who was twice denied his right to share his Christian faith with other students on campus. This case could be among the first Judge Amy Coney Barrett hears as a Supreme Court justice.

This kind of legal cooperation on a constitutional issue between groups that come from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum used to be not at all uncommon, but has become all but unknown more recently.

Let’s hope for everybody’s sake we see more of this level of cooperation, initiated by both sides, because everybody has a stake in defending First Amendment liberties. And don’t miss the superb video produced by ADF. Our side needs much more such creative professionalism in presentation.

NOWADAYS, IF YOU HAVEN’T BOUGHT IBRAM X. KENDI’S BOOK YOU’RE A WHITE SUPREMACIST: Black professor insists ‘Proud Boys aren’t white supremacists’ as Trump takes flak.

WAR ON COPS: Suspect arrested in ambush shooting of two LASD deputies in Compton.

JIM TREACHER GOES OUT ON A LIMB. Good News: Your Preferred Candidate Won the Debate.

GOOD GRIEF! ‘PEANUTS’-BASED PLAY WITH MATURE THEMES CENSORED BY IOWA COLLEGE: I guess good old-fashioned art censorship never goes out of fashion on a college campus.

TODAY AT 3:30pm EASTERN: VIP Gold Live Chat with VodkaPundit, Kruiser, and Preston.

Cold drinks, hot takes.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Save Us from Another Terrible Debate, Joe Rogan.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What’s better than Chris Wallace moderating a presidential debate?

Answer: Literally anything up to and including stubbed toes, speed traps, and hemorrhagic fevers.

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

  • Andrew Cuomo wants to stick you with his tab.
  • Presidential debate inspires dreams of moving to Canada
  • The Brave Sir Biden Supercut

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

JAMESON IS OKAY, BUT TULLAMORE DEW IS BETTER AND USUALLY CHEAPER: Dozens of Distilleries Are Betting That Irish Whiskey Has a Future Bigger Than Jameson.

BUFF GETTING A DRINK: A B-52 flies below a KC-135 tanker after refueling above the Mediterranean Sea. You can see the tanker’s fuel probe has not disengaged. The B-52 is flying a Bomber Task Force Europe mission. Photo taken Sept. 16, 2020. Here’s a photo from 2017 of a B-52 being serviced at Minot AFB, North Dakota, just as a storm strikes. Superb lightning display in the background. A fine photo taken by a Senior Airman. This B-52 photo from 2019 is a classic — a B-52 taken out of service in 2008 and stored at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona is being returned to service to replace a B-52 lost in 2016. This StrategyPage Procurement update from May 2019 mentions the plane and discusses the Aerospace Maintenance and Recovery Center, also known as the “boneyard,” at Davis-Monthan. Good background on the AMARC.

SCIENCE, UNSETTLED: Is The Dominant, Mutated Coronavirus Strain More Infectious? Experts Can’t Agree. We’ll understand all this stuff fully about the point that it no longer matters.

CHRIS WALLACE SURE ENJOYS HANGING OUT WITH LEFTISTS: Fox New Sunday’s Chris Wallace talks about his 4 day vacation with movie star George Clooney.

SPACE: SpaceX improved Crew Dragon capsule for planned Oct. 31 launch.

WE’RE PUTTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER: AC/DC Confirm Reunion, ‘Pwr Up’ Album on the Way. “After several days of online hints and teasers, Australian high-volume rockers AC/DC have confirmed their return to active duty by announcing that veteran singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams have rejoined the band after several years’ absence. A new photo of the band finds them looking older but energized, with lead guitarist Angus Young, now 65, still rocking the schoolboy outfit.”

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