June 20, 2021

DON SURBER: Onward Social Justice Warriors. “What I liked about the story was the pair’s self-righteousness about the marketing campaign.”

WITH CHINA A GROWING THREAT, BIDEN’S US MILITARY STAYS EVER-VIGILANT: Biden Administration Will Offer Gender Transition Surgery Through VA Healthcare.

NO, THERE WASN’T AN LGBTQ ‘TERROR ATTACK’ ON SATURDAY: It Was Likely a Drunk Driving Gay Chorus Member. “But, according to local media, the suspect in the crash apparently ‘was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus t-shirt’ when taken into custody. To that extent, ‘Justin Knight, the chorus’ president,’ confirmed that ‘chorus members were the ones injured and that the driver was ‘part of the Chorus family’…Regardless of the truth, the left could not wait to blame this incident on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. #DeathSantis began trending on Twitter as soon as word got out.”

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Would taller people benefit from bicycles with larger wheels? Speaking as a taller person I would say yes, but perhaps not from the penny-farthing in the illustration.

THAT’S WHAT XI SAID: Cranky NY Times Lashes Out at Right, Claims Virus ‘Far More’ Trump’s Fault Than Xi.

THE COST OF A LEFTIST MOVEMENT AIMED AT REMOVING TRUMP: Why cities can expect 2020’s violent crime spike to last.

‘YOU CAN LIVE ANYWHERE BUT COLORADO:’ Why Many Remote Job Postings Are Now Actively Excluding One State.

Here’s why.

“A new Colorado law… requires companies with even a few employees in the state to disclose the expected salary or pay range for each open role they advertise, including remote positions,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The rule’s aim is to narrow gender wage gaps and provide greater pay transparency for employees.”

The result?

“To avoid having to disclose that information… some employers seeking remote workers nationwide are saying that those living in Colorado need not apply,” the Journal notes.


IT’S A MARTIAL ART THAT’S GOOD FOR EVERYTHING EXCEPT FIGHTING: Study: Tai chi may improve depression, anxiety, sleep in stroke survivors.

FATHER’S DAY READING: A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette and Techno Ranger: A Sam Harper Military Thriller.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Make Your Own Gravlox.

DROUGHT-STRICKEN COMMUNITIES PUSH BACK AGAINST DATA CENTERS: As cash-strapped cities welcome Big Tech to build hundreds of million-dollar data centers in their backyards, critics question the environmental cost.

“We are going to experience a drier and more water-scare future, and every drop of water counts,” said Newsha Ajami, director of urban water policy at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. “It’s not just Amazon, Microsoft and Google causing these water footprints. But it’s you and me, searching and needing data that ends up in these data centers.”

Ajami said that water has been historically undervalued as a resource in part because it has been cheap for companies to purchase. While many industries have taken great leaps in reducing their electricity use and carbon footprints, they lag behind in water efficiency throughout their supply chains, she said.

“We often overlook the communities impacted, who are often disadvantaged,” she added. “If it was a wealthy community, maybe they wouldn’t allow the data centers to be built in their backyard.”

Curiously though, NBC News.com, the source of the above article, doesn’t recommend that their readers conserve their Internet use by not going to NBC News.com, nor are they planning to voluntarily shutter their server farms and studio locations anytime soon.

QUESTION ASKED: Why Has “Ivermectin” Become a Dirty Word?

On December 8, 2020, when most of America was consumed with what The Guardian called Donald Trump’s “desperate, mendacious, frenzied and sometimes farcical” attempt to remain president, the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the “Medical Response to Covid-19.” One of the witnesses, a pulmonologist named Dr. Pierre Kory, insisted he had great news.

“We have a solution to this crisis,” he said unequivocally. “There is a drug that is proving to have a miraculous impact.”

Kory was referring to an FDA-approved medicine called ivermectin. A genuine wonder drug in other realms, ivermectin has all but eliminated parasitic diseases like river blindness and elephantiasis, helping discoverer Satoshi Ōmura win the Nobel Prize in 2015. As far as its uses in the pandemic went, however, research was still scant. Could it really be a magic Covid-19 bullet?

Kory had been trying to make such a case, but complained to the Senate that public efforts had been stifled, because “every time we mention ivermectin, we get put in Facebook jail.” A Catch-22 seemed to be ensnaring science. With the world desperate for news about an unprecedented disaster, Silicon Valley had essentially decided to disallow discussion of a potential solution — disallow calls for more research and more study — because not enough research and study had been done. Once, people weren’t allowed to take drugs before they got FDA approval. Now, they can’t talk about them.

“I want to try to be respectful because I think the intention is correct,” Kory told the committee. “They want to cut down on misinformation, and many doctors are claiming X, Y, and Z work in this disease. The challenge is, you’re also silencing those of us who are expert, reasoned, researched, and extremely knowledgeable.”

Read the whole thing.

GOV. ABBOTT VETOES FUNDING FOR TEXAS STATE LEGISLATURE, INCLUDING LAWMAKERS’ PAY: “Abbott said in a statement that ‘Texans don’t run from a legislative fight, and they don’t walk away from unfinished business. ’Funding should not be provided for those who quit their job early, leaving their state with unfinished business and exposing taxpayers to higher costs for an additional legislative session. I therefore object to and disapprove of these appropriations,’ the governor said.”


The independent inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing of May 2017, in which 22 pop fans were killed by an Islamist extremist, has published the first volume of its report. It makes for chilling reading. The inquiry has found there were numerous ‘missed opportunities’ to confront Salman Abedi, the bomber, and potentially stop him from detonating the device in his rucksack. Most chilling of all is the reason given by one of the key security guards on patrol that evening as to why he failed to question Abedi. He was worried, he said, that asking a brown-skinned man why he was hanging around the arena might be construed as racist.

Take that in. There was a very shifty-looking young man around the foyer and mezzanine of the Manchester Arena towards the end of an Ariana Grande concert, carrying a ‘bulging’ rucksack so large he ‘struggled’ under the weight of it, and a security guard was reluctant to confront him lest he be accused of racism. In the words of the report, this was a significant ‘missed opportunity’. The ‘inadequacy’ of the security guard’s response to the presence of a highly suspicious individual was one of the many misjudgements made on that black, fateful night, the report says. Is it possible that the fear of being thought of as racist is screwing up everyday life, and even hindering sensible action in threatening situations?

As Mark Steyn wrote in 2005, “With hindsight, the defining encounter of the age was not between Mohammed Atta’s jet and the World Trade Center on 9/11, but that between Mohammed Atta and Johnelle Bryant a year earlier:”

Ms Bryant is an official with the US department of agriculture in Florida, and the late Mr Atta had gone to see her about getting a $650,000 government loan to convert a plane into the world’s largest crop-duster. A novel idea.

The meeting got off to a rocky start when Mr Atta refused to deal with Ms Bryant because she was “but a woman”. But, after this unpleasantness had been smoothed out, things went swimmingly.

When it was explained to him that, alas, he wouldn’t get the 650 grand in cash that day, Mr Atta threatened to cut Ms Bryant’s throat. He then pointed to a picture behind her desk showing an aerial view of downtown Washington – the White House, the Pentagon, etc – and asked, “How would America like it if another country destroyed that city and some of the monuments in it?”

Fortunately, Ms Bryant had been on the training course and knows an opportunity for multicultural outreach when she sees one. “I felt that he was trying to make the cultural leap from the country that he came from,” she recalled. “I was attempting, in every manner I could, to help him make his relocation into our country as easy for him as I could.”

“Better dead than rude,” to coin a phrase.

SYSTEMIC RACISM: VIDEO: Psychiatrist doubles down on claim that white people are ‘psychopathic.’

Well, someone’s looking psychopathic here.


Clapton added that after speaking out he “did get some flack from the people I least wanted to get flack from,” but on the positive side he welcomed the prospect of “becoming a nuisance for [political leaders]. I’d love to be an annoyance to some of them that sit ’round that table; that would give me tremendous satisfaction.”

He also called out the pro-lockdown, pro-vaccine contingent’s use of “propaganda” and their “making it so that you’re responsible for other people’s lives” if you don’t do everything you’re told to do: “I could be labeled a murderer, and people would really believe that.”

Clapton — who added that he’d been reading George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” over the course of lockdowns and vaccine pressures — said such propaganda is “powerful” and “very clever.”

It’s been fascinating to watch the freakout from members of Internet music forums over Clapton’s anti-lockdown comments. Leftists suffer extreme cognitive dissonance over a superstar having different opinions than their own, something every conservative or libertarian takes for granted when he opens up his iPad or Roku box and goes to Netflix or Amazon Music.

* Not all of them — Clapton has assembled a pretty killer band for his tour of the American south in September.

THAT’S RIGHT, BUT NOT IN THE WAY HE MEANS: College President: ‘Critical Race Theory is the new Communism.’


Needless to say, it’s a long interview; at over two hours, I wish there was a highlight reel. But it’s worth it for Weiss’ take on her former employer, the New York Times, and how its current editors are even more terrified of being flamed by social media (spoken about 50 minutes in), than its past editors were of angering the paper’s advertisers. She addresses the paper’s crybully staffers’ meltdown over Tom Cotton’s op-ed last year at about an hour and a half in.

AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Lawsuit: Ex-Calif. Sec. of State Conspired With Twitter to Silence Critics, Secure His Path to the Senate.

CALL IT “SETTLER COLONIALISM:” Biden dumping illegal migrants around the nation without notice.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Get yourself something for being such a great dad. How about a coffee mug or T-shirt from Biblical Greek T-shirts, some Old Post Road Shaving soap or one of the Hard Man Novels.

NOTHING SAYS “CREDIBLE” LIKE ANONYMOUS CHINESE SCIENTISTS: Chinese Propaganda Outlet Trots Out Anonymous Scientists To Combat Lab-Leak Theory.


According to Cruz, a reporter tried to get the Republican senator on a “gotcha” question last week, asking him, “What is critical race theory?” Cruz theorized the Capitol Hill reporter thought the question would trip him up because the reporter likely believes “conservatives are morons,” and they “don’t know what they’re talking about.”

“I explained to him and I said, ‘Well, it’s a theory that derives from Marxism. Carl Marx viewed the entire world as a conflict between classes, between the owners of capital and the working men and women, the proletariat,'” Cruz said. “A fundamental battle in society.”

“Critical race theory takes that same Marxist concept except it replaces ‘class’ with ‘race,'” he explained. “And it says all of America and all of the world is a battle between the races.”

“Critical race theory says every white person is a racist,” Cruz stated. “Critical race theory says America’s fundamentally racist and irredeemably racist. Critical race theory seeks to turn us against each other and if someone has a different color skin, seeks to make us hate that person.”

“And let me tell you right now, critical race theory is bigoted, it is a lie and it is every bit as racist as the Klansmen in white sheets,” Cruz emphatically proclaimed, which was greeted by applause from the conservative audience.

Just ask the guys in the white sheets themselves:

Related: Don’t Ban CRT. Expose It.

WHAT WOULD A PUTIN STOOGE DO DIFFERENTLY? Biden White House temporarily halts $100 million weapons sale to Ukraine.


Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

AS BIDEN SURRENDERS TO IRAN: Mass Executioner Raisi wins Iran’s Sham Presidential Election.  Ebrahim “The Butcher” Raisi sent some 5000 Iranian dissidents to their deaths in the late 1980s.

DEMOCRATS ARE BECOMING THE PARTY OF WALL STREET, SILICON VALLEY, AND THE GENTRY CLASS: Democrats lost ground with non-college voters of color in 2020.

June 19, 2021

MY FORMER STUDENT MATTHEW MCCLANAHAN WON THIS ONE: Judges Halt Race and Gender Priority for Restaurant Relief Grants.

On May 27 — three days after the 21-day priority period ended — a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sided with Antonio Vitolo, an owner of Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tenn., who said he had “been pushed to the back of the line” because he is a white man.

In a 2-to-1 decision, the court said, “When the government promulgates race-based policies, it must operate with a scalpel.” The Small Business Administration’s “scattershot approach” was unconstitutional, the court found.

Matthew McClanahan, a lawyer for Mr. Vitolo, said his client was pleased with the decision.

A similar case in Texas by the owners of two restaurants — the Lost Cajun in Keller, Texas, and Penn Hotel Sports & Raw Bar in Hershey, Pa. — accused the government of “actively and invidiously discriminating against American citizens solely based upon their race and sex.” Judge Reed O’Connor ruled against the agency on May 28, ordering it to evaluate the plaintiffs’ claims “in accordance with a race-neutral, sex-neutral ‘first come, first served’ policy.”

I’m proud to see my former students standing up against racism.

OPEN THREAD: The stars are indifferent to astronomy.

SPACE: SpaceX stacking giant Super Heavy rocket ahead of Starship orbital flight test (photo). “The plan is this: The Super Heavy-Starship duo will lift off from Starbase, and the huge first-stage booster will come down about six minutes later in the Gulf of Mexico about 20 miles (32 km) off the Texas coast. The upper stage will make its way to Earth orbit, ultimately returning for a soft splashdown about 62 miles (100 km) off the northwest coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.”


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.


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.


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.


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: 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.


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.


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.


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.



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.”


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

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


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?

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