August 9, 2020

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE: “‘The Chinese, what they said is, China would prefer Joe Biden,’ [Pelosi told CNN’s State of the Union]. ‘Whether they do, that’s their conclusion that they would prefer Joe Biden.’”

It’s a rare moment when New York Times owner Tom Cotton and President Trump agree with Ms. Pelosi: Tom Cotton: Joe Biden Is China’s Choice for President.

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NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: New Mexico man in his 20s dies of septicemic plague. “On July 27 a Santa Fe County man in his 60s was diagnosed with bubonic plague. . . . There are three forms of plague, with symptoms varying depending on how the person was exposed to the bacterium, according to the Centers for Disease Control.” The story doesn’t tell you — because they’ve laid off all the editors, I guess — but the three forms are bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic, in ascending order of lethality. Pneumonic is the most contagious and the only one where human-to-human transmission is at all likely.

Related: Treatment of Plague. Time to start stockpiling streptomycin and tetracycline?

Also: China bubonic plague spreads: Beijing orders second lockdown after new horror death. “Panic has swept across China’s Inner Mongolia province after a second bubonic plague lockdown was enforced, two days after the first, as whole villages are sealed off.”

STRIKE A POSE, THERE’S NOTHING TO IT:

Shot: Joe Biden gets behind the wheel of a Corvette Stingray and lets it rip.

—The New York Daily News, August 5th.

Chaser: Biden Promises To Outlaw Gas-Powered Cars If Elected President.

Issues & Insights, July 16th.

To paraphrase Joe’s former boss, if you like your car, you can keep your car.

FLASHBACK: ‘You’re Not Supposed to Betray Your Race’: The Challenge Faced by Black Women Accusing Black Men. “When Meredith Watson decided to publicly accuse Virginia’s lieutenant governor of raping her, she knew she would face a backlash — most women who accuse powerful men of sexual assault do. But she also feared that as a black woman, she would face added scrutiny because the prominent politician she named, Justin E. Fairfax, was African-American, too.”

Also, he was a Democrat, and for all the #MeToo posturing the press and the political establishment closed ranks to protect him. So it turns out she should have kept her mouth shut. Know your place, peasants!

THE PEOPLE, UNITED, WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED: Trump supporters rally: Hundreds of MAGA fans march in Beverly Hills urging liberals to ‘walk away’, crowd in California blasts Gov. Newsom for not reopening the state and pro-police demonstrators gather in Austin.

Judging from the photos, there’s more racial diversity than a Black Lives Matter rally.

CARS VANDALIZED, BUT LOT OWNER IS ANGRY WITH OAKLAND POLICE RESPONSE:

A used car lot owner in East Oakland tells KTVU his business has been targeted repeatedly by criminals. They’ve stolen from him and vandalized cars.

Abdul Alatuali, owner of Mission Bay Auto Sales says at 6:30 Thursday morning, surveillance video shows a man vandalizing five cars on his lot on International Boulevard with spray paint.

He’s angry and frustrated by the response from Oakland police.

Alatuali estimates the damage at more than $11,000.

He called 911 to report the crime and was told by the dispatcher that he needs to file an online police report.

“No, I don’t go online. Why I’m paying taxes-for what? ” says Alatuali.

Related: Defunding the police: Oakland, Berkeley could be test cases for Bay Area, nation.

IT DOESN’T MATTER, THERE’S SOME KIND OF WEIRD BLUE-STATE DEATH WISH GOING ON: NYC will die if we don’t allow indoor dining in Midtown ASAP.

Related: There’s no masking Mayor Bill de Blasio’s apathy for NYC.

CANCEL FLANNERY O’CONNOR? WHY STOP THERE? “If you’re going to Mao up the canon, don’t half-ass it. Really get in there. Don’t rest until every last one of your heroes who ever thought a single thought on the wrong side of history is not only dead—but forgotten. And don’t delay: time is short, justice is impatient, and you have a lot of reading to do. Or you could, you know, get therapy.”

Read the whole thing, which is quite a list of authors who could go down the memory hole at any time. But when does Marx get cancelled for his stone cold racism?

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SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! Posh Maryland private academy to hold blacks-only social justice event.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Antisemitism from unexpected source — the African American Community.

ROGER L. SIMON: Why Do Our Intelligence Agencies Keep Lying to Us?

MARK JUDGE: 4:30 Movie: Poetry and Holy Cinema.

I DIDN’T FEEL IT, BUT BASED ON MY FACEBOOK FEED SOME PEOPLE IN KNOXVILLE DID: 5.1 earthquake near Sparta, NC.

TROLL LEVEL: POTUS DJT. Trump campaign trolls Biden over latest race gaffe with “You Ain’t Diverse” T-shirts.

TUTTO NELLO STATO, NIENTE AL DI FUORI DELLO STATO, NULLA CONTRO LO STATO: AOC Complains That Private Charity Exists, Saying Government Replaces It ‘In a Just Society.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

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THOMAS SOWELL, THE NONCONFORMIST: Over a lifetime of scholarship and public engagement, economist Thomas Sowell has illuminated controversial topics such as race, poverty, and culture.

BRING ON THE TRUMP-KANYE DEBATES! If Joe Biden opts out of the debates and President Trump says the American people deserve to hear a serious discussion of the issues, then which network exactly would not broadcast it?

ANDREW MCCARTHY: Should Judge Sullivan Be Disqualified from Flynn Case? An Appeals Court Is Asking.

I’D SAY BLACK LIVES MATTER/ANTIFA HAS PRETTY MUCH KILLED THE GUN CONTROL ISSUE ANYWAY: Myths the Media Perpetuate About Gun Control.

SEEMS APPROPRIATE, CONSIDERING THAT WHITE FRAGILITY IS THE WINDOWS ME OF CORPORATE LECTURES: Did You Know That Grievance Entrepreneur Robin DiAngelo Has Gotten Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Money?

HOW CANCEL CULTURE VIOLATES INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM: Jonathan Rauch explains the difference between canceling and criticism. New video from Reason TV:

Related: The Four Quadrants of Conformism. “In the past, the way the independent-minded protected themselves was to congregate in a handful of places — first in courts, and later in universities — where they could to some extent make their own rules. Places where people work with ideas tend to have customs protecting free inquiry, for the same reason wafer fabs have powerful air filters, or recording studios good sound insulation. For the last couple centuries at least, when the aggressively conventional-minded were on the rampage for whatever reason, universities were the safest places to be. That may not work this time though, due to the unfortunate fact that the latest wave of intolerance began in universities.”

August 8, 2020

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NOT GOOD: Five More Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Susan Rice.

MY OWN PREDICTION IS THAT THE DISEASE WILL HAVE FADED BEFORE WE HAVE A USEFUL VACCINE IN USEFUL DISTRIBUTION: A Covid-19 vaccine paradox and a few related speculations.

POWER LINE: Trump’s political masterstroke. “As a political matter, Trump’s move looks like a masterstroke. Since the days of FDR, the public has always seemed to approve of presidents who act to ameliorate suffering while Congress diddles. A flurry of activity, even of the futile or potentially counterproductive kind, makes a president look energetic and caring. In this instance, Trump’s move might well force congressional Democrats to reach a deal. That outcome, too, would be a political win for the president.” Plus: “The obvious displeasure of The Washington Post is further evidence that Trump has made a smart political move.”

Related, from Josh Blackman: The Mechanics of President Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral Memorandum.

Flashback: Obama’s Pen and Phone.

Related: Remembering U.S. v. Spawr Optical, in which a president revived an expired criminal statute by executive order. More here.

OPEN THREAD: Long-haired preachers come out every night. Try to tell you what’s wrong and what’s right.

END OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING: NY Dems push for law mandating 500 hours of training for ‘shampoo assistants.’

SPACE: The first interplanetary helicopter is on its way to Mars.

DO THEY, NOW? Scientists say COVID-19 recovery plans should include climate change. They think this makes climate change sound more urgent, but actually it makes the pandemic seem less urgent, and more like an excuse.