July 31, 2021

MON DIEU! Unlicensed Dog Grooming Alarms Local News Reporter.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Susan Sarandon Protests Outside AOC’s Office: “We are losing hope that you represent us.”

MARK LEVIN ON A ROLL: Another 157,000 copies of American Marxism sold in week two.

GOOD: Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium expiring Saturday.

The eleventh-hour bid, which came as thousands of people may soon face the process of being forced from their homes, faltered amid caucus divisions. About a dozen House Democrats opposed the measure and were unwilling to budge, two senior Democratic aides told NBC News.

“Definitely don’t have the votes,” one leadership aide said.

House Speaker Nancy Nancy Pelosi and the sponsor of a measure to extend the ban, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., were at odds Friday over whether to hold a vote and force members to make their positions publicly known.

Waters wanted a vote, which would have allowed progressive activists to blame specific Democratic lawmakers for its failure, while Pelosi didn’t want to expose some of her caucus members to the wrath of the base, according to the second aide.

Ultimately, the effort died when Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tried to pass the measure by unanimous consent — a process that doesn’t require a vote — and a Republican member objected. Congress is now leaving town, with the House not expected back in until Sept. 20.

Related: “[T]he moratorium has left an enormous $21 billion tab in unpaid rent built up. Whenever the order finally expires, crushing bills will come due. They will either bankrupt delinquent renters, leave landlords in the lurch, or, unfortunately, be passed on to taxpayers via a bailout.  The longer the eviction moratorium continues, the more this dysfunction magnifies. Of course, that only gives politicians more incentive to expand it into perpetuity to avoid having to face the fallout from their poor policy decisions. The ultimate loser from such cowardice, though, is American taxpayers. Remember that next time you hear the word ‘temporary’ attached to a proposal for a new government program.”

JIM TREACHER: The Rules Wouldn’t Keep Changing If You Peasants Just Did What You’re Told at That Particular Moment.

We got some new COVID-19 rules yesterday. They were different than the rules we got the day before that, and I assume they’re different than the rules we’ll get tomorrow.

To recap:

  1. Absolutely do not wear a mask
  2. You must, must, must wear a mask or you’re killing Grandma
  3. Don’t leave the house or you’re killing Grandma
  4. If you can’t avoid leaving the house, stay at least six feet away from any other human being you see or you’re killing Grandma
  5. Wash your hands 20 times a day
  6. Do not touch your face or anything else, ever
  7. Get vaccinated so you don’t have to wear a mask
  8. You have to wear a mask even if you’re vaccinated
  9. When the above rules change, and then change back, and then change back again, shut up about it or you’re a stupid MAGA-head
  10. Don’t forget to vote Democrat.

As Glenn wrote on Thursday in the New York Post: No, Karen, we’re not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Commenter aelfheld suggests Larry Niven’s and Jerry Pournelle’s The Mote in God’s Eye. “Possibly the greatest science fiction novel I have ever read.”- Robert A. Heinlein. Now that is praise. (Bumped)

WELCOME BACK, CARTER: Benchmark Inflation Measure Hits Highest Level In 30 Years.

A WELL-OILED MACHINE: White House Walks Back Biden Statement that National Vaccine Mandate Is Under Consideration.

JOHN PODHORETZ: Bill de Blasio and the Decline of New York City. “This is not the result of COVID. It is the result of a disastrous mayoralty and the ideas, prejudices, and idiocies that have animated it. De Blasio’s legacy as he prepares to leave office is just that: a city in decline.”

HERE IT IS: The actual data on which the CDC’s new mask guidance is based.

This isn’t a leaked powerpoint of uncertain provenance. This is the genuine article, a CDC study of an outbreak several weeks ago in Provincetown, Massachusetts, that caused the agency to scramble and recommend masking for every American in a community with substantial transmission.

Having now read through it, I have the same reaction as Greg Pollowitz: “[W]hat the CDC data on Provincetown actually shows is that even under perfect conditions for a superspreader event, the vaccine works spectacularly well.”

The study tracks a nasty outbreak in P-town over the first two weeks of this month. On July 3, cases in Barnstable County were rock-bottom at zero per 100,000 residents due in large part to the state’s high vaccination rate of 70+ percent partially immunized and 60+ percent fully immunized. Two weeks later, after locals partied on July 4 and attended a series of summer events, cases had exploded to 177 per 100,000 over the previous 14 days. Many of those infections were afflicting fully vaccinated people.

That’s not good news. But is it as terrible as the reporting has cracked it up to be?

Approximately three quarters (346; 74%) of cases occurred in fully vaccinated persons (those who had completed a 2-dose course of mRNA vaccine [Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna] or had received a single dose of Janssen [Johnson & Johnson] vaccine ≥14 days before exposure). Genomic sequencing of specimens from 133 patients identified the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in 119 (89%) and the Delta AY.3 sublineage in one (1%). Overall, 274 (79%) vaccinated patients with breakthrough infection were symptomatic. Among five COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized, four were fully vaccinated; no deaths were reported. Real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) cycle threshold (Ct) values in specimens from 127 vaccinated persons with breakthrough cases were similar to those from 84 persons who were unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or whose vaccination status was unknown (median = 22.77 and 21.54, respectively).

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Which brings us to the first wrinkle in the data. How much of the P-town outbreak is due to the circumstances being absolutely ideal for a mass outbreak?

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As Byron York tweets, “Not a Trump hotspot. The proper response is not to blame Blue America for outbreak but for those finger-pointing commentators to be a little more circumspect, a little less Trump-obsessed, a little more reasonable. Would be good idea.”

But the narrative is all, alas.

Related: A gay rights activist explains why the CDC’s Provincetown study may be fatally flawed.

ANDREW SULLIVAN: Let it Rip: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Live With The Virus.

I’m double-vaccinated. The chances of becoming sick enough to be hospitalized are extremely small; the chance of death, none at all. My friend who first texted me is super-fit (as are most of the young torsos who show up that week), but he’s also my age (weirdly enough, he’s the same friend I went to stay with when I first tested HIV-positive in 1993). He endured a nasty week of a fluish bug: the kind of thing that happens without any plague at all. Just part of the inherent risks of being human on a planet that does not belong exclusively to us. . . .

So let it rip. The one silver lining of plagues in the past is that, at some point, they blew themselves out, by creating herd immunity. What we have done with Covid is greatly slow that process down. We did so for good reasons — because it would give us time to get a vaccine, and because a full-scale epidemic would overwhelm the healthcare system. But now that we have several vaccines, and can adjust them from time to time, and the healthcare system is not on the verge of collapse, the logic for lockdowns and masking has completely disappeared. . . .

These viruses challenge the psyche, and the trick, it seems to me, is not to deny their power and danger, but to see past them to the real goal: the living of your life. If you are not careful, this one viral threat can crowd out all other perspectives, distort your judgment of risk, and cause you to be paralyzed by excessive caution and fear. But defeating a virus often does mean living with it. We already do this with the flu. There’s no reason we can’t do it with Covid as well.

Indeed.

MATT TAIBBI: From ‘Yes we can’ to ‘No, you moron’: Dems have selves to blame for vaccine hesitancy.

I’m vaccinated. I think people should be vaccinated. But this latest moral mania — and make no mistake about it, the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” p.r. campaign is the latest in a ceaseless series of such manias, dating back to late 2016 — lays bare everything that’s abhorrent and nonsensical in modern American politics, beginning with the no-longer-disguised aristocratic mien of the Washington consensus.

If you want to convince people to get a vaccine, pretty much the worst way to go about it is a massive blame campaign, delivered by sneering bluenoses who have a richly deserved credibility problem with large chunks of the population, and now insist they’re owed financially besides. . . .

Now this new vaccine debate has been amped to 11. The universal consensus of the “Powerhouse Roundtable” types is that it’s time to start opening the cans of whoop-ass on the vaccine-hesitant, yanking services and civil liberties from those murderous holdouts who are, the president tells us, “killing people.” They do this acting like the public doesn’t remember the messaging from the Biden-Harris campaign last year, which was talked about at the time as being irresponsible precisely because it set a precedent of urging the public to distrust the vaccine.

“Sneering bluenoses who have a richly deserved credibility problem,” indeed. Well said.

It’s also really apparent, as Taibbi notes, how much bipartisan consensus there is among members of the ruling class that people should knuckle under to the ruling class, or suffer.

July 30, 2021

OPEN THREAD: I hope you had the time of your life.

WHEN DO I GET MY ORION SPACESHIP? Space Force sees ‘advantages and opportunities’ in nuclear-powered space missions.

If the Chinese beat us to this, don’t say you weren’t warned.

JOHN HINDERAKER: Censorship is Here. What to do about it?

Our freedoms are under threat as they have not been in a very long time. The question is, what to do about it. Private action is appropriate; we should support non-leftist alternatives to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, for example. But that is not going to be good enough. The major platforms may be natural monopolies on account of network effects, and I don’t know how individual action can create alternatives to Amazon’s web hosting dominance or the Apple-Google duopoly.

We need to bring government action to bear while we still can. Specifically, we need to encourage as many states as possible to legislate against internet censorship. In my opinion, the best way to do that is through state legislation that creates a private cause of action when a tech platform discriminates on the basis of political or philosophical viewpoint. I won’t elaborate on this idea at length; I have drafted legislation to that effect which I embedded here.

As a famous man said, punch back twice as hard.

BREAKING: CDC Director Says Biden Admin Is Considering a Vaccine Mandate.

That will play well with Biden’s core supporters: Biden’s talk of vaccine mandates sends labor into disarray.

MICROBIOME NEWS: Centenarians have a distinct microbiome that may help support longevity.

IT’S BEEN ON NOTICE FOR DECADES. WHAT’S NEXT? Cuba Quakes: Mass Protests Put the Regime on Notice.

One dissident gets it right: “This great, beautiful island of Cuba has been converted by the Castro brothers into their own personal estate.”

That’s how socialism ends up.

Plus: “In general, the Cuban dissidents and political prisoners ought to be famous. Their pictures ought to be on T-shirts. There ought to be songs and movies about them. They ought to have, say, half of Mandela’s fame. But they are almost entirely neglected.”

Mandela was a communist. These protesters are trying to overturn communism. You can’t expect the media to side with that.

PEOPLE HAVE KNOWN THIS FOR DECADES: Study rates New Zealand best place to survive global collapse. Though some may prefer collapse to living under Karen-in-Chief Jacinda Ardern.

BLAME THE DEVICE YOU’RE READING THIS ON, AMONG OTHERS: Study: More than half of people in U.S. plagued by back, leg pain.

STEALTH GUN CONTROL: “EAR” Restrictions Imposed On 3D Printed Firearms. “Earlier this year, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction that removed such technologies from the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and made them exempt from International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). In response, the BIS has now declared that anyone engaged in manufacturing, exporting or ‘furnishing’ 3D printed firearms, are subject to Export Administration Regulations (EAR) instead.”

QUESTION ASKED: Which Biden Official Asked The NSA To Unmask Tucker Carlson?

WITH THAT FAMED MITSUBISHI RELIABILITY: Mitsubishi Confirms New Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Arriving in 2022.

ON SALE: “Don’t Tread on Me” earrings. There is also a new “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt.

QUESTION ASKED: Do Democrats Really Want to Die on ‘Mask Hill?’

Related: No, Karen, we’re not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond.

More: Wait, That’s the Risk of Symptomatic Infection That Has the CDC So Worried? “That comes out to 1 out of every 4,628.57 people. I like those odds! I’m sure someone would say ‘yes, but that’s per week, meaning you face the same risk the next week!’ Okay, so every week, I face a new metaphorical lottery of being that one person out of 4,628 or so who has a symptomatic breakthrough infection. I can live with that, and you can, too. Yes, it will stink to feel sick for a couple of days, but symptomatic breakthrough infection almost never results in hospitalization or death.”

UPDATE: The New York Post’s cover today puts things in graphic perspective. AKA, Brainless Policy from Topless Administration:

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: LeBron James “Space Jam” mural in his hometown vandalized with clown nose.

THE COVID RESPONSE: The “greatest medical screwup in history”?

I’VE SEEN THE FUTURE AND IT DOESN’T WORK: The Dissident California Right Is the Future. “The rest of America’s Right has a ways to go before it catches up to the dissident California Right. We were here first and you should listen to us.”

STILL POPULAR: Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost.

BIDENFLATION: World’s Largest Food Company Will Raise Prices Amid Inflation.

IF THIS IS TRUE, “DEMOCRACY” DESERVES IT: Actual Atlantic headline. I read it so you don’t have to. Basically, Lindell thinks the Chicoms stole the election by hacking it in Biden’s favor and is spending millions trying to prove it using experts, holding a conference, etc., after which the Supreme Court will vote to put Trump back in office. Article author Anne Applebaum doesn’t think he will be able to prove it, but assuming he did somehow, he would apparently be destroying democracy by… putting the actual winner of the election back in office.

Exit question: We have been hearing a whole lot since January 6 about how our “democracy” is threatened, but is there any substantial number of evil terrorist seditious insurrectionist Q-anon folks out there who don’t think Trump was, in fact, the actual winner of the election?

FLASHBACK: Most Jamaicans Want Jamaica to be a British Colony.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: What Biden’s Vaccination Plan Gets Wrong.

Why, it’s as if: The CDC’s New Mask Guidance Punishes The Vaccinated To Protect The Non-Vaccinated.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: No, Karen, we’re not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond.

SPACE: Report Flags Space Rescue Concerns.

The United States government and commercial spaceflight providers have no plans in place to conduct a timely rescue of a crew from a distressed spacecraft in low Earth orbit, or anywhere else in space.

Without rescue plans in place, today’s space travelers will journey at their own risk.

The present posture, of not planning for in-space rescue and not having responsive in-space rescue capabilities, needs to be addressed before the need for a rescue materializes. The U. S. has the wherewithal to establish space rescue capabilities and to do so with a sense of urgency.

A new report — The In-space Rescue Capability Gap — seeks to raise awareness of the need to revisit space rescue policies and put in place measures to address this issue.

Author of the report, Grant Cates, is a senior project leader for The Aerospace Corporation’s Space Architecture Department.

The report is here.

HMM: Navy charges USS Bonhomme Richard sailor with setting blaze that destroyed ship. “The statement did not identify the sailor, and Robertson did not respond to a emailed query by Stars and Stripes.”

RIOTS FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME: Democrats want police protection for themselves, not for the rest of us.

(Classical reference in headline.)

MAYBE IF DEMOCRATS HADN’T SPENT SO MUCH OF 2020 DENIGRATING THE “TRUMP VACCINE,” NONE OF THIS WOULD BE NECESSARY: Joe Biden Calls on States to Bribe Citizens to Get Vaccinated.

THEY’RE JUST THROWING THEIR OFFICIAL LAWLESSNESS IN OUR FACES: House Democrats Pass Measure to Allow Some Illegal Immigrants to Work in Congress.

DON’T GET COCKY: Is the Harris Brand Poison for Midterm Democrats?

ROGER SIMON ON THE CASE OF FAUCI: Why Bureaucrats Need Term Limits More Urgently than Politicians.

Just the other day, he was seeming to wobble under withering examination from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the NIAID director’s relationship, including possible funding, with the Wuhan Institute of Virology from emails recently exposed via a Freedom of Information Act request.

This points to the extraordinary danger posed by Fauci and other unelected bureaucrats who, due to years of basically unsupervised activity, make decisions that affect foreign policy as greatly as presidents.

What could be more alarming than the funding or sponsoring of gain-of-function research in communist China by American taxpayers?

Was the doctor not aware of information that is publicly available, such as this report from Japan Forward: “Biological Weapons the Focus of China’s Military Research in the Last 20 Years.”

In a way, we can read Fauci’s strangely erratic behavior over the past couple of years, including disagreeing with Trump over the then-president’s decision to block travel from China at the beginning of the pandemic, as an attempt to evade scrutiny of his relationship with the communist Chinese.

To this day, he’s avoiding answering questions on this relationship that could end up linking him to some of the most heinous research ever conducted, both abroad and, alas, at home.

Fauci himself could have what the French call “mains sales” (dirty hands) in the horrifying global tragedy that has transpired and is continuing to plague us.

Or not.

But what is he hiding and why are we, the citizens of a supposedly free country, prey to his edicts?

Speaking personally, I took the Pfizer shots and now wonder if I should have, as it becomes more clear that the death rates for healthy people are exceptionally low, even for 70- and 80-year-olds, and that readily available drugs like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine work just as well, most probably better, than the vaccinations, to keep us healthy.

But someday this will end, or more likely be abated, and something else will come up. For that reason, term limits for the bureaucracy should be at the top of the agenda when the Republicans next hold the presidency and the Congress.

No more Faucis, please.

Endorsed.

Related: No, Karen, we’re not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond.

NEW FRONTIERS IN “RACISM:” U. of Illinois-Chicago professor reported to school for urging student to turn assignment in on time.

These students sound like characters in a Kurt Schlichter novel.

GREAT QUESTION: Which NSA (or other high-ranking executive branch) official unmasked Tucker Carlson? Prediction: The identity of Ashli Babbitt’s killer will be known before Tucker’s nemesis.

MAP: Critical Race Theory bans by state.

ANOTHER LOOK AT THE RESURRECTION HOAX: J. Warner Wallace, the “Evidence Whisperer” of NBC’s Dateline, knows a bit about evidence and conspiracies. His three reasons why Jesus’ resurrection could not be the product of a conspiracy among the disciples should give critics something to think about, carefully.

GREAT. DOES THIS MEAN THEY’LL FINALLY ACTIVATE BY BETA SERVICE SOON? SpaceX Will Resume Starlink Satellite Launch in August After Two-Month Pause.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Yeah, Nobody Really Likes Kamala Harris. “Biden ended up picking Kamala Harris as a running mate because he’d been studying the Book of Things Democrats Say and barfed up a diversity promise during a debate. Apparently, his entire team hadn’t paid any attention to the primary season that their boss had just triumphed in and was unaware that even Democrats don’t like Kamala Harris.”

OOPS: Russia’s new space-station module has glitched, firing its thrusters and pushing the entire station out of position. “The long-awaited science module had already encountered several technical issues on its way to the ISS, but once it docked to the space station on Thursday morning, it seemed to be in the clear. Then about three hours after its arrival — at about 12:34 p.m. ET — Nauka suddenly began firing its thrusters.”

ICYMI: Just 41% buy into Biden re-masking and only 40% will wear one.

LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME REAL ‘DARK MONEY:’ Wes Walker at The Lid looks at a new analysis that found $1.8 billion in political spending by Big Labor unions, plus another $67 million that went to politically active left-wing outfits but which was classified as either “charitable” or “representational” spending. All of it paid for with compulsory union dues.

VIDS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN; Release the Videos Showing Capitol Rioters Calling the Crying Police Officer the ‘N Word.’

PLAINLY ILLEGAL RACE DISCRIMINATION: The City of Portland, Oregon plans to spend millions in federal funds on “struggling artists of color.” Note that Portland isn’t talking about giving money to just any struggling artist. Whites don’t count, no matter how much they are struggling and no matter how artistically gifted.

This kind of blatant race discrimination isn’t going to stop until lawsuits—lots of ‘em—are brought. To do that here, we need a struggling artist of pallor in Portland who might be willing to be the plaintiff.

Instapundit is not exactly the place I expect to find a lot of struggling non-POC artists living in Portland, so this is a long shot. But if you are such a person and might be willing to help us fight this, please contact me via email. I will pass your info on to the lawyers who are hoping to mount a lawsuit. Alternatively, if your best friend from high school or your daughter-in-law’s mom lives in or near Portland and might know a struggling artist or two, please find out if they can help.

A MIND (AND SOUL) ARE TERRIBLE THINGS TO WASTE ON CRT: Greg Smith, writing for The Dissenter, points to the doleful results of Christians going woke, as is becoming a significant problem in evangelical circles these days.

WELL, YES: Sen. Ron Johnson: It’s Democrats Who Politicized COVID.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHY CONSERVATIVES CAN’T CONTINUE TO REMOVE OURSELVES FROM THE CULTURE: How Final Fantasy VII radicalized a generation of climate warriors.

SO WHY GET VACCINATED? CDC: Vaccinated people should get tested after exposure, even without symptoms.

EIGHT CHARTS ILLUSTRATE THE BIDEN FAILURE: Context is everything, as Issues & Insights points out regarding the 6.5 percent quarterly growth rate just announced. Sounds really good, until you realize it’s dramatically lower than the consensus projection of 8.5-9.0 percent for the second quarter of 2021 and the first that reflects the initial impacts of His Fraudulency’s policies.

Similar insights are marshaled by the I&I platoon for a total of eight charts that track where America is headed under His Fraudulency. What is really scary, however, is the realization that as things get worse in the days ahead, our betters, rather than recognizing their errors, will double-down on them. Can you guess who will get the blame when that, too, fails?

 

BILL DE BLASIO AND THE DECLINE OF NEW YORK CITY:

The New York renaissance that began with the election of Rudy Giuliani in 1993 and continued through the end of Michael Bloomberg’s three-term mayoralty two decades later was literally that. When babies were born in New York City, parents stayed if they could afford to instead of fleeing because they had to. An aging city suddenly turned younger. Areas that had lain fallow were reborn. Despite, or perhaps because of, the 9/11 attacks and the surge of citizen pride that accompanied them, the 2000s saw still more people flowing into the five boroughs. Half a million souls, to be exact; the population rose to 8.5 million.

New York might have been the most expensive city in the country to live in, a bastion of income inequality and every other sin of wealth that the young people who flooded to hipster Brooklyn to eat food twice as expensive as they would have paid for it anywhere else found time to worry over on their blogs — but as their presence indicated, it was the place to be.

And what of the decade dominated by Bill de Blasio’s eight years as mayor? When he leaves office in January 2022, the population of New York City will likely be around 8.25 million. He will not only leave office with the city in far worse shape than it was when he became its chief executive in 2014; he is the key cause of its renewed depopulation.

By almost every conceivable benchmark, even his own, de Blasio has failed. Take crime. Critics predicted that under his leader­ship, crime would skyrocket, and for a while it looked like we would have to eat our words as the crime rate continued to fall. In July 2019, de Blasio announced with great fanfare that the city had booked 40,000 fewer miscreants into jails that year than in the year he took office.

“The safest big city in America is ending the era of mass incarceration,” he said proudly. “For decades, we’ve been told we can only arrest and imprison our way to a safer city. Under my administration, New York City has proven that’s not true. Instead, we can keep fathers at home and kids in school and get even safer.”

By the end of 2019, the murder rate had risen by 7 percent, with other violent crimes also increasing at a comparably modest rate. Then, in 2020, everything went south. Shootings increased by 97 percent (that is not a typo), the homicide rate by 44 percent, the burglary rate by 42 percent, and the number of car thefts by 67 percent.

A year into his mayoralty, the city found itself awash in street dwellers, many of the newer indigents apparent opioid addicts who had moved into the city because it was an easy place to panhandle and because word had gone out that vagrancy would be tolerated. De Blasio accused the everyday New Yorkers who complained about the piles of garbage on Broadway and elsewhere of “fearmongering,” even as he increased spending on homelessness.

As usual, when you subsidize something, you get more of it — and in 2020, nearly 21,000 individuals were sleeping nightly in public shelters, an all-time high. When the vagrants are not in the shelters, they’re on the streets, sleeping or raging or rampaging, degrading the daily life of the city’s working residents and their children.

Compare John Podhoretz’s article on the end of the de Blasio era with Kyle Smith’s “NYC, July 1993,” written a few months before it began, to understand how New York City has come full circle with its Death Wish-era past. Likely future mayor Eric Adams has his work cut out for him, but Giuliani and Bloomberg have shown that it’s possible to actually govern the city.

WHISTLEBLOWERS: Biden Admin Tried to Cover Up COVID Outbreak at Migrant Facility.

He has a (D) after his name so no big deal.

THERE’S NOTHING NOBLE ABOUT THESE LIES:  “The Noble Lies of COVID-19:” The lying liars and the lies they told, all for your own good of course. Of course.

I LINKED THIS ARTICLE ON SOUTH AFRICA’S DECLINE YESTERDAY, but it’s worth breaking out this sentence:

The state, rather than the market, became the main site for opportunity and enrichment.

That’s a formula for disaster, but it’s also what the political class in every country tends to push for.

Related:

The agents of government should be men and women of integrity. Unfortunately, Read observed, political office tends to rob a person of modesty, humility, and integrity, which make it advisable never to accept a political office. “Office robs men of integrity because they get to thinking that their being in office is more important than integrity. There isn’t anything in life superior to integrity. It is the rock of character on which all else is erected.”

If political office tends to rob men of integrity, contact with the affairs of government must logically be one of the most corrupting of influences to which men are exposed.

Yes.

THE STATE THINKS YOUR KIDS BELONG TO IT: Schools Trying To Get Critical Race Theory Into Classrooms Under Parents’ Noses.

And the democrats want to make them as racist as the democrats themselves are.

Oh, and btw, Tilting at Windmills is running a subscription sale.

WELL, DUH:  People arriving in this country illegally are being released…

OH DEAR LORD:  Did you know that Joe Biden used to drive an 18-wheeler?

ALL THE SHOW TRIALS IN THE WORLD WON’T MAKE US BELIEVE THE ELECTIONS WERE ABOVE BOARD:  John Hayward says what needs to be said about the Jan. 6 show trial.

THE JUNTA FEELS LIKE IT’S PUSHING ON A STRING:  Danger Phase Begins – Biden Angrily Attempts to Reconcile His Own Contradictions on Mask Mandates, Announced Mandated Vaccines and/or Testing for Federal Workers and Federal Contractors.

The peasants aren’t acting as they’ve been told they would. They’re not falling in line. So the idiots who stole our institutions are going to try escalating.

Sauve-qui-peut. This is not a drill. Sauve-qui-peut and secure your position. The map is about to go angry and arrowy.

SHOW TRIAL IS NOT MEANT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, PEASANT:  Questions that Won’t be Asked by the January 6 Commission.

UM…. WHY? PELOSI IS GIVING UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATES:  Capitol Police Will Arrest House Staffers, Visitors Who Break Pelosi’s Mask Mandate.

Someone should remind those policemen far more people died of totalitarianism than of WuFlu.

THE BRAIN DEAD PROTESTING THE BRAINLESS:  Susan Sarandon Protests Outside AOC’s Office: “We are losing hope that you represent us”.

BIDEN, MOSTLY WANTS HIS DIAPERS CHANGED:  Biden Wants to Give Newly Vaccinated People $100, Force Federal Workers to Get the Shot.

But his junta is dumber than he is.

QUIETLY, OF COURSE:  Biden Administration Walks Back Plans To Halt Title 42 Expulsions.

NO: Mask Guidance Based On Misleading Data.

Misleading data is just what they use to justify masks and lockdowns, which they need to do, because they’re terrified of us.  As I told you last year, lockdowns and curfews in my experience (and I’ve experienced a few) are not because of the announced reason. They’re because the government is scared of the people.

HAVE YOU PAID ATTENTION:  Kamala’s Root Causes Plan Is Laughably Stupid.

What else could it be? She’s a ball of malice and stupidity.

SOMETIMES I WONDER IF THEY REALIZE WE CAN SEE THEM:  Roundup Time: A Curve The Ruling Class Won’t Flatten.

July 29, 2021

RIP: Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving senator, dead at 87.

OPEN THREAD: I ain’t askin’ for much.

GLENN’S LATEST NEW YORK POST COLUMN: No, Karen, we’re not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond.

SPACE: Rocket Lab launches US military satellite on return-to-flight mission. “Electron is currently an expendable launcher, but Rocket Lab wants to change that. The company plans to eventually pluck falling Electron first stages out of the sky with a helicopter, then haul them back to land for reuse in relatively short order. Rocket Lab has been making progress toward this end goal. For example, on both the May 15 mission and a November 2020 flight, the company brought an Electron first stage down for a soft ocean splashdown under parachutes. Engineers and technicians have been analyzing these returned boosters, which company representatives said survived their space missions in good shape.”

LUCKILY, BY THEN I’LL BE TOO OLD TO CARE: Dementia cases to nearly triple worldwide by 2050, study says.

CHANGE: FDA allows automatic ‘generic’ swap for brand-name insulin.

BREAKING: House Democrats Make History by Striking the Hyde Amendment.

SAD: Longtime blog Catallaxy Files is calling it quits.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM? Virus booster shot rollout to over-60s to begin next week, Israeli Health Ministry says.

SOMETHING GOOD: Trio of U.S. Shooters Claim Olympic Gold.

THAT WAS FAST: Twitter has closed its San Francisco and New York offices just two weeks after reopening them as virus cases surge. “The closure is a blow to San Francisco’s nascent economic recovery and another sign of disruption to the tech industry’s return to work. Google and Apple are also delaying mandatory office returns until at least October. Google and Facebook will require employee vaccinations.”

TYLER O’NEIL: The Most Influential Conservative Scholar You May Have Never Heard Of. “Barry Goldwater may have lost the 1964 presidential election, but his speech at the Republican National Convention that year reinvigorated conservatism. One line particularly stood out: ‘I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.’ That line came from Harry V. Jaffa (1918-2015), a professor at Claremont McKenna College and a giant of the conservative movement who does not get the credit he deserves.”

AT HELEN’S PAGE: Books of interest: Indian Summer (Earl Town Book 1), and KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue.

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