DEWINE HASN’T EXACTLY BEEN OHIO’S MR. POPULAR Trump Introduced Pro-Masking GOP Gov. Mike DeWine at His Ohio Rally and It Did Not Go Well. At All.

JIM TREACHER: DOJ Declares NYC, Seattle, and Portland ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions.’

New York, New York, a hell of a town
The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down
Antifa burns corner stores to the ground
New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!
 

With a kickoff like that, read the whole thing.

DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES: ABC Town Hall Masquerades Anti-Trump Activists as ‘Uncommitted’ Voters.

Kutztown University professor Ellesia Blaque—whom ABC repeatedly identified as “uncommitted” in its coverage of the town hall—praised vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris during the Democratic primary, saying she would “be there, volunteering” for the California senator in Pennsylvania. The English professor was not shy about her partisanship, calling Trump a “f—ing moron,” “pathetic,” “pig,” “swine,” “punk ass,” and “LOOSER” (sic) in a slew of 2019 tweets. She is a self-described “liberal Democrat,” according to her Facebook profile, on the grounds that liberals “are not motivated by money or power, but by humanity and the needs of the people.”

Much more at the link, but what else would you expect from actual Democratic-operative-with-a-byline George Stephanopoulos?

HMM: Should You Trust Apple’s New Blood Oxygen Sensor?

OUT ON A LIMB: The 1619 Project is a fraud.

New York Times Magazine editors have quietly removed controversial language from the online version of Hannah-Jones’s 1619 Project, a package of essays that argue chattel slavery defines America’s founding. Hannah-Jones herself also asserts now that the project’s core thesis is not what she and everyone else involved originally said it was.

It “does not argue that 1619 is our true founding,” she said on Friday. She declared elsewhere in July that it “doesn’t argue, for obvious reasons, that 1619 is our true founding.”

This is a brazen lie. When the 1619 Project debuted both online and in print in August 2019, the online version’s text stated originally [emphasis added]:

The 1619 project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding , and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

That same online passage, which was the source of so much controversy among historians on both sides of the aisle, now reads:

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.

To be fair, this Orwellian “history” project is from the same newspaper that brought you Walter Duranty; airbrushing comes quite easy to the Times.

CHARMING: Prof uses RBG death to attack ‘M*GA f*ckstick bootlicker’ Republicans.

WELL, THE ELDERLY HAVE BETTER DRUGS: Middle-aged Americans report more pain than the elderly.

THEY SURE AREN’T ACTING AS THOUGH THEY EXPECT BIDEN TO WIN: Colorado Is The Test Run For Democrats’ Vote-By-Mail Blame Game.

Democrats have a new prime target in their political sights: U.S. Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. On Friday, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold sued USPS and DeJoy for a supposed “attempt at voter suppression that violates the United States Constitution and federal statutes and must be stopped immediately.” This time, the “voter suppression” and “constitutional violation” came in the form of a postcard sent to voters with incomplete information about vote-by-mail.

Really? One deficient informational postcard is powerful enough to commandeer Colorado’s elections authority and suppress the right to vote?

In truth, Democrats are again using USPS to attack President Trump, openly accusing him of conspiring with DeJoy to disrupt USPS and interfere in vote-by-mail elections. Democrats insist on using USPS as a scapegoat when — not if — vote-by-mail issues arise in untested states. The left may be escalating the blame-game, but this scapegoating is nothing new.

Read the whole thing.

SQUAD GOALS: Ilhan Omar: “I am, by nature, a starter of fires. My work has been to figure out where I’m going to burn down everything around me by adding the fuel of my religion, skin color, gender or even tone.”

AOC: Ocasio-Cortez to voters: Tell McConnell ‘he is playing with fire’ with Ginsburg’s seat.

Will voters notice that these days, such language isn’t merely metaphorical? Dems answer to anything they dislike is increasingly ‘burn it all down.’

 

AT AMAZON, Aimpoint PRO Red Dot Reflex Sight with QRP2 Mount, Spacer – 2 MOA.

IF YOU CAN’T WIN, CHANGE THE RULES: Biden Won’t Rule Out Packing the Supreme Court.

ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR: Ryugu’s rubble suggests its short life has been rather turbulent. “The asteroid Ryugu is a loose assemblage of fragments from a collision between two asteroids, according to new research published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy. Some asteroids are composed of large, solid pieces of rock, but Ryugu is more like a rubble pile than a rock. It is too small and fragile to have remained intact for very long — scientists estimate Ryugu formed between 10 million to 20 million years ago.”

The sort of asteroid that’s easier to mine, but harder to deflect if it’s heading toward Earth.

HAS ANYBODY NOTICED THE TRUMP ECONOMY IS HUMMING? Despite the Covid-19 lockdown, the American economy is beating all kinds of expectations.

SO, YES, IN OTHER WORDS. Biden: I’m Not Going to Say Whether I’ll Try to Expand the Supreme Court.

“The last time a president proposed expanding the Court, he lost that fight quite badly.”

Related: Flashback: What Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Really Said About the Kavanaugh Confirmation and Packing the Court.

COURT-PACKING COMING IF BIDEN WINS: And boy, Hans Bader explains, it’s not going to be good for America.

BATTLESWARM BLOG: Democrats Really Haven’t Thought Through This ‘Total War’ Thing. “If Democrats really want to contemplate total war, then what’s to prevent Republicans from implementing those same measures next year if they win?”

The plan is to lock in Democratic advantages to the point where there isn’t another GOP-led government.

SCIENCE IS REAL. BELIEVE IN SCIENCE. FOLLOW THE SCIENCE. CDC reverses new guidelines again on indoor COVID-19 spread.

DAVID HARSANYI: The Democrats’ Bogus Concern for SCOTUS ‘Norms.’

Norm #1: When Democrats are in charge of both the Senate and the White House, they are free to nominate and confirm any justice they please, as quickly as they please, as they did in the cases of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

Norm #2: When Democrats only run the White House, they are free to nominate any SCOTUS justice they please, and they also get to dictate whom Republicans are allowed to confirm, as they tried to do in the case of Merrick Garland — blessed be his memory.

Norm #3: When Democrats run neither the nomination process nor the confirmation process, they get to dictate who is confirmed to the Court, as they argue today in the case of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement.

Norm #4: If Republicans fail to adhere to all these rules, Democrats have license to burn everything down to the ground. (And, of course, I only mean that 90 percent metaphorically.)

Democrats will keep getting away with playing the “rules are for suckers” game until Republicans stop being suckers, and license for them to do just that is maybe Trump’s greatest gift to the GOP.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): This is sadly true.

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GOOD AND HARD: New Report Shows How Congress Has Screwed Over Young People. The skyrocketing national debt is a moral test—and right now, our leaders are failing. “The long-term outlook is incredibly bleak. CBO finds that by 2050, the size of the national debt will be nearly double the size of our economy.”

(Classical reference in  headline.)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Free Market Can Deliver Free College: Remember paying your broker $200 a trade? Higher education is at that stage today.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced colleges to shift to online learning, often with disastrous results. Students are no fools and many of them are suing for a discount. They have realized what higher education is loath to admit: Instruction is not what they, their parents and the American taxpayer are paying full price for.

The most common discount on offer appears to be a 10% tuition reduction, but some students are pushing for far more. They claim that nonacademic activities, from school plays and concerts to networking and parties, represent a lot more than 10% of the price tag of college. Such discounts imply that students are still getting 90% of the value of higher education (about $45,000 worth, on average) from their Zoom lectures, but much of the educational content has become widely available for free. Students and parents can’t be faulted for suspecting that an online education should cost next to nothing.

At some institutions, it already does. Primarily online Southern New Hampshire University recently announced a free first year for incoming students in light of the pandemic. California-based National University—which offers an array of online classes—cut tuition by up to 25% for full-time students and says that new scholarships will make enrollment nearly free for Pell Grant-eligible students.

Insight into the future of higher education may come from an unlikely source: the brokerage industry. Like higher ed, stock trading is a highly regulated field with massive barriers to change. Recall the stereotypical stockbrokers of the 1980s: Tom Wolfe’s “Masters of the Universe” or Merrill Lynch’s “Thundering Herd.” For years, the traditional brokerage industry was considered too difficult to replicate with technology. How could the internet replace a white-shoe adviser who not only took trade orders but also answered the phone, offered personal advice and took part in estate planning and other higher-order wealth-management tasks?

The mighty were felled quicker than expected. Over 30 years, technology reduced the cost of trading a stock from hundreds of dollars to virtually zero. . . .

Higher ed is where the brokerage business was in the late 1990s: poised for transformation. Even before the pandemic, momentum was building in the education market away from high-cost operators and toward low-cost ones. Southern New Hampshire University and Western Governors University, nonprofits that charge less than $10,000 a year in tuition, have already become some of the largest and fastest-growing institutions in the country. They each serve more than 100,000 students by using online delivery and competency-based instruction to drive down costs dramatically without sacrificing quality.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen — with a boost from the pandemic.

RIPE FOR DISRUPTION: A German rocket startup seeks to disrupt the European launch industry.

AND JUST LIKE THAT, THE MEDIA IS BACK TO HATING MITT ROMNEY: Romney Supports Holding a Vote on Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee.

Related: “In case anyone missed it yesterday, [Colorado GOP Senator] Cory Gardner also threw his support to Mitch McConnell. That’s 51 and the ballgame, unless something changes.”

KEEPING UP THE PRESSURE: Kim Klacik’s New Ad Is So Good I Want to Move to Baltimore and Vote for Her. “Last week, Klacik was brave enough to be a virtual guest on The View. The Shrieking Harridan Squad treated her the way they do every Republican, which is shrilly and awful. Klacik held her ground so well that a flustered Joy Behar ended up cutting her off to finish the interview.”

Here’s the ad:

RULE OF LAW? THAT WAS LAST WEEK’S SLOGAN:

It’s amazing how fast these lefty tropes spread. And talk about a great reason to be sure there’s not a Democratic president and Congress.

But you know, I feel like they really don’t think these things through:

GLEICHSCHALTUNG: Don’t Want to Wear an LGBT Pride Emblem? You’re Fired.

THE DEMOCRATS’ PITCH, IN A NUTSHELL:

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Joe Biden Is America’s Favorite Poor Little Rich Man.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Are you being oppressed by the memory of Abe Lincoln and a very large rock?

Answer: Yes? Then you aren’t oppressed, Snowflake.

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

  • What has been seen in a dress cannot be unseen.
  • GoodFellas government comes to Colorado.
  • Newsweek buries the correction, not the incorrect lede.

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

ALSO: The Wuhan Virus Is Still Killing People and So Is Our Response.

I wrote that one last night for our VIP supporters, so if you’ve been thinking of becoming a member, you can do so here — and don’t forget to use that VODKAPUNDIT discount code.

LIFE IN THE BLUE ZONES: Man accused of derailing NYC subway was freed without bail for similar incident.

NEW DEMOCRATIC STRATEGERY: If conservative justices dominate the Supreme Court, just ignore the Supreme Court. “All the president has to do is assert that Supreme Court rulings about constitutionality are merely advisory and non-binding, that Marbury (1803) was wrongly decided, and that the constitutional document says absolutely nothing about the Supreme Court having this power.”

So simple, you wonder why nobody’s done it before. . . .

VERY COOL, BUT OCCUPANCY MIGHT STILL BE A PROBLEM BY THE TIME IT’S COMPLETED: NYC’s Newest Proposed Building Would Be the City’s Tallest—And Will Act as a Carbon Emissions Filter. “The 2,400-foot-tall building would change New York’s skyline forever.”

TRAINING ITS STUDENTS FOR BIG MEDIA: ASU journalism school removes people, news items decried as too pro-police.

VIDEO: Portland Activists Block Truck, Demand Passenger Give Black Power Salute And Chant ‘Black Lives Matter.’

You will be made to care, or at least to conform.

PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Wingate praises ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest violating COVID restrictions.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Amid All the ACB SCOTUS Talk, Barbara Lagoa May Be Trump’s Trump Card. “There is no way to keep the Democrats from being insane bottom-feeders during this process, but nominating Lagoa might throw them off for just a bit. Their slavish devotion to identity politics could trip them up.”

Nah. They only believe in that stuff when they believe it gains them the advantage.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): If Barbara Lagoa is Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, it will forefront a subject that roiled the presidential election in 2000 — Elian Gonzalez.

#JOURNALISM: Headline: How Charismatic Catholic Groups Like Amy Coney Barrett’s People of Praise Inspired ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’

Pretty obvious that they’ve got their narrative lined up, facts be damned.

THOSE STATEMENTS ARE NO LONGER OPERATIVE BECAUSE REASONS: This Is What The Great And The Good Were Saying About Supreme Court Confirmations in 2016.