November 30, 2021

HIT BACK TWICE AS HARD: Fifteen states, led by West Virginia Treasurer Riley Moore, are prepared to yank an estimated $600 billion in funds from financial institutions contemplating defunding the oil and gas industry in the U.S, according to The Federalist.

The 15 states include in addition to West Virginia, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Alabama, Texas and Kentucky. Hmmm, wonder why my birth state of Oklahoma — where Harold Hamm, the guy who invented hydraulic fracking, grew up — is not on that list?

OPEN THREAD: Still I think about you.

DISPATCHES FROM WEIMAR AMERICA: De Blasio opening first legal shooting galleries for drug users in the US.

WELCOME WAGON: I’ve been blogging, and blogging, and blogging about how someone should do this, and eventually decided I was going to have to take a more active hand. So I’ve been talking with the folks at FEE, the Foundation for Economic Education, whose excellent stuff I link regularly. Then result is the Fresh Start States initiative, which seeks to educate transplants from blue to red states not to vote for the policies that ruined their old homes. I’ve donated to this initiative myself and hope some of you will.

(Bumped.)

SPACE JUNK: NASA postpones spacewalk at space station due to space debris warning. “A recent Russian anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test resulted in a new cloud of more than 150 trackable pieces of debris and forced the space station crew to take temporary cover in the immediate aftermath on Nov. 14, but whether that event and the spacewalk delay were related was not yet clear.”

Related: Can SpaceX’s Starlink sue Russia for anti-satellite missile test space debris fallout? Though the article is wrong about absolute liability. Liability for harm to spacecraft in space under the Liability Convention is based on fault (negligence), rather than being absolute.

JOY BEHAR: It’s Time To ‘Tweak’ 1st And 2nd Amendments Because Founding Fathers Didn’t Have AR-15s And Twitter.

As Charles C. Cooke wrote in 2015, “here’s the million-dollar question: What the hell are they waiting for? Go on, chaps. Bloody well do it. Seriously, try it. Start the process.”

This will involve hard work, of course. You can’t just sit online and preen to those who already agree with you. No siree. Instead, you’ll have to go around the states — traveling and preaching until the soles of your shoes are thin as paper. You’ll have to lobby Congress, over and over and over again. You’ll have to make ads and shake hands and twist arms and cut deals and suffer all the slings and arrows that will be thrown in your direction. You’ll have to tell anybody who will listen to you that they need to support you; that if they disagree, they’re childish and beholden to the “gun lobby”; that they don’t care enough about children; that their reverence for the Founders is mistaken; that they have blood on their goddamn hands; that they want to own firearms only because their penises are small and they’re not “real men.” And remember, you can’t half-ass it this time. You’re not going out there to tell these people that you want “reform” or that “enough is enough.” You’re going there to solicit their support for removing one of the articles within the Bill of Rights. Make no mistake: It’ll be unpleasant strolling into Pittsburgh or Youngstown or Pueblo and telling blue-collar Democrat after blue-collar Democrat that he only has his guns because he’s not as well endowed as he’d like to be. It’ll be tough explaining to suburban families that their established conception of American liberty is wrong. You might even suffer at the polls because of it. But that’s what it’s going to take. So do it. Start now. Off you go.

Have at it, Joy.

THIS CAN’T POSSIBLY END BADLY: Witch Hunt Targets The Oil Companies.

President Biden has issued firm instructions to FTC Chair Lina Khan to investigate whether big oil should be held legally accountable for the recent runup in oil prices. The fact of some price increase seems beyond dispute. The average monthly Brent crude price dropped as low as $18.38 in April 2020, at the onset of the COVID crisis, but had risen to $83.54 in October 2020. But look just a little bit further and matters are not so simple, for by November 19, 2021, that price had dropped to $78.60. Indeed, this nineteen-month period witnessed wide fluctuations in price. Nonetheless, without referring to any price data, Biden broadly claimed that the “mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior by oil and gas companies” should trigger an investigation into potential collusive behavior.

Given that “gasoline prices at the pump remain high, even though oil and gas companies’ costs are declining,” such alleged behavior, Biden assumes, has allowed big oil companies to double their profits since 2019, thereby allowing for stock buybacks and dividends in the coming year. “Hard-working Americans”—a tried and true appeal to populist instincts—should not be “paying more for gas because of anti-competitive or otherwise potentially illegal conduct,” he said, which is why he has urged the FTC to bring “tools to bear” to ferret out and punish any possible wrongdoing.

Meanwhile: Buttigieg says once families own electric cars, they will ‘never have to worry about gas prices again.’

CHRIS CUOMO SUSPENDED FROM CNN ‘Indefinitely:’

Chris Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely as a result of the fallout from the latest revelations from the New York attorney general’s investigation of his brother, disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Despite repeatedly claiming he was not helping his brother, text messages released by the New York attorney general’s office showed Cuomo was in regular contact with Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s top aide, assisting with his brother’s response to the allegations and exploiting his media connection to dig up dirt on Andrew’s accusers.

“The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense,” a CNN spokesperson said Tuesday evening. “The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.”

“Suspended indefinitely” is an interesting phrase, considering Jeffrey Toobin was eventually allowed to return to CNN.

SKYNET SMILES, SAYS “HOW YOU DOIN’?”: World’s first living robots can now reproduce, scientists say. “The tiny blobs were first unveiled in 2020 after experiments showed that they could move, work together in groups and self-heal. Now the scientists that developed them at the University of Vermont, Tufts University and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said they have discovered an entirely new form of biological reproduction different from any animal or plant known to science.”

What could go wrong?

TENNESSEE HAS NONE: Ranking states by income tax.

DEVELOPING: CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo Indefinitely.

SPACE: Space law hasn’t been changed since 1967 – but the UN aims to update laws and keep space peaceful. Generally 50 years is a long life for a treaty, and the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 is over 50 years old.

THE BEARS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE! Chris Cuomo Is Exactly What He Claimed He Wasn’t:

“I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward. I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.” I guess Chris Cuomo thinks texting doesn’t count.

Wait… did I just say “Chris Cuomo thinks”? That’s obviously ridiculous. But just because he’s stupid, that doesn’t mean he can’t be mendacious. He did exactly what he claimed he didn’t do.

What will happen to Chris Cuomo for this clear breach of journalistic ethics? Presumably, the same thing that happened when he broke COVID quarantine and lied about it:

Nothing.

If CNN didn’t fire Jeffrey Toobin for whacking his pud on a work Zoom call, why would they fire a guy who actually makes money for them? Because they have journalistic standards? Because they take their ethical responsibilities seriously? Don’t make me laugh.

Cuomo lied because Cuomos lie. CNN knows and doesn’t care.

Of course, all of this should be moot, because Andrew Cuomo should be in jail already for his negligently disastrous handling of nursing homes during the pandemic. Not that these women accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment don’t deserve justice, but so do the people whose elderly loved ones died because of Cuomo’s incompetence and dishonesty.

With the eager assistance of his brother Fredo.

It’s Jim Treacher, so read the whole thing.

THIS SEEMS RIGHT: To Protect Itself From the Mainland, Taiwan Must Trust Its People With Arms.

BARACK OBAMA IS THE HANGOVER THAT NEVER ENDS: Federal taxpayers pay millions to fund critical race theory program that trains students to promote CRT. “In 2016 under the Obama administration, the federal government awarded its first five-year grant of $1,116,895 to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) for “training” college students in critical race theory.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The Importance of Communication for Personal Defense.

JOANNE JACOBS: ‘Melting pot’ charter under attack. “A Boston-area charter school is in trouble with state regulators because it focuses on ‘the fundamental ideals of our American Culture’ and embraces ‘the melting pot theory by highlighting our citizens’ and students’ commonality, not their differences,’ writes Molly Ball in Time. New state standards require cultural responsiveness.”

I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN TEHRAN WAS BROKE AND BOXED IN: Israel Says Iran Preparing to Enrich Uranium to Weapons-Grade Level.

JOE BIDEN’S RETURN TO GOOD GOVERNANCE: Amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants in Democrats’ reconciliation bill could fail in Senate. “The Congressional Budget Office projects that more than 6.5 million illegal immigrants would receive legal status or a path to citizenship as a result of the legislation in its current form.”

Plus: “Democrats are also seeking to drop the requirement that a child’s Social Security number is needed for parents to collect the child tax credit of up to $3,600 per child.”

AWAKENING A SLEEPING GIANT – ALUMNI. From today’s Wall Street Journal, probably paywalled (but very important), a story about alumni organizing to take their campuses back from the censors.

Two years ago Cornell University asked a California real-estate developer and longtime donor for a seven-figure contribution.

Carl Neuss didn’t write the check immediately, saying he was worried about what he saw as liberal indoctrination on campus and declining tolerance toward competing viewpoints.

To allay Mr. Neuss’s concerns, the development office introduced him to some politically moderate professors, he said. The attempt backfired. The professors, he said, told him they felt humiliated by the diversity training they were required to attend and perpetually afraid they would say something factual—but impolitic.

Cornell has 1,695 faculty members and this was its best foot forward on free speech to an important donor. That speaks volumes. Later in the story:

In 2018, alumni at Washington and Lee University in Virginia launched an organization called the Generals Redoubt after they felt the school began disassociating itself from President George Washington—who endowed the school, and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a former school president. Both men owned slaves. …

Washington and Lee President Will Dudley said the debate has placed universities unfairly in the crossfire.

“We’re living in an environment where people on both sides, right and left, are engaged in a culture war and they want to use universities,” he said. “I don’t find that beneficial to our mission and I’m not interested in being a participant in it.”

Universities have been waging a one-way culture war on free speech, due process, and other fundamental rights (along with many other things) for decades. They don’t get to pretend they’re not part of it when the other side finally starts firing back.

And if you’re an alumnus who wants to join the movement, please, take a moment to join FIRE’s (nascent) Alumni Network or reach out to the good folks at the Alumni Free Speech Alliance so we can put you in touch with like-minded folks from your own alma mater. 20 groups are out there already, and there is interest from many more.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE: Maskless Joe Biden Caught Violating Mandates (Again).

“The president was seen inside Murray’s Toggery Shop on the island of Nantucket Saturday with his mask around his neck and not covering his mouth despite a visible sign outside the door instructing patrons to wear a mask,” Fox News reports. “According to the White House press pool, Biden walked out of the shop at 4:45 p.m. with his mask down and drinking what appeared to be a milkshake.” (The store’s sign doesn’t say “unless you’re drinking.” It says to wear a mask.)

In the still frame shown above, you can clearly see the president maskless while others inside are wearing masks—including a young child almost certainly at far less risk from COVID-19 than Biden.

This isn’t Biden’s first time flouting COVID-19 mask requirements. In October, the president and his wife violated Washington, DC’s mask mandate when visiting the posh Georgetown restaurant Fiola Mare. Video shows them walking through the restaurant maskless while staff clad in black masks surround them.

The Bidens are, unfortunately, no outliers. Literally dozens of politicians have been caught violating their own pandemic policies and mask mandates. So, too, media figures that have advocated mask mandates don’t always practice what they preach, as recently exposed by FEE’s Jack Elbaum.

In 2020, as mass urban riots were cheered on by hospital employees who only a month prior urged us all to lockdown and “social distance,” it was obvious that COVID was smart enough to avoid Democrats, so such a maskless Joe Biden was fine. Then came the superspreader event a few months ago that was Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard birthday party. Given Kamala’s poll numbers, I hope (P)resident Biden’s handlers are looking out for him.

I HOPE SO: Can this DIY project send a crewed rocket to space?

ENDORSED — NUKE THE ENTIRE SITE FROM ORBIT; IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE: With Kamala Harris looking unelectable, the Democrats are considering the nuclear option.

Democrats desperately scrambling to find a potential successor to Joe Biden in 2024 are whispering about a potential nuclear option that could see Kamala Harris, the current Vice President, nominated to the Supreme Court.

While the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumour mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.

Polls are now regularly showing Mr Biden’s approval rating below 40 per cent, and panic set in at the White House after a recent poll put Kamala Harris at an unelectable 28 per cent.

How crazy could things get? So crazy that this headline made the rounds on Sunday: Get Ready for President Hillary Clinton.

AJ KAUFMAN: Does Kevin McCarthy Have What It Takes to Be Speaker?

FASTER, PLEASE: Heart repair and regeneration after a heart attack: A review.

FIGHT THE NARRATIVE: No, inflation is not ‘good for you.’

“Inflation is good for you!” proclaims a headline from the Intercept. “Inflation is bad for the 1 percent but helps out almost everyone else,” the article claims.

Inflation “may be a good sign,” agrees New York Times business writer Jeanna Smialek. “Don’t panic” about inflation, says economist Paul Krugman.

Krugman believes that recent price increases are only temporary, but why would anyone think that inflation is a good thing? The Intercept article points out that, if you have a lot of debt, inflation will pay part of that debt for you. But the article implies that the 1 percent are all creditors while the other 99 percent are all debtors, neither of which are true.

If you foolishly borrowed $35,000 to get a master’s degree in puppeteering, then you might welcome inflation. The same is true if you are a transit agency that borrowed $2 billion to build light rail. But if you pay off your credit cards in full each month, rent your home, and maybe hope to buy a house someday, inflation is not your friend.

The worst part of inflation is that central banks respond to it by raising interest rates, which raises the price of housing, cars, or anything else that people buy on credit. The Intercept article claims this is an evil conspiracy by the 1 percent to keep everyone else poor. Instead, the article argues, we should just let inflation run wild.

Who you gonna believe, The Intercept or your own lyin’ bank statement?

TRYING NOT TO SEE THE BLUE HADES: Pre-Inca mummy found in Peru with hands covering its face.

BIDEN STANDS UP FOR CHINA: Top Biden Staffer Led ‘All Expenses Paid’ China Trip Sponsored By Communist Influence Group.

Laurence Wilson – a senior aide to President Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra – accepted a trip to China sponsored by a leading Chinese Communist Party-linked propaganda group flagged by for its efforts to coerce American leaders to “take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing,” The National Pulse can reveal.

Wilson – who currently serves as the Scheduling & Advance Representative to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary – previously worked as the National Advance Lead on Biden’s presidential campaign.

Posts unearthed from Wilson’s social media accounts reveal the Biden official participated in a 2015 delegation to China sponsored by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) as an advisor to a cohort of college students.

CUSEF was founded by the Vice-Chairman of the “highest-ranking entity overseeing” China’s United Front, which the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission notes the country weaponizes “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and “influence foreign governments to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing.”

Related: Joe Biden’s son helped China get control over vast cobalt mine in Africa: Report.

Earlier:

Biden Infrastructure Czar Advises Pro-China Group. Mitch Landrieu will oversee $1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending.

Hunter Biden emails boast ties to White House and China.

Classical reference in headline:

UPDATE: Rittenhouse No Longer Enrolled at ASU Following Left-Wing Protests.

SITUATION REPORT: Strategic Vapor Lock:

The new administration told you that their team was tanned, rested, and ready and the Global Posture Review was going to set a firm new direction in line with the natsec SuperFriends bringing new eyes, new outlooks, and bold actions to address the challenge of the third decade of the 21st Century.

Well.

If you were hoping that the much vaunted “the adults are in charge” brigade would give you some hope, take a seat. If you bought the hype that we were adjusting with some urgency facing the gaping maw of The Terrible 20s, the flexing power of China, and the general disjunction of people, resources, and policy in the fractured, COVID-infused underpinnings of our national security intelligencia, well … you are not going to have a good week.

You forgot who we were dealing with. The Vogons of the Beltway are here to deliver.

We need a lot of cleanup across the government, at all levels.

EPIC DAILY DEAL: Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbell. #CommissionEarned

BUT A PILL TREATMENT UNDERMINES THE CASE FOR VACCINE MANDATES: FDA panel to discuss emergency use authorization for Merck COVID-19 pill. Approval for Pfizer’s pill is still hanging fire too.

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM? Twitter’s New CEO Parag Agrawal Has Disturbing Anti-American, Anti-White Tweet History.

More at the link. As Roger Simon wrote earlier this year when Jack Dorsey was still Twitter’s CEO: Quit Complaining about Twitter and Quit Already.

TITANIA MCGRATH: Orwell: my self-help guru.

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered.”

I read these powerful words just the other day in a motivational self help book by George Orwell. It contains some incredible recommendations about how we ought to run the world.

One of Orwell’s best ideas is a thing called the “Memory Hole” into which we may consign all the horrific elements of our society and wipe them from history. These could include: the Daily Mail, all the Harry Potter novels, non vegan meals, the Conservative party, Sunderland and Toby Young.

It’s satire – or is it? Will Twitter Censor Images of Riots? “Will Twitter apply this policy even-handedly, or is its real purpose to get rid of Andy Ago? This language is not reassuring[.]”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR WEEKLY INSANITY WRAP: Legal Damages for Hurt Feelings and the End of Religious Freedom.

Plus:

  • Twitter allows #MAYOMONKEYSGOTTAGO to trend
  • DOCTOR Jill Biden Christmas-snubs her illegitimate granddaughter
  • Colorado mental health pros opting out of single-payer

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

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE IS RESTING COMFORTABLY: ‘Bail Reform Project’ Antifa Scumbag Also A Crook. “If you remember last week’s story on just who GoFundMe allows to raise money, you might have noticed The Bail Project among the screenshotted examples. Well, Holly Zoller, one of four major figures in The Bail Project, turns out not to be just a leftwing antifa scumbag, but also apparently a serial scam-artist scumbag.”

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Japan starts reusable rocket project in response to Elon Musk SpaceX.

#RESIST: Our Country Is Going ‘Down the Drain’: Former Disney Animator Takes on the Left. “Known on social media as PolitiZoid, the Los Angeles animator believes ‘it’s time to do something’ to push back against the left, so he and his team have created several fantastically animated and very politically astute videos.”

TOP SELLER: The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking. #CommissionEarned

SILENCE RULES AT DHS: Don’t ask for a copy of the Department of Homeland Security’s latest count on the number of illegals in the country. Despite congressional direction that the report be made public and federal transparency guidelines that require its availability, DHS officials are not releasing it.

GET OUT OF MY NIGHTMARES, GET AWAY FROM MY CAR: Biden’s ‘Infrastructure’ Bill Contains Backdoor ‘Kill Switch’ For Cars.

As has become standard for legislative mandates passed by Congress, this measure is disturbingly short on details. What we do know is that the “safety” device must “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.”

Everything about this mandatory measure should set off red flares.

First, use of the word “passively” suggests the system will always be on and constantly monitoring the vehicle. Secondly, the system must connect to the vehicle’s operational controls, so as to disable the vehicle either before driving or during, when impairment is detected. Thirdly, it will be an “open” system, or at least one with a backdoor, meaning authorized (or unauthorized) third-parties can remotely access the system’s data at any time.

What could possibly go wrong?

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: Harvard’s ‘Lawfare’ Programs Are an Omen of Elections Decided Not at Polls — But in Court.

The important thing to remember is that when Republicans contest elections, it’s unAmerican and a threat to “our democracy,” but when Democrats do it it’s morally required and everyone should believe all their claims because shut up racist.

I DIDN’T REALIZE THE RAPTOR ISSUES WERE SERIOUS. APPARENTLY NEITHER DID ELON MUSK UNTIL RECENTLY: Elon Musk tells SpaceX employees that Starship engine crisis is creating a ‘risk of bankruptcy.’ “Musk’s email to SpaceX employees provides more context to the significance of the departure of former Vice President of Propulsion Will Heltsley earlier this month. Heltsley had been taken off Raptor development before he left, CNBC reported, with Musk noting in his email that the company’s leadership has been digging into the program’s problems since then – and discovering the circumstances ‘to be far more severe’ than Musk previously thought.”

This isn’t good. The Raptor is a very advanced engine and teething problems are inevitable, but it’s an engine that must be mass-produced, and reliable, to serve its purposes.

UPDATE: Much more here.

HE GETS ALL THE RESPECT HE DESERVES: Hillary Thinks Americans Don’t ‘Really Appreciate’ Joe Biden. “Why don’t we appreciate how much Papa Joe has done for us? It’s because of media outlets that don’t parrot The Narrative™ that the left wants to feed us, of course.”

She must be deep into the chardonnay again.

ACTUALLY, NYU SHAMED ITSELF: NYU publicly shames professor who questioned link between poverty & racism.

IT’S DIFFERENT NOW BECAUSE REASONS: Candidate Joe Biden thinks President Joe Biden is a racist xenophobe.

TRUE: A Shadow War in Space is Heating Up Fast.

When Russia blows up a satellite in space with a missile (as it did this month), or when China tests a new hypersonic missile (as it did last month), the ongoing arms race in space leaps into the news. But in between these “Sputnik”-like moments, outside the public’s view, the United States and its adversaries are battling in space every day.

While Washington officials and experts warn of the risks of an arms race in space, the United States’ adversaries are constantly conducting operations against U.S. satellites that skirt the line between intelligence operations and acts of war. The pace of conflict is intensifying, according to a top Space Force general, who told me that China could overtake the United States to become the number one power in space by the end of the decade.

“The threats are really growing and expanding every single day. And it’s really an evolution of activity that’s been happening for a long time,” Gen. David Thompson, the Space Force’s first vice chief of space operations, told me in an interview on the sidelines of the recent Halifax International Security Forum. “We’re really at a point now where there’s a whole host of ways that our space systems can be threatened.”

Right now, Space Force is dealing with what Thompson calls “reversible attacks” on U.S. government satellites (meaning attacks that don’t permanently damage the satellites) “every single day.” Both China and Russia are regularly attacking U.S. satellites with non-kinetic means, including lasers, radio frequency jammers and cyber attacks, he said.

Thompson repeatedly declined to comment on whether China or Russia has attacked a U.S. military satellite in a way that did permanent or significant damage, telling me that would be classified if it had happened. The Chinese military is quickly deploying ground-based systems for doing battle in space, such as lasers that can damage nosy U.S. intelligence community satellites, which could be considered an act of war.

“The Chinese are actually well ahead [of Russia],” Thompson said. “They’re fielding operational systems at an incredible rate.”

Both the Russians and the Chinese are working on satellites that can attack other satellites, he said. For some time now there have been reports that China was developing a satellite that could claw another satellite or grab one with a robotic arm or a grappling hook. The Chinese government has several reasons to want to disable U.S. satellites, which have been useful in revealing concentration camps built to intern Uyghur Muslims and new Chinese nuclear missile silo fields.

In 2019, Russia deployed a small satellite into an orbit so close to a U.S. “national security satellite” that the U.S. government didn’t know whether it was attacking or not, Thompson said. Then, the Russian satellite backed away and conducted a weapons test. It released a small target and then shot it with a projectile.

“It maneuvered close, it maneuvered dangerously, it maneuvered threateningly so that they were coming close enough that there was a concern of collision,” he said. “So clearly, the Russians were sending us a message.”

Well, don’t worry. JCS Chair Gen. Milli Vanilli is on things.

WELL, THEY’RE WORKING-CLASS WHITE MEN, THEY SHOULD JUST DO THEIR JOBS AND SHUT UP AROUND THEIR BETTERS: Poor conditions and low pay for truckers helped fuel supply chain crisis.

IF FAUCI WERE ANY GOOD AT HIS JOB, HE MIGHT HAVE A POINT: Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Respond to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Claims of Political Persecution by Republicans.

LET THEM EAT LITHIUM: Buttigieg says if you hate soaring fuel costs and shortages, just wait until you buy an EV! “Let them eat electrons, says Pete Buttigieg, representing the supposed party of the working class. In an MSNBC interview yesterday, the occasional Secretary of Transportation told Americans that relief from high fuel prices were on the way — not by lowering fuel prices through more robust American production, however. Instead, Buttigieg asked everyone to get giddy in anticipation of buying hugely expensive electric vehicles and, um … not ask any questions about how much it will cost to charge them.”

REMEMBER HIM? ‘Joosie Smoolyay’s’ Delayed Trial for 2019 Race Hoax Is Underway. “Kamala Harris — you know, the former Senator and current VP — called the hoax nothing less than an ‘attempted modern day lynching’ and demanded that the rest of us, who had nothing to do with his race hoax, ‘must confront this hate.’”

Exit question:

WELL, THAT’S BECAUSE IT IS: Majority oppose ‘Build Back Better,’ calling it ‘bad for the economy.’

NEWS YOU CAN USE? How To Talk Like An EU Baizuocrat:

The pod people who come up with this garbage must be repudiated at every opportunity. They are trying to change the meaning of … well, of reality, by the use of language. The thing is, they really can do a hell of a lot of damage by requiring people to do this, and making mastering the jargon the sine qua non of working for the EU bureaucracy (and eventually for woke capitalist entities). If I were European, I would vote populist, simply to vote for common sense and basic reality. If I had to work for the EC, I would have to keep my code-switching skills up so that I didn’t lose touch with humanity.

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Soon enough, there won’t be any Europeans left who remember the old way of speaking and writing, only the falsified one that destroys the concepts of family, church, and nation.

“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”

THEY’LL KEEP TRYING OUT NEW LIES IN THE HOPE OF FINDING ONE THAT WORKS: The New York Times’ Jake Silverstein concocts “a new origin story” for the 1619 Project.

Silverstein has staked his reputation on the 1619 Project. This has gone badly for him. His name will forever be associated with the secretive manner through which the project invented its false and error-ridden historical interpretation, as well as the orchestration of the cover-up that has followed.

Specifically, Silverstein bears responsibility for the exclusion of leading scholars of American history—who would have objected to the 1619 Project’s central historical claims—and the intentional disregarding of objections made by the project’s own handpicked “fact-checkers.” Silverstein penned the devious reply to leading historians who pointed to the project’s errors. He then organized surreptitious changes to the already published 1619 Project, and, when exposed, claimed that it had all been a matter of word choice.

Silverstein’s 8,250-word essay is just the latest in this long line of underhanded journalism and bogus history. Once again, he fails to deal with any of the substantive historical criticism of the 1619 Project—in relationship to the origins of slavery, the nature of the American Revolution, the emergence of capitalism and the interracial character of past struggles for equality.

Instead of addressing any of this, and in keeping with the modus operandi of the 1619 Project, Silverstein’s essay piles new layers of falsification on old. If the original 1619 Project falsified American history, Silverstein’s latest essay falsifies the history of American history-writing—and it openly embraces a historical method that privileges “narrative” over “actual fact.”

The 1619 Project is the kind of false history that a conqueror would impose on a conquered nation to break its will.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Mask/Vax Mandate False Narrative Takes Another Florida Hit. “You read that correctly, sports fans: Florida has the lowest per capita infection rate, and it is happening in a state where the governor has decided to let the citizens live like free Americans.”

REMEMBERING THINGS AGAINST THE NARRATIVE IS RACIIIIIISSSSS:  The Waukesha killer/racist: down the memory hole.

AID AND COMFORT: Biden Enlists Nuclear Disarmament Proponents To Study ICBM Alternatives: Pentagon contract pushes reduction in ICBMs as China, Russia modernize and increase missile capabilities.

So is it fair to ask if Biden is on the payroll of Putin? As Walter Russell Mead wrote in 2017:

If Trump were the Manchurian candidate that people keep wanting to believe that he is, here are some of the things he’d be doing:

Limiting fracking as much as he possibly could
Blocking oil and gas pipelines
Opening negotiations for major nuclear arms reductions
Cutting U.S. military spending
Trying to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran.

“Yep,” I added in late 2019. “You know who did do these things? Obama. You know who supports these things now? Democrats.”

And you know who’s doing them now? Biden. The only real question is, for Xi or Putin? Why not both, as the girl in the taco commercial says.

SHOCKER: NYT Throws Cold Water on Biden’s Massive Infrastructure Bill. “Biden’s $1.2 trillion bill ‘carries enormous risks that the projects will face the same kind of cost, schedule and technical problems that have hobbled ambitious efforts from New York to Seattle, delaying benefits to the public and driving up the price tag that taxpayers ultimately will bear.'”

KAROL MARKOWICZ: It’s not just ‘stuff’ — the goods people work hard for matter, despite left lunacy.

We’re in a strange time in which we’re lectured we’re not supposed to care about “stuff.” Material goods shouldn’t matter, we’re told by people who have far more material goods than most people.

Last month, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki referred to the “tragedy of the treadmill that’s delayed” when talking about the supply-chain crisis. Psaki also dismissed concerns about Christmas presents arriving on time. Psaki earns $180,000 a year in her role.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain approvingly retweeted someone who called economic problems like inflation “high-class problems.” He too makes $180,000. It’s very easy to dismiss economic problems that affect people all over the country when you’re making more than three times the salary of the average worker.

And last year, as riots raged in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, we heard a lot that property damage doesn’t really matter. So what if someone’s business is destroyed? They’ll survive. But that dismissal of property crime has led directly to the shoplifting sprees we’re seeing in cities like San Francisco. If stuff doesn’t matter, people can just take it. . . .

My great-grandfather owned a bakery in the Soviet Union. In the 1930s, the government outlawed private businesses, and his bakery no longer belonged to him. It’s just a storefront, it’s just your life’s work. It’s just what he used to support his family until it was no longer allowed.

He was seized, too, sent to a gulag far away. His wife saw him once, after she made the arduous trek. His four kids, never again. It was just a business, but its destruction consumed a family.

That’s how the left operates, whenever it’s allowed to. Don’t allow it to.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS REACHED A POINT WHERE EVEN THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS HAS STARTED TO NOTICE: Do Democratic Socialists have a Jewish problem?

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Stacey Lennox: The New COVID-19 Scariant Distracts From Questions We Should Be Asking About Vaccines. “Mass vaccination for an illness that causes fatigue and a slight cough for a few days seems a bit over the top if the current assessment holds. Still, the coverage appears to breathlessly hope that the new variant is still dangerous to the elderly to justify their authoritarian biosecurity state.”

Matt Margolis: Joe Biden: The George Costanza of Presidents. “‘My whole life has been a complete waste of time,’ George Costanza once declared on Seinfeld. And that pretty much sums up Joe Biden’s political career as well.”

Yours Truly: Natural Immunity Works Better Than COVID Vaccines: New England Journal of Medicine. “If you missed the news, you’re not alone. The news broke during the busy Thanksgiving holiday, allowing outlets like CNN to publish on Thanksgiving Day when many people (including Yours Truly!) don’t bother reading the news.”

COLLUSION WITH FOREIGN POWERS: Disney’s Missing ‘Simpsons’ Episode in Hong Kong Raises Censorship Fears.

EVIL OFT DOTH EVIL MAR:  How Liberal Hypocrisy Prevents The Liberal Agenda.

SHUDDUP, THEY EXPLAINED:  How’s ‘Demographics Is Destiny’ Working for the Dems Now?

How dare you suggest that people who tan have agency, racist?

TO BE FAIR, WE’RE IN THE BEGINNING OF A PARADIGM SHIFT:  American cities are reverting to primitive, self-destructive behavior.

Mass production created the modern city.  Distributed work/production is emptying them of the productive. Part of this though is that the politicians have not a clue. They’re doing things like encouraging the homeless which empties the cities, in the serene confidence they’ll be able to sell prime real estate to their best friends….

But everything is changing, and they’re heading for the mother of all falls.

EXCEPT THAT NO ONE OUTSIDE DEEP BLUE ENCLAVES IS OBEYING ANYMORE:  When All Else Fails, Bring Out the Masks.

THEY’RE NOT VERY TECHY OR LORDLY:  Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Resigns: ‘This was My Decision and I Own It’.

WHEN WILL THESE ORGANIZATIONS LEARN TO TELL THE LEFT TO SHUT UP?  Salvation Army Issues Sorry, Not Sorry Statement, Withdraws Racist Guide “For Appropriate Review”.

AS FORETOLD IN THE PROPHECIES:  South African Medical Association Asserts Omicron Causes ‘Mild Disease’.

November 29, 2021

OPEN THREAD: She never showed up. The comments speak movingly of memory and loss.

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH ROLLING STONE IS A VOICE OF SANITY: Chris Cuomo Caught Doing Something That Would Get Any Other Journalist Fired. Documents released Monday reveal the CNN host was using his media sources to get intel on his brother Andrew’s accusers, and then funneling information to the then-governor’s top aide.

SUNLIGHT IS THE BEST DISINFECTANT: Salvation Army withdraws guide that asks white supporters to apologize for their race.

SPACE: Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic select astronauts for future flights.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● Shot: Artists must confront the climate crisis – we must write as if these are the last days.

—Headline, the Grauniad, November 12th.

● Chaser: President ‘has four years to save Earth.’

—Headline, the Grauniad, January 17th, 2009.

OLD AND BUSTED: New York magazine columnist Tom Wolfe stumbles over radical chic elite New York party, brings back all the salacious details for sane readers to mock.

The New Hotness? New York magazine stumbles over radical chic congresswoman; editors putting together a book of essays on AOC’s beauty, rare authenticity, and social media greatest hits.

CFOS RETHINKING COST SAVINGS OF JUST-IN-TIME SUPPLY CHAINS:

CFOs are reexamining just-in-time production after the pandemic left many businesses unable to meet customer demand because of supply shortages.

Until some form of equilibrium is once again reached, CFOs should rethink how just-in-time is used, says Debbie Fogel-Monnissen, CFO of the Institute for Supply Management. The pandemic made clear the total cost of the supply chain, which includes safety stock to increase resiliency, is more important than just short-term gains for maximum elimination of inventory.

Companies that don’t have a resilient supply chain, she says, even as the economy recovers, might miss growth opportunities or even suffer permanent damage to brand loyalty if consumers can’t get what they want, when they want it.

“The pandemic caused rapid changes in demand and supply — a shock to the global supply chain ecosystem that threw the prior equilibrium out of balance, Fogel-Monnissen says. “Just-in-time by its nature requires some predictability and the pandemic interrupted that cycle.”

Related: The Origins of Just-In-Time.

Just-in-Time (JIT) is only one element of lean manufacturing, which is a broader philosophy that seeks to eliminate all kinds of waste in a process.  Although JIT is often considered an enterprise-wide philosophy of continuous improvement, I’d like to focus on the mechanistic aspects of JIT – that is, the development and operations of a production system that employs continuous flow and preventive maintenance. In an effectively implemented JIT production system, there is little or no inventory – which includes Work-In-Process (WIP) – and production is tightly coupled to demand.

The origin of JIT can be traced back to Henry Ford’s production line, in which he was keenly aware of the burdens of inventory. However, Ford’s production system generated large volumes of identical products created in large batches – there was no room for variety, and the system was not coupled to demand levels.

In post-war Japan, Taiichi Ohno (“Father of JIT”) adapted the system at Toyota to handle smaller batch sizes and more variety in the parts that could be used to construct assemblies. In 1952, work on their JIT system was initiated, with full deployment of the kanban pull system by 1962. This was the genesis of the Toyota Production System, an elegant (and sometimes elusive) socio-technical system for production and operations. This approach bridged the gaps between production and continuous improvement and became the basis for lean manufacturing as it is known today.

Exit quote from the second post, which was written in 2010: “JIT is very sensitive to the external environment in which it is implemented. For a review of Polito & Watson’s excellent 2006 article that describes the key barriers to smooth JIT, read Shocks to the System: Financial Meltdown and a Fragile Supply Chain.”

(H/T: Ed Morrissey.)

PANIC IS A LIFESTYLE BRAND:

“There’s no reason to panic,” NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins told CNN on Sunday morning, “but it’s a great reason to get boosted.” President Joe Biden did his best to relieve the stress that overtook opinion-makers on Monday.  “We’re going to fight and beat this new variant today,” he said. But “not with shutdowns or lockdowns.” Biden stressed that “this variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.”

But there was a panic. And if you have investments in the market or need crucial elective surgeries in the state of New York, it was a damaging one. Why was panic the default response of so much of the news-consuming world over the weekend? And why have sobriety and circumspection now returned to both media and markets? In part because panic has become a lifestyle choice among an influential few.

The revivification of COVID as an acute emergency led some particularly active communicators to retreat into the comfort of existential dread. Of this, one instructive Twitter thread produced by Boston University School of Public Health Associate Professor Dr. Ellie Murray was indicative. Yes, she wrote, we must continue to promote vaccines, disseminate rapid tests, and approve promising therapeutics. But we must also restore masking mandates, prepare for business closures, provide paid pandemic furloughs, legislate a constitutionally viable moratorium on evictions, force airlines to absorb the cost associated with socially distanced flights, take all winter social gatherings outside, and develop “clear triggers to switch to hybrid or remote” learning in schools.

That is a lot of confidence to assign to these mitigation measures when there is almost no confidence in the newly identified threat they are supposedly designed to mitigate against. There may yet come a time to panic over the emergence of this or future COVID mutations, but that time is not now. This sort of display is explicable only as a psychological orientation, not a considered response to a two-year-old public health crisis. Those who exhibit this peculiar orientation have outsized influence over the national discourse. As the weekend’s anxiety suggests, it isn’t helping.

Our leftist elites, whose worldview is shaped by “the moral equivalent of war,” are desperate to keep the lockdown gloom of 2020 going as long as possible. On the other hand, even (P)resident Biden knows that a new lockdown would be the effective end of bumbling administration: New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US.

PERHAPS, AT HIS AGE, HE’S NOT ALL THERE: “Fauci decided to cast himself as Mr. Science. Criticize him, and you’re anti-science. In fact, Fauci is a career bureaucrat, not a scientist in any strong sense. Indeed, a true scientist would never view himself as science’s representative and try to win arguments based on such a claim.”

Related (From Ed): Fauci the omnipotent. “Fauci does not consider himself to be accountable to us, or to Congress. He is accountable only to Science. He’s not going to be prosecuted. He’s not going to prison, no matter how many Twitter users crow about it. He will, however, be judged by science, real science, when this is all over. And the real science shows that eleven million people and counting have died so far.”

UPDATE: From the comments: “Munchausen Syndrome By Fauci. He’s on a power trip.”

WELL, FOR ONE THING SOME PEOPLE ARE ONLY HAPPY IF THEY ARE MISERABLE. Why Some People Find It Harder to Be Happy, According to Science.

DEMOCRATS: How Austin Became One of the Least Affordable Cities in America.

THEODORE DALRYMPLE: Talking Bilge About Global Poverty. “A man who thinks that reducing starvation in remote parts of the world will somehow prevent global insecurity has an understanding of history and human nature that staggers by its naivety.”

THE #RESISTANCE GROWS: It’s not just for gas pumps any more! A reader who probably prefers anonymity sends these pictures:

And Donald Sensing sends this, saying “I took this today in Ridgetop in Robertson County, just north of Nashville.” He adds: “Another pump had a ‘Become Ungovernable’ sticker on it, but my photos didn’t turn out.”

Related: Joe Biden “I Did That!” Sticker. #CommissionEarned.

OUR INCESTUOUS RULING CLASS: Who Is Maurene Comey? James Comey’s Daughter Is Lead Prosecutor in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial.

WELL, GOOD: Study: Drug used for alcoholism treatment may fight severe COVID-19.

I’LL TAKE TWO: For Sale: A Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Fighter Jet. “This 1960 Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is currently being offered for sale for $995,000 USD, making it one of the most affordable fully-functional fighter jets for sale anywhere in the world. The word ‘affordable’ is relative of course, but in the world of privately owned warbird jets, anything under a million dollars is a steal.”

WEST SIDE CHANUKAH STORY (Video):

No word yet on whether this vicious street gang is representative of the Sharks or the Jets.

GLEICHSCHALTUNG: Eye Roll: Merriam-Webster Announces Word of the Year.

HMM: Despite Internal Turmoil, NRA Looks Like It’s Winning The Long Game. “On the one hand, more states are allowing Americans to carry weapons in public without permits, and the gun-rights movement could be on the verge of a major Supreme Court victory. On the other, the National Rifle Association, which advocates on behalf of gun owners, faces an existential crisis that’s mostly due to the NRA’s own missteps.”

And this is from Robert Spitzer, who’s not very friendly to gun rights, to put it mildly. Long-time InstaPundit readers may remember him accusing me of fomenting “vigilantism” with my Second Amendment views.

Also, one doubts that the New York Times of today would solicit a column like mine.

HOW ABOUT SOME CAUTIONS AGAINST ACTUAL LOOTING? San Francisco TV Reporter Cautions Against Use of Word ‘Looting.’

MANDATE CAVE: Biden to Suspend Vaccine Mandate for Fed Employees. “This is a huge cave for an administration whose remaining anti-COVID effort is focused almost exclusively on the vaccine mandate. Further lockdowns are out, according to one report. People have lost patience with social distancing and travel restrictions. And it’s probably not too much of an exaggeration to say that ‘Which famous person isn’t wearing a mask today?’ has taken the place of ‘Who in Hollywood is secretly gay?’ as America’s favorite gossip.”

STILL POPULAR: New Apple AirPods Pro. #CommissionEarned

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