August 15, 2020

ENDORSED: Renowned law professor: Antifa is on campus, expel them if they commit violence.

If they don’t, complain to grantmaking agencies under Executive Order 13864.

EXCUSE ME WHILE I WOKE THIS OUT! HBO Adds a Three-Minute-Plus Disclaimer to Blazing Saddles.

Related: Ridiculous trigger warning for ‘Blazing Saddles’ shows how far culture has gone off rails.

A few years ago, conservatives who pointed out worrying or silly campus adventures in speech modification and idea policing were told, “Relax, it’s just college kids. Why do you care?” Less than a decade later, Andrew Sullivan was able to write a column titled, “We all live on campus now,” and everyone knew he was exactly right.

Ridiculous, unnecessary trigger warnings are getting plastered all over everything, Realtors are afraid to use the term “master bedroom.” But HBO Max seems to think we all live in kindergarten. What kind of melonhead doesn’t realize the purpose of the slurs in “Blazing Saddles” is to make the racists look bad? We don’t need this explained to us, unless we just arrived on this planet from a faraway star system or attended Oberlin.

Better get it on Blu-Ray while you can. As John Nolte warned in 2014, “Buy a Copy Before the Left Burns Them All.”

FACT CHECK: No, Trump Never ‘Promoted’ the Birther Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris.

A CAMPUS BASED ON LIES: NYT’s 1619 Project will ‘set the tone’ for the school year at Massachusetts college.

WARTHOG DEMONSTRATION: An A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the USAF A-10 Demonstration Team prepares to get in formation for a heritage flight. Photo taken July 22, 2020 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.

STRATEGYPAGE SPECIAL: An interview with wargame designer Mark Herman.

BLACK VOTERS FRUSTRATE BIDEN CAMPAIGN BY NOT BEING GULLIBLE: Kamala Harris divides blacks: One-third diss pick, now ‘less likely’ to vote for Biden.

GET IT BEFORE IT’S GONE: Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition. It’s only a matter of time before the woke censors come after it.

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IT WOULD BE A KICK IN THE FACE TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, WHICH DESERVES IT AFTER CONSPIRING AGAINST TRUMP. WHICH DOESN’T MEAN IT’S A GOOD IDEA. Trump Raises Edward Snowden Pardon Hopes 4 Years After Barack Obama Said No.

The suggestion not only raised the hopes of pro-Snowden campaigners who have long called for a reprieve, but gained support from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky), who tweeted today that Trump should use his powers to pardon the exiled whistleblower.

“Employees of the U.S. government violated the Constitution and lied to Congress and the American people about it. Snowden exposed them,” Massie tweeted, quickly noted by Snowden himself. “This is bigger than him. If he’s punished for his service to the Constitution, there will be more violations of the Constitution, and more lies.”

According to The Post, Trump had asked his aides about Snowden in the Oval Office, saying there are “a lot of people that think that he is not being treated fairly.”

Hmm.

FLASHBACK: Brittany Hunter: Time to Privatize the United States Postal Service.

GREEN NEW DEAL SNEAK PREVIEW: PG&E turns off power as California ISO declares statewide Stage 3 Emergency amid heat wave.

GOOD: USDOT Sued For Failure to Enforce Federal Law and Prevent Highway Protests. “Many truckers continue to fume about those who are staging protests along major U.S. roadways and why local, state and federal law enforcement officials aren’t doing more to prevent them. The demonstrations have led to multiple deaths and injuries as well as extended delays for motorists and truckers along those routes. A much discussed federal law known as the Hobbs Act makes it a crime punishable by up to 20 years in jail to obstruct, delay or affect commerce by robbery or extortion or threaten physical violence to any person engaged in interstate commerce. The SBTC is now suing the USDOT for not enforcing the Hobbs Act.”

August 14, 2020

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THAT TURNED OUT TO BE UNWISE: NYC man wanted for torching NYPD car busted after taunting feds.

Also unwise: Threatening Karol Markowicz.

OPEN THREAD: Forget our philosophies, That we admired when we were young, And our popular points of view.

WELL, BYE: Columbia University nixes plans for in-person classes this fall.

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Utterly corrupt, indeed.

SPACE LAW: FCC streamlined smallsat licensing regulations published.

MORE WOKE STUPIDITY: A Black Marxist Scholar Wanted to Talk About Race. It Ignited a Fury.

Notices went up. Anger built. How could we invite a man to speak, members asked, who downplays racism in a time of plague and protest? To let him talk, the organization’s Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus stated, was “reactionary, class reductionist and at best, tone deaf.”

“We cannot be afraid to discuss race and racism because it could get mishandled by racists,” the caucus stated. “That’s cowardly and cedes power to the racial capitalists.”

Amid murmurs that opponents might crash his Zoom talk, Professor Reed and D.S.A. leaders agreed to cancel it, a striking moment as perhaps the nation’s most powerful Socialist organization rejected a Black Marxist professor’s talk because of his views on race.

“God have mercy, Adolph is the greatest democratic theorist of his generation,” said Cornel West, a Harvard professor of philosophy and a Socialist. “He has taken some very unpopular stands on identity politics, but he has a track record of a half-century. If you give up discussion, your movement moves toward narrowness.”

Toward? It’s narrow, and dumb as a bag of hammers. And the activists have already ensured that their “once in a generation opportunity” has been squandered.

Professor Reed is an intellectual duelist, who especially enjoys lancing liberals he sees as too cozy with corporate interests. He wrote that President Bill Clinton and his liberal followers showed a “willingness to sacrifice the poor and to tout it as tough-minded compassion” and described former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as a man whose “tender mercies have been reserved for the banking and credit card industries.”

He finds a certain humor in being attacked over race.

“I’ve never led with my biography, as that’s become an authenticity-claiming gesture,” he said. “But when my opponents say that I don’t accept that racism is real, I think to myself, ‘OK, we’ve arrived at a strange place.’”

Oh, he attacked Biden. That’s why he’s being cancelled. No racial or feminist critiques of Slow Joe are permitted between now and November. Know your place, peasants!

GOOD NEWS: Mid-2020 Gun Sales Eclipse All of 2019 Sales. If only ammo production could keep up.

What’s revolutionary here, though, is that in the past a lot of gun sales were the 4th — or 40th — gun sold to someone who already owned one or more guns. Now there are a lot of new first-time gun owners out there.

HOW MANY PEOPLE DID NEWS MEDIA PANIC-MONGERING KILL?

The comments offer a different image than how much of the press has painted the Texas governor — “If the virus has presented a leadership test, Abbott’s metrics are getting worse,” the Texas Tribune reported last month.

And compared to the fawning national coverage of New York’s Andrew Cuomo, who was provided the opportunity for months to be interviewed by his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, without questioning over New York’s alarming rate of nursing-home COVID deaths, the differences are even more glaring. . . .

But the initial logistical shortcoming — coupled with apocalyptic headlines like NBC’s “‘All the hospitals are full’: In Houston, overwhelmed ICUs leave COVID-19 patients waiting in ER” — led to a spiraling crisis.

“All of that was overblown. We never even got close to capacity,” Delgado stated. “It’s just crazy. Crazy, crazy, out of control, overblown stuff. It’s fear, basically. It’s a fear-factor so the patients, particularly older patients, are afraid to death to do anything. There’s elderly people with chest pain staying at home and just dying, or coming in late — someone brings them in — they’ve already had a big heart attack. A lot of that is going on, and it’s really unsettling.”

“Hospitals are probably the safest place you can go to. If you’re worried about contracting coronavirus, hospitals are extremely safe — they’re safer than a grocery store, they’re safer than a restaurant,” McKeon added.

Davis told National Review that he estimates 5 to 10 percent of his patients are choosing to avoid necessary treatment. “The longer you let that go, the bigger the number will get,” he warned.

The press is never held to account for the damage it causes, yet it’s an industry that does more harm than the tobacco industry.

CHANGE: Covid-19 news: England’s death toll revised down by more than 5000.

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Trials Seek to Answer if Vitamin D Could Help in COVID-19: In clinical studies worldwide, researchers are testing the possibility that supplements of the vitamin could prevent or decrease the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infections.

This is interesting, but I’m supplementing — and getting sun — anyway. By the time the study results come out, it’ll probably be too late. And maintaining healthy Vitamin D levels is a good idea anyway for lots of reasons.

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MATT MARGOLIS: Kamala’s Big Fat Lie About The Trump Economy.

FASTER, THANKS! Watch the Corvette ZR1 Go Faster Than Its Official Top Speed.

WHY NOT TAKE A BREAK FROM THE SERIOUS NEWS FOR A FEW MINUTES? Florida Man Friday: Ever Been So Drunk You Assaulted a Restaurant?

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DAVID HARSANYI: No Kamala, Ebola Was Nothing Like Coronavirus.

Though the Ebola talking point might end up being a potent political attack, it’s also complete nonsense. It’s tantamount to the Trump administration taking special credit for its excellent work stopping the Eastern equine encephalitis pandemic of 2019. Ebola wasn’t a crisis or a pandemic, but rather an outbreak in West Africa. At the time, the highly esteemed Dr. Anthony Fauci noted that the risk of a normal person contracting was “extraordinarily low” and an “extraordinarily remote threat.” The Mayo Clinic tells us that Ebola is not “transmitted through the air and does not spread through casual contact.” Those who do contract it are obviously ill and easily avoided.

Not one person who contracted Ebola in the United States died from the disease. An American had a far higher chance of being killed by a bee sting or being eaten by a shark than they did of contracting Ebola. Coronavirus, on the other hand, is a highly contagious worldwide pandemic that nearly every nation has struggled to contain, with a fatality rate higher than the common flu.

Yes, but did Harsanyi pronounce Harris’ first name correctly when he typed it?