October 27, 2021

HMM: Hertz Buying 100,000 Tesla Vehicles for Rental Fleet, Brady Endorsement.

IT’S COMPLICATED: ‘We’re being pressured into sex by some trans women.’ “Is a lesbian transphobic if she does not want to have sex with trans women? Some lesbians say they are increasingly being pressured and coerced into accepting trans women as partners – then shunned and even threatened for speaking out.”

BYLINES OF BRUTALITY: Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Matt Gaetz Worked For CNN, ABC, NBC.

A California man arrested last week for allegedly threatening to kill Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and his family is an Emmy-nominated cameraman who has worked for ABC, NBC and CNN, according to WEAR.

After the DOJ dragged its feet over the voicemail death threat left at Gaetz’ office, 58-year-old Eugene Huelsman of Thousand Oaks was arrested.

According to online databases, a Eugene Huelsman based in Thousand Oaks has worked for decades as a camera operator on film and television productions, garnering five Emmy nominations for his work on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” –Politico

“Tell [M.G.] to watch his back, tell him to watch his children,” Huelsman allegedly said, according to a grand jury indictment issued in May. “I’m coming for him… I’m gonna f—ing kill him… I’m gonna put a bullet in you and I’m gonna put a bullet in one of your f—ing kids too.”

On Tuesday, Gaetz confirmed to Politico that he was the target of the alleged threats — which came as he played a prominent role in advancing claims of election fraud in the 2020 US presidential election.

Why is the DNC-MSM such a cesspit of violence?

Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

(Classical reference in headline.)

QUESTIONS NOBODY IS ASKING: Is Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema bad for bisexual Americans?

It wasn’t that long ago that embattled Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was hailed as a triumph of bisexual representation. After she was sworn in in January 2019, Out celebrated the first openly bisexual senator as a “rebuke to Trumpism,” positioning the “sassy lawmaker” in opposition to homophobic then-Vice President Mike Pence.

But just a few years into her tenure, public opinion has soured on Sinema. Instead of a brash, bisexual icon willing and able to stand up to the far right, she’s now seen as an unreliable centrist, a self-absorbed Democratic turncoat more fixated on getting attention and lining her own pockets than uplifting her community. No longer a bi icon, she’s now held up as a cautionary tale about the limits of representation.

Sinema doesn’t like being filmed in bathrooms, and only supports burning up $1.5 trillion taxpayer dollars — she must be evil incarnate!

LIKE MOST “GUN VIOLENCE” PROGRAMS, IT’S BASICALLY A SCAM: New York Gun Violence Program Funneled $18 million to Unions, Created 20 Jobs So Far.

TO BE FAIR, I DON’T THINK THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACH MUCH OF THAT ANYMORE: Homeschooled student wins National Constitution Bee.

LEFTY ARCHEOLOGISTS FIND THE ‘REAL’ CONSTITUTION: Leave it to Jeff Dunetz of The Lid to dig up this bombshell of a story about a group of whacked-out archeologists’ discovery of the Constitution of 1790.

They found it in a cave on the Potomac River. Scrawled on one of the walls was a wise saying written in something of an ancient, as-yet-untranslated language. See if you can figure it out: “Etslay Ogay Andonbray”

SHE WAS ASKING FOR IT: Washington Post Reporter Frames Loudoun County Sexual Assault In Way Paper Would Not Frame Other Accusations.

“EVERYTHING TWITTER  TELLS THE PUBLIC, THE GOVERNMENT, AND ITS INVESTORS … IS A LIE.” Twitter thread from Grabien founder Tom Elliott:

SPACE: Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully completes 14th flight.

IT’S COME TO THIS: State Department Issues First Gender-Neutral Passport.

In keeping with the Biden administration’s newly announced gender inclusivity strategy, the State Department has printed its first gender-neutral passport, marked with an “X” designation.

The State department confirmed the news Wednesday, although the identity of the person to whom the passport was issued was not revealed. The U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, Jessica Stern, told the Associated Press that the new option for the document reflects the “lived reality” that increasingly more people identify with a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth.

“When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect,” Stern said.

It’s Dave Chappelle’s world; we’re just living in it.

Or as Jim Treacher writes: You Can’t Say a Man Isn’t a Woman, Because Science Is Bad Now. “You’re not allowed to say Rachel Levine is a man, even though she is. It doesn’t matter what biology says. Jack Dorsey loves science, except when it’s not trendy. So obey the rules, and quit asking what the rules are. Don’t say the wrong thing, which can change at any moment and for any reason. As Titania McGrath puts it: ‘If all opinions that I disagree with were made illegal, fascism would be over.’”

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED ON THE HOME FIELD: Braves Fans Rejoice as MLB Backpedals.

PLAYING CATCH-UP WITH STARLINK: Verizon wants to use Amazon satellites to bring broadband to rural areas.

HERE’S ANOTHER CRISIS BY DESIGN: Email Shows Biden Ordered Afghanistan Evacuation Flights Be Filled With Unvetted Refugees.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MUCH BIGGER BLOG: CNN Host Angry Conservatives Don’t Trust the Media, But Here’s a Few Examples Why.

It wasn’t that long ago that CNN was falsely trying to tell you that Joe Rogan was treating his COVID-19 sickness with horse de-wormer and now a host on the same network is complaining that the right is somehow in the wrong for not believing the media.

This is, of course, right after they dedicated a segment advocating that the mainstream media should, indeed, discriminate against the right when it comes to reporting.

To give you some background, the drama started when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appeared on Fox News and told Maria Bartiromo that the corporate media lies its head off that it’s pretty much a given at this point to not believe much of what they say.

This apparently upset the host of CNN’s ironically named “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter, who began ringing the alarm bell about the “GOP’s anti-media streak and made it seem as if people should be aghast that a leader of conservatives should be telling conservatives that the biased media controlled by the left lies about conservatives.

Gee, Brian, where to begin?

Dana Loesch: How CNN Set Me Up For The Near-Riot Parkland Town Hall.

And of course, even Stelter doesn’t believe what CNN tells him, particularly involving global warming:

And then there’s one of Stelter’s favorite guests on a show called “Reliable Sources:” A gentleman named Dan Rather.

As Glenn wrote in the aftermath of Rather’s meltdown in 2004:

The world of Big Media used to be a high-trust environment. You read something in the paper, or heard something from Dan Rather, and you figured it was probably true. You didn’t ask to hear all the background, because it wouldn’t fit in a newspaper story, much less in the highly truncated TV-news format anyway, and because you assumed that they had done the necessary legwork. (Had they? I’m not sure. It’s not clear whether standards have fallen since, or whether the curtain has simply been pulled open on the Mighty Oz. But they had names, and familiar faces, so you usually believed them even when you had your doubts.)

The Internet, on the other hand, is a low-trust environment. Ironically, that probably makes it more trustworthy.

That’s because, while arguments from authority are hard on the Internet, substantiating arguments is easy, thanks to the miracle of hyperlinks. And, where things aren’t linkable, you can post actual images. You can spell out your thinking, and you can back it up with lots of facts, which people then (thanks to Google, et al.) find it easy to check. And the links mean that you can do that without cluttering up your narrative too much, usually, something that’s impossible on TV and nearly so in a newspaper.

(This is actually a lot like the world lawyers live in — nobody trusts us enough to take our word for, well, much of anything, so we back things up with lots of footnotes, citations, and exhibits. Legal citation systems are even like a primitive form of hypertext, really, one that’s been around for six or eight hundred years. But I digress — except that this perhaps explains why so many lawyers take naturally to blogging).

You can also refine your arguments, updating — and even abandoning them — in realtime as new facts or arguments appear. It’s part of the deal.

This also means admitting when you’re wrong. And that’s another difference. When you’re a blogger, you present ideas and arguments, and see how they do. You have a reputation, and it matters, but the reputation is for playing it straight with the facts you present, not necessarily the conclusions you reach. And a big part of the reputation’s component involves being willing to admit you’re wrong when you present wrong facts, and to make a quick and prominent correction.

When you’re a news anchor, you’re not just putting your arguments on the line — you’re putting yourself on the line. Dan Rather has a problem with that. For journalists of his generation, admitting an error means admitting that you’ve violated people’s trust. For bloggers, admitting an error means you’ve missed something, and now you’re going to set it right.

What people in the legacy media need to ask themselves is, which approach is more likely to retain credibility over time? I think I know the answer. I think Dan Rather does, too.

That seems like pretty good advice. Naturally, Stelter completely ignores it, week after week.

BIDEN HEADS TO CLIMATE SUMMIT AS CHINA EXPANDS FOSSIL FUEL IMPORTS: Don’t expect to read about it in the New York Times or Washington Post, but China is aggressively expanding its oil and natural gas exploration and production, particularly in the resource-rich South China Sea, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Research (IER).

 

WHEN YOU’RE A LEFTY AND THE DAILY BEAST CALLS YOU OUT FOR YOUR LYING…: Terry McAuliffe Said More Than 1,100 Kids Were Hospitalized With COVID. There Were 35.

I’M NOT ACTUALLY SHOCKED: Shock Poll Reveals Just How Little Virginia Democrats Care About Kids’ Education.

TOP SELLER IN MEN’S JEANS: Levi’s Men’s 550 Relaxed Fit Jeans, Medium Stonewash. #CommissionEarned

WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT: Former Soros Activist Explains How Progressive Policies Ruined San Francisco. “Out of frustration over the problems he was seeing in San Francisco and other liberal cities, Shellenberger became determined to diagnose the problems driving the homeless crisis and find solutions. He presents the result of his research and investigation in his new book ‘San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities.'”

It looks like what we think a Third World country looks like. I’m somebody that’s spent a fair amount of time in Brazil, in Africa, in India. I go to slums every time I go to developing and poor countries. This is different in the sense that, obviously, San Francisco is one of the richest cities in the world. The number of billionaires per capita is huge. It’s obviously the center of much of our technology boom.

The drug crisis is the result of deliberate policies that are imposed by progressives, demanded by progressives, to not treat addiction, not treat mental illness, and to basically defend the right of people to sleep anywhere, defecate anywhere, and not be arrested, not be mandated treatment.

Interesting interview, in podcast or transcript form.

MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS: New York’s New Governor Draws Backlash For Maskless Broadway Outing.

As Stephen Kruiser suggested: Let’s Start Jailing Lawmakers Who Violate Their Own COVID Restrictions. “Imagine the pure, poetic justice of seeing Newsom, Cuomo, and some of the other Hitler youth (stole that from Animal House) cooling their heels in a holding cell after being caught with their masks off and their pants down.”

BECAUSE THEY KNEW THEY WERE DOING SOMETHING WRONG: “Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Us?”: Angry Loudoun County Students Stage Walk Outs Over Sexual Assaults in Their Schools. Plus: “Every student that participated in today’s walkouts should take their activism directly to the next school board meeting and demand answers and mass resignations.”

In fact, they should protest at board members’ homes, since the left has explained to us that that sort of thing is just part of the political process.

FACEPALM: Los Angeles Will Fine Cargo Ships That Can’t Unload.

THE SLIPPERY SEMANTICS OF ANTHONY FAUCI:

[L]ike the ponytailed Chad in Good Will Hunting attempting to flex his big brain, Fauci’s arguments fall apart in front of the initiated.

Last week, Lawrence Tabak, the principal deputy director of the NIH, sent a letter to Congress saying that EcoHealth Alliance failed to report certain aspects of the experimental work it had been conducting in China on bats and bat-borne viruses. Tabak pledged that the NIH and Fauci’s NIAID would take administrative action, but not much more than that.

So Fauci’s absolutist answer from May has proven to be false. At the very least, the doctor needs to answer directly why he chose to deflect questions on gain-of-function research, something his own agency is claiming it had no idea was happening. How could have Fauci have denied back in May something so “categorically” if EcoHealth Alliance, run by Fauci ally Peter Daszak, had failed to report the full extent of their experiments?

Earlier:

And it’s time to ask yourself:

PROPAGANDA: Jeffrey Singer: Dopesick Resurrects an Opioid Narrative That Is ‘Neat, Plausible, and Wrong.’ “The Drug Enforcement Administration just ratcheted down production quotas for all prescription opioids for the sixth consecutive year while doctors are terrorized into undertreating pain, or abruptly tapering and cutting off chronic pain patients from a medication that has allowed them to enjoy meaningful and productive lives. Sadly, pain patients are the real victims of the false narrative, with documented increases in mental anguish and suicide from untreated or under‐​treated pain. Suicides among veterans are skyrocketing as opioid treatments have been curtailed in the Veterans Health Administration system.”

WELL, YOU KNOW, THEY DON’T: What if Trigger Warnings Don’t Work?

Trigger warnings started to appear frequently on feminist Web sites in the early two thousands, as a way to warn readers of fraught topics like sexual assault, child abuse, and suicide, on the theory that providing warnings would reduce the risk of readers experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or P.T.S.D. Their use steadily increased online, particularly on social media. College students who were accustomed to seeing trigger warnings on the Internet began asking their instructors to provide them in class. In 2014, Oberlin College produced a trigger-warning policy as part of its Sexual Offense Resource Guide, advising faculty members to “understand triggers, avoid unnecessary triggers, and provide trigger warnings.” It claimed that a trigger, defined as something that “recalls a traumatic event to an individual,” would “almost always disrupt a student’s learning and may make some students feel unsafe in your classroom.” For example, “Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a triumph of literature that everyone in the world should read. However, it may trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide, and more.” Oberlin dropped the policy after receiving pushback from faculty, some of whom argued that the list of triggers was potentially endless.

Yet many academics embraced the use of trigger warnings. The philosopher Kate Manne explained, in a 2015 Times Op-Ed, that “the point is not to enable—let alone encourage—students to skip these readings or our subsequent class discussion (both of which are mandatory in my courses, absent a formal exemption). Rather, it is to allow those who are sensitive to these subjects to prepare themselves for reading about them, and better manage their reactions.” She wrote that exposing students to triggering material without trigger warnings seemed “akin to occasionally throwing a spider at an arachnophobe,” which would impede rather than enable the rational state of mind needed for learning. By 2016, an NPR poll of eight hundred college and university teachers showed that half of those surveyed had used trigger warnings in their teaching. Since then, trigger warnings have become culturally mainstream well beyond classrooms: last month, the Globe Theatre, in London, forewarned its audiences of “upsetting” themes in “Romeo and Juliet,” including suicide and drug use.

Whatever individual instructors might do in their courses, universities have not typically adopted official policies on trigger warnings. But the University of Michigan does provide its teachers a guide to trigger warnings within its resources on “planning for inclusive classrooms.” The guide urges instructors to design course content “with common triggers in mind” and offers examples of “tags” that teachers might provide on syllabi, including “death or dying,” “pregnancy/childbirth,” “miscarriages/abortion,” “blood,” “animal cruelty or animal death,” and “eating disorders, body hatred, and fat phobia.” The university tells teachers that “it is appropriate” to say to students: “If you have concerns about encountering anything specific in the course material that I have not already tagged and would like me to provide warnings, please come see me or send me an email. I will do my best to flag any requested triggers for you in advance.” When I read this, I pictured instructors attempting to comply with this advice by keeping color-coded tabs on individual students’ triggers in their teaching notes. In the event that teachers “miss flagging content that a student may identify as triggering,” they are told to “apologize sincerely to the student, assure them that you will try to do better, and ask for any clarification.”

As a law professor teaching criminal, constitutional, and family law—subjects that involve topics such as homicide, sexual assault, racial discrimination, guns, domestic violence, abortion, divorce, and child abuse—I know from experience that many students have endured very challenging life and family experiences that may not be apparent to others. As a result, my introduction to any course includes a statement that it will delve into many of the most controversial and difficult issues in our society, ones that may personally affect the lives of people in the class, and that all discussions must be conducted with respect for one another. I don’t frame my statements as addressing triggers, and I don’t flag particular readings or discussions, apart from the fact that a course unit may already have a heading: “Homicide,” “Sexual Assault,” “Segregation,” or “Divorce,” for example. (Of course, any student with a disability—including mental illnesses such as P.T.S.D.—may seek appropriate accommodations through the school’s disability office.) Since trigger warnings began to appear on syllabi, I’ve been troubled by uncertainty about whether students benefit from them. Like the Brandeis students, I’ve wondered, Is warning students that they are about to be traumatized or re-traumatized likely to decrease or increase the stress they feel?

Because trigger warnings involve assumptions about emotional reactions, particularly with respect to P.T.S.D., psychology researchers have begun to study whether trigger warnings are in fact beneficial. The results of around a dozen psychological studies, published between 2018 and 2021, are remarkably consistent, and they differ from conventional wisdom: they find that trigger warnings do not seem to lessen negative reactions to disturbing material in students, trauma survivors, or those diagnosed with P.T.S.D. Indeed, some studies suggest that the opposite may be true. The first one, conducted at Harvard by Benjamin Bellet, a Ph.D. candidate, Payton Jones, who completed his Ph.D. in 2021, and Richard McNally, a psychology professor and the author of “Remembering Trauma,” found that, among people who said they believe that words can cause harm, those who received trigger warnings reported greater anxiety in response to disturbing literary passages than those who did not. (The study found that, among those who do not strongly believe words can cause harm, trigger warnings did not significantly increase anxiety.) Most of the flurry of studies that followed found that trigger warnings had no meaningful effect, but two of them found that individuals who received trigger warnings experienced more distress than those who did not. Yet another study suggested that trigger warnings may prolong the distress of negative memories. A large study by Jones, Bellet, and McNally found that trigger warnings reinforced the belief on the part of trauma survivors that trauma was central (rather than incidental or peripheral) to their identity. The reason that effect may be concerning is that trauma researchers have previously established that a belief that trauma is central to one’s identity predicts more severe P.T.S.D.; Bellet called this “one of the most well documented relationships in traumatology.” The perverse consequence of trigger warnings, then, may be to harm the people they are intended to protect.

My grandmother could have predicted this.

CHANGE (IT BACK): Buyer’s Remorse — Re-fund the Police on Ballot in Austin.

INTERESTING: Stalin’s War: A New History of World War II. #CommissionEarned

ED MORRISSEY: “A living hell”: ABC features family trapped in Afghanistan … from India? “What seems tougher to explain is ABC’s choice to feature a family from India, rather than a family of one of the hundreds or thousands of Americans Biden abandoned. It takes thirty-three paragraphs into the story to get to the first mention of Americans in any context, and that is a mention of the 13 service members killed in a suicide attack outside the airport during the retreat. You’d have to already know that reference, however, as ABC doesn’t bother to explain the location or the mission at the time of the suicide bombing.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, CULTURE OF HATE EDITION: Children ‘abused into becoming white humans’: CRT expert explains whiteness theory .

KEVIN DOWNEY JR: Wake Up Patriots: The Commies Are Winning.

I used to think the nation had “systems” in place to prevent such a takeover. I was wrong. The Democrats found a way to pry Trump, a true patriot, out of the White House. Mark Zuckerberg was a big part of that plan.

Biden sent his apparatchik lap dog, Merrick Garland, to Arizona to threaten the auditors into stopping. Democrats are fighting election audits in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. What’s there to hide, Dems?

Why did the left want Trump out? Was it cheap gas, historically low unemployment, and an economy that was booming, for the second time, after COVID hit? Was it mean tweets? No, it was because commies want to destroy, even if it hurts the people.

Read the whole thing.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Conservatives often just stay silent in fear’: A look inside a woke, anti-Trump English class.

THE LEFT DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ACTUAL WOMEN, EXHIBIT #1,000,006:

Two girls getting raped by a boy in a skirt goes against the indoctrination these schools are imposing on children.

And if they start to question even a part of their indoctrination, who knows what difficult questions they might ask next.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Buy Thanksgiving turkey, sides while you still can, grocers say. “We’re having trouble getting a lot of things. But for the stuff we can get, it’s double the price.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: Rising Prices, Once Seen as Temporary, Threaten Biden’s Agenda.

Somewhere, Milton Friedman shakes his head and mutters, “I fucking told you so.”

RELIGION OF PEACE UPDATE: More Than 250 Iranians Executed in 2020, Including Nine Women And Four Children.

THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AND IT WILL BE AWESOME WHEN IT DOES: That corollary to Rod Dreher’s Law of Merited Impossibility is the suggestion of Nathaniel Blake, as he explains why the liberal elites are now pushing polygamy/polyamory as the next social/sexual milestone. That’s the one they assured us a decade ago would never come about. You could look it up.

DEMOCRATS HAVE LONG THRIVED ON MISERY, POVERTY, AND MENTAL ILLNESS: Homelessness is A Profit Center For The Democratic Party.

THIS IS ABUSE OF POWER: Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee today and odds are one of the issues he will be queried about is why his department is not respecting an age-old congressional rule.

That rule is the minority party in Congress gets the same access to executive branch information as the majority party in congressional investigations. But, according to The Federalist, Garland’s Department of Justice and the FBI are ignoring that rule concerning information requests from the House Select Committee on the January 6 riot, as are other executive branch departments and agencies.

“On September 3, [Rep. Jim] Banks asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to give Republican lawmakers the same briefing offered to the Democrats on the progress of the agency’s own investigation. Partial findings of the FBI’s independent investigation were leaked to Reuters in August, which found ‘scant evidence’ the Capitol riot was ‘an organized plot to overturn the president election result.’ Wray has not responded to the request.

“’Pursuant to the rules of the House of Representatives, the minority party in Congress retains the rights to the same information that is provided to the majority party,’ Banks wrote in another letter to Wray on Sept. 16, which was also sent to several other federal agencies such as the Interior Department. ‘I ask that you provide me any information that is submitted to the Select Committee.’ His requests have been met with radio silence across the Biden administration.”

Based on his recent performance before the House Judiciary Committee, don’t be surprised if Garland is vague, evasive, less than candid, disingenuous, some combination of all four if the senators query him on this issue.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: This Biden Agenda Stuff Doesn’t Seem Very Popular. “There was some cheerleading in several MSM outlets about the big week President LOL Eightyonemillion is supposed to be having right now. As I survey the news landscape, however, it appears that the Biden Way isn’t going so well.”

TOP SELLER: Survival First Aid Kit 142 in 1, Professional Survival Gear and Equipment. #CommissionEarned

#TIMESUP: ‘Loudoun County Protects Rapists’: Students Walk Out Over Trans Bathroom Rape Coverup. But all that #MeToo concern with rape disappeared as soon as the groper-in-chief was nominated.

TO BE FAIR, THAT’S BECAUSE HE’S BEEN A TERRIBLE FAILURE AS PRESIDENT: More than not call ‘F*** Joe Biden’ chant appropriate.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Former Clinton Global Initiative Co-Chair Steve Bachar has been indicted on felony theft and securities fraud counts. Known for pushing “socially responsible” investing, Bachar claims the charges are “outrageous, unfounded, and false.”

MAINSTREAM MEDIA SELLING ‘NEWS:’ Chuck Ross and Santi Ruiz of the Washington Free Beacon expose the bought news stories sold by Politico, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and Wired to Huawei. Huawei is one of the major digital tools of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime in Beijing. The Pentagon considers Huawei a national security risk for the U.S.

“The Wall Street JournalWired, Reuters, and Politico have all published news-style pieces commissioned by the Chinese telecom giant to advance its interests, according to a Washington Free Beacon review. Since July, Reuters has published two sponsored articles touting Huawei’s investments in the United Kingdom.

“The Journal has published 14 sponsored articles since last year, while Wired has hosted virtual events sponsored by the tech giant. Politico ran pro-Huawei content last year. The articles disclose that Huawei sponsors the content, though the company’s ties to the Chinese government may not be apparent to readers.”

Those ties ought to be apparent to the news organizations, however, which reminds, again, of Lenin’s quip that capitalists will sell the rope used to hang them.

WE NEED MORE STATUES: When One Comes Down Another One Goes Up.

We’re way beyond the point of expecting people who claim to be smarter than everybody else to be smart enough not to judge people, who were alive 250 years ago, by 2021 standards. That would get in the way of their political agenda, which appears to be destroying the reputations of the men who founded the country so that they can re-found one that suits their vision of a utopian nanny state.

Republicans have done their duty and spoken out against the stupidity of cancelling the Founders but that’s not enough.

Republicans should get into the statue building business.

When a Thomas Jefferson or George Washington statue is removed, they should be ready with another one to replace it. If not on the public property where it once stood, on private property close by.

Yes.

SCIENCE, LESS SETTLED THAN THEY PRETEND: Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed? Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings. “In our hearts, I think people don’t quite agree with this notion of a booster dose,” said one leading vaccine expert.

Following a series of endorsements over the last month by scientific panels advising federal agencies, tens of millions of Americans are now eligible for booster shots of coronavirus vaccines.

But the recommendations — even those approved unanimously — mask significant dissent and disquiet among those advisers about the need for booster shots in the United States.

In interviews last week, several advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to the Food and Drug Administration said data show that, with the exception of adults over age 65, the vast majority of Americans are already well protected against severe illness and do not need booster shots.

All the advisers acknowledged that they were obligated to make difficult choices, based on sparse research, in the middle of a public health emergency. But some said they felt compelled to vote for the shots because of the way the federal agencies framed the questions that they were asked to consider.

Well, Pfizer alone has 700 lobbyists in Washington. So the agencies know how to frame things.

Plus:

Other committee experts said that they wanted to avoid confusing the public further by dissenting, or that they voted according to their views of the evidence and were simply overruled.

“These are not evidence-based recommendations,” said Dr. Sarah S. Long, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and a member of the C.D.C.’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Like I said.

JACK DUNPHY: Who You Gonna Call — the Covid Cops?

Democrats want a police state, but they don’t want police. It’s awkward.

BALDWIN SHOOTING: Film Crew Played With the Gun on Set Earlier That Day.

FROM CELIA HAYES:  Deep in the Heart.


The sequel to Daughter of Texas – She was a woman with many friends – but few of them ever knew her heart!

Two husbands, a large house, many friends – that was predicted for Margaret Becker Vining. That she would be a widow, left to raise her four sons in a tiny frontier town was not mentioned in the old conjure-woman’s prophecy. Austin, the makeshift capitol city of the Republic of Texas, was threatened and besieged from all sides. Peace did not come with Sam Houston’s victory over the Mexican Army at San Jacinto. Between old and bitter enemies and the inconstancy of unreliable friends, Margaret Becker Vining, her family and her friends must fight to maintain their independence and security . . . while Margaret herself despairs of ever finding happiness again.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College Enrollments Continue to Drop, Two Years Into The Pandemic.

The post-pandemic enrollment rebound everyone wished for has not come to pass.

College and university enrollments are still on the decline for most institutions, early data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show. Undergraduate enrollment across the board fell by 3.2 percent this fall, echoing last fall’s 3.4 percent decline. Since fall 2019, undergraduate enrollments have dropped by 6.5 percent.

The top-line findings paint a bleak picture for higher education’s recovery.

“We’ve really not seen declines across the board like this,” said Doug Shapiro, vice president of research and executive director of the research center.

Students still have not returned to college at the rate they left, and it will likely take years of work to bring them back into the fold, Shapiro fears.

“A lot of those freshmen who didn’t show up last year — they haven’t come back yet,” Shapiro said. “The longer students are away from school, the harder and harder it becomes for them to come back. It may well be that a majority of them might not ever make it back, and that’s very much a concern.”

Some of them will do fine in the trades. Others won’t do as well, but at least won’t carry college debt.

INTERESTINK:  Ray Epps , John Sullivan And The January 6 “Insurrection”.

AS THE BLACK DOG CIRCLES AROUND ME, AND US, IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:  Everything Isn’t Awful.

I’M CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE BEING ABUSED TO CURTAIL EVERY ONE OF MY RIGHTS:  New poll finds majority in US concerned about climate.

They poled Al Gore. No, not even his secretaries. Just Al Gore.

THIS IS NOT THE BEE:  Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos legally ‘people’: US judge.

THE UR BIDEN, INDEED:   A Prototype for Biden?

AS OUR SOCIETY FRACTURES: Hold On.

OF COURSE. AND WET STREETS CAUSE RAIN:  Dysfunctional Police Cause Crime Spike: Ilhan Omar.

THE TIME FOR POLITENESS IS PAST:  The Left Whines About Vulgar “Let’s Go Brandon” Chants.

BIDEN AND REALITY ARE NOT FRIENDS:  Biden Busts Out Some Whopping Personal Lies.

WHAT ISN’T WRONG WITH HER?  What is wrong with Kamala?

WE ARE AT WAR:  A “war warning” from Michael Yon.

HE’S OF THEIR KIN, HE’S OF THEIR KIND:  The Case of David Gilbert: Cuomo’s Final Appalling Act.

I HAVE BAD NEWS FOR THE EUROPEANS:  America Gone Mad.

Remember I have family and friends there, to whom I talk regularly. If we’ve gone mad, they’re locked in the padded room, in deathly fear of pollution, global warming and the Wuflu.  There is no anti-psychotic potent enough to bring them back. They need freedom. They need blogs. They need a respectable dose of skepticism about their so called leaders.  And then they can inspect the dust spec in our eye to their heart’s content.

EVERYONE MUST DRINK THE KOOLAID:  FDA Panel Votes Unanimously to Approve 5 to 11-year-old Vaccinations: “We’re Never Going to Learn About How Safe This Vaccine Is Unless We Start Giving It, That’s Just The Way It Goes”…

You’ll find out later, if it kills your kid.  Do you guys ever get the impression these people are the villains of every fairy tale ever?

GIVEN THAT, WHY ARE THEY SO DESPERATELY TRYING TO FORCE EVERYONE TO VACCINATE?  Today’s blacklisted Americans: Los Angeles government bans the unvaccinated from society.

IT IS THE MOST DEADLY DISEASE EVER TO STRIKE HUMANITY:  How deadly is COVID-19, really?

This is why all of us are just leaving corpses on the curb for pickup, and sanitation workers have painted “Bring out your dead” on the side of their trucks.*
*This claim is as trustworthy and verified as most of the utter bilge flowing out of the CDC and other China lackeys.

October 26, 2021

OUR OWN CHARLES GLASSER ON TV: Facebook papers reveal turmoil within company.

OPEN THREAD: Soon and very soon.

LET’S GO BRANDON MAKES IT TO THE NFL! Seen at the Eagles-Raiders game on Sunday, this “controversial” image has resulted in at least on banning according to this Reddit thread.

HARD TO ARGUE WITH THIS:

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RIP: Mort Sahl, legendary comedian, dead at 94.

Director Woody Allen once praised Sahl in his 1994 book, “Woody Allen on Woody Allen: In Conversation With Stig Bjorkman.”

“I would never have been a cabaret comedian at all, if it hadn’t been for him,” Allen wrote, adding that before Sahl, “All these comedians were very, very formula.”

The “Annie Hall” filmmaker continued, “They’d all come out in a tuxedo and would say, ‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,’ and there was no sincerity to any of it. And they would do silly little jokes. … They would do golf jokes, because the president played golf. And suddenly, in this small cabaret, this comedian comes along, Mort Sahl.”

Bob Hope, hosting the Academy Awards, once introduced Sahl by saying, “Here he is, the favorite of nuclear physicists everywhere!”

Allen was quoted by biographer Eric Lax as saying, that Sahl “‘was the best thing I ever saw. He was like Charlie Parker in jazz,’ Woody said many years ago. ‘There was a need for a revolution, everybody was ready for the revolution. But some guy had to come along who could perform the revolution and be great. Mort was the one.’”

JOHN HINDERAKER ON battling the Minnesota teachers’ union. “Thanks again to Education Minnesota. Since you are the inveterate opponent of any reform to Minnesota’s public schools, and the main source of Critical Race Theory’s infiltration of our schools, I couldn’t be prouder to have you as an enemy.”

Nobody has come out of the pandemic looking more selfish and evil than the teachers’ unions. Which is saying something, given how many have been revealed as both.

NAME HIS NAME, OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN: Huma Abedin says she was sexually assaulted by a US senator around 2005 but was able to forget the incident until allegations against Brett Kavanaugh triggered her memory, new memoir reveals.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Come on, Ed. It’s not like she’s going to come out and name Joe Biden.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: So Much for ‘Phony Outrage’—Missouri and Ohio Leave National School Boards Association.

“A LIVING HELL:” ABC features family trapped in Afghanistan … from India? “The good news: ABC has escalated coverage of those abandoned in the Afghanistan collapse and crying out for rescue. The not-so-good news: the family ABC chose for this segment comes from India. Their description of Taliban rule as ‘a living hell’ is compelling, but … what happened to the Americans abandoned by Biden?”

The House of Stephanopoulos is doing their best, but I don’t think they can Memory Hole this issue on Biden’s behalf: The Biden Admin Said It Left 100 Americans in Afghanistan. They Now Admit It’s Far More. In off-the-record call with congressional staff, Biden admin says nearly 400 still stranded.

JEFFREY CARTER ON INEQUALITY:

Inequality is something that has persisted since the dawn of man and will always be a part of society. The only way to have “equality”, is for every single person to be the same with the same thoughts, same desires, and same outcomes. The only way to get to that utopia goes through the tip of the spear. We know that is totally unattainable.

Instead of equality, what we should be focusing on is “opportunity”. People need to be enabled to give themselves a chance. How many stories are out there in the naked city about some immigrant coming to America and building a better life for themselves and their family? Millions of them. I am sure you might have met them in your life. I have.

Climate change is a big bugaboo of mine. No innovation is going to change the climate. All the solutions I have seen for climate change do not work unless forced by an edict or are heavily subsidized by a government.

Until the climate fanatics take a hard look and embrace nuclear, nothing will happen. Besides, it’s going to take communist China to change their ways and they ain’t changing until the government there falls. The climate people are fanatics and they aren’t that different from fanatical cults we have seen throughout history.

Innovation lifts up lives and creates great outcomes when there is an atmosphere that embraces freedom of choice. Climate totalitarians always serve up solutions that take away choice. The climate totalitarians always serve up solutions that make energy more expensive, which will break the backs of the poor and middle class. Hey, that will increase inequality come to think of it not decrease it.

To be fair, that’s the goal. Every policy coming out of our awful political class is actually about entrenching the power of our awful political class.

HAHA:

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why You Should Be Eating More Wild Pigs Right Now.

DEVELOPING: Loudoun County Students Walk Out of Class in Protest.

But will their protest gain any traction in the DNC-MSM?

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

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OLD AND BUSTED: Let’s Go, Brandon!

The New Hotness? Let’s Go, Brezhnev! Meet the Biden Nominee Who’s Sympathetic to Soviet-Era Socialism—and Wants the Fed to Pretty Much Take Over Private Banking.

I BELIEVE IT WAS THE EMPEROR IN DUNE WHO SAID, “CONTROL THE COURTS AND THE COINAGE, LET THE RABBLE HAVE THE REST.” Flashback: The Court and the Fed: Our Own Aristocratic Element.

UPDATE: Jim Bennett emails: “That’s why Andrew Jackson struck down the Second Bank of the United States. He understood the principle quite well.” Yep.

Related: Our Woke Fed (Updated).

SCIENCE, UNSETTLED: Glass flask catalysed famous Miller-Urey origin-of-life experiment.

MINNESOTA: Hundreds rally in Fergus Falls for recently fired surgeon. “Hundreds of people gathered in the town for a peaceful protest in support of Dr. Jeffrey Horak outside the Lake Region Healthcare Facility. While it is not clear why Dr. Horak is no longer with the hospital, some speculate that it has to do with statements he made earlier this month at the Fergus Falls school board meeting, where he spoke out against their mask mandate.”

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: Americans Face Most Expensive Thanksgiving in History.

The New York Times published a story Monday explaining how nearly every aspect of Americans’ Turkey Day feasts will be more expensive this year from spices and ingredients to the aluminum pan that holds the bird and fixings. It’s not just a few extra cents here and there, it’s everything. And, as The New York Times concludes, “Thanksgiving 2021 could be the most expensive meal in the history of the holiday.”

Which Peppermint Psaki will dismiss because: Rising Prices are a ‘Good Thing’ Because it Means ‘More People are Buying Goods.’

TAMARA KEEL: Girsan MC9: Black Sea Blaster on a Bargain Basement Budget. “The similarities between the Girsan and the M&P are deeper beneath the skin than on the surface. . . . While the Girsan MC9 isn’t likely to have you bragging on the ’Gram, it seems to be a perfectly serviceable pistol for not a lot of money.”

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