October 22, 2020

THEY’RE OF HIS KIN. THEY’RE OF HIS KIND. THEY’RE ALSO PRIVILEGED RED DIAPER BABIES WHO NEVER KNEW HOW TO DO ANYTHING BUT DESTROY. OF COURSE HE LOVES THEM:  Obama: Inspirational That Young American Rioters Are “Fired Up”.

THE CRAZINESS OF THE TECHLORDS:  Censoring (Mis)information.

THE LEFT RULES BY TERROR AND INTIMIDATION. ALWAYS:  Fearful of Violence the Trump 2020 Voter.

I’M SO TIRED OF THE INFANTILE ANTICS OF THE LEFT:  Senate Democrats to Boycott Amy Coney Barrett Committee Vote, Fill Seats With Cardboard Cutouts.

THERE ISN’T A LASSO BIG ENOUGH:  Roundup.

AND THE PROBLEM IS THAT INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTION ISN’T HARD. OVER THE YEARS SINCE MOTOR VOTER, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TURNED OUR ELECTIONS INTO A PARODY OF ELECTIONS. YOU KNOW HOW MILITARY PEOPLE CALL MREs MEALS REJECTED BY ETHIOPIANS? WELL, WE HAVE ELECTIONS ETHIOPIANS LAUGH AT:  FBI and DNI: Iran interfering in election to damage Trump, sending fake emails and other cyber activities.

GO READ:  With Ric Grenell in Minneapolis.

IT’S ALL GASLIGHTING ALL THE WAY DOWN:  COVID death rates continue to fall.

PART OF THAT OBAMA FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA:  The Antifa Industry at Work.

NOT EVERYONE IS STUPID:  50 Cent Doesn’t “Want to Be 20 Cent”, Doubles Down On Biden’s “Very Bad” Tax Plan .

COLLEGE PRESIDENT FINDS A SPINE:  Praise for Northwestern University’s Morton Schapiro.

THEY PROJECT, LIKE IMAX:  Liberal media and social media platforms promote vile ‘underage sex’ hoax targeting Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

These are people SO corrupt they think everyone else must be like them, or worse. Which is why every movie and book produced by hard core leftists is populated with corrupt, horrible people.

ANY FREELANCE WRITERS WHO SUPPORT BIDEN ARE OUT OF THEIR TINY LITTLE MINDS:  Joe Biden’s Planned Economic Fiasco Should Cement a Donald Trump Victory.

Or perhaps uninformed, virtue-signaling morons. Or both.

October 21, 2020

YOU KNOW YOU’RE OVER THE TARGET WHEN YOU START RECEIVING FLAK: Here’s How We Know the Hunter Biden Emails Are Real, and a Serious Threat to Joe Biden.

DAN MCLAUGHLIN: The Unseemly Urge to Excuse Jeffrey Toobin. “What should shock us is that Toobin has yet to be fired, when nearly anyone else would be — any ordinary person, and almost any prominent person whose politics were different from Toobin’s. Instead, it took over a week for anyone to even disclose that he had been disciplined at all. This is perhaps not a great sign regarding how much the media have learned since Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, or Mark Halperin. This is by no means the first indication of Toobin’s horrible, abusive sexual morals.”

WRETCHARD EXPLAINS THINGS:

Think about who benefits if you can’t, and you’ll have discovered at least one truth.

ILYA SOMIN ON the Seattle “CHOP” Takings Case. “As I see it, the key question here is whether the City’s actions were closely enough connected to the CHOP activists’ violations of the owners’ property rights to be considered as assistance “sufficiently direct and substantial” enough to qualify as a taking. Given the scale of the city’s alleged assistance to the private occupiers, I tentatively think the answer is yes. The city authorities apparently provided extensive aid to the CHOP activists both by giving the material assistance, and by allowing them to use city property. And it was foreseeable they would use these resources to violate local landowners’ property rights.”

I’M SURE THERE WILL BE LOTS OF APOLOGIES NOW:

TRUMP BRINGS WORLD PEACE, PRESS YAWNS (CONT’D): Sudan agrees to normalize relations with Israel -report.

OPEN THREAD: Enjoy every sandwich comment.

THEY’RE NOT WRONG: 76% Of Voters Believe Big Tech Has Too Much Influence On Political News.

Related: Unanswered questions for Big Tech. A week on from the New York Post story, we deserve answers.

THE SCIENCE IS NEVER SETTLED: Astronomers claimed galaxy was 98% dark matter. They were wrong.

#JOURNALISM:

Plus, from the comments: “Trump would win 40 states if the media merely treated him neutrally. 45 states or so if the media treated Biden / democrats neutrally.”

And that’s why they don’t do that.

QUESTION ASKED: Biden Yelling at Reporters Is Okay?

Over the weekend, CBS News producer Bo Erickson asked a very mild question on what is apparently supposed to be a forbidden topic, his family’s financial wheeling and dealing: “Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”

Biden lashed out like the CBS guy was somehow from Fox News: “I know you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign. It’s right up your alley. They’re the questions you always ask.”

This is remarkably similar to last fall, when Fox’s Peter Doocy dared to ask about Hunter Biden’s gigs: “Mr. Vice President, how many times have you ever spoken to your son about his overseas business dealings?” Biden claimed: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” That was implausible then, and it’s ridiculous now. The New York Post report puts Joe Biden in a meet-and-greet with Hunter’s client at Burisma, the corrupt Ukrainian oil company.

When Doocy continued, Biden yelled at him: “Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum. And he’s using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me.” Biden claimed “Everybody looked at this, and everybody’s looked at it and said there’s nothing there,” and then yelled at Doocy “Ask the right questions!”

Translation: “The right questions” means never unspool a question about anything having to do with the Biden clan’s lucrative and suspicious lobbying based on their government connections.

Long before Biden started “slowing down,” he’s had quite a history of lashing out at reporters, most of whom who take it, because they’re Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and don’t want to upset their boss. He’s also lashed at voters as well:

Biden Snaps At Reporter For Asking About Bombshell New York Post Reports, Does Not Deny.

Biden calls woman ‘lying dog-faced pony soldier’ at N.H. campaign event.

How Joe Biden Gets Away With Calling A Voter A Fat, Dumb, Liar.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris deploy the Charlottesville hoax to stir up racial pain and anger.

‘Classy:’ Joe Biden Snaps At Reporter After Being Asked About Hunter’s Paternity Test.

Bullying Biden Yells at Fox’s Doocy: ‘Ask the Right Questions!’

Biden Accused of Sexism After Remarks to Female Moderator.

Biden Explodes When Confronted On Lying About Charlottesville. Video Proves Biden Wrong.

Joe Biden Says There Are Three Genders; Grabs Student’s Arm When She Asks ‘What Are They?’

And these classics from the Obama era:

VP Biden’s Office Apologizes For Locking Reporter In Storage Closet During Fundraiser.

Vengeance: Biden’s Office Seeks Investigation Into Unfriendly Journalist.

And of course, ground zero, from 1988: Why Joe Biden’s First Campaign for President Collapsed After Just 3 Months.

Last month, the New York Daily News quoted Biden as saying “‘Presidents of the United States should be presidential and lead by example as well as make clear exactly where they stand. Getting down in the gutter where the president does…that’s not the job of the president,’ Biden said. ‘If we were behind a barn somewhere it would be a different thing.’”

Between Biden’s evasiveness over the court packing question and anger at both journalists and reporters, he’s failed at both of his self-stated goals.

FAMILY BUSINESS: Photo shows Joe Biden meeting Hunter’s alleged business partner from Kazakhstan. “The snap, first published by a Kazakhstani anti-corruption website in 2019, follows last week’s bombshell Post exposés detailing Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings and a report claiming Rakishev paid the Biden scion as a go-between to broker US investments.”

ANN ALTHOUSE: What if a woman had been caught — like Jeffrey Toobin — masturbating on camera during a Zoom business call? “I think if a woman mishandling her computer camera exposed herself accidentally, there would be tremendous sympathy and an immediate understanding that it would not be talked about — about like what you’d do if you walked in on someone using the toilet. If the circumstances indicated that she was intentionally exhibiting herself — could that have been the case with Toobin? — then I think people would regard her as having a very serious mental problem and would close ranks around her and try to protect and help her. In either case — accidental or intentional — I don’t think a woman would have been as badly treated as Toobin — who has been ruthlessly ridiculed and humiliated.”

Well, Toobin is a self-righteous hypocrite and we seldom go easy on those. Also, I think a woman would be treated just as badly, if she were, you know, a Republican woman.

NO, HE’S WOKE: Is the Pope Catholic? Francis’s new encyclical reads like a UN mission statement. He demonizes capitalism, and his ecological fundamentalism is more pagan than Catholic.

BUT IF IT SAVED JUST ONE LIFE: Lockdown’s Lethal Toll. The Daily Mail tallied up British casualties from the lockdown. The findings are summarized at the Lockdown Skeptics website:

  • Delays in treatment are set to cause a 20% rise in deaths among newly diagnosed cancer patients in England – 6,270 excess deaths this year
  • Treatment for strokes fell by 45% during lockdown and there were more than 2,000 excess deaths in from heart disease
  • More than 50,000 operations for children were cancelled
  • Organ transplants fell by two thirds, with the number of those who died on the transplant waiting list almost doubling
  • Total waiting lists for routine orthopedic and eye operations are at record levels
  • Calls to child abuse helplines rocketed
  • As rates of depression and anxiety doubled, thousands of recovering alcoholics have relapsed.

Andrew Cuomo is no doubt too busy selling his book to comment. But he’ll surely give the British a run for their money.

WHO MEMO WARNED AGAINST LOCKDOWNS’ ‘CULTURE OF FEAR’ IN 2011: More from inside the World Health Organization (WHO) by Jeffrey Tucker at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER).

90% IS MEDIA-INDUCED: Nearly 8 in 10 report pandemic is causing mental health strain.

A BIZARRE AND REVEALING BIDEN INTERVIEW: Biden Discusses His First Wife’s “Playboy” Body, Money and Ambition In Resurfaced 1974 Interview.

Another weird detail is that Biden referred to Neilia as “my beautiful millionaire wife.” Biden brings up money repeatedly: Kelley alludes to “the temptation to sell out to big business or big labor for financial help” because Biden admitted “that more than once he was tempted to compromise to get campaign money.” Biden added, “I probably would have if it hadn’t been for the ramrod character of my Scotch Presbyterian wife.” He had been in office for only eight months before he started complaining about being underpaid. “I don’t know about the rest of you but I am worth a lot more than my salary of $42,500 a year in this body. It seems to me that we should flat out tell the American people we are worth our salt,” he said on the Senate floor. ($42,500 is about $249,000 in today’s dollars. Biden was 31 when he made these remarks.) Biden’s evident belief that he deserves to be wealthy stood out in a 2008 New York Times story that explained how a man living on a public servant’s salary was able to live like a Bourbon king: “Biden has been able to dip into his campaign treasury to spend thousands of dollars on home landscaping,” the Times explained, and also rich businessmen filtered their support of Biden through other means: “the acquisition of his waterfront property a decade ago involved wealthy businessmen and campaign supporters, some of them bankers with an interest in legislation before the Senate, who bought his old house for top dollar, sold him four acres at cost and lent him $500,000 to build his new home.” He sold the house he had bought in 1975 for top dollar to — get this — the vice-chairman of MBNA, who gave Biden $1.2 million for it. MBNA has showed its gratitude to Biden’s support in a number of ways: by giving over $200,000 to his various campaigns, by hiring Hunter Biden, by flying Biden and his wife to a retreat in Maine, etc. Mother Jones dubbed Biden “the senator from MBNA.”

In the 1974 interview, Biden also apparently brought up unprompted his ultimate goal: “I know I can be a good President.” Neilia, he said, would have been an asset with respect to this: “I know I could have easily made the White House with Neilia.” One of his associates told Kelley of any future wife: “He also needs to find a First Lady, a woman who enjoys politics and will help him get to the White House.” His then-girlfriend, a reporter named Francie Bernard, was considered appropriate: “I do know that the woman he marries will he as rich and as pretty as she is,” the Biden associate told Kelley. What a strange place to bring up money.

Kelley notes in passing that while riding an elevator with fellow senator Tom Eagleton, “Biden tells him a joke with an antisemitic punchline and asks that it be off the record.”

You stay classy, Joe. (Needless to say, read the whole surrealistic thing.)

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Meet the Bidens: What happens after the world’s most expensive introduction?

What kind of meetings can a Chinese tycoon buy for $10 million a year? A full seven days after the New York Post began publishing emails showing Biden family influence peddling, former Vice President Joe Biden still isn’t saying the emails are fake. But Mr. Biden did finally have to discuss his family business on Tuesday, thanks to Milwaukee television reporter Adrienne Pedersen of ABC affiliate WISN.

Ms. Pederson asked if there is “any legitimacy” to the statement by Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) that the former vice president’s son and other family members profited off the Biden name. “None whatsoever,” Joe Biden responded, and said it was part of a “last ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”

If Mr. Biden wants to argue that none of the millions of dollars collected from various overseas tycoons or their companies had anything to do with his name, then he’s making an argument that not even his son Hunter Biden was willing to make in 2019. National Review’s Mairead McArdle reminds:

Joe Biden denied that his family has profited from his public offices, appearing to contradict a statement his son Hunter Biden made last year in which he said he thinks he would “probably not” have been asked to be on the board of a Ukrainian energy company if he were not Biden’s son.

The Post’s Thursday follow-up to its earlier email scoop has made it much harder to believe the current argument from Joe Biden. . . . Perhaps at some point the Bidens will choose to offer an explanation. In the meantime, a reasonable person would conclude from this report that the buyer willing to spend this mind-boggling sum was not seeking introductions to former acting assistant agency deputies. And having been introduced, it’s reasonable to assume such a buyer was seeking much more than a pleasant greeting.

Team Biden and much of the press corps would prefer not to have to acknowledge the Post reporting.

Indeed they do.

THE PRESCIENCE OF SHELBY STEELE.

UGH: Senate Democrats Block COVID-19 Stimulus Bill—AGAIN.

CALIFORNIANS!  DON’T FORGET TO VOTE NO ON PROP 16:  Here’s the “NO on Prop 16” social media video that I did.  (Yes, I know.  The camera is a bit too close.  Alas, I’ve reached an age where the camera needs to be in the next county.  But I hope that the message gets through anyway.)

ONLY DEMOCRATS’ KIDS ARE “OFF LIMITS BECAUSE OF DECENCY.” 5 Big Problems With The New York Times Investigation Of Amy Coney Barrett’s Children.

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Jeffrey Toobin and Our Public-Hate Ritual.

Toobin is today’s hate object because he presented himself and because the manner in which he presented himself offers an even-greater-than-usual opportunity for ritualized humiliation. Too good to pass up. I have sometimes written that our public life is dominated by junior-high-cafeteria pecking-order rites, but, upon reconsideration, this is a disservice to the people with whom I went to junior high, who may have been 14 years old and callow but were in the main free from the pettiness and cruelty that characterize public life in 2020. (I had an unusual education, especially for public schools.) In the great junior-high cafeteria of the American public square, Toobin is, for the moment, Waldo. And no matter how miserable Waldo is, there will always be those whose greatest pleasure is making him more miserable still.

“Come hate with us!” comes the call. “He is the enemy! Don’t you want to hurt the enemy? Think of what they would do if it were you!” Hard pass. Toobin’s shenanigans were gross, but not as gross as our public-hate ritual. I’m not nearly as offended by clumsy pudwhackers as I am by people who savor the humiliation of others.

I don’t want to commune with them in hate, or in anything else — I’m embarrassed to be a member of the same species.

“I suspect Jeffrey Toobin will be just fine. He is ‘in the family,’” Williamson writes — and he’s likely right: Jeffrey Toobin will ‘probably’ return to CNN after masturbation scandal dies down, insiders say.

As Stephen Miller tweets, “It’s a wonder how guys like Lauer, Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin were able to get away with it for so long.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Toobin’s getting off a lot lighter than a Republican man in the same situation would. In fact, if a Republican man were involved, Williamson would probably be explaining how morally troubled the entire GOP is.

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I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS: #MeToobin Gets Mockworthy: CNN’s Brian Stelter Claims It Was an ‘Accident.’

SQUAD GOALS: Ocasio-Cortez Teams Up With Activist Who Said ‘America Deserved 9/11.’

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Amazon Buckles, Agrees to Stream ‘What Killed Michael Brown?’ “Conservatives, not black film orgs, help bring searing documentary to the public.”

The protagonists in the real-life saga come as no surprise to anyone paying attention.

ALL THE BEST PEOPLE ARE ANTI-VAXXERS NOW: One doctor’s campaign to stop a covid-19 vaccine being rushed through before Election Day.

GOOD LORD:

Meanwhile: CNN Demands Trump Stop Talking About Hunter Biden Scandal.

INSERT JEFFREY TOOBIN JOKE HERE: ‘Happy ending effect’ impairs future decision-making, study says.

ROGER SIMON: Are All Presidential Conventions Going to Be Infomercials Now?

SAY ANYTHING: FCC trying to help Trump win election with Twitter crackdown, Democrats say. “Pai’s Section 230 plan called a ‘reckless and politically motivated stunt’.”

No, it’s an attempt to put a stop to social media’s ongoing reckless and politically motivated stunts.

DON SURBER: Reading The Polls. “Gallup reported that 28% of Americans call themselves Republican, while 27% call themselves Democrats. That is the first time in 16 years that Republicans outnumber Democrats. The mass registration effort by Republicans in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere support this because it shows the nation is trending Republican. How the nation is trending matters more than actual registrations. In 2000, when Bush 43 flipped West Virginia, Democrats not only had twice as many registered voters in the state, they had the majority of registrations. Democrats vote Republican and then register Republican. I went a few decades like that.”

DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS ARE ANTI-VAXX NOW: Effectiveness, politics impact public’s willingness to take COVID-19 vaccine.

AMY PEIKOFF ON FACEBOOK: How Many ‘Oversight Boards’ Does It Take to Dim a Light Bulb?

SWEDEN IS DOING A LOT OF SMART THINGS: Sweden Bans Huawei, ZTE From Its Upcoming 5G Telecom Networks.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE SWAMP AND THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “The message from Georgetown is clear. [Peter] Strzok is too sleazy to work for the FBI or for Robert Mueller, but not to teach at Georgetown University.”

IF THE LEFT IS WILLING TO GO FULL-ON ORWELL TO HELP THE DEMOCRATS WIN, WHAT WILL IT BE WILLING TO DO WHEN THEY’RE IN POWER? Wikipedia Editors Back Bidens, Stifle Dissent.

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: A Pre-Election Update on the Emoluments Clauses Cases.

MADE IN CHINA: Defense Experts Blast Biden’s Taiwan Policy.

Biden’s own record on Taiwan, as well as the public writings of his top foreign-policy surrogates and advisers, hints at potentially dangerous policies for both the United States and Taiwan. In 2001, Biden authored an op-ed arguing that U.S. support for the country could “draw us into a war across the Taiwan Strait.” Meanwhile, recent editorials from some of Biden’s top Indo-Pacific advisers spell out a vision for Taiwan that would downplay U.S. military backing, cut defense spending, and rely on more flexible deterrence to counter Beijing. Zack Cooper, China scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said such measures would only fuel Chinese ambitions in the region.

“You will see some serious downward pressure on the defense budget,” Cooper told the Washington Free Beacon. “I think the Democrats know that this is going to be a real tension.”

Carafano lodged similar complaints. “The problem with our enemies is that they can all count,” he said. “We can do all this stuff about how we are going to be smarter on defense…. That has zero impact on great-power competition.”

The Biden campaign did not return a request for comment about Democrats’ past handling of Taiwan, including his eight-year tenure as vice president.

Beijing got good value for their dollars.

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT: Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors.

China is one of the most censorious societies on Earth. So what better place for ­Facebook to recruit social media censors?

There are at least half a dozen “Chinese nationals who are working on censorship,” a former Facebook insider told me last week. “So at some point, they [Facebook bosses] thought, ‘Hey, we’re going to get them H-1B visas so they can do this work.’ ”

The insider shared an internal directory of the team that does much of this work. It’s called Hate-Speech Engineering (George Orwell, call your office), and most of its members are based at Facebook’s offices in Seattle. Many have Ph.D.s, and their work is extremely complex, involving machine learning — teaching “computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed,” as the techy website DeepAI.org puts it.

When it comes to censorship on social media, that means “teaching” the Facebook code so certain content ends up at the top of your newsfeed, a feat that earns the firm’s software wizards discretionary bonuses, per the ex-insider. It also means making sure other content “shows up dead-last.”

Like, say, a New York Post report on the Biden dynasty’s dealings with Chinese companies.

And this: Facebook Stings Babylon Bee:

During the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, The Babylon Bee, an Onion-like humor site for conservatives, published a story that starts like this:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After two days of Amy Coney Barrett gracefully and stoically answering questions with perfect recall and no notes, suspicions grew on Capitol Hill that she might be a practitioner of the dark arts.

“Oh, she’s a witch alright, just look at her!” said Senator Hirono. “Just look at the way she’s dressed and how she’s so much prettier and smarter than us! She’s in league with Beelzebub himself, I just know it! We must burn her!”

Senator Hirono then pulled a live duck out of a massive burlap sack next to her and announced: “In addition to being a Senator, I am also quite wise in the ways of science. Everyone knows witches burn because they are made of wood. I think I read that somewhere. Wood floats, and so do ducks– so logically, if Amy Coney Barrett weighs as much as this duck I found in the reflection pool outside, she is a witch and must be burned.”

OK, it’s not that funny — but it is unmistakably a joke. It was not that funny because all of us have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail eleventy-million times. Here’s the scene that the joke is lifted from:

There is a zero percent chance that Facebook’s censors don’t understand that this is a joke, and a zero percent chance that they really believe that repeating a gag from a universally beloved comedy film that’s nearly fifty years old incites violence.

What is it, then? It’s Facebook flexing its muscle to punish a comedy website that made fun of Democratic politicians.

Earlier: By Censoring The NY Post, Big Tech Is Begging For Big-Time Reform.

As Peggy Noonan wrote last year, “Overthrow the Prince of Facebook…Break them up. Break them in two, in three; regulate them. Declare them to be what they’ve so successfully become: once a pleasure, now a utility. It all depends on Congress, which has been too stupid to move in the past and is too stupid to move competently now. That’s what’s slowed those of us who want reform, knowing how badly they’d do it. Yet now I find myself thinking: I don’t care. Do it incompetently, but do something.”

Somebody should write a book about this stuff.

 

GROSS: Here’s a Sampling of the Hunter Biden Texts Giuliani Turned Over to the Police. “The texts appear to implicate Democratic nominee Joe Biden in covering up his son’s alleged sexual abuse and in taking part in some of Hunter Biden’s deals.”

SO YOU’RE SAYING BIDEN IS THE CANDIDATE OF WHITE SUPREMACY? 538: Trump Is Losing Ground With White Voters But Gaining Among Black And Hispanic Americans.

CANDACE OWENS sues Facebook “fact checking” organization and USA Today.

IN THE MAIL: From Ted Cruz, One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Another Debate, Another Partisan Hack Moderator.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Could we maybe get just one debate with a moderator who isn’t a partisan Democrat swamp creature?

Answer: No. Don’t be silly.

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

  • Joy Behar is thankful for Jeffery Toobin’s schwanzstucker.
  • Memo to NeverTrumpers: It’s OK to admit you’re Democrats.
  • Meet the restraunteurs who deep-fried Pennsylvania’s lockdown.

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

THE CHICOM TERRORISTS HAVE WON: Charlie Brown ‘Great Pumpkin’ Special Is Not on TV This Halloween — and You Can Thank Apple for That.

BREAK THEM UP: Chrome won’t clear your Google and YouTube data — even if you tell it to. “Browser retains site data in defiance of privacy settings.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Students demand tuition refunds for classes moved online in flood of COVID class-action suits.

JEFF JACOBY: Outrage over Gal Gadot portraying Cleopatra gets the history wrong — and flies in the face of what acting is meant to accomplish.

Though the identity of Cleopatra’s mother has never been definitively established, there is no doubt that Cleopatra was regarded as Greek. Egypt today is the most populous Arab country, but there was nothing Arab about it in Cleopatra’s day: The Arab conquest of North Africa occurred six centuries after her death.

The indigenous people of Egypt are the Copts, who still exist as a persecuted minority in their homeland; to the extent that any of Cleopatra’s lineage was native, it was probably Coptic. Her image on contemporaneous coins shows a woman of Mediterranean appearance. “The best evidence is that she was three-quarters Macedonian Greek and one-quarter Egyptian,” writes historian and archaeologist Duane Roller of Ohio State University. Applying today’s labels, Cleopatra would be considered Middle Eastern. Just like Gadot, whose father is a sixth-generation Israeli.

But leave all that aside. Assume for the sake of argument that Cleopatra and Gadot are from two wholly different racial/ethnic categories. Why should that matter?

The notion that dramatic roles must go only to actors who check the same demographic box as the people they portray may line up with progressive identity politics, but it flies in the face of what acting is. Actors pretend. They embody characters and bring them to life.

Great acting doesn’t depend on whether the race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, color, or physical condition of actors matches that of the character they are depicting. It depends on whether the actors can surmount such considerations — whether they can make their portrayals so believable, so compelling, that audiences see not the actor, but the character.

Identity politics ruins everything — by design.

THE DEVIL HATES TO BE MOCKED: Facebook Declares War on the Babylon Bee.

Related:

ED MORRISSEY: Say, what does this shift in Gallup party identification really mean?

There are actually two shifts in the trends from Gallup’s latest polling on party identification, and both cut against the grain of media narratives of late. A few friends and readers pointed this out to me yesterday and asked what it might mean for the election. At least on the surface, they suggest that the fortunes of Donald Trump and the GOP might not be quite as dire as they appear — and that voter modeling might not have caught up to that.

In the partisan split, Republicans took a surprising lead last month — by one point, granted, but it was a +8 shift in the gap since June. . . .

That is a significant shift — not so much as a gain for Republicans since June (+2), but as a drain of Democrats (-6). That’s outside of a margin-of-error shift, meaning that this looks like a significant decline of Democrats’ standing since Joe Biden’s primary win. What’s more, this took place over a period of time when news was breaking more against Trump and the GOP rather than in their favor. It’s the lowest percentage of Democrats in Gallup’s polling since February of this year, when the party was in the middle of its Biden-Bernie primary fight.

Not coincidentally, it’s also the highest percentage of independents since that time as well (actually 45% in January, when Democrats and Republicans tied at 27%). Gallup also polls independents separately on party leaning, and while the trend there is a little more subtle, it also offers hope that the GOP are picking up a little momentum in the gap:

That’s a tie for the lowest percentage of independents leaning toward the Democrats since April’s even split — when Trump might have been catching the last of a crisis bump in the polls. It matches the split from May, and the Democrats’ 47% in July was matched up against a slightly lower 41% for the GOP. The D+3 gap in September’s data is half of that Gallup found in July and August, and — most importantly — far less than the D+11 in June and D+12 in late May. GOP fortunes among independents have trended up ever since those results, in fact, up six points from that late-May nadir. . . .

Democrats won a landslide in 2008, narrowly re-elected Barack Obama in 2012, and won the House back with a moderate-sized wave in 2018. In all three years, they had a +5 or better advantage over Republicans in the overall partisan split and at least an eight-point advantage in the indie split. Republicans won relatively big in 2014 with less favorable numbers than we see at the moment in Gallup’s partisan-ID polling in either mode.

If these numbers continue to hold up as the election approaches, this looks much more like an electorate ready to re-elect an incumbent and perhaps add seats in Congress for his party than it does to eject him.

Maybe that’s why Democrats are acting scared and talking or rioting in the streets, rather than cruising confidently toward victory.

GEE, THANKS: Mark Zuckerberg Said Facebook Will Have Fewer Bans After The Election.

HE ALREADY HAS A HISTORY OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok gets hired by Georgetown University.

FUNNY HOW ALL THESE TALKING HEADS WHO LECTURE US ON MORALS AND DECENCY SEEM TO HAVE SLEAZY BACKSTORIES: Who is Casey Greenfield and when did she have a child with Jeffrey Toobin?

Casey Greenfield is an American attorney and Yale Law School graduate who started her own firm, Casey Greenfield PC, in 2015.

The 46-year-old describes herself as a “matrimonial and family lawyer” on her personal Twitter account.

Greenfield made headlines in 2009 after reports claimed she was pregnant – and Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN, was the baby daddy.

Sources told the Daily News back in 2010 that their alleged affair began when the young lawyer fell for Toobin, now 60, when she was in her 20s.

But Toobin was still married to his college sweetheart Amy McIntosh, whom he wed in 1986 and had two children with.

“Jeff and Casey saw each other off and on over the years,” one source told the newspaper.

“She was married to someone else for two years. After her divorce, she started seeing Jeff again. He said he was going to leave his wife for her. But, by then, Casey had begun to distrust him. She suspected he had several other mistresses.” . . .

When Greenfield became pregnant with his child in 2008, Toobin allegedly offered her “money if she’d have an abortion,” the Daily News reported.

He allegedly offered to pay for her to have another child later on through a sperm donor, according to the Daily News.

“When Casey wouldn’t have an abortion, Jeff told her she was going to regret it, that she shouldn’t expect any help from him,” claimed another source.

Decency.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Early Voting Is Why None of the Hunter Biden Stuff Matters. “There are record numbers of people voting early this year. So many ballots have been cast at this point that Joe Biden might be able to murder someone on live television and not have it affect the election.”

JAMES LILEKS’ WEDNESDAY REVIEW OF MODERN THOUGHT:

At some point in a pandemic, the suspicion of infection morphs into the presumption of infection. That’s smart if it’s bad and widespread and raging. Hospitals overwhelmed, the sick hacking on every street, clinic corridors jammed with the rheumy victims, cordwood stacked like bodies in the morgue, or something. But this is not that. What’s more, this was never that. It was apparent months ago that this is not that. It’s not mild flu, but it’s not that.

The presumption of infection in a situation where A) it’s not the case, and B) the consequences for infection are statistically nominal, well, this is injurious to society, and every incremental introduction of something that bolsters the accumulated paranoia makes it more difficult to surpass the sense of constant suspicion.

These devices become talismans of safety. You start to distrust places that don’t have them. You resent the suggestion that you submit to them, but you go along — it’s anti-social to do otherwise. It just becomes part of life: standing in front of the device and fitting your shoulders to the contours of the anonymous human shape on the screen.

Read the whole thing.

BUFF OVER THE NORTH SEA: A B-52 somewhere over the North Sea. The bomber is flying a Bomber Task Force Europe mission.

SANCTIONS HAVE SLASHED AYATOLLAH IRAN’S WAR-MAKING CAPACITY:

In 2017, the Trump administration re-imposed economic sanctions with the goals of stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program and penalizing the regime’s malign behavior, such as its vicious oppression of its own people, its waging of proxy wars, its engaging in transnational crime and its seeding violence globally.

U.S. sanctions have the devalued Iran’s currency. StrategyPage.com recently reported that in 2015, one U.S. dollar bought 32,000 Iranian rials (open market rate). In September 2020, 260,000 rials bought a buck. Now it takes 315,000. Note Iranian companies importing food and medicine have a subsidized official exchange rate: 42,000 rials to the dollar.

The regime survived the arms embargo, but 2020 rials don’t buy the guns they did in 2015.

Read the entire essay.

OH: Instagram Refuses to Remove ‘Black Art’ Image Showing Severed Heads of White People. “People may express themselves differently.”

I doubt that would be Instagram’s policy if the roles were reversed.

CHANGE: ‘Trump does what he says’: Muslims abandon Biden, back president.

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE.

THANK THE TEACHERS UNIONS, HEALTH ‘EXPERTS,’ AND THE MSM: For the “Scarred Generation” of kids being held out of the classroom because of Covid. The Guardian looks at the situation in the UK, but there’s every reason to think the same applies here and elsewhere. HT: Dr. Scott Atlas.

SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC SENATE DARLING TRAINED TURKISH LOBBYISTS: Well now, how is the Sainted Jaime Harrison going to explain leading training sessions in Istanbul in 2015, teaching such topics as “the five key characteristics of a successful lobbyist”? The Washington Free Beacon’s Collin Anderson is asking the right questions. Will South Carolina voters?

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: Biden Adviser, Obamacare Architect, Now Makes Money By Keeping You On Lockdown.

BIDEN PREPARING RINO REWARDS: Citing a Politico report, Daily Caller News Foundation’s Thomas Catenacci reports Joe Biden’s handlers are assessing former Sen. Jeff Flake, former Gov. John Kasich and other Republican Anti-Trumpers for possible cabinet slots. Clearly, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, as well as broad and bipartisan.

THE ANTI-AMERICAN CANDIDATE: WATCH: Unhinged Joe Biden Attacks the Free Press, Democracy Itself.

JOANNE JACOBS: Elite SF school will admit by lottery in ’21. “At a chaotic virtual school board meeting, board member Alison Collins, apparently thinking she was muted, said ‘I’m listening to a bunch of racists’.”

BUT REMEMBER, IT’S TRUMP WHO’S SHATTERED OUR NORMS AND INSTITUTIONS: Liberals Confirm They Hate the Constitution. “Apparently it isn’t ‘living’ enough for the left, so they want to kill it completely.”

TO BE FAIR, TRUMP IS PRETTY MUCH THE ANTI-KAREN: Why Trump is losing white suburban women.

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