August 13, 2020

I WOULDN’T MIND HIM PLAGIARIZING FROM REAGAN, IF HE MEANT IT: Reagan Speechwriter: Biden Just Plagiarized From Reagan.

In The Appearance of Impropriety, Peter Morgan and I devoted an entire chapter to plagiarism and its uses, including an extensive discussion of Biden’s issue.

SOMETIMES, BLATANT SEX DISCRIMINATION IS OKAY: Male-Only Military Draft Is Constitutional, Federal Appeals Court Rules.

THE NARRATIVE IS ALL: Five Year-Old Boy Shot at Point Blank Range, National Media Mostly Silent. “Say his name. 5 year old Cannon Hinnant was executed in cold blood while riding his bike. The accused killer is Darius Sessoms. He allegedly walked up to the boy and shot him dead in front of his sisters. Reverse the races and this is the only thing anyone talks about for a month.”

WEIRD HOW PEOPLE IN THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY ARE UNFAZED BY THE WOKE MOB: Streamlight Donates $127,000 to COPS Non-Profit. The money goes to aid the families of fallen officers.

MEDIA FEARS SETBACKS AHEAD IF LIBEL LAWS ARE REFORMED: Media advocates worry about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ suggestion that it’s time for federal courts to re-examine libel law doctrines prompted by the 1964 Sullivan decision. They should be worried, as University of Tennessee Law Professor Glenn Reynolds explains why Thomas has a point and lays out a moderate path forward.

 

CHANGE: US Unemployment Benefits Weekly Claims Fell Below 1 Million First Time in Covid. Note that Bloomberg takes a negative slant anyway.

DOMINIC GREEN: The UAE-Israel deal is a triumph of Trump’s personal diplomacy. The usual suspects will minimize this breakthrough.

Not least of which, as Scott Adams tweets, is CNN: “Nothing is funnier than watching CNN try to turn a Middle East peace deal into some kind of Trump mistake. It will take all of their disinformation talents to pull this off.”

IS THERE ANYTHING THEY CAN’T DO? Alpacas provide new hope for a COVID-19 cure.

CRUEL, BUT FAIR:

YEAH, THAT’S A SOLID DAY’S DRIVE: Lucid Air EV Crushes 500 Miles-On-a-Single-Charge Barrier: Lucid Air has achieved a Holy Grail of EV technology—an electric car that sneers at “range anxiety.”

That said, I got over 800 miles out of the Audi A8L diesel I tested a few years back.

THE MANCHURIAN MEDIA: CNN is all in for Kamala Harris (and maybe also Joe Biden). “We are one step away from someone at CNN going on the air and proclaiming that Harris is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being they have ever known in their life. A dangerous time to tell the truth in America indeed.”

THEIR LOYALTY WILL NOT BE FOUND WANTING:

Glenn is right: The infotainment industry — I refuse to keep calling it the news business — is a Democratic psyops operation against the American people.

DEREK LOWE ON THE RUSSIANS’ CLAIMED CORONAVIRUS VACCINE. “If it’s supposed to make Russia look like some sort of biotechnology powerhouse, then as far as I’m concerned it does the opposite. It makes them look desperate, like the nation-state equivalent of a bunch of penny-stock promoters. . . . Look, we’re pushing safety and efficacy trials harder than they’ve ever been pushed already, and many people already are jumpy about the safety evaluations of the various vaccine candidates as it is. Declaring regulatory approval and taking a public victory lap in the world press before you’ve even done that safety work at all inspires pity rather than respect.”

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Late Night Propaganda: Noah, Fallon and Colbert Hail Harris. “Biden’s VP selection sparks fresh wave of Trump ‘jokes’ from the usual suspects.”

I’m so old I remember when comedy was funny.

On reflection, that has me feeling quite old right now.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Trump Administration designates Confucius Institute Center as ‘foreign mission’ of China. “Confucius Institutes on college campuses are often set up under the guise of teaching Chinese language and culture. But U.S. law enforcement agencies have warned that such programs restrict freedom of speech on campus, serve as outlets for Communist propaganda, and attract researchers looking to steal intellectual property.”

AB5 CONTINUES TO DEMOLISH CALIFORNIA’S GIG ECONOMY: Uber Says It Will Shut Down in California if Forced to Classify Drivers as ‘Full-Time Employees.’

HUH: Red bricks can be charged, store energy. “Designers and engineers have previously recognized the brick’s ability to absorb and store the sun’s energy, but the latest study marks the first time researchers have developed a strategy for converting a red brick into a supercapacitor.”

QUESTION ASKED: Were David Brock’s Media Matters Illegal Hillary Matters?

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING, BESIDES ANYONE WITH A BRAIN? A mad rush for the exits as New York City goes down the tubes. I mean you elect Bill De Blasio twice, you’re going to get it good and hard: “New Yorkers are fed up with the shootings and lootings, homelessness on the streets, sub-par online schools, sky-high taxes and the sheer obliviousness of pols like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”

Someone really needs to get started on my Welcome Wagon project.

Related: “What is so sad about what’s happened to New York is that everybody knew it would happen. This was all predictable, if you remember what happened to New York back in the 1970s and ’80s.” Vote in Democrats, get squalor.

IT INCLUDES SOME VERY NICE FACTORY-INSTALLED OPTIONS: M1A2C Abrams Tank Hits The Field.

WHEN I WROTE MY PAPER ON MILITARY COUPS, I THOUGHT I WAS BEING ENTIRELY THEORETICAL: Would the Military Side with Leftist Tyranny or with America?

It’s highly irresponsible of Democrats to be encouraging this sort of talk. But as I say, they’re happy to wreck the country, so long as they hope to rule over the ruins.

Plus: “Because America remembers the military of 30 years ago that could actually win a war in a reasonable period of time (as we did in Desert Storm), today’s generals benefit from residual respect for yesterday’s Cold War military. Americans are unaware of the devastated culture cultivated by our military senior leadership. Here’s the ruinous legacy of today’s generals: Afghanistan is a disaster and still not won, ships colliding and catching fire due to gross failures of leadership, boats of sailors on tape whimpering as they surrender to the Iranian Navy, senior officers leaking to the media, colonels, generals and admirals getting court-martialed, massive prosecutorial misconduct by JAGs, woke West Point (which recently graduated an open communist), and troops kneeling before rioters. It’s a military that puts Diversity Day before D-Day.”

MOSTLY PEACEFUL RIOTS: Chicago Looters Intent on Their ‘Reparation’ Terrorized Sick Kids at Ronald McDonald House.

DON’T TRUST CHINA. CHINA IS ASSHOLE: Steve Saleen Claims Chinese Joint Venture Has Stolen $800M Worth Of His Intellectual Property.

In 2016, Saleen entered a joint venture with the government of Rugao, a city in Jiangsu province with a population of roughly 1.4 million. The plan was for Saleen to use his experience, design, engineering and related technologies worth $800 million in the joint venture while maintaining a majority stake in the company with his American partners. Meanwhile, Rugao would bring $500 million in capital and $600 million in subsidized loans over three years to fund manufacturing sites and operations in exchange for a minority stake.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Saleen claims “the deal was a sham.” According to the racing legend, the joint venture applied for 510 Chinese patents based on his designs, technologies, trade secrets and engineering developments. He adds that most of these patent filings didn’t list him as an inventor. The company, known as Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technologies (JSAT), unveiled a range of models 12 months ago.

Saleen asserts that the government of Rugao is attempting to take over the joint venture now that it has his intellectual property and patents. He claims that the director of corporate affairs for JSAT, Grace Yin Xu, has been missing since June 22 when she entered a government building shortly after refusing to lie to local law enforcement who wanted her to state Saleen’s business partner had provided false information and embezzled money. In addition, the company’s vice president of manufacturing, Frank Sterzer, was allegedly detained for six hours by the authorities.

Apparently the company and its IP have been effectively nationalized by the mainland Communist Chinese government.

This story is actually from last week, but seems to have slipped under a lot of radars.

THOSE SICK KIDS BETTER LEARN TO CHECK THEIR PRIVILEGE: Chicago Looters Intent on Their ‘Reparation’ Terrorized Sick Kids at Ronald McDonald House.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Wisconsin Mandates Masks for Zoom Calls, CNN’s Biden/Harris Switcharoo.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Do face masks prevent the spread of computer viruses?

Answer: Certain Wisconsin officials seem to think so.

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

• Joe Biden is ready to be a great (former) president from Day One.

• Control the language, control the virus.

• Math is unkind to Democrats, socialists, progressive, and other demagogues.

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

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: Xi calls on Chinese not to waste food as crop shortage fears grow: State media has gone into overdrive to highlight gastronomic excesses. “State media has gone into overdrive to highlight food wastage and the response by retailers. Broadcaster CCTV pointed to the Daweiwang live streams that show people eating vast amounts of food as an example of encouraging gluttony and food wastage, calling on the public to ‘applaud thriftiness.'”

Related: Some Chinese Cities Want to Limit the Amount of Food People Can Order at Restaurants.

I predict this will result in — entirely rational — food hoarding in response.

More on China’s likely impending food problems here.

UPDATE: From the comments: “What’s a Maoist Resurgency without a proper Mass Famine.”

Plus: “Why do socialists always go from ‘we will bury you’ directly to ‘the hoarders and wreckers stole all the food’ almost overnight?”

Right?

LEARNING FROM SWEDEN: But not in the way Bernie seems to believe – Allister Heath compares Sweden’s refusal to lock down compared with Britain’s rush to do so. Registration may be required to read.

TAKE ALL THE THINGS: Kamala Harris Brings Gun Confiscation Support to Dem Presidential Ticket.

A PLATFORM OF LIES: Ann Althouse: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris deploy the Charlottesville hoax to stir up racial pain and anger.

On his first day of campaigning with his running mate, he led with that. I say “he,” but I don’t really believe it’s him. I think it’s more likely that he’s a foggy-minded figurehead, and other people have decided to frame the message like that. I consider these people — whoever they are — despicable. They have chosen quite deliberately to commit to a lie that is intended to make black people feel hated and they are doing it for political gain.

As my earlier post about the tweet says, I blogged in April 2019, “If Biden does not come forward and retract [a video relying on the Charlottesville hoax] and apologize and commit himself to making amends, I consider him disqualified. He does not have the character or brain power to be President.” Now, more than a year later, Biden has done the opposite. He’s doubled down on the lie and he’s making it the centerpiece of his campaign!

They’re terrible people who would happily wreck the country so long as they wound up ruling over the wreckage.

GRIFTERS GONNA GRIFT: UConn to pay ‘white fragility’ scholar Robin DiAngelo $20,000 for antiracism workshop.

And there’s a Chief Diversity Officer born every minute.

NOTHING SAYS “FIGHTING WHITE SUPREMACY” LIKE TRASHING A PLACE WHERE PARENTS OF SICK KIDS GO FOR A SHOWER AND A NIGHT’S SLEEP: Chicago Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House. “The Ronald McDonald House in Chicago was vandalized during looting early Monday morning while families and their sick children huddled inside, the charity said Tuesday. The Ronald McDonald House in the Streeterville neighborhood of the city’s Near North Side provides support for sick children and their families while the child receives medic