October 20, 2020


IT’S AN OLD ONE:  The Garden of Lies.

BEING ATTACKED BY THE TIMES IS HIGH PRAISE:  Media War: NYT Attacks The Post Over Biden Emails.

HE DOESN’T NEED TO SCRIPT. THIS IS WHO THEY ARE:  Two Bidens and a Toobin: Could Trump have scripted these last two weeks any better?


YO, IGNORANT CRYBABIES:  No, You Can’t Have “Democracy”.

YES, INDEED:  Tens of Millions Are Early Voting As Biden Fights To Keep A Lid On Influence Peddling Scandal.


October 19, 2020




THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED: Facebook workers ‘ashamed’ by tech giant’s censorship of Post’s Hunter Files reporting. “Facebook is almost an arm of the Democratic Party — an arm of the far-left wing of the Democratic Party.”

SO USA TODAY DIDN’T WANT TO RUN MY HUNTER BIDEN COLUMN THIS WEEK. My regular editor is on vacation, and I guess everyone else was afraid to touch it. So I’m sending them another column next week, and just publishing this one here. Enjoy! This is as filed, with no editing from USAT.



Glenn Harlan Reynolds

In my 2019 book, The Social Media Upheaval, I warned that the Big Tech companies — especially social media giants like Facebook and Twitter — had grown into powerful monopolists, who were using their power over the national conversation to not only sell ads, but also to promote a political agenda. That was pretty obvious last year, but it was even more obvious last week, when Facebook and Twitter tried to black out the New York Post’s blockbuster report about emails found on a laptop abandoned by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

The emails, some of which have been confirmed as genuine with their recipients, show substantial evidence that Hunter Biden used his position as Vice President Joe Biden’s son to extract substantial payments from “clients” in other countries. There are also photos of Hunter with a crack pipe, and engaging in various other unsavory activities. And they demolished the elder Biden’s claim that he never discussed business with his son.

That’s a big election-year news story. Some people doubted its genuineness, and of course it’s always fair to question a big election-year news story, especially one that comes out shortly before the election. (Remember CBS newsman Dan Rather’s promotion of what turned out to be forged memos about George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service?)

But the way you debate whether a story is accurate or not is by debating. (In the case of the Rather memos, it turned out the font was from Microsoft Word, which of course didn’t exist back during the Vietnam War era.) Big Tech could have tried an approach that fostered such a debate. But instead of debate, they went for a blackout: Both services actually blocked links to the New York Post story. That’s right: They blocked readers from discussing a major news story by a major paper, one so old that it was founded by none other than Alexander Hamilton.

I wasn’t advising them — they tend not to ask me for my opinion — but I would have advised against such a blackout. There’s a longstanding Internet term called “the Streisand effect,” going back to when Barbara Streisand demanded that people stop sharing pictures of her beach house. Unsurprisingly, the result was a massive increase in the number of people posting pictures of her beach house. The Big Tech Blackout produced the same result: Now even people who didn’t care so much about Hunter Biden’s racket nonetheless became angry, and started talking about the story.

As lefty journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote in The Intercept, Twitter and Facebook crossed a line far more dangerous than what they censored. Greenwald writes: “Just two hours after the story was online, Facebook intervened. The company dispatched a life-long Democratic Party operative who now works for Facebook — Andy Stone, previously a communications operative for Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, among other D.C. Democratic jobs — to announce that Facebook was ‘reducing [the article’s] distribution on our platform’: in other words, tinkering with its own algorithms to suppress the ability of users to discuss or share the news article. The long-time Democratic Party official did not try to hide his contempt for the article, beginning his censorship announcement by snidely noting: ‘I will intentionally not link to the New York Post.’”

“Twitter’s suppression efforts went far beyond Facebook’s. They banned entirely all users’ ability to share the Post article — not just on their public timeline but even using the platform’s private Direct Messaging feature.”

“Early in the day, users who attempted to link to the New York Post story either publicly or privately received a cryptic message rejecting the attempt as an ‘error.’ Later in the afternoon, Twitter changed the message, advising users that they could not post that link because the company judged its contents to be ‘potentially harmful.’ Even more astonishing still, Twitter locked the account of the New York Post, banning the paper from posting any content all day and, evidently, into Thursday morning.”

This went badly. The heads Facebook and of Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, are now facing Senate subpoenas, the RNC has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing that Twitter’s action in blacking out a damaging story constituted an illegal in-kind donation to the Biden Campaign, and most significantly, everyone is talking about the story now, with many understandably assuming that if the story were false, it would have been debunked rather than blacked out.

CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted: ”Congrats to Twitter on its Streisand Effect award!!!” Big Tech shot itself in the foot, and it didn’t stop the signal.

Regardless of who wins in November, it’s likely that there will be substantial efforts to rein in Big Tech. As Greenwald writes, “State censorship is not the only kind of censorship. Private-sector repression of speech and thought, particularly in the internet era, can be as dangerous and consequential. Imagine, for instance, if these two Silicon Valley giants united with Google to declare: henceforth we will ban all content that is critical of President Trump and/or the Republican Party, but will actively promote criticisms of Joe Biden and the Democrats.

“Would anyone encounter difficulty understanding why such a decree would constitute dangerous corporate censorship? Would Democrats respond to such a policy by simply shrugging it off on the radical libertarian ground that private corporations have the right to do whatever they want? To ask that question is to answer it.”

“To begin with, Twitter and particularly Facebook are no ordinary companies. Facebook, as the owner not just of its massive social media platform but also other key communication services it has gobbled up such as Instagram and WhatsApp, is one of the most powerful companies ever to exist, if not the most powerful.”

He’s right. And while this heavyhanded censorship effort failed, there’s no reason to assume that other such efforts won’t work in the future. Not many stories are as hard to squash as a major newspaper’s front page expose during an presidential election.

As I wrote in The Social Media Upheaval, the best solution is probably to apply antitrust law to break up these monopolies: Competing companies would police each other, and if they colluded could be prosecuted under antitrust law. There are also moves to strip them of their immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects them from being sued for things posted or linked on their sites on the theory that they are platforms, not publishers who make publication decisions. And Justice Clarence Thomas has recently called for the Supreme Court to revisit the lower courts’ interpretation of Section 230, which he argues has been overbroad. A decade ago there would have been much more resistance to such proposals, but Big Tech has tarnished its own image since then.

Had Facebook and Twitter approached this story neutrally, as they would have a decade ago, it would probably already be old news to a degree — as Greenwald notes, Hunter’s pay-for-play efforts were already well known, if not in such detail — but instead the story is still hot. More importantly, their heavy handed action has brought home just how much power they wield, and how crudely they’re willing to wield it. They shouldn’t be surprised at the consequences.

SO BASICALLY BIDEN KINDA . . . PLAGIARIZED . . . THE PHOTO? Biden Campaign Pulls Ad After Military Leader Says His Image Was Used Without Permission.

OPEN THREAD: Throw out your comments, and see how they roll.

SO I GUESS WE DID THINGS ALMOST PERFECTLY: March 30, 2020: Dr. Birx predicts up to 200,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths ‘if we do things almost perfectly’.


A friend on Facebook comments: “Who took ALL the lugnuts off the legacy media? I need to buy them a beer.”


Follow the link for an amusing thread.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD. Heartwarming: Amy Coney Barrett Just Adopted A Local Troubled Youngster Named Hunter.

IT’S COME TO THIS: 50 Cent Endorses President Donald Trump After Seeing Biden’s Tax Plan.

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Are the social justice warriors coming for you album collection?

Related: For music archivists, a contemporary dilemma: Should racist songs from our past be heard today?

In mid-June, the Grammy-winning husband and wife producers Lance and April Ledbetter already had pallets stacked with finished copies of their new box set, “The Harry Smith B-Sides,” when they visited a farmers market stall near their home outside of Atlanta. They’d been in quarantine mode, but it was June in Georgia, so … peaches.

By coincidence, their farmer-friend John was playing the 1952 collection “Anthology of American Folk Music,” compiled by the late New York experimental filmmaker, artist and collector Harry Smith. The Ledbetters’ four-CD, 84-track project was a kind of follow-up to that set.

Smith’s achievement sounds basic in the playlist age, but it was unprecedented at the time. He mixed raw pre-war Delta blues by Black artists with white Appalachian fiddle tunes that sounded more alike than different. Louisiana Cajun songs butted against the Carter Family’s harmonious country. Smith didn’t identify the race of the artists he included.

* * * * * * * *

Before their visit to the market, the Ledbetters had been involved in a series of conversations during production about the importance of historical documentation and reckoning with America’s harsh past. Along with co-producer Eli Smith, they had committed to including the three songs, along with a note that acknowledged the racist language and identified the offending tracks.

“At the time, we felt that by including them we were making a statement like, ‘Here are the tracks that have racist, terrible language.’” Liner notes would fill in the rest, Lance, 44, recalls on the phone from Atlanta.

But at the market stand, when he heard farmer John broadcasting the “Anthology,” Ledbetter had a realization.

“I looked around in that tent, and it was white people, Black people, Hispanic people, young people and old people — a snapshot of people you see in Atlanta,” he says. “And my mind immediately went to that Bill and Belle Reed song.

“At that moment I realized a note wasn’t sufficient,” he said. “Those tracks have to come off.”

So after excising and replacing each of the three tracks with five seconds of silence, the producers remanufactured thousands of compact discs and repackaged the sets. It made sense from a business perspective: A single out-of-context tweet expressing outrage at the offending songs might light a fire they couldn’t control.

And something that’s a much bigger seller than The Harry Smith B-Sides was censored in 2018 by a woker and wiser Guns N Roses: Guns N Roses remove [1988 “One in a Million”] song with homophobic and racist lyrics from album.

Related: Cancel Culture Hits Disney: Disney Slaps ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Dumbo,’ Other Classic Films With New Content Warnings.

in Soviet America, the future is certain; it’s the past which is always changing.

MAYBE, MAYBE NOT: Could Schrödinger’s Cat Exist in Real Life? Physicists May Soon Find Out.

DEMOCRATS BECAME THE PARTY OF ANTI-VAXXERS OVERNIGHT: California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval.

ANDREW CUOMO, GRANDMA KILLER AND ANTI-VAXXER: Cuomo: Be Skeptical Of Any Vaccine Approved By FDA And CDC.

IT’S NOT SO MUCH THE PANDEMIC AS THE PANDEMIC RESPONSE: 8 million Americans slipped into poverty amid coronavirus pandemic, new study says. Researchers looked at the devastating financial effect the pandemic has had on Americans, with Blacks, Latinos and children faring the worst.

Under Trump, pre-pandemic, blacks and hispanics were doing the best ever. Democratic lockdowns fixed that.

KEEP IT ZIPPED: New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Zoom Dick Incident.

Toobin said in a statement to Motherboard: “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”

“I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he added.

New Yorker spokesperson Natalie Raabe said: “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter.”

Toobin’s Conde Nast email has been disabled and he has not tweeted since October 13. He did, however, appear on CNN, where he is the network’s chief legal analyst, on Saturday. CNN did not respond to a request for comment.

Neither could Anthony Weiner.

UPDATE (From Ed): This is CNN: “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.” As one wag replied on Twitter, “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Isn’t that what got him in trouble to begin with?”

In any case, as always, life imitates Seinfeld:

MORE: Toobin apparently didn’t just, um, take it out: “VICE updated the story to include more gruesome details: two sources saw Toobin pleasuring himself during an election simulation call featuring Jelani Cobb, Jane Mayer and other New Yorker big names. Graciously they appended this immortal editorial note: ‘This piece has been updated with more detail about the call and the headline has been updated to reflect that Toobin was masturbating.’”

(Updated and bumped.)

MORE STILL (FROM GLENN): Seen on Facebook:

WEIMAR AMERICA? “If the polls are right, we’re about to elect our equivalent of Field Marshall von Hindenburg, in the form of a 78-year-old with obviously failing mental capacity whose career in any case has shown him always unable to resist the blandishments of the left. Biden is, at best, a transitional figure to the complete wokification of the Democratic Party, and the further extension of the administrative state that is its preferred instrument of rule.”

How good and hard do Americans want to get it for the next four years?

FILTER: Man denied German citizenship for refusing to shake woman’s hand. “A German court ruled on Friday that a Muslim man who refused to shake the hand of a woman should not receive German citizenship. The 40-year-old Lebanese doctor, who came to Germany in 2002, said he refuses to shake women’s hands for religious reasons. . . . The court found that anyone who refuses to shake hands on gender-specific grounds is in breach of the equality enshrined in the German constitution. In addition, the man’s refusal in this case had the effect of lending validity to a ‘Salafist perspective’ on the social ramifications of relations between men and women.”

I’m sensing a hardening of attitudes in Europe. I suspect this is fallout from Trump’s peace deal, which requires the Saudis, et al., to stop supporting hardline Islamists.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. New Stanford Study Suggests Biden’s Agenda Will Have 4 Devastating Economic Consequences.

Four economists from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution analyzed Biden’s proposals to increase taxes, reinstate and expand a host of regulations, and create new subsidies for healthcare and renewable energy. The study concludes that these interventions would distort labor incentives, decrease productivity, and kill jobs.

As a result, the experts project that the policy agenda would, by 2030, lead to 4.9 million fewer jobs and the economy shrinking by $2.6 trillion. So, too, the study projects that consumption would be $1.5 trillion lower in 2030 and families would see a $6,500 drop in median household income compared to a neutral scenario.

“The risk from Joe Biden’s policies isn’t that they will send the economy reeling right away,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board concluded in its analysis of the study. “The problem is that they will have a long-term corrosive impact by raising the cost of capital, reducing the incentive to work and invest, and reducing productivity across the economy. Americans will pay the price in a lower standard of living than they otherwise would—and that they deserve.”

As Bryan Preston wrote last year at PJM, after the Democratic presidential candidates’ apocalyptic-themed “climate change” town hall on CNN, “If you like Venezuela, voting for any of them will bring you a whole lot of Venezuela. Thank you, CNN, just for letting these people talk. Do it again next week? Please?”

Or this Thursday: Biden In Hiding Until After Thurs. Debate — Is He Hiding From Hunter Stories?

Earlier: Why millions of freelancers fear a Biden presidency may put them out of work.


NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: China is practicing unleashing swarms of suicide drones packed with explosives from the backs of trucks.

AT AMAZON, Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone System.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Chins Up, Buckaroos: Donald Trump Is Going to Win.

If all you read is the headline poll numbers, you could be mistaken for believing that Joe Biden has insurmountable leads in all the traditional Blue states, has a lock on most swing states, and is so popular around the world that other countries are petitioning for statehood just so they can vote for Good Old Joe.

Well, that last part is kinda-sorta true, if we’re talking about Communist China and Russian/Ukrainian oligarchs. But that’s another story, and one I’m sure you already know far too well.

Just so we’re clear, here it is one more time: Donald Trump is going to win.

“Have you been day-drinking again?” is a question I get all the time.

The question I might get after this column is, “Are you day-drinking the Kool-Aid?”

Well, maybe.

But almost every indicator other than the big polls says the same thing: Donald Trump is going to win.

Let’s take just a couple of minutes together to look past the headlines, to the stories that really count — and that the Democrat-Media Complex largely ignores.

The rest is just for VIPs, so if you’ve been thinking of becoming a member, you can do so here — and don’t forget to use that VODKAPUNDIT discount code.

Today’s regular column is for everyone: EXPOSED: The Democrats’ Soros-Connected Debate Commissioner.

This column also includes my modest proposal for how to make the debates both fair and substantive.

NOT-SO-BREAKING NEWS: The Best Handling American Car of 1984. It’s amazing to me how much handling has improved — even, or perhaps especially, in the non-performance cars. A lot of that is tires, of course, which have improved at an astonishing rate.


If the electorate is really R+1, it’s a Trump landslide. Here’s the Gallup report. At the very least, this suggests that the polls this year are in uncertain territory. But don’t get cocky.

WELL, BOTH WERE POLITICIZED AGAINST AN INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT, AND BOTH INVOLVED ANTHONY FAUCI. Fauci sees similarities between HIV, COVID-19 in public health response. Also, neither was particularly effective.

Flashback: People trust the media less than Trump on COVID. Here’s why.

ROGER KIMBALL: Will we ever know the truth about Russiagate?

JOANNE JACOBS: SF mayor: Open schools now, rename later.

NEWS I HOPE YOU CAN’T USE: Blood test could help identify best treatment for melanoma.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT TAKES THE SIDE OF RIOTERS AND LOOTERS?: The Second Amendment as a Guard Against Government-Sanctioned Tyrannous Factions

This is the seventh in the Scalia Law School Liberty and Law Center’s ongoing series of ten articles on the Second Amendment in a time of social disorder. I’m executive director on the Center, and if you’d like to support our work you can click here. We’d sure appreciate it, we have one of the very few liberty-oriented academic centers in the United States, much less at law schools. If you are interested in supporting our free speech clinic, new donations are currently being matched 1-2 ($25 gets us an extra $50), just make a note when you donate.

CHANGE (IT BACK): Time To Ditch Those Awful Zoom Calls, CEOs Say.

I’LL HAVE WHATEVER JONATHAN CHAIT IS SMOKING: The News Media Isn’t Biased Against Trump. It’s Biased For Him.

BY DESIGN: Early Voting Is the Devil and Has Completely Corrupted the Election Process.

ENDORSED: The Best Stimulus: 0% Income Tax. Also cut nondefense spending — including entitlements — by 5% a year for 10 years.

GOVERNMENT MONOPOLIES ARE THE WORST MONOPOLIES: From my colleague Robert Leider: The State’s Monopoly of Force and the Right to Bear Arms

YOU WILL BE MADE TO CARE: Wikipedia bans users from expressing support of traditional marriage.

WHO? BidenWatch for October 19, 2020. “Hunter Biden revelations continue to explode, Kazakhstan joins China and Ukraine in the Biden Payola Sweepstakes, inside Biden’s Malarkey Factory, and the revolving door between social media giants and Team Biden.”

AS GOES CALIFORNIA, SO WILL GO A DEMOCRAT-RUN AMERICA: Why millions of freelancers fear a Biden presidency may put them out of work.

THE MISSION WAS ACCOMPLISHED, THOUGH: Check Out How Rusty And Battered USS Stout Looks After Spending A Record 215 Days At Sea. “It’s amazing what the crew of the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Stout (DDG-55) has pulled off. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that swept the world, impacting their fellow sailors on other ships in unprecedented ways, Stout sailed on… And on… And on. This ship stayed at sea for a whopping 215 days straight and she has the wear and tear to show for it. The fighting ship looks like a set from a dystopian naval thriller, streaked in rust, her hull dinged and battered from the hard deployment.”

RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! DNI Ratcliffe Debunks Adam Schiff’s Latest Russia Conspiracy Theory Regarding Hunter Biden.

GOODER AND HARDER: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party Wins Landslide Election. “Have you paid attention to this woman? She’s a budding leftist totalitarian, and New Zealand voters handed her at least three more years of power. Remember, she forced a major gun confiscation program following the Christchurch massacre in 2019, and New Zealand’s coronavirus crackdown this year is perhaps the most draconian of any democracy on earth.”

THIS IS CNN: CNN White House correspondent amplifies Democratic disinformation.

Just another day of establishment media types blindly amplifying a contrived left-wing talking point.

It is so weird that this keeps happening!

On Sunday, Democratic operatives pulled a Katie Couric, doctoring an interview of a Republican Senate candidate to make him appear unprepared, ignorant, and easily flummoxed.

Elena Kuhn of the Michigan Democratic Party was among the first to share the altered video, which purports to show Republican Michigan Senate candidate John James awkwardly dodging a question about how he plans to protect Michiganders with preexisting conditions. In real life, however, James gave a lengthy response to the question.

But for some in the press, seeking context is apparently not as important or valuable as the say-so of a Democratic operative.

“Revealing,” said CNN White House correspondent John Harwood as he promoted the 47-second clip shared by Kuhn with his more than 411,000 social media followers. Just a quick reminder: The Republican Party let Harwood moderate a GOP primary debate in 2016.*

* * * * * * * * *

None of these remarks, by the way, are included in the video circulated by Democratic staffers and certain members of the press.

One can dispute the merits of James’s overall response, but it is a straight falsehood to claim he was caught flat-footed by the question and had nothing to say except to assert that he is not a politician. As it turns out, James had quite a lot to say on the topic.

There is no excuse for why people like Harwood would share the doctored video. They can see it originates from Democratic staffers. They know the video gives an incomplete picture of James’s response. They know there is missing context.

They just don’t care.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

* Flashbacks:

CNBC Hack John Harwood Is Really, Really Upset That Al-Baghdadi Was Killed.

NYT/CNBC’S John Harwood Advises Hillary Campaign, Gloats About Provoking Trump At Debate.

CNBC’s John Harwood Has No Business Moderating A GOP Presidential Debate.

CNBC Alters Transcript of John Harwood Question About Hillary’s Email.

● “Everyone in the [CNBC] newsroom knows [John Harwood is] extremely far left.”

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: NASA taps Nokia to put 4G network on the moon.

SCIENCE: “It’s Unbelievable All That’s Going On at the Moment in Astronomy.”

IN THE MAIL: Free Agent Lifestyle: Men’s Guide To Peace, Quiet and Freedom.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: (Literally) Demonic BLM/Antifa Wants to Kneecap Trump Voters (Literally).

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What does it take to kill the phony Russian Collusion narrative?

Answer: Seriously. This thing has more lives than Dracula, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Micheal Meyers, combined.

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

  • Four seconds of BLM/antifa video you’ll never forget.
  • Venezuela’s environmental catastrophe that almost no one is talking about.
  • Wikipedia goes to bat for Hunter Biden.

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

CONGRATS TO FELLOW INSTAPUNDIT BLOGGER DAVID BERNSTEIN, whose The Right to Armed Self-Defense in the Light of Law Enforcement Abdication is now #1 on SSRN’s Top Downloads page.

WHY DO LIBRARIANS OPPOSE THE ELEVATION OF A WOMAN TO THE SUPREME COURT? Seven Notre Dame librarians want Amy Coney Barrett to halt Supreme Court nomination. I suppose they think a woman’s place is in the stacks.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Freshman Enrollment Is Down 16% This Fall.

CHANGE: ‘The Democratic party left us’: how rural Minnesota is making the switch to Trump.

A conservative is a liberal who got mugged by his own party.

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! Catholic university runs two ‘healing circles’… one for ‘White allies,’ one for ‘Black folks.’

THE LOCKDOWNS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES: New York’s Year from Hell. The city lost 16 percent of its jobs, twice the national rate.

New York is faring far worse than the rest of America. By late July, the nation had lost 8.1 percent of its jobs. But locally, industry after industry isn’t just in recession; it’s virtually nonexistent. New York is missing 53 percent of its 471,800 pre-Covid leisure and hospitality workers. The arts and entertainment field has lost 65,200 jobs, or more than two-thirds, and the restaurant and hotel field has hemorrhaged 184,500 jobs, or 49.2 percent. Retail outlets have laid off 45,300 people, or 13.2 percent. All these declines outpace national losses.

Apparently, this still isn’t enough to satisfy New York’s leaders. This month Mayor de Blasio imposed still further restrictions in “hot spots,” and Governor Cuomo added three more states to the 34 already on the list of states whose travelers must quarantine for 14 days if they visit New York. Who needs tourists?  Meanwhile, restaurants in the city are still limited to 25 percent capacity.


FIVE THINGS WE’LL LEARN ABOUT BIDEN AFTER THE ELECTION: How many can you guess before reading Issues & Insights?

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Big Tech Needs to Get Its Filthy, Biased Thumbs Off the Scale of This Election. “This heavy-handed, biased censorship by Twitter and Facebook is far more egregious and dangerous than any of the alleged ‘interference’ by Russia or China. The bitter irony is that it was the Russia nonsense that both platforms used as justification for their thought policing.”

ANDREW CUOMO, GRANNY-KILLER: Casket outside Brooklyn nursing home filled with 6,500 covers of Cuomo’s book.

QUESTION ASKED: “If the left is willing to violently beat supporters of Donald Trump in a public setting when they don’t have power, how emboldened do you think they will be with the knowledge that the executive power to enforce the laws is in the hands of their allies?”


IT’S NOT ABOUT HUNTER, IT’S ABOUT JOE: That’s according to Margot Cleveland, writing at The Federalist. Among other things, influence-peddling relatives are easy avenues for bribery by foreign interests.

WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT ANALYSTS? Soros-Funded Prosecutors Put ‘Social Justice’ Above Law and Order, Analysts Say. “George Soros, the Hungarian American billionaire investor, stands out as the big donor behind a super PAC that helped elect district attorneys who have overseen a dramatic increase in crime.”

By design.

CHANGE: Joe Biden’s polling lead slips in wake of Post report on Hunter.


TOOK TEAM OF 35 EXPERTS SEVEN DAYS TO WAR-GAME THE 2020 ELECTION: The “79 Days Report” team was made up of scholars and analysts with the Claremont Institute and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Three basic scenarios were considered, according to The Federalist:

  • A clear victory for President Trump, winning 32 states and 322 Electoral College votes, better than the 304 Trump won in 2016, but, due to the massive use of mail-in ballots, especially in the six states in which counting cannot commence until Election Day, victory likely won’t be formally declared until days or weeks after Election Day, as Trump would only have 248 electoral votes known for certainty.
  • A clear victory for Vice President Biden, winning 26 states and D.C. for a total of 342 Electoral College votes. Again, because of the six states that cannot count mail-in ballots until Election Day, even in this scenario, victory won’t be known for certain, as Biden may only have 268 electoral votes late into election night.
  • An ambiguous result, with the final election results of several states delayed and subject to intense court fights resulting in a struggle right up to the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress where the ballots of the electors are unsealed. Uncertainty could extend even beyond this as decisions for both the presidency and vice presidency are battled out in Congress and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

They seem to have all the bases covered, so you gotta read this one.

WHAT ABOUT SLAVERY AND CHRISTIANITY: It’s only a quick take, but my core point when asked about it by Bill Walton is a fundamental challenge to the Howard Zinns of the world – Get honest about who did what and why, including, I might add, Southern Christians who got it wrong about the Bible and slavery in the years leading to the Civil War.

BTW, if you aren’t already familiar with The Bill Walton Show and you appreciate civil, interesting discussion on important issues, then you’re in for a treat. Very smart guy who also happens to have a knack for encouraging conversations that enlighten and encourage. And Lord knows we need all the enlightenment and encouragement we can get these days.

NOT ONE MORE WORD ABOUT OBAMA’S ‘REMARKABLY SCANDAL-FREE’ ADMINISTRATION: Hunter Biden Has An Armory Of Smoking Guns. “With Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton, that’s two high ranking Obama Administration officials who were running play-for-play scams.”

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Real estate firm with deep ties to de Blasio poised to profit from Soho rezoning.

VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 16:  San Francisco Bay area sports teams support discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity and national origin.  What the heck is the matter with them?

(If you are looking for a place where your donation can make a difference, this is it.  Even if every other election in the country goes badly, defeating Prop 16 will show that Americans don’t support the “woke” agenda.)

THOU SHALT NOT CONTRADICT THE NARRATIVE: Twitter removes tweet from top Trump Covid adviser saying masks don’t work.

Twitter on Sunday removed a tweet from one of President Donald Trump’s top Covid-19 advisers falsely claiming masks don’t work to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The tweet no longer appeared on the site as of Sunday morning, replaced with a note saying “This Tweet is no longer available” and a link to Twitter’s rules and policies explaining why the company removes or limits certain posts.

The tweet in question, posted on Saturday by Dr. Scott Atlas, read, “Masks work? NO: LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippnes, UK, Spain, Israel. WHO:”widesprd use not supported” + many harms; Heneghan/Oxf CEBM:”despite decades, considerble uncertainty re value”; CDC rvw May:”no sig red’n in inflnz transm’n”; learn why.”

In a followup tweet posted later Saturday, Atlas wrote: “That means the right policy is @realDonaldTrump guideline: use masks for their intended purpose — when close to others, especially hi risk. Otherwise, social distance. No widespread mandates.”

Now Twitter is deciding what the facts are.


To Democrats, the only catastrophe is being out of power. But Reich, et al., really, really don’t want an independent entity closely examining the last few years. But then, an independent entity is not what he has in mind. It never is.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. CNN’s John King: I’ll Say It…Hunter Biden Is a Swamp Creature.

SHUT UP OR ELSE, THEY EXPLAINED: Free speech rally marred by violence as counterprotesters storm event, beat pro-Trump demonstrators. “The conservative group Team Save America organized the event to protest Twitter, which it argues censors free speech. They planned to rally at United Nations Plaza before moving the protest to Twitter’s headquarters a few blocks away. But the event quickly devolved into a shouting match and violence as hundreds of counterprotesters stormed the scene.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Online or offline, the left’s goal is to prevent its enemies from organizing, and to do so by any means necessary. That’s right out of the brownshirt playbook.

NO, BUT TO BE FAIR, MOST PEOPLE CRITICIZING ORIGINALISM ARE ATTACKING A STRAW MAN AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT: Do Originalists Ignore the Reconstruction Amendments? The accusation is often made. But it simply isn’t true.

ICYMI, TWITTER IS GARBAGE: ‘Die in a fire’: Twitter employees reveal deep hatred for Trump.

The tweets are running the asylum.

Twitter’s senior executives have a long history of anti-Trump hatred, a Post review of dozens of accounts of top employees found.

The venom, vitriol and, in some cases, vows to help Joe Biden across the finish line in next month’s presidential election continue to live online as the company earlier this week decided to censor The New York Post’s revelations about Hunter Biden’s emails to a consultant for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

“GET HIM OUT,” posted a senior site reliability engineer on Aug. 18. “What a f–king baboon.”

One manager with almost nine years on the job said he was quite keen to watch Biden “crush [Trump] in the election” and that he hoped the president would “be utterly humiliated while also suffering greatly from #COVID19.” In another post he fantasized about the president being put on a ventilator.

He calls Trump “a f–king idiot” and the voters who elected him — “hysterically f–king stupid people.”

At the same time the employee has been a consistent cheerleader of his company’s efforts to rein in the president on the platform and curb the spread of “misinformation.”

Goebbels’ 21st Century cousins.

HMM: Pollster Who Called Trump Win In 2016 is Back With 2020 Call And Issues a Big Red Flag in Pennsylvania. “The state is ripe for voter fraud.”

Turn out in enough numbers to beat the margin of fraud — and be ready to fight for any recount in exactly the way Republicans usually don’t.

InstaPundit is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.