October 27, 2020

WATCH IT BEFORE YOUTUBE TAKES IT DOWN AT THE BEHEST OF THE CHINESE: Tucker Carlson on Joe Biden’s “direct, personal involvement” with Chinese business deals.

Related, from Bryan Preston: Bobulinski: The Bidens are ‘Compromised’ and Lying About Joe’s Knowledge of Hunter’s Deals With China.

NO, TRUMP HASN’T CANCELED ADS IN FLORIDA. “The ads will run. It’s just that the RNC will be picking up the tab instead of Trump’s campaign.”

OPEN THREAD: Make it happen.

TELL THEM TO SCREW THEMSELVES, THERE’S PLENTY OF CHEAP OIL ELSEWHERE: The Muslim world is protesting France after the beheading of a teacher by an Islamic extremist.

Macron should demand apologies.

PA GOV. TOM WOLF (D) CALLS LAST NIGHT’S RIOTS IN PHILADELPHIA “PEACEFUL PROTESTS:”

“Well first of all I’m, I mean I’m, as everyone is really sad by the, the death of the victim. And and I think I share in mourning with the family. Anytime that happens is a tragedy, for whatever reason, and I think we need to make sure that that we follow up, find out what happened I’m, and my staff have been in constant communication since last night with the folks in Philadelphia. And the hope is that that doesn’t escalate into anything more than, than the peaceful protests that I think this kind of situation brings out.”

As they say in the DNC-MSM, the peacefulness of the protest certainly intensified dramatically: At Least 12 Philadelphia Officers Hospitalized As Violent Clashes Break Out Over Walter Wallace Shooting.

Rod Dreher writes that the media is “managing” (with a pillow, as Iowahawk would say) the coverage of the riots and looting “because Pennsylvania is a swing state, and talking about race riots and protesters breaking the legs of cops is not a story that helps Joe Biden,” and Wolf is doing his part as well.

UPDATE: Philadelphia police say 1,000 looters targeting businesses on second night of protests.

OCTOBER SURPRISE: Trump’s campaign website is ‘seized’ by hackers who claim to have evidence that ‘proves his criminal involvement with foreign actors to manipulate the 2020 election.’

UPDATE: More here: Trump Campaign Website Seized by Hackers.

(Updated and bumped.)

ANOTHER UPDATE (FROM GLENN): No doubt an effort to distract from all the damning stuff about the Bidens and China that is currently being broadcast on Tucker Carlson’s show.

MOLOTOVED MERC: Russian YouTuber sets fire to his $160,000 AMG GT 63 S in protest to Mercedes.

HEATHER MAC DONALD:  Northwestern University’s president should be commended for standing up to student rioters (but he did help create the climate for their destructive behavior).

DEVELOPING: Feds Obtained FISA Warrant Against Hunter Biden’s Chinese Business Associate, Documents Show. “The existence of a FISA warrant against the Biden associate, Patrick Ho, indicates that federal investigators believed Ho was working covertly as an agent of a foreign government.”

Related: Hunter Biden wasn’t the customer, he was the product. “If all that moral prevarication doesn’t quite suit, then we can collapse this all down to a simpler question. Hunter Biden doesn’t and didn’t have any relevant skills or qualifications for these various jobs and contracts, other than who his father is. So, if that’s not what he was selling, even if it was just the dream rather than the reality on sale, then what was it that was being retailed in this manner?”

YOU KNOW THE WOKE BUBBLE IS BURSTING WHEN LITERAL ROYALTY IS LECTURING US ON PRIVILEGE: Prince Harry needs to stop lecturing us. I really don’t think the Duke of Sussex should be pushing divisive ideas like ‘unconscious bias.’

Dear Harry, you’re a whipped embarrassment, spouting your actress-wife’s woke BS. I won’t tell you to “educate yourself,” but maybe you should grow a pair.

ENDORSEMENTS: Scholars and Writers for Trump. “Given the astonishing success of his first term, we believe that Donald J. Trump is the candidate most likely to foster the promise and prosperity of America. We urge you to support him as we do.” I signed it.

THIS IS PROBABLY BECAUSE PEOPLE AREN’T LEAVING THEIR HOMES: Tick borne disease cases down in 2020.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Sorry, there will be no return to normalcy under Joe Biden.

NOW OUT FROM CHARLIE STROSS: Dead Lies Dreaming (Laundry Files Book 10.)

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, CESSPIT OF SEXUAL ABUSE: Legislative aide charged with sex abuse is fired from Capitol job. “ALBANY — State Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr., on Monday announced he had terminated his longtime legislative director, Joseph P. Brady, who was arrested over the weekend on charges of sexually abusing an 18-year-old girl at his residence in Watervliet. Brady, 40, who has been associated with a motorcycle gang with ties to the Hells Angels, is accused of sexually assaulting the woman after her 16-year-old boyfriend, who was also staying with Brady, briefly left the residence.”

SIGN OF STRENGTH: Confident Trump Campaign Pulls Ads From Florida.

DIPLOMACY: Countering China’s aggression: India and US to sign key military pact.

CHIPOTLE HIRES BILL NYE TO SCOLD YOU FOR EATING FAST FOOD:

If Chipotle really wanted to save the earth, they’d go out of business altogether. Just shut it all down and go live in a cave. Nothing is more sustainable than failure. Take it from someone who knows.

Here’s an idea for a restaurant: You sell me food and I eat it. You provide an array of items, as many or as few as you think you can manage — let’s call it a “menu” — and you don’t try to make me feel guilty about the item(s) I select. I give you money, you give me food, and then you leave me in peace while I eat. Then I go away and I may or may not come back, depending on how I felt about the experience. Sound good? Maybe we could try that.

It’s an idea so crazy, it just might work. In the meantime, I’m going to continue to avoid eating at Chipotle all together — if only to help in their goal of keeping their carbon footprint as low as possible.

DISPLAY ADAPTABILITY: Navajo Designer Adapts to Pandemic by Starting New Career as Long-Haul Trucker. “Glenda Bennett’s handbag design company was flatlining because of COVID-19, so she pivoted, getting her commercial driver’s license and setting off in a Freightliner Cascadia.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Hundred Plus Miles Of New Border Wall Seeing Positive Results In Western Arizona.

RACIAL SEGREGATION IN LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE ORIENTATION: Mandatory segregation. Not self-segregation, not voluntary segregation. It’s incredible that they thought this was OK, and when I say that, I mean it is literally not credible that they would believe that. Which brings up the question: what else are they doing that we don’t know about?

ACCESS TO JOE WAS PART OF HUNTER’S INVESTMENT PITCH TO CHINA: No surprise in the headline, actually, because that access was the heart of the whole enterprise.

TAMARA KEEL: Why You Should Keep a Third Carry Gun.

IF YOU CAN’T WIN, CHANGE THE RULES: Triggered Dems Resort to Court-Packing in Tantrum Over Amy Coney Barrett.

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMIN’: Breaking in JustTheNews.com today are more emails — not “purloined”, Mr. Zuckerberg — where Hunter Biden adds further acknowledgement of his father’s knowledge of Hunter Biden’s Happy Goodtime “Meet and Greet for Money” Service.  (Of course, his father also knows that the President’s first name is George; and that the right-wing louts out there are called “the Poor Boys.“) He knows lots of stuff. And then he doesn’t.

And as for the people who are still stuck on the “Russian disinformation” loop, Biden’s emails were independently verified by Just the News with one of the recipients.

GOIN’ SOUTHBOUND: Pratt & Whitney chooses lower-cost North Carolina — not Connecticut — to build a $650 million manufacturing plant. No one in his right mind would build a factory in a blue state nowadays.

‘REVENGE’ FOR THE PRESIDENT AND SENATE FULFILLING THEIR CONTITUTIONAL DUTIES: Democrats Vowed Revenge For ACB Confirmation.

MICHAEL WALSH: Voting and Democracy.

Predictions based on early voting numbers and party registration are risky, and anyone who says he can forecast the future in the crazy year of 2020 needs his head examined. This is a campaign that has seen candidate Donald Trump shake off the virus and barnstorm vigorously around the country.

Meanwhile, candidate Biden is senescent, increasingly confused, feeble and even more gaffe-prone than usual, with his replacement, Kamala Harris just itching to succeed him via the 25th Amendment. Biden has for months conducted a basement campaign in the hopes that the people who hate Trump are more motivated to vote early (and perhaps often?) than those who love him. And whatever happens after Jan. 20, 2021 will be Harris’s problem.

For the Democrats, therefore, the more votes they can pile up early the better, in order to withstand the surge of the Republican electorate, which prefers to wait until the constitutionally mandated time—and then deliver a rebuke to the Democrats and their partners in electioneering, the media, who apparently have learned nothing from the beating they took four years ago.

Soon enough, then, we’re going to find out just whose “democracy” this is. That of the “progressive” Left, aided by its thugs from Antifa and the Black Lives Movement, who wish to dispose of the hated Trump and resume their pedal-to-the-metal, Thelma-and-Louise rush to propel the country through our previous electoral norms and safeguards and over the precipice?

Or the patriotic Americans who love their country despite its real or imagined failings, don’t want to be bullied and buffaloed by the coastal elites into turning their backs on their patrimony, and wish to keep the Republic the founders bequeathed them?

Earlier: How Things May Look on November 4.

I GUESS EVEN DEMS STOPPED BUYING THE ‘LITERALLY HITLER’ GARBAGE: Trump Is One of the World’s Lamer Demagogues.

This one isn’t worth your click. I just think the headline is revealing.

SO LIKE SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE BODY POLITIC, THEN: COVID-19 Can Make Patients’ Immune Systems Attack Their Own Bodies, Study Shows.

FLASHBACK: Obama Repeatedly Tried to Get Biden Not to Run for President.

I DUNNO, MAYBE PREPPING FOR A BIDEN PRESIDENCY? Why Are TikTok Teens Listening to an Album About Dementia?

CONSTRUCTION OF TRUMP’S WALL PROCEEDS APACE: The Lid’s Michael Cantrell reports from Western Arizona.

BYRON YORK: The big Trump rallies you don’t see.

“I can’t believe there aren’t any newspeople here,” said Linda of Greene County, Pennsylvania, as she stood among hundreds of cars and pickup trucks idling in long parallel lines in a vast big-box-store parking lot Saturday, waiting to join the Interstate 70 Trump Train. Indeed, although there were carloads of Trump supporters as far as one could see, and many more on the way from Ohio and West Virginia, and this enormous political event was happening less than two weeks before the presidential election, as far as I could tell, I was the only newsperson there.

It was the biggest political rally no one saw. And gatherings like it have been happening for months in some of the places President Trump needs most to win if he is to be reelected. And, remarkably, the rallies are not the work of the Trump campaign. The road rally in Washington, Pennsylvania, was organized and staged by local Trump supporters, linked together largely by Facebook, who want to show that enthusiasm for the president in western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas is not just strong but stronger than it was when Trump eked out a victory in Pennsylvania in 2016. If Trump wins this critical state, it will owe in significant part to this organic movement and the energetic organizers who have nothing to do with his campaign.

That’s genuine grassroots, quite unlike the astroturfing the Left specializes in.

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS: ‘Kid influencers’ promoting food brands online tout unhealthy choices.

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS (CONT’D): Emily Ratajkowski Confirms She’s Pregnant, Says She Won’t Know Gender Of Child Until 18th Birthday.

UNLIKE MANY NEWSPAPERS: The Boston Herald Endorses Trump.

OUT: OKAY, BOOMER. IN: OKAY, SENATOR. Amy Coney Barrett puts the nail in the coffin of TV politics.

WOW, TODAY’S USA TODAY COLUMN IS GENERATING A LOT MORE HATE MAIL THAN USUAL. As usual with such, none of it explains why I’m wrong, it just calls me a bad person.

DON’T GET COCKY:

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TO BE FAIR, MILLENNIALS IN AMERICA HAVE ALSO BEEN TRAINED TO DO THE SAME THING, BY THE SAME SORTS OF PEOPLE: Millennials in China look askance at American democracy.

TRUMP LOOKS AND SOUNDS LIKE HE GIVES A DAMN, AND IS HAVING FUN AT IT: Trump’s Non-Stop Campaign Schedule Versus Biden’s Basement Strategy Is Paying Off.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Sorry, there will be no return to normalcy under Joe Biden.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: POTUS Destroys SLOWTUS at Another Huge Rally.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Why is Joe Biden wandering around, apparently lost, on his own stage?

Answer: Seriously, the video has us even more worried about his brain than usual.

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

  • Sex bully Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv is at it again.
  • Shepard Smith’s new show crashes, burns, then burns some more.
  • Hmmm… No one is dying of the flu in 2020.

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

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THE LATEST STRATEGYTALK PODCAST: Another take on Turkish president Erdogan’s Neo-Ottoman dreams — and his mercenaries in Libya, Syria and Azerbaijan.

MILTON FRIEDMAN’S FREE TO CHOOSE PROVED CAPITALISM IS SUPERIOR TO SOCIALISM. New video from Reason TV:

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 2020 Has Been A Hard Year For Higher Ed With 337,000 Jobs Lost. Could 2021 Be Worse?

Yes. Ironic that the colleges are praying for relief from the coronavirus bill that Nancy Pelosi has been blocking.

JOURNALISM: ‘Economist’ Failed to Disclose Lucrative Beijing Ties. “UK mag cashed Huawei checks as it covered telecom giant.”

WHAT PASSES FOR SCIENCE TODAY: Columbia medical school professor wants President Trump declared a ‘public health threat.’

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT: The Erasure of Mesut Özil.

LONDON — Everything started with a tweet. Mesut Özil knew the risks, in December last year, when he decided to offer a startling, public denunciation both of China’s treatment of the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority in the region of Xinjiang, and the complicit silence of the international community.

Friends and advisers had warned Özil, the Arsenal midfielder, that there would be consequences. He would have to write off China as a market. His six million followers on Weibo, the country’s largest social network, would disappear. His fan club there — with as many as 50,000 signed-up members — would go, too. He would never play in China. He might become too toxic even for any club with Chinese owners, or sponsors eager to do business there.

Özil knew this was not fearmongering. He was aware of China’s furious response — both institutionally and organically — to a tweet by Daryl Morey, the general manager of the N.B.A.’s Houston Rockets, only a few weeks earlier. Yet Özil was adamant. He had been growing increasingly outraged by the situation in Xinjiang for months, watching documentaries, consuming news reports. He believed it was his duty, he told his advisers, not so much to highlight the issue but to pressure Muslim-majority nations — including Turkey, whose president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had served as best man at Özil’s wedding — to intercede.

And so he pressed send.

Read the whole thing.

OPPOSITION PARTIES WILL BE ILLEGAL IN THE PEOPLE’S PARADISE: Student newspaper rips Harvard Republicans for endorsing Trump.

WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE: Creepy Democrat Organization ‘Vote America’ Plans to Come Around After the Election to Check on Your Vote.

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Sorry, there will be no return to normalcy under Joe Biden.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: ACB Is In, Now Let’s Savor Watching Liberals Freak Out Over Nothing. “The greatest thing about the Trump presidency is that he forced the Democrats to stop being coy about their inexorable march to the psychotic progressive fringe. They’d done a brilliant PR job for years that hid their true intentions from regular Americans who live outside of the coastal commie bubbles. Once the permanent screaming and tears started after Trump’s election, their intentions were laid bare.”

THEY NEED TO LOSE, AND KEEP LOSING UNTIL THEY UNLEARN THIS CRAP: Left’s Post-Election Agenda: More Riots, ‘Truth Commissions,’ Other Punishment For Their Foes — That Means You.

A LOOK AT AMERICA’S MOST CORRUPT POLICE. A new book shows how the Baltimore Police Department let dirty cops flourish right under its nose.

Baltimore’s last Republican mayor left office in 1967.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Sen. Ron Johnson: Biden ‘Lying’ About His Son Not Making Money in China.

WHO OWNS YOUR STUFF? Delete Facebook and your Oculus games will go down with it.

Facebook recently announced that owners of its new Oculus Quest 2 would be required to link a Facebook account to use the headset. But what’s more, should you ever delete the Facebook account linked to your headset, you’ll lose any games you’ve purchased.

It’s not just deleting your account that will result in losing purchases. According to GameSpot, even deactivating your account temporarily will cut access to purchased games, or you can have your account suspended for violating terms of service and have no say in the matter.

Older headsets like the original Quest don’t need to be linked to Facebook, but support for separate Oculus accounts ends in 2023, after while all Oculus VR users will need a Facebook account. Following the acquisition of Oculus by Facebook in 2014, founder Palmer Luckey said users would never need an account with the social network. We probably shouldn’t be surprised that’s no longer the case. Not only is Luckey no longer with the company, but Facebook was always going to eventually tighten it’s grip on its property… like it has on Instagram and WhatsApp.

Don’t trust Facebook. Facebook is asshole.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “Three massive campaign rallies, and a SCOTUS swearing in ceremony. All in a day’s work for President Trump.” And just a couple of weeks ago we were told by all the best people that he was going to die of coronavirus due to his age and obesity.

HMM: Trending: Trump tops Biden, 48% to 47%, with 52% approval rating.

Polls schmolls. Vote, and get your friends to vote too.

UNFORTUNATELY, IT’S NOT SO:  The authors of a new report featured in Washington Post would have us to believe that arrests of African Americans are higher than for other races mainly because cops are biased and African American neighborhoods have historically been “over-policed.”

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently made the similar claim that students of all races misbehave in school at equal rates, and that (by implication) disproportionate discipline rates should be blamed on biased teachers. It was easily proven false.

The reasons for arrest/discipline disproportionality are complex and nobody should claim to fully understand the problem.   But the notion that it’s primarily the fault of overzealous police and teachers is off base.

FORGING THE ANGLOSPHERE: India says to sign military agreement with U.S. on sharing of satellite data.

Peace breaking out across the Middle East, shrinking footprint in Afghanistan, a growing anti-Communist China alliance, and even frontline European nations like Sweden boosting defense budgets.

I could have sworn I remember being told Trump was going to alienate all our allies and bumble his way into war.

AT AMAZON, Le Creuset Stoneware Mini Round Cocotte, 8 oz., Flame.

AND THEY DIDN’T EVEN GET ANY PIECES OF SILVER: Church Leaders Sell Their Souls to the Democratic Party.

Over the past couple of months, while the world has been distracted by all-things-COVID-19, a very important bit of news slipped under our radar and went virtually unnoticed. The contemporary church sold its soul to the Devil for a pot of political porridge.

Consider the evidence.

Last week “pro-life” evangelicals across the land started stumbling over themselves to endorse a political party and a candidate who is openly against life and against evangelicals.

Christianity isn’t about being socially popular, but a lot of people — especially among church leaders who want to be socially popular — seem to think so.

THE CULTURE OF JOURNALISM IS A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: ‘Economist’ Failed to Disclose Lucrative Beijing Ties: UK mag cashed Huawei checks as it covered telecom giant.

THE RETURN OF HISTORY: Sweden To Increase Defense Spending By 40% Amid Russia Fears.

CHANGE: 2016’s Reluctant Trumpers Are 2020’s Avid Trumpers.

Andy Warren is a former county commissioner of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, one of the collar counties wrapped around Philadelphia. With more than 625,000 residents, it’s larger than Wyoming or Vermont. It’s the ultimate purple area with a diverse population. Warren knows it well. He was county commissioner there for 16 years.

In those days, he was a moderate Republican. When 2016 rolled around, Trump was No. 17 of the 17 major Republican presidential candidates on Warren’s dance card. Not this year. “I’m 1,000% in support of Donald Trump,” Warren told me recently. “Even when I was running myself, I didn’t feel as strongly as I feel about this election.”

Warren believes that Trump will be regarded as a great president, not merely a good one. He also sees Joe Biden’s aggressive move leftward as genuinely frightening. “I fear as I’ve rarely feared anything what a Biden win would do to America.”

You can build a convincing story for the election going either way. I’ll just say that out of a small group of friends, two who never voted say they’re voting for Trump, one who always votes Democrat is reluctantly voting for Trump, and one who was planning to vote Biden wound up voting Green. Anecdotes aren’t data, but I’ve never seen that before.

ARE YOU A WHITE SUPREMACIST? One Minute Apologist Bobby Conway says we really ought to do a little defining of terms before throwing around such terms. One has to wonder if, however, in view of Stephen Green’s preceding post on the violence of the Left, there isn’t much time left for civil discussion (Lord, help us, please).

GOIN’ SOUTHBOUND: “Kimber Manufacturing, a company that makes a variety of firearms and ammunition, is transitioning its corporate headquarters from New York to its facility in Troy, Alabama.” “The gunmaker was founded in Yonkers, New York, in 1979 and remained headquartered there until its recent transition to Alabama.”

Why be headquartered in the bosom of your enemies? “Alabama and New York had a contest. Alabama won.”

NICE: NASA Legend Buzz Aldrin Endorses Martha McSally In AZ Senate Race.

THESE APPOINTEES ARE OUT IF TRUMP STAYS IN: The silly season has already begun as Washington assesses the aftermath of next Tuesday.

HEH: AOC Enraged To Learn Long Line Is For Voting And Not Bread.

ICYMI, THIS IS NOW BEING TOUTED BY MIKE ROWE, WHICH IS COOL: A Modest Proposal: Make Universities Pay for Student Debt Forgiveness.

MOSTLY PEACEFUL LOOTING AND BURNING OF POLICE CARS: Protests swell after police shoot and kill man in West Philly. “Police officers fatally shot a 27-year-old Black man armed with a knife during a confrontation Monday afternoon in West Philadelphia that quickly raised tensions in the neighborhood. Late into the night, growing anger turned into a violent standoff at the local police district headquarters with several police officers injured by bricks or other objects hurled from the crowd. There were reports of stores being looted and at least one police vehicle was set on fire.”

UPDATE: Philadelphia cop hit by truck amid protests over police shooting.

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