CHINA PREPARES FOR ‘INFORMATIONIZED’ WAR:

China’s 2019 Defense White Paper argued, “War is evolving in form towards informationized warfare, and intelligent warfare is on the horizon.”

Intelligent warfare seems to include autonomous decision-making systems and autonomous weapons. That suggests Chinese strategists think Informationized War is a concept and system that trains military planners to integrate autonomous, unmanned systems into full-spectrum warfighting operations — say, a battle for control of the western Pacific that includes hidden, pre-positioned swarms of robot boats, robot submersibles (capable of knocking out a U.S. Navy nuclear attack sub), autonomous missile systems and autonomous electronic warfare assets.

At the moment, that war scenario is science fiction warfare.

China, however, is trying to move from concept to capability.

“Informationized War” is a clunky term, but remember it’s an English translation. China’s senior leaders take concept quite seriously. It’s my latest Creators Syndicate column.

FRESH WATER BELOW THE SEA?: Scientists uncover billions of gallons of hidden fresh water off Hawaii.

Using a new technique that relies on tracing electrical resistance, a team of geohydrologists has discovered a never-before-seen way the islands’ volcanic soil collects and hides away freshwater beneath the ocean’s salty surface.

Accessing this freshwater could give Hawaii and other volcanic islands a more sustainable and future-proof solution to collecting water during times of need.

The next move? Drill baby, drill, and find out if the potential reservoirs really hold 900 billion gallons of fresh water.

THAT WAS DIFFERENT, BECAUSE SHUT UP:

THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S MOTTO: Obama’s Libya war was an illegal disaster, but at least he owned the cons.

COMBAT CRAFT ASSAULT, MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Sailors aboard a Combat Craft Assault (CCA) pull alongside the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams. Photo taken Nov. 23, 2020. The second and third paragraphs of this Special Operations update has background information on the CCA.

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VERY INTERESTING:  Study: Absolutely NO excess deaths from COVID-19.

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BUT OF COURSE: Biden Labor Candidate Oversaw Fraudulent Payments to California Prison Inmates.

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SADLY BELIEVABLE: In Michigan lawsuit, Sidney Powell alleges poll workers altered large numbers of ballots.

She charged that Detroit and Wayne County officials took actions “permitting illegal double voting by persons that had voted by absentee ballot and in person; counting ineligible ballots – and in many cases – multiple times; counting ballots without signatures, or without attempting to match signatures, and ballots without postmarks, pursuant to direct instructions from Defendants.”

Here’s the complaint.

PUBLISHED IN USA TODAY ON NOVEMBER 2D, THE LAST DAY YOU COULD RAISE THESE QUESTIONS WITHOUT BEING CALLED A CONSPIRACY THEORIST: Will your ballot be safe? Computer experts sound warnings on America’s voting machines.

Millions of voters going to the polls Tuesday will cast their ballots on machines blasted as unreliable and inaccurate for two decades by computer scientists from Princeton University to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Toyed with by white-hat hackers and targeted for scathing reviews from secretaries of state in California and Ohio, Direct Recording Electronic voting systems, or DREs, have startled Illinois voters by flashing the word “Republican” at the top of a ballot and forgotten what day it was in South Carolina. They were questioned in the disappearance of 12,000 votes in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, in 2002 and 18,000 votes in Sarasota County, Florida, in 2006.

“Antiquated, seriously flawed and vulnerable to failure, breach, contamination and attack,” U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg wrote of Georgia’s aging DRE system before ordering the state to replace it in 2019. . . .

All election systems are for the most part black boxes: proprietary software and hardware jealously guarded by the handful of companies selling them. But state reviews and court cases opening up DRE systems of all makes and models for examination have for years flagged problems.

But remember, if you say this now, you’re a conspiracy theorist.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: After defunding the police, Portland mayor attacks police for not arresting more rioters (that just get released anyway).

(Via Blazing Cat Fur.)

THE IRONY OF TRUMP’S APPEAL

Trump set himself against the 1 percent at a time when donor-dependent politicians (including virtually all of them in the Republican Party) were unable even to consider that the country might have a problem with inequality. And Trump did so credibly. He didn’t just oppose the 1 percent, he made them sick. That meant he wouldn’t be able to sell out to them even if he wanted to. That was enough.

The inequality that we are speaking of was as much cultural as economic. Trump’s supporters were disproportionately rural and exurban “deplorables,” to use a coinage of Hillary Clinton’s that will be the one thing the average schoolchild is taught about her a generation from now. They were sneered at, condescended to, and lectured about their racial homogeneity, as it were a function of their hostility to diversity rather than of their exclusion from the global economy arrangements that generate diversity. But such matters are often subjective, subtle, and time-consuming to describe except in broad stereotypes. We must turn to economic statistics for an objective description of this great social conflict, even if they leave out its most important psychological and sociological elements.

Trump didn’t sell out his supporters. In fact, his presidency saw something extraordinary, even if it was all but invisible from the country’s globalized cities: the first egalitarian boom since well back into the twentieth century. In 2019, the last non-Covid year, he presided over an average 3.7 percent unemployment rate and 4.7 percent wage growth among the lowest quartile of earners. All income brackets increased their take. That had happened in the last three Obama years, too. The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom, the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. In the Trump economy, the distribution was different. Net worth of the top 10 percent rose only marginally, while that of all other groups vaulted ahead. In 2019, the share of overall earnings going to the bottom 90 percent of earners rose for the first time in a decade.

The Democrats have a plan to fix that.

MELTING MARSHMALLOWS IN IT DUMBS YOU RIGHT BACK DOWN.   ADDING IN ESPRESSO, HOWEVER, BOOSTS YOU UP AGAIN.  ADDING BRANDY MAKES YOU PASS OUT IN FRONT OF THE FIRE:  Drinking hot chocolate makes you smarter, study shows.

MOST OF THEIR THOUGHTS CANNOT BE REPRINTED:  Army-funded study developing tech that could allow ‘telepathic’ soldiers.

THEY RAN A POTEMKIN CAMPAIGN. THEY PLANNED ON VAST AMOUNTS OF FRAUD. BUT TRUMP GOT SO MANY VOTES THEY HAD TO FRAUD HARDER. IF I WEREN’T SO ANGRY, I’D BE LAUGHING:  All Hands On Deck.

THE LEFT HAS WORKED EXTRA HARD SINCE CLINTON’S FIRST TERM TO ENSURE THAT THERE ISN’T ANY ELECTION SECURITY:  Busting all the Democrats’ lies about election “security”.

TO MAKE IT EASIER:  Doug Ross Journal Creates Infographics of Sidney Powell Georgia Lawsuit…

LOTS AND LOTS OF PROFANITY, BUT I’M REALLY THANKFUL FOR: This Razorfist Rant!

APPARENTLY SOME JUSTICES CAN STILL READ THE CONSTITUTION:  Five Justices Vote to Support Religious Rights.

COMING TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, IF WE LET THE STEAL STAND:  California braces for Thanksgiving power-outages due to green justice policies and wildfires…

I JUST HOPE IT’S NOT THE AUTHOR SETTING UP A CONVERGENCE BETWEEN THE FIRST AND THE LAST. LOOKS UP AT CEILING “YOU NEED A WRITERS’ GROUP, OH LORD”:  The connection between this Thanksgiving and George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789.

MEXICO’S PRESIDENT MIGHT BE COMMUNIST, BUT IS APPARENTLY NOT STUPID:  Mexico’s President Still Refuses to Recognize Biden Win.

THEY’RE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE MASQUERADING AS A POLITICAL PARTY:  Reminder: In 2016 Democrats Threatened and Harassed Members of Electoral College to Stop Trump.

SO PLEASE STOP SAYING THERE WAS NO FRAUD. WHEN YOU SAY THAT, OR WHEN YOU REFER TO BIDEN AS THOUGH HE’D LEGITIMATELY WON, YOU’RE PUTTING SHACKLES ON WRISTS AND, WORSE, THOSE OF MY CHILDREN. I DO NOT TAKE KINDLY TO THAT:  Nine useful articles and data points showcasing 2020’s election theft.

DID YOU ALREADY FORGET THEY CANCELLED THE FOURTH OF JULY? HOW LONG WILL YOU TOLERATE THIS?  First, They Came for Thanksgiving; Now They Are Coming for Christmas.

WE NEED A LOT MORE OF IT:  Some rationality on COVID lockdowns from President Trump’s Supreme Court.

November 26, 2020

WHAT HE SAID:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND HAPPY HANUKKAH from the Reynolds/Smith household.

NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER:

Given Nate Silver’s track record, maybe he shouldn’t be throwing shade here.

OLD NARRATIVE: THE MEXICANS HATE TRUMP. Now: Mexico’s President Still Refuses to Recognize Biden Win.

While the mainstream media has used every opportunity to smear President Donald Trump as an ‘anti-Mexican” figure since the day he announced his candidacy five years ago, the U.S. forged a strong relationship with its southern neighbor under his leadership. “President Trump has been very respectful of us, and we have reached very good agreements, and we thank him because he has not interfered and has respected us,” President Obrador admitted.

Unlike neighboring Mexico, Communist China has been more than forthcoming in recognizing the Biden team’s victory claim.

How about that?

SPOILER: PROBABLY. Trump’s leaving Biden a Christmas gift of Middle East peace — will Joe throw it in the trash?

Weirdly, what may save the deal is that the Saudis support it, and they have lots of influence in Washington. Wouldn’t that be ironic?

OPEN THREAD: Explore things.

HOPE YOU HAD A HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We had Thanksgiving for two at my house, instead of 30, but with one family household locked up because of a Covid case (now recovering nicely), and others unable to travel, our traditional gathering wasn’t going to happen. We did manage the traditional Glenn-with-turkey shot, though, and everybody got together over Zoom, which wasn’t as nice as the real thing, but which wasn’t bad either.

HEH:

WELL, I HOPE: Change Is Coming to Big Tech, and Joe Biden Can’t Stop It.

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Religious Freedom: Blame It On Trump.

THE NEW REPUBLIC: The Biden Popular Front Is Doomed to Unravel: It may turn out that Donald Trump was the one force keeping the Democratic Party together.

The coming weeks may see the reemergence in backrooms and boardrooms of the tensions that loomed over the 2020 Democratic primaries. Let us review the three power centers in the party as they existed then:

The new economy. Two titans of the finance world (Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer) sought to win the Democratic nomination by funding their own and various down-ballot candidacies. (Both would eventually back Biden.) There was also one impecunious primary candidate who had some original ideas about the tech world: Andrew Yang. The new economy provides wealth for so few people that it can never command the party’s rank and file. But it exercises a dizzying gravitational pull on its leaders.

Socialism. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were its candidates, the former in a doctrinal way (unions, benefits, income redistribution), the latter in a way adapted to strike more precisely at modern power relations (financial regulation, economic rights), which she denied was any form of socialism at all. Each was a more dire threat to the interests of people like Bloomberg and Steyer than anything the tax-cutting, deregulatory Republicans might produce. This is the great drama of the Democratic Party: They are the party of the 1 percent. They are also the party of expropriating the 1 percent.

Civil rights. The party’s glue is civil rights, broadly understood. Civil rights long meant looking out for the practical and principled interests of Black people—naturally a commitment on which cooperation with socialists is possible. But over the decades, civil rights has also become a regulatory and judicial system for advancing the interests of other groups, including immigrants (elite and mass), women executives, two-income gay couples, and lawyers—commitments more consistent with those of the Democrats’ plutocratic wing. The role of civil rights as reconciler-of-contradictions can be compared to that of anti-Communism in the tripartite Reagan coalition of the 1980s, which appealed in one way to Christians who thought the country ought to be more fraternal and in another to businessmen who thought it ought to be more rapacious. . . .

Trump didn’t sell out his supporters. In fact, his presidency saw something extraordinary, even if it was all but invisible from the country’s globalized cities: the first egalitarian boom since well back into the twentieth century. In 2019, the last non-Covid year, he presided over an average 3.7 percent unemployment rate and 4.7 percent wage growth among the lowest quartile of earners. All income brackets increased their take. That had happened in the last three Obama years, too. The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom, the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. In the Trump economy, the distribution was different. Net worth of the top 10 percent rose only marginally, while that of all other groups vaulted ahead. In 2019, the share of overall earnings going to the bottom 90 percent of earners rose for the first time in a decade.

How about that?

EVEN THE ATLANTIC HAS NOTICED: The Logic of Pandemic Restrictions Is Falling Apart: This is why you can eat in a restaurant but can’t have Thanksgiving.

It isn’t just New York; in states across the country, local officials have urged caution and fastidiousness. But those words can seem tenuously connected, at best, to the types of safety measures they’ve put in place. In Rhode Island, for example, residents are prohibited from gathering with even one person outside their household, even in the open air of a public park. But inside a restaurant? Well, 25 people is fine. Hire a caterer? You’re legally cleared to have up to 75 outdoors. The governor’s executive order merely notes: “The lower attendance at such events, the lower the risk.” (The Rhode Island governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.)

Yes, there’s a lot of absurd TDS in this piece, but some reality has managed to force its way in, though the author seems to have no understanding whatsoever of business or economics.

Also in The Atlantic, from May, Quarantine Fatigue Is Real: And Shaming People Won’t Help.

JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS OUT, THEY PULL ME BACK IN! Diane Keaton: Watching Recut Godfather: Part III Was ‘One of the Best Moments of My Life.’

NOT ONLY IS 2020 STRANGER THAN WE IMAGINED, IT IS STRANGER THAN WE CAN IMAGINE: Dead minks infected with a mutated form of COVID-19 rise from graves after mass culling.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS START TOO EARLY AND ARE BAD FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Later school start may reduce migraines for high school students, study says.

HERE’S SIDNEY POWELL’S COMPLAINT, just filed today in Michigan.

JAMES LILEKS’ OBLIGATORY THANKSGIVING ESSAY:

There have been 105 Thanksgivings at this house. It’s a solid place. There will be a hundred more, as long as the walls and the foundation and the roof endure. This was a young country when the house was built. It is a young country still. May it never grow so old it forgets the humbling lessons of gratitude, and the happy joys of civic rituals.

Today we celebrate no creed, no official birthday, no war’s cessation. We look inward to family and outward to the polity that protects our freedom. All this and pie. God Bless America.

Read the whole thing — and Happy Thankgiving to you and yours!

UPDATE: Be Thankful for the Capitalism That Makes the Abundance Laid Out Before Us Possible.

THIS DOES NOT SURPRISE ME: COVID-19 antibody surveys underestimate infections: study. “These results suggest that serology testing at a single time point is likely to underestimate the number of persons with previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, and a negative serologic test result might not reliably exclude prior infection.”

I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN CALIFORNIA HAD RELIABLE ELECTRICITY: Southern California Edison considers Thanksgiving power cuts due to wildfire threat.

Related: California Governor Signs Order Banning Sales Of New Gasoline Cars By 2035.

MOST INTERESTING SPACE-WORM NEWS THIS YEAR: Space worm tests show microgravity can alter genes.

WEIRDLY, FAUCI’S ENDORSEMENT DOESN’T IMPRESS ME: Fauci: ‘People should feel confident’ COVID-19 vaccines safe, effective.

ROGER KIMBALL: Trump does the right thing by pardoning Gen. Flynn.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Researchers link specific gut bacteria to irritable bowel syndrome. “Unlike most other gut bacteria, Brachyspira is in direct contact with the cells [of the intestines] and covers their surface. I was immensely surprised when we kept finding Brachyspira in more and more IBS patients, but not in healthy individuals.”

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Watch: Devout Catholic Joe Biden Does Not Know How To Pronounce Famous Book In Bible.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Staffers Crying Over Jordan Peterson Book Cured By Forcing Them To Read Jordan Peterson Book.

Its publisher’s management might want to peruse the galleys as well:

Related: Woke Publishing Employees Can’t Stand Their Woke Employer Publishing Books They Don’t Like.

Had the employee bothered to read 12 Rules for Life, he — or she or “xi” or “they” or “it” or whatever pronouns he or she prefers to be called — might have found the book sophisticated, scientific, and illuminating. I certainly did.

Peterson’s bestselling book encourages people to take control of their lives, to abandon victimization, and to value the truth. Yes, Peterson disagrees with the radical transgender orthodoxy, and he is notorious for criticizing a law that would force people to refer to one another using their chosen pronouns. Peterson also explains that biological sex is real and that men and women are different in some ways — oh, the horror!

Peterson clearly contradicts transgenderism, but that hardly justifies accusations of “transphobia.” The professor has clearly said he will refer to people by their preferred pronouns when they ask him — he only objects to a government order on speech.

Does this make the professor a heinous “icon of hate speech,” an “icon of transphobia,” or an “icon of white supremacy”? No. If anything, Peterson is an icon of sanity in a world gone increasingly mad.

It seems there is little these triggered publishing company employees need more than to actually read Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. Luckily, they work at the company that published it! Perhaps the staff can lend them some copies.

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COVERING THE IMPORTANT STORIES: Songs that Changed Music: The Smiths’ ‘How Soon Is Now?’

BYRON YORK: How Republicans crashed Nancy Pelosi’s party.

In the end, Republicans believe they will have 211 seats, although they might have as many as 213. That means Pelosi will have somewhere between 222 and 224 seats. Remember that it takes 218 votes to pass something in the House, and it is clear just how narrow the Democratic majority will be. Pelosi will be able to lose just a handful of her members and still prevail in a party-line vote. Democrats on the ideological fringes will have more power because Pelosi will need their support to pass anything.

Short of an actual GOP takeover of the House, which Republicans believe is coming in 2022, the result left McCarthy and his fellow members encouraged and full of energy. They will have more power to shape legislation and stop measures they view as unacceptable. Pelosi will have to take their position into account in every calculation. McCarthy is still minority leader, but he will be a stronger, more assertive minority leader.

If Republicans are able to keep control of the Senate, the House results mean a President Biden will face the opposition party in control of one house of Congress and his Democratic allies in weakened control of the other. Of course, Republicans wanted to win it all. But as a result of McCarthy’s planning, and the work of GOP strategists, together with the push provided from an ever-present Trump, Republicans are in a strong position to shape the new Washington.

Read the whole thing.

ENTER THE KRAKEN: Sidney Powell Releases the ‘Kraken’ in Georgia with Explosive New Lawsuit.

Defense Attorneys Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and others have filed a lawsuit in Georgia demanding that the results of the 2020 election be set aside because of “massive election fraud” and foreign influence in the election. The lawsuit claims that 96,600 mail-in ballots “were fraudulently cast” and that “136,098 ballots were illegally counted as a result of improper manipulation of the Dominion software.”

Powell, a high-profile attorney who represents former Trump National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn, asks that the governor be enjoined from certifying the election. The 104-page lawsuit claims that Gov. Brian Kemp, Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger, and the chair and members of the Georgia State Elections Board failed to police the alleged fraud, including “multiple violations of Georgia laws, including O.C.G.A. §§ 21-2-30(d), 21-2-31, 21-2- 33.1 and §21-2-522, and multiple Constitutional violations, as shown by fact witnesses to specific incidents, multiple expert witnesses and the sheer mathematical impossibilities found in the Georgia 2020 General Election.”

The lawsuit, co-filed with attorney Lin Wood and an Atlanta attorney, asks a judge to set aside the results of the election in a permanent injunction; enjoin elections officials from certifying the election; demands that all voting machines be subjected to forensic assessment; and asks that election officials produce 36 hours of surveillance video of “all rooms used in the voting process at State Farm Arena in Fulton County, GA from 12:00am to 3:00am until 6:00pm on November.”

There’s a copy of the complaint at the link.

Related: Twitter Blocks ‘Potentially Harmful’ Links to Sidney Powell Election Lawsuit. Act of war.

UPDATE: From the comments:

The Left: “There’s no evidence of fraud”

Also the Left: “You’re not allowed to see the claims being made because Hate and Harmful.”

They’re not acting especially confident here.

IN THE MAIL: From Sean Hannity, Live Free Or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO’VE JUST TUNED IN, THE PINEDALE SHOPPING MALL HAS JUST BEEN BOMBED WITH LIVE TURKEYS! FILM AT ELEVEN:

NOT ONLY IS 2020 STRANGER THAN WE IMAGINED, IT IS STRANGER THAN WE CAN IMAGINE: Vatican Unveils Avant-Garde 2020 Nativity Scene, and Boy Does Twitter Have Opinions. “The Vatican is about to unveil this year’s Nativity scene. The spark plug angel and Fisher-Price Holy Family design will surely invite conversation. At least the animals appear realistic.

And while the Vatican is channeling the Museum of Modern Art, Pope Francis has finally condemned Chinese racism: Pope says for first time that China’s Uighurs are ‘persecuted.’

John Paul II left the building a long time ago.

 

THAT SEEMS FAIR: DePauw U. ranked dead last in massive free speech college rankings survey.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! CNN: Those Aren’t Biden Gaffes! They Demonstrate His ‘Empathy.’

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and their coming four year nap will make perfect sense.

GO AHEAD, DISARM THE POLICE. THEN WHO ARE YOU GONNA CALL? Plans to disarm Portland State campus police on hold after too many quit.

HEY KIDS, WHAT TIME IS IT? It Is Time To Eliminate The Federal Corporate Income Tax.

SUBMIT OR SUFFER: StrategyPage’s latest CHINA update.

Two things are impeding Chinese efforts to achieve superpower status; economic stability and a network of powerful and reliable allies. The problems with economic stability are linked to the more serious problems with establishing stable relationships with other countries. Chinese tradition prevents both of these because China traditionally recognizes only enemies and subordinate foreigners.”>Two things are impeding Chinese efforts to achieve superpower status; economic stability and a network of powerful and reliable allies. The problems with economic stability are linked to the more serious problems with establishing stable relationships with other countries.Chinese tradition prevents both of these because China traditionally recognizes only enemies and subordinate foreigners.

This update, written by StrategyPage editor-in-chief Jim Dunnigan, includes a report that Chinese troops used a microwave weapon in a Himalayan skirmish with Indian forces earlier this year. See the November 15 entry in the update.

UPDATE: Block quote fixed.

CHINA PREPARES FOR ‘INFORMATIONIZED’ WAR:

In March 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, speaking to the National People’s Congress, declared that the Chinese military’s most important mission was “to win local wars under Information Age conditions.”

…military analysts pointed out that Wen specified a violent (kinetic) action somewhere near China that must be won. Information Age warfare required integrated electronics and weapons hardware as well as highly trained personnel. National People’s Congress delegates knew the People’s Liberation Army was no longer an infantry army. China’s defense ministry was spending billions to digitize communications, surveillance, and command and control systems. It was also integrating advanced smart weapons into the mix.

For at least two decades, Chinese military leaders have debated the idea that electronic information equipment has become the primary warfighting platform — not tanks, missiles or ships but the information equipment that connects and directs them.

Sun Tzu said you must know your enemy. It’s my latest Creators Syndicate column.

SOMEWHERE OVER AFGHANISTAN: Stunning photo of a B1-B bomber flying high above Afghanistan. The photo was taken from the KC-135 tanker that just refueled it. Note the rugged terrain and the snow below. The USAF plans to retire the B1-B Lancer before it retires the B-52. However, at times the B1-B has been the bomber of choice. It was during the height of the war with the Islamic State.

#JOURNALISM:

I WARNED DEMOCRATS THAT IT WASN’T GOING TO BE SO EASY TO GET RID OF TRUMP: 2024: Trump already tops Biden 4-1 in betting markets.

ROGER KIMBALL: Trump does the right thing by pardoning Gen. Flynn. “The case was so embarrassing that the Department of Justice eventually intervened and dropped the prosecution. That did nothing to quell the fury of the vindictive Judge Emmet Sullivan, who decided to soldier on as both prosecutor and judge in his effort to nail Gen. Flynn. All that comes to an end today.”

Sullivan has been an embarrassment to the judiciary.

TOO MANY ON THE LEFT VIEW THIS AS A FEATURE, NOT A BUG: Lives And Livelihoods Will Be Destroyed While Dems Wait Until 2021 For The Vaccine And Stimulus.

In his 2014 history of the American left, The Revolt Against the Masses, Fred Siegel wrote, “The best short credo of liberalism came from the pen of the once canonical left-wing literary historian Vernon Parrington in the late 1920s.‘Rid society of the dictatorship of the middle class.’”

The Anointed understand that it’s for their own good, of course.

BEAT ‘EM UP PREEMPTIVELY. WHO ARE THEY GONNA CALL, THE POLICE? Cornell Activists Threaten Peers Who Voted Against Disarming the Police.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER PYRE: Five books Penguin will have to ban along with Jordan Peterson.

Related: They got woke. Will Penguin now go broke?

 

SUPREMES STRIKE DOWN CUOMO’S ANTI-RELIGIOUS COVID LIMITS: In a 5-4 decision that is full of positive implications for First Amendment litigation regarding religious freedom and practice, the Supreme Court late yesterday slapped down New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on worship gatherings in targeted areas hit hard by Covid.

The decision acknowledged that the nine Justices on the nation’s highest court “are not public health experts,” but it went on to explain that “even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten. The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty. Before allowing this to occur, we have a duty to conduct a serious examination of the need for such a drastic measure.”

This is big and potentially huuuuge, as a certain prominent American Socialist who likely will not be pleased by it might say. But what is certain is that for those who love the First Amendment as a whole, and especially its guarantees of religious freedom and practice, this decision is something to indeed be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day 2020.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): The full opinion is here. Excerpt:

At the same time, the Governor has chosen to impose no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers “essential.” And it turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores. Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too. So, at least according to the Governor, it may be unsafe to go to church, but it is always fine to pick up another bottle of wine, shop for a new bike, or spend the afternoon exploring your distal points and meridians. Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience? As almost everyone on the Court today recognizes, squaring the Governor’s edicts with our traditional First Amendment rules is no easy task. People may gather inside for extended periods in bus stations and airports, in laundromats and banks, in hardware stores and liquor shops. No apparent reason exists why people may not gather, subject to identical restrictions, in churches or synagogues, especially when religious institutions have made plain that they stand ready, able, and willing to follow all the safety precautions required of “essential” businesses and perhaps more besides. The only explanation for treating religious places differently seems to be a judgment that what happens there just isn’t as “essential” as what happens in secular spaces. Indeed, the Governor is remarkably frank about this: In his judgment laundry and liquor, travel and tools, are all “essential” while traditional religious exercises are not. That is exactly the kind of discrimination the First Amendment forbids.

Yep.

OH, NOW DEMOCRATS CARE ABOUT LEGITIMACY: “But none of Trump’s antics justify the Democrats and their partisans for how they have acted for two decades, nor does it excuse their insistence today on pretending that none of this ever happened. Oh, but they tell us today: We didn’t do exactly the same things as Trump, and we had reasons. So even the people who claim that they never said Bush or Trump were illegitimate presidents who stole their elections will, at the drop of a hat, still claim that they were right that Bush and Trump were illegitimate presidents who stole their elections. Pardon me if I don’t think any of these people actually take any of their rhetoric about legitimacy seriously. They’ve done it for years, they’re not sorry, and we all know they’ll do it again next time.”

PAULA BOLYARD: ‘Let Thy Congregation Escape Tribulation.’ “A prayer for the wounded American church — and hope for the struggling Christian.”

RETURN TO NORMALCY: Will Obama Torture Apologists Make a Triumphant Return to Joe Biden’s White House?

As far as I can tell — and I’m sure it would have been brought to my attention if it were otherwise — the Trump Administration hasn’t been torturing anyone. Note the lack of commentary from the usual suspects.

THERE’S A NAME FOR PEOPLE WHO ASCRIBE HUMAN THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS TO ANIMALS:  The truth about wild turkey sex: Inside their kinky BDSM rituals.

As a side note, we have wild turkeys in the backyard. I have yet to see one wearing leather. JUST saying.

OH, IT’S OKAY. MY MORONIC MAYOR, A BUDDY OF PASTE EATING POLIS DID THIS ONE BETTER:  Mayor calls for “zero tolerance” for Covid rule breakers, and then goes and breaks the rules hours later.

But you know what? None of this is as stupid as continuing to believe this virus with a 99.6 survival rate for those who are hospitalized, and most of the mortality concentrated in those older than 80 requires this kind of measure.  For the love of all that is sentient, people, the idiots imposing these civilization-destroying measures, world-wide, with coordinated precision, completely ignore them. Trust me, if the virus were really, really dangerous — as paste eating Polis put it in his emergency announcement beamed to my phone, if “You are in danger from this deadly virus” — the would-be elite would be taking ALL the precautions, plus some, instead of rubbing our faces in the fact that these rules are for the peasants, only.

AND SUDDENLY, JUST LIKE THAT, HUNDREDS OF NEW HOMESCHOOLS WERE BORN:  Vermont schools will grill students on their Thanksgiving celebrations.

BLM, ANTIFA, ETC. ARE JUST TODAY’S WAYS OF SAYING YESTERDAY’S ‘NEW LEFT:’ Capital Research Center (CRC) President Scott Walter offers a detailed illustration of the decades-long line of development that goes straight from bomb-throwing, cop-killing SDSers and Black Panthers to today’s Black Lives Matter and Antifa. And even more:

“In short, the radical ideas and violence associated with the Black Lives Matter movement are simply the latest eruptions of a type of left-wing politics that goes back decades, at least.

“Indeed, current movement leaders are tied directly to radical leaders and groups from a half-century of failed movements like Occupy Wall Street, Black Liberation, the Weathermen, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Black Panther Party.

“This unsavory political current also encompasses still more disturbing cases of extremism, including the Charles Manson cult and the Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones, notorious for a mass suicide in Guyana that took over 900 lives with poisoned Kool-Aid.”

Be thankful today that these criminals, nutcases, thugs, ideological fanatics and murderers are not even more powerful than they are.

 

 

 

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