March 3, 2021

THE ARMED CAPITOL HILL INSURRECTION — THAT WASN’T: FBI Official Says No Guns Were Recovered During Capitol Riot Arrests.

I LOVE SPACEX BUT I’M GLAD THEY’RE FACING COMPETITION: Interview: A new rocket, Venus missions and more: Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck is aiming big in space.

THE GRAUNIAD: Equivalent of Covid emissions drop needed every two years – study.

Carbon dioxide emissions must fall by the equivalent of a global lockdown roughly every two years for the next decade for the world to keep within safe limits of global heating, research has shown.

But isn’t far too late for all that, when the Grauniad warned in January of 2009 that then-President Obama “has four years to save Earth?”

Earlier: Are you ready for the climate lockdowns?

I THINK IT WAS MORE THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE HYSTERIA THAN THE ACTUAL PANDEMIC: Teens’ Mental Health Took a Hit During Pandemic.

THE NEW YORK TIMES IS LOOKING FOR A DEPUTY OPINION EDITOR: For the sake of genuine diversity, I hope Ed Driscoll, Sarah Hoyt and Mark Tapscott will apply.

The NYT’s job description editor has a real sense of irony given the NYT’s now run by a cabal of woke scolds. Here’s one of the paragraphs describing the top talent the paper seeks.

We’re looking for an editor with a sense of humor and a spine of steel, a confident point of view and an open mind, an appetite for risk and exacting standards for excellence in writing and visual presentation. We’re looking for someone who wants to grow big ideas to make the world a better place, and to have fun doing it.

No, I don’t think this is Babylon Bee satire. Suggest you read the other verbiage — some of it is even funnier.

IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE GOVERNMENT, WE’D BE AT THE MERCY OF UNSAFE PRODUCTS: Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning.

A TRILLION HERE, A TRILLION THERE, PRETTY SOON YOU’RE TALKING REAL MONEY:  Stanford University panel on ethics puts price tag on slavery reparations:  $10 to $12 TRILLION.

HMM: Mercedes-AMG Confirms Higher-Performance GT Four-Door Hybrid.

CORRECTION: ONLY MOST EVERYTHING WRONG. Chris Cuomo Is Everything Wrong With the Media’s Coverage of Andrew Cuomo. “The brothers’ buddy-cop routine on CNN was a low point in the press’s fascination with the New York governor.”

Another correction: There will be lower points.

HE’S TOO SHAMELESS TO FEEL ANY EMBARRASSMENT: Cuomo WON’T Resign, Claims He’s ‘Embarrassed’ by Sexual Harassment Allegations.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The Complete Guide to AR-15 Cartridges.

UGH: US Life Expectancy In 2020 Saw Biggest Drop Since WWII.

Life expectancy had been steadily decreasing since it reached its record peak of 78.9 in 2014, in large part due to increased drug overdose deaths, unhealthy lifestyles and suicides in the country. The CDC noted a decrease in drug overdose deaths in 2018, contributing to a higher life expectancy. Other factors include a 2.2 percent decrease in cancer deaths, as well as a decrease in unintentional deaths for the year.

Suicide rates are also continuing to rise, with a 1.4 percent increase between 2017 and 2018 in the country. The U.S. has perennially held one of the highest rates of suicide in the world.

But the pandemic added hundreds of thousands of deaths to the total and pandemic-driven restrictions have drastically weighed on future expectations.

The trendline was going the wrong way even before the lockdowns.

ABOUT THOSE INCREASING LGBT NUMBERS FROM GALLUP: Focus on the Family’s data meister, Glenn Stanton, writing in The Federalist, gets behind the numbers and turns up some interesting facts that cast a different light on the matter:

“Gallup’s report backs up this fact, showing that young adults today are more than three times more likely to report ‘being LGBT’ than even Gen Xers are. Gen Xers are certainly not so traditional that they would be reticent to admit any alternative sexual practices to pollsters or their peers.

“It is simply becoming increasingly fashionable to be seen as sexually experimental today, evidenced in the fact that 55 percent of those who told Gallup they were “LGBT” said they were bisexual. Most of those are coupled with opposite-sex partners when they do have a romantic partner.

“Queer advocates and their media partisans regularly tell us that ‘being LGBT’ is a normal, natural thing. But the data is beyond dispute that young people are far more likely to identify as being LGBT than are all other age groups. Also, that identity is often at odds with their actual sexual behavior, as evidenced by the fact that women who openly identify as lesbian tend to have stunningly high unwanted pregnancy and abortion rates.”

 

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Late Night Laughs at Cancel Culture Crushing Dr. Seuss, the Muppets. “Colbert and Meyers can’t see the dangers tied to erasing our cultural institutions.”

‘VIAL OF DEATH:’ Louis Farrakhan Pushes Vaccine Conspiracy Theories In Videos Posted On Facebook, Twitter.

And yet curiously, Farrakhan won’t get deplatformed for doing so.

NO BOYZ ALLOWED IN THE GIRLZ TREE FORT:  Biden’s new “Gender Policy Council” focuses  only on women’s issues.  But these days it’s boys and men who are struggling most. 

TO ASK THE QUESTION IS TO ANSWER IT: Why Does Big Tech Censor Conservatives And Not Terrorists?

OF COURSE, IT PROBABLY SENDS YOUR DATA BACK TO THE CCP: Review: DJI’s New FPV Drone is Effortless, Exhilarating Fun.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED:

● Shot:

Remember when Donald Trump’s administration incarcerated kids who had illegally crossed the Mexican border? That was literally fascism. These children-packed detention centres were ‘concentration camps’, said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Trump is taking the world ‘back to the 1930s’, said a breathless scribe at the Guardian.

Or how about when Trump dropped bombs on the Middle East? He was branded an insane warmonger. This is the imperial logic of his alt-right leanings, we were told. As for his administration’s targeting of Iranian forces – in particular Iran’s top military commander, Qasem Soleimani, killed by an American bomb in January last year – that was held up by some leftists and liberals as proof of just how deranged Trumpism had become. #WorldWar3 trended on Twitter. ‘Could tension between the US and Iran spark World War 3?’, asked one headline. Trump was always either embodying the evils of the Second World War or propelling humanity into a third.

—“So is Joe Biden a Nazi, too?,” Brendan O’Neill, Spiked, Yesterday.

● Chaser:

“They oversaw the design for the Biden Cancer Summit in 2018. The owner, Annie, is very liberal and was so excited for Biden’s victory. Great work conspiracy theorists.”

Are you listening, liberals? Your craziness got this liberal-run company canceled at a time when such companies probably are really hurting a lot. And now you’re linking a pro-Biden company that’s done work for Biden to a Nazi symbol. Good job. What a way to backfire.

—“Designer of CPAC Stage, Accused of Looking Like Nazi Symbol, Is Identified, Kicker Is Who They Are and For Whom They’ve Worked,” Nick Arama, RedState, today.

As Frank J. Fleming tweets, “Where do dummies get the idea that conservatives are pro-nazi? They hate nazis. They think the left are a bunch of nazis. And commies.” Well, national socialists and international socialists, to be precise.

IT’S GOING TO BE A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS WITH OR WITHOUT THE WUHAN VIRUS: Are Biden’s Border Rhetoric and Policies Creating a COVID Super-Spreader?

Related (From Ed): ICE locks Twitter account that alerted public of illegal immigrants freed by sanctuary cities.

THAT’S WHY I’M RESISTING FASTING: Belly fat resistant to every-other-day fasting: study.

MAYBE THEY OUGHT TO BRIEF HIM ON THE MEANING OF ‘PERVERSE INCENTIVES,’ INSTEAD: Biden to be briefed on need for 20,000 beds to cope with child migrant surge.

HMM. I’M SCHEDULED TO DONATE CONVALESCENT PLASMA NEXT WEEK. NIH halts study of plasma in COVID-19 treatment citing lack of benefit. The study dealt only with “emergency-room patients with mild to moderate symptoms of infection,” but it found no benefit.

JOHN FUND: HR 1 must be stopped. “It is the worst piece of legislation I have even seen in my 40 years reporting from Washington.”

HR 1 would cement all of the worst changes in election law made in blue states in 2020 and nationalize them. Federal control of elections would be the norm. States would be relegated to colonial outposts that carry out Washington DC’s mandates. ‘Democracies die when one party seizes control of the elections process, eliminates the safeguards that have protected the integrity of the ballot, places restrictions on free speech, and seizes the earnings of individual citizens to promote candidates they may abhor,’ says Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican. ‘Democracies die by suicide, and we are now face to face with such an instrument.’

Does HR 1 justify such apocalyptic rhetoric? Sadly, yes. Hans von Spakovsky, a former member of the Federal Election Commission, says that while the Constitution does allow Congress to override the power of states to decide ‘the time, manner and place’ of federal elections nothing on the massive scale of HR 1 has ever been attempted.

Read the whole thing.

RELATED, FROM MIKE PENCE: Election Integrity Is a National Imperative.

CNN ANALYST ‘CAN’T COMPREHEND’ HOW GOV. GREG ABBOTT COULD TRUST TEXANS LIKE HER FRIEND TO TAKE SENSIBLE COVID19 PRECAUTIONS ON THEIR OWN:

An inability to comprehend current events has always been a primary job requirement at CNN.

Related: Everybody change positions!

PELOSI’S ‘SUBWAY TO NOWHERE’ KILLED IN SENATE: Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonough throws out Pelosi’s $140 million earmark to extend San Francisco’s subway to Silicon Valley. If she keeps this honesty up, expect a flood of “news” stories about McDonough being a secret Republican, a Trump puppet or Mitch McConnell’s love child. Or something.

OFT EVIL WILL SHALL EVIL MAR: Too fun to check: Did “defund the police” drive non-white voters to Trump?

COLOR ME SKEPTICAL: Statin meds not at fault for triggering muscle aches, study says.

TO BE FAIR, THE PAST MONTH DID SEEM LIKE FOUR YEARS: “Biden’s Presidency Seems Ready to End,” Michael Walsh writes:

Meanwhile, at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28, Donald Trump returned to the political scene with a fiery speech asserting his control over the Republican Party—immediately characterized by CNN as a “new threat to American democracy”—and hinting that he might run again in 2024. He called for voting reform and even dangled his own list of proscriptions a la ancient Rome, anathematizing Rep. Liz Cheney and Sens. Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, and Ben Sasse, among others. “Get rid of them all,” he said.

The comparison to Rome—as it has been throughout the Trump presidency—is apt. During the campaign, Trump crossed his own Rubicon, engaged in battle with enemies and erstwhile allies both, and met at least his temporary political demise on the floor of the Senate when the votes were certified and accepted on Jan. 6 and the crowd marched on the Capitol.

Yet even after his term ended, echoes of antiquity remain. After the Emperor Nero’s death by suicide in 68 A.D., Rome witnessed the Year of the Four Emperors, a period of turmoil and civil war that was finally ended by Vespasian in 69, after Galba, Otho, Vitellius each had fallen in turn. Only then did the political situation stabilize for a few years with the establishment of the Flavian Dynasty.

Here in the United States, we’re on the verge of The Year of the Three Presidents. After all, 2021 began with Trump in the White House, followed by Biden on Jan. 20, with Harris now the odds-on favorite to supplant Sundown Joe once his deterioration becomes impossible even for the lickspittle robinettes in the media to ignore. Imagine, no more hard-hitting stories about Biden’s favorite ice cream, or how he beat his granddaughter in a video game at Camp David:

“President Biden has joined the scores of people who turned to Mario Kart to stay entertained during the pandemic—at least for one game with his granddaughter. Naomi Biden posted on Snapchat this weekend that she and her grandfather played an arcade-style game round of Mario Kart at Camp David over the weekend—and that he won.”

Momentous news, indeed. Still, it could be worse, and probably will be as Biden fades and the Democrats ponder when to strike. But it won’t take much more for the Democrats to depose him—and get their first choice for president behind the Resolute Desk. And then we’re really in trouble.

Nonsense. Isn’t everyone ready for Kamalamania?!

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Begun, ‘The Grand Re-Opening’ Has.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: If today is really March 352nd, 2020 in the Time of Our Lockdown, then could tomorrow really be March 4th, 2021 AD?

Answer: Not tomorrow, but maybe soon.

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

  • Colorado Governor who gets seconds on dessert still waging war on restaurants
  • Experts who get it wrong all the time aren’t actually expert at much of anything except for getting publicity and public money
  • Therefore, FBI Director Chris Wray is a very modern expert at law enforcement

Bonus Sanity: Today, for the first time ever, the sanity is right there in the headline.

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

ROGER SIMON: Trump 2024 Is (Practically) Inevitable.

Trump will be the Republican candidate in 2024.

You don’t have to been sitting fifty or sixty feet from him during his electric CPAC speech, as I was, to know that. You only have to be a sentient human being.

Donald Trump loved being president and he does not like to lose. Only a force majeure of untold dimensions or a serious health setback would stop him, as he blithely put it, from winning the presidency a “third time.”

Now I’m not going to weigh in on the controversy over who won in 2020.  Others will do that.  But I will ask one “Zen-ish” question.  The Democrats and their press buddies keep demanding the concrete evidence the Republicans have that Trump won.  What concrete evidence do they have that he lost?

Anyway, whether it will be 2.0 or 3.0, what should we look for in the Trump of 2024?  Will he change?  Has he changed?  Or will Trump always be Trump?

I am going to suggest that we may be getting an improved version.

For one thing, as many mentioned, he looked younger and fitter at CPAC.  But that could be transitory.  What is more interesting is that he has ceased, for the most part, one of his more irritating flaws—punching down.  When is the last time you have heard him go after the likes of Rosie O’Donnell?  Not for a while.

He picks his enemies better now—for legitimate reasons and to more effect.  He brushed aside Mitch McConnell in an almost casual manner during the CPAC speech that made it clear who is really the boss of the Republican Party—and it’s not the now minority leader.

This may lead to the correction of what, in the view of many, was Trump’s greatest overall flaw—a surprising inability to pick right people to work with him.

What in the Sam Hill was Anthony Scaramucci ever doing in the White House, even for five minutes? Or Omarosa?

More importantly, Trump did not immediately fire James Comey.  I suppose he thought he could win over the treacherous FBI director with his charm, forgetting or ignorant of Truman’s famous admonition “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

Of course, it could be argued that Obama was worse.  The Reverend Al Sharpton practically lived in the West Wing but Barack had his own reasons for exploiting the notorious race-baiter.

Still, as Reagan aptly put it, “People are policy,” and I strongly suspect the 2024 Trump would be much more careful about who is around him. You can bet Christopher Wray will be out the door in a heartbeat, among many others.

In fairness, Trump also had some extraordinary people on his team, many of whom we can assume will be brought back—Larry Kudlow, Steve Mnuchin, Stephen Miller, Peter Navarro, Robert Lighthizer, not to mention son-in-law Jared Kushner of Abraham Accords fame, to name just a few of many.

And speaking of those Abraham Accords—quite possibly the most important peace agreement of this century and some decades before—you can look for them to be extended to Saudi Arabia and many others under Trump 2024, even if they luff or are undermined during the Biden Administration.

Trump, I would argue, has grown and learned a great deal as president.  Nothing is better training for president than being president.  It’s the ultimate on the job training.

He will be an improved version.  He will seem more presidential and, at CPAC, he already did, oddly because he was out of office.

But his biggest weakness in his second (or third, whatever) presidency will be the obvious one.  He will be a lame duck.  That’s what happens.

In our system, presidents lose power in their second term because they no longer hold the threat of re-election.

But one thing is more certain than any of this.  Years from now, decades, possibly centuries, pundits, writers, historians, college professors (if they still exist) will be going over and over the United States in the first quarter of the Twenty-First Century that will be known as the Age of Trump.

Why, they will ponder endlessly, was America so passionately, even violently split, almost as never before, over a man who did no more than lower taxes a few percent, build part of a border wall similar to those in many other countries and try to help settle an enmity between Arabs and Israelis that had gone for over seventy years?

That is a mystery that will take 22nd Century versions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, John LeCarré, Graham Greene and Raymond Chandler, all working together, to solve.

Because the people who most believe in “nuance,” “tolerance,” “change,” and “give peace a chance” all know that #orangemanbad.

THREE REASONS WE AREN’T ALL RACISTS: Colson Center’s Ryan Bomberger points to three huge flaws in the Critical Race Theory that is the foundation of the Left’s critique of America.

DEADLY CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Cuomo’s Fatal Nursing Home Order May Be Payback For Major Campaign Donations. “Campaign donations of over a million dollars from a hospital trade association may have been behind NY Gov. Cuomo’s infamous nursing home order, resulting in thousands of Nursing Home deaths.”

TITLES OF NOBILITY: Biden’s outrageous giveaway to federal bureaucrats should enrage you.

I REMEMBER WHEN MINNESOTA WAS A CLEAN, NICE STATE THAT WORKED: Rant: Where are the federal vaccine allocations to MN pharmacies?

NOT EVERYONE HAS GIVEN UP ON THE NATIONAL DEBT: Current, former Tennessee governors to address rising federal debt.

As Congress prepares to push the national debt to nearly $25 trillion with the latest spending plans, a group of millennial leaders worried about America’s growing federal debt will get some advice next week from Tennessee’s current and former governors about balancing budgets.

Tennessee’s current governor and two of the state’s former governors will speak in a rare joint appearance next week to address efforts to tackle the U.S. budget deficit, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will total $2.3 trillion this year even with an improving economy.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican in his first term, and former two-term governors Bill Haslam, a Republican, and Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, will discuss the consequences of the growing federal debt during a one-hour virtual event from 2-3 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 11, at the Beacon Center in Nashville which is sponsoring the event along with the Tennessee Chapter of Americans for Prosperity and the Millennial Debt Foundation.

So there you have it. Bipartisan alarm over the Democrat-controlled Congress’s profligacy.

IF YOU OUTLAW DR. SEUSS BOOKS, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE DR. SEUSS BOOKS. Or rich people. I had this book when I was a kid. Now the only copy available on Amazon is $1600. Bright side: if my mom can find this and my other childhood books, at this rate I’ll have retirement all taken care of soon.

IT’S WHAT RATS DO WHEN THE SHIP STARTS SINKING: There’s Only One Reason Democrats Are Turning On Cuomo, And It Isn’t A Noble One.

SERGEANT SCHULTZ WITH DECLINING FACULTIES: Biden team in full denial mode about border crisis.

In the meantime, Mayorkas, like Psaki before him, asked people currently in Mexico to wait for a while before crossing illegally into the United States. “We are not saying, ‘Don’t come,'” Mayorkas said. “We are saying, ‘Don’t come now,’ because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process to them as quickly as possible.”

That statement essentially served as the Biden administration’s official welcome announcement to those seeking to enter the United States illegally. Don’t do it just now, the administration said, because we’re still getting everything ready to receive you into this country.

But they’re not waiting. Why should they?

Indeed.

IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THE NEWS, YOU’RE UNINFORMED; IF YOU DO FOLLOW IT YOU’RE MISINFORMED: Students shocked to hear that Biden, not Trump, called Uyghur genocide a cultural ‘norm.’

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY RETIRED: Advocacy Groups for ‘Believe All Women’ Fall Silent on Cuomo Accusers.

ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE DIFFERENT CULTURAL NORMS: China’s ‘Sharp Eyes’ Program Aims to Surveil 100% of Public Space. “According to Peterson, the Sharp Eyes project is implemented differently depending on each city or town’s needs, but the general premise is the same: The city or town is divided into a grid, and each square of the grid acts as its own administrative unit. Citizens watch security footage from within their grid, giving a sense of ownership over their immediate surroundings. Municipal data can then be aggregated based on reports from each square on the grid.”

Ownership? All they “own” is the privilege of being surveilled right back by their neighbors.

MARK JUDGE: Our Therapeutic Culture Downplays the Evil Nature of Addiction.

A LANCER SPREADS ITS WINGS: A B-1B takes-off FROM Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The aircraft is participating in a Red Flag exercise. Photo taken February 9.

MUMBAI’S OCTOBER 2020 ELECTRICAL BLACKOUT: Chinese gray-area warfare?

Here are some newer facts only Big Lie propagandists would dispute, but there are a lot of those snakes around: At 10 a.m. on Oct. 12, Mumbai suffered a massive electrical power outage. Local trains stopped, stranding passengers. Cellphone service crashed. India’s bond market was disrupted during peak trading hours. Some neighborhoods lost power for over 12 hours. Indian media called the outage Mumbai’s “worst in decades.” And it was.

In November, India Today reported that Maharashtra’s cyber department believed a malware attack could have caused the crippling outage. “Could have” is speculation, not fact. However, technical experts found indications of attempted cyber intrusions on digital devices controlling Mumbai’s grid.

Read it.

FASTER? PLEASE! Mysterious New Warp Drive Patent Surfaces Online. “The patent by Suchard and Gallanis is still awaiting approval, and it is an approval Suchard is not expecting any time soon. Still, he says, the theory is sound, and if he were able to put together the team of experts he envisions, he thinks building a warp drive may be possible. Like most potential breakthrough propulsion theories, Suchard’s take on energy and gravity is unique. Still, unlike Alcubierre and White, he has taken that theory to the next step with an actual patent application.”

#JOURNALISM: How is Chris Cuomo still on the air at CNN? “Is there a bigger joke in broadcast news than Chris Cuomo? Now, he says, he cannot cover his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, because it’s a conflict of interest. You don’t say? Apparently no such conflict arose when Chris constantly hosted his brother during the height of the pandemic, tastelessly turning his nightly news show into ‘The Cuomo Brothers Variety Hour.'”

ANATOMY OF A FAILURE: Neera Tanden: Inside Biden’s failed push.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Who Had ‘Dr. Seuss Is Racist’ On Their Cancel Bingo Cards? “Most forms of entertainment are reflective of the time they were created and there’s a lot of older stuff out there that the woke scolds find problematic because none of them understand context. Disney Plus has been putting warnings on classic movies and cartoons like Dumbo because somebody might have a feeling hurt while watching it. Heck, pretty much everything that was written or filmed before 1965 is probably suspect now. I’m reading a classic sci-fi anthology that’s mostly stuff from first half of the 20th century and it’s a minefield of words that would be deemed culturally inappropriate now. Does that mean these old stories by luminaries in the genre have no value anymore?”

AND RIGHTLY SO: DeSantis Crushing Crist, Fried In New Florida Poll. He’s been America’s best large-state governor during the pandemic by far.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: “At a time when many colleges are struggling with shrinking enrollment and tighter budgets, Southern New Hampshire is thriving on a grand scale, and it’s not alone. Liberty, Grand Canyon, and Western Governors Universities, along with a few other nonprofit institutions, have built huge online enrollments and national brands in recent years by subverting many of traditional higher education’s hallmarks. . . . These universities have clearly found a new way to play the game that many colleges are losing. With no end to their expansion in sight, they could one day lay claim to a significant share of the nation’s new college students. Much as Amazon and Walmart now stand as the templates for the retail business, mega-universities in many ways reflect a shift in what Americans seek in a college degree: something practical, convenient, and inexpensive.”

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

UPDATE: Reader William Stroock writes: “I went back to school online before it was cool, way back in, wait for it, 2001. Yes, I was on a dial up modem. I went to American Military University (now American Public University) and earned a degree in military history. When I finished I went back an earned an MA in the American Revolution. I turned almost every term paper into a military history magazine article which jump started my career. There is no reason to attend a traditional college and pay through the nose. 20 years on, going back to school online changed my life.”

IT’S AS IF THIS WHOLE “MOVEMENT” WAS JUST A POLITICAL SCAM: Time’s Up Leader Ignored Sexual Assault Allegation Against Star Doctor, Lawsuit Says.

PRESIDENT ASTERISK NO SAVIOR IN THE POLLS: “In its first full-month rating from 10,000 likely voters, the latest Rasmussen Reports poll has the president at 50% approving his job and 47% disapproving. By comparison, Trump at this stage of his presidency had a 51% approval rating, with 49% disapproving in the full Rasmussen one-month evaluation. As of Tuesday, Rasmussen’s daily Biden approval is 49%.”

YES: School parents are mad as hell and they’re not going to take this anymore. “Until now, that cry has been mostly silent, but it is growing more vocal and more urgent. Returning kids to school and returning parents to work are America’s two most important dinner-table issues. The issues are closely linked, of course, because many parents can’t leave home for their jobs if the kids can’t leave home for their schools.”

UNBELIEVABLY SAD: Destroying a Generation: The 3 Million Missing Children of the Pandemic.

YEARS AGO, MY FRIEND KATE PAULK WROTE A SERIES OF FUNNY VAMPIRE MYSTERIES: No, seriously. She tuckerized our entire set. Yes, including my whole family (rolls eyes.) Because you see, we were all newby writers breaking in together, and we attended a lot of conventions all over the country. So, these mysteries take place at cons.
They’ve just been re-released and in this strange year with no science fiction conventions, after a year with no science fiction conventions, they’re oddly sweet and nostalgic. Well, also funny and paint-the-room-red gory.  And– You’ll see–

FROM KATE PAULK:  ConVent (Con Vampire Series Book 1).

The “Save The World” department really messed up this time: A vampire, a werewolf, an undercover angel and his succubus squeeze are no one’s idea of an A team. Or a B team. Or possibly a Z team. But then, since this particular threat to the universe and everything good attacks a science fiction convention — composed of people in costume, misfits creative geniuses and creative moron — , any conventional hero would have stood out. Now Jim, the vampire, and his unlikely sidekicks have to beat the clock to find out who’s sacrificing con goers before all hell breaks loose… literally.

DIETICIANS HAVE ONLY BEEN WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING FOR THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS:  Eating this ratio of fruit and veggies could help you live longer, study suggests.

But this time, they’re really, really sure.

“THE INVESTIGATION IS STILL ONGOING”:  FBI Director Wray won’t share Officer Brian Sicknick’s cause of death with senators.

What investigation? The man was cremated. Are they sifting the ashes?
And why is it anyone would trust Wray or ask his opinion?  Or really do anything but glare at his smug face and maybe yell “Aristo, aristo, a la lanterne”?

THAT MIGHT BE STUPID AND UNCOUTH, BUT IT SURE AS HECK ISN’T ANTI-ASIAN:  California teacher makes anti-Asian gesture during Zoom class: video.

Words used to mean things.  Yeah, the pantomime is stupid, and might hurt feelings, but it’s not like this woman was threatening or claiming any evil intent towards Asians. Or anyone. And the little snowflakes she teaches should learn that being offended is not the worst thing that could happen to them. They could, for instance, be fired because they were a little impolite and socially gauche.

OR YOU KNOW, WE COULD STOP ENCOURAGING THEM TO COME HERE:  Report: Admin Lacks Resources for the Expected 117,000 Unaccompanied Children at Border This Year.

And of course, most of them are actually adults who claim to be teens.

AND FROM COLORADO I SAY: MR. POLIS, TEAR DOWN THIS FARCICAL PANDEMIC COSPLAY:  Texas Gov. Abbott Drops Mask Mandate, Allows Businesses to Fully Open.

TRANSLATION: THEY’RE STILL TRYING TO MAKE LIES STICK:  FBI Director Wray: Agency ‘Can’t Yet Disclose’ Sicknick’s Cause of Death.

IN-A-SACK? AND THROWN FROM THE TARPEIAN ROCK?  Gascon and Newsom, together at last.

Sigh. Look, it’s such a sweet image.

ACTUALLY 3 MONTH OLD BABIES ARE GENERALLY AFRAID OF ALL STRANGERS:  AZ Dept of Ed: 3-month-old white babies are already racists.

Which makes perfect sense, since in early human days, babies who loved strangers all ended up in the stew pot, not having cried and called the attention of their band.

But seriously, what on Earth? Has everyone lost his, hers, zirs or sprinklecupcakes ever loving mind?  Because I’ll be honest, the lunacy is starting to freak me out. You won’t like me when I’m freaked out.

COMPLETE AND UTTER INSANITY:  Dr. Seuss Enterprises Cancels Dr. Seuss.

WE’RE LIVING IN A NIHILIST 70s SCIENCE FICTION STORY: A Plague Of Madness.

March 2, 2021

NEWS FROM TENNESSEE: Governor Bill Lee pushes for permit-less gun carry bill ahead of legislative discussion.

WELL, IF FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY SAYS IT: “FBI Director Christopher Wray resoundingly said Antifa and other leftists were not part of the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.” Then you can be pretty sure it happened the exact opposite way, because he’s utterly untrustworthy.

BACKLASH: New York legislature strikes deal to strip Cuomo of emergency pandemic powers. “The New York Post remembered today that not long ago, when certain state legislators were accused of sexual misconduct, Cuomo himself was quick to call for them to resign rather than insist upon an investigation to determine their guilt. I wonder how many state lawmakers who’ll end up voting to strip him of his COVID powers remember those episodes and resent the double standard.”

A PLAUSIBLE STRATEGY: “I’ll look just like ANTIFA. I’ll get away with anything.”

OPEN THREAD: How are you feeling today?

THE REAL CRIME IS THAT THE U.S. LET IT HAPPEN: The Consensual Invasion: How Cuba invaded and took over Venezuela. (Bumped).

LAYERS AND LAYERS OF FACT-CHECKERS AND EDITORS: BBC apologizes for interview with fake Cory Booker.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-MONOPOLY INSTITUTIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF HOMOPHOBIA?

WELL, GOOD: Future of immunotherapy could be ‘off-the-shelf’ treatments.

ORANGE TEETH BAD: Burglar busted thanks to Cheeto dust on her teeth: cops.

10% GDP GROWTH? The U.S. economy is on fire, and is about to get stoked even more.

The U.S. economy has roared back to life in 2021, with first-quarter growth set to defy even the rosiest expectations as another fresh influx of cash looms.

Manufacturing data Monday showed the sector at its highest growth level since August 2018. That report from the Institute for Supply Management in turn helped confirm the notion among economists that output to start the year is far better than the low single-digit growth many had been predicting in late 2020.

The Atlanta Federal Reserve, which tracks data in real time to estimate changes in gross domestic product, now is indicating a 10% gain for the first three months of the year. The GDPNow tool generally is volatile early in the quarter then becomes more accurate as the data rolls in through the period.

That comes on the heels of a report Friday showing that personal income surged 10% in January, thanks largely to $600 stimulus checks from the government. Household wealth increased nearly $2 trillion for the month while spending rose just 2.4%, or $340.9 billion.

Those numbers, along with a burst of nearly $4 trillion in savings, pointed to an economy not only growing powerfully but also one that is poised to continue that path through the year.

“The V-shaped recovery in real GDP will remain V-shaped during the first half of this year and probably through the end of the year,” Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research wrote in his daily note Tuesday. “However, it will no longer be a ‘recovery’ beyond Q1 because real GDP will have fully recovered during the current quarter. Thereafter, GDP will be in an ‘expansion’ in record-high territory.”

Economists previously hadn’t expected the $21.5 trillion U.S. economy to regain its pandemic-related losses until at least the second or third quarter of this year, if not later.

On Sunday, in an article titled “Was COVID-19 Our Neutron Bomb?,” Victor Davis Hanson explored this potential boom and asked, “What are the political consequences of the likely slow waning of COVID-19 and a projected return to near normality?”

All sorts of known unknowns follow. When will Biden’s tax hikes, new regulations, subsidized green add-ons, gas and oil curtailment, and massive accumulating debt begin to slow things down?

Will a near $30 trillion debt growing at $2 trillion a year, with a progressive laundry list of ever more “essential” entitlements, finally lead to inflation, or stagflation, or permanent zero interest rates—or an abrupt recession, or worse?

No one knows.

But in the political sense, Republicans might wish to prepare for an artificially inflated but robust economy that could last until late in the midterm year 2022. It will do no good to argue that Operation Warp Speed, an end to the failed New York-California blue-state lockdown model, and the remnants of the Trump economic package mostly account for the upswing. The president in power when economies tank or roar gets commensurate blame or credit.

All the talk of a dismal Trump response to the virus will soon and reluctantly wane, as our vaccination rate, our prior national leadership in creating vaccines, and our earlier end to the pandemic will be positively compared with other nations, especially those in Europe. As a result, Biden will transmogrify from a shrill critic of what he inherited to a plagiarist of that recovery.

If Biden and his team get what they wish—a neo-socialist, big government transformation—we will enter tough times. But not yet and perhaps not until after 2022.

Also possibly on the horizon: Inflation Comes for the Profligate.

Now, as the economic recovery from the Covid bust strengthens, soaring government debt is still being heavily monetized in the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet, which has now expanded to a previously unimagined $7.6 trillion, in a classic Treasury-Fed cooperation. The printing (literal and metaphorical) continues and the new administration wants to expand it even more. Isn’t accelerating inflation on the way?

The distinguished former Secretary of the Treasury, economist Larry Summers, recently suggested that it may be. “There is a chance,” he wrote, that government actions “on a scale closer to World War II levels than normal recession levels will set off inflationary pressures of a kind we have not seen in a generation.” I believe this is correct.

If we agree that there is such “a chance,” how big a chance is it? With political delicacy, Summers’ essay does not address this question. Instead, he carefully points out the “enormous uncertainties” involved. While the fog of uncertainty always obscures the economic future, it looks to me like the answer is that the chance is substantial. It would not be at all surprising to see inflation move significantly higher.

“There is the risk,” Summers writes, “of inflation expectations rising sharply.” Well, inflation expectations are already rising among bond investors and analysts, giving rise to such commentaries as these:

Read the whole thing.

Earlier: The Real Estate Market Has Gone Crazy. Exit quote: “You are spot on.  In my opinion the whole process started with our Government printing trillions of dollars with no basis throwing it out on public, bottom line interest rates qualifying lower purchase point clients to jump into 100k more homes, people making short term gains in ‘no reason stock market gains’, builders increasing the prices crazy with the excuse of increased material cost are the big balloon that is going to burst soon. People prove again they have short memory forgetting 2000 & 2008.”

JIM TREACHER: Stephen Colbert Finally Turns Against Andrew Cuomo.

Colbert isn’t the only staunch liberal who’s suddenly turning on the onetime “Luv Guv.” Look who else is suddenly back in #MeToo mode, after she took some time off to elect accused sexual predator Joe Biden:

That’s quite a subtweet! Sure, Alyssa Milano is a pathetic hypocrite just like the rest of them, but the fact that she stood by Biden when Tara Reade accused him of sexual assault should make Cuomo even more nervous that she isn’t backing him.

Poor Andy. All throughout 2020, he was the anti-Trump. He was the one who would save us all from Bad Orange Man. But Trump is gone (for now), so libs don’t need to keep pretending Cuomo is somehow better. And out he goes with all the other trash.

Cuomo isn’t giving up his grip on the governorship without a fight, but all that glowing media coverage he’s grown accustomed to is a thing of the past. Colbert giveth and Colbert taketh away.

As John Nolte of Breitbart.com notes though, the DNC-MSM dogpile over Cuomo’s (very real) #metoo problems are really an excuse for the media to attack him over his COVID debacle, but protect other Democratic governors. “Why is America’s corrupt media not at all interested in some 15,000 dead senior citizens while they tar and feather Cuomo over the allegations he made three left-wing women uncomfortable? The answer is obvious…Four other Democrat governors issued the same sociopathic nursing home order as Cuomo. Four other Democrats ordered infected coronavirus patients be admitted into nursing home facilities where 1) the most vulnerable live, and 2) they’re not set up to handle an infectious virus.”

OH, FUCK OFF. Liberal Media Scream: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi says racism defines America.

JOE BIDEN SAYS THEY JUST HAVE DIFFERENT CULTURAL NORMS: China Tries To Discredit Female Uighur Witnesses By Releasing Private Sexual Health Data.

Who do they think they are, Democrats?

PUPPETS ON A STRING: ‘We Don’t Like Cuomo Now,’ Says Every Late-Night Host In Perfect Robotic Unison.

They really are such tools. And such obvious tools at that.

IT IS WEIRDLY REMINISCENT OF HARRY REID: Let’s Talk About How Mitt Romney Was Knocked Unconscious.

MCDONALD’S RESPONSE TO MINIMUM WAGE HIKES TOTALLY UNDERCUTS THE ‘FIGHT FOR $15,’ NEW STUDY SHOWS:

The push for a $15 federal minimum wage continues across the country. But new research shows that if the “Fight for $15” wins, the biggest loser may just be your wallet next time you want to chow down on a Big Mac or Egg McMuffin.

A recently-released study reveals that past minimum wage hikes resulted in much higher menu prices for consumers.

Princeton economist Orley C. Ashenfelter and Czech economist Štěpán Jurajda studied price and wage data from almost every McDonald’s restaurant in the US. They found a “full or near-full price pass-through of minimum-wage-induced higher costs of labor.” In English, this means that by vastly increasing production costs,  minimum wage hikes resulted in an equivalent increase in menu prices.

Read the whole thing.

GOODER AND HARDER, COLORADO EDITION: Englewood city councilmember says communist views should be no surprise.

In an interview with the Colorado Community Media, Stone — who won an at-large seat on the city’s seven-member council in 2019 — said he uses “communist” to describe his views.

“I am a communist. I’m open about it,” Stone wrote on Facebook. “I was open about it when I was campaigning.”

The printouts of Stone’s tweets included numerous posts from some of Stone’s Twitter accounts that have been deactivated. They include tags such as “#ArmedLeftist” and “#F—Capitalism.”

In response to a tweet by Carol Roth — a national media personality with a background in investment banking who posted a tweet with which Stone disagreed — the councilmember posted: “Light the BBQ, comrades. It’s time for some capitalist pork ribs.”

Charming.

THIS IS NOT OK: Some Monster Cooks a Steak in a TOASTER, Tries Convincing People It’s Fine.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Colo. Dem Moves to Ban ‘Hate Speech’ and ‘Fake News’ on Social Media.

The bill’s sponsor, Kerry Donovan, is running next year against Republican congresswoman (and social media darling) Lauren Boebert, so this looks like a sad attempt to shut her up beforehand.

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