August 11, 2020


Per the A.P. report, the real number could be thousands higher than the “official” count. But Gov. Cuomo’s administration has refused to reveal what the number would be if NYS nursing home deaths were counted the same way as other states.

The real buried lede here is that AP is finally, actually reporting this stuff:

New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there. That statistic could add thousands to the state’s official care home death toll of just over 6,600. But so far the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused to divulge the number, leading to speculation the state is manipulating the figures to make it appear it is doing a better than other states and to make a tragic situation less dire.

Over to you, CNN: CNN’s Chris Cuomo Claims Florida ‘Mishandled’ the COVID-19 Pandemic, Not New York.


And of course: ‘Warmongering egg’ Matt Yglesias dragged by blue-check libs for 100% accurate take on the Seattle police chief.

WELL, WHAT ELSE DOES SHE HAVE? Susan Rice Gives a Pathetic Excuse for Her 2012 Benghazi Disinformation Tour.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Back to the future in policing? Civilian militias in American cities: Police being pulled back in blue urban areas has led to neighborhood patrols which lead to chaos, violence, gangs and prejudice. Special bonus: It opens with a Steely Dan quote. Because of course.

Plus: “Anyone with a brain and a bit of historical knowledge could have seen this coming, which is no doubt why it eluded so much of our political class.”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Obama Stiffs Another Publisher, Cuomo Stacks Up Thousands More Stiffs.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What’s the worst thing since Che t-shirts?

Answer: Making fashion icons out of antifa.

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

• Barack Obama takes another publisher to the cleaners.

• Is karma coming for killer Cuomo?

• Rob Reiner is a monument to white stupidity.

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

FAST PATROL BOATS EVOLVE: The latest StrategyPage Surface Forces update is a quick look at why navies around the world are acquiring modern fast patrol boats. Here’s a photo of a Norwegian CB90 fast patrol boat. (As the update notes, the CB90 is a Swedish design.) This second photo shows a Norwegian “Storm”-class fast patrol boat.

SENTRY CLIMBING: An E-3 Sentry aerial surveillance plane takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The E-3 is also called the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).


Lies, damned lies, and the Democrat-Media Complex.

FIGHT THE POWER, STICK IT TO THE MAN: Professor who may be fired for refusing to undergo diversity training is not backing down. It’s not “training,” it’s racist political indoctrination.

REPURPOSING: Amazon Wants to Turn Closed Department Stores Into Fulfillment Centers. “Amazon is in talks to turn closed J.C. Penney and Sears shops into distribution hubs.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: WATCH: Princeton prof compares Trump to ‘plantation owner.’

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Back to the future in policing? Civilian militias in American cities: Police being pulled back in blue urban areas has led to neighborhood patrols which lead to chaos, violence, gangs and prejudice. Special bonus: It opens with a Steely Dan quote. Because of course.

Plus: “Anyone with a brain and a bit of historical knowledge could have seen this coming, which is no doubt why it eluded so much of our political class.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Seattle’s Anti-Cop Fever Forces Police Chief Best Out After 28 Years. “It wouldn’t be terribly surprising if Chief Best is just the first of many high-ranking members of law enforcement in the liberal hellholes to decide that enough is enough and retire. It’s been a war on law enforcement ever since Barack Obama repeatedly threw cops under the bus any chance that he got. The escalation of the hatred we’ve seen in recent months is really Obama’s legacy.”

OOPS: New Cases End New Zealand’s ‘COVID-Free’ Status; Auckland Back in Lockdown.

If there’s a highly effective vaccine in the next year, New Zealand’s isolationist strategy may have been worth it. (But not for sure.) Hardly any other country of any size has a chance of pulling it off, and the economic costs are enormous.

POLITICAL PROSECUTOR COMPLAINS PEOPLE ARE POLITICIZING HER POLITICAL PROSECUTION: Kim Gardner May Be In Hot Water Over McCloskey Prosecution, Burns Her Self-Awareness to the Ground In Response. “It’s improper to prosecute someone for political reasons and she clearly outed herself as doing that by immediately using the case to fundraise off of.”

Then complained when people pointed it out. Plus: “Gardner would ironically go on to accuse the McCloskeys of ‘political theater,’ which shows a lack of self-awareness so pervasive that she should probably see a professional about it.”


Related: Jimmy Lai’s Arrest ‘Part Harassment, Part Fishing Expedition’, Says Aide Mark Simon.

SEATTLE: TOO WOKE FOR A BLACK FEMALE POLICE CHIEF. Seattle’s First Black Female Police Chief Resigns After Council Caves to BLM; Reporters Note Irony.

WOW: SpaceX is manufacturing 120 Starlink internet satellites per month. “Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious plan to build an interconnected network of about 12,000 small satellites, to beam high-speed internet from orbit to anywhere in the world. The company has so far launched nearly 600 Starlink satellites and is currently building a system of ground stations and user terminals, to connect consumers directly to its network.”

PAUL BEDARD: Short timer: Half of Democrats don’t think Biden will serve all four years.

AT AMAZON, Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool with Pocket Clip.

EVERYONE OUGHT TO BE: Republicans Furious As Democrats Leave Town With No Deal.

REMEMBER WHEN THEY TOLD US THAT REPUBLICANS WERE A BUNCH OF PRUDES LIKE THAT PREACHER IN FOOTLOOSE? UMass Democrats Bar a 31-Year-Old Progressive Gay Candidate for Dating College Students: To the extent that the accusations against Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse get into specifics, they’re pretty dubious. “It’s impossible to fully parse the accusations, since the statement discusses them only in vague terms—which is itself a problem. But they appear to rest on the bizarre notion that 18- to 21-year-olds cannot consent to sex with someone who is a decade older and more established than they are.”

I’m fine with this if you also don’t let them vote.

Related, from Facebook:

PROBABLY USED CONTRACTORS WHO THINK MATH IS AN EXPRESSION OF PATRIARCHAL SUPREMACY: ‘Horrible Sequence of Mistakes’: How Bullet Train Contractors Botched a Bridge Project.

SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF CARMEN BEST ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION: Best’s resignation comes after the Seattle City Council voted to cut spending for the Seattle Police Department on Monday.

JUST THE WRONG RICH PEOPLE, NOT THEIR RICH PEOPLE: And You Thought Democrats Wanted to Tax the Rich.

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Vitamin D for COVID-19: a case to answer? “Interest in a potential role for vitamin D in the prevention or treatment of acute respiratory infections dates back to the 1930s, when cod liver oil was investigated as a means to reduce industrial absenteeism due to the common cold. Meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials conducted from 2007–20 reveal protective effects of vitamin D against acute respiratory infections, albeit these effects were of modest size and with substantial heterogeneity.1
The striking overlap between risk factors for severe COVID-19 and vitamin D deficiency, including obesity, older age, and Black or Asian ethnic origin, has led some researchers to hypothesise that vitamin D supplementation could hold promise as a preventive or therapeutic agent for COVID-19. From a mechanistic angle, there are good reasons to postulate that vitamin D favourably modulates host responses to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), both in the early viraemic and later hyperinflammatory phases of COVID-19. Vitamin D metabolites have long been known to support innate antiviral effector mechanisms, including induction of antimicrobial peptides and autophagy. . . . Pending results of such trials, it would seem uncontroversial to enthusiastically promote efforts to achieve reference nutrient intakes of vitamin D.”

August 10, 2020

AT AMAZON, Lyman QwikDraw Handgun Bore Snake with Brass Barrel Brush 9mm 38 357 40 44 45.

OPEN THREAD: Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace.

GOOD AND HARD: Seattle City Council approves historic cuts to police department budget.



AB5 STRIKES AGAIN: California Judge rules Uber, Lyft must classify drivers as employees.