February 27, 2021

RAND PAUL IS A DOCTOR. AND PUBERTY BLOCKERS ARE UNCONSCIONABLE:  Rand Paul Questions HHS Transgender Nominee’s Stance On Puberty Blockers.

THEY’RE NOT WRONG ABOUT WHERE WE ARE:  The Last Stop Before Thermopylae.

They’re insanely wrong about the solution. Getting the right to act like the left doesn’t solve anything, and might not even be possible. Beyond that, the current “elite” is that ONLY in their minds. They seized all the levers and positions of symbolic power, and they think that makes them special. But they’re a cargo cult following what has worked in other countries and not realizing culture matters. (Partly because they don’t understand what culture is.)
They’re best comparable to a dog who’s caught the bumper of a car and is holding on for dear life and not realizing it’s not winning. The left doesn’t even know where food comes from. And they’re quite unaware of the depth breadth and sheer contrariness of the “flyover states.” They got nothing.
As for normal people not being ready.  Oh, we’re ready. We lived through 2020. We know how desperate and crazy they are. And we’ve had just.About.Enough.
Yes, it’s late. It’s too late for everything they suggest. But it’s okay, because none of it would have worked, anyway.
They are however right about how messy it’s about to get.

WELL, YES:  Cancel Culture is Evil.

IT’S ALL THESE INCOMPETENT CLOWNS HAVE:  Distractions.

THEY’LL HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON:  Mainstream Media Gets A Wakeup Call On Campus Stupidity.

February 26, 2021

OPEN THREAD: Don’t worry, be happy.

BUYER’S REMORSE:

AND NOBODY WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THAT WHEN THE 21ST CENTURY ARRIVED NO HUMANS WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE FOR DECADES: 50 years ago, an Apollo 14 astronaut played golf on the moon. Here’s the inside story.

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA. PUT THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IN CHARGE OF GUN VIOLENCE, AND IT WILL BE IN SHORT SUPPLY BY SUMMER. House Democrats Push Biden to Create ‘National Gun Violence’ Director.

AFTER THE LEFTIST REIGN OF TERROR, the Deluge. “That, my friends, is the light of the end of the tunnel. Just as the monarchy famously exclaimed, ‘after us, the deluge,’ in an apparent reference to the knowledge that the people would rise up following their reign, a right-wing populist deluge is destined to follow the current reign of terror. It may also happen much sooner than any of us anticipate.”

WHY DEMOCRATS ARE AFRAID OF HIM:

CYNICALLY, A CONDITION BECOMES SERIOUS WHEN THERE ARE DRUGS TO TREAT IT: How Meaningful Is Prediabetes for Older Adults? A new study indicates that the condition might be less of a worry than once believed. “The researchers found that over several years, older people who were supposedly prediabetic were far more likely to have their blood sugar levels return to normal than to progress to diabetes. And they were no more likely to die during the follow-up period than their peers with normal blood sugar.”

Plus: “These findings mirrored a 2016 study pointing out that a popular online risk test created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association, called doihaveprediabetes.org, would deem nearly everyone over 60 as prediabetic.”

AS YE SOW, SO SHALL YOU REAP: The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness. Once you break down the idea of a tolerant society, the only question is who doesn’t get tolerated. It’s not like people haven’t been warning about this. I mean, it’s hard to take statements like this from the left seriously now: “Disagreeing with certain ideas, however, is very different from anathematizing the collective work of a host of paradigm-shifting thinkers.” Well, yes, yes it is.

And wokeness is deeply unpopular with everyone except the people who run our elite institutions, who are notoriously fickle.

I’M DISCERNING A THEME TODAY:

JOHNSON & JOHNSON: J&J COVID Vaccine Gets Green Light from FDA Panel. “An FDA advisory committee voted unanimously Friday to recommend the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (Ad26.COV2.S) for use in adults 18 and older. Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted 22-0 that benefits of the vaccine ‘outweigh its risks for use in individuals 18 years of age and older,’ so the vaccine should qualify for FDA emergency use authorization (EUA).”

The Insta-Daughter was a volunteer in this vaccine trial, though sadly it turns out she got the placebo.

BUYER’S REMORSE: Unpacking the fine print of Biden’s declaration about the war in Yemen. “There is enough intentionally ambiguous phrasing and doublespeak in his talk of ‘relevant arms’ and ‘offensive operations’ to make us wonder how new this approach is from the course we’ve been on for the past six years. If we were halting all arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and withdrawing all support for operations in Yemen, he would have said so.”

GOOD ADVICE: Stop Worrying About Extremely Unlikely Covid Risks.

For the past year, there’s been too much spin, too much moralizing, and not enough in the way of clear explanation. People still wrongly fear that passing others on the street is a big danger because scientists and the press lump all risks together — substantial with astronomically unlikely.

Vaccine messaging is now playing up post-vaccination risks, with health authorities saying vaccinated people will have to continue take exactly the same precautions. As New York Times columnist David Leonhardt found, many people took that recommendation so seriously that they’re questioning the point of getting the shots, or are refusing them.

In fact, having a dinner party with a few vaccinated friends would be reasonable, says Babak Javid, an infectious disease doctor at the University of California, San Francisco. Could someone transmit the disease — maybe? “I think the risks of that are so remotely low,” he says. He would go if invited.

It’s true that even 95% vaccine efficacy means a few people might still get the disease post-vaccination — and some might get a silent case and give it to someone else — but the vaccine is proving close to 100% effective at preventing the most severe and deadly cases. And as more people get vaccinated, incidence of the disease should plunge even lower. The risks will plunge with it. . . .

Javid was one of the very first proponents of masking, fighting for it back when it was unpopular with other public health leaders — but even he draws the line at making runners and cyclists or solitary walkers mask up. “In the context of the pandemic where there are literally hundreds of million cases worldwide, even rare events can happen,” he says. “So I am not going to say it is impossible. I think the risks of, you know, someone cycling past you and giving you COVID is minimal, to say the least.” . . .

Scientists and journalists may feel magnifying small risks is erring on the side of caution. But if freaking people out about small things is distracting from the risks that have led to most of the 500,000 deaths, then perhaps true caution would instead dictate erring as little as possible.

If your rules aren’t based on science, they’re arbitrary invasions of freedom.

EVERYTHING IS RACIST: Remember Curling Up With Your Kids to Read Dr. Seuss’ One Fish, Two Fish, Black Fish, Jew Fish? No? Me Neither.

I don’t usually promote two PJ Media VIP pieces in a single day, but this one was so much fun to write that I just had to share it.

FLASHBACK: The ‘Footlose’ Fix.

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS (CONT’D): This Is Not Normal and I Refuse to Pretend It Is. “Can we stop for a minute and recognize the absurdity of what we witnessed in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee confirmation hearing on Thursday?”

Paul Bolyard’s latest is just for our VIP members if you’ve been considering joining.

BUYER’S REMORSE:

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NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why the New USPS Mail Truck Looks So Strange.

A MILLION HERE AND A MILLION THERE AND PRETTY SOON YOU’RE TALKING REAL CORRUPTION: COVID Bill Gives $570 Million Gift To The Teacher’s Unions.

HIGHER EDUCATION: Smith College fails to defend their own employees after false accusations of racism. “The university released a report on the incident which found zero evidence of racial bias on the part of Blair or the janitor. McCartney, however, still refused to rule out that they were motivated by racism.”

Because it’s virtuous to fight racism, even if you have to invent it and destroy a life or two in the process.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: 6 Reasons to Oppose the Orwellian ‘Equality Act.’

THAT SOUNDS KIND OF HARSH. POOR KIDS! OH, WAIT: Lethal house lures reduce incidence of malaria in children.

STEPHEN GREEN SMILES: Scientists identify cells responsible for liver tissue maintenance and regeneration.

HOLLYWOOD: The Rise and Fall of Joss Whedon, and the Myth of the Hollywood Feminist Hero.

As good as Whedon’s Buffy and Firefly were, they serve as excellent reminders that the more you want to enjoy art, the less you want to know about the artist.

I REALLY WANT THIS TO SUCCEED, BUT HE’S BEING LEFT BEHIND BY SPACEX: Blue Origin delays heavy-lift New Glenn rocket launch to 2022.

BACKPEDALING AS QUICKLY AS HE CAN: Mitch McConnell Makes Surprise Announcement on Trump’s Potential 2024 Presidential Bid.

THREE CHEERS FOR THE TRUMP VACCINE: Biden, Harris mark 50 million COVID-19 vaccinations in past month.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Many heartland states have outperformed more prominent counterparts in the fight against Covid-19.

Gretchen Garofoli, a local pharmacist in Morgantown, West Virginia, administered one of her state’s first Covid-19 vaccinations—a jab in the arm of a nursing-home patient— on December 15, weeks before any other state could do the same. “It was a beacon of hope,” Garofoli later told NPR. West Virginia is the only state in the country to use independent pharmacies to deliver shots; pharmacists in these communities often know their patients by name. “The more the state collaborates with those at the local, community level, the greater the vaccine uptake,” concluded Christopher Martin, a professor at the West Virginia University School of Public Health. As of mid-February, West Virginians have received more than 400,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and some 8 percent of the population has received at least two jabs (a rate second only to Alaska’s 9 percent).

Smaller, redder states have been more successful than media coverage would suggest. Look at the rankings for Covid-19 vaccine doses given and you’ll see West Virginia, Alaska, North and South Dakota, and Utah ranking high. These states benefit from having fewer people to vaccinate—and only a few large health systems operate in North and South Dakota, allowing for easier logistics and nimbler vaccination plans— but they aren’t without geographical difficulties. Yet many of their governors have been pilloried in the press. South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, a common target, began planning her state’s vaccine rollout in mid-summer, well before the federal government gave its own guidance. Noem’s team held daily coordination meetings with local partners, who, in turn, led the distribution and shared lessons learned along the way.

The success of heartland states compares favorably with the performance of New York and California.

To be fair, it’s difficult to even imagine worse performances than Andrew Cuomo’s or Gavin Newsom’s.

ANOTHER GRANNY-KILLER: Biden’s HHS Pick Dodges Questions About His COVID-19 Nursing Home Scandal.

BROTHER BOB PRESENTS: The Week in Radical Leftism. “Yep, we’re now getting called wusses by the French. There is nothing I can add to that.”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Bombing Syria Is Fine So Long as Biden Doesn’t Tweet Mean Things at Assad.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Is it better to get bombed on Twitter or by the United States Air Force?

Answer: Personally, we were hoping to get bombed on margaritas while grilling fajita meat tonight, but that’s just us.

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

  • How to get everything wrong in the Middle East without even trying
  • From no more snowfalls to the northern hemisphere getting 700 gigatons of additional snow, Al Gore hurt most
  • Is that a swab in his pocket or is Xi just happy to greet you?

Bonus Sanity: Biden CIA nominee is at least decent enough to lie about his ties to the CCP.

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

MANY HAVE TRIED. ALL HAVE FAILED: Oye! Can You Translate What Biden Is Trying to Say Here?

VIA A FRIEND:

THE #RESISTANCE IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE: Freshman NC Dem Bucks Biden on Iran Deal. “ Rep. Kathy Manning (D., N.C.), who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Times of Israel that the Biden administration should reconsider their plan to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, pointing to the nation’s refusal to abide by its terms and calling it ‘outdated’.”

Not that it was ever actually dated, so to speak.

FIGHT THE POWER: West Virginia state senate passes legislation to ban teacher strikes.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Doubts about Biden’s mental acuity aren’t only reason to limit prez’s nuke power.

BECAUSE IT’S ‘CONTROVERSIAL’ TO BUILD IN THE SAME STYLE AS WASHINGTON’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS: President Biden Revokes Trump’s Controversial Classical Architecture Order.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Princeton president says ‘false ideas’ are ‘inconsistent’ with university’s values…then spreads false idea about Trump.

Chris Eisgruber shouldn’t be spreading the long-debunked “very fine people” lie. But if “false ideas” aren’t protected, we can go ahead and abolish the Ivy League right now.

Plus: “Campus Reform reached out to Princeton University for comment; this article will be updated accordingly.”

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS (CONT’D): Here’s a HuffPo article encouraging parents to support “sex-change” surgeries for their children next to another discouraging people from neutering their dog.

Heinlein got into a lot of weird stuff, especially in his last several novels, but not even he ever imagined this.

BIDEN’S SYRIA AIRSTRIKE HIT THE WRONG TARGET:

Biden deserves praise for signaling the United States would hold Iranian-backed militias accountable for their attacks. He may take some political heat from the progressive left for resorting to military action, and from the Republican opposition who will call out the hypocrisy of both Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Vice President Kamala Harris who questioned the legality of such airstrikes during the Trump administration.

Biden should continue the successful Trump policies in the Middle East.

‘MURICA: Gun Sales in U.S. Set New Records in January, Fresh Off Huge Sales In 2020.

NEWS YOU CAN USE ABOUT A HALF-DOZEN TIMES A DAY: How to stop robocalls: Every way we know to prevent the annoying ringing.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): If you want my attention, pay me. “Under my proposal, any incoming calls from people not on my contact list wouldn’t go through unless the caller paid me something. Twenty-five cents would probably be enough to discourage phone spammers, who make huge numbers of (mostly futile) calls.”

YEP: Red States Get Results, Not Headlines, in Covid Fight. Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, got an Emmy while killing thousands.

PREDICTION: IT’S GOING TO BE A BIG MOVEMENT. #BidenKilledMyJob.

LOL, INDEED:

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: ‘Equality Act’ Is Proof Democrats Are Clinically Insane. “The Equality Act also gives federal protection to male athletes who want to identify as female and compete in women’s sports. My daughter was a college athlete, and this is a topic I first wrote about two years ago. This ridiculous kowtowing to a fringe of a fringe of the population is an outrage and an embarrassment. The party that fashions itself as the champion of women hates and disrespects female athletes.”

GENTRY CLASS ON PARADE: What I Learned at the Aspen Ideas RE$ET Festival Sponsored by Mastercard, PayPal, and Prudential in Partnership with Bloomberg. “Not surprisingly, many of the panelists were financial patrons of the Democratic Party.”

LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID: Ashley Madison ‘married dating’ site grew to 70 million users in 2020.

RACISM IS EVERYWHERE IN THE POST-TRUMP ERA: George Mason University to discriminate in faculty hiring based on race.

CLINICAL CHILD ABUSE IS THE NEW NORMAL: Rand Paul TORCHES Biden’s Trans HHS Nominee for Supporting the Chemical Castration of Kids.

Yes, I know it’s a short story. But there’s something special about a writer’s first-ever publication, so….  (He’s going to kill me when he sees this, but keep an eye on this young man all the same. I’ve known him for a few years. He’ll go far.)

FROM SCOTT SLACK:  Closing Time, Last Call.

When Corporal Frandsen’s marine battalion was tasked with retaking a space station from enemy forces, he expected a hard fight. What he got was a fight for his life with a time-limit that could kill his entire battalion. What is an enemy willing to risk to win a battle at any cost? Everything.

This is a short story that is currently stand-alone.

 

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: PURIM & MY BANGLADESHI FRIEND.

EQUITY IS A DEMAND FOR EQUALITY OF RESULTS:  The Insidiousness of ‘Equity Versus Equality’.

Along with a heaping spoonful of Gramscian class and race war. The left are either stupid, malevolent or…. yes.

IF YOU’RE MAKING SHOES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, YOU’LL BE A TERRIBLE COBBLER: The Thing And The Whole Of The Thing.

The same for every cause, industry and yes city captured for the left. Their pursuit of the system destroys everything in their path.

BEHOLD THOU MY SHOCKED FACE:  Giffords Law Center Score Card Ignores Truth About “Gun Deaths”.

WE DON’T BELIEVE THEM:  China Promises to Stop Giving Anal Swab Covid Tests to US Diplomats.

THERE’S A LOT OF RED PILLING GOING ON:  Naomi Wolf nails it on lockdowns and totalitarianism.

I WANT HEADS ON PIKES:  FBI Memos Using Stefan Halper Released, Show FBI Targeting Effort Against Trump Campaign Using Any Means Possible.

I’ll settle for defenestration. Doesn’t even have to be literal. Though I tell you at this point, I think every agency and apartment resembles the Augean Stables, and we don’t have a river handy.

WELL, THANK HEAVENS THAT WARMONGER TRUMP IS GONE, RIGHT?  Someone From the Biden Administration Bombed Syria – White House Silent.

THEY DEMAND OUR COWED AGREEMENT, BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW MUCH THEY CHEATED:  Michael Anton has a question: Why Do the Election’s Defenders Require My Agreement?

UNFORTUNATELY NOT LITERAL…  More steps toward the defenestration of Andrew Cuomo?

As everyone knows, due to studying Portuguese history as a child, I have a very soft spot in my heart for defenestration.  There is nothing quite like having the teacher ask a class of fourth grade girls “What happened to the Spanish governor during the restoration?” and having the bright eyed, sweet little children sing in chorus “He was defenestrated!”

AS THEY SHOULD:  House Freedom Caucus Members Call on Cheney to Step Down From House Role.

AND OF COURSE THEY ARE NOTHING THE LEFT WILL ADVERTISE:  Biden’s Proposed Tax Hike Would Have 3 Huge Consequences, Study Finds.

BEHOLD. MY SHOCKED FACE: 10 Crazy Examples of Unrelated Waste and Partisan Kick-Backs in New ‘COVID’ Bill.

THEY’RE ALWAYS SCARED OF ANYONE WHO IS BETTER THAN THEY ARE:  Biden Eviscerates More Trump Executive Orders.

They don’t seem to realize how low that bar is.

February 25, 2021

$6/GALLON GAS, HERE WE COME: Jennifer Granholm approved by Senate to head Energy Department.

THERE’S ALWAYS A TWEET:

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RELATED: U.S. PRESIDENTS AND THEIR WARS.

Weird how the “peace movement” never came out in support of President Trump, huh?

Flashback: U.S. Troops Go One Year Without A Combat Death in Afghanistan.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Doubts about Biden’s mental acuity aren’t only reason to limit prez’s nuke power.

OPEN THREAD: All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no threading there.

ANOTHER MEDIA BLACKOUT? TV Networks Ignore Andrew Cuomo’s #MeToo Scandal.

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

Evergreen:


THE NEW SPACE RACE: China’s Tianwen-1 lowers its orbit around Mars to prepare for rover landing.

NOBODY KNOWS WHY THE PANDEMIC IS SUDDENLY FADING AROUND THE WORLD.

THE GENESIS, PLOT AND ABUSE BEHIND TRUMP IMPEACHMENTS.

WELL: Mail-in ballots and voting machines banned in France.

HMM: Exercise may help curb migraines for people with certain triggers.

ALL HAIL PRESIDENT BOMBS-AWAY BIDEN! U.S. Carries Out Airstrike Against Iranian-Backed Militia Target in Syria.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: Rand Paul Torches Biden’s Trans HHS Nominee for Supporting the Chemical Castration of Kids.

I’M HEARING SIMILAR THINGS FROM REAL ESTATE FOLKS I KNOW: The Real Estate Market Has Gone Crazy.

I’M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN JOURNALISTS TOLD US THE COVERUP IS ALWAYS WORSE THAN THE CRIME: Another Media Blackout? TV Networks Ignore Andrew Cuomo’s #MeToo Scandal.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Biden’s Proposed Tax Hike Would Have Three Huge Consequences, Study Finds.

President Biden is pushing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package which he claims will boost the economy. But a new study warns that one other key policy Biden has proposed would hurt the economy and have at least three major consequences for workers.

The president wants to raise the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent. He argues that this is about making Big Business “pay it’s fair share” and raising revenue the government can use to help people.

Yet a recently-released report from the right-leaning Tax Foundation concludes that this would make the US corporate tax rate, federal and state combined, a whopping 32 percent, the highest among developed countries. The tax experts warn that this policy change would “harm U.S. economic competitiveness and increase the cost of investment in America.” As a result, the researchers found that Biden’s proposed corporate tax hike would shrink the overall size of the economy, reduce wages, and eliminate 159,000 jobs.

And the left will then justify the ensuing recession by praising its benefits to the environment, as John Kerry and Claire McCaskill did during the early Obama years, and multiple lefties did last year during the Covid shutdown.

BRUTALISM IS BACK, BABY! Biden tosses Trump’s classical architecture order.

Finally, DC can go back to stylish, handsome buildings that look like this:

Headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, The J. Edgar Hoover Building at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 23, 2017. Construction finished in September 1975, and President Gerald Ford dedicated the structure on September 30, 1975. (AP Photo/NewsBase)

CASE CLOSED: Asteroid dust found in crater closes case of dinosaur extinction.

TORPEDOES CIRCLING BACK: Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria turn on Gov. Cuomo as Time’s Up calls for harassment probe.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! House Dems Want Biden’s Finger Off the Nuclear Button.

Unexpectedly:

HEH:

IT’S COME TO THIS: Breaking: Mr. Potato Head no longer a mister; Update: Or is he?

Some pundits worried that there’d be nothing to talk about once Trump was out of office but today we’re talking about the sexuality of a plastic vegetable, so I’d say The Discourse is doing okay, all things considered. Exit question: Which trans actor will be replacing Don Rickles as the voice of Potato Head in the Toy Story movies going forward?

Update: Wait, does this mean Hasbro is anti-LGBT?

So the toys are still gendered, only the brand isn’t. Does Hasbro not realize that wokesters will now demand to know why they’re still selling gendered toys?

Will Mr. Potato Head even be legal in California, given this bill on the docket in Sacramento? California Bill Would Fine Stores $1,000 for Having Separate Boys and Girls Sections.

Related: Mr. Potato Head was a much tougher hombre during his early years:

I WONDER IF THE KING RANCH MAKES MORE OFF OF LICENSING THAN OFF OF RANCHING: 2021 Ford Explorer Adds Luxurious King Ranch Model.

I mean, there’s even a King Ranch edition King Air.

HISTORY: Following M3A1 Grease Gun #750213 Through Vietnam.

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