December 4, 2020

YOU KNOW TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY HAS BEEN A SUCCESS BECAUSE IT GETS SO LITTLE MEDIA ATTENTION:

IF IT MOVES, REGULATE IT: Apparently “stablecoins” (cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but pegged to the dollar) threaten minorities? All anything like this will do is drive innovation offshore, as it’s hard to think of anything less bound by borders than cryptocurrency.

(BTW, if you like news about law/policy affecting crypto, feel free to let me know in the comments – lots of interesting stuff in that whole area these days.)

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DON’T TRUST CHINA. CHINA IS ASSHOLE. Gordon Chang: China Engaged in ‘an Act of War’ by Enflaming Antifa Riots in the U.S.

WELL, TO BE FAIR, HE HAD A LOT OF HELP FROM THE PRESS: Trump Won His Other Campaign — to Destroy Media Credibility.

GLEICHSCHALTUNG: Petty, Much? Etsy Bans Pro-Trump Slogan in Wake of Contested Election.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Yes, You Can Put Synthetic Oil in a Classic or Just Plain Old Car.

THE NEW UNTOUCHABLES:  Seattle contemplates exempting any citizen who suffers from poverty, homelessness, addiction, or mental illness from prosecution for so-called “crimes of poverty.”

WHY NOT TAKE A BREAK FROM THE SERIOUS NEWS FOR A FEW MINUTES? Florida Man Friday: Kentucky Mayor One-Ups Florida Man, Joins Harold & Kumar at White Castle.

THE GROWING ANTI-BIG TECH ALLIANCE: 40 States Joining Antitrust Lawsuit To Break-Up Facebook.

I HOPE SO: Can we make bones heal faster?

THANKS TO BREXIT:  The U.K. was able to put the Covid vaccine on a fast track for approval, because it is no longer controlled by Europe.

MICROBIOME NEWS: Gut microbiome disturbances linked to major depressive disorder.

YES. Enough Already: ‘Governor, May I?’ Must End.

AT AMAZON, Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV.

FASTER, PLEASE: NASA chooses 4 firms for first private lunar sample collection.

CALIFORNIA IS FINALLY REACHING PROGRESSIVE NIRVANA, WHERE EVERYTHING NOT COMPULSORY IS FORBIDDEN: Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti bans non-essential walking, and no we didn’t think he could do that either.

THIS MUST BE WHY POLITICIANS LIKE IT SO MUCH: Pandemic could be golden time for narcissists, study suggests.

LOL, “DEPOLITICIZE” THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: Biden wrestles with politics in effort to depoliticize the Justice Department. Remember, when Democratic apparatchiks in government pursue Democrats’ agendas, they’re “nonpartisan professional public servants.” When anything else happens, it’s “politicized justice.”

THE NEW YORK POST’S COVER TODAY:

Here’s the story.

LOCKDOWNS TODAY, LOCKDOWNS TOMORROW, LOCKDOWNS FOREVER! Biden says Fauci will be chief medical adviser.

EVERYTHING WITH THE LEFT IS PROJECTION:

Background: Mark Judge: Why Candace Owens Is Grossed Out by Harry Styles. Meh, I’m just bored by him. A man in a dress was norm-shattering back when I was being toilet trained. Now it’s just a tedious rehash. Styles didn’t do it because it was “brave.” If it were brave, he wouldn’t be the one doing it.

I love the Blade Runner reference, though.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: TEA Withdrawal Statistics Show Record Number of Students Leaving Public Schools.

LAURENCE JARVIK: Complete Transcript of President Donald J. Trump’s December 2nd Election Fraud Speech.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Elliot Page Retroactively Awarded 17 Oscars For Amazingly Convincing Portrayals Of Women.

GOVERNOR GRINCH: Gavin ‘French Laundry’ Newsom Imposes Draconian Lockdown … Just in Time for Christmas.

Bravely, Newsom will surely not allow any such restrictions to impact his holiday celebrations.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Joel Kotkin: The Real Fascist Threat Was Never Trump – It’s Corporate Power. “We cannot hope to have a functional democracy when property and information are controlled by a small number of companies tightly allied with political power.”

IN THE MAIL: Backlash: How China’s Aggression Has Backfired.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ critics show they still despise ‘deplorables.’

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: It’s Simple — If They Can Loot and Riot, You Can Celebrate Christmas.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: How many members of the White House press corps did Kayleigh McEnany just send to the burn unit?

Answer: All of them.

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

  • Don’t let the delivery grinch steal Christmas
  • Stolen valor: Hillary and Chelsea getting richer off of actual gutsy women
  • The funniest bit of 5G paranoia ever

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

ROGER SIMON: To Vote or Not to Vote…in Georgia. “As for whether I would vote in Georgia—academic in my case—yes, in the end, of course I would. But I might pretend I wasn’t going to for a while, just to keep certain people’s feet to the fire.”

MY EYES! ZE GOGGLES DO NOTHING! Project Veritas Strips CNN Naked.

UGH: Component failure in NASA’s deep-space crew capsule could take months to fix.

In early November, engineers at Lockheed Martin working on Orion noticed that a power component inside the vehicle had failed, according to an internal email and an internal PowerPoint presentation seen by The Verge. The component is within one of the spacecraft’s eight power and data units, or PDUs. The PDUs are the “main power/data boxes,” for Orion according to the email, responsible for activating key systems that Orion needs during flight.

Replacing the PDU isn’t easy. The component is difficult to reach: it’s located inside an adapter that connects Orion to its service module — a cylindrical trunk that provides support, propulsion, and power for the capsule during its trip through space. To get to the PDU, Lockheed Martin could remove the Orion crew capsule from its service module, but it’s a lengthy process that could take up to a year. As many as nine months would be needed to take the vehicle apart and put it back together again, in addition to three months for subsequent testing, according to the presentation.

Lockheed has another option, but it’s never been done before and may carry extra risks, Lockheed Martin engineers acknowledge in their presentation. To do it, engineers would have to tunnel through the adapter’s exterior by removing some of the outer panels of the adapter to get to the PDU. The panels weren’t designed to be removed this way, but this scenario may only take up to four months to complete if engineers figure out a way to do it.

Later today or this weekend, SpaceX will attempt the highest flight yet for the eighth prototype of the company’s Starship vehicle.

OLD AND BUSTED: 15 Days to Slow the Spread.

The New Hotness? Joe Biden says he’ll ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days.

Flashback: Four Pinocchios for Trump’s claim that he has ‘total authority’ over the states.

—The Washington Post, April 14th.

I GUESS THIS TELLS US WHO’S IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT:

BLUE ON BLUE: Tulsi Gabbard Lets Joe Biden Have It For Choosing Neera Tanden For OMB.

Gabbard shared a screenshot of an old email, allegedly sent by Tanden, in which she appeared to support the idea of confiscating oil from countries in which the United States had participated in nation building. (RELATED: Tulsi Gabbard Bucks Party, Supports SCOTUS Decision That Reined In Andrew Cuomo)

“Neera Tanden thinks the way to reduce our deficit is to steal oil from countries like Libya to pay us back for bombing them, toppling their government, and turning them into a failed state. @JoeBiden Is this really the person you want in charge of managing our budget?” she asked.

Previously: ‘Don’t back down’: Tulsi Gabbard tells Trump he has her full support in terminating Section 230.

A PANDEMIC-INSPIRED BABY BUST? Experts are predicting ghost-town maternity wards for at least the next year, thanks to the Pandemic. But Breakpoint’s John Stonestreet and Shane Morris say hold on, there’s more to it than Covid.

HIGHER EDUCATION HAS CHOSEN SIDES: Double standard? University president fawns over Kamala Harris, while others reject Amy Coney Barrett.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ critics show they still despise ‘deplorables.’

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Taking Bets on the Jill Biden/Kamala Harris 2021 Hate Match. “Let us be clear about one thing: Joe Biden isn’t going to be president, even if he’s inaugurated.”

ANOTHER TRIUMPH FOR TRUMP’S DIPLOMACY: ‘Embodiment of Peace’: First Israeli Commercial Flight Lands in Dubai. You know Trump’s foreign policy has been a huge success because the press never talks about it.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: Pro-Biden effort offered Native Americans $25-$500 Visa gift cards and jewelry to vote.

THIS MAKES SENSE TO ME:

Calls to boycott the Georgia runoff are idiotic, if they aren’t actually coming from Democratic or Chinese sockpuppets.

UPDATE: Just got this email:

So there you have it.

MICHAEL MOORE TO MAGA FANS: ‘A Lot of You Are Going to Die’ From COVID.

Woke leftists will always make stupid statements (like how David Letterman claimed the press “educates” and “informs” people). It’s a fact of life. One can only hope that they are too dumb to understand what they are actually saying, or merely indulging in sarcasm.

Hopefully that’s the case for documentary filmmaker and Donald Trump hater Michael Moore, who wrote a lengthy post on his Facebook account addressed to “MAGA Nation.” In a tone that was dripping with condescension disguised as magnanimity, Moore made a plea to Trump supporters: “Don’t Die. Your love of and loyalty to Trump isn’t worth your life. With 73 million of you refusing to wear a mask and to social distance, there’ll be no way to eradicate this disease. And a lot of you are going to die in the next three months. Why do you want to infect your spouse, your parents and grandparents, your children?”

It is astounding that Moore assumes that every single one of Trump’s 73 million voters this year take zero steps to prevent the spread of COVID and that the virus only affects the red parts of the country. Maybe he should be lecturing the other side of the aisle with advice to wear a mask and social distance because leading Democrats don’t. Anyway, most COVID catchers will not die of it, as Alyssa Milano – and, well, science – can testify.

Moore continued: “If al-Qaeda started killing one American every 37 seconds, what would you want to do about that? Why are you doing NOTHING to stop this slaughter?”

If al-Qaeda resumed killing Americans at an alarming rate, Trump voters wouldn’t refer to them as the new Minutemen, as Moore did in 2004.

PRIVACY: CBP’s warrantless use of cell phone location data is under investigation.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of DHS, “has paid a government contractor named Venntel nearly half a million dollars for access to a commercial database containing location data mined from applications on millions of Americans’ mobile phones,” five Democratic US senators said in October.

“CBP is not above the law and it should not be able to buy its way around the Fourth Amendment,” the senators told Inspector General Joseph Cuffari while requesting an investigation into “CBP’s warrantless use of commercial databases containing Americans’ information, including but not limited to Venntel’s location database.”

Cuffari granted the request for an investigation, telling the senators that his office will “initiate an audit that we believe will address your concerns” in a letter sent November 25 and made public by the Democratic senators yesterday. The senators who requested the investigation are Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

It’s a motley crew, but Wyden is at least solid on digital privacy issues.

SQUAD GOALS: Anti-Israel Groups Mobilize to Install Allies in Biden Admin.

JIM TREACHER: AOC Sells ‘Tax the Rich’ Sweatshirts for the Low Low Price of $58.

I’m not rich enough to be able to afford a $60 shirt just to try to impress people who aren’t worth trying to impress. But I also don’t want to take stuff I haven’t earned from the people who’ve earned it. I’m one of those guys. AOC is never going to make a shirt for jerks like me, because nobody ever became powerful by leaving people alone.

Never let it be said that this isn’t the land of opportunity, though. Less than three years ago, all you could buy from AOC was an overpriced mixed drink. Now she’s got her own clothing line, just for winning an election and saying a bunch of nonsense that liberals want to hear.

As Treacher writes, “Using capitalism to sell anti-capitalism. God bless America!”

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF VIOLENCE? Longtime Gavin Newsom aide Nathan Ballard charged with felony domestic violence.

SPOILER: IT’S ACTUALLY WORSE THAN THIS ACCOUNT. What it’s like in one of China’s detention camps in Xinjiang.

Then there are the forced 24-hour sessions filling out mail-in ballots . . .

UPDATE: From the comments: “Remember, this is what the left has in mind for us. And also remember that big tech has helped China in this.”

I LEARNED TO CODE BUT GOT PRICED OUT OF A NEW JOB, ANYWAY: Justice Department sues Facebook for alleged discrimination against US workers “The lawsuit suggests that Facebook, over a roughly two-year time span, knowingly favored H1-B and other temporary visa holders over US-based job applicants for more than 2,600 positions.”

TO BE FAIR, HALF THE TIME JOE BIDEN DOESN’T REALIZE THAT HE WASN’T JUST ELECTED TO THE SENATE: Joe Biden still doesn’t realize what the voters that Democrats have lost actually want.

I HOPE THESE AREN’T CORRECT. THE LEFT PROJECTS NUMBERS IT DOESN’T HAVE. OTHERWISE GETTING WOKE WOULDN’T MAKE YOU BROKE:   In Accordance With the Prophecies…

IF THESE WOULD-BE-OLIGARCHS ACTUALLY BELIEVED THE VIRUS WAS DANGEROUS, THEY’D GO AROUND IN GIANT BUBBLE SUITS. IT’S A SCAM, AND YOU’VE BEEN TAKEN:  Democrats’ Constant Violation of Their Own Lockdown Orders Becomes So Obnoxious That Even CNN Is Forced to Report On It.

But hey, it’s served to kill most of the world economies, and now they get to impose all sorts of crazy, arbitrary stuff on us because “there are people in need, you monster.”

You think I’m joking do you? Just you wait.

REALLY? SO THEY BELIEVE IN IT SO MUCH THEY’RE GOING TO STOP CHINA? NO? THEN IT’S ALL VIRTUE SIGNALING ALL THE WAY DOWN. STUPID AT THAT:  We’re Saved! New Zealand just Declared a Climate Emergency.

AND IN CASE YOU DIDN’T REALIZE IT, THESE PEOPLE ARE SO IGNORANT THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT RENEWABLE ENERGY SIMPLY CAN’T COMPETE. (EXCEPT FOR HYDROELECTRIC, AND THEY HATE THAT):  CNN: “most countries are still choosing fossil fuels over clean energy”.

YEAH. WE’LL PROBABLY LOSE IT TO FRAUD ANYWAY, BUT HELPING THEM BY NOT VOTING AT ALL IS CUTTING OFF OUR NOSES TO SPITE OUR FACES:  Don’t Risk Losing the Senate as a Last Stand.

AGAIN, I ASK YOU, WHO GIVES THEM THE RIGHT TO PLAY KEEP AWAY WITH INFORMATION?  Yes, CNN Did Bury The Hunter Biden Story.

AND THEN they had the unmitigated nerve to complain Trump called them enemies of the people!  He was wrong too, they’re enemies of humanity, of civilization and of the truth.

OH, YOUTUBE IS THROTTLING DOWN THE HIT COUNT — DUH, LET’S PROVE THERE’S NO ELECTRONIC MANIPULATION OF RESULTS, BY MANIPULATING ELECTRONIC COUNTS! THE LEFT HAS PROBLEMS. MENTAL — BUT IF YOU HAVEN’T LISTENED, GO AND DO SO:  The Most Important Speech Trump Has Ever Given.

Oh, and under “we on the left are completely honest and above board” anyone else wondering why the president of the United States couldn’t have this speech broadcast by every news station?

Oh. They don’t think he’s telling the truth? They don’t think we should hear this?
WHO elected them? Who gave them permission to control our information stream? Who made them the bosses of our minds?

THERE’S A FALLACY HERE. IF WE WERE THAT DIVIDED, THE LEFT WOULDN’T NEED TO CHEAT. THEY CHEAT BECAUSE THERE AREN’T THAT MANY OF THEM, REALLY. AND I SUSPECT FEWER EVERY MONTH WITH THIS NONSENSE:  Donald Trump and the Avignon Presidency.

ABSOLUTELY:  Enough Already: ‘Governor, May I?’ Must End.

IF IT WERE ONLY BIDEN’S NIGHTMARE I WOULDN’T MIND. BUT OURS WILL BE WORSE:  If the Elections are Stolen, the Biden Nightmare Begins.

WHERE WE ARE:  The Eye Of The Storm.

IN THE MAIL: From Michael Walsh, Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost.

December 3, 2020

AT AMAZON, SAMSUNG LC49RG90SSNXZA 49-Inch CRG9 Curved Gaming Monitor, Black.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ critics show they still despise ‘deplorables.’

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:

WHY DOES FACEBOOK HATE AMERICAN WORKERS?

THIS WILL GET LESS CNN COVERAGE THAN IF HE WERE THE ASSISTANT TO A REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR IN ARKANSAS: Adviser to Gov. Newsom and prominent founder of Democratic PR firm charged with domestic violence, child abuse.

KURT SCHLICHTER: Delusional Never Trump Losers Think We’re Going to Take Them Back.

WELL, GOOD: Making John Durham a special counsel will cause problems for Biden.

OPEN THREAD: Have fun!

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: Trump Attorneys Produce Video Alleging Georgia Ballots Were Hidden in Suitcases.

SPACE: Virgin Galactic targeting Dec. 11 for next SpaceShipTwo spaceflight.

SCHOOLS CLOSED, MINORITIES HARDEST HIT: Seriously. In my county, Arlington, schools closed in March and the geniuses in the public school administration told the teachers not to do online instruction, and not to teach anything new (lest there be some kid, somewhere, who couldn’t log in despite free county-provided Ipads and Internet, because that would be inequitable). Below is a chart showing how kids did on the test they give at the beginning of each school year. As you will notice, black and Hispanic kids have been really hurt, white and Asian kids not so much. I suspect you would see similar, maybe even more inequitable results if you just went by income status. Yet, oddly (not really), it’s the progressives in the county who have been shouting “equity, equity, equity” from the rooftops for the last several years and their allies among the teachers who have been most vociferously lobbying to keep the schools closed.

The gray line is Fall 2020, the lines before are 2019 and ’18, respectively.

THERE’S AN INTERESTING ANTI-BIG-TECH COALITION COMING TOGETHER: ‘Don’t back down’: Tulsi Gabbard tells Trump he has her full support in terminating Section 230.

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Exclusive: Oregon Gave Antifa Your CARES Act COVID Relief Tax Dollars During the Riots. Wait, It Gets Worse.

PARTY OF HATE: Rashida Tlaib’s all-too-telling anti-Israel tweet.

HANNAH COX: How The Government Broke Higher Education.

DISPATCHES FROM THE NORTH MINEHEAD BY-ELECTION: Politician named Adolf Hitler wins election in Namibia.

(Classical reference in headline.)

WHO’S READY FOR PRESIDENT JOE BREZHNEV? Biden’s Brezhnev vibes.

At least nobody in the Soviet Union voted for Brezhnev — the elections were a sham with Communist party candidates running unopposed. Everything was a sham, actually. In his mumbling, robotic tones, the general secretary delivered long-winded, heavy on Marxist cliches and utterly incomprehensible televised speeches. The economy flattered, dissidents were subjected to psychiatric torture, corruption proliferated, and the rate of substance abuse skyrocketed. That period of Soviet history is known as zastoi, or stagnation. It only made sense that the man on top was some sort of sclerotic.

Like Brezhnev, Biden’s rhetoric is ridden with clichés, but of a different, folksy kind. At the time when political slogans are catchy and provocative — Make America Great Again, Black Lives Matter — Biden’s yard signs read ‘Our best days are still ahead’, and ‘Build back better’. His Twitter account is full of platitudes like ‘This is our moment — ours together — to write a newer, bolder, more compassionate chapter in the life of our nation.’ He’s just a boring ordinary guy — until he lashes out at a voter, or bites on his wife’s finger.

Is Biden the candidate of American stagnation? His cognitive and physical decline is increasingly difficult to hide and it’s highly disturbing to witness it become a subject of speculation. I’ve lived through it before and it gives me the creeps. Free citizens of a free republic shouldn’t need a Kremlinologist to decipher what’s wrong with their president.

Read the whole thing. Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives getting a head start on their four year nap, and the need to study Biden like a Kremlinologist makes perfect sense.

A HAPPY ENDING FOR ROBERT KRAFT: Florida Masseuse Ordered to Pay $31,573 After ‘Soliciting’ Robert Kraft To ‘Commit Prostitution.’ Charges against Kraft were (rightfully) dismissed. The women he patronized now have criminal records.

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