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XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT! Twitter is in China’s pocket. If Jack Dorsey won’t flag disputed tweets from CCP agents, he is effectively endorsing their falsehoods.

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SPACE: OneWeb’s satellite plant returns to full-scale production.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: To Save Time, The Babylon Bee Will Now Just Republish Everything Biden Says Verbatim

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PRICE CONTROLS NEVER WORK, EXHIBIT #1,000,006: DoorDash is now charging Denver customers an extra $2 fee to make up for their lost commissions.

Denver city council voted in October to cap delivery fees from third-party sites like GrubHub and DoorDash at 15%. But if you’ve ordered from DoorDash recently in Denver, you may have come across a new fee, an additional “Denver Fee.”

After indoor dining was no longer an option in Denver, the Denver Biscuit Company has been fighting to stay afloat.

“Right now we are living on to-go [orders] and there’s no such thing as living on to-go, but limping on to-go. It works to keep us going, but we laid off more than 200 people in the last 10 days and that’s going into the holidays,” said Director of Operations Nate Lotz.

But now, DoorDash is charging customers in Denver a $2 “Denver Fee”. They say it addresses the capped fees that they’re experiencing. In order to continue offering convenient delivery, you’ll now see an extra charge.

“To know that it’s just been pushed on to our guests, it seems to have subverted the whole intention of the law,” said Lotz.

Prices, to paraphrase Dr. Ian Malcolm, find a way.

FASTER, PLEASE: Drug reverses age-related cognitive decline within days.

I STILL MISS THEM: My Hunt for the Original McDonald’s French-Fry Recipe. “Veteran line-cooks, experts, and die-hard fans tell the story of the fries that birthed an empire, then disappeared—until now.”

THERE’S A HEADLINE YOU WANT TO SEE DURING A PANDEMIC: Biden’s immigration radicalism.

Flashbacks:

What Changed?! Chuck Schumer 2009 kicks Chuck Schumer 2018 right in his badoobies on illegal immigration (video).

Twitchy, December 28, 2018.

● “Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to remind Democrats that even former President Barack Obama spoke out against illegal immigration. Trump dug up a 2011 tweet from former President Obama which said: ‘I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration.’ ‘I totally agree!’ Trump wrote, retweeting the former president.”

—The Daily Caller, December 27, 2018.

Harry Reid in 1993: It’s insane to reward illegal immigrants by giving their children birthright citizenship.

Hot Air, October 30, 2018.

Bill Clinton warns of “the large number of illegal aliens” coming into America, and explains his crackdown.

Instapundit, January 31, 2017.

To expand on Glenn’s comments at the time, clips from all of these Democratic Party stalwarts should have been rounded up into a campaign ad ending with “I’m Donald Trump, and I approve this message.”

ALL IS PROCEEDING AS RAY KURZWEIL HAS FORESEEN:

MEMORY HOLED: NYT Hilariously Stealth Edits a Paul Krugman Column After He Gets Caught Undercutting His Own Claims.

Yet another reminder that for the Left, 1984 was less of a cautionary tale than a user’s manual.

IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: Nuclear Scientist’s Killing Planned During Netanyahu’s Visit To Saudi Arabia.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has formally leveled the charge that Israel and Saudi Arabia conspired to assassinate top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in a carefully planned assassination when his vehicle was stopped outside Tehran last Friday.

Zarif, who is active on social media in presenting the Islamic Republic’s messages to the world, posted the allegation to his Instagram page, saying that “supporters of the maximum American pressure are seeking in the last days of the Trump administration to create unrest in the region and destroy the atmosphere that may lead to the lifting of sanctions,” according to a translation of his words.

If true, it’s nice to see Arabs and Israelis working so closely together in a noble effort.

DEMS REALLY BLEW IT WITH THEIR “DEFUND THE POLICE” RHETORIC, SAYS…

Is Barack Obama imparting wisdom in his Snapchat interview with Peter Hamby, or only restating the obvious? Don’t bet on it being the latter, at least not among the audience Obama hopes to reach with this advice.  “The key is deciding,” Obama says, “do you want to actually get something done — or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?”

Chanting “Defund the police” and attacking law enforcement rather than sticking to policies of reform is very much the latter, Obama tells Hamby.

One lefty organization that has seen the light on defunding the police is CNN, which doesn’t appreciate being on the receiving end of their usual treatment for conservatives: CNN’s PR account goes Full Karen, says they’ve contacted law enforcement about James O’Keefe.

That’s awfully rich, considering CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour have doubled as anchors on CBS’s 60 Minutes, which made hidden camera segments a trademark since the late 1960s. But this is far from the first time the DNC-MSM have gotten vapors over their tactics being used against them.

CHANGE: Macron turns on the left. “Once lauded as the liberal bulwark against Europe’s nativist far-right, Macron is now morally suspect for tackling the continent’s Islamist far-right; Europe’s ‘anti-Trump’ is now only comprehensible as a Trumpian figure in the eyes of the New York and Washington press, but there is increasingly little value in paying attention to the hysterical wailing of American commentators.”

Unlike those commentators, he appears to be capable of learning.

A RATHER ODD SECRET SERVICE RESPONSE to a Freedom of Information Act request regarding Hunter Biden’s gun. “In other words, this is either grossly incompetent — which ought to concern everyone considering what this agency is responsible for — or it’s a deliberate stalling tactic, meaning it has been directed.”

In my experience, a non-response response is a typical opening gambit when an agency doesn’t want to provide the requested information. The next response will probably be a broad claim of exemption, citing a laundry list that simply replicates the FOIA exemptions second, rather than the required “Vaughn index” identifying what documents exist and why they specifically are exempt.

BIDEN, INC. IS A MAJORITY-OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF THE CCP: Uyghur Leader: We’re Worried About A Biden Administration. “With Tony Blinken poised to take the helm of the State Department in the Biden White House, Hudayar said U.S. support for the Uyghur people appears in jeopardy considering Blinken’s past statements in support of the Chinese crackdown on the minority Muslim population where the government claimed it was combating terrorism prior to constructing concentration camps. Millions of Uyghur people remain in such camps today.”

TIME TO START BUILDING MORE NICE, CLEAN NUCLEAR PLANTS: Musk: Electric Cars Will Require a Lot More Electric Power Than We Currently Have.

Or maybe orbital solar. Come to think of it, Musk probably founded Tesla to produce a demand for electricity that he could then meet with orbital solar power. He thinks ahead.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:

Remember when “Dreamers” were illegal aliens wanting to work in American business?

Now it’s Americans wanting to run their own business.

Sigh.

FASTER, PLEASE: U.K. Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine for Widespread Distribution.

HANNAH COX: Dr. Fauci (Basically) Admits Rand Paul Was Right 6 Months Ago on Schools and COVID-19.

But while Fauci is currently correct in his findings and recommendations, he is incorrect when he asserts that this has been his consistent position. In reality, his newfound mentality is at least six months behind the curve, and there were many others who told him as much as far back as this summer. Notably, Senator Rand Paul, a doctor himself, took the correct position many months ago. . . .

Fauci and Paul sparred over the question of whether schools should reopen back in May of this year, leading to countless online attacks against Senator Paul by many prominent progressives.

Progressives are always attacking Rand Paul. Sometimes physically.

ANOTHER GREEN MYTH BUSTED: Let Us Now Praise Plastic Bags.  Banning single-use plastic bags hurts the environment (not to mention humans), as Yan Shvalb explains in a short video summarizing this inconvenient heresy so clearly that even AOC could understand it — if she were actually serious about reducing carbon emissions. (For more on the virtues of disposable products — and the motives of those trying to outlaw them — see my City Journal article, “Let’s Hold on to the Throwaway Society,” and an earlier one, “The Perverse Panic over Plastic.”)

#BUILDTHEWALL: Just As We Feared – California’s Economic Refugees Ruined Arizona in the 2020 Election.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): It’s really time for my Welcome Wagon Project, to educate voters moving from blue to red states.

WHAT OUR WOKE CORPORATIONS DO IN BETWEEN LECTURING THE REST OF US ON DECENCY: Report: Nike, Coke, other companies lobbying against bill that would ban goods made with slave labor of Uighurs in Xinjiang.

DR. WALTER E. WILLIAMS, RIP.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Awkward — Joe Biden Stole the Election (Say the Bernie Bros).

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What’s more fun than watching the progressive Radical Left go after the corporatist Establishment Left?

Answer: Absolutely nothing we can report on in a family-friendly blog.

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

  • CNN drops the #DefundThePolice narrative just long enough to call the police on James O’Keefe.
  • You’re gonna love Janet Yellen’s Woke Treasury Department.
  • The Daily Mail accidentally proves that lockdowns don’t work while complaining about a lack of lockdowns.

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

FASTER, PLEASE: US Scientists Developing Nasal Spray To Prevent Covid-19.

LARRY O’CONNOR: If You Wanted to Rig An Election, You’d Do Exactly What Dems Did in 2020.

First, they’d make sure that the voter rolls were full of ineligible voters. Deceased people, non-citizens, and people who have moved out of state would not be purged from the rolls, and there would be no mechanism in place to purge those ineligible voters.

Further, they wouldn’t have any preemptive check to ensure that only eligible voters registered in the first place. For instance, you can’t get a job in this country without showing a passport, birth certificate, or green card for a standard I-9 form. This ensures that only people eligible to legally work here get a job. There is no such citizen check when you register to vote. It’s on the “honor system” that you are a legal citizen when you fill out your registration form. And, let’s face it, why would someone who breaks our immigration laws by entering, staying, and working in our country illegally ever break our election laws, too? That’s a solid policy there.

Next, they’d modify existing election laws so that voters could mail-in ballots on a whim and not for a specific “absentee voting” reason. This way, in-person voting (the most secure kind of voting) would diminish, and mail-in voting (the least secure) would increase.

Next, they’d send a ballot to every voter on the voter rolls regardless of whether they asked for an absentee ballot or not. This way, millions of live ballots are floating in the system and are outside the tight custodian controls of the election apparatus in your state.

Now that they’ve hypothetically flooded the zone with millions of ballots that have been sent out to everyone, regardless of their eligibility to vote, they would need the policy to count every vote that came in, even votes that shouldn’t be counted.

Bingo.

THINK SHE’D REALLY BAIL OUT SOMEONE ARRESTED FOR A “STOP THE STEAL” PROTEST? College president offers to bail out students arrested in election protests.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Let’s Start Jailing Lawmakers Who Violate Their Own COVID Restrictions. “Imagine the pure, poetic justice of seeing Newsom, Cuomo, and some of the other Hitler youth (stole that from Animal House) cooling their heels in a holding cell after being caught with their masks off and their pants down.”

ONE FOR MISSILE DEFENSE DENIERS: Merry Christmas, Hawaii: U.S. Missile Defenses Just Improved.

Anyone who dismisses Hawaiians’ fear of attack should revisit the January 2018 false missile-attack alert issued by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. When the agency announced an attack was underway, many Hawaiians panicked. The public fright demonstrated rational people fear nuclear-armed missiles, especially when malign regimes threaten ICBM attacks.

Perhaps dismissive sophisticates have also forgotten the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

The column analyzes the impact of the Missile Defense Agency’s successful November 16 anti-ballistic missile test. In that test an SM-3 Block IIA missile fired by a Navy guided-missile destroyer hit and killed a target ICBM as it plunged toward Hawaii. Plus Christmas and Pearl Harbor!

RELATED: A photo from 2013 of an SM-3 IB interceptor (earlier version) launched from a guided-missile cruiser.

CAN THE LEGACY AEROSPACE COMPANIES DO ANYTHING RIGHT ANYMORE? Component failure in NASA’s deep-space crew capsule could take months to fix. “Replacing the PDU isn’t easy. The component is difficult to reach: it’s located inside an adapter that connects Orion to its service module — a cylindrical trunk that provides support, propulsion, and power for the capsule during its trip through space. To get to the PDU, Lockheed Martin could remove the Orion crew capsule from its service module, but it’s a lengthy process that could take up to a year. As many as nine months would be needed to take the vehicle apart and put it back together again, in addition to three months for subsequent testing, according to the presentation.”

The alternative approach is to cut metal to get to the part. This is terrible design. On the “bright” side, the whole program is so screwed up that this delay may not matter: “If engineers choose to remove Orion from its service module, the capsule’s first flight on the SLS may be delayed past its current date of November 2021. But the SLS has experienced its own set of delays: it was supposed to fly for the first time in 2017 but hasn’t done so yet. It’s not clear if the SLS itself will make the November 2021 flight date either; a key test of the rocket coming up at the end of the year has been pushed back, with no new target date set. So it’s possible that Lockheed Martin and NASA can fix Orion before the SLS is ready to fly.”

SPACE: Elon Musk says SpaceX will attempt uncrewed Mars flight in two years, human landing in four to six.

NASA is hoping to get just as far as the Moon in four years, but at this point it’s hard to see how they make that deadline.

OH: California’s Highest-Paid Govt Employee Worked for Org Tied to Chinese Espionage. “Taxpayers paid $1.7 million to ex-pension fund manager Meng.”

COME ON, PEOPLE, WE CAN MAKE IT TO AN EVEN HALF-BILLION: History: Most FBI background checks ever, 434M guns in America. It would be even more if stores could keep enough inventory in.

THANKS, FDA: U.K. first nation to clear Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for mass rollout.

BUFF, WITH FRIENDS: A B-52 flies in formation with F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-15E Strike Eagles during a Bomber Task Force mission in CENTCOM’s area of responsibility. Photo taken Nov. 21, 2020.

TRUMP-ERA MODIFIED LIMITED HANGOUT REACHES CONCLUSION: Sad tale of Time’s Up and Hollywood’s failed activism.

CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, with Michael Yon.

Plus: “Allegations of war crimes against Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan. My gut instinct: The allegations are lawfare designed to target Australia and the Aussie military, who are famously disciplined. I’ve seen this sort of lawfare against British and Americans.”

SHOCKER: Ossoff’s D.C. Home Bankrolled by Millionaire Father.

WHO SHOULD BIDEN APPOINT AS SECRETARY OF EDUCATION?:  He promised voters that he would appoint a teacher. But a piece in the New York Daily News urges him to break that promise.  It suggests instead that he appoint the current chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Here is one reason such an appointment would be controversial: While she served as Asst. Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, she issued the notorious transgender bathroom guidance, which, as I explain here, was at best a misinterpretation of applicable law.  (The guidance was withdrawn by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary DeVos in the early days of the Trump Administration, but it can easily be brought back during the Biden Administration.)

Some people are assuming that Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the Supreme Court held that gender identity discrimination can be a form of sex discrimination under Title VII, vindicates the transgender bathroom guidance.  Actually it’s the opposite.  It makes the cases against the guidance even stronger.

There are other reasons that such an appointment would be controversial.  I may touch on some of them later.

FLASHBACK: Donald Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad. Regardless of who’s sworn in on January 20, that won’t go away.

Related thoughts here.

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF VIOLENCE? Two Leftist Women Arrested On Charges Of Terrorist Attack on a Railroad.

Seattle – Two people arrested on the BNSF Railway tracks near Bellingham, Whatcom County, were charged with terrorist attack and other violence against a railroad carrier, and appeared in federal court today, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. Samantha Brooks, 27, and Ellen Reiche, 23, both of Bellingham, Washington, were arrested Saturday night in Bellingham as they allegedly placed a ‘shunt’ on the tracks. A shunt disrupts the low level electrical current on the tracks and can disable various safety features.

“Since January there have been 41 incidents of shunts placed on the BNSF tracks in Whatcom and Skagit counties—causing crossing guards to malfunction, interfering with automatic breaking systems, and, in one case, causing the near-derailment of tanks of hazardous chemicals,” said U.S. Attorney Moran. “These crimes endanger our community. I commend the agents from Customs and Border Protection, FBI, BNSF Police, and state and local partners who prioritized stopping this criminal conduct.”

I find all of the above quite shocking, considering that all the best people told me that Seattle was enjoying Mayor Durkan’s Summer of Love this year.

FLASHBACK: 8 Reasons Straight Men Don’t Want to Get Married.

OH: Even a Large Number of Democrats Believe Biden Stole the Election. “According to Rasmussen, 30 percent of Democrats believe that it’s ‘very likely’ that their own party won the election through illegitimate means. Unsurprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly believe the election was stolen with 75 percent, and Independent voters believe it was stolen at 39 percent. Overall, nearly half the country believes the election is illegitimate at 47 percent.”

In the spirit of bipartisanship, the audit should be deep and far-reaching.

IT’S COME TO THIS. Media: MAGA Hats are Racist but Hammer and Sickle Ushankas from Russia “Need Context.”

There was no claim made about the photo beyond describing exactly what the photo showed. Unless USA Today means to dispute that Jen Psaki is pictured, which they admit she is, or the she isn’t wearing a hat with what appears to be a hammer and sickle on the front, which they aren’t, this isn’t a “check” on anything.

As Peter Cook tweets, the hammer, sickle, and red star should be as reviled as the swastika:”

Earlier: OK, Cancel Culture, Now Do the Wildly Racist Karl Marx.

THIS DESERVES SOME ANTITRUST SCRUTINY: Salesforce to Acquire Slack for $27.7 Billion: The move caps an acquisitive streak by Salesforce and ends Slack’s run as an independent publicly traded company.

I suspect it was deliberately time to hit the seam between two administrations.

‘SHUT UP,’ THEY EXPLAINED: College Republicans at University of Oregon Face Backlash Over Social Media Posts.

AGAIN, THE BEE, TOMORROW’S NEWS TODAY:  Kamala Harris Proposes Housing Plan Where Everybody Gets Free 10’x10′ Room And Three Meals A Day.

THE HEROIC BEE, BARELY STAYING AHEAD OF REALITY:  Superman Criticized As Unrealistic For Portraying A Journalist As Heroic.

DEEP MIND IN THE FOLD: The folding of protein structures that are key to understanding how diseases develop, spread and can be countered, among much, much else. Deep Mind, by the way, is owned by Alphabet, which owns Google, which owns the world.

Tech Crunch says “DeepMind’s technological leap could make accurately predicting these folds a much less time and resource-consuming process, which could dramatically change the pace at which our understanding of diseases and therapeutics progresses.”

As with so many technological advances, it’s not hard to envision good and bad consequences with this one. New challenges to civil liberties come to mind as well. And I have a hunch this just might also be a step forward in understanding the origin of life. But what do I know?

SO, SOME PEOPLE WERE REALLY HARD HIT BY THIS LOCKDOWN NONSENSE. AND THEY ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO SURVIVE:  DarkWaterCrafting.

YEP. THAT’S ABOUT IT:  Election Ballgame.

ON ICE. NON-GUILTY PARTIES WOULD BE CLAMORING FOR A FULL RECOUNT:  This Election Stinks.

WELL, BY CLOSING EVERYTHING ELSE, THEY CHANNEL PEOPLE TOWARDS THESE STORES. ALSO, I DON’T CARE WHO CATCHES THIS LARGELY HARMLESS VIRUS. JUST STOP THE HOUSE ARREST OF ASTHMATICS, PLEASE:  El Paso mayor blames spike in COVID-19 cases on Big Box retailers.

FACE VECTORS:  The muzzle of oppression.

IF YOU’RE NOT FURIOUS, YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION:  Evidence and more evidence: the Arizona hearing, Bill Barr, and overturning an election.

THIS. THIS IS A CLASS WAR, AND THE TWIT CLASS IS DESTROYING THE WORKING CLASS:  What do I think of the Democrats’ COVID-19 management?

THEY REALLY, REALLY HATE US:  Renewed COVID-19 lockdowns again show leftists’ blinkered vision.

AT THIS POINT ANYTHING, INCLUDING ANCIENT ALIENS PODCASTS IS MORE BELIEVABLE THAN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA:  Takeaways from the Arizona GOP’s Election Fraud Hearing.

BUT THEY’VE TOLD US SO MANY LIES SINCE THEN!  Climategate: Another Anniversary (never forget ….)

WE CAN’T AFFORD CHINA-JOE NOW:  Chinese Lunar Landing Mission Challenges US Space Supremacy.

If the Thief-in-Chief is allowed to proffit from his theft, we WILL have Nazis on the moon. They will be Chinese, but really….. A Fascist is a Fascist is a Fascist.

THESE IDIOTS DON’T KNOW WHERE FOOD COMES FROM:  Massachusetts AG Tells Bloomberg Group of Plan to Use its Attorneys to Enforce Paris Climate Treaty

December 1, 2020

THERE ARE SOME PARTS OF AMERICA THAT I WOULD NOT ADVISE YOU TO ATTEMPT TO HUMILIATE OR INCARCERATE: Daily Beast Editor Calls For “Humiliation” and “Incarceration” For Trump Supporters.

We have been discussing the rising threats against Trump supporters, lawyers, and officials in recent weeks from Democratic members are calling for blacklists to the Lincoln Project leading a a national effort to harass and abuse any lawyers representing the Republican party or President Trump. Others are calling for banning those “complicit” from college campuses while still others are demanding a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” to “hold Trump and his enablers accountable for the crimes they have committed.” Now, Daily Beast editor-at-large Rick Wilson has added his own call for “humiliation,” “incarceration” and even ritualistic suicides for Trump supporters in an unhinged, vulgar column. Wilson declared “[o]nly exposure, pain, humiliation, and (inshallah) incarceration will lead to a moment of reckoning for the GOP.”

Not surprisingly, Wilson is a key advisor to the Lincoln Project which was blocked recently on Twitter for abusive doxxing efforts directed at Republican lawyers. His column captures the level of hateful rhetoric fueled by the Lincoln Project, which is funded by thousands of lawyers despite its attacks on fellow members of the bar for their representation.

Prediction: This will not end well for him.

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COCAINE MITCH HASN’T SLOWED DOWN: U.S. Senate approves federal judgeship for Cuyahoga County’s Judge J. Philip Calabrese.

DOESN’T THE FACT THAT JUDGES (AND SUPREME COURT JUSTICES) BASE THEIR RETIREMENT DATES ON THE PARTY THAT CONTROLS THE WHITE HOUSE UNDERCUT THE CLAIM THAT THE JUDICIARY IS NON-PARTISAN? Which Ninth Circuit Judges Were Waiting For A Democratic President to Take Senior Status?

ROGER SIMON: Despite Barr, Georgia Voter Fraud Investigation Continues.

Perdue, Dickey told me, was Trump’s favorite senator, in part because both were outsiders, businessmen who came late to politics and were not political lifers of the Pelosi-Biden ilk.

Both Dickey and my friend were early Trump supporters, realized the abnormalities in the presidential election were legion, but were now laser-focused on that senatorial race, as if it were a do or die situation for our country—and maybe it is.

The fear is that rural voters, almost all of whom are pro-Trump, are so fed up with the Republican establishment not supporting the president in his electoral protest that they won’t come out to vote in the runoff. But no one had an easy suggestion of how to help with that, short of recalling the current Republican governor and secretary of state.

Dems see this as a point of vulnerability, and suspiciously sock-puppetish people in my comments are pushing the teach-them-a-lesson-by-giving-the-Senate-to-the-Democrats line.

POLITICO WANTS IT TO BE ABOUT TRUMP, BUT IT’S REALLY ABOUT THE FDA SLOW-FOOTING THINGS: Trump to FDA: Why is Europe beating us on vaccine?

Multiple Trump appointees and even some career civil servants have argued that every day of delay could make a difference for the most vulnerable populations in a life-threatening pandemic. . . .

“It’s crazy to imagine the European Union or U.K. may approve a vaccine developed in the United States before us though, right?” said a senior official involved in the process.

Right.

Flashback: FDA publishes new guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine approval: New rules mean a COVID-19 shot is unlikely to be approved pre-election in the US.

OPEN THREAD: They all want to come but they never want to leave.

THIS JUST IN AT CNN. CNN’s Breaking News: China Did This to Us.

I’M MORE A MUSCULAR-CHRISTIANITY KIND OF GUY, but there are certainly plenty of “servile Christians” out there. “They’ve already embraced losing as a brand. They’ve decided that ‘Turn the other cheek’ isn’t limited to trivial personal slights, as Christ actually said.”

SPACE: OneWeb’s satellite plant returns to full-scale production.

GOOD AND HARD: Biden OMB Pick Wants National Soda Tax.

Even Bernie Sanders came out against a soda tax.

During his 2016 presidential bid Bernie Sanders slammed Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of a soda tax. Sanders said:

“The mechanism here is fairly regressive. And that is, it will be increasing taxes on low income and working people.”

Sanders went on to note that Clinton’s embrace of a soda tax violated her pledge to the American people not to support any tax increase on Americans making less than $250,000 per year.

“Frankly, I am very surprised that Secretary Clinton would support this regressive tax after pledging not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. This proposal clearly violates her pledge,” Sanders said.

Needless to stay, this tax would violate Biden’s pledge to not raise a single penny of any tax on any American making less than $400,000 per year.

To borrow from Jim Geraghty’s recurring phrase during the Obama years, all of Joe Biden’s promises come with expiration dates.

OUR BUSINESS ELITES ARE BECOMING AS ABSURD AS OUR ACADEMIC ELITES: NASDAQ proposes illegal racial quotas for corporate boards ACLU applauds. One interesting aspect here is that the requirement is for “self-identification.” I’ll self-identify as anything a NASDAQ company wants if it will get me a lucrative do-nothing board position.

THE EXODUS IS HERE: Tech giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise moving headquarters from California to Spring, Texas, near Houston.

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.

MICROBIOME NEWS: Study reveals connection between gut bacteria and vitamin D levels.

DEMOCRATS FOR SAFETYISM: A Red/Blue Risk Divide. The pandemic revealed strikingly different outlooks on the balance between safety and freedom.

THEY HAD IT COMING TO THEM FOR WEARING MAGA HATS: Lies and Violence. As the recent assaults on Trump supporters illustrate, averting our gaze from political hyperbole and violence empowers the mob.

ALLOCATING THE “TRUMP SHOT:” Advisory panel meets to weigh who should get COVID-19 vaccine first.

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