August 12, 2020

SOME UPDATES ON THE PROTESTS IN BELARUS.

Related: Thousands stage flower protest in Belarus as EU weighs sanctions.

OPEN THREAD: Nothing is permanent. Everything’s on loan here.

WHAT RECENT EVENTS COULD EXPLAIN THAT? Survey: Gun Control Support Down Double Digits from Last Year.

Related: Kamala Harris Brings Gun Confiscation Support to Dem Presidential Ticket.

HEY 19(45). The Inevitable Hitler Hates New Steely Dan Video:

OUCH: Sanders’ former press secretary: Let’s face it, the Harris pick is a disaster for progressives. “Just what exactly do progressives — especially those with antipathy to law enforcement — get from a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket? The media has spent much of the past thirty hours celebrating this union rather than analyzing it, but not everyone’s tossing confetti. . . . These are not new concerns; last year, back when the New York Times felt more comfortable in drilling into Harris’ record, it laid out the issues in more detail.”

The best thing about a contested primary is that it’s basically the only time the press will report anything negative about leading Democrats.

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Flashback: While Democrats get crazier, Tulsi Gabbard hits Kamala Harris criticism right on the nose.

As Gabbard pointed out, then California attorney general, Harris was responsible for putting “over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

Harris’ office also blocked DNA evidence that could have freed a man who may be innocent. And what’s more, as Gabbard said, “She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. And she fought to keep (the) cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.”

Related: Kamala Harris: Introducing a faked confession isn’t outrageous prosecutorial misconduct.

UPDATE: A friend on Facebook comments: “As my conservative friends relish the ‘unwinnable Biden/Harris ticket,’ I’m reminded of when my liberal friends were celebrating the ‘unwinnable Trump/Pence ticket.’ The American voter can be (and usually is) a fairly contrary critter. Taking them for granted is a quick way to get a November wakeup call.”

Yep. And they’ll have that famous five-to-fifteen point media wind at their back. Don’t get cocky, kids. Get out and work for it if you want to win.

THE MORE WE LEARN, THE SOONER THE ASTEROID MINING CAN START: Japan may extend Hayabusa2 asteroid mission to visit 2nd space rock.

SO I FINISHED SENDING OUT THE THANK-YOU NOTES to folks who donated via PayPal. If I somehow missed anyone, know that I appreciated it.

IS THE NEW YORK TIMES A LIBERAL NEWSPAPER? OF COURSE IT IS: New York Times, AP, and others dub ultra-liberal Kamala Harris a ‘moderate’ and ‘centrist.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

HELICOPTER ASSIGNED TO TRUMP SUPPORT DETAIL SHOT AT IN THE AIR OVER VIRGINIA, ONE INJURY.

TO BE FAIR, THE RAIDERS WERE FAN-FREE LONG BEFORE COVID: Las Vegas lawyer sues China over fan-free Raiders games.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Joe Biden Courts Islam, not Muslims.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Health questions for Biden off-limits for media, unlike Reagan, McCain and Trump.

OUR ANCESTORS MUST HAVE BEEN IRRESISTIBLY SEXY: Some Humans Are Carrying DNA From an Unknown Ancient Ancestor.

LOL, NO. Dear Men: Stop Working Out. Physical fitness creates a cycle of toxic masculinity that must be eradicated.

Related: From America’s Newspaper of Record: Men’s Health Magazine Celebrates Body Positivity With First Obese Cover Model.

SARAH PALIN COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT: The Left Is Already Painting Kamala Harris as a Victim of Sexism.

AND THAT’S JUST THE PORN: Digital content to total half Earth’s mass by 2245. Extrapolations like this are meaningless, but fun.

ANGELO CODEVILLA: Millenarian Mobs.

UNDER LORI LIGHTFOOT’S PERMISSIVE APPROACH TO CRIME, even the “safe” areas aren’t safe anymore.

Chicago is truly a tale of two cities, especially regarding public safety. For those living in the city’s elite downtown and North Side neighborhoods, the carnage plaguing the South and West Sides has, for decades, seemed a world away—something they’d read about in the Chicago Tribune, but rarely, if ever, experience. Recent events have shattered those expectations, awakening many to the reality that, even along the Magnificent Mile, the line between peace and chaos is paper-thin.

Early Monday morning, caravans of mostly black Chicagoans from around the city descended on its famed shopping district, ransacking and looting luxury retailers like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry. Police responded, making more than 100 arrests, but the damage was done—and not just the brazen thefts. Two people were shot, and not by police.

The episode was apparently sparked by misinformation regarding a police shooting on the South Side on Sunday.

Misinformation? More like disinformation.

BROOKS BROTHERS LIKELY TO BE SOLD FOR $325 MILLION:

The New York-based clothier picked Sparc Group LLC — a partnership between mall owner Simon Property Group and brand-licensing firm Authentic Brands Group — as its winning buyer late Tuesday after scrapping a bankruptcy auction planned for earlier in the day.

A federal judge will consider whether to approve the sale at a hearing set for 10 a.m. Friday.

Brooks Brothers chose Sparc’s initial $305 million offer last month as its “stalking horse” bid, the price for other potential buyers to beat. Brooks Brothers spokesperson Arielle Patrick said the 202-year-old company received other bids but she declined to say who submitted them.

Endorsed – but only if the new Brooks Brothers brings back the classic Traditional Fit shirt.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Last Blockbuster store is now on Airbnb for a nostalgic ’90s sleepover. “Problem is, you’ve got to be located in Deschutes County, where the last ever Blockbuster is located in Bend, Oregon. Sandi Harding, the store’s manager, is offering three one-night reservations in September as a way to thank her local community.”

THIS WOULD MAKE CERES A MUCH MORE VALUABLE PIECE OF REAL ESTATE: Ceres: An Underground Ocean?

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Report: Kamala Harris Already Vetting VP Picks.

GOOD NEWS: U.S. reports fewer than 50K new COVID-19 cases for 3rd day in a row. And, of course, the number of deaths has been much, much lower than predicted.

TO BE FAIR, “WOKE” IS JUST SHORT FOR “STUPID AND CRAZY.” MAKE THAT SUBSTITUTION EVERY TIME AND IT WILL ALWAYS MAKE SENSE. The Upper West Side is falling apart, and lefties seem too woke to care.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Reduce Recoil With Shotguns.

TODAY AT 3:30pm EASTERN: VIP Gold Live Chat with VodkaPundit, Kruiser, and Bryan Preston.

There will be cocktails.

PAINFUL: The 10 Most Cringeworthy Kamala Harris Endorsements.

DIXIECRATS TRIUMPHANT: The Confederate Roots of the Administrative State.

(Classical reference in headline.)

SHOCKER: Bias more likely in medical journals that accept reprint fees.

DON’T GET COCKY: Kamala Harris on the Ticket Is an In-Kind Donation to Trump-Pence 2020.

GREAT MOMENTS IN WOKE BRANDING: Only 3% of U.S. Hispanics use term “Latinx;” 76% have never heard of it.

ROGER KIMBALL: President Kamala, mistress of puppets?

NICE: South Korea Plans to Build F-35B Lightning Aircraft Carrier.

Beijing won’t be happy so you know it’s a good idea.

KAMALA HARRIS: DRUG WARRIOR, VICE COP, DRACONIAN PROSECUTOR. New video from Reason TV:

WHILE LOCKING UP 1,500 PEOPLE FOR SMOKING WEED: Kamala Harris Promoted Group That Paid Bail for Murderers and Sex Offenders.

OUT: FLORIDA MAN. IN: FLORIDA VANILLA. Researchers, growers seek vanilla production in Florida.