August 4, 2020


SOME PEOPLE ARE MOVING UP THE LEARNING CURVE: Protestor: “We are peaceful! You pointed a gun at my face!” Resident: “That’s why you are peaceful.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Bastrop High teacher arrested, accused of sexual relationship with student.

THE MAZIE MOBIUS LOOP: Hirono Adopts Antifa Tactics Against GOP Witness at Senate Hearing About Antifa.

OPEN THREAD: There is a degree of mercy beyond which any man is rude to inquire.

BOB MCMANUS: How Medgar Evers College is betraying its namesake.

AND THEY WHISPER, “NO.” Governor Cuomo begs wealthy New Yorkers to come home to save ailing city.

IT COMES AND IT GOES: Good Covid-19 News From Italy…and Sweden.. “While Italy’s lockdown arguably saved lives, it came late. Sweden’s, meanwhile, never came at all. On a per-capita basis, Italy’s death toll of more than 35,154 comes to about 600 per 1 million people, as does Sweden’s 5,743. Still, in the current post-peak phase, with Italy gradually reopening its economy and Sweden maintaining its policy, both countries seem to have found their stride in living with the virus.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Virgin Galactic unveils designs for Mach 3 supersonic aircraft.

WHY IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUCH A CESSPIT OF MISOGYNY? Michigan Democratic rising star Rep. Jon Hoadley blogged about drug use and sex.

An up-and-comer in the party, Hoadley has also been endorsed by vice presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and firebrand “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

But before he was elected to state politics in 2014, the ambitious Democrat ran a LiveJournal blog where he discussed learning about crystal meth, described his sexual partners as “victims” and published a conversation which included a reference to 4-year-old girls wearing thongs.

In a post from May 2005, the state representative discussed going to a gay bar to “learn about crystal meth” and in a post several weeks later described his sexual partners as “victims.”

In a subsequent entry, Hoadley referred to women as “breeders” — a derogatory term used to refer to straight people or people who can have children — and called them “weird/bad dancers.”

“Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?”

ANDREW CUOMO: Who lit the COVID match at nursing homes? That’s pretty obvious.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: More conservatives should sue for media abuse like Covington student Nick Sandmann.

OUTKICK: Leaked Video Exposes George Floyd’s Death As Tragedy And Race Hoax Used To Divide Us.

Will anyone locked inside the NBA’s groupthink bubble react to the leaked bodycam footage of George Floyd’s arrest and tragic death?

The Daily Mail, a London-based newspaper, published the bodycam videos of two of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged with crimes in Floyd’s death.

The videos show police verbally and physically struggling to get Floyd to comply. Floyd appears panicked, disoriented, desperate and totally non-compliant. He complains that he can’t breathe while standing on two feet. He claims his mother just died and that he can’t sit in the back of the police car because he’s claustrophobic. He repeatedly begs the officers not to shoot him. He worms the upper part of his body out of the police car and asks to lay on the ground.

Early on during the encounter, long before the police restrain Floyd on his stomach, a female bystander shouts at Floyd to quit “resisting” and a male bystander pleads with Floyd that he can’t “win.”

At the beginning of the video, when Floyd is behind the wheel of the car he was driving, an officer draws and points his gun when Floyd initially refuses to show both of his hands. When Floyd complies, the officer holsters his weapon.

The behavior of the police officers seems appropriate and restrained given Floyd’s level of resistance and bizarre conduct. The footage reasonably explains how and why Floyd wound up on the ground with multiple officers restraining him.

Weird, I haven’t heard much about this from the NBA.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MANCHURIAN MEDIA: NYT Quietly Scrubs Chinese Propaganda. US newspapers collected millions from Beijing to publish propaganda.

Related: Washington Post bashed as ‘morally bankrupt’ for glowing feature on Chinese Communist Party. “The piece, headlined ‘Trump views China’s Communist Party as a threat. Young Chinese see it as a ticket to a better future,’ and written by Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield, was accused of reading like a ‘press release‘ by Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas.”

CHANGE: While you were focused on the pandemic, Israel approved a pipeline to supply Europe with natural gas. Bad news for Putin.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: George R.R. Martin Responds to Accusations of Hugo Awards Racism, Apologizes for Mispronouncing Names.

SURVIVAL OF THE CUTEST: Study: Saving pandas led to downfall of other animals.

WAS IT OVER WHEN THE IRANIANS BOMBED THEIR OWN HARBOR? Iran humiliated as they completely bungle symbolic sinking of fake US warship blocking entry to main naval port.

QUESTION ASKED: How much worse can things get for Lebanon?

THIS HAS BEEN PROMISED GOING BACK AT LEAST AS FAR AS FELDENE; MAYBE THIS TIME IT’LL BE TRUE: Study: Anti-inflammatory drug may be first to slow arthritis.

APPARENTLY, NOT ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER TO BLM: White BLM mob comes calling on home of Seattle’s black police chief.

OUT ON A LIMB: Film Star Tyler Perry — ‘We Need the Police.’

HISTORY SPEAKS: Antifa, Black Lives Matter & Democratic Party Could Owe Americans Reparations.

WELL, GOOD: Trump giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors.

CHANGE: 3% Drop in Daily COVID-19 Cases Over 7 Days.

BEIRUT EXPLOSIONS: What we know so far.

MATT MARGOLIS: Here’s How Trump Needs to Explain the United States’ Coronavirus Response.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: New Gun Owner Guide: Finding Firearm Training.

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: Media “Fact Checkers” Lean Left. Do tell.

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Media Silent As Christopher Steele ‘Hero’ ‘Spymaster’ Narrative Crumbles.

Steele did not personally collect any of the factual information in his reports. The “vast network” was instead a “social circle” of an American-based former Brookings Institute junior staffer, recently identified for the first time as Igor Danchenko. The friends didn’t have well-documented claims so much as rumors, drunken gossip, and outright brainstorming, conjecture, and speculation. Even that information was “multiple layers of hearsay upon hearsay” before it got to Steele, who then hyperbolically overstated it. And the damning claims of “collusion” appear to have been scandalously misattributed or invented out of whole cloth.

With such shoddy information collection and analysis methods, there was never any reason to give credence to any of the salacious allegations in the dossier, whether it was claims of secret deals with Russian oil concerns, secret meetings in foreign capitals, prostitutes urinating on Moscow hotel room beds, files of compromising information, or the careful cultivation of Trump, yes Trump, into the most effective Russian agent in history.

The media have a problem, then, given that they repeatedly led viewers and readers to believe Steele was a master spy.

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