August 7, 2020

IN THE MAIL: Punting Poverty: Breaking the Chains of Welfare.

TO ASK THE QUESTION IS TO ANSWER IT: Why Is Joe Biden Silent on the Attacks Against Catholic Statues, Churches, and Beliefs?

WE DON’T CALL IT AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD FOR NOTHING. In accordance with the prophecy:

THE “S” WORD: As I’ve mentioned before (once or twice), I have a new book out called The Socialist Temptation. Here’s an interview with me about it in The Epoch Times, an excerpt at National Review’s new Capital Matters site, and a webinar on the book with Kevin Williamson.

WORST PUTIN PUPPET PRESIDENT EVER: Army V Corps Headquarters Will Be First Unit to Move to Poland. “In a Pentagon briefing last Wednesday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the withdrawal of 11,900 troops from Germany, reducing the U.S. presence there to about 24,000 personnel, would be accompanied by a shift in the U.S. and NATO force posture to the Black Sea region, the Baltic states and Poland to counter Russia.”

I forget where I saw it — CNN? — but somebody was headlining the withdrawal from Germany as a “gift to Putin.” Not so much, in the real world.

THOSE WHO KNOW HER BEST: Ilhan Omar’s Hometown Paper Endorses Her Primary Opponent.

CANCEL CULTURE IS COMING FOR YOUR PICK-UP: Wall Street Journal news reporter has a close call with a pick-up truck in a parking lot, while another decides they are “deliberately designed to intimidate and kill pedestrians,” and demands (of course) European-style regulations. [Post edited for clarity]

CHANGE: At least 1/6 of law schools will be totally online this fall.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Tulane cancels event about book condemning white supremacy amid student backlash.

GOOD QUESTION:

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Idiot MSM Hacks Confuse Joe Biden for a Practicing Catholic. “I’ve been a practicing Roman Catholic my whole life. I’m no saint, but I also understand that an integral part of being Catholic means that one doesn’t hold radical abortion views just for political popularity.”

THIS IS DRIVEN BY THE ECONOMIC INTERESTS OF THE EDUCATORS, NOT ANY SORT OF PUBLIC INTEREST: The U.S. Is Pursuing The Worst Possible COVID-19 Education Policy, Forcing Young Children Online While Risking On-Ground Classes For College Students. Colleges need the room-and-board money; K12 institutions have teachers who don’t want to go back to work.

JUST THE BUZZ ON KANYE MAKES JOE BIDEN LOOK EVEN OLDER, WHITER, AND LESS COMPELLING TO BLACK VOTERS: Republicans Aid Kanye West’s Bid to Get on the 2020 Ballot.

Plus, when Democrats fight to keep him off the ballot, they’ll look racist and corrupt.

WHY ARE DEMOCRATS PUSHING MAIL-IN VOTING: Over 80,000 mail-in ballots disqualified in NYC primary mess.

A friend on Facebook comments: “Democrats are pushing ‘mail-out’ ballots because they want total confusion until the post-election uncertainty drags on long enough for Pelosi to become acting president after Jan. 20, 2021. I kid you not. This is their plan.”

If that’s their plan, it’s a sign of desperation.

I HAVE A PIECE ON LIBEL REFORM COMING OUT IN THE TENNESSEE LAW REVIEW THAT I THINK IS PRETTY INTERESTING. You can download it here. It was inspired by Clarence Thomas in the McKee v. Cosby case, and I expect the Supreme Court to revisit New York Times v. Sullivan in the not too distant future.

YOU CAN HEAR ME ON JEFF GOLDSTEIN’S PODCAST FROM LAST NIGHT HERE.

BETTER STOCK UP ON M*A*S*H AND MAGNUM P.I. ON DVD: The Woke Mob Declares Hawaiian Shirts a Symbol of ‘White Nationalism.’

CHANGE: U.S. economy added 1.8 million jobs in July, Labor Dept. says.

REPUBLICANS POUNCE! Trump claims Biden ‘insulted the Black community’ with remarks on Hispanic diversity.

Biden’s actual words: “And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”

AS A FAMOUS MAN ONCE SAID, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Police create super PAC to target ‘defund’ politicians.

UGH: Intel investigating breach after 20GB of internal documents leak online. “US chipmaker Intel is investigating a security breach after earlier today 20 GB of internal documents, with some marked ‘confidential’ or ‘restricted secret,’ were uploaded online on file-sharing site MEGA.”

This breach could prove to be a huge bonanza for malware creators.

THE GROWN-UPS STRIKE BACK: Minneapolis Charter Commission Blocks City Council Effort To Abolish Police Department.

AT AMAZON, Disposable Face Mask, Pack of 50, New Packaging.

AN EVENING WITH CHARLES BUKOWSKI: “Writers are very despicable people.”

WELL, GOOD: US trying for ‘clean network’ by banning ‘untrusted Chinese apps’ like WeChat, TikTok.

Related: India, Jio, and the Four Internets. “The driving impetus of the China model is, first and foremost, control over information. This is evidenced by the fact that not only does China control access to Western services at the network level, but also employs huge numbers of censors for the Internet within China, and expects Chinese Internet companies like Tencent or ByteDance to have thousands of censors of their own.”

So long as mainland China hides behind the Great Firewall — that is to say, for as long as the mainland is ruled by Communists — giving them access to endless petabytes of U.S. data and metadata is a grave mistake.

THE ADVANTAGE OF “SYSTEMIC” RACISM IS THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO POINT OUT ANY ACTUAL EXAMPLES: The Invention of ‘Systemic Racism.’

DON’T GET COCKY: Ground Game: Is Joe Biden’s Campaign Committing Political Suicide? “Joe Biden and the Democratic Party may have seriously hobbled their election prospects in November by refusing to send out staff and volunteers to campaign door-to-door, building the essential ‘ground game’ that helps win elections. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) claim to have volunteers and staff knocking on 1 million doors a week across America.”

YEAH PRETTY MUCH: Riotous BLM Protesters Suddenly Realize They’re All White People. From America’s paper of record, which once tried to be a satire site.

AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD:  ‘No, Joe! Spit It Out!’ Shout Aides As Biden Takes Huge Bite Out Of Cognitive Test.

IT’S ILLEGAL IN MANY PLACES, AND IT’S WRONG EVERYWHERE. IT’S ALSO PERVASIVE. Political Discrimination And Law Professor Hiring.

SHOCKING RESEARCH REVEALS THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK TO IMPROVE COMPANY PRODUCTIVITY:  Employees perform better with a competitive workplace, study says.

WELL, WHY NOT? THEIR PRIME MINISTER & PARLIAMENT APPEAR TO BE DOING IT:  Terminally ill can take magic mushrooms in Canada, new law rules.

THE ENTIRE WORLD IS INSANE:  Mexico’s students to be homeschooled with television instead of in-person classes.

BE FAIR. IT’S NOT BIDEN’S. IT BELONGS TO WHOMEVER IS PULLING HIS STRINGS:  The Biden Backtrack.