September 24, 2021

THEY’RE SO CUTE WHEN THEY’RE YOUNG: Earth and Venus grew up as rambunctious planets.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Personalized 3-D magnetic micromachines from patient blood-derived biomaterials.

SCIENCE! Victoria named lockdown capital of the world with record case numbers. “Victoria officially became the most locked-down place on Earth at the same time that Victoria Health announced its highest Covid case numbers since the beginning of the pandemic.”

FAMILY TIES: The Ball’s in Your Court, CNN: Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexually Harassing a Co-Worker.

JOE BIDEN’S RETURN TO DECENCY:

#1 BEST SELLER IN BACK PAIN: Treat Your Own Back.

YOU CAN’T CIRCLE BACK TO A PLACE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN: Has Joe Biden Ever Visited the Southern Border? Jen Psaki Can’t Spin This One.

TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO ACTOR HAS GONE BEFORE: William Shatner’s Going to Space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Rocket Ship.

Well, this is the 21st century, you know.

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE MIGHT HAVE TO BE PERMANENTLY RETIRED: Some Profitable Companies Would Still Pay No Taxes Under Democrats’ Plan.

The bill, however, doesn’t touch the main reasons why profitable companies sometimes don’t pay taxes, including accelerated depreciation of investments and tax credits for activities such as research and development. The bill does strengthen a minimum tax on U.S. companies’ foreign profits, but it doesn’t include the separate minimum tax that Mr. Biden proposed to limit the number of zero-tax companies.

The legislation also expands tax credits for clean energy and low-income housing in ways that could push some companies from paying little to paying nothing.

“Corporations that don’t pay any taxes are still going to be able to go on paying no taxes, and in some ways they may even get a bigger refund,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, a progressive group that advocates higher taxes. “It is remarkable that there is no talk about this in Congress.”

No, it’s business as usual.

STACEY LENNOX: Kids and Immunity: 15 Months Later, Banned Doctors Are Vindicated. “This is another cautionary tale about suppressing scientific debate. Now consider the other things we aren’t allowed to talk about.”

WHY ARE LEFTIES ALWAYS FIDDLING ENDLESSLY AND INCOMPETENTLY WITH GARBAGE? Garbage odyssey: San Francisco’s bizarre, costly quest for the perfect trash can. “Rather than use off-the-shelf models, San Francisco has engaged in a years-long process to design cans that’ll cost thousands of dollars apiece. And it’s not nearly done.”

WHOSE SIDE ARE THEY ON? Dems Plan To Scuttle Space Force.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D., Calif.) led a resolution, cosigned by fellow Democratic representatives Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Mark Pocan (Wis.), and Jésus García (Calif.), to “abolish” America’s newest military branch. The measure received support from the Koch-funded National Taxpayers Union and radical anti-war groups such as Peace Action and Demand Progress.

The push to defund the Space Force comes as China increasingly threatens the United States. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said Monday that China is developing means to bombard American targets from space.

Previously: China’s Destabilizing Nuclear Weapons ‘Strategic Breakout.’

I AGREE WITH THIS: The high-return activity of raising others’ aspirations.

STILL #1 IN FRUIT GARDENING: Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre.

BREAKING: #WhipGate Photographer Says ‘I’ve Never Seen Them Whip Anyone.’

BIDEN ‘WEAPONIZING’ THE IRS AGAINST MIDDLE AMERICA: Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas is aghast. Go to the Washington Post web site and search this: “Biden to hire 87,000 new IRS agents.” Go to the New York Times web site and search this: “Biden to hire 87,000 new IRS agents.” Zilch on both. Why do you suppose the Post and the Times are ignoring this story?

MIGRATION: Early humans moved into subarctic climates earlier than thought, study says.

HIGHER EDUCATION HAS FAILED: Overwhelming majority of college students say shouting down a speaker is acceptable: survey. I wonder if we’ll start looking at it as an industry that consumes a lot of resources while producting a lot of the intellectual equivalent of toxic waste.

Also K-12 education.

#HIMTOO? Chris Cuomo’s ex-boss accuses him of sexual harassment.

As Jim Treacher tweets, “It would really be something if CNN lost two Cuomos in as many months.

CAM EDWARDS: Dems Slip Red Flag Provision Into Military Spending Bill. “The military version of the red flag law proposed by Democrats looks a lot like the civilian version found in more than a dozen states. Without being charged or even accused of a crime, a service member could have their right to possess a firearm taken away from them by a military court, and the subject of the red flag order wouldn’t even have a chance to provide any evidence on their behalf for up to 30 days after the court’s order was issued. The authors of the measure audaciously state that this is ‘sufficient to protect the respondent’s due process rights,’ but I doubt many service members would agree.”

IT HAS TO DO WITH THE SUSPECT: Joy Reid Complains About ‘Missing White Women Syndrome.’ So Why Won’t She Ever Mention Missing Black Women? “Yes, there is a racial aspect to which stories the press will and will not touch, but not in the way Reid wants to believe.”

SHADOW PRESIDENT RON DESANTIS GETS RESULTS: Dramatic Drop In COVID Patients At South Florida Hospitals. Also, note the impact of the antibody treatments that DeSantis championed, over abuse from the media.

HECKLER’S VETO: Overwhelming majority of college students say shouting down a speaker is acceptable.

“INFLUENTIAL RABBIS” VERSUS “PRINCIPLED PROGRESSIVES”: The New York Times actually published the excerpt below, though they have since stealth-edited out the rabbis part. In 2021 America, it’s woke to portray a legislative battle in Congress as war between the principled and rapacious Jews. Note for the uninitiated: There is, in fact, no “rabbis lobby” of any consequence.

ANOTHER REASON TO BE FOND OF POLICE BODYCAMS: Antifa Activist Sues Portland Police for Livestreaming and Showing Faces of Rioters.

OUR BEYOND-PARODY RULING CLASS:

SO MUCH IS: By The Left’s Standards, The Pro-Fat Movement Is Institutional Racism.

“[Seventy-eight percent] of hospitalizations due to COVID are Obese and Overweight people,” Neman wrote in an Aug. 31 deleted LinkedIn post citing March data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Is there an underlying problem that perhaps we have not given enough attention to? Is there another way to think about how we tackle ‘healthcare’ by addressing the root cause?”

While the root cause Newman indicted as the underlying culprit in the COVID crisis was obesity, Newman’s own diagnosis of the problem is fertilized by the proliferation of a cultural movement to both normalize obesity and demonize its opposition as “fat-phobic.” Newman himself became the latest target of the left’s nefarious feel-good crusade for daring to raise alarm over the nation’s ballooning crisis, while obesity triples an individual’s risk to hospitalization with COVID-19.

“This post is disgusting,” one LinkedIn user wrote back, according to Business Insider.

“Yikes, this is incredibly fat-phobic,” wrote another. “Have you considered how our healthcare system systematically underserves people who are considered to be in those groups?”

Has the race-obsessed left considered that its pro-fat movement systemically promotes obesity to the very people it claims to champion?

Read the whole thing.

I’d just add that so much of what the Left does — everything the Left does? — harms the very people they purport to champion.

ICYMI: Biden Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Tied to Alleged 2016 Clinton Scheme to Co-Opt CIA and FBI to Tar Trump. “White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan figures prominently in a grand jury investigation run by Special Counsel John Durham into an alleged 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign scheme to use both the FBI and CIA to tar Donald Trump as a colluder with Russia, according to people familiar with the criminal probe, which they say has broadened into a conspiracy case.”

PARTY OF THE LITTLE GUY: The Rich Get Richer When Democrats Hold Power.

TO BE FAIR, MOST OF THEIR EFFORTS ARE DUBIOUS, WHEN THEY BOTHER TO MAKE ONE AT ALL: The Biden administration’s dubious effort to solve the “Havana Syndrome” mystery. “What I’m thinking now, after reading the whole article, is that ‘to address the issue’ did not mean to discover the cause of the syndrome, but to get those affected by it to accept that they would never receive an answer.”

Well, that’s pretty typical of these people.

Plus, from the comments: “To have our two most bumbling and corrupt agencies- State and the FBI- handling the investigation is to know it is being buried. The FBI- fresh off of their ignoring the sexual attacks on our women’s athletes, fresh off of the showing that they perpetrated and made the Russia Collusion case happen, initiating a soft coup, and fresh off of inserting their own people to ‘kidnap’ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and stage last weekend’s Jan. 6 ‘protest, are considered by many people today, to be the equivalent of a corrupt Keystone Cop organization. Bumbling and crooked. Not exactly who you would want to head up an investigation of missing ice cream, let alone these attacks. We truly need a house cleaning, starting with State and the FBI.” True.

JAMES MORROW: Locked Down Downunder: Do Australia’s leaders really know what they’re doing?

The question thus becomes, both for those of us trapped here in Ozcatraz as well as bemused outside onlookers, how did a free and easy land of opportunity become gripped by a neurotic covid puritanism that truly believes any sort of fun or joy or sociability is deadly, and a place where protesters and cops are having pitched battles in the street over mandatory vaccinations?

If you don’t believe me, consider that in Melbourne — ground zero for Australia’s covid madness, the city just crossed the line to become the most locked-down city in the world — the state premier ordered playgrounds shut and had concrete bollards hoisted into skate parks to stop kids from riding their bikes. . . .

What makes it most bizarre is that even the state’s health minister recently admitted outdoors was the safest place to be and everyone understands that the mask rule was imposed largely to shut up a depressingly totalitarian press gallery that wasn’t going to shut up until everyone was welded into their homes Wuhan-style. . . .

This was, incidentally, a wonderful example of the serious class overtones of how the pandemic has played out in Australia, a country that has for decades kidded itself that it was a classless society where Jack was as good as his master. Here as elsewhere it has always been about the “Zoom” classes paying public fealty to the new priestly class of health experts and lording it over those who can’t work from home yet who are the ones who really keep society moving. On the third day of protests in Melbourne, video emerged on Twitter of Zoomerati-caste residents of fancy apartment towers cheering on the cops from their balconies as they chased down protesters firing “non-lethal rounds” and tear gas. One can only hope they get the social credit points they deserve for their enthusiasm.

We’ve been told for decades that the press is a key element in preserving freedom, but it always seems to be cheering on — and outright demanding — that the government supervise people ever more closely. And we’ve been told that the real threat to freedom is the unwashed masses, when it’s the upper-middle classes that seem most enthusiastic about extending the rules.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: 2024: Trump over Biden by 10 points, Harris by 13. “Just 247 days since President Joe Biden took the keys to the Oval Office, a majority of people appear to want him evicted and former President Donald Trump back. In a stunning turnaround, likely voters today said that given a second chance at Election Day, they’d pick Trump over either Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris. And by a country mile.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: COVID Gives GOP a Chance to Get Serious About School Choice. “I’ve been playing the conservative Republican activist game for a very long time and, quite honestly, I am often perplexed by the battles the party chooses to wage. Or, almost as frequently, the ones it doesn’t fight.”

PROFESSIONAL COURTESY: Biden Nominee Helped Free Robber, Accused Sex-Trafficker.

STICKER OF THE DAY: Beer Only Fridge Refrigerator Decal. (Bumped)

BUT WHICH PARTY WOULD SHE CAUCUS WITH? Sinema Cueing Up To Go Indy. “Absolutely fascinating look at Kyrsten Sinema’s efforts to position herself as an independent in Arizona, possibly formally but definitely in effect. It makes pretty clear she’s not done with politics or angling for a high dollar lobbying gig, as some speculate. She thinks she can be a latter-day McCain and build her political brand on that basis, likely looking for a promotion above the Senate.”

ON THE ONE HAND, I ROLL MY EYES WHEN HOLLYWOOD PEOPLE LECTURE ME ON “RAPE CULTURE:” ‘No Time to Die’ director says Connery’s Bond was ‘basically’ a rapist.

On the other hand, it is part of their core expertise. . . .

DEVELOPING…: Maricopa County 2020 Election Audit Will Be Presented to Arizona Senate Friday.

BRYAN CAPLAN: Woke is Old. “One of the less charming features of the woke movement is its vocal age prejudice. In conversation, believers have repeatedly appealed to my age and their youth to gain argumentative advantage. I’m tempted, admittedly, to respond in kind. In reality, the young have less insight on political and social issues than their elders. The young themselves agree.”

Hey, it’s the hip, anti-establishment youth who are shouting “Fuck Joe Biden!” at college football games. It’s the young fogeys who are parroting the logans of their elders from 1968.

September 23, 2021

NOW OUT FROM MY FRIEND HIAWATHA BRAY, Power in the Blood. We were talking about this when we had lunch in Boston over the summer.

Also, congrats to his son, a Marine who just completed the Crucible with, as it turns out, a broken leg the entire time.

OPEN THREAD: I got another confession, my friend — I ain’t no fool.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: Scientific American: Why the term ‘JEDI’ is problematic for describing programs that promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

This is stuff that would get a C- and an “oh, come on” comment from a professor even somewhere like Oberlin (I think): “Although they’re ostensibly heroes within the Star Wars universe, the Jedi are inappropriate symbols for justice work. They are a religious order of intergalactic police-monks, prone to (white) saviorism and toxically masculine approaches to conflict resolution (violent duels with phallic lightsabers, gaslighting by means of “Jedi mind tricks,” etc.).”

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UNEXPECTEDLY: Biden, Who Demands People ‘Pay Their Fair Share’ In Taxes, May Owe Up To $500,000 In Back Taxes: Report.

Has Joe Biden ever met Joe Biden? A Joe divided against itself cannot stand!* Flashback: Biden calls paying higher taxes a patriotic act.

* Classical allusion:

GENERATION GRETA: Too Afraid To Live.

I don’t want to say that sense of doom that the young have (re: the Lancet survey) is inappropriate. There can be no doubt that they face tremendous challenges trying to build a life today. We have deprived them of the only real source of hope: the conviction that there is God who orders the universe, and who loves them, and who guarantees that their suffering is not meaningless. To refuse to have children on the principle that it would be wrong to bring them into this world is to surrender hope in the future. It’s an extraordinary thing, given the dismal prospects that most people who have ever lived faced — and yet, they carried on. Not us. We face this global crisis at precisely the time when we in the West, with our global communications reach, have denied ourselves and the world what we all need to endure, even triumph over, adversity.

Hear me clearly: the therapeutic gospel — whether in its left-wing forms (woke Christianity) or right-wing forms (prosperity gospel) is false teaching. If you are in a therapeutic church, now is the time to make plans to leave. If you are not in a church that is teaching you why and how to endure suffering for the truth, then you are not in a church that is preparing you for the world as it is today, and the world very shortly to come.

Here is an instructive clip. It’s about a megachurch pastor whose congregation became “affirming” in 2015. It’s now falling apart. Watch this:

Here’s a link to the longer unedited video, from the pastor, Ryan Meeks. He is no longer a Christian. He calls EastLake “a laboratory for unorthodox and heretical ideas, which was really fun for me.” The mind boggles. This guy is the epitome of West Coast blissed-out egomania. He talks about the decline of his church — the decline he presided over — as a fun thing. He says, “The slippery slope is real,” and explains that he doesn’t mean it in a bad way. If he writes a book one day, he said, he will have a chapter titled, “My Fantastic Ride Down The Slippery Slope.”

As he writes on his website:

My wife and I founded EastLake Church in 2005, just east of Seattle, Washington. I’m so thankful for the container EastLake was for my ongoing transformation. It’s ironic that I started it so regular people could find a place to pursue an authentic spirituality and to explore truth no matter what it cost them or where it led. I had no idea I would end up needing exactly that, myself.

Wait … the church, this community, was a “container” for Ryan Meeks’s “ongoing transformation”?! My God, the ego! He says in the video that he has learned that “there’s a whole Universe of Ryan behind Pastor Ryan.” Golly.

Read the whole thing.

“What is sin?”, a legendary community organizer was asked by a Chicago Sun-Times reporter covering religion-themed topics in 2004. He famously replied, “Being out of alignment with my values.” Or as the late Tom Wolfe wrote in his epochal 1976 article, “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening,” “It is entirely possible that in the long run historians will regard the entire New Left experience as not so much a political as a religious episode wrapped in semi military gear and guerrilla talk.”

IF YOU CAN’T BE SPACEFARING, BE LAWFARING: Court filing outlines Blue Origin’s case against NASA SpaceX lunar lander award.

RALPH THE WONDER LLAMA YIELDS RESULTS: Llama antibodies may fight COVID-19 in humans, researchers say.

IF ONLY THERE WERE SOME WAY TO GET RID OF MOSQUITOES: Researchers detect malaria resistant to key drug in Africa.

Flashback: how we almost won, but lost, the fight to eradicate malaria.

BOOM: Evergrande crashes as China dumps ‘build, build, build’ playbook.

Evergrande is proving to be the first big victim. As the company falters, its undoing raises a fundamental question for the world’s second-largest economy: has China’s property-driven growth model – the global economy’s most powerful locomotive – run out of road?

Yes, says Leland Miller, chief executive of China Beige Book, a consultancy that analyses the economy through proprietary data. “The leadership in Beijing has been more worried about Chinese growth than anyone in the West.

“There is a recognition that the old build, build, build playbook does not work any more and that it is actually getting dangerous. The leadership now appears to be thinking that it can’t wait any longer to change the growth model,” Miller says.

Ting Lu, chief China economist at investment bank Nomura, says he does not expect Evergrande’s woes to trigger an economic collapse. But he believes Beijing’s attempts to transition from one growth model to another could significantly depress annual growth in coming years.

Two thoughts come to mind.

The first is that the post-Tiananmen deal was that mainland Chinese would trade any hopes of political reform in exchange for ever-increasing prosperity.

The second is that authoritarian regimes often look invincible until shortly before they unravel.

Update: More here from Battleswarm Blog.

Not only is Evergrande possibly facing complete liquidation, but word came down that the company might make payments on Chinese-owned debt, but stiff foreign debt holders.

But the word this morning is that the Chinese government is now telling them to avoid default on dollar-denominated bonds. After all, if investors worldwide decided that all Chinese debt was potentially toxic, that would leave connected Chinese communists in a world of hurt.

What’s that old Chinese curse about interesting times?

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Majority Says Biden Isn’t ‘Mentally Sharp’: Poll.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: A Generation of American Men Give Up On College.

You can hear the Insta-Wife talk about this here.

NO ENEMIES TO THE LEFT: Why isn’t the media more upset about Antifa’s attacks on journalists?

Ngo isn’t alone in thinking that these attacks on the press are being downplayed. So does Nancy Rommelmann, who as a journalist has written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has been an author for decades…

She was attacked in the streets, she says, and threatened online, with her photo publicly posted. Rommelmann believes the traditional media are ignoring the street violence for political reasons – they don’t want antifa’s extremism to be seen as discrediting to liberal causes. “I can tell you that 100% of the people that have attacked and continue to attack me, they’re all on the left – all of them. And I consider myself a liberal,” Rommelmann said.

To the extent that traditional news media are forced to cover antifa, Rommelmann says, they do so only when its adherents clash with right-wing protesters, and draw equivalencies with right-wing violence regardless of whether comparisons are warranted. After the assault on Staab last month, Rommelmann began venting on Twitter about why the media refused to acknowledge that “black bloc protesters [those wearing black ski masks and other garments to obscure their identities] in Portland are the MAIN source of violence. Proud Boys and right-wing groups rolled through [just] four times in 2020. Then who tf was committing the violence every night?”

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Eventually some in the media did catch on but the reality of what was happening never quite overtook the conventional wisdom about what was happening. The left-wing politics of most reporters always seemed to lead them to shield Antifa, BLM and other violent left-wing agitators from as much criticism as possible. If some journalists got roughed up in the process, better not to focus attention on that.

As Fredo would say, these guys were the first to arrive on Normandy Beach — you’ve got to cut them some slack when they get aggressive.

WHERE’S HUNTER, FAT? Hunter Biden boasted of access to White House and China in $2M Libyan deal.

THIS SHOULD BE A BIGGER STORY: After Mandating Masks Outdoors, Oregon’s Active COVID-19 Cases Increased 73 Percent.

2024 PREVIEW? Trump Still Rising. “The latest Rasmussen poll shows that in a hypothetical matchup between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in 2024, Trump would win 51 percent to 41 percent. Independent voters give their support to Trump by a whopping 20 points over Biden.”

I ACTUALLY FIND IT KIND OF RELAXING: Gun Cleaning For People Who Hate It.

NEW HUNTER BIDEN EMAILS: Hunter Biden emails boast ties to White House and China.

Hunter Biden’s business contacts touted his access to his father, “State, Treasury,” his relationship with then-Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson, as well as his ties to the “highest level” in China, as they weighed whether to work with him on a potential Libya deal in 2015, newly uncovered emails show.

The two emails — published by Insider on Thursday — date back to 2015, when Joe Biden was vice president, and reference getting Hunter’s help on a deal regarding billions in Libyan assets frozen by the Obama administration.

The emails are unrelated to Hunter’s infamous laptop.

I’m sure journalists will be right on it.

HOW THE HELL IS ANYTHING LIKE THIS WITHIN AN AMERICAN TEACHERS’ UNION’S PURVIEW? San Diego Teachers’ Union Passes Resolution That Rejects Israel’s Legitimacy.

I guess they’ll do anything but teach.

LIVE AT 3:30PM EASTERN: ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ with Kruiser, VodkaPundit, Special Guest.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: It’s time to end the taxpayer-subsidized vacation for student loan payments.

THIS WORKS FOR PEOPLE, TOO: Social robots may be more persuasive if they project less authority.

THE ACLU MORPHS INTO THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH:

The ACLU did its bizarre impersonation of Nineteen Eighty-Four’s Ministry of Truth on Twitter. Just as that dystopian ministry exists to rewrite history to ensure that it corresponds with the Party’s current view of the world, so the ACLU now seems to think its job is to mangle old quotations so that they don’t offend 21st-century woke sensibilities. This is what the ACLU has Ginsburg saying in its tweet: ‘The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to [their] wellbeing and dignity… When the government controls that decision for [people], [they are] being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for [their] own choices.’

Person? People? They? Ginsburg didn’t use those words. She said woman, women, she. In two short sentences, the ACLU has carried out five acts of censure. It has corrected what it clearly believes was wrongthink on the part of Ginsburg. Ginsburg, who was a justice of the Supreme Court from 1993 until her death in 2020, may have been a much-honoured warrior for women’s rights, but she is guilty of having used incorrect speech in the eyes of the woke scolds who appear to have taken over the ACLU. She said ‘woman’, when as every good and obedient PC person now knows, we don’t use that word. It is potentially offensive to trans women or men who identify as women or non-binary people or whatever other group we are currently elevating above women and their right to talk about themselves and their lives.

There are many disturbing things about this erasure of past speech, this perverse falsification of RBG’s words. It is such a back-stabbing by the ACLU of a woman – yes, woman – who played a central role in the ACLU in the 1970s. Ginsburg co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project in 1972. The project fought hundreds of sex-discrimination cases on behalf of women. The Women’s Rights Project still exists, but imagine if it had been launched in 2021. Would the ACLU even do such a thing today? It can’t even bring itself to say the word ‘woman’. Today it would have to be a Cervix-Havers’ Rights Project. Or perhaps a Non-Male Rights Project. Or a Ciswomen, Transwomen and Non-Binary People’s Rights Project. Anything but a Women’s Rights Project.

Exit quote: “When even an institution whose entire raison d’etre is defending liberty feels the need to take a Year Zero cudgel to a past utterance of the w-word, we know that speech-policing – and its ultimate goal of thoughtpolicing – is out of control.”

Meanwhile, on the non-distaff side of the equation: Marvel Studios May Drop The ‘Men’ From X-Men.

And the answer is none. None more woke.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Afghan Refugees at Fort McCoy Charged With Sexual Assault of a Minor, Spousal Abuse.

Previously: Just 3 Percent of Afghan Evacuees in U.S. Are Special Immigrant Visa Holders.

Biden evacuated a lot of people he shouldn’t have and left behind a lot of people who should have been evacuated.

COLOR ME UNSURPRISED: Young women with breast cancer who opt for mastectomies report lower quality of life.

#WHIPGATE: Mayorkas Suspends Horseback Border Patrol Agents from Duties Pending Probe. “Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has taken action against horseback Border Patrol agents accused by left-leaning media figures and Democrats of using ‘whips’ and reins to assail Haitian migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally.”

There were no whips and there was no whipping — background here.

SALMAN RUSHDIE: ‘I’m Afraid Cat Stevens Got Off the Peace Train a Long Time Ago.’

In “The Meaning of Yusuf/Cat Stevens,” Howard Fishman, whom the Post describes only as a “writer, composer and performer based in Brooklyn,” states the key elements of the case matter-of-factly: In 1989, “after Rushdie had officially been targeted because of his portrayal of the prophet Muhammad in his novel ‘The Satanic Verses,’ Stevens had matter-of-factly confirmed that the Koran prescribes death as the punishment for blasphemy.” Confronted on a BBC show, “Stevens was asked directly whether Rushdie deserved to die. ‘Yes, yes,’ he replied, without much hesitation. Were Rushdie, a marked man, to come to him for help, how would he respond? With what he subsequently insisted was nothing more than an ill-advised attempt at dry humor, a straight-faced Stevens said: ‘I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like. I’d try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is.’ When asked whether he would participate in the burning of an effigy of the author, he replied that he would instead hope it were ‘the real thing.’”

Not long after that, I allowed some friends to drag me along to see the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs, with which I had been unfamiliar. The 10,000 Maniacs had had a hit with a version of Stevens’s “Peace Train” in 1987. I hadn’t known that until the Maniacs’ Natalie Merchant explained during the concert that the band was not going to play the song, and never would again, because “Cat Stevens has gone insane.” The audience applauded wildly.

It may have been the high-water mark of pop culture support for the freedom of speech.

Fishman details how Stevens/Islam immediately began backtracking amid the furor at the time: He issued a press release “indicating that his comments had been manipulated in the editing room and taken out of context (this, despite the fact that the New York Times reported that Stevens had ‘watched a preview of the program today and said in an interview that he stood by his comments’).”  On his official website, he makes this patently false claim: “I never called for the death of Salman Rushdie; nor backed the Fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini – and still don’t.” In the very next sentence, he blames Rushdie’s book, not Khomeini’s fatwa, for all the trouble: “The book itself destroyed the harmony between people and nations and created an international crisis.”

Salman Rushdie himself would have none of Stevens’ denials, telling Fishman: “For many years, Yusuf Islam has been pretending he didn’t say the things he said in 1989, when he enthusiastically supported the Iranian terrorist edict against me and others. However, his words are on the record, in print interviews and on television programs.…I’m afraid Cat Stevens got off the peace train a long time ago.”

As Dennis Miller said of radical Islam, “We are starting to bridle at how you treat your women, and I don’t like how you f***ed up Cat Stevens.”

WHERE’S MY FLY SWATTER? Winged microchip is the world’s smallest human-made flying structure.

LONGTERM HEALTH TIME BOMB: Killing Children with Safety: Child Obesity SOARED During COVID Lockdowns.

SOMEBODY ORCHESTRATED THIS: This, as in the growing crisis on our Southern border. Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Joshua Trevino has a lengthy but incredibly revealing and disturbing report from the border. It is quite likely much worse than you imagined.

(Bumped, by Glenn).

I’VE SEEN THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE DAMAGE DONE: Study: Lack of outdoor time likely impacted quality of life, sleep during pandemic.

NOW THAT’S A CORRECTION: “This story has been corrected to show Lake Powell has a 3% chance of reaching a point where hydropower from Glen Canyon Dam would be impacted in 2022, not 90%.”

Also, from the friend who sent this: “Also never mentioned in the article is the increased water draw from those reservoirs because of very large population growth since those dams were built 60 years ago.”

DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE JUST ONE? Evil, crazy, or just plain stupid? Top 10 quotes from Middle East studies professors.

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is college football killing COVID as we know it? “What would happen if hundreds of thousands of screaming, particulate-spewing, laughing, jovial, high-fiving, chest-bumping, embracing fans convened together each week all late-summer, all fall, and all winter, and it didn’t result in mass casualties, uncontrolled death spikes, and the overwhelming of all hospital resources in those forlorn areas? Might that speak louder than even Dr. Fauci’s mainstream media-enhanced voice? Because it’s happening.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): And don’t forget the barstool conservatives.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot. I read this years ago, it’s still good.

PROSECUTORS FACE LEGAL CHALLENGES OVER OBSTRUCTION CHARGE IN CAPITOL RIOT CASES:

Federal judges are weighing legal challenges to one of the leading felony charges that government lawyers have brought in Capitol riot cases, potentially setting the stage for protracted legal battles over the Justice Department’s prosecutorial strategy in the wake of Jan. 6.

In several cases, defendants have moved to throw out the obstruction of an official proceeding charge, which carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison, arguing that the statute is unconstitutionally vague and the Jan. 6 certification of the Electoral College results does not qualify under the law as an “official proceeding.”

At least three judges in recent weeks have pressed prosecutors on whether the charge is appropriate in the context of the riot. If courts rule that the felony count cannot be applied to Jan. 6 defendants or that the law is unconstitutional, it would deal a blow to prosecutors’ efforts to crack down on those who overran the Capitol.

Some federal judges overseeing the prosecutions have expressed concerns about the application of the law in the context of the Capitol riot and whether that could potentially prove problematic when applied to other circumstances.

Earlier: Prosecutors Lost A Fight To Keep A Set Of Jan. 6 Capitol Surveillance Videos Under Seal. As John Cardillo tweeted, “Hell they weren’t even trespassers, they were a tour group.”

JOE BIDEN’S RETURN TO CLEAN GOVERNMENT: John Kerry’s Million-Dollar China Conundrum. “Kerry’s latest filing with the Office of Government Ethics shows Teresa Kerry benefits from an investment of at least $1 million in a hedge fund specializing in private partnerships with Chinese government-controlled funds.”

HMM: Latest Durham Indictment May Make Russiagate the Most Corrupt Scandal in U.S. History. “Durham alleges that a tech executive used by the Democrats, and who hoped to work in cyber security for the Clinton White House, used his insider knowledge to conjure up phony internet links between candidate/president Trump and Alfa Bank, based in Russia.”

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: California Parents Contributing to the Homeschool Boom.

I mean, at this point staying in the public schools is practically child abuse.

THE ATLANTIC: ‘Post-Vax COVID’ Is a New Disease.

The measles virus is ultra-infectious, much more so than SARS-CoV-2, and kills many of the uninoculated children it afflicts. But for those who have gotten all their shots, it’s a less formidable foe, which we’ve learned to live with long-term. That’s the direction that many experts hope we’re headed in with SARS-CoV-2 as it becomes endemic, as my colleague Sarah Zhang has written.

We’re not yet at the point where we can officially label post-vaccination COVID-19 cases as “modified”; maybe we never will be. Some immunized people are still getting dangerously sick. But the shots are softening COVID-19’s sharp edges: On average, breakthrough infections seem to be briefer, milder, and less contagious. Among the fully immunized, catching the coronavirus doesn’t mean the same thing it did last year. “It’s a very different kind of infection than in people who are immunologically naive,” Lindsey Baden, an infectious-disease physician and COVID-19 vaccine researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told me.

If this virus becomes as inescapable as the culprits behind the colds and flus that trouble us most years, we could all have to grapple with one of these infections, and learn that lesson on a personal level. That’s the social tax of a forever virus: Nearly everyone may eventually know what it is to get COVID-19—but a tamer, more domesticated version of its pre-inoculation self.

Politicians and social media panicmongers don’t see it that way — they won’t follow the science — and keep pushing the same social and economic controls.

I GOT TOOK, SORT OF: My apologies to InstaReaders who pointed out that the photo of Steven Colbert’s house in Montclair, NJ I posted yesterday is not accurate, and was instead a picture of the house in Caldwell, NJ used to film “The Sopranos.” My bad.
Drenched in shame, I researched it more fully, and here’s a pic of Colbert’s house: still pretty swank, a massive carbon footprint, and guess what? No solar panels.
So I’m still calling bullsh*t on this nonsense.

 

 

HOW’S THAT SPACE PROGRAM COMING ALONG? Asteroid Spotting.

MAKE THEM PAY: University falsely accused softball players of racism: lawsuit.

PJ MEDIA VIP ROUNDUP: Don’t forget that VODKAPUNDIT promo code if you’ve been thinking of joining us.

AJ Kaufman: Manchin and Sinema Aren’t the Only Democrats Concerned With the Direction of the Party. “It’s unclear exactly how many Democrats are siding with prominent House and Senate moderates. One centrist Democrat up for reelection next year, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), declined to say whether she’s comfortable with the $3.5 trillion spending number on Monday, or whether she agrees with pausing the legislation.”

Matt Margolis: The Hypocrisy of Those Complaining About ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome.’ “The thing is, she’d have a point if the same people who complain about ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’ or otherwise inject race into this story weren’t also the same people who show little to no outrage over black-on-black crime—particularly the plague of black kids being victims of gun violence.”

Yours Truly: Ho-Ho-NO! Supply Chain Disruptions Could Be This Year’s Grinch. “Seroka said that all that spending has shipping traffic there up 50% from pre-pandemic levels, and that the infrastructure simply doesn’t exist to get all those goods off the ships and on the trucks.”

CURRENTLY #1 IN “POLITICAL FREEDOM:” The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It. By the late Angelo Codevilla, with an introduction by the late Rush Limbaugh. Both represent huge losses, but those of us who remain will just have to do our best to pick up the load.

ONCE LOST, TRUST IS DIFFICULT TO REGAIN: Biden Falls into the Trust Trap. “In the United States, government and health authorities must admit fault, take full responsibility, and tell the truth. The vaccinated must not harshly condemn the unvaccinated. Research on social norms suggests that shaming people can boost compliance with important social norms, but it can backfire when we shame those who believe they have done nothing wrong. Enforcing norms works when people accept them. Blaming people for violating norms they reject creates resentment, antagonistic behavior, and ongoing cycles of blame. Since the unvaccinated believe their mistrust of authorities is justified, they often respond to sanction with outrage. And the truth is, their mistrust is not entirely mistaken.”

Well, our health and political authorities lied a lot, got a lot wrong, never apologized for their mistakes, and kept getting caught flaunting their own rules.

DON’T GET COCKY: It’s All Falling Apart for Biden and Democratic Leadership in D.C.

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