June 19, 2021

HOW ABOUT YOU JUST FIGURE OUT A WAY TO KEEP YOUR SHIPS FROM COLLIDING, SINKING, AND CATCHING FIRE? CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS: “I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO BE WOKE.”

ADMIT IT: YOU LOVE PIZZA. A mini-review and plug for Anthony Falco‘s “Pizza Czar” a combination personal history and a complete compendium on how to make various doughs, sauces, and even cheese. Round pies, pan pies, white pies, traditional pies, nouveau-cuisine pies– it’s all here. And for what it’s worth, Anthony who is not particularly political one way or the other, has been the target and obsession of an irrational internet cancel culture stalker (not going to link him) who has managed to succeed in interfering with the business of an honest working-class guy who made good. So buying the book not only gets you a great cookbook, but sends a big “F-U” to the social justice keyboard warriors.

Don’t forget to link thru to Amazon through Instapundit, so that we can keep Glenn living in the Manner to Which He Has Become Accustomed.

 

SO FAR, I FEEL LIKE THE “VARIANTS” HAVE BEEN OVERSOLD: Everything We Know So Far About The COVID-19 Delta Variant.

ILLINOIS TOWN HOLDS PRIDE AND JUNETEENTH PARADES, CANCELS JULY 4TH CELEBRATION.

To be fair, the Founding Fathers Persons had no sense of which pronouns to use: Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Make Official Titles Gender-Neutral.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Marijuana use in teen years may hinder brain development, study finds.

IT’S A GRIFT: Well-meaning Americans are being suckered into an illiberal political cabal.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Portland Mayor Scrambles as Fallout From Mass Resignations of Portland Riot Squad Begins.

THIS STATEMENT IS AT MOST CONDITIONALLY TRUE: Whether Or Not Men Find You Sexy Has Nothing To Do With Your Size Or Shape.

DECLINE IS A CHOICE: Homeless Man Throws Bottle of Water at Gavin Newsom During Trip to Oakland. “When asked about the incident, Newsom laughed it off with a joke as the Democratic governor also failed to receive a question regarding the sharp increase in homelessness throughout California. As residents continue to worry over the segment of the homeless population that is crazed due to drug abuse and prone to violent behavior, Newsom should consider a form of state-funded boxing programs so Californians can get better at bobbing and weaving.”

Oakland’s last Republican mayor left office in 1977.

MATT ZOLLER SEITZ ON JAMES GANDOLFINI, 1961-2013: A Great Actor, A Better Man.

As Seitz notes on Twitter, “The great James Gandolfini would’ve been 60 today.”

DOES DAD LIKE GOLF? A fun gift would be James Y. Bartlett’s golf mystery series.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Texas Governor Abbott Signs Constitutional Carry Bill.

WHATEVER WORKS IS THE RIGHT WAY: The Right Way to Terraform.

CHICAGO ALDERMAN SAYS GANGS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHICAGO PROBLEMS, NOT RACISM, AS MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT CLAIMED.

Related: Urban Criminal Gangs in the Civil War to Come. “Although murders in Chicago seemed to level off in the 2005-2010 period, the percentage of murders attributable to gangs actually went up significantly. Nearly two thirds of murders in Chicago are committed by gang members. This has happened because of the close working relationship between gang leaders and many Chicago aldermen and City Hall functionaries. Major gangs have enjoyed substantial if not complete official protection from the Chicago police and prosecutors for at least twenty years.”

Fortunately, Gov. Pritzker (D) of Illinois is focused on finding the solution to both of the above stories: Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Make Official Titles Gender-Neutral. “The terms ‘alderperson’ and ‘congressperson’ will replace ‘alderman’ and ‘congressman.’”

FASTER, PLEASE: mRNA vaccine yields full protection against malaria in mice.

APPARENTLY, HOSPITAL WORKERS AND SUPERMARKET CLERKS ARE M.I.A. AS FAR AS CBS IS CONCERNED: Teachers were more stressed than everyone else working during pandemic.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: 15 Years After Matt Lauer’s Botched Apocalypse Prediction: ‘Countdown to Doomsday.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

IT’S COME TO THIS: Australian Media Mocks CNN’s Glowing Coverage of Bumbling Joe Biden.

WELL, SURE: Fish oil supplements may help fight depression.

POPULAR SUMMER READING: Cane Fighting: The Authoritative Guide to Using the Cane or Walking Stick for Self-Defense.

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: Gee-Whiz 7 Edition.

DON SURBER: The Gun Revolution. “Without firing a shot (except at the firing range), Americans have won a revolution — state by state. . . . 35 years ago, it was illegal in 16 states (including Texas) for a civilian to carry a concealed weapon. Only Vermont did not require a pistol permit. Working through the slow process of going state to state to change the law, the revolution happened.”

ROGER SIMON INTERVIEWS MIKE POMPEO:

Roger Simon: Mr. Secretary, let’s begin with your new PAC. You named it CAVPAC in honor of the cavalry, I imagined, coming to rescue America …and it needs it. The PAC’s filled with the best intentions—championing American values and so forth. But let me ask you a difficult question. Our schools are teaching our kids critical race theory from kindergarten. Our colleges have turned into Marxist indoctrination camps with entertainment and the mainstream media doing much the same, all of this going on for some time. Is it already too late? What can CAVPAC do to turn this around?

Secretary Pompeo: No, it’s not remotely too late. The cavalry from my young days when I was a young officer sounded the alarm. I think we were a little late in getting that done, but I’m happy now to be out working on that project. It’s not too late. This Republic is strong. Your point’s well taken, and I’ve been asked this before. But I worked on problems all around the world for the past four years, China foremost amongst them. There’s no greater threat to the United States than the challenges within the Marxist socialist ideology of the progressive left.

You talked about the theories that are being foisted upon kids as young as kindergarten, saying that our American founding was racist. Those are the challenges of our times. We can get it back. Americans know how to do this. And it will be in those places—our schools, churches, our faith-based institutions. Those will be the places that the Republic will get its foothold again. And we need to make sure that we have leaders at every level working to do just that.

That’s why I’m going to be out traveling. I’ve already done it for two months, traveling the country, talking about this very value set, and then finding people who are prepared to stand up. Whether that’s at a board of trustees meeting for the board of Regents in your state or at the PTA meeting or your city council, those are the places where we get to reject ideology and put America back on its founding ideas that have made this most exceptional nation in history. I am confident that the decline is a choice and that Americans are going to choose not to allow that to happen.

Roger Simon: Well, that’s optimistic and I hope you’re right. But there’s a Catch-22 in this for some readers of the Epoch Times—right, center-right, libertarians—in other words, people who might well be your constituents. You were head of both the State Department and the CIA, both of which, among other government institutions, today are not too popular with this very group. In fact, it was reported last night by Tucker Carlson and also by Revolver Media, I believe, that the FBI, therefore the Department of Justice, was heavily involved with instigating, in various ways, the Jan. 6 events. Would CAVPAC fight against this as you were once a leader of those institutions?

Secretary Pompeo: Well, of course, it’s totally inappropriate for the Department of Justice to have done that, if that’s in fact what took place. I fought back against the bureaucracy inside the State Department. It causes enormous problems when you have unelected officials who have their own view of the world and work to undermine an administration and president that was duly elected [in the] constitutional way. I actually am proud of the work that the State Department did under my leadership because we prevented much of the malfeasance that had taken place there. And it’s a big organization.

There’s always going to be bad actors, but we made clear our expectations that everyone would do the right thing. I’ve seen this, I’ve seen some of the FBI leadership. I didn’t run that organization. I’ve seen some of that. I’ve seen some of that leadership that appears to have lost its way. They should be held accountable for that. And it is absolutely the case to get back to good.

And every government employee [should] act in the way that is consistent with our constitutional obligations. And when there is a duly elected president of the United States, they should be the ones driving, whether that’s intelligence, collections, and operations at the CIA or foreign policy and diplomatic policy at the State Department. There’s one commander-in-chief designated duly by article two of our Constitution, and I’m going to fight mercilessly to make sure that that happens.

Exactly — even with the bottomless nature of the Deep State, the buck has to stop with President Klain.

THE DEMAND FOR HATE CRIMES IN AMERICA FAR EXCEEDS THE SUPPLY: Student charged with misdemeanor for residence hall fire in hate-crime hoax. “As The College Fix previously reported, the April 18 incident was the culmination of a series of incidents that ignited racial unrest at Viterbo University throughout the spring semester. . . . Unanka spoke at the university-endorsed walkout, which attracted hundreds of students and staff. A few weeks after Unanka was arrested, President Glena Temple said that the student responsible for the dormitory fire had been identified, however, refused to provide the person’s name. Simultaneously, Temple closed the internal investigation into campus racism vandalism and graffiti. Temple refused to fully connect the dots.”

BREAKING: THE POPE IS CATHOLIC. “One Twitter commenter wrote, ‘If the Catholic Church is going to deny President Biden his Sacramental rights because of his politics, then the Catholic Church should pay taxes.’ The use of ‘Sacramental rights’ instead of ‘Sacramental rites’ was telling. The loudest complaints came from people who consider the Eucharist everyone’s God-given, American right. It most certainly is not.”

JIM TREACHER: The Sky Is Falling and Our Only Hope Is Katy Perry.

Remember when Katy Perry used to run around half-naked singing about popsicles and lesbians and whatnot? Remember Left Shark? Perry didn’t care about politics, and the world didn’t end. Now she cares about politics, and the world isn’t going to end. The only difference is that now she’s addicted to making herself miserable because… I dunno, it makes her feel important? She survived Trump, she survived the pandemic, and now she needs something new to be upset about.

No matter how many times the sky doesn’t fall, it’s always about to crash down on people like Katy Perry.

She and Legolas actually believe this tripe. They really think the evil Republicans are aching to kick down their door for voting Democrat. And why wouldn’t they believe that? They’re completely insulated from what most Americans would call reality. When was the last time they talked to a Republican? When was the first time?

I just hope Katy Perry lives until 2055 so we can all have a laugh at the stupid, histrionic nonsense she was spouting in the early ‘20s. “Hey Katy, can ya still vote? Are the stormtroopers at your door yet? Hey, where’s Orlando? LOL!”

“‘Progressophobia’ — ‘a brain disorder that strikes liberals and makes them incapable of recognizing progress,’” is near universal on the left.

HE’S LIKE THE FAUCI OF RACISM: As Asian, Black, White parents stand up to CRT, Ibram X. Kendi dismisses opponents’ arguments.

Related (from Ed): Fairfax, Va. School District Spent $24,000 On Ibram Kendi Books For U.S. History Classes.

There’s certainly no shortage of Critical Graft Theory studies in Joe Biden’s America.

WELCOME BACK, CARTER: Fed official sees first interest rate hike next year, not in 2023, thanks to inflation.

Earlier: Is Jimmy Carter Back, or What? With assists from Larry Kudlow, Amity Shlaes — and Milton Friedman.

SCIENCE SAYS GUNS ON CAMPUSES ARE SAFE: What Is The Danger To Allowing Concealed Handguns On University Property?: Shootings By Permit Holders From 2012 To May 2021. “We have not found a single case where a concealed handgun permit holder was found guilty of committing a crime on a university where permitted concealed handguns were allowed.”

You don’t want to be anti-science, do you?

WEIRD THAT BIDEN BEAT TRUMP WITH 80 MILLION VOTES, HUH? Voters underwhelmed by Biden trip, foreign policy, liked Trump’s better.

IT’S THE SUMMER OF JOE! White House predicts ‘summer of joy and freedom,’ having reached the 300 million COVID-19 shot mark.

I hope it ends better than last year’s Summer of Love.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE. Gitmo detainees: We had it better under Trump.

KYRSTEN SINEMA: I want to be the next John McCain.

ANDREW SULLIVAN: DON’T BAN CRT, EXPOSE IT:

The stories in the mainstream media this past week about the broadening campaign to ban critical race theory in public schools have been fascinating — and particularly in how they describe what CRT is. Here’s the Atlantic’s benign summary of CRT: “recent reexaminations of the role that slavery and segregation have played in American history and the attempts to redress those historical offenses.” NBC News calls it the “academic study of racism’s pervasive impact.” NPR calls CRT: “teaching about the effects of racism.” The New York Times calls it, with a straight face, “classroom discussion of race, racism” and goes on to describe it as a “framework used to look at how racism is woven into seemingly neutral laws and institutions.”

How on earth could merely teaching students about the history of racism and its pervasiveness in the United States provoke such a fuss? No wonder Charles Blow is mystified. But don’t worry. The MSM have a ready explanation: the GOP needs an inflammatory issue to rile their racist base, and so this entire foofaraw is really just an astro-turfed, ginned-up partisan gambit about nothing. The MSM get particular pleasure in ridiculing parents who use the term “critical race theory” as shorthand for things that just, well, make them uncomfortable — when the parents obviously have no idea what CRT really is.

When pushed to describe it themselves, elite journalists refer to the legal theories Derrick Bell came up with, in the 1970s — obscure, esoteric and nothing really to do with high-school teaching. “If your kid is learning CRT, your kid is in law/grad school,” snarked one. Marc Lamont Hill even tried to pull off some strained references to Gramsci to prove his Marxian intellectual cred, and to condescend to his opponents.

This rubric achieves several things at once. It denies that there is anything really radical or new about CRT; it flatters the half-educated; it blames the controversy entirely on Republican opportunism; and it urges all fair-minded people to defend intellectual freedom and racial sensitivity against these ugly white supremacists. . . .

I’m sure the MSM will continue to push this narrative indefinitely. They are still insisting, after all, that “white supremacy” is behind hateful attacks on Asian-Americans, and that soaring murder rates are purely a function of Covid19. And you can see why: this dismissive take is extremely helpful in avoiding what is actually happening. It diverts attention from the stories and leaks and documents that keep popping up all over the place about extraordinary indoctrination sessions that have become mandatory for children as early as kindergarten.

And no, 6-year-olds are not being taught Derrick Bell — or forced to read Judith Butler, or God help them, Kimberlé Crenshaw. Of course they aren’t — and I don’t know anyone who says they are.

But they are being taught popularized terms, new words, and a whole new epistemology that is directly downstream of academic critical theory. Ibram X. Kendi even has an AntiRacist Baby Picture Book so you can indoctrinate your child into the evil of whiteness as soon as she or he can gurgle. It’s a little hard to argue that CRT is not interested in indoctrinating kids when its chief proponent in the US has a kiddy book on the market.

The goal of education of children this young is to cement the notion at the most formative age that America is at its core an oppressive racist system uniquely designed to exploit, harm, abuse, and even kill the non-white. This can be conveyed in easy terms, by training kids to see themselves first and foremost as racial avatars, and by inculcating in them a sense of their destiny as members of the oppressed or oppressor classes in the zero-sum struggle for power that is American society in 2021.

Yes. And it is evil, and unAmerican to divide people that way. And most people know that, which is why the press feels constrained to lie about it.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED BY CHARLES MURRAY:

The question asks itself: If a minority consisting of 13 percent of the population can generate as much political energy and solidarity as America’s Blacks have, what happens when a large proportion of the 60 percent of the population that is White begins to use the same playbook? I could spin out a variety of scenarios, but I don’t have confidence in any of them. I am certain of only two things.

First, the White backlash is occurring in the context of long-term erosion in the federal government’s legitimacy.

Since 1958, the Gallup polling organization has periodically asked Americans how much they trust the federal
government to do what is right. In 1958, 73 percent said “always” or “most of the time.” Trust hit its high point in 1964, when that figure stood at 77 percent. Then it began to fall. By 1980, only 27 percent trusted the government to do what is right. That percentage rebounded to the low 40s during the Reagan years, then fell to a new low, 19 percent, in 1994. It rebounded again, hitting a short-lived high of 54 percent just after 9/11. Then it plunged again, hitting another new low, 15 percent, in 2011. It has been in the 15–20 percent range ever since. A government that is distrusted by more than 80 percent of the citizens has a bipartisan legitimacy problem.

When a government loses legitimacy, it loses some of the allegiance of its citizens. That weakened allegiance means, among other things, a greater willingness to ignore the law. The federal government has enacted thousands of laws and regulations. Many of them apply to every family and every business in the nation. They cannot possibly be enforced by the police or courts without almost universal voluntary compliance. When a government is seen as legitimate, most citizens voluntarily comply because it is part of being a citizen; they don’t agree with every law and regulation, but they believe it is their duty as citizens to respect them. When instead people see laws and regulations as products of the illegitimate use of power, the sense of obligation fades.

Events since the summer of 2020 make me think it is too late to talk about if Whites adopt identity politics. Many already have. That’s the parsimonious way to interpret the red-blue divisions over wearing masks, the widespread belief in red states that the 2020 election was stolen, and the rage that resulted in the invasion of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is all evidence that the federal government has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of many Whites. If that reaction spreads, the continued ability of the federal government to enforce its edicts in the reddest portions of the nation will be thrown into question. The prospect of legal secession may be remote, but the prospect of reduced governability from Washington is not.

See also: The Coming Middle-Class Anarchy.

REALCLEARMARKETS: Is This the Final Corruption of American-Style Liberalism?

Oh, there’ll be more corruption if they can manage it.

June 18, 2021

SECRET MEETINGS: Fauci: Yes, there was a secret meeting among scientists last February to discuss the origins of the coronavirus. “The salacious part is that there was a secret meeting at all. ‘That call likely would have remained secret if not for documents released under the Freedom of Information Act,’ writes reporter Alison Young about the meeting. Why is that?”

Plus: “Anyway. It’s not clear why Fauci didn’t reveal the conference call before his emails revealed it for him. But then we’re used to him holding back information from the public by now.”

NEWS FROM THE BLUE ZONES: Minneapolis police investigating bags of human body parts found on the street.

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

OPEN THREAD: Some say that it’s illegal in 17 States, and that it’s recently begun releasing pop records under the pseudonym of Lady Gaga. All we know, is it’s called the Open Thread! (Better late than never, hopefully.)

THE BANNINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES: Twitter suspends Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy over joke.

UPDATE: Twitter Restores Dave Portnoy’s Account Following Massive Backlash, Portnoy Responds.

(Updated and bumped.)

BLUE STATE REPS DON’T WANT IT IN A RED STATE: Air Force defends choice of Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal to host U.S. Space Command.

AND SHOULD:

HISTORY: Check out the American Story podcast.

LOCKDOWNS CERTAINLY DIDN’T HELP THAT: The pandemic exposed the vulnerability of people in nursing homes, but the real danger is isolation.

WOKE CORPORATIONS ARE LYING TOOLS:

THEN: GET THE VACCINE SO YOU CAN GO BACK TO NORMAL LIFE.

NOW: Bruce Springsteen fans who have had AstraZeneca vaccine barred from shows in the US.

LONGEVITY: Blood protein plays key role in aging, cognitive decline, study finds. “Our findings revealed that ADORA2B on red blood cells has a significant role to counteract aging and that chronic insufficient oxygen supply is an underestimated key factor promoting aging and function decline.”

Exercise might help by improving perfusion. Also: “Other recent studies have indicated that hyperbaric oxygen treatments can help combat the aging of blood cells and even reverse the aging process in healthy aging adults.”

CHANGE: Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates. “Normal kids at elite universities keep their heads down. Over the course of four years, this can become a subtle but real habit of obeisance, a condition of moral and spiritual surrender.”

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: Happy Juneteenth — if You’re a Federal Employee, That Is. “I might have preferred the more grammatically accurate ‘Emancipation Day,’ but what can you do? It’s 2021.”

HARSH, BUT FAIR:

HECK NO, BETO! Seven New Texas Laws Will Give Gun-Grabbers Night Sweats.

HMM: South China Morning Post Publishes Story About Alleged Defector.

DAVID BROOKS ADMIRES THE SHARP CREASES OF JOE BIDEN’S TROUSERS: The American Renaissance Has Begun.

INCONCEIVABLE: IIHS Claims Marijuana Legalization Causes Crashes.

ARMIES MARCHING UNDER THAT FLAG ENDED SLAVERY: Singer Macy Gray calls for getting rid of the American flag because it’s “tattered, dated, and divisive.”

CLEANEST ELECTION EVER: November Memo Documented ‘Massive’ Election Integrity Problems in Atlanta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WELL, THAT’S GOOD: Study: Pfizer, Moderna vaccines not a threat to male fertility.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neither one of that team was ever very bright.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plus:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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