June 18, 2021

OUR BOUGHT-AND-PAID-FOR FOURTH ESTATE: Curiously incurious: Where is the media coverage of China’s defector?

NEW HARVARD DATA (ACCIDENTALLY) REVEAL HOW LOCKDOWNS CRUSHED THE WORKING CLASS WHILE LEAVING ELITES UNSCATHED.

As Jordan Schachtel wrote late last month in a Substack article titled, “What to make of the COVID-19 lab leak theory,” “The virus was not the cause for global catastrophe. It was the response to the virus that crippled the global economy and our society. The disease was not nearly as damaging as the ‘cure’ for the disease.”

BREAKING: Catholic Bishops Advance Communion Rules That May Target Joe Biden.

OF COURSE, SO IS THE FIRST ONE: You can catch covid-19 twice, but the second bout is likely to be mild.

NEW NATIONAL HOLIDAY SETS OFF SCRAMBLE TO SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENTS NATIONWIDE FRIDAY.

Make it permanent, and then we’re really getting somewhere.

TYLER O’NEIL: Supreme Court Proves Joe Biden Wrong, in More Ways Than One. “Biden and his allies on the Left fear an originalist Court because it means the Supreme Court will no longer force their agenda on the American people. In order to prevent a more restrained Court, they engage in fear mongering about the horrible results of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. Yet, when Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett make decisions on the Court, they often align with their fellow justices — even the three liberals on the Court.”

READER BOOK PLUG: From Mike Lang, One-Beer Grilling: Fast, Easy, and Fresh Recipes for Great Grilled Meals You Can Make Before You Finish Your First Cold One. He sent me a copy and the recipes look great.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Are bidets really better for the planet than toilet paper?

WHEN TEACHING THE LAW IS AGAINST THE RULES. America loses another good professor thanks to the kind of stupid “crazy years” incident that gets recounted in books with titles starting with the words “The Decline and Fall.”

IT’S ALWAYS A GRIFT: COVID Hysterics Find Their Next Grift. “Part of the broader left-wing ideology is a false sense that they can bring about utopia. If that means stomping on your freedom and forcing you to wear a piece of dirty cloth on your face at all times, that’s just fine with them. Does the country have COVID under control? Well, let’s stop RSV now, which they say is totally like COVID even though they insisted that COVID wasn’t like RSV for a year and censored anyone who suggested such.”

NO WONDER SHE’S SUCH A DNC-MSM HERO: A Grad Student Tried to Correct a Misleading COVID Narrative. Rebekah Jones Tried to Ruin His Career for It.

BETTER THAN THE VACCINE: Less than 1% of people with severe COVID-19 get re-infected.

WELL, GOOD: Tweak to pritelivir allows treatment of latent herpes infections.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Have Journalists Ever Met the People They Write About?

This isn’t a conservative-vs.-progressive thing. It’s not a Republican-vs.-Democrat thing. It’s not a coastal-elite-vs.-flyover-country thing. It’s not even a Trump thing. It’s a journalists-vs.-normal-people thing. Outside of the narcissistic and incestuous Thunderdome that houses the American media, it remains the case that people simply do not think in the way that the Beltway-media class believes they do. They are not traumatized by the daily news. They do not make key life decisions based upon the behavior of the president, nor wait for him to leave office before deciding that they are so disturbed that they no longer wish to work. They are not fixated upon the latest congressional MacGuffin or the implications of a given riot or the occasional mistakes of the police. And when they are looking to enjoy a good “cultural drama,” they do not look for it in the same places as the editors of the Washington Post do.

Only journalists and politicians do that. Why? Because they’re freaks. I mean that quite seriously, and I happily include myself in the description. People who argue about the national news every day are straight-up oddities — doubly so when they do it from New York or Washington, D.C.; triply so if they do it in pursuit of a comprehensible political ideology; and quadruply so if they do it using the digital funhouse we call Twitter. Don’t mistake me: There’s nothing wrong per se with being a weirdo. It’s a free country. But there is a lot wrong with being a weirdo who is totally unaware that he is a weirdo. And there’s even more wrong with being a weirdo who spends his days projecting his own interests, obsessions, anxieties, pathologies, and ideologies onto an unwitting and normal population that is nothing at all like him, while claiming that he is giving a voice to that same unwitting and normal population. Increasingly, I see it accepted that “Twitter isn’t real life.” Well, journalism isn’t, either, I’m afraid.

Yesterday, Punchbowl’s Jake Sherman noted that Joe Biden had said, of journalists: “You’re the brightest people in the country.” Then he added, sadly: “Trump didn’t say that.” But why would Trump have said that? Why would anyone say that — other than, perhaps, a paid therapist? I’m sure there are some bright journalists out there, just as there are some extremely stupid journalists out there. But is there anybody with a pulse who believes that, as a class, journalists are the “brightest people” in the United States? If their output is any guide, half of them can’t even read.

Related flashback: “The top 3 best selling vehicles in America are pick-ups. Question to reporters: do you personally know someone that owns one?”, Ace of Spades’ John Ekdahl asked on Twitter at the beginning of 2017. As Sean Davis of the Federalist noted in his article on that seemingly innocuous tweet, “Watch A Bunch Of Journalists Freak Out After Being Asked If They Know Anybody Who Drives A Truck.”

BRYAN PRESTON: Can We Talk About Joe Biden’s Horrible Choice to Give Putin a List of Things Not to Cyberattack? “What competent commander would then not expect his adversary to go straight away and attack those very targets? You’ve handed him a treasure map. Why would he then not go taking that treasure, checking items off the list as he attacks them?”

Flashback: Obama warns Cantor: ‘Don’t call my bluff.’

Neither one of that team was ever very bright.

JOHN NOLTE: Lin-Manuel Miranda Grovels to Woke Gestapo over ‘Colorism’ Following ‘In the Heights’ Casting Backlash. “Anyway, although the box office bomb In the Heights is populated almost entirely with blacks and Hispanics, some people on Twitter are still complaining over the movie’s lack of darker-skinned blacks and Hispanics. Naturally, Lin-Manuel Miranda (or is it Lin-Miranda Manuel?) responded with an estrogen-filled grovel loaded with so many woketard terms it reads like satire. . . . During the McCarthy era — I mean the first one, not this one — watching those old black and white newsreels of artists crouching and moaning and flattering the House Un-American Activities Committee is still difficult, but nothing like this. Actually, that’s not true. The truth is that I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoy watching the Worst People In the World humiliate and berate The Worst People In the World. These monsters deserve each other, so every day in WokeLand is Christmas morning — one beautifully wrapped gift after another.”

TREAT YOURSELF FOR FATHER’S DAY: How about a water bottle from Biblical Greek T-shirts, a Thomas Sowell T-shirt or a Hard Man Novel?

UPDATE: I see that Biblical Greek T-shirts has a new men’s t-shirt that carries a “warning”:” “* Wearers of this shirt should be aware that it may not meet with the approval of either Facebook, the Chinese Communist Party, or the mainstream media.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Arizona Gov. Overrides State University’s Rule Forcing Students to Get Vaccine.

NO, PHILLY DECISION WAS NOT A WIN FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Margot Cleveland, writing for The Federalist, makes the argument that the Supreme Court’s Fulton v. City of Philadelphia decision doesn’t protect religious freedom because it does nothing to repeal or substantially revise the controlling precedent, Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith.

‘CANCEL CULTURE HAS REACHED HENDERSON COUNTY GOVERNMENT,’ COMMISSIONER SAYS: “The Henderson [NC] County Board of Commissioners called an emergency meeting on Thursday evening to respond to what the county manager called YouTube’s ‘blatant act of censorship’ in removing the video of Wednesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting from its platform.”

As Toby Young asked last year at the Spectator: Why is YouTube so afraid of free speech?

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: The Great Reset Comes for the Suburbs.

Plus:

  • Crazy cat lady would rather be aborted
  • Andrew Yang savaged for telling the truth about New York City
  • Are you white and wondering where your free Wifi is?

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

STACY MCCAIN: State Sovereignty Still Matters. I was going to quibble with this title, as the states aren’t really sovereign — as Article I Section 10 of the Constitution makes clear, by forbidding them from doing things sovereign governments typically do, like make treaties, keep armies, impose tariffs, etc. On the other hand, if the United States government suddenly ceased to exist, the states would remain, unimpaired and in fact with expanded powers. So I’ll allow it in context.

However, the claim that the states created the federal government isn’t really correct. As the Preamble makes clear, it was We The People who did so, and that’s not just rhetoric. The ratification of the Constitution by conventions elected directly by the people, rather than by state legislatures, was designed to make just that point. Sure, those people voted in their states, but as Joseph Story said, where else could they have voted?

READINESS: US Navy Punts on Building a Fleet to Compete with China.

The Navy budget proposal released last month seems an exercise in cognitive dissonance. Not only does it fail to acknowledge the obvious dangers of the present day, it further defers making good on long-overdue commitments to meet the threats of tomorrow.

Take a look around. Russia recently conducted large naval drills around Ukraine. Chinese aircraft and warships are busily trying to intimidate Taiwan and bully Philippine fishermen in the South China Sea. All the while, Beijing assiduously has been expanding its navy at breakneck pace.

To meet these aggressive Chinese and Russian behaviors, the United States should push to recapitalize its naval infrastructure, invigorate lackluster shipbuilding, and build needed end-strength. Unfortunately, the Navy budget proposed by the Biden administration does none of this. Instead, it shunts money from the field to the lab (R&D increases 12 percent over last year while overall procurement drops 8 percent) and busies itself with re-education.

The president’s proposal disappoints on several counts, starting with shipbuilding.

A Navy that can’t fight is just a big wokeness seminar, which I suppose is the point.

DEMORALIZING THE POLICE IS JUST AS ‘EFFECTIVE’ AS DEFUNDING THEM: Portland Police’s Entire Rapid Response Riot Team Resigns After Officer Charged, Antifa Released.

WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PAL: Facebook employees are losing faith in Mark Zuckerberg. “Glassdoor, the online service that connects people to jobs and company reviews, recently revealed its annual list of top CEOs based on input from their respective employees, and for the first time since 2013, Zuckerberg was missing. Employees rated factors including sentiment on their CEO’s job performance as well as the pros and cons for working for their employer.”

IF WHITE SUPREMACY IS A THING, THEN WHY? Six white female academics have posed as scholars of color in recent years.

KEVIN DOWNEY JR: Everybody Was Fast-Food Fighting: Danger Looks in Burger Joints. “When Cherysse Cleveland couldn’t get three flavors of slushie in one cup at a Ravenna, Ohio, McDonalds, she did what every sane adult would do and attacked the staff.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: U of Ottawa professor: ‘Sex work’ is ‘the best thing young people can do early in their careers.’

Well, the good news is, you don’t need an expensive college degree for that.

ICYMI: My RealClearPolitics column on voting reform, Easy to Vote, Hard to Cheat.

REMEMBER THE NAME ‘CARTER JONES:’ His 29-page memo, as reported by Just the News, about “massive” election integrity and mis-management problems in George during the November 2020 election just may be the end of any doubt that Biden really deserves the moniker, His Fraudulency.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: The tide is turning against the woke-liberal Blob that misrules us.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. John McWhorter: You Are Not A Racist to Criticize Critical Race Theory.

The early writings by people like Regina Austin, Richard Delgado, Kimberlé Crenshaw are simply hard-leftist legal analysis, proposing a revised conception of justice that takes oppression into account, including a collective sense of subordinate group identity. These are hardly calls to turn schools into Maoist re-education camps fostering star chambers and struggle sessions.

However, this, indeed, is what is happening to educational institutions across the country. Moreover, it is no tort to call it “CRT” in shorthand when:

1) these developments are descended from its teachings and

2) their architects openly bill themselves as following the tenets of CRT.

In language, terms evolve, and quickly — witness, of late, how this has happened with cancel culture and even woke. To insist that “CRT” must properly refer only to the contents of obscure law review articles from decades ago is a debate team stunt, not serious engagement with a dynamic and distressing reality.

Engagement with reality is not the point.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: ICYMI — Portland Is Still an Antifa/BLM/Commie Hell Hole. “It’s not likely that Portland can be saved. Its politics are left of Havana, its citizens too stoned and woke to see what’s happening in front of them. There doesn’t seem to be any level of awfulness that would prompt a correction back to law and order.”

ICYMI: INTERVIEW ON RETIREMENT QUESTIONS WITH KORVING & CO., publishers of Before I Go and Before I Go Workbook.

FEDS NOW GET 44 DAYS OFF EVERY YEAR: Lost amid the Left’s Juneteenth celebration is the fact turned up by Open the Books. As a result, the average career bureaucrat gets nine weeks of fully paid time off.

WHERE WE ARE NOW: IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Texas Religious Group Because Prayer, Bible Reading Boost the Republican Party. “An IRS official denied tax-exempt status to a Texas group that encourages church members to pray for state and national leaders, regardless of their party affiliation, because it benefits ‘the private interests of the [Republican] Party.'”

NO, THE KIDS WON’T BE FINE: It’s been a truism since the No-Fault Divorce era whenever the welfare of the little ones involved is mentioned. Now we have 50 years and more of data and it’s clear the kid’s weren’t and aren’t going to be fine as the traditional one man/one woman/staying together come Hell or high water marital model fades. And yes, I was as guilty of saying it as anybody reading this post, so being judgmental isn’t my purpose here.

WE’RE FIGHTING BACK!:  Concerned shareholders take action against Coke’s racist demands.  (It’s possible that I’m biased, since I am chairman of the board, but I believe the American Civil Rights Project, which is representing the shareholders against Coke, is a great new organization.)

ROUTINE BUT NEVER BORING: SpaceX launches advanced GPS satellite for US Space Force, sticks rocket landing at sea.

FIGHT THE POWER: White Male Prof Sues Denver Law School For Gender Bias.

TO BE FAIR, THAT’S ITS GOAL: Critical race theory makes race relations worse: 43% yes, 24% no.

SEEN ON HELEN’S PAGE: Free on Kindle, The Committee Wars.

JOE BIDEN’S RETURN TO NORMALCY OR DECENCY OR WHATEVER: Biden Uses Juneteenth to Push His Federal Takeover of Elections and the Suburbs.

WHY ARE UNIVERSITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF ANTISEMITISM? Stanford Mental Health Workers Say University Counseling Ignores and Intimidates Jews: Complaint alleges diversity officers ignored anti-Semitic incidents. Diversity offices are there to help certain constituencies. If you’re not a constituent, tough luck.

I REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS A HERO TO THE PRESS: Prosecutors seek “very substantial” prison time for Avenatti.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: Biden approaches economic point of no return.

Related: Federal Reserve Delivers Bad News About Expectations For Inflation, Raising Interest Rates. “The Fed is now signaling that rates will need to rise sooner and faster, with their forecast suggesting two hikes in 2023. This change in stance jars a little with the Fed’s recent claims that the recent spike in inflation is temporary.”

AND THIS RIGHT HERE IS WHY THE BABYLON BEE IS AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD:  Congress Members To Wear Barcodes So Lobbyists Can Scan Prices, Self-Checkout.

Tomorrow’s news today.  We think they have a time machine.

MY KIDS ARE GROWN NOW, THANK HEAVENS: Could there be anything more gross than the masks your kids are wearing?

But let me tell you, despite our best efforts, up till age 10 they were part of a collective entity nicknamed Victor the Vector.

LIVING BETWEEN NAUSEA AND ANGER THESE DAYS:  The FBI’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol fracas is absolutely disgusting.

And still, we say #JusticeforAshliBabbit  #AshliBabbitSayHerName.  She was a patriot. She was a veteran. She was a citizen.

NEW HOLIDAY SLOWS THE FEDERAL LEVIATHAN FOR ONE DAY: Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed and Biden signed into law a bill declaring Juneteenth to be a federal holiday.  Since Juneteenth (June 19) falls on a Saturday, that means today (the very next day after the bill became law) will be the work holiday.  A meeting of the Commission on Civil Rights, which had been planned for a long time and noticed in the Federal Register, had to be called off.  I assume similar activities have been called off throughout the federal bureaucracy.  It’s interesting that even our nation’s leaders are unconvinced that what the federal government does is important.

HE’S OF THEIR KIN. HE’S OF THEIR KIND:  The Big Club Spit on Trump but Embraces Biden.

MADAM, THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO FEAR AUDITS ARE FRAUDSTERS:  “Fraudits Have No Place in Colorado” – Democrat Colorado Secretary of State Issues Emergency Rules Prohibiting Election Audits.

What you’re saying is that you took power by fraud and you mean to hold it.  As a Colorado of three decades standing, I beg leave to inform you that just because you break the fire alarm, it doesn’t mean you won’t get a fire.  And in Colorado these days, you can smell the anger in the air, like you smell the smoke on hot Summer afternoons.

As for me, I judge sane people have no place in Colorado anymore. We’re expediting our exit as soon as possible. I wish you joy of what remains.

BEHOLD MY SHOCKED FACE:  Ballot Problems Persist in Atlanta, Georgia – Missing Ballots, Missing Logs, Duplicated Ballot Scans and Worse.

Laughs in Coloradan.

NOTHING. AT THIS POINT THE “INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY”, LIKE CARTAGO, DELENDA EST:  Fighting the Extremism Fight.

And I recommend salting the ground for good measure.

 

SURE, MSM, DO CRY WOLF SOME MORE:  Panicked Media Escalates Disinformation War Against Critical Race Theory Opponents.

THEY LET THE CAMEL’S NOSE UNDER THE TENT:  ‘Unplanned’ Outages Slam Texas Power Plants as Temperatures Soar.

Where “green energy” goes, this follows.

PEOPLE WHO WERE NEVER SLAVES DEMAND REPARATIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO NEVER OWNED SLAVES:  ‘Black liberation in its totality’: Cori Bush uses Juneteenth to push reparations.

Get over it, you shiftless grifter.

IF THIS SURPRISES YOU, YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN SUSPENDED ANIMATION FOR DECADES:  Images show 33 migrants crammed into U-Haul amid 100-degree heat in Texas.

IF THIS SURPRISES YOU, YOU MIGHT BE PATHOLOGICALLY TRUSTING:  BREAKING: Defector Claiming Chinese Military Responsible for COVID-19 Identified as Top Counterintelligence Official.

EVERY TIME YOU THINK IT’S IMPOSSIBLE, THEY GO AND BUILD A BETTER IDIOT:


And then fraud (totally a verb) him into power over the country.

THEY ARE ALL INSANE:  LOSING IT: Read Lori Lightfoot’s DERANGED Emails to Staff.

June 17, 2021

THREAD: How is NPR Doing?

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: The tide is turning against the woke-liberal Blob that misrules us.

YEAH, WELL, ABOUT THAT: We won the Cold War, right?

OPEN THREAD: Treat me right.

KEITH RICHARDS, JIMMY PAGE, AND THE GHOST OF JOHN BELUSHI STAND IN AWE OF HUNTER BIDEN: Hunter Biden was banned from Chateau Marmont for ‘drug use.’

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China’s Shenzhou 12 spacecraft docks at space station with 3 astronauts.

THAT MAKES SENSE: Younger people drink more when they’re casually dating, study says.

SEEN AT HELEN’S PAGE: The perfect film for the 4th of July: Sons Of Liberty (Bumped)

FASTER, PLEASE: Antibody targets mechanism that enables lung cancer to grow and spread.

WAGING WAR AGAINST THE NORMALS: Thieves now mock the rule of law in ‘progressive’ cities like San Francisco.

VIA EMAIL: Hagerty, Cotton, Blackburn, Scott Introduce Bill to Protect American Universities from Foreign Influence.

WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) has joined Tom Cotton (R-AR), along with Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Tim Scott (R-SC), to introduce the Foreign Funding Accountability Act, which seeks to combat malign foreign influence in American colleges and universities by strengthening Section 117 of the Higher Education Act. Full text of the bill may be found here.

“As a strategic adversary seeking to overtake the United States, the Chinese Communist Party is going to extraordinary lengths to exert malign influence over America’s free and open society, including our higher education system. By increasing transparency, closing loopholes, and imposing new civil penalties in U.S. law, this important legislation seeks to prevent the CCP and its intermediaries from hiding in the shadows to buy control and influence within our higher education, to manipulate what American students are taught about China, and to steal intellectual property from our nation’s researchers,” said Hagerty.

“The Chinese Communist Party has made consistent attempts to infiltrate American colleges and universities. Our bill will close donation loopholes, barring the CCP and other foreign agents from donating millions, or even billions, to levy influence and steal American intellectual property,” said Cotton.

“Communist China has infiltrated American colleges and universities. It is imperative we cut off Beijing’s access to funnel money in exchange for influence in higher education. Our children’s education should not be available for purchase by the CCP,” said Blackburn.

“Attempts by the Chinese Communist Party and other bad actors to infiltrate the American education system is a blatant example of foreign competitors trying to maintain and expand their global power to our detriment,” said Scott. “By holding institutions of higher education accountable for foreign donations we are taking necessary steps to promote transparency, protect our intellectual property, and ensure our country’s future leaders get a quality education.”

Specifically, this legislation would:

Require the disclosure of full names of foreign donating entities—individual, institutional, or otherwise
Require the disclosure of the specific purposes of foreign gift-transactions
Close the loophole allowing gifting by registered foreign agents
Close the loophole exempting in-kind gifts from counting towards the disclosure minimum
Clarify that foreign gifts to university foundations are not exempt from disclosure
Lower the minimum reporting threshold for disclosure in terms of dollar amount—from $250,000 to $25,000
Levy a graduated civil penalty structure against institutions willfully, and repeatedly violating Section 117

Full text of the bill is here.

KURT SCHLICHTER: CRT can KMA.

Do you smell their fear rising over the competing reeks of Prius new car smell, of kale, and of the armies of shambling, squatting hoboes that have come to symbolize modern liberalism? That eau d’ uh-oh is the scent of progressives realizing that maybe pushing an ideology that tells the majority of America “You stink!” is not going to lead to the sweet smell of success.

Everyone hates CRT, critical race theory, that bizarre, ridiculous, and morally illiterate hodge-podge of Marxist mumbo-jumbo blended with a healthy dose of the kind of racial hash that would make Democrat David Duke beam. Even the lib wine moms, who were so ecstatic about the recent lack of mean tweeting – ironic that the only man able to give them pleasure was Donald Trump, and he does it by not doing anything – despise this Marxist pestilence. The guys in the campaign business I talk to are giddy and often burst into spontaneous jigs of pure glee at the poll numbers they are seeing. Hey Congress, congratulations! Thanks to CRT, there’s something America hates even more than you!

Normal America is fighting back – on social media, at school board meetings, in the states, and even in Congress. People are sick of this crap, and its purveyors are baffled. They thought enlisting in the cultural lynch mob was going to get them nothing but kudos and it’s not working out that way. Even the mighty are taking hits. Secretary of Defense That Guy from Raytheon took a break from losing wars to testify before the Senate the other day only to lose there too. Former Army guy Tom Cotton read him some snippets of the works of Henry Rogers, who ridiculous people call “Ibram X. Kendi.” Ibby, as his friends probably call him, is one of the brightest lights of race hustling, which is the world’s lowest bar. The SecDef was forced to repudiate George Wallace Kendi’s position of “discrimination now, discrimination tomorrow, discrimination forever,” and then he tried to wiggle out of Cotton’s net by denying that he had even read Kendi’s slim – if not physically, then intellectually and morally – tome. Which was super-awkward because the war-losing, ship-colliding, zampolits of the brass have been ostentatiously putting this noxious trash on military reading lists.

Ouch. Plus: “If you are looking for coherence in their pathetic bleating about America’s rejection of their garbage race fantasies, keep looking. One of their favorite flexes is to try to seize on things we Americans like and that they don’t, such as freedom of speech, to convince us to submit. So, we are treated to the spectacle of super-serious and concerned protectors of Muh Democracy bewailing the terrible attack on freedom of speech that is our refusal to allow unionized teachers and unelected bureaucrats to indoctrinate our kids with their bigoted balderdash. Let’s unpack this notion a bit, not that it matters because they aren’t serious people.”

THE INDOCTRINATION ISN’T GOING AS WELL AS HOPED: Media Panics Over Mounting Opposition to Critical Race Theory. “The best evidence that the resistance to CRT is gaining and posing a threat to Democrats is that the mainstream media is trying to marginalize and demonize the movement the way it attacked the Tea Party.”

Related: Panicked Media Escalates Disinformation War Against Critical Race Theory Opponents.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China wants to build a sustainable human presence on Mars. Here’s how.

COLORADO: Weekly $300 Pandemic Unemployment Payments Will Continue.

Easy call: Colorado’s unemployment rate will remain among the worst in the nation.

SAY ANYTHING: Biden Falsely Claims Capitol Rioters ‘Killed’ USCP Officer.

OUT ON A LIMB: Joe Biden Is Too Old to Be President.

HMM: High-level Chinese Defection Rumored: Chinese State Security Vice Minister Dong Jingwei would be highest-level defector in the history of the People’s Republic. “Chinese-language anti-communist media and Twitter are abuzz this week with rumors that a vice minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei (董经纬) defected in mid-February, flying from Hong Kong to the United States with his daughter, Dong Yang. Dong Jingwei supposedly gave the U.S. information about the Wuhan Institute of Virology that changed the stance of the Biden Administration concerning the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

It does seem that the official line on the CCP virus changed quite suddenly not long after that. But I wouldn’t take this to the bank just yet. But it’s interesting that this site is virulently anti-Trump, yet advancing a story that makes the Democratic/bureaucratic establishment look like suckers.

STONEWALLING: 7 Questions David Chipman Still Needs to Answer.

THAT ’70S SHOW: Federal Reserve Delivers Bad News About Expectations For Inflation, Raising Interest Rates. “The Fed is now signaling that rates will need to rise sooner and faster, with their forecast suggesting two hikes in 2023. This change in stance jars a little with the Fed’s recent claims that the recent spike in inflation is temporary.”

How is it that Washington and Wall Street are the only people shocked by this?

TODAY AT 3:30PM EASTERN: ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ Live Chat with Kruiser, Preston, VodkaPundit.

Cold drinks, hot takes.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Victoria’s Secret Replaces ‘Angels’ with Megan Rapinoe, Other ‘Gender Equity Campaigners.’

The Victoria’s Secret empire was built, in part, on the wings of Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, and Tyra Banks. But following a year in marketing purgatory, the famed Angels are officially no more.

After more than two decades, the New York Times reports the company is doing away with its heavenly super-model parade. In its place will be a new promotional campaign called the “VS Collective” that will feature “women famous for their achievements and not their proportions,” like the soccer star and gender equality advocate Megan Rapinoe.

The Angel’s demise has been some time coming. In 2019, CEO Leslie Wexner announced the end of the Angels fashion show broadcast, saying, “Fashion is a business of change. We must evolve and change to grow. With that in mind, we have decided to rethink the traditional Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

Perhaps Victoria’s Secret might want to also rethink their relationship with Rapinoe? ‘U Look Asian With Those Closed Eyes:’ Woke Megan Rapinoe Mocked Asians In Unearthed Tweets.

Flashback: Feminists and conservatives agree: Good riddance to the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Victoria’s Secret was founded in 1977 as a place for men to buy lingerie for women. From the beginning, women’s interests were a corporate afterthought. While the company has tried to brand itself as helping women feel good about themselves, its advertising has always been about fulfilling male fantasies.

It’s not good for customers, and Victoria’s Secret doesn’t have such a great reputation with its employees, either. This summer, more than 100 models signed a petition demanding that the company protect its models from sexual misconduct. Did you know Victoria’s Secret was also closely associated with sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein?

Now, after last year’s fashion show had the lowest ratings ever, the sordid event appears to be gone for good. “Oh, Thank God,” ran a headline in New York magazine’s website for women, the Cut. “It’s Over Now.”

That was from 2019’s moral panic, when it temporarily seemed like the Sexual Revolution had morphed into the French Revolution. Before the Bad Orange Man was ousted for Bad Touch Biden.

Because last year, voters evidently decided that voting out #OrangeManBad was more important than #metoo:

 

SHE CAN COMFORT HERSELF WITH ‘NO MEAN TWEETS’: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Walloped By Ratings Nosedive. “According to analytics provided by Nielsen Media Research, Wallace’s 4 p.m. show Deadline: White House has seen a nearly 80 percent drop in viewership since January 2021 in the critical 25-54 demographic. At the end of May, just 147,000 non-geriatrics above the age of 25 tuned into her two-hour MSNBC program per day.”

I HAVE A PIECE ON VOTING REFORM IN REALCLEARPOLITICS: Easy to Vote, Hard to Cheat.

BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Fossils suggest woodlice ancestors crawled across Ireland 360M years ago.

SPACE: SpaceX launches new GPS satellite for Space Force. “The Falcon 9 rocket rose into a mostly sunny sky as planned at 12:09 p.m. EDT from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. SpaceX recovered the booster on a barge, Just Read the Instructions, in the Atlantic Ocean. A little over an hour after launch, the second stage of the rocket carried the U.S. Space Force’s GPS satellite into the intended orbit. At 1:41 p.m., SpaceX announced the satellite had separated from the upper stage successfully.”

It’s the first time a national security asset has been launched on a reused booster.

RADICAL CHIC: Biden Land Management nominee ‘collaborated with eco-terrorists,’ traded testimony for immunity.

The letter told the Forest Service that 500 pounds of “spikes measuring 8 to 10 inches in length” had been jammed into the trees of an Idaho forest.

“The sales were marked so that no workers would be injured and so that you a–holes know that they are spiked,” read the letter obtained by Fox News. “The majority of the trees were spiked within the first ten feet, but many, many others were spiked as high as a hundred and fifty feet.”

“P.S., You bastards go in there anyway and a lot of people could get hurt,” the note concluded.

Tree spiking is a dangerous and violent eco-terrorism tactic where metal rods are inserted into trees to prevent them from being cut down. The metal rods damage saws that, in turn, have severely injured people, such as a mill worker whose jaw was split in two from an exploding saw.

Being adjacent to terrorists always seems to be in the Ayers when there’s a Biden or Obama administration.

MEANWHILE, CHINA CONTINUES WORK ON ITS SECOND SPACE STATION: Biden’s ‘Mission Equity’ Threatens to Destroy NASA. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that this hyper-focus on characteristics like race–not actual employment qualifications–could lead to unqualified individuals being employed at NASA simply based on their human characteristics or membership in an ‘underserved’ or ‘underrepresented’ community.”

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