January 27, 2021

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: How Many People Will the Democrats’ Impeachment Fetish Kill? “They want power. They will say and do anything to get and keep it. It’s popular to say that all politicians in Washington are like that, and it may be true to an extent. There are, however, widely varying degrees, The Democrats are hanging out at the corner of Godless and Shameless for this one.”

WORLD’S WILDEST POLICE CHASE VIDEOS, DIY EDITION: Two Bullets and an Empty Tank: San Antonio Suspect Livestreams Video as He Runs From Police Until it Ends in a Shootout.

At about the 13 minute mark he provides apparent motive for running from police, telling his passenger and the livestream audience “I’m not going back to prison. That’s what I said, when I got out. That’s what it is.”

At about the 16:30 mark, he speaks with someone via phone and tells them to bring their brother, indicating the possibility that he may have been attempting to set up an escape or ambush scenario.

At the 22 minute mark, the livestream quickly takes an ominous turn. Police had used spikes to flatten the driver side tires. The suspect was also running out of gas. He stops the truck near Allen Elementary School and says “Watch out.” He places the camera on the seat or floor and may cover it with something. Police sirens can be heard in the background. The camera captures the sound of the suspect cocking the hammer on the revolver.

He shouts “What’s up, bitches!” and the sounds of gunfire begin.

He shouts at the officers several more times, until a hail of gunfire silences him. By the 23 minute mark, the gun battle is over. An unseen police officer declares the vehicle clear just after the 24 minute mark.

Video at link.

SOCIOLOGIST: Biden Appoints Sociologist Alondra Nelson to Top Science Post. “Scientists praise US president’s selection of the bioethics and social inequality specialist to help lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy.”

Seems a lot more political than scientific.

COLLUSION: Huawei Ghostwrote Op-Ed for MIT Scholar.

GOOD AND HARD: Woman who made mittens worn by Bernie Sanders in meme quit making them after taxes crushed her business.

“I don’t have any more, and I don’t have much of a mitten business anymore because it really wasn’t worth it,” she continued. “Independent crafters get really taken for a ride by the federal government. We get taxed to the nth degree, and it wasn’t really worth it pursuing that as a business, even as a side hustle.”

Still, despite Sanders’s strident support for raising taxes, including on the middle class, to pay for “Medicare for all,” Ellis says she supports the senator.

“I’m also super pro-Bernie and as a public school teacher, I can see every day how families are struggling,” she said. “People are just trying to make ends meet, and they need things like student loan forgiveness and free education and a lot of the things that Bernie is fighting for.”

“We get taxed to the nth degree.” That’s why I’m supporting the socialist!

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Former Trump Aide Stephen Miller Details How Awful Biden’s Immigration Order Actually Is.

BIDEN’S RETURN TO NORMALCY IS ANYTHING BUT: Reflecting the Authoritarian Climate, Washington Will Remain Militarized Until At Least March: The idea of troops in U.S. streets for an extended period of time — an extreme measure even when temporary — has now become close to a sacred consensus.

Well, sacred to our political class, which likely contemplates doing things that will require they be protected from the American people. “The rationale for this extraordinary, sustained domestic military presence has shifted several times, typically from anonymous U.S. law enforcement officials. The original justification — the need to secure the inaugural festivities — is obviously no longer operative.”

January 26, 2021

LEFTIST GASLIGHTING:

BTW, Director of National Intelligence is a bigger deal than Secretary of Transportation.

THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND STUPID: Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump.

I REMEMBER WHEN ANTHONY FAUCI SAID MASKS DON’T WORK AT ALL: Now: If you haven’t been double-masking, research says to start now.

OPEN THREAD: Do that comment voodoo that you do so well.

FROM MY COLLEAGUE MICHAEL HIGDON: If You Grant It, They Will Come: The Enduring Legal Legacy of Migratory Divorce.

He’s done a lot of fun research into the culture of people staying in Reno, and he found a number of amusing postcards from the era, some of which appear in the piece.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: As Teachers Unions and Bureaucrats Battle, Families Choose Alternative Schools.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot: Biden Has Signed a Record 21 Executive Orders In Less Than a Week.

—MRCTV, today.

Chaser: “You can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.”

—Joe Biden, October, 2020.

SPACE: SpaceX, Amazon spat pits world’s richest men against each other over space real estate. “At the center of the back-and-forth is a recent attempt by SpaceX to modify its license for Starlink, a massive constellation of internet satellites, of which SpaceX has already launched more than 900. SpaceX already has permission from the US federal government to launch thousands of satellites to bulk up the Starlink constellation, and in recent filings with the Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX said it wants to put a few thousand of those satellites in a lower altitude than previously planned or authorized. That proposed change could put Starlink satellites in the way of another constellation, called Project Kuiper, that’s been proposed by Amazon. The company has not yet launched any satellites, but it has secured an FCC license for the project.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Deprogram the Sun.

Following are the procedures for deprogramming The New York Sun. We offer them in light of Katie Couric’s swipe at Trump supporters. “The question,” she told Bill Maher, “is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump.” The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson reckons the number of Americans who need to be deprogrammed is in the “millions.”

Ms. Couric’s remark seems to be rippling through the Internet. Just this week, Meghan McCain told the View that she doesn’t need to be reprogrammed, thank you very much. Of those calling for all this reprogramming, Ms. McCain advised, “Honestly, they can go to hell.” Good for her, we say, though for those who are interested, here are the manufacturer’s steps for deprogramming the Sun.

Step 1. Disconnecting the Republican solenoid. This device was installed after the Civil War by the Sun’s new proprietor, Charles Dana. Before the war, Dana had been fired from the Tribune by that jackanape Horace Greeley, who’d endorsed Southern secession, to which Dana’d objected. Whereupon Dana got hired by Abe Lincoln to cover the war for one reader — the president. Detach the ground wire only after this step.

Read the whole thing.

IT’S A PRETTY EASY TEST, SO IF YOU CAN’T PASS IT YEAH, YOU SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR: The One Fitness Test You Have to Pass.

WITH DNC IN MIND, CITY BANS CARRYING URINE, FECES: Comedian seeks permit for smiling poop sculpture in NYC. “If you thought ‘Fearless Girl’ was a bad look for the Wall Street bull, wait till you see this.”

(Classical reference in headline.)

GREAT MOMENTS IN AIRBRUSHING: Salon smears Tom Cotton, Newsweek airbrushes 2015 articles on first female Rangers graduating to conform to Salon’s hot take.

In 2015, many media outlets also hailed the two Ranger School graduates as America’s first female Army Rangers.

The American Legion’s official Twitter account shared a CBS story identifying the women as Rangers: “Via @CBSNews: First female @USArmy Rangers’ trailblazing achievement.”

Obama-administration official Ronald Klain, who now serves as President Biden’s chief of staff, shared a Huffington Post article identifying the women as Rangers.

Fox News called Haver and Griest “America’s first female Army Rangers.”

“America: Meet Your First Female Rangers,” read the headline at Time.

Newsweek reported in 2015 that for “the first time in the Army Ranger School’s 64-year history, two women have completed the intense training program and will become Rangers.” The same 2015 Newsweek story that said Haver and Griest “will become Rangers” acknowledged that “the 75th Ranger Regiment does not allow female Rangers.”

Over the weekend, Newsweek picked up Salon’s story attacking Cotton under the headline: “Tom Cotton Blasted for Claims About Being an Army Ranger by Lawmaker Who Was One.”

Cotton’s communications director Caroline Tabler tells National Review that Cotton’s office contacted Newsweek this weekend to point out that Newsweek had identified the female Ranger school graduates as Army Rangers in 2015. Newsweek responded by editing its 2015 story to conform to Salon’s new smear of Cotton. The 2015 Newsweek story no longer says the two women “will become rangers” — the edited version says they “will be allowed to wear the coveted Ranger tab on their uniforms.” (The original Newsweek story can be viewed here.)

If you want to get a sense of how insincere Salon’s attack on Cotton is, just take a look at all the times Salon articles referred to graduates of Ranger school as Army Rangers. An article published on Salon in May 2020 identified the Salon author, a Ranger school graduate, as an Army Ranger.

Read the whole thing.

OLD AND BUSTED: Brexit.

The New Hotness? #Texit! Texas Rep. Introduces Bill That Would Let Residents Vote on Seceding From the US.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): I understand the appeal, but Russia and China — and a lot of other bad actors — would love to see the US split up, and would then work to encourage the splinters to go to war with one another.

ANOTHER UPDATE FROM GLENN: Jim Bennett emails that it’s Russia, not China:

Talking up secession on both the red state and blue state side is being pushed by FSB bots and sock puppets. It’s his ultimate revenge for 1991. The Chinese don’t like secession even though it weakens the USA, because they are vulnerable to it themselves and fear blowback. From Putin’s point of view, the worst has already happened.

Federalism is the solution. Even as a worst case, an “Austro-Hungarian” solution. Secession is not.

He adds: “The 1/6 Capitol Hill event bears all the hallmarks of the sort of 5G warfare the Russians have been pulling off in eastern Ukraine. It’s not illogical to see QAnon and Antifa both being Putin puppets.”

Cui bono?

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: CDC: One in five people in U.S. has a sexually transmitted infection.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT MONOPOLY INSTITUTIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF SEXISM AND RACISM? CBS executives placed on leave after reports of “racist” and “sexist” comments.

FLASHBACK: Revolutionary Drinking: A Day-Long Experiment in Colonial Boozing.

LIFE IN THE BLUE ZONES: Death of NYC’s most beloved restaurants puts landlords in danger.

Related: City, state and federal leaders are all giving us pandemic chaos.

Go ahead, bite the Big Apple. Don’t mind the maggots!

UPDATE: In the comments, someone notes that no one ever proposes a property tax jubilee for the benefit of landlords, even as they’re trying to block evictions of nonpaying tenants. The government is very protective of its own receipts.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Yesterday’s mental illness is today’s social policy.”

MCCONNELL VOTES TO DECLARE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL:’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) voted in favor of a resolution declaring the impeachment trial of former President Trump “unconstitutional” on Tuesday.

The point of order resolution was put forward by McConnell’s colleague from Kentucky, Rand Paul, and effectively forced Republicans to declare on the record whether they consider the impeachment trial constitutional, given that it’s taking place after Trump has left office. The resolution failed after a majority of senators voted against it, meaning the impeachment trial will go ahead as planned.

However, only five Republicans voted against the resolution: Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. At the close of the impeachment trial itself, at least 17 Republican senators would need to join Democrats in order to convict Trump.

“I think there will be enough support on” the point-of-order resolution “to show there’s no chance they can impeach the president,” Paul told reporters before the vote on Tuesday. “If 34 people support my resolution that this is an unconstitutional proceeding, it shows they don’t have the votes and we’re basically wasting our time.”

More here: Watch: Rand Paul’s Fiery Speech Denouncing Trump Impeachment.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): My take:. The only remedies in impeachment are removal from office and disqualification to hold positions of “trust or profit.” The disqualification vote can’t take place until after the removal, and you can’t “remove” someone from an office they don’t hold. What’s more if you’re impeaching the President the Chief Justice must preside. The Chief Justice isn’t presiding, so this can’t be a presidential impeachment. But if you’re not impeaching a president, and you can’t impeach a private citizen, then there’s no power to impeach Trump.

Shame on Mitt Romney, et al., for throwing the Constitution under the bus to score points.

ANOTHER UPDATE FROM GLENN: Mollie Hemingway:

ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE AMMO SHORTAGE.

Related: Ammo Shortage Creating Lines at Gun Shops.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Portland Mayor Pepper Sprays Man After Maskless Confrontation.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he pepper-sprayed a man who confronted him at a pub Sunday night. The man allegedly confronted Wheeler as he left the pub and chastised him for not wearing a mask while eating.

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While running for re-election against a self-proclaimed Antifa candidate, Wheeler joined in a violent protest at the federal courthouse in Portland. He ended up on the receiving end of tear gas deployed by federal agents protecting the building, Breitbart’s Joel Pollak wrote.

In September, he ordered Portland Police Bureau to not use tear gas for riot control, Joshua Caplan reported for Breitbart. The order allowed police to continue using pepper spray and mace.

Earlier: Portland Mayor Offended When Reporter Asks Him If Portland’s Months Of Riots Were A Precursor To The DC Riot.

BREAKING: Not So Fast: Judge Blocks Biden’s Deportation Moratorium.

A LACK OF COMPREHENSION: “I realize that in the Manichaean environment of modern politics, everybody’s somebody’s fascist or communist. Surely, however, people who make a point of commenting on politics would have a basic grasp of the viewpoints of those they consider their ideological foes, right? Not so fast.”

To be fair, in 2021, it’s increasingly difficult to distinguish satire from reality.

MINDS WANDER: Study reveals what the brain does during daydreams.

WELL, GOOD: Moderate alcohol consumption does not up stroke risk in A-fib.

THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE YOU MAY EVER READ ABOUT HOW MAINSTREAM MEDIA GOT SCREWED UP:  Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi continue to be the last few remaining honest (read “classical”) liberals left. Taibbi’s piece today, titled “The Echo Chamber Era” outlines what conservative and libertarian First Amendment lawyers have said for years, only to be ignored, ridiculed, and (in my case) occasionally blacklisted.

“Media critics who work in the corporate press, like Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post, seem determined to look everywhere but inward for solutions. The dominant legend in our business is that if Republicans believe in fairy tales like Q and “Stop the Steal,” the traditional press can do nothing but stand its ground. Sullivan’s reaction to at-times “embarrassing” Inauguration Day coverage was an injunction to reporters to resist the temptation to try to appear more balanced by showing “toughness” with regard to the incoming Biden regime. If anything, Sullivan said, the press should stand even taller in its opposition to red-state lie merchants like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, “without fearing that they’d be called partisan.”

The coverage of Biden’s inauguration was […] a monument to groveling sycophancy. John Heileman at MSNBC compared Biden’s speech to Abe Lincoln’s second inaugural, and suggested that the sight of “the Clintons, the Bushes, and the Obamas” gathered for the event was like “the Marvel superheroes all back in one place” (this was not the first post-election Avengers comparison to be heard on cable). Rachel Maddow talked about going through “half a box of Kleenex” as she watched the proceedings. Chris Wallace on Fox said Biden’s lumbering speech was “the best inaugural address I ever heard,” John Kennedy’s “Ask Not” speech included. The joyful tone was set the night before by CNN’s David Challen, who said lights along the Washington Mall were like “extensions of Joe Biden’s arms embracing America.”

As the Good Professor says: “Read the whole thing.”™

THINK THE NATIONAL DEBT IS BAD? JUST WAIT: Hans Bader at Liberty Unyielding sees soaring deficits and debt as far as the eye can see and beyond. Plus inflation. And recession. Maybe worse. Other than that, Mr. President, what’s in your plans for us?

GOOD: Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine effective in blocking new strains.

THOSE 70K KEYSTONE JOBS BIDEN KILLED WERE JUST THE START: The Lid’s Jeff Dunetz says a new study from the American Petroleum Institute (API) expects millions to be lost.

I LOVE ALL THE OUTRAGE FROM PEOPLE WHO DON’T REALIZE THAT’S HE’S JUST REPRISING MAXINE WATERS’ COMMENTS ON TRUMP’S CABINET:

TOTALITARIANISM AND REPRESSION OF SPEECH AND ASSEMBLY:  When They Come For You.

(There appears to be a fundraiser for legal expenses, but I have not had a chance to investigate it. I shouldn’t even have taken time to write this post. If anyone knows and can vouch for it, let me know. We’ve had fraudulent fundraisers pop up in the past.)

HE HAS TO WORK BOTH SIDES OF HIS MOUTH: So no wonder Dr. Anthony Fauci is the highest-paid federal employee. Open The Books strikes again.

WATERGATE? RUSSIAGATE? NOW PAGERGATE? Austin, Texas, is likely not the only jurisdiction in America in which taxpayers are still paying for pagers that are almost never used. If you aren’t following the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), you should be, even if you don’t live in the Lone Star State. It may be liberty’s last safehouse.

 

UNWITTINGLY: Joy Reid Unwittingly Explains Why Joe Biden’s Unity Talk Just Won’t Work.

INTERNET NERDS VS. WALL STREET SUITS: A bunch of Redditors crush a short. “We can stay retarded for longer than they can stay solvent!”

NOW CHINA SAYS CHRISTIANS ARE SPREADING COVID: Don’t miss my latest PJ Media Culture column, this one on how China is a——, I mean, imitating Nero.

I CAN’T GIVE IT AWAY ON SEVENTH AVENUE: Bob McManus: The push to decriminalize ‘streetwalking’ follows a deadly run of NYC ‘reforms’.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Biden Reportedly ‘Furious’ with Newsom Over Loosening Lockdown.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Is the COVID science is so settled, why is Gavin Newsom loosening his state’s draconian lockdown restrictions?

Answer: Politics.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Asking for the data is racist
  • Democrats stealing Harriet Tubman’s anti-Democrat fever
  • Lena and Hunter sittin’ in a tree?

Bonus Sanity: An answer to the question of which POTUS is the real authoritarian.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

LETTING THE CHINESE GET INVOLVED WITH OUR GRID, AS BIDEN HAS JUST DONE, PROBABLY WON’T HELP: The Still-Untold Story of Electric Grid Insecurity.

WHEN WE DON’T KNOW THINGS ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND BUREAUCRATS, IT’S USUALLY BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT US TO KNOW THEM, BECAUSE THEY REFLECT BADLY ON THEM: Why Don’t We Know How Many Vaccine Doses Are Being Thrown Away?

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: Canadian casino mogul, actress wife pose as motel workers to cut COVID-19 vaccine line.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Washington Post Tried To Memory-Hole Kamala Harris’ Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water. “At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political ‘team’ or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.”

That’s because it’s not just a perception.

TRUMP’S LEGACY: Emirati builds bridges of peace through business.

Al-Shirawi spoke to the importance of being a propagator of peace. He believes that the signing of the Abraham Accords is just the first step, and now it is the people’s turn to build the relationships and create a “new band of brothers.” He wants to turn talk into action through successful business partnerships, and he believes that others will follow suit.

When asked about specific areas of cooperation, Al-Sharawi said he is looking forward to the environmental sphere and exploring Israel’s success in water filtration technology. Both the UAE and Israel face the problem of water scarcity and filtration, and while the technology is emerging in Dubai and other parts of the UAE, businesses, and industry can benefit from the Israeli mastery of this technology.

He also discussed cooperation at the cultural level, saying that it is more than just signing contracts and memorandums of understanding (MOUs), but a beautiful display of learning and unity between Emirati and Israeli communities. He noted the importance of places such as the Abrahamic Family House, an interfaith center that serves as a beacon of coexistence, peace, and goodwill. Places like this emphasize the familial bond between peoples that Al-Shirawi believes has existed for a long time.

Read the whole thing.

TRUMP AND THE FAILURE OF THE EXPERT CLASS: They were right about his character, but his defects were obvious to almost everyone. They were wrong about virtually all else.

The great theme of the Trump years, the one historians will note a century from now, was the failure of America’s expert class. The people who were supposed to know what they were talking about, didn’t.

The failure began with the country’s top consultants and pollsters. Candidate Trump did almost everything lavishly paid political consultants would have told him, and did tell him, not to do—and he won. The most respected pollsters, meanwhile, predicted a landslide for Hillary Clinton. America’s best and brightest political adepts turned out to know very little about the elections they claim to understand.

Also during the 2016 campaign, an assemblage of top-tier academics, intellectuals and journalists warned that Mr. Trump’s candidacy signified a fascist threat. Timothy Snyder, a historian of Nazism at Yale, was among the most strident of these prophets. “Be calm when the unthinkable arrives,” he warned in a Facebook post shortly after the election. “When the terrorist attack comes, remember that all authorities at all times either await or plan such events in order to consolidate power. Think of the Reichstag fire.” Many experts stuck with the fascism theme after Mr. Trump’s election and throughout his presidency. That these cultured authorities couldn’t tell the difference between a populist protest against elite contempt and a coup carried out by powerful ideologues will go down as one of the great fiascoes of American intellectual history.

The fascism charge was only the most acute form of the claim that Mr. Trump was carrying out an “assault on democracy.” Some semantic clarification is in order here. When intellectuals and journalists of the left use the word “democracy,” they typically are not referring to elections and decision-making by popularly elected officials. For the left, “democracy” is another word for progressive policy aims, especially the widening of special political rights and welfare-state provisions to new constituencies. By that definition any Republican president is carrying out an “assault on democracy.” . . .

America’s foreign-policy elite didn’t perform appreciably better. For decades, they had insisted that peace between Israel and the Arab world was impossible without a long-term solution to the Israel-Palestinian problem. It was an axiom, no longer up for debate. Mr. Trump followed through on a promise long made but not kept by the U.S. government to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Foreign-policy experts the world over predicted hellish payback from the Arab world, but the recognition went forward, the U.S. Embassy moved, and the payback consisted of a day’s worth of inconsequential protests.

Meanwhile the administration pressed ahead with a diplomatic push to strike commercial and diplomatic deals between Israel and Arab states. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco announced they would establish formal relations with Israel, and Saudi Arabia may do the same. The foreign-policy clerisy, having been wrong about the central question of global diplomacy for the past four decades, predictably ignored these achievements.

Then there are the public-health experts. We are still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, so it is difficult to write about it with the perspective it demands. Yet political talking points aside, this much is apparent: No nation—or anyhow no nation that values individual liberty and isn’t an island—has managed even to slow the spread of Covid-19 without causing economic ruin and attendant disorder. . . .

The most regrettable part of this class failure is that, with rare exceptions, the experts themselves acknowledge no error. Nothing about the Trump years has occasioned soul-searching or self-criticism on their part. But today’s experts will eventually retire and pass from the scene. A newer, fresher generation of pollsters, academics, think-tank scholars and journalists will care more about the truth than they do about aligning with today’s consensus. They will feel no need to disguise their ignorance by signaling hatred of Donald Trump. And they will not fail to note that their most accomplished and revered forerunners were, at crucial moments, idiots.

Related: The Suicide of Expertise.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Here’s The Full List Of Every Lie Joe Biden Has Told As President.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, RACIAL BIGOTRY EDITION: U. Colorado equity and inclusion official: White people need to ‘fix their freaking families.’

Why are “equity and inclusion” offices such cesspits of bigotry and discrimination?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, SEXUAL BIGOTRY EDITION: California prof: Heterosexuality is ‘tragic.’

‘TIS A PITY THEY CAN’T ALL LOSE: Some Silicon Valley donors’ next political fight? Trying to oust California’s governor. “To be sure, Newsom remains liked by many tech industry leaders. But now, some people from that same industry are proving to be a political thorn — with some supporters even turning on him.”

CROWDSOURCING GOODTHINK: Twitter launches ‘Birdwatch,’ a forum to combat misinformation. “Twitter said it hopes to build a community of ‘Birdwatchers’ that can eventually help moderate and label tweets in its main product.”

THESE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY: Liberal Media Scream: Nuremberg trial for Trump?

HEALTH: Apple says to keep your iPhone 12 away from pacemakers. “The handsets and MagSafe accessories can cause interference.”

I REMEMBER WHEN DARK MONEY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD: ‘Dark Money’ Helped Pave Joe Biden’s Path to the White House.

President Joe Biden benefited from a record-breaking amount of donations from anonymous donors to outside groups backing him, meaning the public will never have a full accounting of who helped him win the White House.

Biden’s winning campaign was backed by $145 million in so-called dark money donations, a type of fundraising Democrats have decried for years. Those fundraising streams augmented Biden’s $1.5 billion haul, in itself a record for a challenger to an incumbent president.

That amount of dark money dwarfs the $28.4 million spent on behalf of his rival, former President Donald Trump.

That’s different because shut up.

Plus: “Democrats have said they want to ban dark money as uniquely corrupting, since it allows supporters to quietly back a candidate without scrutiny. Yet in their effort to defeat Trump in 2020, they embraced it.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump Opens Rent Free Office Space In Liberals’ Heads. “The Democrats never could see through their Trump Derangement Syndrome clearly enough to see the fun guy that those of us who supported him did. I saw him speak live during the first month of his presidency and it was an extemporaneous blast filled with a lot of laughs. The Dems see him and us as angry and bitter all the time. Of course, it’s textbook projection. They’re the pinched, miserable ones.”

IS IT MORE LIKE 1984, OR MORE LIKE BRAVE NEW WORLD? Your online activity is now effectively a social ‘credit score:’ Especially when the Morality Police get acquired.

GOOD AND HARD:

Shot: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the clear choice for Indian Country.

Indian Country Today, October 21st, 2020.

Chaser: Utah tribe blasts Biden’s drilling freeze on federal lands as ‘direct attack’ on sovereignty.

—The Washington Times, Friday.

WHISKEY ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER.

ANALYSIS: VERY, VERY TRUE. Our Pandemic Fears Are Killing What Makes Life Worth Living.

IS THIS EVEN ALLOWED NOWADAYS? Democrats question election results: ‘We just trust the machines, and we shouldn’t.’

Matt Luceen didn’t vote for former President Donald Trump in 2020, but he came to Washington last week to protest President Biden’s inauguration, saying the election was flawed.

Mr. Luceen, a supporter of Sen. Bernard Sanders, said he toted signs that read “COUNT OUR VOTES BY HAND,” and “End the charade.”

“We don’t ever really put the paper into piles and count them by hand anymore,” the 34-year-old computer programmer said. “We just trust the machines, and we shouldn’t because we have documented proof that these machines are vulnerable.”

While Mr. Trump and his supporters have been explosively vocal about their distrust of the election system, discontent runs through a broad swath of voters from across the political spectrum.

In 2016, it was Democrats complaining that the election had been tainted by Russian interference. Two years later, the party complained that Stacey Abrams had been denied the Georgia governorship because of shenanigans with voting rolls.

Ms. Abrams never conceded, and Democrats — who took control of the U.S. House in those 2018 elections — made her cause a rallying cry, vowing to repair elections.

In 2020, it was Mr. Trump sowing complaints early and often.

The above is from this week. But remember this? Democratic senators warned of potential ‘vote switching’ by Dominion voting machines prior to 2020 election.

In a December 2019 letter to Dominion Voting Systems, which has been mired in controversy after a human error involving its machines in Antrim County, Michigan, resulted in incorrect counts, Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, and Amy Klobuchar and congressman Mark Pocan warned about reports of machines “switching votes,” “undisclosed vulnerabilities,” and “improbable” results that “threaten the integrity of our elections.”

“In 2018 alone, ‘voters in South Carolina [were] reporting machines that switched their votes after they’d inputted them, scanners [were] rejecting paper ballots in Missouri, and busted machines [were] causing long lines in Indiana,’” the letter reads. “In addition, researchers recently uncovered previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in “nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states.” And, just this year, after the Democratic candidate’s electronic tally showed he received 164 votes out of 55,000 cast in a Pennsylvania state judicial election in 2019, the county’s Republican chairwoman said, “nothing went right on Election Day. Everything went wrong. That’s a problem.”

The letter continued: “These problems threaten the integrity of our elections and demonstrate the importance of election systems that are strong, durable, and not vulnerable to attack.”

Dominion’s suing Rudy Giuliani, but not these Democrats. But an “unbiased” voting machine company that only sues Republicans has kind of blown its credibility already.

From the day before the 2020 election: USA Today: Will your ballot be safe? Computer experts sound warnings on America’s voting machines.

All election systems are for the most part black boxes: proprietary software and hardware jealously guarded by the handful of companies selling them. But state reviews and court cases opening up DRE systems of all makes and models for examination have for years flagged problems. . . .

“The whole community of computer scientists is mystified why election officials will not listen to experts about technology but will listen to the vendors (selling and maintaining it),” said Duncan Buell, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of South Carolina who examined that state’s system.

Nobody should buy voting machines from Dominion, or anyone else, using secret “proprietary software and hardware.” And, really, nobody should buy voting machines at all.

Flashback: Biden Was Concerned About Manipulated Voting Machines, Called for Paper Ballots. “How are you gonna keep it from us being able to be in a position where you can manipulate the machines, manipulate the records?”

Well, he had a point.

Related: New York Times, Feb. 4, 2020: The Only Safe Election Is a Low-Tech Election: The Iowa caucus debacle proved that a 21st-century election requires 19th-century technology.

Every piece of technology involved in the voting process is a possible point of failure. And the larger and more interconnected the technical system, the more vulnerable it is to an attack.

“Many of the leading opponents of paperless voting machines were, and still are, computer scientists, because we understand the vulnerability of voting equipment in a way most election officials don’t,” said Barbara Simons, a computer scientist and board chair of Verified Voting, an election security nonprofit, in an interview with The Atlantic in 2017.

Remember when they told us to “listen to the experts?”

But look, for elections to work, people — including the losing side — have to trust that voting is basically fair. Something like 40% of Americans have serious doubts. That’s destabilizing, and trying to pretend suddenly that only kooks have doubts, and trying to silence critics with legal thuggery a la Dominion, only makes the problem worse.

MORE: Elections Canada is Explaining How Vote Counting Happens Here with Paper Ballots Only. He called out Dominion Voting Systems by name.

After Donald Trump went after voting machines, Elections Canada is explaining, and kind of bragging, about how counting votes happens here.

On Twitter, the federal electoral agency said that for federal elections here in Canada, paper ballots are always used.

Those are then counted by hand while representatives of each candidate, also known as scrutineers, watch that happen to make sure that everything is above board.

In the tweet, Elections Canada also said that they’ve never used electronic tabulators or voting machines to count votes in the agency’s 100-year history.

They even made it very clear that Dominion Voting Systems are not used.

Paper ballots, counted openly at each polling place as soon as it closes with no opportunity for new ballots to be “found” later. That’s how it should be done.

I APOLOGIZE TO BALDRICK WHO AT LEAST PROVIDED SUPERIOR TURNIPS:  They Have A Cunning Plan.

MENTALLY DEFICIENT TODDLERS:  DOJ Inspector General Announces Investigation into DOJ Effort to Influence the 2020 Election.

…on LSD, playing with plastique.

THE RIOT WASN’T. THE ARRESTS ARE POLITICAL PERSECUTION:  Founder of #WalkAway Movement, Brandon Straka, Arrested For Participation in Capitol Hill Riot.

I stand with Brandon Straka. Any regime that would deprive citizens of the right to protest is an illegal and dictatorial regime.

MENTALLY IMPAIRED TODDLERS RUNNING WITH PLASTIQUE:  House Delivers Article of Impeachment, Trump Warns GOP of Primary Consequences.

SURE:  Teen Suicides Major Reason For Schools To Reopen.

But making asthmatic kids wear masks while attending is going to take those same schools to the cleaners, when the madness passes and everyone remembers ADA.

WHICH MEANS WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO RESIST:  American Exceptionalism Is Our Birthright. We’re Keeping It.

Because actually Bai Den Zhou’s puppet government is inimical to everything America is.

TO BE FAIR, AT LEAST THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO PRODUCE FICTION:  ‘No Man’s Land’s’ Own Studio Lies About the Immigration Drama.

Still, CNN is not likely to appreciate the competition.

WE’VE LEFT THE REAL WORLD BEHIND: Journalists Mobilize Against Free Speech.

We’re living in the drugged fantasies of some LSD addict. It’s still 1970 and any minute now we’re going to wake up on the green shag carpeting next to some guy who has been growing his chest hair since before he was born.  And I’ll be wondering what I’m doing there, at eight.

THE LEFT WOULD CANCEL ALL OF US: Today’s blacklisted American: A blogger about babies.

So they’re not constantly reminded of their miserable and petty smallness.

IT IS NEEDED:  The Battle for Moral Authority.

Let me put it this way: morality is not race. When you start investing any race with moral worth, while stripping it from another, you’re the one who has no morality. The end.

THE COUNTRY IS IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS:  ‘More like a snack for a toddler than a meal for an adult’: How our National Guard troops are being fed at the Capitol.

AMERICANS DO EVERYTHING DIALED TO 11:  Rule by Decree: Joe Biden Sets Record for Executive Orders in First Week.

Not even the Romans had an Emperor this senile proclaim so much crazy stuff. At this point saying he’s marrying his daughter and declaring his dogs citizens would be piddly stuff.

THIS REGIME, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: A genocide, by any other name.

This regime holds the leash on vice-roi Bi-Den-Zhou.

TODDLERS, RUNNING WITH PLASTIQUE:  Schumer: Biden Should Consider Declaring ‘Climate Emergency’ So He Can Do Things without Congress.

January 25, 2021

REALCLEARPOLITICS: Democrat Prospects of Convicting Trump in Senate Fade Away. Drag it out as long as possible, waste their momentum and make them look dumb on TV. Then crush it.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:

FAILING UPWARD: Dr. Anthony Fauci: The Highest Paid Employee In The Entire U.S. Federal Government.

JUST SENT OUT THANK-YOU NOTES TO PEOPLE WHO DONATED VIA PAYPAL. Sorry that some were a bit late; I got a bit behind with the Covid and other stuff. I very much appreciate your support, especially now that the Amazon stuff is no longer happening as before.

(Bumped).

COOL: Elon Musk Is Leasing Land to Drill for Natural Gas In Texas. Near SpaceX’s launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.

TRUMP’S NOT PRESIDENT. THEREFORE HE CAN’T BE REMOVED, WHICH MEANS HE CAN’T BE IMPEACHED. AT LEAST, THAT’S MY TAKE. Did Chief Justice John Roberts decline to preside over the Senate trial of the Trump impeachment? “I think it means John Roberts arrived at the view that there was no occasion for the Chief Justice to preside, and therefore he has a duty to refrain from participating. That’s not ducking and it’s not skipping. When he presides, it’s because he must, and when he refrains, it’s because he must. It’s based on an interpretation of law. But I can’t tell, reading this article, if he was asked to preside and communicated a refusal, or if Senate Democrats decided that the Constitution, Article I, Section 3, does not provide for a role for the Chief Justice.”

The thing is, if you’re not impeaching Trump as President, then you’re impeaching a private citizen. And you can’t impeach a private citizen. If you’re impeaching Trump as President, then the Chief Justice must preside. And since he isn’t . . .

WHEN YOU PUT CLOWNS IN CHARGE, YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A CLOWN SHOW: If You Thought the First Impeachment Was a Circus, Just Wait for Impeachment 2.0.

WELL, OBJECTIVELY THEIR PLATFORMS PLAYED A BIGGER ROLE: House GOP: If the FBI Is Investigating Parler for the Capitol Riot, Let’s Include Facebook and Twitter.

Though the notion that a communications platform is responsible for what its users say, even aside from Section 230, is pretty novel and unAmerican here.

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