October 24, 2021

DON’T BE AFRAID: Georgia Gets Last Laugh Over Woke MLB.

OPEN THREAD: Won’t be no blessin’ if we make it through the night.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China just test-fired a massive solid-fueled rocket.

SHAPING THE ENVIRONMENT IS HUMAN: Satellite Data Shows Even Small Ancient Gatherer Communities Shaped The Landscape.

SIGN OF THE TIMES: When the media’s credibility collapsed, the New York Times led the way.

FASTER, PLEASE: Two San Francisco Prosecutors Quit, and Join Effort to Oust Former Boss, District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Curiously, CTRL-F on the above NBC Bay Area article brings back zero results for “Weather Underground” or “Soros.”


TOP SELLER IN TACTICAL BACKPACKS: REEBOW GEAR Military Tactical Backpack. #CommissionEarned

OCEANIA HAS NEVER BEEN AT WAR WITH THE PRESIDENCY: After Pushing Anti-Trump Vulgarity, WashPost Decries ‘Let’s Go Brandon.’

REPORT FROM THE BLUE ZONES: California Families Hire Private Security as Crime Tsunami Overwhelms Local Police.

WAIT, WHAT? Baldwin film crew had been target shooting with “prop gun” before incident. “The source went on to state that following the target practice sessions, the police found live ammo alongside blank rounds stored in the same area. Like so many other failures by the crew, that should have been a violation of the most basic safety rules and could have contributed to how Baldwin wound up with a hot gun in his hands.”

NUTS TO YOU: Health benefits of nuts may boost survival, limit recurrence in breast cancer.

TOTAL DISASTER: We Know What Happened Prior to Alec Baldwin’s Accidental Shooting of Cinematographer.

Late Friday, the Associated Press reported that Baldwin was handed a loaded weapon by an assistant director who indicated it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fired it, according to court records. The assistant director did not know the prop gun was loaded with live rounds, according to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe County court.

The person in charge of overseeing the gun props, known as the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, could not be reached for comment. The 24-year-old is the daughter of veteran armorer Thell Reed and had recently completed her first film as the head armorer for the movie “The Old Way,” with Clint Howard and Nicolas Cage.

More here: Baldwin film crew had been target shooting with “prop gun” before incident: And note this report:

The “inexperienced” armorer in charge of weapons on set of Alec Baldwin’s movie “Rust” had given a gun to an 11-year-old actress without checking properly for safety, a report said…

Gutierrez-Reed’s alleged misstep happened on the set of the upcoming Nicholas Cage film, “The Old Way” and temporarily halted filming, sources told The Daily Beast.

“She was reloading the gun on the ground, where there were pebbles and stuff,” one source told the outlet. “We didn’t see her check it, we didn’t know if something got in the barrel or not.”

Gutierrez-Reed reportedly handed the gun to child actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong, forcing concerned crew members to intervene, the report said. The gun was then checked for barrel obstruction, according to the sources.

Not surprisingly, with a huge story involving a Hollywood superstar brewing, CNN’s Jake Tapper swings into action — tone policing the GOP:

RIP: Leslie Bricusse, Oscar-winning composer and lyricist. “Songs for [artistic partner Anthony Newley] included ‘What Kind of Fool Am I?’, which became a hit for Sammy Davis Jr. The latter featured ‘Feeling Good,’ which was recorded by Nina Simone for her 1965 album, I Put a Spell on You. Also with Newley, Bricusse penned the lyrics to ‘Goldfinger’ (1964), composed by John Barry, and sung by Shirley Bassey as the melodramatic theme song for the third James Bond film of the same name. Three years later, he wrote the words for another Barry-composed Bond theme, ‘You Only Live Twice,’ sung by Nancy Sinatra. Bricusse and Newley wrote the soundtrack to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Mel Stuart’s big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Songs included ‘The Candy Man,’ and ‘Pure Imagination,’ with the latter becoming the title of Bricusse’s ‘sorta-biography’ (2005).”

PROGRESS: Nominees for a Science Award Were All White Men—Nobody Won.

MATT TAIBBI: Cancel Culture Takes a Big “L.”

How many employees walked out? Not one news organization put the real number in a headline, and only a few had the guts to even tweet that the actual protest was reduced in the end to the famed Arrested Development meme:

Even the op-ed wrapups couldn’t avoid sounding like parodies, with the Washington Post talking about the “crowd of dozens” gathered outside the company’s West Hollywood offices being evidence that the popularity of a comedian whose show already gained over 10 million views was colliding with a “growing movement to protect the rights of transgender people” (how a comedy set could be a violation of “the rights of transgender people” was not explained, of course).

Since they could only gin-up a tiny protest, the L.A. Times is working hard to cancel Vito Gesualdi, the Chappelle-supporting comedian whose “We Like Dave/Jokes Are Funny” sign was smashed by the protestors in front of Netflix HQ: Chappelle supporter ‘bristled at the idea of sharing his pronouns,’ Los Angeles Times reports.

He’s already pushed back against the Associated Press, which took a photo of a protester shaking a tambourine in his face and captioning it, “Comedian and videographer Vito Gesualdi screams profanities as he engages with peaceful protesters begging him to leave.” He wasn’t screaming profanities — the protesters were — and the AP finally issued a corrected caption, removing “profanities” (as well as “peaceful” from its description of the protesters).

Gesualdi has another story, this one about the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the walkout. In this version, the reporter writes that Gesualdi “bristled at the idea of sharing his pronouns.” Get this:

As our sister-site Twitchy asks, “Are L.A. Times reporters really compelled now to ask everyone they interview their pronouns, or as people have said above, was this just a trap to make Gesualdi sound transphobic?”

My money’s on the latter, but forget pronouns: NPR goes full Blue-Anon on Chappelle: ‘Wait, Dave Chappelle Can Have White Privilege?’ Bill Maher Mocks ‘Woke’ Outrage Over Comic’s ‘Anti-Trans’ Netflix Show. “Maher eventually brought up an article from NPR about Chappelle that accused him of ‘using white privilege to excuse his homophobia and transphobia.’ ‘Wait, now Dave Chappelle can have white privilege?’ he asked rhetorically. ‘I’m really confused now.’ Join the club.”

UPDATE: Revealed: Activist who led Dave Chappelle/Netflix protest has history of racist tweets. A look into Ashlee Marie Preston’s “Twitter archives show that this advocacy does not appear to extend to all minorities, as Preston has had harsh words for those in the Asian and Latino/a communities over their appearance and behavior. Preston appears to take behavior from individual encounters with people who are Asian and use that to find reason to be prejudiced against the entire race. She wrote that ‘Asian hoes act like they wont get karate chopped in they muthaf*kn throat. What is this hoe staring at? Mind ya beeswax #B*tch.’”

(Updated and bumped.)

MLB NIGHTMARE: It’s Georgia and Texas in the World Series.

Sports writers, MLB staffers and the commissioner of baseball, in particular, must still be clutching their pearls. Last night, 41,000 unmasked Braves fans screamed their un-masked and un-mandated lungs out, all while tomahawk-chopping their Atlanta Braves to victory. Atlanta was denied this year’s All Star Game because Commissioner Manfred caved to craven, political actors. Baseball, he said, can’t have a featured event in Georgia after it passed a voter ID law. Baseball moved the event to Colorado. Colorado already had similar voter law but no matter; its all about optics, not facts.

In July, Texas Democrats slinked away to avoid a quorum on a Texas voter law. They took a private plane, took lots of selfies and lots of beer. They came back with their tails between their legs, empty cases of beer, and a couple of cases of COVID. The new voter law requiring ID passed last month. It was all about optics, not facts.

This year’s World Series is Braves versus  Astros.

Sports announcers are really going to earn their pay explaining away the many “Let’s Go Brandon” chants likely to come.

HMM: Study: Newborns who sleep better are less likely to be overweight.

THE BANNINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES: Twitter Suspends GOP Congressman for Saying Rachel Levine Is a Man.

Related: Biological man scores historic first for women. “Cockburn imagines that women everywhere are saluting their new feminist hero. They should also be saying a big ‘thank you’ to the Biden administration for recognizing that smashing the patriarchy sometimes requires a heavy dose of testosterone.”

BACK AND TO THE LEFT. BACK AND TO THE LEFT: Biden delays release of JFK assassination records, blaming COVID-19 pandemic.

ROGER KIMBALL: The Farce of American Despotism.

Marx famously adapted Hegel’s observations about history repeating itself, noting Hegel forgot to add that it does so first as tragedy, then as farce. That is the mode of American despotism at the moment. The Soviets had the gulag, we have “cancel culture” in our universities and a brittle obsession with race and weirdo sexuality everywhere. Are we supposed to be proud or alarmed that Rachel Levine, (Richard) is the first “transgender” Assistant Secretary of Health and four-star admiral? Tocqueville saw the essentials of our peculiar servitude in his brilliant analysis of “democratic despotism.” Naturally, though, he missed some of the more farcical aspects for who, in 1830, could have predicted “International Pronouns Day” or phenomena like Rachel Levine?

Montesquieu put his finger on our situation when, in Considerations of the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline, he noted that “in a free state in which sovereignty has just been usurped, whatever can establish the unlimited authority of one man is called good order, and whatever can maintain the honest liberty of the subjects is called commotion, dissension, or bad government.” Montesquieu was talking about the moment when the Roman republic gave way to the autocracy of Augustus. Mutatis mutandis, what he says applies equally to our situation in which sovereignty has been usurped and concentrated in the hand of a tiny oligarchy that mouths clichés about “our democracy” the better to subvert it.

America’s Newspaper of Record explains what happened early in Ron Klain’s Biden’s administration: Oh No! Someone Replaced Joe Biden’s Copy Of The Constitution With A Copy Of 1984.

(The Babylon Bee’s headline will be very confusing to those who work at the Atlantic, where 1984 is viewed as a how-to guide for efficient government.)

STILL POPULAR: The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America. #CommssionEarned

JACK DUNPHY: Progressive Overlords Relish the Opportunity to Purge First Responders Who Refuse to Bow the Knee.

In the Covid pandemic, our progressive overlords have found their crisis that will allow them to cast off significant numbers of these conservative and nettlesome first responders, those who, for various reasons, decline to be vaccinated against the virus. In Chicago, for example, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, as feckless a person as ever bore the title, is threatening to terminate any police officer or firefighter who doesn’t roll up his sleeve for the jab, and several members of both departments have already been put on “no-pay” status for their failure to submit. Police officers and firefighters in Los Angeles, whose mayor is surpassed in incompetence only by Lightfoot, are facing a similar threat, though their deadline has been extended to December.

In the state of Washington, some first responders have already been shown the door for refusing the vaccine, with one now-former state trooper expressing his opinion of Governor Jay Inslee in his final radio broadcast. Robert LaMay, a 22-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, filmed himself as he signed off on his last shift. “I wish I could say more,” he said over the radio, “but this is it, so state 10-34, this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car. And Jay Inslee can kiss my a–.”

Sad to say, but surely Governor Inslee is happy to see him go. Better to have a smaller force, he would argue, composed of reliable sycophants than one laced with insurrectionists so obstreperous as to imagine they should decide what medicines they should take. And in Chicago and Los Angeles, it seems the mayors would sooner accept the bloodshed that would surely follow the decimation of their police and fire departments than the continued employment of people who refuse to be brought to heel.

There is hope for Chicago policemen who want to keep working, however: No vaccine, no problem: Indiana recruits Chicago cops upset by COVID mandates.

REALLY BOLD SOCIETAL CHANGE WOULD INVOLVE ABOLISHING THE IVY LEAGUE TO PROMOTE EQUALITY: Harvard panelists want ‘bold societal change’ which includes ‘equality of outcomes.’ Also, participation in Harvard panels should be determined by lottery.

Related: To Reduce Inequality, Abolish the Ivy League.

WELL, NOBODY’S TEACHING THEM JUDGMENT OR PROPORTION: UConn student bias complaints show students will report just about anything.

WELL, HE WOULD KNOW: Palantir’s Peter Thiel thinks people should be concerned about surveillance AI.

DR. FAUCI MORPHED INTO MICHAEL VICK SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED: Bipartisan legislators demand answers from Fauci on ‘cruel’ puppy experiments.

America’s Newspaper of Record predicts Fauci’s likely response: Fauci Says Attacking Puppy Torture Is An Attack On Science.

CHANGE: Big switch: New Hampshire Democrats want Biden primaried in 2024.

VIRGINIA CLOWN SHOW UPDATE: Insane Summer 2019 Response From Terry McAuliffe on Ralph Northam Blackface Scandal Resurfaces.

Maximum. Cringe. I am not exaggerating in the slightest. Watch:

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I wrote yesterday about how even if Terry McAuliffe bought a new cringe-meter to replace the one that already exploded, the new one likely would have exploded by now, too. Well, I think it’s safe to say that it has indeed exploded.

I don’t know who dug up this video (likely Youngkin’s campaign) but in my opinion, the release of it was brilliant and perfectly timed. This potentially could be the next pivotal point in this race and further turn the tide against McAuliffe.

Though black voters in the state, for the most part, appear to have forgiven Northam and have moved on, seeing McAuliffe so casually dismissive of Northam’s most shameful moment as his state’s CEO and then proclaim that there were no racism issues in Syracuse when he was growing up when we know that’s not true could have the effect of rubbing just enough black voters the wrong way. This could prove catastrophic for McAuliffe considering this race is coming down to the wire.

Will McAuliffe be asked about his comments by local reporters? If so, will he stomp off in a huff as he did earlier this week when he cut an interview short because he thought the reporter “should have asked better questions”?

While McAuliffe is defending governors who dress in blackface and say that parents have no role in their kids’ education, Barack Obama, campaigning for him, is his usual tone-deaf self: Obama tells Virginians we don’t have time for ‘trumped up culture wars’ and ‘fake outrage.’


THE WOKE STASI: A Worrisome Peek Inside Yale Law’s Diversity Bureaucracy. “Have you ever wondered what deans of diversity do behind closed doors? Until last week, the public had little visibility into their methods. Then covertly recorded audio emerged of Yaseen Eldik, Yale Law School’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and Ellen Cosgrove, an associate dean, pressuring a student to issue a written apology for emailing out a party invitation that offended some of his classmates. . . . Irrespective of whether the invitation was racially offensive, the behavior of Yale Law’s diversity bureaucrats was unethical, discreditable, and clearly incompatible with key values that the elite law school purports to uphold.”

Plus: “Failing to adequately protect free speech was just the beginning of what Yale Law’s diversity administrators got wrong in Colbert’s case. Never mind the office’s question-begging name. Withholding important context from the community, exploiting asymmetries of information to pressure a student, pretending to be acting on his behalf, obscuring clear conflicts of interest, and ghostwriting apologies in an academic setting are all ethical failures that—contrary to Gerken’s wishes for her institution—cultivate neither respect nor inclusion.”

This is from The Atlantic.

GREAT MOMENTS IN DISPASSIONATE OBJECTIVITY: Fox News’ Chris Wallace: Jen Psaki is ‘One of the Best Press Secretaries Ever.’

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Joe Biden’s Taiwan Policy Is Now A Total Disaster.


SHOCKER: China’s Deep Ocean Dives May Not Be Quite What They Seem: Mapping the ocean floor will have plenty of scientific and commercial uses. The military, too, may be interested.

By one peer-reviewed estimate, just one section of the seabed — stretching from Hawaii to Mexico — contains more manganese, cobalt and nickel than all known terrestrial sources, as well as huge amounts of copper. The problem is that it’s challenging and expensive to retrieve metals embedded in rocks in environmentally sensitive areas, sometimes miles below the surface (which is why no one has yet done it on a commercial basis).

But the difficulty of the challenge has only seemed to increase China’s determination. In the 1980s, it began working on exploration contracts for deep-sea mining. In 1990, it established a research institute to work on the needed technology. Over the next three decades, the government’s ardor for deep-sea resources didn’t abate. “The deep sea is filled with treasures that aren’t even close to being understood or developed,” said President Xi Jinping in 2016. “If we want these treasures, then we must master key technologies for exploring the deep sea, surveying the deep sea and developing the deep sea.”

For Xi, the goal isn’t just the exploitation of resources. Over the decades, China has developed a roadmap for fulfilling complex technical ambitions that also have political objectives. Often, the first step is creating an entity to connect tech companies with state research institutes. As one recent example, the National Deep Sea Center in Qingdao has helped develop Haidou 1 and other AUVs, while also researching mining submersibles.

In parallel, China has long pursued benign-looking research projects that can have multiple uses, including military ones. Since the late 1970s, it has undertaken an ambitious effort to map the seabed. These surveys are often conducted by oceanographers with purely scientific goals. But their intentions might not always match those of their employers. In 2017, researchers on the country’s most advanced survey ship conceded that they share their findings with the military and other government departments. Tom Shugart, an expert in submarine warfare at the Center for a New American Security, told me that “having a really good detailed map of the sea bottom, especially in areas you think are areas for future war fighting, is very useful militarily.”

Do tell.

October 23, 2021


Many historians argue that without the participation of the Tlaxcalans and other indigenous soldiers, Tenochtitlán might never have fallen to the Spanish.

They are also revising the accusation of treachery, arguing that Tlaxcalans and other city states were in fact fighting a war of liberation against the oppressive Mexica (as the Aztecs were known).

“It wasn’t 600 to 800 Spaniards who conquered [Tenochtitlán]. It was thousands and thousands of Tlaxcalans, Huejotzingas or other peoples, who were under the Mexica yoke and wanted to liberate themselves,” archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma told Radio Formula.

“Cortés had 30,000 to 40,000 Mesoamericans fighting with him,” said Aurelio López Corral, an archaeologist in Tlaxcala. “He couldn’t have done it on his own.”

The conquest is a singular event in Mexican history, seen both as a moment of national trauma and the founding act of the nation – and it remains deeply controversial.

Events to mark the anniversary have been met with tepid enthusiasm, as Mexico struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. A towering replica of the Templo Mayor – the Aztec civilization’s most sacred site – is being erected in Mexico City’s central Zócalo plaza.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has called on the Spanish Crown and the Vatican to apologize for their roles in the “so-called conquest”. Spain declined; Pope Francis apologized while visiting Bolivia in 2015.

Spain was right to decline. Francis is, well, Francis.

Jim Bennett emails: “The entry of allied Tlaxcalan and Spanish forces into Mexico CIty should be viewed in the same manner as the entry into Berlin of allied troops in 1945. A bloody death cult that had subjugated its neighbors and rounded up mass civilian prisoners for execution and ghastly butchery was overthrown by its victims with the help of technologically advanced allies from overseas. Its ideology that justified these grotesque deeds was banned and its propaganda destroyed. Sure Cortez had his rough edges, but so did Stalin.”

To be honest, I think comparing Cortez to Stalin is unfair — to Cortez. But I take the point.

BEST TO BE PREPARED: Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500, 518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator. #CommissionEarned (Bumped)

OPEN THREAD: They’re runnin’ with the dogs, afraid to die.

I SUPPORT THEM: SpaceX Boca Chica environmental review draws strong public support and criticism.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Your Cat Could Carry ‘Good’ Bacteria That Fight Resistant Staph Infections.

SCIENCE: Machine learning predicts antibiotic resistance spread.

ZOOM: Tiff Needell drives the new Corvette Stingray! (Video.)

Sharp looking car. I totally cracked up when Tiff pointed out the tiny front trunk which you might get a briefcase into, has an emergency trunk release button. (Don’t try kidnapping G.I. Joe in the new ‘Vette.)

WELL, THAT INSPIRES CONFIDENCE: Hackers Have Been Using a Rootkit That Somehow Got Microsoft’s Digital Seal of Approval.

SOMETIMES THE LEFT HAND DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE FAR LEFT HAND IS DOING: NBC Nightly News Ignores Terrible CNBC Survey Showing Biden Econ Disapproval at 54%.

Just think of Lester Holt as a Democratic Party operative with Chyron, and it all makes sense.


(Classical allusion in headline.)


PAST TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Biden claims the US would defend Taiwan—White House walks it back.

THE AUTOMATION OF McJOBS?: I just saw these statistics on Wikipedia: In 2013, McDonald’s had 35,429 locations, a net income of $5,586 million and 440,000 employees. In 2019, it had 38,695 locations (more locations!), a net income of $6025 million (more profit!), and 205,000 employees (less than half as many employees!). (Update:  A reader tells me that much of the decrease comes from McDonald’s selling off company-owned locations.  Still at the location near my mother’s home in Virginia, the advent of “tablets” for ordering soon resulted in a very significant decrease in workers.  It wasn’t subtle.)

ROBOTS WITH GUNS: Q&A: Ghost Robotics CEO on Armed Robots for the U.S. Military.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: “Politifact” Suddenly Makes ‘Okay’ Sign Great Again in Comedy Gold of a Biden ‘Fact Check.’

GUITARLINGTON! A Short Video Recap of Last Week’s Arlington Guitar Show:

Shot on my Apple 12, edited in Premiere Pro.


DON’T UNDERESTIMATE JOE’S ABILITY TO F*** THINGS UP: 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.

(Classical reference in headline.)

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: National School Boards Association Apologizes for Letter Comparing Parents to Terrorists.

As Josh Hawley tweets, “Now Joe Biden and Merrick Garland must apologize for mobilizing the FBI against parents based on misinformation the NSBA has disavowed.”

SPACE: SpaceX conducts 2 test firings of Starship 20 in Texas.

IT’S SUPER-CEREAL: Kellogg’s Goes Woke While Its Workers Go Broke.

“Kellogg recognized, along with the rest of the country and world, that we had entered a point of no return in terms of social justice,” a quote in Kellogg’s Equity newsletter screams. “What if we created a dialogue about the intersectionality of race and food?”

Or what if Kellogg’s stopped firing workers while telling them they’re racist?

While Kellogg’s touts the “Fight for Food Justice”, it treats its food workers like garbage. C-suite woke virtue signaling can cover up a multitude of sins. That’s why it’s taken over corporations. Instead of actually practicing ethics and decency, major corporations now hire diversity executives to assemble social justice word salads that make Corporate America sound like Che.

The more jobs Kellogg’s cuts at its Battle Creek birthplace, the more it talks about equity.

Kellogg’s boasts that it’s a Top 50 Company for Diversity and that diversity and equity are “paramount to achieving our success”, but the real secret sauce is cheap foreign labor.

An Amnesty International report accused Kellogg’s and a variety of woke food multinationals, including Unilever, the parent company of antisemitic BDS advocate Ben and Jerry’s, of getting palm oil from plantations where 8-year-olds worked under hazardous conditions.

While the C-suite virtue signals about social justice, children are dropping out of school to labor on plantations, women are working for $2.50 a day, and breathing in toxic pesticides.

Earlier: Walmart vs. Whiteness. The company’s new training program tells hourly employees that they are guilty of “internalized racial superiority.”



● Shot: Every Day, Biden Smells Like More of a Loser.

—Matt Lewis, The Daily Beast, yesterday.

● Chaser: This Virginia Conservative Republican Is Ridin’ With Biden.

—Matt Lewis, The Daily Beast, March 4th, 2020.

● Hangover: “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”

—Barack Obama, as quoted by the Politico, August 8, 2020

(A quote that’s missing from Lewis’ latest article.)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Treat Your Own Neck 5th Ed. #CommissionEarned

I BLAME THE SPACE LASER: San Francisco State University Prof Says Jewish Pot is Making Black Men Gay.


But why would he want them to?

Flashback: Aren’t California’s High Gas Prices What The Left Have Wanted?

Well, it’s a start, as Steven Chu, former President Obama’s then-incoming energy secretary, told the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2008: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

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

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Via a friend on Instagram:

The #Resistance, Simon Jester division, is at work.


YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Biden’s CNN Town Hall gestures fodder for internet mockery.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘F*** your God,’ leftist protesters yell at pro-life college students.

They’d never yell that at Muslims, though, because then it would be a hate crime.

HIGHER EDUCATION TAKES SIDES: Washington and Lee College Republicans told that they cannot endorse Glenn Youngkin.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How You Can Help Destroy The Green New Deal With Six Little Words.

PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM OR CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY? Email shows Loudoun County School Board knew about sexual assault the day it happened.

IT’S GOOD TO BE PREPARED: Augason Farms Vegetable Stew Blend Certified Gluten Free. #CommissionEarned

LIFE UNDER A LEFTIST GOVERNMENT: Zogby Poll: Inflation starving 3 in 10 of daily meals.


Related: WSJ Video: What America’s Supply Chain Backlog Looks Like.

GOODER AND HARDER: Squalor By the SeasideHomelessness and RV fires have overrun Venice Beach, California.


Shot: How ‘missing White woman syndrome’ has real life implications.

—CNN, September 22nd.

Chaser: We regret to inform Chris Cuomo and everyone else that CNN is hosting another Gabby Petito special tonight.

Twitchy, last night.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC Berkeley Students Happily Pledge Money to Help the Taliban Kill Americans Inside the U.S.

REPLACEMENT, NON-UNION WORKER WAS IN CHARGE OF ALEC BALDWIN’S DEADLY PROP GUN: SOURCE. “Los Angeles lawyer Louis Shapiro predicted Thursday’s shooting would lead to a wrongful-death suit and potentially a criminal case. ‘The question is: Who is the one who is exercising negligence here?’ he told The Post. ‘Where is the duty of care to make sure that that gun is properly loaded and properly used? That duty doesn’t lie with the actor. The actor was just handed something. ‘The duty of care lies with the prop person.’”


How do you say “we come in peace” when someone steals your probe?

When a petty bureaucrat confiscates the communications relay, the aliens and their human partners must unite to rescue their property and protect those they love from the clutches of corruption and blackmail.

To help those she loves, Mindy must boldly go the last place she ever wanted to…
Back home.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Lawsuit Targets Massachusetts Public School System for Racial Segregation, Censoring Students.

WEIRD SPELLING:  Watch the President of the United States literally mock the word “freedom”.

Look, I’m dyslexic and as those of you who’ve followed me a long time know typos are a way of life.  But there are limits. “President of the United States” is a bizarre way to spell “Usurper frauded in by a soft-coup under color of legality.” Sorry, but seriously.

THERE IS ONLY ONE CURE FOR THIS:  Garland confirms no one who participated in January 6th has been charged with insurrection.


AND MY ANSWER IS “MY MIDDLE FINGERS. I HAVE A MATCHED SET”:  The top item on the ruling leftist elite’s agenda: obedience.

ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO ELIMINATE THE HUMAN RACE SHOULD START WITH THEMSELVES:  ‘They need to breed less’: the darkness of climate zealotry.


HE DOESN’T NEED A TOWN HALL:  CNN Town Hall In Baltimore With Uncle Joe Bombs.

He needs an embalmer.

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