April 16, 2021

OPEN THREAD: Indeed.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SENT PAYPAL DONATIONS OR CHECKS: The thank-you notes have all gone out. If I somehow missed you, thanks very much!

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: How corporations conspire with Democrats to hoard power at the public’s expense.

SPACE: NASA review advances first launch of astronauts in reused capsule.

I’M SURE THIS IS TRUE: Study: Later school start times aid sleep duration, quality for adolescents, teens.

HMM: Histamine-suppressing drugs found to reduce benefits of exercise. “A team of researchers from Ghent University and the University of Copenhagen has found that antihistamines such as Allegra or Pepcid can reduce the benefits of exercise. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes two experiments they conducted—one short range, the other long range—that involved giving volunteers antihistamines before they engaged in exercise regimens.”

HMM: COVID might be linked to more blood clots than we thought.

A LIE TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD BEFORE THE TRUTH IS OUT OF BED. There are *still* people who think W. Bush served a “plastic turkey” to troops in the Middle East. And who could forget Harry Ried out and out lying about Mitt Romney “not paying taxes”? A rare few called him out on it. His response? “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

And so to today. Matt Taibbi (on Substack, the platform that is terrifying the media elite) published a “Master List Of Official Russia Claims That Proved To Be Bogus.” Among the gems (still believed by many):

  • The “Back Channel to Russians” story, Yahoo! September 23, 2016. Yahoo! published a story by Michael Isikoff called, “U.S. Officials Probe Ties Between Trump Adviser and Kremlin.” The piece identified Trump advisor Carter Page as a “possible back channel to the Russians,” and claimed he passed information from the Kremlin to figures higher up in the Trump food chain, like former campaign chair Paul Manafort […] This proved incorrect on all fronts, with no evidence of any Page meetings with either man. In fact, the irregularities involved with the Isikoff story – particularly the use of information from British ex-spy Christopher Steele, identified as a “well-placed Western intelligence source” – became a bigger story than the alleged improper relationship between Page and Russians.
  • US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier,” CNN, February 10, 2017. Jim Sciutto and Evan Perez of CNN reported that “multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials” have “corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent,” i.e. the “Steele Dossier.” […] This was a significant and apparently deliberate piece of misinformation. We know, from the report of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, that the CIA months before had already dismissed the Steele reports as “Internet rumor,” while the FBI had already done several rounds of attempts to corroborate its independent reporting, coming up with negative results each time.

And now “disinformation” like a new toy, a bow-and-arrow play set for media mavens. But the arrows all seem to fly in the same — and often wrong — direction.

CHANGE: Barrett Awarded U.S. Army Sniper Rifle Contract.

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Why the FCC Keeps Shooting Down Requests From Companies That Want To Shoot Down Drones.

DON’T GET COCKY: The Democrats Are Flirting with Suicide in the Midterms.

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM SCIENCE: Study: 2.5 billion T. rex roamed Earth, but not all at once.

WHEN AMERICAN “PROGRESSIVES” HAVE LOST THE GERMANS…Berlin’s Disastrous Rent Control Law Gets Scrapped.

GOD, SCHMOD, I WANT MY MONKEY-MAN! Scientists grow human-monkey chimeric embryos in lab.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MUCH BIGGER BLOG: The Top Seven Most Ridiculous Hate Crime Hoaxes.

THAT’S ABOUT THE SAME PERCENTAGE AT RISK AS PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED WITH PFIZER OR MODERNA: Study: Up to 10% of young adults who recover from COVID-19 at risk for reinfection.

I mean, I’m still waiting to see evidence that the vaccine immunity is clearly better than natural immunity, though a lot of people seem to assume that it is.

Likewise, this headline, Past COVID-19 infection does not fully protect young people from reinfection could just as easily be rewritten with “Vaccination” in place of “Past COVID-19 infection.”

Which is fine, no vaccine is 100%. But why pretend, without evidence, that the vaccine is vastly more protective than natural immunity?

TO BE FAIR, THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE KREMLIN’S DEFINITION AS WELL: BLM co-founder: I practice Marxism by getting rich and supporting my family.

Flashback: “In a famous Soviet joke, then-leader Leonid Brezhnev shows his mother his luxury apartment, his limousine, his fancy country house and his helicopter only to have her object: ‘But what if the communists come back?'”

QUESTION ASKED: How Do Big Media Outlets So Often “Independently Confirm” Each Other’s Falsehoods?

There were so many false reports circulated by the dominant corporate wing of the U.S. media as part of the five-year-long Russiagate hysteria that in January, 2019, I compiled what I called “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story.” The only difficult part of that article was choosing which among the many dozens of retractions, corrections and still-uncorrected factual falsehoods merited inclusion in the worst-ten list. So stiff was the competition that I was forced to omit many huge media Russiagate humiliations, and thus, to be fair to those who missed the cut, had to append a large “Dishonorable Mention” category at the end.

That the entire Russiagate storyline itself was a fraud and a farce is conclusively demonstrated by one decisive fact that can never be memory-holed: namely, the impetus for the scandal and subsequent investigation was the conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign had secretly and criminally conspired with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election, primarily hacking into the email inboxes of the DNC and Clinton campaign chief John Podesta. And a grand total of zero Americans were accused (let alone convicted) of participating in that animating conspiracy.

In their all-out effort to finally get The Bad Orange Man, a whole lot of corruption at the heart of the DNC-MSM was exposed: The New York Times’ ‘Russian Bounties’ Story Just Unraveled.


UPDATE: Liz Cheney Was A Primary Culprit Of Spreading Fake News On Russian Bounties To Undermine Trump.

(Updated and bumped.)

MESSING WITH TEXAS: Woke capitalism’s Texas showdown.

Texas, improbably for a pro-free market state, has its own component of woke capitalists. American Airlines, which headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has declared itself ‘strongly’ against the Senate’s legislation.

‘Voting is the hallmark of our democracy,’ AA insists, ‘and is the foundation of our great country. We value the democratic process and believe every eligible American should be allowed to exercise their [sic] right to vote, no matter which political party or candidate they [sic] support… At American, we believe we should break down barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society — not create them.’

Well, duh. Who says otherwise? The Republicans promoting the bill? In what context? What provision of the bill would overthrow Americans’ sense of American ideals?

Wherein lies the problem. Critics of voter reform legislation unfailingly fail to show how measures meant to entrench honesty at the polls undermine the democratic process — unless we need a little less honesty around here, recognizing as we should that crooks and cheats deserve representation too

The Texas legislation is going to pass, given Republican control of the legislature; the governor is going to sign the bill; and then the legal fraternity is going to get busy, filing lawsuits, doubtless in the aggrieved language test-driven during the current debates. Given the present composition of the US Supreme Court, you are entitled to hope the new law will largely survive — that a little more honesty will somehow show its face around American polling places. But the background racket in our present so-called debate over reform isn’t a sign of encouraging things to come.

Flashback: Trump Won Heavily Latino Texas Border County He Lost to Clinton by Huge Margin. Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure I’ll still have to show ID when getting on American airliner.

THE BANNINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES: Social media again silences the Post for reporting the news.

Once more unto the breach.

On Thursday, Facebook decided its users should not be able to share a New York Post article about the property buying habits of one of the founders of Black Lives Matter.

This is the third time we’ve tangled with social media giants in the past year. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we published a column that suggested the virus could have leaked from a Chinese virology lab. Facebook’s “fact checkers” decided this was an opinion you weren’t allowed to have, and blocked the article. Today, it’s a commonly discussed theory, with officials from former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta saying it can’t be discounted. Even the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said it can’t be ruled out.

In October, we published a series of articles about a laptop Hunter Biden left at a Delaware repair shop. Twitter suspended our account. You probably know how that ended. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted to lawmakers months later it was a “total mistake.”

We were right both times. We’re right this time, too.

Earlier: The Morning Briefing: Area Fascist Jack Dorsey Purges James O’Keefe From Twitter.

 

IT’S SHOTS ALL THE WAY DOWN: Pfizer and Others Are Planning for Covid Vaccine Boosters. “Vaccine makers are getting a jump-start on possible new rounds of shots, although they sound more certain of the need for boosters than independent scientists have. Pfizer’s chief executive said on Thursday that a third dose of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine was ‘likely’ to be needed within a year of the initial two-dose inoculation — followed by annual vaccinations.”

QUESTION OF THE YEAR: Issues & Insights asks “why is everyone swallowing Biden’s lies”? Well, I must hasten to note that I’m not and I doubt that many Instapundit readers are, either.

That said, Biden’s approval rating is riding high in the latest survey, even though, as I&I notes: “He lies about the filibuster (National Review called them “brazen beyond belief”). He lies about the border crisis. He lies about his role in getting vaccines distributed. And everyone falls into lockstep.

“Now, we know why the mainstream press parrots everything Biden says. They are nothing more than Democratic operatives with bylines, as Glenn Reynolds puts it on his Instapundit blog. But why are corporate executives falling for it? Why are officials with sports leagues? Why are politicians in both parties bending to Biden’s reality distortion field?”

 

HELEN TRIED IT: There is a book listed at Helen’s Page that I read a while back called Before I Go: Preparing Your Affairs for Your Heirs. I have it sitting on one of my bookshelves and have used it from time to time to help me update a list of important information in case someone in my family needs it. It is not a very uplifting topic but the book is really good at helping you organize your financial and important documents to help your family in case you become sick or die. Though I don’t recommend the topic, I do think the book is worth a read if you ever wondered what kinds of things like bills, insurance, finances etc. your family needs to know about if something does happen to you. (Bumped)

MR. FANG FANG FACES PLENTY OF STURM UND DRANG: Eric Swalwell Learns a Hard Lesson After Picking a Fight With Marjorie Taylor Greene.

NO. NEXT QUESTION? Should pro-Trump, anti-mask teacher be fired?

MAKE THEM PAY: Professor gets $150K settlement in Islamic terrorism quiz controversy.

PUSHBACK: James O’Keefe to Sue Twitter Over Suspension Following CNN Sting Videos.

IT WAS NEVER RAVELED: The New York Times’ ‘Russian Bounties’ Story Just Unraveled.

RELIGION OR RELATIONSHIP: Shane Morris, on Colson Center’s latest “What Would You Say,” explains the big difference between Christianity and the major religions like Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. It’s one of those basic facts that critics often miss, which then leads them to critiquing straw men.

CHINA CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO SET DICTATORIAL RULES FOR THE INTERNET: China’s Dystopian “New IP” Plan Shows Need for Renewed US Commitment to Internet Governance. “Huawei’s plans for 6G and beyond make U.S. concerns over 5G look paltry: Huawei is proposing a fundamental internet redesign, which it calls “New IP,” designed to build ‘intrinsic security’ into the web. Intrinsic security means that individuals must register to use the internet, and authorities can shut off an individual user’s internet access at any time. In short, Huawei is looking to integrate China’s ‘social credit,’ surveillance, and censorship regimes into the internet’s architecture.”

HEARTBREAKING: Gunman Slaughters Eight in a FedEx Operation Center in Indianapolis.

VICTORIA TAFT: Who Are the Jurors in the George Floyd Case – and Are They Safe?

LOOKS LIKE J.D. VANCE is serious about running for Senate in Ohio. “Well, I suppose that Vance’s putatitve opponents can point out that Vance is now a venture capitalist. But if Scranton Joe can point back to his relatively impoverished roots, Vance can make an even better claim. Vance really has been there and done that when it comes to living in and coming from poverty and a druggy/criminal culture. What got him out of there and to his ‘exalted venture capitalist status’ was a tour in the military as an enlisted man.”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: How to Start a War. “Wars often arise from uncertainty. When strong countries appear weak, truly weaker ones take risks they otherwise would not.”

Enter the Biden/Harris administration.

WHAT DID BIDEN VOTERS EXPECT? Quinnipiac: Biden underwater on border issues by nearly 2-1.

Related: Fauci: Packed children at border a ‘major’ COVID concern.

UH-HUH: Pelosi Will Not Bring Supreme Court Expansion Bill To A Vote But Won’t Rule Out Court-Packing.

Pelosi is probably the best arm-twister and vote-counter on Capitol Hill since LBJ ran the Senate. If she won’t bring the court-packing bill to the floor, then she already knows it’s a no-go — at least for now.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY:

I remember when we were supposed to wish we had Mutti Merkel in charge instead of #OrangeManBad.

THAT’S NOT AN ACCIDENT, IT’S PART OF THE PLAN: America never more politically divided than under Biden.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Related: Democrats Cannot Use Trump’s Three Justices to Justify Packing the Supreme Court. Here’s Why.

Tyler O’Neil’s article in that second link is just for our VIP members; please use the discount code LOYALTY if you’ve been thinking of becoming a supporter.

AT HELEN’S PAGE: Artist Stacy Tabb (also the web designer for Helen’s Page) has some amazing new art up (including a Jaguar print I have my eye on). You can buy directly at her website here. (Bumped)

WELL, GOOD: Democratic leaders throw cold water on proposal to expand Supreme Court.

Hey, if you want to reform the Supreme Court, there’s always my proposal.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Area Fascist Jack Dorsey Purges James O’Keefe From Twitter. “The Twitter experience is a bit less enjoyable here in the year of our Lord 2021. Especially if you are a conservative who has a habit of telling the truth about liberals.”

#RESISTANCE: Gov. Pete Ricketts Declares Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.

THE POISONED FRUITS OF SOROS’ LABOR: Meet Kimberly Gardner, the Rogue Prosecutor Whose Policies Are Wreaking Havoc in St. Louis. “With a situation this grim, the city desperately needs competent and determined crime-fighters, but St. Louis Circuit Attorney (chief prosecutor) Kimberly Gardner remains focused not on law and order but on social justice—and on bizarre self-aggrandizement.”

FLASHBACK: The CIA serves not the United States but its own corporate interests and its partisan vision.

That was Angelo Codevilla in 2007, and boy, he was righter than even he knew.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED:

Here’s a link to the Daily Caller’s video, if you want to bypass Sullivan’s tweet.

Related: The New York Times‘ ‘Russian Bounties’ Story Just Unraveled.

FROM HOLLY LISLE:  The Longview Chronicles.

It’s a fine interstellar line between recapture and freedom. Her one act of kindness will trigger an epic fight to restore cosmic justice.

Box set: Over 600 pages of massive intergalactic battles exposing the dark heart of a vicious, futuristic humanity.

In the deep reaches of space, escaped slave Melie longs to captain her own ship. And with a promotion on her current vessel, she’s in reach of the goal that will set her free from the rich and powerful’s brutality. But when her protégé commits treason, a failed attempt to help gets her demoted and delays her flight from the galaxy’s merciless gladiatorial system.

Dreading having her identity discovered, the jaded woman scrapes by seeking some way to improve her fate. So when a sensational public massacre stirs rebellion, Melie seizes the opportunity to enlist a misfit band of victims to spearhead the ultimate trap for the elite.

Can Melie rally her eternally persecuted peers to overthrow a ruthless regime?

The Longview Chronicles contains six books in the fast-paced The Longview Chronicles dystopian science fiction series, and doubles as the third book in the Cadence Drake series. If you like underdog heroes, sweeping galactic action, and darkly envisioned futures, then you’ll love Holly Lisle’s gripping suite of adventures.

*I’ve read this one and loved it.  Also, it’s very good value for how much book you get!

I mean I like it enough I’d like to write fanfic in the universe. Except I have a ton of my own stuff to finish! — SAH*

TO EACH HIS OWN. I LIKE SHARING A BED WITH MY HUSBAND:  Couples say this new bedroom trend is saving their marriage.

LONG OVERDUE:  Jim Jordan -vs- Dr Fauci.

EXPLODING THEIR TOTALITARIAN NARRATIVE SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED:  DeSantis Derangement Syndrome: MSNBC’s Joy Reid Insinuates Governor Was Involved In Alleged Sex Trafficking.

Do you ever wonder at the stories the left thinks plausible? Pee gate. Sex trafficking.
Do you ever wonder why?

BURN IT ALL DOWN. SALT THE ASHES:  Federal Government Caught Buying ‘Fresh’ Flesh Of Aborted Babies Who Could Have Survived As Preemies.

When a government becomes this evil? When an entrenched bureaucracy buys and sells human flesh?  Burn it down. Salt the ashes. Start again. Start with the constitution.

SECONDED AND MOTION CARRIED BY A SHOW OF HANDS AND WILD GIGGLING:  I propose the word “Covidbaggers” to describe these people.

LIKE HIS QUEST FOR HIS BRAIN: Biden’s Quest For Red Flag Laws Likely To Prove Futile.

THEY’RE PUSHING FOR A BUTCHER’S BILL. THEY THINK THEY WON’T HAVE TO PAY: Capitol Cop Won’t Face Charges For Shooting Protestor.

Justice for Ashli Babbit!  Say her name.

WOVEN, MADAME, WOVEN. I’M ESL AND I SPEAK THE LANGUAGE BETTER THAN YOU:  Biden’s UN Ambassador: ‘Sin of Slavery Weaved White Supremacy Into Our Founding Documents and Principles’.

Once more, I’d like to renew my offer to help you pack for exciting new opportunities in Cuba, China or Venezuela. And take the rest of the UN with you. We have enough native grifters and despots, thank you so much.

HOW DARE HE OPPOSE CORPORATE DIKTATS ABOUT VOTING LAWS?  ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance resigns after controversial tweets.

Hey, New York Post, his tweets aren’t controversial. Out here in America they’re common sense. Once you wrap your head around that, you start seeing that this speech suppression is doing nothing but making the rest of us (nosotros might be the most useful expression/concept in Spanish, btw) pretty ornery.

BECAUSE WE’VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH:  Hey woke corporations, you might want to check out this poll about popular support for voter ID laws.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG PEASANT:   BLM leader defends buying $1.4M Los Angeles home.

I CANCELLED MY SUBSCRIPTION WHEN THEY DEVELOPED A GIRLISH CRUSH ON BILLY JEFF:  Scientific American joins trend, will call climate change ‘climate emergency’.

Apparently they’ve gone sillier. At this point they’re scientific about like Marxism is scientific governance.  They ain’t too American, either.

DUH. IT WAS A LIE TO TURN PEOPLE AGAINST TRUMP:  Biden Administration Doubts Russia Placed Bounties on U.S. Troops.

ORWELL WARNED US:  ‘Mistress’ becomes woke brigade’s latest target.

Bah, they’ll never suppress mistress. It’s so perfect for what goes between Mister and Mattress.

GOOD:  Free Speech Group Rallies Support For Law Prof. Tom Smith, Under Investigation For Criticizing Chinese Government.

Let me point out while I have your ear that it’s entirely possible that the Chinese Government compares unfavorably to the Nazis, on all sorts of measures, from sanity to speed and horror of genocide.
Now go ahead. You criticize the Chinese Government. Because everyone should.

I THINK “GROLAR BEARS” IS A LESS LUDICROUS NAME:  Polar bears are mating with grizzlies to become ‘Pizzly Bears’.

On a scale of zero to the end of the world, how does this stack up against “cats and dogs sleeping together?”

HEY, HEY, JACK DORSEY, HOW MANY TRUTHS DID YOU SILENCE TODAY?  Twitter Permanently Suspends James O’Keefe for Alleged ‘Platform Manipulation and Spam’ [UPDATE: O’Keefe to sue Twitter for Defamation].

Man, no wonder Jack Dorsey looks like a homeless man who sleeps under a bridge. If you were him, would you want to face yourself in the mirror every morning?

AT LEAST AT CNN THE IDEA IS TO PIVOT FROM VIRUS TO “CLIMATE” TO SCARE US:  Media finally notices that the RCP 8.5 climate model is over-hyped science fiction.

Someone needs to tell them Americans stopped buying that cr*p years ago.

LET’S BE FAIR, TO TEH GRAUNIAD ALL FORMS OF LEGITIMATE COMMERCE ARE A MYSTERY:  Guardian Climate Expose: Big Oil Companies Pay Bonuses to CEOs who Increase Profits.

AND AGAIN, MY FACE IS SHOCKED:  Today’s blacklisted American: A movie about the dark side of Planned Parenthood.

SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED:   Seattle Schools Pick Homeless Camps Over Kids.

BEHOLD MY SHOCKED FACE:  Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis.

April 15, 2021

MARK JUDGE: As the Left Trashes Due Process, Black Men Speak Up in its Defense.

“Leftists who see any loop as a potential lynching noose have started making and selling the rope. Well, at least it’s made of hemp.”

NICK KRISTOF GETS A HINT OF A CLUE: Lessons for America From a Weird Portland: Soaring rhetoric about justice is fine. But what matters more is keeping people safe and picking up the garbage.

The “soaring rhetoric” is just a cover for the fact that they aren’t actually capable of doing their actual jobs. When you hear a mayor engaging in soaring rhetoric, potholes and homeless villages are on the way.

Plus:

The local slogan is “Keep Portland Weird,” but businesses boarded up to protect against rioters suggest not weirdness but melancholy. A beautiful elk statue that had presided in a park for 120 years had to be removed after its base was vandalized by protesters. Activists have defied the law and taken over a building known as the Red House, frightening neighbors.

Underscoring the concern for law and order, this year Portland is on track to reach 100 homicides, far exceeding the record of 70 set in 1987.

Life in the Blue Zones.

Related: The Racism-Free Utopia Is Rural MAGA Land. “Keep in mind that I think ‘hate crimes’ are mostly bunk. But clearly, such crimes are far more prevalent in SJW hotbeds like Seattle and Portland than they are in rural America.”

WHY IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUCH A CESSPIT OF SEXUAL ABUSE? Ex-California mayor who advocated for defunding police arrested for child sex crimes.

OPEN THREAD: Do your best.

I WAS TOLD BY ALL THE BEST PEOPLE THAT ONLY REPUBLICANS POUNCE: Sununu Lifts New Hampshire Mask Mandate, Democrats Pounce.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Who Can Get the Vaccine in Your State?

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Russia is going back to the moon this year.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY ON THE COVID FRONT: Denmark health official faints while announcing halt of WHO-approved vaccine. “Video of the briefing shows Tanja Erichsen, the head of Denmark’s Medicines Agency, standing in front of reporters and then collapsing without warning, BBC News reported.”

#JOURNALISM:

“Spreading misinformation” is only bad if it hurts the establishment’s narrative. Spreading misinformation that helps the narrative is lauded and rewarded.

I THINK WE SHOULD ELIMINATE MIDDLE SEATS ALTOGETHER, JUST TO BE SAFE: Study finds that blocking seats on planes reduces virus risk.

NITA GHEI: Painful Consequences of Federal Prescription Guidelines: The CDC Guideline for opioid prescribing, five years later.

I’m shocked, shocked to learn that CDC guidelines on something were more political than scientific, and wound up making the problem worse.

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: New Report Identifies 4 Techniques That Help Women Experience More Pleasure.

Why no research for guys?

BREAKING: James O’Keefe to Sue Twitter Over Suspension Following CNN Sting Videos.

PROGRESS TOWARD A BODY COMPUTER: Tiny wireless implant detects oxygen deep within the body.

WE LIVE IN A GOLDEN AGE OF CARRY GUNS: Springfield Armory Hellcat: One of 2020’s Top-Selling Pistols.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Minneapolis City Council To Offer Looting Passports.

LIVE AT 3:30PM EASTERN: ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ with Kruiser, Preston, VodkaPundit.

STACY MCCAIN: The Ultimate ‘Florida Woman’? It’s Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day.

Most people have forgotten who Rebekah Jones is, assuming they had ever heard of her before, but the media celebrated Jones as a “whistleblower” last year when she claimed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was manipulating his state’s COVID-19 case numbers. Jones got fired from her job at the Florida state health department. In December, police raided her home with a search warrant (photo above) and in January, she was charged with gaining “unauthorized access to state Department of Health systems in November to send an unauthorized message to employees and to download a list of contact information for approximately 19,000 people.” None of that really interests me at all, but last week I learned that Jones has moved to Maryland, where she has sought a peace order against Christina Pushaw, who in February published a devastating 2,000-word exposé about Jones.
At 9 a.m. Friday morning, there will be a hearing in a Montgomery County district courtroom about that peace order, so we have declared today to be “Everybody Blog About Rebekah Jones Day.”

Much more at the link.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Texas Venue Wanted to Censor Comedian Chad Prather’s Jokes.

“The last bastion of free speech in America is comedy, People have so lost that concept,” Prather said before sharing a chilling example of how some in the culture don’t see it that way.

He told Mayr how a theater outside of Austin, Texas warned him about the material a comedian on his tour shared at a recent stop.

“We don’t want your opener to tell some of the jokes he told last night.,” he said. “I said, ‘you can’t tell a comic what to do on stage.”

“Some of the people who work at the theater, they said, ‘they were kind of offended last night, and I said, ‘f*** ’em. What are you gonna do? You asked for a comedian to come in here. You can’t ask for a guy to change what he does. Lenny Bruce, George Carlin … they went to jail for comedy. We’re not going back to those days when we tell somebody what they can and cannot do,” he said.

Less shocking when you remember that it happened in the Austin area.

SKYNET SMILES: Robotic Exoskeletons Could One Day Walk By Themselves.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: While Biden Bumbled, Putin Went on War Footing on Land and Sea.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What do you call it when Presidentish Joe Biden talks tough while acting weak in the face of determined aggression?

Answer: We’re hoping the answer isn’t “World War III.”

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

  • The silliest nine seconds of video you’ll see all day
  • Remember Rebekah Jones?
  • Court-packing for dummies

Bonus Sanity: Peacefully protesting the violent rioters.

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

THE VACCINE BAD NEWS JUST KEEPS COMING: Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months. “He also said it’s possible people will need to get vaccinated against the virus annually. . . . Researchers still don’t know how long protection against the virus lasts once someone has been fully vaccinated.”

So the argument for vaccination after you’ve had Covid is that they don’t know how long your post-infection immunity will last. But they also don’t know how long your post-vaccination immunity will last. I mean, I know they pushed vaccines out at great speed and that that was a major accomplishment. But with this many unanswered questions, maybe a little more humility in how they push the vaccines?

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