THE MENTALLY ILL ON TWITTER:

Plus, doubling down:

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump’s Twitter Trolling Is the Greatest Entertainment in America. “The thoroughly leftist Twitter has a love/hate relationship the president, of course. He brings them the kind of publicity that they couldn’t possibly buy. If he weren’t the president and just a regular conservative, he’d be shadow-banned or suspended immediately. They have to keep the President of the United States around, much to their chagrin, no doubt.”

The real question is how much longer Trump keeps Twitter around.

COMMUNISTS ARE MURDERING GARBAGE (CONT’D): Hong Kong, Coronavirus, and the Specter of Tiananmen. “Over the past year, Beijing’s quisling administration in Hong Kong has made copious use of tear gas, water cannon, threats, bans, beatings, and arrests (more than 8,000 to date). All this has failed to quell Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Is it likely that China’s dictator, President Xi Jinping, brandishing his new security law, would go so far as to reprise in Hong Kong his Communist Party’s 1989 Tiananmen tactics, and default to wholesale gunfire? Don’t rule it out.”

STOP THE REPEAL OF PROP 209:  The San Francisco Chronicle has (finally) printed a story (or rather an op-ed) on the California Legislature’s effort to engineer a repeal of Prop 209.  It’s by my friends Wen Fa & Alison Somin:  Preserve Prop 209:  Don’t Let Racial Discrimination Return to California.  (Alison is my former special assistant at the Commission on Civil Rights.)

OUR MEDIA ARE THEMSELVES A DEADLY SOCIETAL PATHOGEN: Media botched the virus crisis and made it ‘worse’: Poll.

ANNALS OF KAREN AUTOPHAGY. Cooped up: A shameful Central Park encounter demands all New Yorkers be better people.

The fallout has been typical. Despite apologizing, she’s since been fired. Her dog’s been taken into protective custody. (I’m not joking). Those are pretty high prices to pay.

But while Christian’s video evidence (and his sister’s Twitter account) damn Amy’s actions, Christian’s Facebook post is actually the best evidence that he is not guilt-free here:

“ME: Ma’am, dogs in the [Bramble] have to be on the leash at all times. The sign is right there.

“HER: The dog runs are closed. He needs his exercise.”

At this point, Christian performs a self-own for the ages:

“ME: Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it. HER: What’s that? ME [to the dog]: Come here, puppy!

“HER: He won’t come to you.”

“ME: We’ll see about that… I pull out the dog treats I carry for just such intransigence. I didn’t even get a chance to toss any treats to the pooch before Karen scrambled to grab the dog.

“HER: DON’T YOU TOUCH MY DOG!!!!!”

COMMIES GONNA COMMIE: Hong Kong police fire pepper balls at protesters and arrest 300 people for unauthorised assembly.

MIKE GONZALEZ:  Why Fomenting Identity Politics Matters More to Democrats than Asian Americans.

California Democrats are poised to throw away a lot of Asian American votes.  Stay tuned.

HISTORY: Lessons From Operation ‘Denver,’ the KGB’s Massive AIDS Disinformation Campaign. “Historian Douglas Selvage sheds light on a conspiracy theory that reverberates to this day.”

In September 1985, the Soviet State Security Committee (KGB) informed other Warsaw Pact foreign intelligence agencies that it had launched a new, major disinformation campaign. “We are carrying out a complex of [active] measures in connection with the appearance in recent years of a new dangerous disease in the USA known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).” The KGB explained that “the goal of the measures is to create a favorable opinion for us abroad — namely, that this disease is the result of secret experiments by the USA’s secret services and the Pentagon with new types of biological weapons that have spun out of control.” Most likely, the KGB had initiated the disinformation campaign as early as 1983, but the September 1985 document — obtained by Christopher Nehring from the former Bulgarian State Security archive — is the earliest conclusive evidence that has turned up so far.

This is a fascinating read, and Communist China’s similar propaganda effort on the Wuhan Virus just goes to show that commies never change.

ROGER SIMON: The Mainstream Media’s Malignant Moral Narcissism.

We are now a nation divided as never since the Civil War and these media lies are largely the instigator of that. This is especially bad because, coming out of a pandemic, the likelihood of our society to have the ability to work together is seriously undermined, perhaps for years to come.

We may never be the same.

Many, influenced by their moral narcissism, consciously or unconsciously, don’t want us to succeed. They are the media’s children.

It’s literally pathological.

THE AHMAUD ARBERY KILLING IS APPARENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED AS A FEDERAL HATE CRIME:  I argued in a brief that the federal hate crime statute is (in part) unconstitutional.  Congress relied on the 13th Amendment, which bans slavery, as the basis for its authority to punish hate crimes based on race.   That is (I hope obviously) a bit of a stretch.

None of this is to say that the Arbery killing is or is not a hate crime as defined in the Act.  But the constitutional issue is interesting, and the Supreme Court hasn’t addressed it yet.  Maybe it will someday.

 

ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS THAT CANNOT WAIT: SpaceX’s Crew Dragon has a new space toilet for astronauts. But how does it work?

AT AMAZON, Face Mask, Pack of 50.

SORRY, MEDIA: YOU’RE NOT VICTIMS NO MATTER HOW MUCH ‘ABUSE’ YOU TAKE.

President John Adams signed a law making it a crime to criticize the government; 20 newspaper editors were imprisoned. Andrew Jackson not only had his own paper, edited by a member of his cabinet, but it got government subsidies. Kayleigh McEnany hurting your feelings is not a constitutional crisis.

You buy ink by the barrel, fill the airwaves 24 hours a day and get millions of clicks on your websites. Victims? Get over yourselves.

Earlier: Boom: Kayleigh McEnany Dropkicks Chris Wallace Over Suggestion That Journalists Shouldn’t Be Questioned.

Related: CNN Analyst to McEnany: How Many Deaths Are Okay for WH by November? “I answered your question once. But if you ask it twice, it doesn’t make it any better of a question, so I’ll respond in kind.”

YET ANOTHER CRISIS IN WHICH DEMOCRATS AREN’T TAKING AMERICA’S SIDE: Report: Democrats Concerned Economy Will Recover.

Politico reports that Barack Obama’s former economic adviser, Jason Furman, has been terrifying Democratic colleagues with predictions that the next few months could bring “the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country.” The downside of millions of Americans rejoining the workforce, Democrats fear, is that President Donald Trump could take credit in the final weeks of his reelection campaign.

Furman has been making his case to Democratic policymakers who served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, as well as senior members of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Many are understandably panicking at the thought of the American economy starting to rebound.

“This is my big worry,” a former Obama White House official told Politico, adding that positive economic data heading into November was a “high, high, high, high,” concern among Democratic Party leaders. The official said a growing economy was the biggest challenge for the Biden campaign and said, “If they can’t figure this out they should all just go home.”

Biden’s campaign is reportedly “very much aware” of the devastating impact a booming economy could have on Democratic politicians. Recent polling suggests that, even amidst the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic, Trump is still viewed as the better candidate when it comes to handling the economy.

This is the prism through which you should view all their policy proposals for the next six months or so.

WHAT THE LEFT LIKES TO CALL ‘A TEACHABLE MOMENT,’ BUT WILL THEY LEARN? Gingrich on red-state reopenings vs blue-state lockdowns: Will be ‘one of the most vivid gaps’ in economic history.

STORIES THAT WON’T GET MUCH PRESS ATTENTION: Trump slashes cost of insulin for Medicare enrollees to $35 a month.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Remains of an AdministrationObama’s policies are in tatters, and the worst scandals of his White House are coming to light.

We were supposed to see a fundamental transformation of the country between 2009 and 2025, as the Obama-Clinton 16-year regnum finally made America right and correct. Instead, we witnessed eight years that ended in scandal whose full dimensions of criminality will take years to process.

Read the whole thing.

JONATHAN TURLEY on the “special dispensation given Joe Biden by members of Congress, commentators, and the media.”

LOOKS THAT WAY: Trump wins the lockdown wars.

President Trump has won the lockdown wars as coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses are eased across the country, so far with few signs of dire health consequences for the population.

Just weeks ago, the question was whether to reopen, with the first states to press ahead accused of engaging in human sacrifice and killing their residents to appease the “Trump death cult.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman asked, “How many will die for the Dow?” as recently as Thursday.

Now, the debate is primarily over how quickly and to what extent reopening should take place, with the stragglers mainly blue states. Anthony Fauci, considered by many the public face of stay-at-home policies, now says the country can’t stay locked down forever. When Trump’s Easter target date was deemed unrealistic, Memorial Day weekend was floated as another possibility — and the grand opening is beginning.

Whether Trump wins reelection now depends substantially on how the reopening is perceived. Voters are still nervous about returning to normal too quickly, including key Trump demographics such as senior citizens, who have been trending Democratic during the pandemic, and religious voters, among whom there has been some slippage in favorability for Trump. But a Harvard/Politico poll found that 60% of Republicans now want nonessential businesses to open up in their states, following the president’s lead. Trump is betting heavily that reopening will lead to an economic rebound without deepening the public health crisis.

I think that’s a good bet, but not a sure thing, because nothing is.

May 26, 2020

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Andrew Cuomo gave immunity to nursing home execs after big campaign donations.

LEFTIST GARBAGE SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE:

When does Trump deliver the death blow by leaving Twitter for Gab? That it will happen is inevitable, it’s just a question of timing.

BOOM: Kayleigh McEnany Dropkicks Chris Wallace Over Suggestion That Journalists Shouldn’t Be Questioned.

Related: CNN Analyst to McEnany: How Many Deaths Are Okay for WH by November? “I answered your question once. But if you ask it twice, it doesn’t make it any better of a question, so I’ll respond in kind.”

THE PANDEMIC SEEMS TO BE HITTING TRUMP’S ENEMIES — HOLLYWOOD, COSMOPOLITAN BLUE STATES AND CITIES, MULTINATIONALS, HIGHER EDUCATION — HARDEST: The Price of a Virus Lockdown: Economic ‘Free Fall’ in California. California’s strengths — as a hub for commerce, tourism and education in the Pacific Rim — have become liabilities in the pandemic. “California has a hugely diversified economy, and many of the industries that have made it so strong are also the ones getting hit the hardest. By many measures California, which has the nation’s largest tourism industry, public university system, entertainment industry and port system and produces far more food than any other state, stands to lose more in the coronavirus-induced recession than anywhere else.”

If a single event hits so many of your industries at once, maybe you’re not as diversified as you think. Or maybe you’re measuring diversity along the wrong axis.

Plus: “With the state mandated by law to balance its budget, experts and officials are urging the federal government to step in and shore up the state’s finances with an immense bailout, a matter subject to partisan bickering across the nation, including in Washington, where many Republican lawmakers are opposed to it.”

Nope. Gavin Newsom has been talking about California as an independent “nation state.” Let him live the downside for a while.

KARENS GENERALLY ARE; IT GOES WITH THE GENERAL SENSE OF RECTITUDE AND ENTITLEMENT. It looks like Amy Cooper, the white woman in the viral Central Park video, is a liberal. That’s important. “In response to the video, many on social media began to speculate and insist that Amy Cooper was a Trump supporter and a member of the ‘MAGA’ movement.”

Nope. White liberals are the most racist people around. And the most entitled and officious.

OPEN THREAD: The old regime is falling.

PANDEMIC PARANOIA MAKES THE LIVES OF OTHERS A REMARKABLY TIMELY MOVIE: My latest article at Ed Driscoll.com looks at the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police, and the brilliant 2006 film which explored their brutal tactics.

(Bumped.)

NOT ACTUALLY ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS: Starving, angry and cannibalistic: America’s rats are getting desperate amid coronavirus pandemic.

HMM: According to Reddit, Cultural Revolution style banners popped up in Hong Kong.

Xi may not want to let that particular genie out of the bottle. Mao controlled it, but only barely. And Xi isn’t Mao, however much he wants to be.

KURT SCHLICHTER FLASHBACK: Oh Good, We’re Doing The Civility Thing Again.

See, here’s the problem. Appeals to things like “civility” or “decency” require that those things be values so strongly and widely held that people will abide by them even when it costs them something important in the way of short-term political advantage. As we’ve seen, there’s literally nothing that Democrats won’t sacrifice in order to obtain short-term political advantage. Thus . . . .

ANALYSIS: TRUE.

I HOPE THE WEATHER HOLDS: SpaceX, NASA Go For Wednesday Dragon Astronaut Launch.

NIALL FERGUSON: Dim lights, big city.

My mother and I rarely disagree. Last Christmas, however, we got into an argument about where she should live.

Me: Living in this little Oxfordshire village is not giving you enough stimulation. You should move to London. Think of how much easier it would be to go to the theater and to art galleries.

Her: No, no. I am very happy here. In London, I would need to have a smaller place, whereas here I have my garden.

Me: But soon the garden will be too much work for you. Some of my elderly friends in the United States opted to retire to New York precisely because they didn’t need so much space. And it’s in the nature of a big city that you get to see more people.

Her: I don’t want to see more people.

She won the argument, needless to say — and thank God she did. I wake up at night in a cold sweat, imagining where we would be now if (for the first time in her life) she had given in to me and moved to London shortly after that conversation. For nothing could have illustrated with more shocking clarity the perils of big city life — especially for someone in her 80s — than the coronavirus pandemic.

As Michael Lind writes in “Back to the Future:”

In the last generation, cities like New York, San Francisco and London were revitalized by the influx of the rich and glamorous and the price-driven expulsion of their working-class and poor residents. But the romance of early 21st-century megalopolitan life is gone for all but the hardiest bohemians. Yesterday’s buzzing hipster neighborhood is today’s simmering Petri dish.

If you are rich and you assume that future pandemics or variants of COVID-19 could sweep the world at any time, that house in the Hamptons may look better as a permanent residence than the overpriced sliver apartment in ultra-dense New York City, which to date has accounted for about a third of all US coronavirus deaths. You don’t share an air-conditioning system and elevator with neighbors, and there is room in the garage for an extra freezer stocked with emergency supplies and a small arsenal for dealing with plague-mutated zombies.

At least in New York, there will always be some members of the urban wealthy elite who will refuse to move no matter what. The coronavirus could accelerate the hollowing-out trend that has been happening for decades in blue cities and states: a wealthy elite, a poor underclass, and a middle class that flees. Better get going on those Welcome Wagon kits, conservative and libertarian billionaires.

DON’T GET COCKY: Biden Reelected Trump Last Friday — The former VP’s patronizing remark was no jest and it was fatal to his campaign.

Biden is opening up multiple fronts in the culture wars: Joe Biden’s campaign has set feminism back decades.

PASSERBY’S OWN FOOTAGE OF NO-MASK-SHAMING MSNBC REPORTER CAL PERRY MAKES MSNBC’S FACEPLANT EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR (VIDEO).

INSTANT CLASSIC FROM @MSNBC:

ANCHOR: “Are the people there just not worried about it? Are they not worried about their personal safety?”

REPORTER: “I haven’t met anybody who is… you can see here, nobody’s wearing them [masks].”

GUY ON STREET: “Including the Cameraman.”

Videos at link of both Perry’s segment, and the footage from the man who walked by with a cell phone camera showing that two of Perry’s three crewmen weren’t wearing masks.