September 19, 2020

SO COULD CHINA. AND BASICALLY EVERYONE WHO IS IN THE PAY OF CHINA. WHAT I FAIL TO SEE IS WHY THIS IS A CONSUMMATION DEVOUTLY TO BE HOPED FOR:  Big Tech Companies Facing Antitrust Cases Could Benefit From Biden-Harris Ticket, Experts Say.

BECAUSE THEY’RE STUPID ENOUGH TO THINK THEY CAN TAKE POWER — AND HOLD IT — BY CHEATING AND GETTING A SUPREME COURT RUBBER STAMP:  Senate Democrats: Supreme Court Vacancy Shouldn’t be Filled Until After Election.

The hold it is the rub, of course.

HE KEEPS LYING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE HE’S BUILDING A NARRATIVE. WELL, WHOEVER IS HANDLING HIM IS:  Biden Lies Again That He was the First in His ‘Family to go to College’.

WHICH MEANS THEY’LL COST MONEY TO EVERYONE WHO NEEDS TO BUY INSURANCE. FOR THOSE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THESE THINGS WORK AND THINK INSURANCE IS A MAGICAL SHIELD:  BLM Riots Could Cost Insurance Companies Up to $2 Billion.

BECAUSE IT’S THE LAST CHANCE TO AVOID A CIVIL WAR? THAT WOULD BE A GOOD REASON:  Ted Cruz Explains Perfectly Why RBG’s Seat Must Be Filled Before the Election.

September 18, 2020

NICELY SAID:

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Here Are Biden’s Biggest Lies From His CNN Town Hall.

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“MOSTLY PEACEFUL” TERRORISTIC THREATS:

UPDATE: Yep:

In this sense, Chris Wray is right that Antifa is more of an ideology than an organization — though basically, it’s the ideology of the contemporary Democratic Party. Much as the Confederacy was.

UPDATE: From the comments: “They should just relax. Trump is gonna do exactly what Schumer and Obama would have done in this situation.” Analysis: True.

GOOD FOLKS TO HAVE ON YOUR SIDE WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN: How a ‘Hillbilly Brigade’ saved an Oregon town from raging wildfires.

Nicole West steered her bulldozer through the smoldering forest, pushing logs into the underbrush and away from the wildfires ripping through Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Her border collie, Oink, rode shotgun as West and a volunteer crew raced to clear a fire line.

Behind West, on the front lines of the 136,000-acre (55,000-hectare) Riverside fire, two young men pulled a water tank behind their pickup truck, struggling to douse the flames.

These are the men and women of the “Hillbilly Brigade” – about 1,200 in all who came together this past week to fight the state’s biggest fire in a century. They are credited with saving the mountain hamlet of Molalla, an hour’s drive south of Portland, after its 9,000 residents were forced to evacuate.

In a year when ferocious wildfires have killed at least 34 people and burned millions of acres in Oregon, Washington and California, the brigade has pulled off a miracle in the thick forests around Molalla in recent days, residents and fire officials say.

They organized and deployed themselves with little or no help from a small and overwhelmed local fire department – which focused on protecting the town center – or from state and federal agencies that were deployed elsewhere.

“We were left on our own to stop this,” said West, a 36-year-old ranch hand, as she briefly paused her dozer late Wednesday afternoon. “There wasn’t anybody coming from the state to save us. So we had to save ourselves.”

As the saying goes, no one is coming, it’s up to us.

COCAINE MITCH PLAYS FOR KEEPS: McConnell: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee ‘will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.’

UPDATE: From the comments: “Has Romney sold out yet?”

FLASHBACK: Ginsburg And Scalia: ‘Best Buddies.’

OPEN THREAD: The weekend starts here.

HE’S RIGHT, OF COURSE:

And the press would explain that politics ain’t beanbag, and say that anyone who is upset hates the Constitution.

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RIP: BREAKING: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies.

Try to have a little respect for the dead, please.

SHANA TOVA: Rosh HaShana Is An Anti-Socialism Holiday.

RACIAL APPROPRIATION KEEPS HAPPENING: Satchuel Cole, leader in the fight for racial equality in Indianapolis, lied about own race. “Cole was a member of the Indy10 Black Lives Matter group and in 2017 became the spokesperson for the family of Aaron Bailey, who was shot and killed by IMPD following a traffic stop in June 2017. Cole had also been involved with DONT SLEEP, a group that advocates for equity and justice in Indianapolis.”

If white privilege is such a thing, why are so many white people pretending to be black?

THEY’RE ALWAYS IN THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK: Paleontologists find evidence of new mass extinction 233 million years ago.

BREAKING: Justice Ginsburg Has Died, U.S. Supreme Court Says. “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday evening of complications from pancreatic cancer, the court said in a statement. Her death creates a vacancy that President Donald Trump could try to fill.”

VDH: The News as We Once Knew It Is Dead.

An embargoed and bankrupt Iran is teetering on the brink. Its international terrorist appendages, including Hezbollah, are broke.

China is increasingly being ostracized by much of the world.

The U.S. has cut its carbon emissions, often at a rate superior to those nations still adhering to the Paris climate accord targets.

Cross-border illegal immigration has been reduced, according to many metrics.

ISIS was bombed into near dissolution. Moderate regimes in the Middle East are ascendant; radical cliques like Hamas and al-Qaeda are not.

More NATO members are meeting their commitments. The alliance’s aggregate defense investments are way up.

Is any of that considered news? Not really.

Instead, every three or four days the public is fed a series of fantasy “bombshells” much like the daily hysterias of the Robert Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump team and Russia — a two-year, media-hyped dud.

In recent weeks the media warned us that Trump was dismantling the Post Office to disrupt mail-in balloting.

Trump, we are told, has decided never to concede his sure loss in November and might have to be forcibly removed, perhaps by the military.

We read that Trump defiled the memory of fallen American soldiers in cemeteries abroad. We are lectured that Trump supposedly never took COVID-19 seriously.

All of these stories were either demonstrably untrue, were supported only by anonymous sources, or were the sensationalism of authors hawking books.

Yet such concocted melodramas will continue each week up to Election Day, while fundamental geostrategic shifts abroad brought about by American diplomacy will by intent go unnoticed.

The news as we once understood it is dead.

Well yes, but it’s been dead for well over a decade. In 2008, PJM alumnus Michael Malone wrote at ABC News(!): Media’s Presidential Bias and Decline.

Why? I think I know, because had my life taken a different path, I could have been one: Picture yourself in your 50s in a job where you’ve spent 30 years working your way to the top, to the cockpit of power … only to discover that you’re presiding over a dying industry. The Internet and alternative media are stealing your readers, your advertisers and your top young talent. Many of your peers shrewdly took golden parachutes and disappeared. Your job doesn’t have anywhere near the power and influence it did when your started your climb. The Newspaper Guild is too weak to protect you any more, and there is a very good chance you’ll lose your job before you cross that finish line, 10 years hence, of retirement and a pension.

In other words, you are facing career catastrophe — and desperate times call for desperate measures. Even if you have to risk everything on a single Hail Mary play. Even if you have to compromise the principles that got you here. After all, newspapers and network news are doomed anyway — all that counts is keeping them on life support until you can retire.

And then the opportunity presents itself — an attractive young candidate whose politics likely matches yours, but more important, he offers the prospect of a transformed Washington with the power to fix everything that has gone wrong in your career.

With luck, this monolithic, single-party government will crush the alternative media via a revived fairness doctrine, re-invigorate unions by getting rid of secret votes, and just maybe be beholden to people like you in the traditional media for getting it there.

And besides, you tell yourself, it’s all for the good of the country …

See also: the career arc of James Bennet, late of the New York Times, who was such a true believer that he bought into the Sarah Palin clip art myth, before his woke underlings came for his scalp: The Day the New York Times Redefined ‘Liberal’ as ‘Closed-minded Outrage Mob.’

THE FLU VACCINE HAS NEVER BEEN ALL THAT EFFECTIVE: Increased demand, efficacy among experts’ flu vaccine concerns in COVID-19 era.

I get it every year, but telling people they’re practicially murderers when they forego a shot with a 30-40% effectiveness is idiotic.

WELL, WE DID FINALLY GET PEOPLE TO START WASHING THEIR HANDS: COVID-19 prevention may lead to record low flu rates, CDC says.

OUT ON A LIMB: Think we should scrap the electoral college? Here’s why that’s a bad idea.

WORST HITLER EVER: President Trump Calls Jews “a Blessing for the World,” Wishes “Shana Tova.”

IT’S ALMOST AS THOUGH PARENTS ARE PEOPLE: Teachers say some parents drink, smoke, and appear half-dressed in online classroom.

THIS WOULD LITERALLY BE ILLEGAL: A petition demands that (the public) Florida International University “impose further disciplinary actions for use of racial slurs” on “three non-black FIU softball players using the n-word.” (They were singing along with a rap song.)  More than 750 signatures as of now. Maybe every single signer doesn’t know that this would be illegal. More likely, though, this is just cancel culture feeling its oats – who needs law when you have power? Plus a bonus implication that your rights are determined by your skin color.

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CENSORING A PICTURE’S THOUSAND WORDS: Colleges are not dealing well with the fact that everyone has a camera and the ability to share photos. Especially when the photo involves a legal firearm, but that’s hardly the only time…

ZOOM: Nissan Z Proto Revealed with Twin-Turbo 3.0L V-6, Six-Speed Manual.

WHY NOT TAKE A BREAK FROM THE SERIOUS NEWS FOR A FEW MINUTES? Florida Man Friday: I’m Begging You to Never Pose as a Cop and Pull Over a Cop (Again).

DON’T GET COCKY: Trump’s Path to Victory.

GOOD: Charges Dropped For FL Man Who Pulled Gun On Protesters.

A GOOD IDEA, BUT IT WILL TAKE A LOT TO GET ME TO TRUST THE INTERNET OF THINGS: Make IoT Devices Certifiably Safe—and Secure: Makers of Internet-connected gadgets should have to certify that their products can resist cyberattacks. The certification won’t matter much unless they’re liable for any losses.

YEP. WITH LOWER LAUNCH COSTS, ALL SORTS OF BUSINESSES ARE PROFITABLE NOW. Morgan Stanley predicts SpaceX could be valued at $175 billion with Starlink’s revenue.

Why, I even wrote a book about it, America’s New Destiny in Space, coming out in three weeks.

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76: Joe Biden Resurrects False College Claim That Helped Ruin His 1988 Presidential Run.