October 24, 2020

BUNGA BUNGA: A cautionary tale about how democracy can subvert itself.

Berlusconi was more of a crony capitalist than the neo-fascist of leftwing caricature. Few recall that the formative political relationship of his career was with Bettino Craxi, the socialist who led Italy in the mid-1980s. They were close, Craxi even godfather to Berlusconi’s children. Berlusconi backed the Craxi regime, characterized by unbelievable venality and, weirdly, pan-Arabism. Berlusconi inherited only one of those traits from his mentor: guess which?

Self-interest, not ideology, drove him. Becoming PM was a business decision. After acquiring Mondadori, Italy’s biggest publisher, and Publitalia, Italy’s biggest advertising firm, the next step was simply to acquire the government. Turns out that could be bought as easily as anything else in his portfolio. It allowed him to pass laws to stifle investigations into fraud, corruption, mafia links. He banned over-seventies from going to prison… then publicly celebrated his 70th birthday. You have to admire the cheek.

In a sense, Byron was right. If a leader can make 2,500 court appearances in 106 trials without ever getting done for anything, there does seem to be no functioning law or government. It’s not true, though, that things carry on well enough regardless. In the decade to 2010, Berlusconi’s decade, only Haiti and Zimbabwe had lower GDP growth, as Italy creaked into the eurozone crisis.

Read the whole thing.

THEY HAVE LEARNED NOTHING AND FORGOTTEN NOTHING: The Hunter Biden Corruption Scandal Is a Reckoning for the Legacy Media.

CHELSEA HANDLER, CLOSET TRUMP SUPPORTER: How else to explain this headline? Chelsea Handler explains shaming of Trump-backer 50 Cent: ‘I had to remind him that he was a Black person.’

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: General Atomics and Boeing team up on high-energy laser weapon.

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS:

 

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: #MeToobin Edition.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Won the Debate—But Won Bigly the Post-Debate.

QUELLE HORREUR — THE CHALKENING RETURNS!

This week I drove down to Thibodaux, Louisiana, to give a Live Not By Lies talk at Nicholls State University. Thibodaux is Cajun country. It is not the Bay Area. It is not the Upper West Side. It is not New England. It is a conservative place. But earlier in the week, the Social Justice Warriors made their malign presence known on campus in a big way.

Last weekend, the campus College Republicans chalked pro-Trump messages on the sidewalk. Such as:

“Geaux Trump” is the most Louisiana MAGA thing ever. Anti-Trump students had a meltdown. Over chalk. On a sidewalk. Here is a parade of fragile students speaking out at an extended student government meeting, all of them outraged that other students expressed a political opinion — support for the re-election of the President of the United States — that caused them anxiety.

“Safetyism” is in the process of destroying a generation of young adults.

(Classical reference in headline.)

REPRESENTATION FOR OUR POLITICAL OPPONENTS THREATENS DEMOCRACY! Harvard professor says Republican Party threatens democracy. When you realize that to leftists, “democracy” just means “unchecked power on our part,” it all makes sense.

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST: Senator Hirono’s Double Standard.

On Thursday afternoon, I caught up with Hirono in the Capitol and asked her about the apparent double standard. The Hawaii senator stands by her condemnation of Barrett for saying “sexual preference,” but won’t call on Biden to apologize for using the same term in May 2020:

National Review: Senator, last week at the hearing you mentioned that you thought it was “offensive and outdated” when Amy Barrett used the [term] “sexual preference.” It turns out that Joe Biden said it in May. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said it in 2017. Some of your colleagues on the Judiciary Committee said it maybe in 2010, 2012. Do you stand by that criticism?

Mazie Hirono: Well, of course.

NR: Do you think Joe Biden should apologize for saying that in May?

Hirono: Well, look, it’s a lesson learned for all of us. But when you’re going on the Supreme Court and you’ve been a judge, as one of my judge friends said, you should know what these words mean.

NR: Should Joe Biden apologize, too, like Amy Coney Barrett did?

Hirono: Joe Biden is not up for the Supreme Court.

NR: He’s up for the presidency. So, he shouldn’t apologize?

Hirono: People will decide.

NR: You don’t want to call on him to apologize?

Hirono: Oh, stop it. The world is in flames.

Of course, the state of the world is the same this week as it was last week when Senators Murray and Hirono smeared Barrett as a bigot for using the term, and the argument that either Barrett or Biden did anything wrong is very weak.

As P.J. O’Rourke wrote, “The founding fathers, in their wisdom, devised a method by which our republic can take one hundred of its most prominent numbskulls and keep them out of the private sector where they might do actual harm.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Profs outraged over Trump being nice to female debate moderator Kristen Welker. Well, when you’ve lost the faculty of the University of Wisconsin (Platteville). . . .

NON-COMBATANT EVACUATION: A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey prepares to land during a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise at Twentynine Palms, California. Photo taken Oct. 16, 2020.

I BLAME GLOBAL WARMING: October snowstorm set to smash early-season records.

In conjunction with the record-challenging cold that is set to surge southward across the central and western United States, another potentially record-setting snowstorm is set to target millions of Americans in the coming days. This time, the dose of wintry precipitation will target areas much farther south, including some that typically don’t pick up snow until much later in the season.

With this storm coming on the heels of recent winterlike weather that shattered a 115-year-old snowfall record in the Twin Cities, residents across the Plains and Upper Midwest may check their calendars twice to make sure it’s still October.

But, of course, this means nothing in terms of science — it’s not climate, it’s just weather. Now if it were unseasonably hot weather, it would be clear proof of climate change. Because that’s how the science works.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Pissed Trump Called Her AOC During Debate.

JOE “SUPERPREDATOR” BIDEN WILL FIX THAT: Under Trump, black prison rate lowest in 31 years, Hispanics down 24%.

THIS IS CNN: Jake Tapper Is Nearly in Tears Whining About Trump’s Attacks on Sundown Joe.

MAKE THEM PAY: Jewish Students at U. Illinois File Education Department Complaint Over Campus Anti-Semitism.

Remember, the process is the punishment.

NO ENEMIES ON THE LEFT: Bernie Bro with Van Full of Guns and Explosives Plotted to Assassinate Biden. Media Buries the Lede, as Usual.

What was Treisman’s motive? He must be one of those evil Proud Boys or crazy QAnon freaks we keep hearing so much about, right?

Wrong. But to find out the actual motive, you have to go all the way down to paragraph 15 of the WaPo story (emphasis mine):

The 19-year-old’s focus on Biden started in the spring, according to the order… Days after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign, Treisman, who had suggested in a Reddit post that he had to “save bernie,” posted a meme with the caption questioning whether he should kill Biden.

Oh. He’s a Bernie Bro. He wanted to kill Biden to somehow help Bernie.

But you sure wouldn’t know that by reading the headline (“A 19-year-old with a van full of guns and explosives plotted to assassinate Biden, federal officials say”) or the first 14 paragraphs. Isn’t that kind of important?

No, it isn’t, because WaPo wants you to think a conservative or a right-winger or some other designated villain did it. That’s the game.

They all did the same thing in 2017 when a Bernie Bro named James T. Hodgkinson shot up a baseball field where some Republican congressmen were practicing. Steve Scalise was seriously wounded and almost killed. And the media bent over backwards to avoid mentioning that Hodgkinson was a staunch supporter of Bernie Sanders. Hell, within two months of the shooting, they had quit mentioning Hodgkinson at all.

Read the whole thing.

Evergreen:


FAMILIARITY BREEDS RESPECT: Faculty Confidence In Online Learning Grows.

TRUMP WAS CORRECT: Of Course New York City Is A Ghost Town.

QED:

THE BEE, REPORTING NEWS AGAIN:  Intelligence Experts Concerned Media May Tamper With Election By Asking Biden Questions.

SPEEDLIMIT ENFORCED BY PACHYDERM:  Rampaging elephant won’t tolerate dumbo car drivers.

TDS IS A CERTIFIED IQ CRASHING DISEASE:  Coyotes Comment Confuses Trump Haters.

I DOUBT THEY’VE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE ECONOMIC HARM NOR THE UNTREATED ILLNESSES AND DEPRESSION ATTENDANT; NOR IS IT LIKELY THEY’VE INCORPORATED THE HARM DONE CHILDREN BY SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LOSS OF LEARNING COINCIDENTAL TO SCHOOL CLOSURES.  SO THIS IS A WAY LOW-BALL ESTIMATE:  ‘Enormous impact’ of COVID-19 translates to 2.5 million years of potential life lost.

THEY’VE SURVIVED WORLD WAR, DEPRESSION, BIG BOX STORES AND E-TAIL BUT THEY CANNOT SURVIVE DEBLASIO & CUOMO:   Strand Book Store says it ‘cannot survive’ without more business.

OKAY. I’M NOT GOOD WITH SUPERNATURAL STUFF. MAYBE IT’S THE WRITER MIND COMING THROUGH: Instruments.

It’s the only mind I have.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE. SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED:  Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Figure: Unemployment Figures Dramatically Favor Republican-Led States.

SURE, BUT I THINK THEY’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT AMERICANS ARE NOT CHINESE:  Is China Now In Control of Our Flow of Information?

THE PROVINCIAL LEFT IS ONLY INTERESTED IN FOREIGNERS THEY CAN WHITE-KNIGHT FOR:  Foreign Policy? What’s That?

Kind of like minorities. The left uses “categories” of people. They’re not interested in actual, real people.

AND AS THE EXPENSIFY EXEC DEMONSTRATED THEY’RE DELUSIONAL NARCISSISTS:  Democrats still live in a Trump-fueled dystopian nightmare.

EXCEPT THIS PARTICULAR TWATWAFFLE (NOT THE WRITER, THE EXPENSIFY GUY) DOESN’T KNOW ONE IS A CROOK, AND IMAGINES THE OTHER ONE IS A DICTATOR:  Expensify Says Vote For Crook Not Fascist.

A GODLESS RELIGION:   Woke Calvinism and Biden.

October 23, 2020

YES NOT SPEAKING GIVES THE PRESS AN EXCUSE AND HE KNOWS THEY’RE IN THE TANK FOR HIM: Biden won’t deny. “If they’re not real, Biden would strongly, clearly assert that the emails are fake. What reason could there be to fail to make a clear assertion? I think the answer is that he knows it’s an assertion that can be proven false, leaving him plainly exposed as an outrageous liar.”

AT AMAZON, Leupold Rifle Scopes.

WELL:

Plus:

JOEL KOTKIN: Minorities are doing better on almost every measurement in redder metros. Wokestan is failing the very people it purports to care most about.

As Kimberly Klacik says, the worst place to be black is in a Democrat-controlled city.

OPEN THREAD: Thread away.

CONSEQUENCES: Vulnerable Democrats Break With Biden Over ‘Transition’ From Oil Industry.

AT THE NEW YORKER, deep unhappiness that people are choosing to parent their own children. “Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its employment report for September, which showed that women have been choosing to leave the workforce in staggering numbers: while about two hundred and sixteen thousand men dropped out of the workforce that month, about four times that many women made the same decision. Though the figures for September are particularly stark, they are consistent with trends that have been recorded since March.”

And the article equates staying home to raise your children, instead of putting them in daycare, to “ignoring our children.” Uh huh.

Related (From Ed): Comcast concurs!

 

 

 

IT’S ALMOST LIKE THEY AREN’T HONEST MEDIA AT ALL: The Hunter Biden Corruption Scandal Is a Reckoning for the Legacy Media.

DESPERATE TRUMP CRITICS LIE DESPERATELY: Desperate Trump Critics Cook Up Despicable Lie to Suggest Biden Won the Debate.

“Trump critics cook up despicable lie” is kind of an evergreen headline.

GO BROKE: The Inside Story of Formula 1’s Coronavirus Collapse. “I spent 50 hours and 48 minutes traveling 21,896 miles to and from Australia. I spent 52 hours and 11 minutes on the ground in Melbourne. I’ve still never seen a running F1 car.”

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Bernie Sanders Reportedly Wants To Be Labor Secretary In A Biden Admin.

WINNING: Israel and Sudan begin normalization process after call with Trump.

PROGRESS: Study Reports Record Number of Carry Permits in U.S.

THIS IS CNN: CNN panelist plays stupid, pretends she does not know her former employer.

Shades of Mary Mapes, CBS’s RatherGate producer in 2004, claiming after she was caught, that even though she was holding herself out a news producer, she didn’t know who any of the players were on the starboard side of the Blogosphere.

GREAT MOMENTS IN PROJECTION:

● Shot: Big lie: Joe Biden compares Donald Trump to Joseph Goebbels.

“He’s sort of like Goebbels,” Mr Biden said. “You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge”. “It’s not like it’s going to come as a surprise. And so I’m prepared to go out and make my case as to why I think he’s failed and why I think the answers I have to proceed will help the American people and the American economy, and make us safer internationally.”

— Agence France-Presse, September 27, 2020.

● Chaser: Biden Epic Lie: No One Lost Insurance Under Obamacare!

Breitbart.com, today.

IMMUNOLOGY IS COMPLICATED: Some COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates May Make People More Vulnerable to HIV, Scientists Warn.

BUY A GUN: The Only Protection From Government-Approved Mobs.

During the summer of 2020, violence shook many American cities. Rioting and looting destroyed businesses, damaged property, and caused injuries to people. But what exacerbated the situation, in a way that hasn’t occurred since the Reconstruction South of the 1860s and 1870s, was local government complicity in that violence.

Immediately following the Civil War, local governments in the South stood by passively as mobs of Confederate-sympathizers terrorized white Republicans and the newly freed blacks. Government officials acted in concert with the mobs to perpetuate the violence. At the same time, southern governments tried to restrict white Republicans and newly freed blacks from owning firearms with which to defend themselves.

A century and a half later, local governments similarly turned a blind eye to the looting and rioting mobs that roamed American cities during the summer of 2020. Not wanting to appear oppositional to the political message under which the mobs operated – not wanting to alienate a favored constituency – government officials refused to enforce the law against those mobs. Often, the officials even boasted that they were declining to prosecute law-breakers, thus deliberately choosing to favor one faction of people – e.g., the mobs, operating under the guise of political protest – over all those people whose lives and property were being threatened.

They need to be sued, and prosecuted, at the very least, for this civil rights violation.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ‘Thursday Night Football’ Gets Weak Ratings For The Eagles Beating The Giants.

I KNOW SEVERAL. ONLY ONE WAS HOSPITALIZED — THOUGH HE WAS QUITE SICK — BUT THE OTHERS HAVE HAD FLU-LIKE OR COLD-LIKE SYMPTOMS, OR NO SYMPTOMS AT ALL: Poll: More than half of people in U.S. know someone with COVID-19.

LOCKDOWNS ONLY APPLY TO THOSE WHO AREN’T BURNING DOWN GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS: Four Newborns Die After Being Denied Heart Surgery because of COVID Travel Restrictions.

BREAKING: Trump Announces Another Middle East Muslim Country Will Recognize Israel.

DON’T GET COCKY, KID: Roger Kimball: Trump sealed the deal last night. He moved methodically, like a battle tank, over Biden’s incontinent expostulations. It’s not over until it’s over.

But there is this:

BIDEN: ‘Not a Single Person on Private Insurance’ Lost It ‘Under Obamacare’— Fact Check: False.

Flashback: Obama’s repeated “If you like your plan you can keep your plan” lies were so outrageous, even his fellow Democrats at “Politifact” couldn’t ignore it, dubbing it their “Lie of the Year” in 2013.

(Bumped.)

KINSLEY GAFFE: Biden Declares He Would ‘Transition’ America Away from Oil Industry during Debate.

Related: Trump Grills Biden On Fracking. Biden Tells Him To Prove It With Video; Trump Does Just That.

Biden responded to Trump’s comments and challenged the president to prove his claims with video and the president responded by doing just that.

Biden claimed, “I have never said I oppose fracking.”

Trump responded, “You said it on tape!”

“Show the tape,” Biden responded. “Put it on your website. The fact of the matter is he’s flat lying.”

Within a matter of moments, Trump’s team tweeted out a video of Biden making the remarks.

WATCH:

Related: The Biden-Harris Fracking Plan, Explained (video supercut):

UPDATE (from Steve): I wonder if Nate Silver still thinks Texas is in play.

UPDATE (from Ed):


(Bumped.)

IT’S COME TO THIS: Twitter Blue Checks Mock Trump’s ‘Coyote’ Remark and It Ends Disastrously for Them.

Twitter blue checks who tried to mock President Trump for saying “coyotes” smuggle children across the southern border of the United States learned the hard way that Trump was not actually talking about the animal.
Did @realDonaldTrump just say 545 kids they can’t find their parents for came over through ‘cartels and coyotes’?!” asked Dar’shun Kendrick, a corporate attorney and state representative in Georgia who supports Joe Biden. “How the hell does a coyote bring a whole human across the border?!”

No really, she did:

In fact: Lots and lots and lots of blue-check libs don’t know what a coyote is (screenshots):

Exit question: “Did you think the left has the slightest clue what goes on near the border other than orange man bad?

IN THE MAIL: Zoom For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)).

TO BE FAIR, JOE BARELY REMEMBERS ENGLISH: Joe Biden Can’t Remember Vowing to Ban Fracking. We’ve Got the Video.

IT’S RENSSELAER, WHICH WAS ONCE A RESPECTED SCHOOL: Judge blocks university from punishing male student who claimed female student raped him. “It is enough to say this: whatever answer may come to the question of how to secure the rights of an accusing woman and an accused man, that answer cannot be that all men are guilty.” But that’s the answer feminism demands.

OH: Jaw-Dropping Report Details Chinese State-Owned Company’s Partnership With Biden, Kerry Families. “A nearly 60-page intelligence report dated October 2 and provided to RedState late Wednesday details the relationship between multiple Chinese State-Owned Entities (SOE’s) and companies owned by Hunter Biden, Chris Heinz (stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry), Devon Archer, James Bulger, and suspected Chinese intelligence asset Michael Lin. Despite what Hunter Biden’s attorney claimed in 2019, Hunter started traveling to China shortly before the Big Guy became Vice President and signed contracts with SOE’s while the Big Guy was Vice President.”

Read the whole, sordid thing.

STANDING UP TO STAND DOWNS: Me in the Washington Examiner: The Second Amendment is as necessary today as it has ever been. “In 2020, riots and looting broke out across the US. In cities from Seattle to New York, police were ordered to stand down. The lesson: You can’t rely on the police to protect your life and property from criminal aggression, writes @ProfDBernstein.” And read the academic article the op-ed is based on.
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IT’S AMAZING HOW MUCH SLACK THEY’LL CUT YOU IF YOU’RE A MEMBER OF THE NOMENKLATURA: Penn prof defends Jeffrey Toobin’s Zoom mishap.

AT AMAZON, Deal of the Day, Le Creuset Stoneware Mini Round Cocotte, 8 oz., Flame.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump Overcomes Horrid, Biased Moderator to KO Biden in 2nd Debate. “It was plain to see that Biden had attempted to memorize a script. Just as in the first debate, he never directly answered a question. He’d launch into a talking point, then say, ‘This guy,’ and begin a personal attack on the president that wasn’t germane to the question. By the end of the debate he was glitching a lot and having difficulty remembering the script. He also had difficulty articulating any of his own policies. He just kept telling people to look at his website to know what he thought.”

UNMANNED DELIVERY TO A SUBMARINE AT SEA: An unmanned aerial vehicle delivers a payload to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson. The submarine is underway (and on the surface) near the Hawaiian Islands. The caption explains that the exercise “was designed to test and evaluate the tactics, techniques, and procedures of U.S. Strategic Command’s expeditionary logistics.”

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Trump Asks, ‘Who Built The Cages, Joe?’ Here’s the Answer: Biden and Obama Did.

REPORT ON BIDEN’S ACTIVITIES WITH CHINA. “First, it is almost exclusively taken from public sources and documentation. Everything from Chinese news reports to corporate records. The report is immaculately cited so that anyone who wishes to replicate where a specific piece of information was found or see the underlying documentation can do so.”

The full report is here. Looks like lots of stuff for investigative journalists to run with, if there are any of those left.

CHANGE: Trump reaches critical 52% approval rate entering final election stretch.

CHANNELING PAPA BUSH IN ’92 ISN’T A GOOD LOOK FOR BIDEN. Watch: The Moment Joe Biden Realized He Lost the Debate.

IF YOU DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK OF YOU AS LYING PARTISAN HACKS, STOP BEING LYING PARTISAN HACKS:

Spoiler: They literally can’t help being lying partisan hacks.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Josh Hammer: Donald Trump may be America’s most pro-Jewish president ever.

Through word and deed, President Trump — a father of an observant Jew and grandfather of Jewish children — has repeatedly established himself as a true friend and guardian of the people of the covenant. And in the post-1948 era of Zionism, Trump has been by far the most loyal and transformative friend of the world’s sole Jewish state. Trump ended decades of presidential timidity and promise-breaking by finally moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. He withdrew the United States from the harrowing capitulation to evil that was the Obama-Biden nuclear accord with Iran and has slapped crippling sanctions on the mullocracy.

He decimated the Islamic State “caliphate” and decapitated Iranian arch-terrorist Qassem Soleimani, both threats to Israel and Jews everywhere. He closed the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington and defunded the Palestinian Authority itself due to its barbaric “pay-to-slay” subsidies.

Trump also cut funding or outright withdrew from three anti-Israel UN bodies: the (grossly misnamed) UN Human Rights Council, UNWRA and UNESCO.

And we’re just getting started. Team Trump has boldly stood up for Israeli “settlements” in Judea and Samaria. The president formally recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and rolled out the most pro-Israel plan for peace with the Palestinian Arabs that a US president has ever endorsed.

Most remarkably, the man who wrote “The Art of the Deal” shepherded through not one but two (thus far!) separate normalization agreements between Israel and the Arab world. That’s probably the most important positive diplomatic triumph for Israel (and for Jews worldwide, who benefit from a strong Jewish state) in decades. Imagine what a second term could bring.

Indeed.

MARK JUDGE: Shelby Steele and America’s Poetic Truths.

BRING A NICKLE, TAP YOUR FEET: Twitter explodes after Biden mistakenly calls Proud Boys the ‘Poor Boys.’

BOO FREAKING HOO: Stahl whines, ‘I’m upset,’ says Trump, Pence ‘insulted 60 Minutes.’ “While the Trump interview, released in full by the president’s team out of concern 60 Minutes will mangle it to hurt him, is likely to win the most attention, the Pence interview, also released by the White House, helped to confirm the feeling by insiders that the interviews were a setup.”

Don’t want people to treat you like you’re a bunch if lying, partisan hacks? Try not being lying, partisan hacks. It would make a nice change for you.

And it was smart of Trump to follow my advice: Bring your own camera. Don’t let them do to you what they did to Sarah Palin. Because they will if they can get away with it, because they’re lying, partisan hacks. As I said back then, “TV journalists won’t be happy with this, of course, but it’s hard to see a principled basis for objecting.”

AND THEY’RE CLEARLY RIGHT: 76% Of Voters Believe Big Tech Has Too Much Influence On Political News.

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