August 4, 2021

OHIO-15: Trump’s Guy Wins. Soros and Steyer’s Guys Come in Fourth – and DNF. “Yes, Soros and Steyer. In a Republican primary. Because so many seats nationwide are so gerrymandered, Soros and Steyer tested trying to slip first one and then another fake Republican past the Ohio Fifteen’s fine R primary voters. To attempt to play in a place they otherwise couldn’t get a game. Soros and Steyer propped up (at least) two “conservative environmentalist” candidates – because there is no way a Democrat will ever win the district as currently drawn. For Team Fake R – it didn’t go well.”

DESANTIS BLASTS BIDEN: ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear a Blip About COVID From You.’

UNIQUE GIFTS: Biblical Greek T-shirts makes some great gifts for those people you know who are hard to buy for, including yourself.

CHEAP: 2022 Nissan Leaf Gets a Huge Price Cut, Now Starts under $30,000.

SPYING ON YOU IS INFRASTRUCTURE: Infrastructure Bill Would Require Alcohol Monitors for All New Cars. “Buried in the massive proposal—which is already longer than 2,700 pages—is a section titled, ‘ADVANCED IMPAIRED DRIVING TECHNOLOGY,’ which mandates new vehicles include ‘a system that … passively and accurately detect[s] whether the blood alcohol concentration of a driver of a motor vehicle is equal to or greater than the blood alcohol concentration” of .08, in which case the system would ‘prevent or limit motor vehicle operation.’ Automobile manufacturers would have a three-year grace period to comply with the regulation.”

HYGIENE THEATER, CAUGHT ON VIDEO: AOC Puts Mask on for Selfie, Takes It Right Back Off.

NOW BACK IN STOCK AND ON SALE: The whole dang game. 410 cards total.

ANTISOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook bans academics who researched ad transparency and misinformation on Facebook. “Laura Edelson, an NYU researcher involved in the project, and whose personal account was banned by Facebook, says the company wants to end independent scrutiny of its platform.”

RALPH NORTHAM AND BILL CLINTON SMILE: Why Should Cuomo Resign? Democrats Almost Always Get Away With Their Misdeeds.


BRAVE SIR ROBIN BRAVELY TURNED AND FLED: Obama Scales Back Superspreader Birthday Bash After Criticism.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: WSJ: Law School Loses Luster As Debts Mount And Salaries Stagnate.

Recent graduates of the University of Miami School of Law who used federal loans borrowed a median of $163,000. Two years later, half were earning $59,000 or less. That’s the biggest gap between debt and earnings among the top 100 law schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, a Wall Street Journal analysis of federal data found.

Graduates from a host of other well-regarded law schools routinely leave with six-figure student loans, then fail to find high-paying jobs as lawyers, according to the Journal’s analysis of the latest federal data on earnings, for students who graduated in 2015 and 2016.

When Miami students asked for financial assistance, some graduates told the Journal, school officials often offered this solution: Take more loans.

“I had no work experience, life experience, anything like that before I signed on to this quarter-million-dollar loan,” said Dylan Boigris, a 2016 Miami Law graduate, who began his career making about $45,000 as a public defender. “I thought I would come out making much more than I did.”

A law professor at the university, Anthony Alfieri, said law schools “foster this kind of cruel optimism” in students, letting them think six-figure salaries are attainable, when in reality, those high-paying jobs are largely reserved for students at only the top-ranked law schools. “Law schools encourage a kind of magical thinking in order to keep the lights on,” he said. …

Federal data suggest the value of a law degree from nonelite schools has diminished. Salaries haven’t kept pace with inflation over the past 20 years. Meanwhile, tuitions have soared. A three-year juris doctor program, including living expenses, now can cost more than $250,000 at private law schools.

Graduates who finished law school in 2019 earned a median $72,500 the following year, according to the National Association for Law Placement. That is about the same as graduates who finished school a decade earlier earned soon after graduating. …

Just 15% of recent University of Miami Law graduates had begun repaying their student loans after two years—the lowest rate among law schools at elite private research universities, as defined by categories the Education Department uses.

And yet applications overall are still up.

Related: The Wall Street Journal Have An Axe To Grind Against Law Schools? I think the WSJ is right on the long term trend, but the short-term trend is bucking it at the moment.


GREAT. SO WHEN WILL THEY FINALLY ACTIVATE MY BETA SERVICE? Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet boosts its subscriber base by nearly 30% in a single month, nearing the 100,000-user milestone.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Failing to Cope With His Fiancee’s Death, This Canadian Writer Brought Her Back as an AI Chatbot.

I’VE OFTEN THOUGHT OF THEM AS THE EMO KIDS OF HERBIVOROUS GRAZING ANIMALS: Study: Giraffes are socially complex, misunderstood.

SIR, DOES THIS MEAN THAT PEARL JAM IS NOT COMING? Obama scraps big birthday bash and scales back party after backlash, virus concerns: Report.

(Classical allusion in headline.)

JOHN WAYNE: The Forgotten History of “The Duke.”

WWDD?* GOP Governors Must Stand Up to the Medical Authoritarianism of Biden Administration.

*What Would DeSantis Do?

ONLY A FOOL WOULD BE SURPRISED BY THIS: Rapid tapering of opioid pain drugs poses serious risks to users, study finds.

READER BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Commenter kilroyjc suggests W.E.B. Griffin’s Brotherhood of War series.

You can find a list of all the bookclub recommendations here.

Add your own recommendation in the comments, I search these daily for ideas.

WHEN YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT SO NASTY THAT BLM TURNS ON YOU: BLM Group Defends Lindsey Graham, Calls For Resignation Of Democratic Party Official.

“Regardless of political affiliation the disregard for human life is unacceptable and should not be tolerated anywhere within any political party,” the group said. “How can we trust someone with such blatant disregard for human life with the will of RI voters?”

I guess they’re saying that all lives matter here.

THE “MISINFORMATION” CENSORSHIP POLICE ARE SO OFTEN MISINFORMED THEMSELVES: Twitter unlocks JTN reporter’s account after CDC said his COVID vaccine tweet was correct.

Reporter Greg Piper tweeted “Vaccines are not safe for everyone.”

The post also linked to a report by the higher education news website the College Fix detailing Brigham Young University’s refusal to grant an exception to its vaccine mandate for a student with a potentially complicating medical condition.

Piper’s appended remark is backed up by CDC guidance, which stipulates that “some people should not get certain vaccines or should wait before getting them.”

Piper pointed out to Just the News that “every mandate has a medical exemption.”

Twitter doesn’t know enough to be a competent censor, but they don’t really care so much about getting things right as about reinforcing the preferred narrative and protecting it from challenge.



BUSINESS CULTURE REVOLUTION: China’s biggest private companies are in chaos. It’s all part of Beijing’s plan.

The end goal of Beijing’s aggressive bid for control isn’t about creating chaos. The government wants to make clear to its corporate champions that tapping capitalist markets is fine — as long as it is on the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s terms.

The heavy selling has accelerated in recent months as Chinese authorities slap companies with fines, ban apps from stores and demand that some firms completely overhaul their businesses.

Hundreds of billions of dollars in market value has been erased in the last week alone, after regulators announced curbs on China’s for-profit education industry and its food delivery sector.

The way Beijing sees it, the efforts to rein in private enterprise are meant to protect the economy and the country’s citizens from instability. They’re also intended to fix longstanding concerns around overwork, data privacy and inequality in education.

“Ultimately, Beijing’s crackdown on private business is about control,” said Alex Capri, a research fellow at the Hinrich Foundation.

It always is.

“Too much” success in the private sector is a threat to the CCP, but crushing it is no way to maintain a dynamic, innovative economy. Still, it’s no surprise that Xi prefers maintaining or increasing Communist power over modernity.

REP. CORI BUSH’S DISTURBING, CHILDISH ATTEMPT TO SILENCE DEBATE: “I don’t feel bad for [Bush, D-MO.] She is using emotional stunts to push for the imposition of a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on property rights that’s bankrupting working-class landlords—and then accusing anyone who disagrees with her of ‘policy violence.'”

PORTUGAL IS NICE THIS TIME OF YEAR: It is indeed, especially if you happen to be two of those Texas statehouse Democrats who fled to Washington D.C. to prevent the Republican majority from passing election reforms. Like the man said, there’s just no cure for stupid.

FINALLY: U.S. Wrestling Olympic Gold Winner Tamyra Mensah-Stock Loves Being An American (Video).

And on the flip-side: ESPN Writer Wonders Why People Don’t Like Megan Rapinoe and I Have Thoughts.

“I’ll never know?” The epistemic closure is strong in this one. Barnes is free to concur with Rapinoe’s woke beliefs, but as a journalist, it’s her job to investigate why people disagree with them.


NO, EVANGELICALS NOT MOST LIKELY TO BE UNVACCINATED: Religion Unplugged’s Ryan Burge crunched the data and found the group that actually is the least likely to be vaccinated. It’s not evangelicals, it’s not minorities, it’s ….

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Mayor of Boston equates proof of vaccination mandates to slavery as NYC mayor makes it policy.

It’s not, but it is hilarious to see de Blasio, who views everything through a racial prism (“No, de Blasio told him. I’m the black candidate.”) being declared a racist late in his second term.


BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World.

CHANGE: Democrats Panic as Latinos and Asian Voters Leave The Party.

IF THIS DOESN’T MAKE YOU SCREAM, YOU MIGHT BE UNCONSCIOUS: New report out from Open the Books finds the U.S. government “spent at least $282.6 billion on foreign aid between 2013-2018—almost $47 billion on foreign aid in FY2018, alone.” And that’s just the first most general finding. Brace yourself for when you get to the details.

BTW, Open the Books has filed more than 40,000 public information requests with governments at all levels for comprehensive spending data. The result is an independent web site that is a veritable treasure chest of data on what governments do with your tax dollars.  Somewhere, little Jimmie Madison is saying “Good show, Open the Books, Good show, that’s what the First Amendment guarantee of a free press is all about.”


CHANGE (IT BACK): Austin Police Refunding Proposition Makes November Ballot. “The petition is to restore a statutory level of 2 officers per 1,000 citizens, add an elected head of police oversight (not appointed by the council) and double officer training per year, among other things.”

FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED: On HillFaith today, it’s the fourth of seven great “I AM” claims by Jesus. The Good Shepherd.


Well, not all universities. There’s always Reynolds Online University. “The one where nobody gets raped.”

SYSTEMIC RACISM: University’s anti-racism workshop teaches deans to ‘accept white inferiority.’

CHARLES LIPSON:  “When Confidence in Our Institutions Collapses.”

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: An Epidemic of Mandatory. “The epidemic of ‘mandatory’ suggests that rather than becoming more flexible and adaptive before an endemic disease, the experts are hanging on to the mantle of certitude. Slate sadly concludes: ‘Noble lies are a trap. We cannot predict the public’s behavior, and loss of trust is devastating. The general population is far too skeptical to blindly follow the advice of experts, and far too intelligent to be easily duped.’ True. And that loss of trust is how we arrived at mandatory.”

Read the whole thing.

JOHN FUND:  “Is New York City’s Vaccine Passport Scheme Racist?

GOOD NEWS ABOUT A BAD NEWS NOMINATION:  “Lhamon Fails to Advance Out of Committee; Full Senate Should Not Allow Her Nomination to Proceed Further.”

THEY’RE ALREADY TOO EXPENSIVE: Birmingham Southern College imposes $500 fee on unvaccinated students. “Though the college has over $100,000 remaining in available HEER money, the school states its policy is due to a ‘lack of federal funds.'”

Overpriced and lying is no way to go through life, son.

SCOTT YENOR AT THE MARTIN CENTER:  “Academic Freedom Doesn’t Shield Universities from Oversight.”

PRIVACY: Facebook is reportedly trying to analyze encrypted data without decrypting it. “Regardless of intent, the whole thing feels disgustingly immoral and could potentially open up a whole new can of worms. If Facebook or others (Amazon, Google and Microsoft were named specifically by The Information) can glean actionable information from encrypted data, can you still technically label it encrypted?”

LESLIE EASTMAN: The Coronavirus Timeline: What We Know Now and What May Happen Next.

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: A Mysterious New Insect Is Feasting on DC-Area People and Making Them Think They Have Bed Bugs: The bug is invisible, but the bites are visibly disgusting—and crazy itchy. “Wasn’t 2021 supposed to be better?”

That was just Democratic propaganda. . .

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Will the Sleazebag House of Cuomo Finally Fall Down? “While I can’t pretend to know what was in the minds of the Founding Fathers of this great nation, I’m pretty sure that they were hoping that one of the upsides to winning the Revolution would be that we wouldn’t have to suffer under the rule of one family and its descendants.”

#METOO STOPPED MATTERING THE DAY GROPEY JOE BIDEN WAS NOMINATED: Cuomo case provides a major #MeToo litmus test: Will a sitting governor face justice?

UPDATE: Via a friend:

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: 1619 Project, Touted as Racial Reckoning, Ignores Democratic Party Racism.

Democrats who advanced a bill in June to remove statues of white supremacists from the U.S. Capitol ignored a central fact about those figures: All of them had been icons of their party, from Andrew Jackson’s adamantly pro-slavery vice president, John C. Calhoun, to North Carolina Gov. Charles B. Aycock, an architect of the white-supremacist campaign of 1898 that ushered in the era of Jim Crow.

At a time when governments, sports teams, schools and other bastions of American society are rushing to expunge legacies of slavery or racism, this was another instance of the Democratic Party’s failure to acknowledge that it did more than any other institution in American life to preserve the “peculiar institution” — and later enforce Jim Crow-style apartheid in the Old South.

“I think it’s absolutely fair to criticize the history of the Democrat Party when we’re literally changing the names of birds because they’re named after racists,” said Jarrett Stepman, author of “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past,” referring to a new racism-cleansing push in, yes, ornithology.

Democrats’ circumspection in the face of this trend is especially noteworthy because it comes at a time when they are criticizing Republican legislation to block the teaching of critical race theory on the ground that the GOP wants to whitewash American history. But one of the most noteworthy efforts to reframe American history in terms of race, the New York Times’ 1619 Project, virtually ignores the Democrat Party’s role in advancing and sustaining racism in the United States.

Ignores it? It’s meant to obscure it.

SCRUBBED: Boeing announces decision on Wednesday launch of Starliner. “NASA and Boeing have announced they will not be attempting to launch the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station on Wednesday, August 4.”

RACISM CHARGES ARE ONLY FOR USE AGAINST REPUBLICANS! Durbin won’t hear racism charges against ATF nominee. “Going on defense for another embattled Biden nominee, a key Senate Democratic leader has rejected a GOP request to hold an emergency hearing to probe allegations that the president’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives nominee used racist language and will demoralize the agency.”

Why is Dick Durbin covering up racism? Well, we all know why.

HMM: Nassau County Bill Allows Cops to Sue Protesters for Harassment. “The bill is controversial because it would hold protesters accountable for their actions at a demonstration. The legislation is aimed at discouraging protesters from engaging in actions and words that are designed to provoke a violent response from police.”

WELL, IT’S NOT: Journalists Must Stop Covering the Biden Presidency Like It’s Normal: ‘Politics as usual’ approach to reporting won’t cut it, will only enable our norm-defying commander in chief.

Every American, especially the ones with journalism degrees, understands the critical role journalists play in sustaining our democracy. If politics is the moral equivalent of war—and most experts agree that it is—journalists are the elite commandos operating behind enemy lines, risking it all so the rest of us don’t have to.

One shudders to imagine the wretched authoritarianism that might have befallen our great nation if, for example, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter had lacked the courage to spellcheck former president Donald Trump’s tweets. Nevertheless, the threat to American democracy persists.

Political journalists have yet to prove they are up to the challenge of covering Joe Biden’s norm-defying presidency. Instead, they cling bitterly to “objectivity,” the arcane notion that defined the journalism industry in the years before its largely blue-collar workforce could be replaced by educated intellectuals.

As Margaret Sullivan writes in the Washington Post: “Mainstream journalists want their work to be perceived as fair-minded and nonpartisan. They want to defend themselves against charges of bias. So they equalize the unequal. This practice seems so ingrained as to be unresolvable.”

Given the unique challenge Biden and his allies pose to the American democratic experiment, a “politics as usual” approach to journalism is not only inadequate—it is downright dangerous. Effective immediately, our nation’s journalists—whose heroism is beyond dispute—must stop covering this moment in history as if there’s anything “normal” about it. There isn’t!

Biden promised to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the virus continues to decimate the population. Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, elite enclaves frequented by Biden supporters, have become hotbeds of contagion. Democratic politicians have waged biological warfare on Washington, D.C., where the Democratic mayor continues to put lives at risk by ignoring safety protocols.

This is not normal. And they’ll admit that as soon as they’re instructed to do so.

READER BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat (Bumped)

You can see the full list of book recommendations here.

FIGHT THE POWER: Jefferson County parks & rec district drops concealed carry ban effort after ‘numerous’ public comments.

Foothills Parks and Recreation District (FPRD) Executive Director Ronald Hopp told Complete Colorado on Monday that the board of directors had decided to indefinitely table discussion of banning concealed carry of firearms by lawfully permitted citizens in Foothills facilities and outdoor spaces.

Complete Colorado initially broke, and exclusively covered the developing story.

Hopp said there will not be an agenda item on the August meeting or “any other board meeting in the foreseeable future,” citing numerous comments from the public.

“The Foothills Park & Recreation District’s Board had discussed various options, including the possibility of new policies, in response to recent gun-related incidents in both our facilities and parks, at least one of which involved the mishandling of a properly permitted concealed firearm,” Hopp said in a statement.

The ink from Gov. Jared Polis’ pen on Senate Bill 21-256, allowing FPRD to ban all firearms, including concealed carry, from its facilities had only been dry for three days when FRPD staff brought up the idea at its board of directors meeting on June 22.

Civil rights enthusiasts made themselves heard, and it worked.


Also for the record, right now I don’t trust a) the government, in all its organs, all its false glamour, all its empty promises. b) the medical establishment which is its handmaiden, and is represented by the scabrous lying Fauci of the serpent tongue who speaks out both sides of his mouth and sometimes other orifices. c) the lying media which ginned up the insanity of the last two years, whole cloth.

So, I don’t trust something the government really wants me to have in my veins. The fact they want it is reason enough for me to say no. The doctors who assure me it’s safe, and also that I must get vaccinated for something that — given some medical issues — I have 98.8% chance of surviving if I catch it are also not covering themselves with glory. (If I get one more “get vaccinated now” text from my PCP, he’s going to get a graduate degree in swearing in seven languages.) And I don’t trust the media to accurately — or at all — report any adverse reactions particularly among people with auto-immune issues. I also don’t trust them to stop trying to drum up the fear of a bug most people survive, or don’t even know they contracted.

I don’t trust them. At all. So why would I do what they want me to do?

YOU CAN’T. THERE IS NO SENSE. THEY JUST LIKE HITTING US:  COVID overview Part I: trying to make sense of the whole “masks for the vaccinated” thing.

(And follow her through to part II. It’s worth it.)

IT’S A VERY CUNNING FORM OF STUPIDITY:  The Magical Stupidity Of Thinking “Wage Slavery” Is A Thing.

VERY MUCH NOT, BUT DON’T WORRY. CHINA SUCKS AT THIS:  China Picking Up Where US Leaves Off Not A Good Thing.

FAVORED PETS OF THE REGIME:  Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions.

Also stupid as rocks, since they haven’t figured out they’re putting themselves in the middle of a family fight. I mean, even police officers fear “domestics.”

MY MAIN QUESTION BEING: EPSTEINED?  Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions.

WE HAVE A DEMOCRACY LIKE LIZZY IS AMERINDIAN:  Elizabeth Warren Tells Teen Vogue: Abortion, Voting are ‘About the Functioning of Our Democracy’.

Also, is it too late for retroactive abortion since she supports it so hard? Because a lot of us think she’s not very happy, what with trying to be another ethnicity and all. We think it’s a quality of life issue. She’s not very happy and never has been. She should be kept comfortable, while the nation has a talk about her….  Though mind you, just making her retroactively born in Cuba is just as good. We can drop her off. We’ll even give her a parachute.

SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED. BEHOLD MY SHOCKED FACE:  Report: UN-Funded Palestinian Teachers Promote Antisemitism, Glorify Jihad Terrorism.

BUT MURDERING ELDERLY? THAT’S FINE:  Biden Says Cuomo ‘Should Resign’ After Bombshell Report Showed He Sexually Harassed Women.

ARISTOS, ARISTOS A LA LANTERNE:  Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Halting Texas Illegal Migrant Transport Ban.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AN AMERICAN:  Olympic Gold Medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock: ‘I Love Representing the U.S.’.

HAVING A HONEYMOON WITH A USURPER IS LIKE HAVING A HONEYMOON WITH A RAPIST:  ‘Honeymoon Officially Over’: Biden’s Job and Economy Approval Ratings Drops in Two Polls.

Any honeymoon was as real as the FICUS (Fraud In Chief of the US) having the most votes ever in history.

August 3, 2021

MICHAEL WALSH: A Ministry of Fear Rules America.

Back in 1943, the British novelist Graham Greene published “The Ministry of Fear,” a thriller set in World War II London involving mercy killings, exploding suitcases, seances, Luftwaffe air raids, outright murder, insane asylums and undercover Nazi spies. It was successfully made into a movie the following year starring Ray Milland as the troubled protagonist, and directed by Fritz Lang, himself a refugee from Hitler.

Both novel and film capture the paranoid atmosphere during that troubled time, with danger lurking even in something as innocent as a cake. Whom or what can you trust? As the world falls apart, and the future is shrouded in threat and mystery, society devolves into a dog-eat-dog struggle for survival, in which neither the old verities nor the old pieties obtain any longer.

Welcome to America, 2021. In just a few short months since the mysterious elevation of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., inexplicably elected the 46th president of the United States, our country has undergone a stunning rapid devolution from a confident, economic powerhouse to a shabby debtor nation afraid of its own shadow.

Read the whole thing.

WATCH DEMOCRATS ENDORSE THE WALL: 54% Of Hispanic Voters In California Say They Would Vote To Recall Newsom.

I BELIEVE IN THE SCIENCE: Experts Warn Of New ‘Cuomo’ Variant That Is Dangerous To Young Women, Fatal To Elderly.

RALPH NORTHAM SMILES: Neighboring Democratic govs call on Cuomo to resign amid sex harass probe report. “In a terse statement, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, and Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee — all Democrats — said they were ‘appalled at the findings of the independent investigation by the New York Attorney General. Governor Cuomo should resign from office,’ they added.”


We’ve come to a situation where any politically connected suicide is presumed to be a murder. The government has lost the benefit of the doubt.

SHOCKER: Politico’s GETTR Hit-Piece Was Covertly Funded By Big Tech Giants.

SHE’LL NEVER BE A HERO TO THE MEDIA WITH TALK LIKE THAT: WATCH: U.S. Wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock Praises God, America After Winning Gold.

As she bounced on her feet in excitement, the network reporter asked her about the American flag she had draped around her shoulders. He wondered how it feels to represent the U.S.A. at the Olympics.

The reporter may have been hoping for Mensah-Stock to attack the U.S. like so many other privileged athletes, but if he was, he came away disappointed. Instead, Mensah-Stock was thrilled and to be a proud American.

“It feels amazing,” Mensah-Stock said of competing for her country. “I love representing the U.S.,” she continued as she brought her hands up in the shape of a heart. “I freaking love living there, I love it, and I’m so happy I get to represent U-S-A,” she said.

Is that sort of talk even allowed anymore?


NATURAL IMMUNITY VS. VARIOUS VACCINES: “In both sets of estimates, breakthrough infections in those vaccinated or who had a prior infection had substantially lower infectiousness than primary infections in unvaccinated persons. . . . One finding of this study is that there appears to be a hierarchy in infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 infections, where primary infections in unvaccinated persons are most infectious, followed by BNT162b2 breakthrough infections, mRNA-1273 breakthrough infections, and finally reinfections in unvaccinated persons.”

In other words, people with natural immunity are the least likely to infect others if reinfected with Covid.

OPEN THREAD: I got my finger on the cosmic trigger.

THE UNHAPPY FATE OF THE ‘CUOMOSEXUAL’ TENDENCY: “It is nothing short of astonishing that something in the liberal soul compels them to step on this same rake with metronomic regularity. It’s anyone’s guess who the next unqualified paragon of the pandemic will be. But that there will be another, there can be no doubt.”

FROM MY OTHER LIFE: Five Pro Tips for Programming Articles That Will Preserve My Last Nerve.


THE NEW SPACE RACE: Mystery surrounds Chinese private rocket launch attempt.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Professor Sues Student, University After Provost Overrules Her and Awards Him a Participation Grade.


UPDATE: The CDC’s New Eviction Moratorium Has Virtually all the Same Flaws as the Old. It still covers some 90% of the country, and still rests on a theory of virtually limitless CDC authority. Even President Biden acknowledges the order is legally dubious.

STACY MCCAIN: “Cuomo: Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!

WELL, GOOD: CDC: After nearly 9M Pfizer shots for U.S. teens, serious side effects rare.

DON’T GET COCKY. Politico: Dem campaign chief warns party would lose House if election were held today.

Weakness on the economy is the real sore spot for Democrats. As they see it, they’ve been spending money like drunken sailors so the electorate should reward them for it at the polls. The problem is that the spread of the delta variant and the revival of mask mandates in a lot of places has people who work in retail, restaurants, etc. nervous about what comes next for the economy. You can spend all you want but if businesses can’t operate like they did pre-COVID then the economy isn’t going to fully return to normal.

It’s quite the Catch-2022:

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