October 22, 2020

I GUESS HE WAS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY: Not Even Barack Obama Can Draw a Crowd Like Donald Trump.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: The Unspeakable Corruption of Joe Biden. “I can scarcely imagine burying one of my children, much less both of them. But it’s nearly impossible to comprehend what Biden has done and is doing in the years after the deaths of two of his own.”

Read the whole thing, if you don’t mind me saying so myself.

I DON’T THINK “GRID UNIFICATION” IS A GOOD IDEA: Why Does the U.S. Have Three Electrical Grids? A new investigation argues that the politics is delaying electric grid unification.

HMM: Silicon Valley Billionaires Dumping Tons Of Money Into Texas Senate Race. “For some reason, PACs belonging to Silicon Valley Billionaires have decided to dump a ton of money into the Texas senate race at the last minute.”

Cornyn seems to enjoy a comfortable lead.

COLOR ME UNSURPRISED: Peer-based anti-bullying initiatives may harm victims more, researcher says.

SUCH AWFUL PEOPLE: Anti-Trump Lincoln Project Caught Spreading Iran Disinformation.

JUST THREATENING IT IS HIGHLY DESTRUCTIVE: The Threat of Court Packing: How It Would Destroy The Republic.

S.G. CHEAH: The Radical Left’s Anti-White Sentiment Is Starting To Sound Like Nazi Rhetoric About Jews. And don’t get them started on Asians. For that matter, they’re not much on Jews, either.

NO, BUT THEY STOP RATIONAL THINKING: Can Lockdowns Really Stop Death?

To the calm (rational) mind, it is clear that “suppression” is a set of “brakes” that should only be imposed to the minimum extent necessary to manage hospital capacity. Any “extra” suppression just saves infections for later — when you may or may not have a vaccine or improved treatment — at extraordinary cost. To scared (irrational) people, however, suppression provides at least some “hope” of avoiding a horrific early death. You cannot blame terrified people for their feelings, but you can and should blame the media and government for misrepresenting personal risk during a pandemic.

Read the whole thing — a thoughtful explanation of the collective hysteria.

 

 

THIS IS FINE: Denver Ballots Being Dumped According to Multiple Reports.

AD ASTRA, PER ARDUA: Trump Admin Claims Victory in New Space Race.

LET THEM EAT MASKS: The Coming Post-COVID Global Order.  Lockdowns in the West could leave billions of people in the developing world stranded in a “neo-feudal future.”

HANDY MEDIA GUIDE FOR COVERING (UP) DEMOCRATIC SCANDALS: Leave it to the crew at Issues & Insights to distill the present chaos into an understandable guide to how the MSM downplays/ignores/flat-out lies about scandals such the Big Guy’s plan to “make millions on China.”

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “The fact that a man with dementia, who can’t handle a regular schedule, who is refusing to answer questions about what he’ll do as President is capable of winning the presidency even as a pay-for-play scandal engulfs his campaign is a sign the country is broken.”

Yes. The most broken part is the press. In fact, it’s safe to say that the press is the schwerpunkt in the culture war.

BUT OF COURSE THIS CAN’T BE SAID BEFORE THE ELECTION: The American response to Covid has been far better than critics acknowledge.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM AND BIGOTRY? School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto resigns after ‘racist’ comment caught on hot mic: The chairman appeared to be mocking Asian names.

Like the rest of the School Committee, he was appointed by the Mayor, Democrat Martin J. Walsh.

FORMER HUNTER BIDEN BUSINESS PARTNER LAYS BARE BIDEN FAMILY PLAN TO MAKE MILLIONS FROM CHINA, OTHERS: REPORT.

Flashback: Biden stands up for China:

IT’S ALWAYS MORE FUN SPENDING OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY: Students want Medicare for All…but reluctant to donate their own money.

TO BE FAIR, THE NOTION THAT OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE RIDDLED WITH SEXUAL PREDATORS SEEMS INCREASINGLY PLAUSIBLE: Why QAnon will outlive Trump.

Jeffrey Epstein was unavailable for comment, because he didn’t kill himself.

RIP: James Randi, Magician and Paranormal Debunker, Dies at 92.

IN THE MAIL: From Glenn H. Reynolds, America’s New Destiny in Space (Encounter Intelligence Book 7).

A FRIEND WRITES: “PLOT JUST THICKENED! SO MUCH MORE TO IGNORE!” Harris, prominent Democrats listed as ‘key contacts’ for Biden family business venture projects.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Ratings for Game 1 of the World Series Crash 25%, Viewership at All-Time Low. A friend on Facebook comments: “I think millions of people discovered that their addiction to sport was a habit, and that habit has now been broken. I had no idea until two minutes ago that the World Series had even begun. That has never happened in my life. I haven’t watched the NFL or the NBA all year.”

America’s institutions are run by people who care more about the opinion of their social peers than the well-being of the instutitions with which they have been entrusted. They don’t really care if they go broke, so long as they get credit for being woke. This is a fundamental breach of duty on their part, akin to the taking of bribes, but they no longer believe in duty anyway.

FIRE MISSION: U.S. Marines fire a M777 towed 155 mm howitzer during an exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Photo taken Oct. 8, 2020. This Artillery update discusses the “combat proven” M777 and a copycat Chinese howitzer. The M777 was originally developed by the British.

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: Trudeau government overpaid $100 MILLION for ventilators, gifted contract to former Liberal MP.

OBAMA WAS SUCH A BIGOT: Duke law students demand disinvitation of speaker for having same view as Obama in 2012.

By the way, are Republicans and traditional Christians entitled to a “welcoming environment” at Duke Law, or just gays?

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Seems like a lot of people owe the New York Post an apology.

NEWS WE HOPEFULLY WON’T NEED TO USE: The Threat of Court Packing: How It Would Destroy The Republic.

AT AMAZON, Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop.

DIDN’T LENIN SAY SOMETHING ABOUT ‘THE LAST CAPITALIST … LAST ROPE?’ Guess who’s funding these two Democratic strategists using three nominally non-partisan foundations to mail millions of mail-in voting registration applications?

YES: The Corporate Takeover Of ‘Fact-Checking’ Is Just A Different Path To The Same Partisan Censorship, “Over the past several years, dressed up in official-sounding titles, the fact-checkers have allied themselves with some of the most powerful private companies to have ever existed — with quick results. One report, for example, finds that Facebook and Twitter have censored Trump 65 times, while not censoring former Vice President Joe Biden once. That’s no surprise: Senior leadership across all of the world’s biggest tech companies have made their anti-Trump bias known.”

Read the whole thing.

CAN’T STOP THE SIGNAL, BUT YOU CAN SLOW IT DOWN: VIDEO: Students shocked when told about Hunter Biden scandal.

LEGAL EDUCATION UPDATE: Harvard Will Remain Online in the Spring. Will Other Law Schools Follow? At Tennessee, we’ll be a mixture of online and hybrid. My big Constitutional Law class will be online; my Distilled Spirits Law class will be online for class sessions, but I plan to take them on a few field trips, circumstances permitting.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Debate Questions With a Republican Bias I’d Like to Hear. “Join me, won’t you, on this flight of fancy that imagines the existence of a curious, professional journalist class in America. There was a time when curious journalists roamed freely in the United States. They asked questions of politicians that had nothing to do with personal agendas. Let us pretend those days still exist and wonder what kinds of queries might be put to one Joseph Robinette Biden.”

THIS IS CNN: The Washington Examiner’s Susan Ferrechio torches Brian Stelter for dismissing Hunter Biden news, defending Russia coverage.

Exit quote: “‘You can ‘Don’t you dare’ me all you want, Brian. I’ve been doing this for 30 years,’ Ferrechio told the sanctimonious CNN host.”

Why is the left such a cesspit of misogynist bullying?

THE LEFT TAKES CARE OF ITS PEOPLE, AND ACADEMIA IS JUST PART OF THE LEFTIST APPARAT: Meet America’s two newest professors: disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok and defeated politician Beto O’Rourke.

TEMPER TANTRUM: Senate Democrats To Boycott Amy Coney Barrett Committee Vote.

WELL, IRAN WANTS BIDEN TO WIN. PRETTY MUCH ALL OF OUR ENEMIES DO. FBI and DNI: Iran interfering in election to damage Trump, sending fake emails and other cyber activities.

MARK JUDGE: Jazz, Hope, and Perverse Modernism.

SOCIAL MEDIA: I Watched My Friend Dying on Facebook. But It Was All a GoFundMe Scam.

CAN’T STOP THE SIGNAL: The Media’s Futile Information Suppression Complex: Hunter Biden’s corruption sees the light of day despite their best efforts. “Rather than race to verify the Post’s reporting, reporters at outlets from the New York Times and the Washington Post to National Public Radio have worked to cast aspersions on the two young, female reporters behind the scoop. . . . Reporters who have stepped out of line—and had the temerity to suggest the Post has revealed newsworthy material—have been swiftly reprimanded. . . . Well, where’s the lie? The emails demonstrate that Hunter Biden is a degenerate and a drug addict, facts already well-established by the public record. They show that Joe Biden is a loving father, a fact also well-established. And the emails raise the question—confirmed by other, independent source material and reporting—of whether the younger Biden’s depravity ensnared his loving father into taking meetings with unsavory foreigners. The reporters at once-venerable institutions who at one point might have chased this story have been cowed into submission and supplanted by a new generation of journalists who view their mission not as informing the voting public but rather as herding it toward a particular political outcome. That is why the unauthorized release of Trump’s taxes is front-page news, while the unauthorized release of Hunter Biden’s emails must be censored.”

#DEFUNDTHEPOLICE: California officer’s bodycam video shows harrowing rescue of woman from burning car.

MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE: UK Conservative Lays Down the Law: No Critical Race Theory, ‘White Privilege’ in Schools.

TO BE FAIR, HE’S DONE THIS IN THE FACE OF RESISTANCE FROM ALL THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE WASHINGTON FOREIGN POLICY ESTABLISHMENT: A friend on Facebook comments: “Donald Trump is the first American President to not send Americans into a new war since President Jimmy Carter. That’s an interval of forty years or so. It’s remarkable, really — and under appreciated.”

FIGHT THE POWER: Family Restaurant Fined For Reopening Beats The Rap In Court.

HMM: Have facemasks failed? “Across Europe, the picture is the same: Near universal mask wearing, and near universal record-setting in terms of the number of new cases.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: Senate Democrats Block COVID-19 Stimulus Bill—Again.

BIDEN: America was an idea. We’ve never lived up to it but we’ve never walked away from it before.

Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted that statement Wednesday evening, describing the country he wishes to lead — in the past tense.

The full text of the tweet reads: “America was an idea. We’ve never lived up to it but we’ve never walked away from it before.”

* * * * * * *

Biden has sometimes added “men and women” to the text of the Declaration, and has occasionally forgotten it altogether (“you know, you know the thing“).

But what is new in Biden’s tweet is his emphasis on America’s mistakes — echoing his recent refrains about “systemic racism,” apparently an attempt to identify with the left-wing protests of the last several months.

President Donald Trump has sought to draw a contrast with Biden on this point, adding a line to his recent speeches: “The Democrat party is ashamed of America. The Republican party is proud of America, and that’s a big difference.”

Its Founding. Winning the Civil War. Winning WWII. MLK. The Moon Landing. Winning the Cold War. I think America has “lived up to it” on many occasions.

Exit question: “Did [Biden] … just cancel Obama’s 8 years?

I TOO UNDERWENT THIS JOURNEY RECENTLY, EVEN THOUGH I’VE WORKED FROM HOME FOR 20 YEARS:  Sartorial Markers.

You see, I used to have clothes I wore on our date night. Now there are no date nights, and I found myself …. slipping.  It’s good to try to remember who we are.  It’s good to remember civilization.  It might be what saves us if it all goes bad, and what saves the memory of western civilization for our descendants.

STAND UP TO BULLYING AND BIGOTRY: Marvel Stars Support Chris Pratt As Twitter Leftists Engage In Month-Long Hate Fest.

NO WONDER FACEBOOK IS AT WAR WITH THE BEE. THEY CAN’T STAND THE TRUTH:  Jordan Peterson Returns To Find Americans Worshiping Golden Statue Of Karl Marx, Breaks 12 Rules For Life In Anger.

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ONLY A SURPRISE FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T REALIZED THE MSM IS LARGELY FICTIONAL:  The October Surprise.

YEAH. IT’S LIKE THAT:  Pass Fail.

DEVELOPED IN CHINA, DEPLOYED IN AMERICA:  Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors.

And like many Chinese imports, this is toxic.

THEY’RE OF HIS KIN. THEY’RE OF HIS KIND. THEY’RE ALSO PRIVILEGED RED DIAPER BABIES WHO NEVER KNEW HOW TO DO ANYTHING BUT DESTROY. OF COURSE HE LOVES THEM:  Obama: Inspirational That Young American Rioters Are “Fired Up”.

THE CRAZINESS OF THE TECHLORDS:  Censoring (Mis)information.

THE LEFT RULES BY TERROR AND INTIMIDATION. ALWAYS:  Fearful of Violence the Trump 2020 Voter.

I’M SO TIRED OF THE INFANTILE ANTICS OF THE LEFT:  Senate Democrats to Boycott Amy Coney Barrett Committee Vote, Fill Seats With Cardboard Cutouts.

THERE ISN’T A LASSO BIG ENOUGH:  Roundup.

AND THE PROBLEM IS THAT INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTION ISN’T HARD. OVER THE YEARS SINCE MOTOR VOTER, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TURNED OUR ELECTIONS INTO A PARODY OF ELECTIONS. YOU KNOW HOW MILITARY PEOPLE CALL MREs MEALS REJECTED BY ETHIOPIANS? WELL, WE HAVE ELECTIONS ETHIOPIANS LAUGH AT:  FBI and DNI: Iran interfering in election to damage Trump, sending fake emails and other cyber activities.

GO READ:  With Ric Grenell in Minneapolis.

IT’S ALL GASLIGHTING ALL THE WAY DOWN:  COVID death rates continue to fall.

PART OF THAT OBAMA FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA:  The Antifa Industry at Work.

NOT EVERYONE IS STUPID:  50 Cent Doesn’t “Want to Be 20 Cent”, Doubles Down On Biden’s “Very Bad” Tax Plan .

COLLEGE PRESIDENT FINDS A SPINE:  Praise for Northwestern University’s Morton Schapiro.

THEY PROJECT, LIKE IMAX:  Liberal media and social media platforms promote vile ‘underage sex’ hoax targeting Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

These are people SO corrupt they think everyone else must be like them, or worse. Which is why every movie and book produced by hard core leftists is populated with corrupt, horrible people.

ANY FREELANCE WRITERS WHO SUPPORT BIDEN ARE OUT OF THEIR TINY LITTLE MINDS:  Joe Biden’s Planned Economic Fiasco Should Cement a Donald Trump Victory.

Or perhaps uninformed, virtue-signaling morons. Or both.

October 21, 2020

YOU KNOW YOU’RE OVER THE TARGET WHEN YOU START RECEIVING FLAK: Here’s How We Know the Hunter Biden Emails Are Real, and a Serious Threat to Joe Biden.

DAN MCLAUGHLIN: The Unseemly Urge to Excuse Jeffrey Toobin. “What should shock us is that Toobin has yet to be fired, when nearly anyone else would be — any ordinary person, and almost any prominent person whose politics were different from Toobin’s. Instead, it took over a week for anyone to even disclose that he had been disciplined at all. This is perhaps not a great sign regarding how much the media have learned since Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, or Mark Halperin. This is by no means the first indication of Toobin’s horrible, abusive sexual morals.”

WRETCHARD EXPLAINS THINGS:

Think about who benefits if you can’t, and you’ll have discovered at least one truth.

ILYA SOMIN ON the Seattle “CHOP” Takings Case. “As I see it, the key question here is whether the City’s actions were closely enough connected to the CHOP activists’ violations of the owners’ property rights to be considered as assistance “sufficiently direct and substantial” enough to qualify as a taking. Given the scale of the city’s alleged assistance to the private occupiers, I tentatively think the answer is yes. The city authorities apparently provided extensive aid to the CHOP activists both by giving the material assistance, and by allowing them to use city property. And it was foreseeable they would use these resources to violate local landowners’ property rights.”

I’M SURE THERE WILL BE LOTS OF APOLOGIES NOW:

TRUMP BRINGS WORLD PEACE, PRESS YAWNS (CONT’D): Sudan agrees to normalize relations with Israel -report.

OPEN THREAD: Enjoy every sandwich comment.

THEY’RE NOT WRONG: 76% Of Voters Believe Big Tech Has Too Much Influence On Political News.

Related: Unanswered questions for Big Tech. A week on from the New York Post story, we deserve answers.

THE SCIENCE IS NEVER SETTLED: Astronomers claimed galaxy was 98% dark matter. They were wrong.

#JOURNALISM:

Plus, from the comments: “Trump would win 40 states if the media merely treated him neutrally. 45 states or so if the media treated Biden / democrats neutrally.”

And that’s why they don’t do that.

QUESTION ASKED: Biden Yelling at Reporters Is Okay?

Over the weekend, CBS News producer Bo Erickson asked a very mild question on what is apparently supposed to be a forbidden topic, his family’s financial wheeling and dealing: “Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”

Biden lashed out like the CBS guy was somehow from Fox News: “I know you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign. It’s right up your alley. They’re the questions you always ask.”

This is remarkably similar to last fall, when Fox’s Peter Doocy dared to ask about Hunter Biden’s gigs: “Mr. Vice President, how many times have you ever spoken to your son about his overseas business dealings?” Biden claimed: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” That was implausible then, and it’s ridiculous now. The New York Post report puts Joe Biden in a meet-and-greet with Hunter’s client at Burisma, the corrupt Ukrainian oil company.

When Doocy continued, Biden yelled at him: “Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum. And he’s using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me.” Biden claimed “Everybody looked at this, and everybody’s looked at it and said there’s nothing there,” and then yelled at Doocy “Ask the right questions!”

Translation: “The right questions” means never unspool a question about anything having to do with the Biden clan’s lucrative and suspicious lobbying based on their government connections.

Long before Biden started “slowing down,” he’s had quite a history of lashing out at reporters, most of whom who take it, because they’re Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and don’t want to upset their boss. He’s also lashed at voters as well:

Biden Snaps At Reporter For Asking About Bombshell New York Post Reports, Does Not Deny.

Biden calls woman ‘lying dog-faced pony soldier’ at N.H. campaign event.

How Joe Biden Gets Away With Calling A Voter A Fat, Dumb, Liar.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris deploy the Charlottesville hoax to stir up racial pain and anger.

‘Classy:’ Joe Biden Snaps At Reporter After Being Asked About Hunter’s Paternity Test.

Bullying Biden Yells at Fox’s Doocy: ‘Ask the Right Questions!’

Biden Accused of Sexism After Remarks to Female Moderator.

Biden Explodes When Confronted On Lying About Charlottesville. Video Proves Biden Wrong.

Joe Biden Says There Are Three Genders; Grabs Student’s Arm When She Asks ‘What Are They?’

And these classics from the Obama era:

VP Biden’s Office Apologizes For Locking Reporter In Storage Closet During Fundraiser.

Vengeance: Biden’s Office Seeks Investigation Into Unfriendly Journalist.

And of course, ground zero, from 1988: Why Joe Biden’s First Campaign for President Collapsed After Just 3 Months.

Last month, the New York Daily News quoted Biden as saying “‘Presidents of the United States should be presidential and lead by example as well as make clear exactly where they stand. Getting down in the gutter where the president does…that’s not the job of the president,’ Biden said. ‘If we were behind a barn somewhere it would be a different thing.’”

Between Biden’s evasiveness over the court packing question and anger at both journalists and reporters, he’s failed at both of his self-stated goals.

FAMILY BUSINESS: Photo shows Joe Biden meeting Hunter’s alleged business partner from Kazakhstan. “The snap, first published by a Kazakhstani anti-corruption website in 2019, follows last week’s bombshell Post exposés detailing Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings and a report claiming Rakishev paid the Biden scion as a go-between to broker US investments.”

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