June 13, 2021

THROW THE BUMS OUT: Recall fever strikes California as angry voters take on politicians in large numbers.

June 12, 2021


Shouldn’t it be “we welcome scrutiny because it will underscore that our victory was fair?”

OPEN THREAD: I call and whisper sounds to you at the speed of light.

SPACE: Analysis: DoD space budget ‘clear winner’ in 2022 proposal.

GOP MUST THINK IN A NEW (Old) WAY ABOUT ANTI-TRUST: Mike Davis, chief of the upstart Internet Accountability Project (IAP) is now on Substack and offers a bracing analysis of why Republicans need to wake up to reality about Big Tech and monopoly:

“The path forward for Republicans is to think about Big Tech and antitrust in the same way we increasingly think about China: our old operating modes with respect to both were driven by economic theories that did not pan out. In the early 1990s, we were reliably informed by neoliberal economists, including the Chicago School, that if China were allowed to engage in free trade and join multilateral organizations that the country would gradually democratize and embrace America as the world’s only superpower.

“We know now that this theory missed the mark by a wide margin. Instead of democratizing, China became a surveillance state (thanks in large part to the U.S. internet). Contrary to the Chicago School theory, China never engaged in free or fair trade. Three million jobs shipped from the U.S. to China over the past twenty years — and our children get defective toys and contaminated baby formula.

“It took President Trump to wake us from our China slumber before it was too late. Similarly, the Chicago School economic theory applied in Big Tech markets has suffered a similar fate.

“We were told by the Chicago School [‘modern anti-trust] experts that market power in these markets would be fleeting because entry barriers were low and someone would eventually build a better mousetrap. We were also informed by these experts that Big Tech markets—in which many services are provided for free—defied application of the consumer-welfare standard.

“Therefore, there could be no ‘harm,’ as narrowly defined by the Chicago School, to consumers in Big Tech markets. We got that one wrong too, making it time to move on.”

Definitely a Must-Read.

PROTO-MANOLO: Medieval pointed-shoe trend brought ‘plague’ of bunions to Britain.

I HAVE OLDER MEMORIES THAN THAT: Earliest memories can start from the age of two-and-a-half.

“GHOST GUNS” IS JUST ANOTHER MADE UP SCARY NAME: Ghost Guns and the Deeply American Tradition of Gun Privacy.


Last week, Jen Van Laar at our sister site RedState broke the news that a high-ranking defector had been working for months with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), unbeknownst to either the FBI or CIA. The defector claims to have knowledge of special weapons programs in China that include bioweapons.

Now, in a new exclusive bombshell, Van Laar reports that the defector has provided evidence that the Chinese military orchestrated the creation of the COVID-19 virus, which did, in fact, leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology:

RedState has now learned some details of the information provided by the defector, including that he provided data proving that SARS-CoV-2 was manmade and leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in addition to evidence confirming that the People’s Liberation Army managed the Wuhan program (and others), as Chinese virologist Yan Li-Meng told the FBI last year.

Technical details provided by the defector, RedState is told, were given to scientists (who were not told how that information was given to the government) who then re-analyzed data from published sources in conjunction with the new data and concluded that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was engineered. And, the defector was able to confirm numerous non-public details Yan provided the US government.

As PJM’s Paula Bolyard writes, “We may never definitively learn the origins of the Wuhan virus, but Americans at all levels of government and industry must relentlessly investigate until we get to the bottom of this. If, in fact, it’s determined that the Chinese unleashed a deadly pandemic on the world—sacrificing its own citizens in order to attack the West—it would be one of the worst crimes against humanity the world has ever seen—one that the media and politicized scientific community turned a blind eye to.”

Flashback from November of 2019: How to Conduct Business with Chinese Companies That See a Dark Future.

FASTER, PLEASE: How Deregulation Could Make Supersonic Air Travel Great Again.

MICHAEL YON ENCOUNTERS Brazilians flying to the US for vaccines.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE’S CANCELLATION SHOWS HOW ARBITRARY PRESIDENTIAL POWER SUBVERTS THE RULE OF LAW. Citizens and companies increasingly cannot count on the stability of the law when making decisions about their lives and businesses.

Unexpectedly!, as Biden and Obama’s hagiographers at Bloomberg would say. Amity Shlaes, the author of Great Society and The Forgotten Man warned correctly when promoting the latter book that business and consumer uncertainty during a regulatory-obsessed socialist regime is a great way to keep a stagnant economy from catching fire.

WHAT IS IT WITH DEMOCRATS AND LOST GUNS? Anti-Gun FL Rep. Val Demings Is Running For Senate, Still Can’t Find Her Old Service Pistol.

Related: GOP Senators ask Biden ATF nominee if he ever lost possession of his service weapon; he denies it. “But a Senate staffer said their office has received information suggesting that Chipman’s answer may not be true, and they are still looking into the matter.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: People already infected with COVID-19 gain no additional benefits from vaccination: Study.


NEW CIVILITY WATCH: President Biden and first lady boot BBC crew from pub garden to get their table.

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden kicked out the British media — to get the pub garden table they wanted, video shows.

Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, had been sitting on the patio of Treganna Castle in Cornwall on Thursday when he was seemingly surprised by the unexpected arrival of the commander-in-chief and his wife.

“A first in my career. @POTUS comes and sits down at table in a bar next to me and orders a drink. Am trying to act nonchalant,” he tweeted alongside video of him shouting out, “How’s it going, Mr. President? Are you enjoying it here?”

But the BBC team was soon forced to pack up their belongings to give up their table to POTUS and FLOTUS — even though they clearly had the pick of several other tables in the otherwise empty area.

Don’t sweat it, Beeb – if Biden acts like he doesn’t know you’re sitting there, it’s not an act: he really doesn’t know you are sitting there.

 Just be glad you’re not actually members of the DNC-MSM; they’d get the closet if they didn’t move.

NEXT SPACESHIP ON VENUS: NASA is finally going back to Venus. Here’s what its twin missions hope to uncover.


Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently, Barack Obama scoffed at the backlash to critical race theory. In his view, it is the backlash, not the theory, that is extreme. In the interview, Obama assumed the posture of the dispassionate moderate, carefully dissecting the irrationality of his opponents. He affected great perplexity at their resistance to a “changing America.”

“We have to worry when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago,” he said. Never mind that his whole political philosophy entails a rejection of America’s original principles. His clamoring for a fundamentally transformed America is nothing more than a project to replace the political order of the Founding Fathers with a new and dysfunctional one, based on liberal imperatives more akin to the French Revolution than the American Revolution.

It is for this reason that Obama embraces the rank anti-Americanism of critical race theory. It is toxic propaganda designed to turn Americans against their own country and lay the groundwork for a new political system rooted in leftism. Obama can pontificate about assaults on democracy while celebrating a theory that portrays America’s democracy as a byproduct of racism. He can talk about Republicans as un-American even as he excuses athletes who boycott the flag.

Republicans, he intoned gravely in his interview with Cooper, have introduced “dark spirits” into our politics. This pretense of moderation is ludicrous given his long history of finding the company of anti-American extremists congenial. He sat in the church of Jeremiah Wright as he cursed America. At Harvard, Obama championed Derrick Bell, one of the progenitors of critical race theory. Obama launched his political career in the living room of Bill Ayers, a domestic terrorist who tried to blow up the U.S. Capitol. Obama cut his teeth as a community organizer pushing the ugly agitprop of Saul Alinsky.

Flashback: Back in 2010 at the New Criterion, the late Kenneth Minogue warned, “My concern with democracy is highly specific. It begins in observing the remarkable fact that, while democracy means a government accountable to the electorate, our rulers now make us accountable to them. Most Western governments hate me smoking, or eating the wrong kind of food, or hunting foxes, or drinking too much, and these are merely the surface disapprovals, the ones that provoke legislation or public campaigns. We also borrow too much money for our personal pleasures, and many of us are very bad parents. Ministers of state have been known to instruct us in elementary matters, such as the importance of reading stories to our children. Again, many of us have unsound views about people of other races, cultures, or religions, and the distribution of our friends does not always correspond, as governments think that it ought, to the cultural diversity of our society. We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.”

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for addiction to opioids and ultraviolet rays. “‘If that patient is deficient in vitamin D, the euphoric effects of morphine could be exaggerated,’ says Fisher, ‘and that person is more likely to become addicted.'”

Well, where the sun exposure is concerned it sounds self-remedying.

Your grandmother was right: Fresh air and sunshine are good for you. Stay inside too much and you may become a heroin addict.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE MONKEY BRAIN: Monkey study highlights brain biology behind ‘doomscrolling.’

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Unvaccinated students ‘branded’ at New Hampshire prom.

TO PARAPHRASE COL. JEFF COOPER, IF I WERE THEM I’D BE PLEASED AND PROUD: Study: Low self-esteem in promiscuous women is a widely-held myth.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Dementia Joe Forgets Where He Is Again.


THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: Kamala’s Kookies Edition.

HELEN TRIES IT: This week I had the pleasure of reading Professor Carol’s book Why Freshmen Fail: and How to Avoid It! I know you are no longer supposed to call college students freshman (it’s sexist and classist, yawn) but this is what makes Professor Carol’s book so refreshing. She lays out exactly in a non-PC straightforward manner for students and their parents how to make the most of the first year. She really gets how 18-year-olds think and has no qualms with helping them figure out if college is even the right choice in a chapter called “Why am I here?” She discusses “real life” and how it is often unfair even though students have been told by adults how everything is equal (yeah, sure). She has a chapter on how to get along with your professors by nodding, even if the nodding is insincere. Just this simple gesture can help a student earn a better standing in the class. My favorite chapter is “What Not to Say” that describes the PC atmosphere and how to maneuver it without losing your mind. I could have used this when I was in grad school. Get the book for your child, grandchild or as a gift for anyone you know going to college in the fall, it is really helpful. I have verified this listing at Helen’s Page.

SOLIPSISTIC POSTMODERNISTS DON’T CARE ABOUT FACTS: Police Have a Few Facts for Liberals Who Spread Crazy Conspiracy About Vandalism at Nancy Mace’s Home.

THE DEMAND FOR WHITE SUPREMACY IN TODAY’S AMERICA FAR EXCEEDS THE SUPPLY (CONT’D): Hate-crime hoax: Black student likely egged her own door, police say.


BORIS IS MILKING THE SOFT POWER DIVIDEND OF THIS MOMENT: Boris Johnson Says G7 Countries Must ‘Build Back Better’ In A ‘Greener,’ ‘More Gender Neutral,’ And More ‘Feminine’ Way.

I’m so old, I can remember when Johnson was still a Tory. How does he square the circle between stock phrases, “more gender neutral,” and more “feminine?” More importantly, how does Boris utter this sort of language after expertly diagramming Churchill’s speeches?

(Classical reference in headline.)

IT’S NOT THE YEARS IT’S THE MILEAGE: Traps, Pitfalls, Ambushes, and Lots of Snakes: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Turns 40.

STANDING UP TO RACISM: Judge halts loan forgiveness program for farmers of color after lawsuit alleges it discriminates against white farmers. Probably because it does: “The program pays up to 120% of direct or guaranteed farm loan balances for Black, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander farmers.”


Did anyone else catch the sordid humiliation porn screened on CNN Thursday? The nine-minute clip featured a MILF-cum-dominatrix who works under the name Alisyn Camerota and a promising new adult star called Jeffrey Toobin (onlyfans.com/jeffreytoobin).

It was Toobin’s first appearance on the AVN-award-winning network since his eight-month stint in a dungeon. The little-pig-boy, 61, was locked up after one of his cam-shows went awry at his other employer, a top-shelf skin mag called the New Yorker.

‘It’s been a while,’ Camerota begins. ‘It has been a while indeed,’ Toobin replies with a wry smile. Camerota then ‘recaps’ where Toobin has been for the last few months, as the two giggle to themselves.

* * * * * * * *

The dominatrix has posted the full nine-minute clip to her Twitter profile, with the unassuming caption ‘My interview with @JeffreyToobin.’

Cockburn has a sturdy disposition and an open mind — but even he struggled to witness such depravity on national television. Is retaining a role at CNN really worth such a public and excruciating exposure? Hopefully Mistress Camerota keeps the ball-gag in for Toobin’s next appearance, to save him a few blushes.

Absolutely savage.

DESANTIS CONTINUES TO BE A HOSS: Florida bans teaching of critical race theory.

MICHAEL YON: Hong Kong 612 — this was the day.



UPDATE: A friend comments: “They won’t say so but the uniparty globalists’ theory of national security is to effect a corporate merger of the US and China. And from there the world. Literally Orwell.”

BRANDED: Unvaccinated students ‘branded’ at New Hampshire prom.

A New Hampshire high school is facing the heat for “branding” unvaccinated students at the prom.

Exeter High School officials wrote in marker on the hands of students who didn’t have a coronavirus vaccine or didn’t have a second shot. The school said it was for contact tracing, prompting a social-media outcry.

“Students who were unable to provide a vaccination card because they did not have or share a card or had not completed the full vaccination process had a number written on their hand,” read a statement from the high school that outlined safety protocols for the prom.

The event was held outside on school grounds last Friday and students were notified about the contact tracing system via a special website prior to the prom, according to the school.

However, the website doesn’t mention appear to mention the marker system.

Just have them ring a bell and shout out “unclean!” when they approach.

JIM TREACHER: CNN Gives Jeffrey Toobin Another Whack at It — Obviously he’s got some pull.

An unnamed CNN executive told WaPo: “I don’t think that one terrible mistake should define a person or ruin their employment opportunities for life.”

Unfortunately, that generosity of spirit doesn’t extend to anybody outside the CNN bubble. If you’re a random guy who makes a meme of Trump beating up the CNN logo, the network will devote their full resources to tracking you down and threatening to ruin your life.

If you’re an old lady with a Facebook page supporting Trump, CNN will send a “journalist” to stand on your lawn and berate you.

And of course, if you’re a high-school student in a MAGA hat who smirks at a Native American dude in front of the Lincoln Memorial, CNN will make you the villain of their top story for a week. They’ll try to crush you for wearing the wrong slogan.

But if you work for CNN, you can yank your crank during a work Zoom call and they’ll just say, “Ehhhh, big deal. It could happen to anybody!” It’s good to be a Democrat.

Indeed it is. Iowahawk called this week’s happy ending (sorry) for Toobin back in October:


PAY RAISES COMING FOR HILL STAFFERS: Prospects are growing that Congress, or at least the House of Representatives will reverse a decade-long trend and authorize more funds to improve compensation for personal and committee aides.

Conservatives and libertarians who are properly predisposed against any sentence containing the words “government” and “more” should think twice before opposing better pay for Hill aides. The Founders wisely made Congress the “first branch,” with all of the constitutional perogatives needed to win any battle with either of the other two branches.

But Congress under Democrats and Republicans for the past 50 years has steadily ceded its powers, especially in the regulatory fields, to the executive branch and the courts. The result has been more unaccountable bureaucrats and judges.

It will do no good, however, to pull that power back if Congress doesn’t ensure it has sufficient staff to do the tremendous amount of day-to-day work required to do effective oversight. At least voters can toss the rascals in Congress out when they don’t do their jobs properly.

SCIENCE! Did Teachers Union Input at CDC Cross a Line? “One detail not disclosed at the time: The AFT had a hand in crafting the guidelines. On May 1, The New York Post broke the news of emails between the union and the CDC, obtained by the conservative watchdog group Americans for Public Trust, showing that the CDC had consulted with the teachers union, and that two suggestions from the AFT had been incorporated, almost verbatim, into the final document.”

MOST POPULAR READER BOOK SO FAR THIS YEAR: Cry Bullies: Protecting yourself against social muggers and victimhood aggression. You can also view it at Barnes and Noble if you prefer.

DISPATCHES FROM THE BOOK OF JONAH: Cape Cod fisherman OK after whale gulps him down, spits him out.

Michael Packard, on his way out from the hospital just a few hours later, told a local TV reporter he thought that was it for him.

“I realized I’m in a whale’s mouth, and he’s trying to swallow me,” a shaken-sounding Packard told WBZ. “I thought to myself, ‘Hey, this is it. I’m going to die.’”

But happily, his physical recovery seems to be going swimmingly. Medical personnel had suspected he’d broken at least one of his legs, but it appears he escaped even that, his mother said.

“He doesn’t have any broken bones,” she said. “He’s terribly fortunate.”

She said she’d just talked to him on the phone, and they didn’t get too far into what it’s like in a whale’s mouth.

But she did say, “He said he knew it was the end — he absolutely accepted it.”

Humpback don’t actually eat people. Experts say this kind of behavior is essentially unheard of, and likely is just a freak incident — a fluke, if you will. There’s a pretty good chance no one outside of Nineveh-bound biblical figures can match Packard’s story.

Marine mammal expert Peter Corkeron of the New England Aquarium told the Herald that humpback whales are “gulp feeders” who eat by unhinging their mouths and taking big lunges through the water. And when you’re 50 feet long and weigh 30 tons, as humpbacks can, sometimes you don’t really have too much fine control over where you’re headed, he noted.

“They slurp up as much as they can, and then swallow it down,” he said, noting that he’s never heard of a human being scooped up like this. This one was probably looking to snatch up some fish when Packard ended up in just the wrong place at the wrong time.

Corkeron said there’s actually evidence that humpbacks can be “altruistic” toward humans — and the happy ending to this whale tale could be another such case, given that Packard said the whale swam to the surface to spew him out.

And of course, humans can be remarkably altruistic to whales — not least of which, wannabe marine biologists:

THAT’S ALL THEY HAVE NOW: Former NY Times Columnist Rips Paper Over ‘Activist Journalists.’

DEMONIZATION IS WHAT THE LEFT DOES: The Demonization of Benjamin Netanyahu: He’s simply an Israeli patriot, but detractors called him an enemy of peace, even a Republican.

Opponents of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, have worked for more than a quarter-century to tarnish his image in the U.S. and around the world.

In 1996, when Israelis first elected him to put a brake on a dangerous Oslo process, Mr. Netanyahu was depicted as an enemy of peace. For three years, his opponents insisted that if only Israel were rid of Mr. Netanyahu, it could make peace with Yasser Arafat. They were wrong. Ehud Barak defeated Mr. Netanyahu in 1999 and offered Arafat sweeping concessions at Camp David a year later. Instead of peace, Israel got scores of suicide bombings and the worst wave of Palestinian terrorism in its history—the so-called second intifada in which more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered.

That was followed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s 2005 decision to withdraw from Gaza. Just as Mr. Netanyahu predicted, Israel’s unilateral concession led only to further aggression. Hamas, a genocidal terror organization committed to Israel’s destruction, took over Gaza and turned it into a base from which thousands of missiles have been fired at Israeli cities.

Mr. Netanyahu returned to the premiership in 2009. The preceding bloody decade should have made it obvious to all that Palestinian leaders didn’t want peace. But Mr. Netanyahu was scapegoated again. Now Mahmoud Abbas was cast as a peacemaker instead of Arafat, who died in 2004. While few Israelis believed such nonsense any longer, many foreign policy makers did, including key officials in the Obama White House.

This time, another element was added to the demonization of Mr. Netanyahu: American partisan politics. Not only was he cast as an enemy of peace; he was accused of being a Republican. His critics portrayed his legitimate opposition to a Democratic president’s dangerous Middle East policies as an illegitimate effort to intervene in American politics. . . .

The demonization of Mr. Netanyahu says more about his critics than about him. He was never an enemy of peace; he understood that his critics were dangerously naive. By rejecting their ideas and following a path of peace through strength, his policies not only brought Israel the safest decade in its history; they also brought peace agreements and normalization with four Arab states.

Mr. Netanyahu is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. He is an Israeli patriot who has opposed the policies of even our greatest friends when he thought those policies endangered Israel.

That’s what they can’t forgive him for.

FROM CELIA HAYES:  The Golden Road.

Sixteen year old Fredi Steinmetz longed for adventure and riches. What better way to find both than to follow the Gold Rush from Texas to California, But he didn’t reckon on bandits, and robbers, gold in the riverbanks, murder in the streets of San Francisco and the saloons of Moke Hill, a rich cache under a half-dead pine tree on the North Fork, of Mormons and gold-miners, fugitive Fenians, and the Lotta Crabtree, the Faery Star dancing under a glittering golden rain thrown on stage The wild west was never wilder.


And you might want to read this:  Turn On The Light.

*In my living room.

HE’S A BORDER COLLIE – OF COURSE HE HEADED FOR THE NEAREST SHEEP FARM:  Idaho dog lost after car accident was found at a sheep farm.

And of course he was herding sheep.

SOME OF THOSE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE JUNTA AND ELECTION FRAUD, BUT SURE:  Economic “long COVID” aftereffects: Apple Campus and normalization of remote working; global chip shortage; Bidenflation.

HE WASN’T EVEN TRYING TO GET TO TARSHISH:  Lobster diver says he was swallowed by humpback whale near Cape Cod.

LOOK, LEFTIST NPCs THIS IS A JOKE THAT WORKS ONLY ONCE:  Ingraham: The left seeks ‘lockdowns by another name’ as Americans are viewed as ‘disposable commodities’.

To quote RAH “Try it again, and you’re a half-wit.” And yes, we know you’re halfwits. But do try to get it into your damaged brains that the rest of us aren’t NPCs.

UNEXPECTEDLY!  Law enforcement struggles to recruit since killing of George Floyd.

Dear Leftists: Start by assuming we’re not NPCs…. We know that might be difficult, given your circles, but still.

HIGHER EDUCATION IMPLOSION UPDATE:  Academic Study Frames Whiteness As A “Parasitic-Like Condition.”

YEAH, WE KNOW. AND HEY, WE REELECTED HIM:  Everything was better with President Trump in the White House.

NOPE. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DON’T:  You really have to feel a little bit sorry for Kamala.

OH, YOU SWEET SUMMER CHILD, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW FINISHED YOU ARE:  ‘I’m Not Finished’: Kamala Harris Scolds Univision Reporter Over Border Visit Question.

Be done, you wretch, for we are done with thee.

INDEED: Reclaiming Art as a Force for Liberty.

MOSTLY BECAUSE IT WAS ALWAYS CRAZY:  U.S. Will Likely Miss Biden’s July 4th COVID Vaccination Goal of 70% of Adults.

I suspect most of us have had it. Vaccination at that point is very much beside the point. Also beside the sanity. And also the more they push they less we’ll get the vaccine. Because we’re still Americans.

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT:  FBI Director: ‘No Question That the Cartel Activity From’ Mexico ‘Spilling Over’ the Border.

But the FBI is too busy looking for white supremacists under their beds. Fire every single one of these bozos. Salt the Earth. Start again, with another name and a sane mission.

UM… RASHIDA, DARLING, YOU NEED A SILENCER FOR YOUR MOUTH:  Rashida Tlaib Says Freedom Of Speech Doesn’t Exist.

This doesn’t apply to anyone else.

TO BE FAIR SHE DOESN’T HAVE A BRAIN:  Kamala Harris Foreign Trip Faceplant Shows Her Fails.

WAIT, THERE ARE STILL AMERICANS ON THE LEFT?   Today’s blacklisted American: Leftist academic suspended by college for expressing her opinions.

NEW JERSEY LANDLORDS SOON TO BE BANNED FROM AUTOMATICALLY REJECTING THOSE WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS. Don’t worry, though, the bill says you can always explain to violent criminals why you rejected them, which we can be confident will go super well in all cases. I have some small experience being a landlord. Does “the other tenants, many of whom were single women, would be both scared and angry if I did rent to such people” count as a reason?

June 11, 2021

GEORGETOWN SILENTLY REFUSES TO PUNISH PROF FOR READING THE N-WORD ALOUD FROM A SUPREME COURT CASE. My sad conclusion is that they’re probably more embarrassed about doing the right thing than the wrong one.

SALUTATIONS TO PAST GENERATIONS: Your ancestors’ lusts mattered.

OPEN THREAD: Nothing like tomorrow.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China’s Mars rover Zhurong spotted from space by NASA orbiter (photos).

ALYSSA FARAH AND JOHANNA MASKA: One worked for Trump. The other for Obama. This is their advice on unifying the country.

We can hope.

WELL, BALTIMORE: EU Suspends Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Made at Baltimore Plant.

BLUE ON BLUE: Black Lives Matter infighting reaches a boiling point as members demand ‘accountability.’ “Amid increased scrutiny of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Coullor’s lavish spending, including her reported purchases of multiple homes totaling upward of $3 million and the installation of fencing and an electric gate around one of those homes, the original ten BLM chapters are demanding more accountability and transparency from the BLM global network.”

Grifters gonna grift.

SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Dean of Students reflects: ‘How Much Damage Have My Colleagues and I Done?’

I thought about the specific faculty members I had relied on to serve as advocates, investigators, hearing officers, the ones who willingly gave time and energy to our efforts to stop students from harassing and assaulting one another. Is that who she was talking about? As a dean of students, I had been indebted to these colleagues. Never once had I heard their motives questioned. I certainly had never questioned them. But as I listened to Young, I realized there was a very different perspective out there.

It had never occurred to me that others might condemn their efforts, and as I listened, this counternarrative came into focus as though I were twisting a camera lens. What if Young had a point? What if these feminist warriors, women in their 50s, 60s, 70s, had taken their academic research, turned it into experiential learning, and in doing so, tilted the playing field toward the students, mostly young women, who took their classes? It was no coincidence, Young claimed, that the rise of women’s studies programs on college campuses coincided with the arrival of women’s centers and victims’ advocate services. . . .

The possibility that this young woman held in her hands the power to derail their son’s education, something these parents might have been imagining since he was in utero, was untenable. The possibility that the process designed to respond to exactly these sorts of accusations already appeared to presuppose his guilt — that was unimaginable.

No amount of assurance on my part convinced them that their son would be treated fairly. If that were the case, why were they already being told he had to leave campus and his classes before there was so much as a preliminary hearing? . . .

“My son’s hearing was a joke,” she said. “He never stood a chance. Do you know that the hearing officer and the investigator are good friends? And that the ‘advocate’” — she practically spit out the word — “they assigned to him was also a friend of theirs? I found them all on Facebook, attending the wedding of the person who is supposed to hear appeals. All friends. I saw them leaving together after the hearing, and in the parking lot of a restaurant heading in together. We decided to eat somewhere else.”

I thought about my colleagues, the small college team I worked with every day. We were friends. We sometimes dined together. We would have walked across campus together after a hearing. It had honestly never occurred to me how that would look to an outsider desperately seeking a fair hearing for her son. In her eyes, the fix had been in. She told me what college her son had been expelled from. I knew some of those people. I knew my counterpart there, knew him to be a highly regarded senior student-affairs professional. I offered no defense, however, because I had none.

There is no reason to trust the system. It’s interesting to see someone who spent years in the system slowly realizing that.

JOHN MCGINNIS: “It Is a Sordid Thing, This Divvying Us Up by Race.”

WE SHOULD ABOLISH QUALIFIED IMMUNITY FOR POLICE AND OTHER BUREAUCRATS — AND ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY FOR PROSECUTORS: Over 24 Cops Raided the Wrong Address and Wrecked an Elderly Man’s Home. They All Got Qualified Immunity.

CATS AND DOGS LIVING TOGETHER, WHALES SWALLOWING PEOPLE — REAL BIBLICAL STUFF: Cape Cod fisherman OK after whale gulps him down, spits him out.

Humpback don’t actually eat people. Experts say this kind of behavior is essentially unheard of, and likely is just a freak incident — a fluke, if you will. There’s a pretty good chance no one outside of Nineveh-bound biblical figures can match Packard’s story.

Marine mammal expert Peter Corkeron of the New England Aquarium told the Herald that humpback whales are “gulp feeders” who eat by unhinging their mouths and taking big lunges through the water. And when you’re 50 feet long and weigh 30 tons, as humpbacks can, sometimes you don’t really have too much fine control over where you’re headed, he noted.

Sounds fishy.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-OWNERSHIP: NBC Hilariously Thinks It Caught Rep Louis Gohmert in a Guam ‘Capsizing’ Moment and Gets Trolled Hard.

HANNAH COX ON reducing depression risk.

BOOM: Florida Bans Critical Race Theory in Schools.

COLOR ME UNSURPRISED: Guns and Gear Purchases Were up 60 Percent in 2020.

WHY DOES THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION HATE SICK PEOPLE? Rollback of Trump-Era Insulin, Epinephrine Rule Clears Hurdle. “A rescission of a Trump administration drug rule requiring community health centers to give all their insulin and epinephrine discounts to patients has cleared White House review and can be published at any time.”

THE WAR AGAINST HISTORY: TIME Article Deploys Glaring and Obvious Errors in New Slam on the Alamo Defenders ‘Myth.’


BREAKING: Feds subpoenaed Hunter Biden during 2016 election, raising worry over unpaid taxes on Ukraine work. JustTheNews is reporting that a newly discovered trove of emails shows that long before Trump was even elected, Hunter Biden and his associates were being investigated for Ukrainian monkey business:

“Emails written five years ago by Eric Schwerin, an executive inside the Rosemont Seneca business empire where Hunter Biden worked, shows there was about $1 million in personal income – about $400,000 in 2014 and $600,000 in 2015 — that the younger Biden had earned as a board member and consultant for Burisma that had not been fully covered by U.S. tax payments.”

The most important part (for me, anyway):

“Nothing was unethical,” Joe Biden declared during the last presidential debate of the 2020 campaign, referring to his son’s overseas business dealings. In fact, the email exchanges between Schwerin and the lawyers make clear Hunter Biden had failed to pay taxes on the Burisma money, something Ukraine’s chief prosecutor tried to bring to light to U.S. authorities starting in fall 2018.”

But of course, back then it was all about Trump being a Putin employee. And many brain-damaged people still believe this.

Another over-sold narrative bites the dust.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Terran R Rocket from Relativity Space Will Be Completely 3D Printed, Completely Reusable.

SHE’S NEVER EVEN “BEEN TO ME”: Kamala Harris Won’t Go to the Border, But We Found a Partisan and Possibly Racist Meeting That She Will Take. “Kamala Harris still won’t go visit the U.S.-Mexico border despite the fact that the crisis her boss created there continues unabated — and he gave her the job of doing something about it. She hasn’t shown up for the job, she had an awful trip to Guatemala that accomplished nothing, and doesn’t like taking questions about any of it either.”

HMM: CDC calls ’emergency meeting’ on vaccine heart inflammation cases. This may well turn out to be overblown — that’s actually my expectation — but it’s another reason for people who don’t really need to be vaccinated, like those who have already had Covid, not to get the shot right now. And maybe a reason not to vaccinate teens and kids, who are at extremely low risk from the disease anyway, but who appear to share the risk of heart inflammation.

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