June 17, 2021

BREAKING: Unanimous Supreme Court Upholds Religious Freedom in Foster Care.

IT HAS A LONG RECORD OF POLITICIZATION AND FAILURE: Can the CDC be fixed?

Flashback: CDC, You Had One Job.

Related: The Suicide of Expertise.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: ‘Eye Broccoli’ Megan Rapinoe to Replace Victoria’s Secret ‘Angels.’

Plus:

  • Now even hamsters get to choose their gender
  • Will the real Anthony Fauci please stand up?
  • Chris Cuomo get schooled on Chris Cuomo

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

“PROFILES IN COURAGE IT AIN’T:”  Obamacare wins the SCOTUS hat trick 7-2 … on standing.

JOANNE JACOBS: To vax or not to vax: What will parents do? “A Kaiser Family Foundation survey, also in late May, reported lower numbers: 41 percent of parents with children 12 to 17 plan to get their child vaccinated as soon as possible, including 24 percent whose child has received at least one dose. Another 21 percent will ‘wait a while to see how it is working.’ Fourteen percent will get their child vaccinated only if their school requires it and another 20 percent say they will ‘definitely not’ get their 12-17 year-old vaccinated.”

My 15-year-old has had both Pfizer shots, with nothing worse than a sore arm for 24 hours, and my 10-year-old doesn’t need them for a couple more years.

CLEANEST ELECTION EVER: Significant Election Irregularities Exposed in Fulton County, Georgia.

NOW BACK IN STOCK: Old Post Road Oils Shave Soap.

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: In Latest Hunter Biden Racism Reveal, Corrupt Democrat Media Silent Again. “Where are the virtue-signaling elites and journalists now that records show Hunter Biden has been racist on more than one occasion? Surely, given that the Biden administration purports to be taking actions against ‘Anti-Asian Violence, Xenophobia and Bias,’ wouldn’t it make sense for left-leaning outlets to cover his family’s track record? Shouldn’t they stay the course on opposing bigotry?”

SO MUCH FOR GRATITUDE: England’s first Black Studies professor accuses his university of being racist: Calls for a ‘total revolution’ to overcome white supremacy.

No matter what you do for the woke, it’s never enough. So why do anything? Plus, note the conflict between #MeToo priorities and woke antiracism:

He told The Independent of an episode with a female senior-level coworker in which she accused him of being “aggressive” and leapt toward a door despite the fact he was seated. Andrews then reported the woman to the university, but they declined to investigate it as a racist incident.

Instead, he says, the university placed him under investigation for the episode. . . . Last week, he appeared on British television and called the Queen “probably the number one symbol of white supremacy in the entire world.”

You know, it was inevitable that the various lefty interest groups controlling universities would turn on each other.

On the other hand, when he’s right, he’s right: “In one appearance, Andrews said Donald Trump was better for black people than Barack Obama was.”

I HAVE A PIECE ON VOTING REFORM IN REALCLEARPOLITICS: Easy to Vote, Hard to Cheat.

FOR NOW, ANYWAY: F-35 pilot says ‘Forget drones, the skies still belong to fighter pilots.’

PJ MEDIA VIP ROUNDUP: Don’t forget that VODKAPUNDIT promo code if you’ve been thinking of joining us.

Matt Margolis: A Group of Parents Sent Their Kids’ Masks to a Lab. What They Discovered Will Horrify You. “Let’s focus on the fact that even if masks have any value at all when it comes to protecting kids from COVID, they’re likely making your kids sick anyway.”

Tyler O’Neil: Cable Networks Bury Dems’ Election Power Grab While Hyperventilating About Election Integrity Laws. “Not once did the networks scold Democrats like Joe Biden for inflammatory rhetoric condemning GOP state election laws as ‘Jim Crow on steroids.’ Instead, the networks occasionally repeated the heated rhetoric.”

Yours Truly: Joe Biden Purposely Fritters Away Any Chance for Peace in the Middle East. “The message from the White House is clear: Any further peace process will have to go through the intransigent Palestinian leadership — and therefore there will be no peace.”

HMM: Could humans be too heavy to land on Mars?

Landing a relatively light rover like the Perseverance rover is one thing, but landing craft carrying the crew of astronauts – and much of the provisions and equipment needed to keep them alive on Mars for many months – would be heavy.

And that means it needs a powerful rocket motor to touch down safely.

For the Apollo moonlandings, the descent motor mostly blasted dust horizontally away across the surface, and no visible crater was gouged out by the rocket.

This is because over billions of years, the lunar surface has become compacted, and the vacuum conditions allow the rocket exhaust to disperse.

However, the situation is very different on Mars. Its surface material is much looser, and the atmospheric pressure serves to keep the engine plume focused on one small spot, allowing it to blast much deeper.

This means, Metzger says, that the descent engine of a large Martian lander would blow loose rocks across the surface at high speeds up to a kilometre away – presenting a risk to the crew habitats or other equipment that the mission needs to touch down near.

This is where reusable spacecraft will become even more valuable, creating a more affordable way to test landing larger, heavier spacecraft.

THE BISHOPS HAVEN’T CARED WHAT CATHOLICS THINK FOR A LONG TIME: Bishops beware: 74% say no Communion for Biden.

THE CCP IS DESPERATE TO SHUT DOWN OPPOSITION MEDIA IN HONG KONG: Apple Daily accused of using journalism to endanger national security. “Hong Kong’s national security police have arrested two executives and three news staff of Apple Daily, the only pro-democracy newspaper in the city, for foreign collusion, and raided its office. . . . Li accused the paper of publishing over 30 pieces of articles, both online and in print and in both Chinese and English, that sought foreign sanctions.”

China deserves sanctions, for this and for spreading a deadly worldwide pandemic.

A Hong Kong friend writes: “A well-placed Mainlander told me that Hong Kong will be just like every other city in China, except for a lower tax rate in five years time. I’m not so sure….. It doesn’t look as if it will take that long.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: I Keep Missing the Part Where Biden Brings Back Dignity. “Since I’m not on the side that has to pretend Biden’s behavior is normal, I don’t think it’s dignified or presidential when he responds to a serious question from the press by laughing like village idiot.”

MORE FOREIGNERS DOING THE JOBS AMERICANS WON’T: Australian Media Mocks CNN’s Glowing Coverage of Bumbling Joe Biden.

WAR ON JOURNALISM, FOREIGN COLLUSION EDITION: Biden Screams at Female Reporter, Laughs as Putin’s Thugs Assault American Journos: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth.

SPACE RACE II: Three Chinese astronauts set to launch to new space station this week. “In April, China began construction of its next-generation space station with the launch of the Tianhe core module. Two additional modules will be launched in the coming 18 months, but Tianhe is ready for habitation now. When complete, the station will provide a human outpost in low-Earth orbit for China, allowing the country and partner countries to perform science experiments for the next decade.”

IT WOULDN’T BE THE FIRST TIME FBI INFORMANTS SPURRED ILLEGAL ACTIVITY: Tucker: What if FBI operatives actually organized the insurrection?

In fact, both among communists and the KKK, the conventional wisdom was that the guy in your group encouraging illegal activity was the FBI mole.

PUSHBACK: Continental Europe Enters the Gender Wars: Germany and Spain Reject Laws Recognizing Gender Self-Identification. “Last month the Spanish parliament voted against a bill that would allow people to determine their own gender. A day later Germany’s voted down two such bills. Few newspapers took any notice. Self-id, as it is known, is the idea that people be allowed to change the legal markers of their sex simply by saying so, without jumping through any medical hoops. Trans-rights groups say this is crucial for trans people, who face daily prejudice. In Germany one of the bills, put forward by the Green Party, proposed that children be allowed to have gender-reassignment surgery from the age of 14, even if parents oppose it. It would also have introduced a fine of €2,500 ($3,045) for referring to a trans person based on their natal sex.”

OUR NEWS INDUSTRY AND THE JUNTA SHOULD REMEMBER THIS:  Once Burned, Twice Wary.

But it might already be too late.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THIS:  If you thought calling women “birthing people” was bad….

As the left careens at speed past peak insanity screaming “hold my decaffeinated natural cream latte”…  Can this country even produce enough Thorazine for the emergency?

ONCE IT’S HAPPENSTANCE; TWICE IS A COINCIDENCE; THRICE IT’S ENEMY ACTION:  Sometimes a Coincidence isn’t a Coincidence.

YEAH, BUT DID HE CALL HER FAT? CHALLENGE HER TO PUSH UPS?  Biden Yells at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins After She Asks About Putin.

Sure. She’s a dog faced pony soldier, but all the same this seems like Biden might perhaps have overreacted.

THE PRESIDENT WE ELECTED IS BETTER THAN THE USURPER:  Trump Will Visit Border on June 30 With Texas Gov. Abbott.

AND THERE IS MY SHOCKED FACE, AGAIN:  Cuomo: Another Report Confirms What We All Knew.

BECAUSE, OF COURSE THEY DO:  Today’s blacklisted American: Wells Fargo blacklists Republican candidates for Congress.

How long will you tolerate this?

KEEP THIS ARTICLE AROUND IN CASE YOU RUN OUT OF SYRUP OF IPECAC AND ACCIDENTALLY POISON YOURSELF:  Dinner With Kamala, Cheese Puffs No Border Talk.

BEHOLD! MY SHOCKED FACE:  New studies: Plexiglass does nothing; masks carry diseases; lockdowns destroyed 40% of all small businesses.

All while they prevented Hydroxychloroquine from being used to save lives.

If we don’t call this evil, what are we saving the word for?

MANDATING MINIMUM WAGE IS LIKE MANDATING RAIN:  Minimum Wage Employees Might Lose Out With $15 Per Hour.

Despite the wishful thinking of idiots and Marxists (BIRM) Economics is a science. Also, the real minimum wage is always zero.

SNOPES IS THE POLITE TERM FOR “BULLSH*T” ISN’T IT?  Fact-Checking Snopes On “Well-Regulated Militia”.

MEH. FOR HEALTH REASONS, AS WELL AS REASONS OF HEREDITY IT’S UNLIKELY I’LL EVER BE SKINNY:  When Good Ideas Go Too Far.

That said, if I stopped trying to control it, I’d be… 500 lbs and unable to move. BTW the government trying to convince us one diet fits all is no help to anyone. Particularly since their favored diet for everyone is carbs and more carbs. (Now with a side of bugs.)

SO A PERFECT FIT IN THE JUNTA’S TEAM?  Biden Land Management nominee ‘collaborated with eco-terrorists,’ traded testimony for immunity.

MOST COMPANIES THAT CLAIM TO BE GREEN OR GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT ARE ENVIRONMENTAL HORRORS:  Once-Celebrated Onalaska Company Leaves Behind 100,000 Gallons of Hazardous Waste.

The same goes for appliances, regulations, new formulas for asphalt, etc. etc. ad nauseam.  The only constant I’ve found in all the “Green” and “environmentally conscious” bull excreta pushed at us from everywhere is that it will use twice as much of what it purports to save, pollute three times as much as the old “dirty” methods and generally do nothing of worth. But hey, it allows would-be-dictators to preen and tell others how to live.

WHY IS IT ANYTIME THE DEMOCRATS GET SCARED THEY OBSESS ABOUT SPACE ALIENS?  UFOs could threaten US security, pols say after Capitol Hill briefing.

THOSE WHO THINK THE MALE GAZE IS OBJECTIONABLE WON’T BE HAVING DESCENDANTS:  Victoria’s Secret Commits Suicide.

I’d say the new plan is to appeal to butch lesbians, but that’s silly. By calling their new models the “VS Collective” they clearly want to appeal to communist butch lesbians.  I don’t think they’ve thought this through, though. There’s no way to put a Mao collar on a pair of panties.

Roll left and die, Victoria’s Secret. Roll left and die!

June 16, 2021

TOM COTTON FINISHES DICK DURBIN AFTER HE STUPIDLY COMPARES ENDING FILIBUSTER TO STORMING NORMANDY BEACHES:

“What makes the tweet especially cutting is that the remarks in question were specifically made in response to a question Durbin was asked at the time about then-President Trump calling on GOP Senators to abolish the filibuster. As you’ll recall, Republicans could have ended it at Trump’s request, but they didn’t.”

FLASHBACK: Thoughts on a Conservative Resistance.

OPEN THREAD: Hit me with your best shot.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China to launch 3 astronauts to space station tonight. Liftoff is scheduled for 9:22 pm ET.

UPDATE: “China has successfully launched the Shenzhou 12 astronaut mission to its Tiangong space station core module Tianhe.”

A TRILLION HERE, AND TRILLION THERE, AND SOONER OR LATER, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT REAL MONEY: Biden’s $6 Trillion Blowout Budget Proposal Would Have Three Embarrassingly Bad Results, Study Finds.

Not least of which: Deutsche Bank Issues a Terrifying Warning for America Under Biden. “The authors warned that ‘neglecting inflation leaves global economies sitting on a time bomb.’ They noted similarities between the 1970s and today.”

Fortunately, President Biden takes economics seriously: “Milton Friedman isn’t running the show anymore.” And we’re all paying for Biden’s rejection of sound economic policies. “The irony is that Biden’s rejection of Friedman’s teachings on money, taxes, and spending may bring about the same circumstances that established Friedman’s preeminence. In a year or two, the American economy and Biden’s political fortunes may look considerably different than when Janet Yellen blurted out the obvious about inflation. Voters won’t like the combination of rising prices and declining assets. Biden’s experts might rediscover that it is difficult to control or stop inflation once it begins. And Milton Friedman will have his revenge.”

As their photo last month illustrated, Biden is Jimmy Carter, super-sized.

 

 

JIM TREACHER: Libs Are Still Lying About Congressional Baseball Shooter James T. Hodgkinson. After all, what’s their incentive to tell the truth?

Four years ago this week, a leftist lunatic named James T. Hodgkinson shot at a bunch of Republican lawmakers during their baseball practice in Alexandria, VA, almost killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. And ever since that day, our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media have gone out of their way to erase Hodgkinson’s name from history.

That’s because he was one of their own, a Bernie Bro who vocally hated the GOP, and he went to that baseball field with the express purpose of killing as many Republicans as he could. As the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney concluded: “The evidence in this case establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect, fueled by rage against Republican legislators, decided to commit an act of terrorism as that term is defined by the Code of Virginia.”

We know what Hodgkinson did and why he did it.

And now CNN contributor and noted fabulist Andrew McCabe is lying about it, because that’s his job.

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I’m old enough to remember the days before CNN stood for Certainly Not News. They can blame their declining ratings on Fox News if they want, but they’ve done this to themselves. There’s just no coming back from this sort of self-inflicted reputational damage. I don’t trust the Republicans any more than CNN does, but I trust CNN to tell the truth about the Republicans even less.

Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

 

 

WE WERE SOMEWHERE AROUND WILMINGTON ON THE EDGE OF THE GOLF COURSE WHEN THE DRUGS BEGAN TO TAKE HOLD. Hunter Biden’s Crack-Fueled Misadventures:

Hunter Biden interjects two paragraphs into his book explaining what he did to earn those huge paychecks from the Ukrainian gas company Burisma — something about corporate governance and facilitating contacts with folks he says he knew in Mexico — but dozens of pages explaining how he spent the money. Mainly it went to his most assiduously pursued hobby: crack.

Wheeeee! What a story. The gonzo “I’m a crackhead” chapters in the memoir Beautiful Things are a lot more convincing than the half-dozen “I make for a formidable player in any respectable company’s internal oversight mechanism” sentences. Hunter Biden is amazed he’s still alive. I’m amazed, too. At the end of the book I wanted to give him a standing ovation for not being dead. If you didn’t know Hunter himself was telling the story, you’d expect to hear at any moment that some scumbag or other has simply conked him on the head, stolen his stuff, and left the body to cool under a broken streetlight on a forbidding block in Bridgeport or Baltimore. It’s a commonplace to aver that one drug addiction is very much like any other. Untrue! cries Hunter Biden. It turns out that being a crack addict is tremendously unlike being, say, a Riunite devotee or a Lucky Strike fiend.

From what Biden tells us, in the three years before his father announced his presidential candidacy, he spent night after night crawling into the worst neighborhoods in America hundreds of times, probably thousands of times, dealing with the worst characters, flush with money and willing to do almost anything for the next hit. Advantage was taken by certain fellows whose specialty it is to separate crack fiends from their money.

Read the whole thing.

Earlier: ‘No yellow!’ Hunter Biden used slur to refer to Asians in 2019 texts with his cousin Caroline who asked if he preferred ‘foreign or domestic’ women — as he’s already been blasted as racist for using the n-word.

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Healthy levels of vitamin D may boost breast cancer outcomes.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Texans Are Getting Blackout Warnings in June. Why?

In February 2021, the entire state froze over. That demand for heat along with human errors strained and broke the grid. It was a historic disaster in which dozens died.

Now it’s June, which we know will be hot, but we also know we’re not yet at the peak of a Texas summer. It’s hitting the low 90s now. It will top 100 in July and August. This is an immutable fact of life, at least where I am in central Texas. It’s Texas. It gets hot. Hopefully, it’ll at least burn up the mosquitoes outside. But we need A/C inside or we’ll all be living in saunas.

Not only will this dog not hunt, it won’t even get up from its cool spot under the shade tree to go get a drink of water.

Read the whole thing.

FANATICS: Politics has become a religion.

As a cultural invention of the United States, woke ideology bears a specifically American religious stamp: that of Calvinism. The Calvinists believed in Predestination. From the moment of your birth, they were convinced, you were destined for Heaven or Hell, and you could do nothing over the course of your life to change that. As the German sociologist Max Weber explained in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, this doctrine bred in the Calvinists of the early United States an obsession with discerning who among them was saved and who was damned. They surveilled each other constantly, searching for signs of who did and who did not belong to God’s “elect.” They policed their own behavior relentlessly, guarding against any possible indication, both to themselves and to others, that they stood outside of God’s grace and were hellbound. Desperate to reassure themselves, they became ostentatious in their displays of austerity, humility, the sacrifice of their egos to a higher calling, and other visible signals of their devotion to God. Their lives became a performance of piety and virtuousness, born of constant, pervasive dread.

Nobody believes in Predestination anymore. Many of us don’t believe in God. But the cultural residues of Calvinism and other puritanical Protestant sects remain with us, in our binary moralism, which divides humanity between the virtuous and the damned, in our scrutinizing of ourselves and others for ethical imperfections, and in our use of public shaming to enforce moral conformity. All of these tendencies fit as comfortably into American left-wing social justice culture as they did in right-wing Christian evangelical culture in the 1990s. Liberal Twitter in 2021 is one big digital Calvinist village, everyone trying to out-virtue-signal one another to prove their ever-tenuous membership in an amorphous club of the morally elite, picking over everyone else’s tweets for signs of political heresy, and calling them out to the mob in a desperate attempt to deflect scrutiny from themselves. The same political culture prevails on college campuses, media outlets, and the non-profit industrial complex. Increasingly, it is becoming the norm in Congress.

Since we’re currently living in the version of the Matrix that was programmed by Tom Wolfe before his death in 2018, it’s worth quoting from in his epochal 1976 article, “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening:” “It is entirely possible that in the long run historians will regard the entire New Left experience as not so much a political as a religious episode wrapped in semi military gear and guerrilla talk.” (That line was written with early ‘70s radical chic in mind, but reverberates quite nicely today, given Antifa’s love of paramilitary cosplay.)

SUPPORTERS OF CRITICAL RACE THEORY THREATEN TO GET VIOLENT. “Last night in Moorhead, however, a group of extremists showed up, determined to disrupt our event. While they comprised no more than ten percent of the crowd, they tried to take over the meeting and eventually got violent, to the point where police had to be called. One woman was led away in handcuffs.”

Sue ’em. Sounds like a conspiracy to deprive people of their civil rights by shutting down their free speech.

MEMORY: That song is stuck in your head, but it’s helping you remember. “We typically think of earworms as random nuisance beyond our control, but our results show that earworms are a naturally occurring memory process that helps preserve recent experiences in long-term memory.”

I had some related thoughts on why I can remember cigarette jingles from when I was in preschool: “For the vast majority of evolutionary history, people were preliterate, and songs were the chief means of longterm information transmission. (Rhyme and meter, etc. even serve as primitive error-checking mechanisms.) So being able to remember the songs that told you where to find famine foods, etc., had definite survival value.” I think my colleague Ben Barton originally proposed something like this.

Obligatory reference: Arthur C. Clarke’s The Ultimate Melody.

CHICAGO’S MAYOR MORPHED INTO JACK TORRANCE SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED: Newly released email reveals Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot dressing down staffer.

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I’m reasonably certain that Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick didn’t intend The Shining to be a guide to effective interoffice memos.

WELL, “SCRAPPING” IS A FORM OF REDRAFTING: The Internal Revenue Code Should Be Be Redrafted.

LEADER OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY QUITE CROSS WITH ONE OF HIS OPERATIVES WITH A BYLINE: Biden Erupts At Reporter For Asking About Putin: ‘Where The Hell, What Do You Do All The Time?’

President Biden went off on CNN’s Kaitlan Collins at the end of his post-summit press conference and suggested she may be “in the wrong business” after she asked why he was “so confident” that Putin will “change his behavior.”

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Reporters have started to react negatively toward Biden’s refusal to answer more questions from the media and toward his attitude sometimes when answering the few questions that he does take.

“Any analysis of President Biden that doesn’t sound like praise inspires people to leap to defend him by pointing out the obvious: ‘He’s not Trump!’ He’s not, but he’s not made of glass, either,” New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi tweeted following Biden’s meeting with Putin. “The most powerful person in the world doesn’t need to be cocooned from criticism.”

President Klain obviously disagrees with Nuzzi.

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO ANTI-SCIENCE? Warnings about processed meat fail the test of science.

A new re-analysis of the science concerning links between processed meat and chronic disease indicates that studies showing a relationship between the two are very low quality and suffer from, as the authors put it, “serious risk of bias and imprecision.”

This conclusion is unsurprising, as it follows a recent set of analyses that rocked the nutrition world. That earlier set of studies, published in Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this month, concluded that guidelines warning us to consume less red and processed meat are based on evidence with very low certainty. The researchers who performed those analyses asserted there is no way to determine, for any given individual, what the risks or benefits of eating meat might be.

In that regard, this new study, published October 17 in PLOS ONE, is similar not only in its contradiction of decades-old dietary guidance, but in its indictment of the science behind nutritional guidance in general.

Believe the science!

SHE OUGHT TO BE BOOTED FROM CONGRESS: McCarthy Vows to Boot Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee if GOP Takes Back House.

21st CENTURY HEADLINES: Osama bin Laden’s niece protests Biden-Putin summit with ‘Trump won’ boat parade.

THE HORSEPOWER IS HUGE, THOUGH: Why Does Every New Car Look Like Every Other New Car?

I’M SO OLD, I CAN REMEMBER WHEN BILL KRISTOL WAS STILL A CONSERVATIVE:

NOW #1 IN ECONOMIC POLICY & DEVELOPMENT: Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell.

LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE: Hungary Bans LGBT Content for Minors.

“DISASTROUS. TEAM BIDEN CAN’T EVEN ORGANIZE AN ORDERLY POOL SPRAY,” Charlie Spiering of Breitbart.com tweets.  Details here: Russian Security Tried To Push U.S. Reporters Out Of Biden-Putin Summit: Reports.

Just before a U.S. president meets with a foreign leader, at home or abroad, reporters and photographers from both countries are trotted in for a few minutes for what’s called a “pool spray,” to ask questions and snap a few pictures. The kabuki theater usually goes off without a hitch — except when the Russian are involved.

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In a later pool report, [Anita Kumar, a reporter for Politico]  wrote: “There’s an extremely chaotic scene at the door. Both pools being denied access. At 1:39 pm, part of the pool was ushered in but we were pushed and shoved by security officials and Russian media. Poolers tripped over cords.”

She offered more detail in another report, one in which she put some of the blame on the U.S. press corps.

“The shoving match began at a side entrance immediately as the two presidents entered the villa from the front door. Journalists from both countries rushed to enter the building but were stopped by U.S. and Russian security and government officials. The pool was repeatedly told to line up separately and in single file but neither side did. Instead, the journalists pushed and shoved trying to enter the building,” Kumar wrote.

Exit question: ‘Why would Trump do this?’ Joe Biden smiles as US journalists yell at and fight with each other before getting shoved by Russian security (pic, video).

RENT-SEEKING: Major Proterra Investor Al Gore Lobbies White House on Infrastructure.

QUESTION ASKED:

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Biden’s Europe Trip A Bumbling, Stumbling, Blundering — And Embarrassing — Debacle.

While throughout his trip, Biden took few questions from the press — and always from pre-selected members of the friendly mainstream media — he ended up clashing with one reporter who (gasp!) asked a tough question. In answer, Biden leaned down close to the microphone, and in an odd voice said, “120 days. Give me a break. Need time.” In fact, Biden had been president for 145 days, so he even got that wrong.

In the end, Biden dodged a joint press conference with the Russian leader — something every president has held at summits for decades. Instead, he will hold a solo presser Wednesday, where he’ll once again take softball questions from a pre-selected handful of friendly members of the establishment media.

But you won’t hear about any of this in the MSM. Instead, Biden’s trip will be portrayed as a ringing success and the media will sell the idea that the Democrat — like the Chosen One, Barack Obama — has raised the stature of America.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

What’s the point of Biden doing press conferences with Putin, when he can get his own Pravda-level propaganda at home?

A prime example of The Sovietization of the American Press.

SPENDING: Senator Schumer Will Trigger Reconciliation on Wednesday. “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will meet with the 11 Democratic members of the Budget Committee to begin the process of passing a 2022 budget resolution. Included in next year’s budget will be Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill and his $1.8 trillion ‘American Jobs Plan’ using the reconciliation process to ram it through Congress on a party-line vote.”

WELL, THAT’S NOT GOOD: A Potential Downside of Intermittent Fasting: A rigorous three-month study found that people lost little weight, and much of that may have been from muscle.

The new research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is one of the most rigorous studies to examine time-restricted eating, which involves fasting for 12 or more hours a day. Many followers of the diet, which has been popularized in best-selling diet books and touted by celebrities, routinely skip breakfast and eat all their meals between roughly noon and 8 p.m., resulting in a daily 16-hour fast.

Research over the years has suggested that the practice spurs weight loss and improves metabolic health, although much of the data has come from animal experiments or small studies of relatively short duration in humans. Experts say the diet works because it allows people the freedom to eat what they want so long as they do it in a narrow window of time, which leads them to consume fewer calories over all.

But the new research found that overweight adults who were assigned to routinely fast for 16 hours daily, eating all their meals between noon and 8 p.m., popularly known as the 16:8 diet, gained almost no benefit from it. Over the course of the three-month study, they lost an average of just two to three and a half pounds — only slightly more than a control group — and most of the weight they shed was not body fat but “lean mass,” which includes muscle.

The Insta-Wife tried it to no result; I know other people who swear by it.

GOOD: US scientists close to producing super-wheat resistant to deadly-rust variants.

We should be working on cold-resistant and short-growing-season strains, too.

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: Biden Hosting Huge July 4th Party After Telling States, Citizens Not to Hold Large Gatherings.

THE ROMANS’ CONTAINED POWDERED LEAD: Study: Many cosmetics contain unlisted, toxic ‘forever chemicals.’

IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

[Harrison] Ford is 78 years old, so naturally his age is showing. He’s hardly the same man he was when Indiana Jones was first introduced to the public in 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Of course, nobody is expecting him to be the young and vigorous Indiana Jones, but seeing a worn-out man wearing a regulatory pandemic mask fits all too poetically into our current age of malaise and lack of creativity.

Growing up in Bosnia (former Yugoslavia) and being completely obsessed with American culture and movies, I loved watching the adventures of Indiana Jones. Those repeated musical notes indicating Indy’s triumph over the bad guys (Nazis, to be precise), his leather jacket, fedora, and whip, his insistence that all the artifacts that he seeks “belong in a museum!”—all of these were part of my excitement as a young girl seeing the signs of American optimism. I still watch the movies and I still love them, despite the fact that now I can notice filming inconsistencies. None of it matters because the original trilogy captures the American spirit that destroys the bad guys.

Whether the latest “Indiana Jones” film will be good or not is beside the point. What’s interesting is that our artistic elite is not creating new forms of film, or any other art form for that matter, to capture that spirit. By no means am I denying the past, which we should always be aware of, but at some point, films like these become yet another journey into nostalgia and presumably (and mostly!) the search for more money.

The late Gene Siskel once wrote that for him, the test of a whether or not a movie was any good was, “Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?” Unlike 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, hopefully the upcoming Raiders of the Lost Ark sequel will at least clear that low bar.

BREAKING UP IS EASY TO DO: Atlanta May Be Headed for a Final Divorce as Communities Nationwide Seek to Redraw the Lines. “Buckhead, a portion of Atlanta, Georgia, is looking to break free from the rest of a city in rapid decline. After decades of increased safety that started ahead of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, it took one woman and a single summer to ruin it. Not even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can beat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ time for running a city into the ground. It took de Blasio two terms. Bottoms has been so spectacular she’s announced she won’t even run for a second one.”

WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER THEY GAVE ME DARVON AND WYGESIC, NEITHER OF WHICH DID A LOT: Study finds wide range of effective migraine treatments, but not opioids. I don’t get migraines nearly as often any more (in my teens I got two or three a week), but when I do a big slug of ibuprofen seems to work better than any fancy migraine medicines.

GLEICHSCHALTUNG: Texas State Guardsman: Leadership Is Trying To Indoctrinate Us To Far-Left Ideology.

INTIMIDATION: Taiwan reports ‘record number’ of Chinese jets in its air defence zone.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: California’s $100 Million Bailout for… POT SELLERS? Yes, Pot Sellers.

Plus:

  • Geopolitical manspreading
  • Face masks are even grosser and more dangerous than you thought
  • Biden orders airlift of families of illegals into the US

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

TATER, MASHED: CNN’s Brian Stelter draws smallest audience of 2021 as Reliable Sources gets crushed by MediaBuzz. “Fox News’ ‘MediaBuzz,’ which is Stelter’s direct timeslot competition, averaged 1.1 million viewers to beat the struggling CNN show by a whopping 41 percent. Fox News aired 12 different programs on Sunday alone that attracted a larger audience than ‘Reliable Sources.’”

AT GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S INVITATION: Trump to Visit Southern Border to ‘Shine a Spotlight’ on Biden’s ‘Crimes Against Our Nation.’

POINTS AND FIGURES: Pins And Needles For Fed Meeting. “Unfortunately, policymakers didn’t think out of the box on Covid. They didn’t follow data, and were imprisoned by bureaucracy and old ideas. They were unable to critically think in a hyper-politicized environment.”

HMM: CDC: Few Pregnant Women Received COVID Shot. Well, most pregnant women are in a low-risk demographic.

WHAT THE DEMOCRATS INTEND FOR MIDDLE AMERICA UNDER THE “GREEN NEW DEAL:” Joel Kotkin: The Killing of Kern County.

YOU MIGHT NOT BE INTERESTED IN THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG BUT THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG IS INTERESTED IN YOU: U of Oklahoma volleyball player shut out of program due to rejection of ‘social justice.’

GRANNY-KILLER CUOMO: Report Confirms: Yes, Gov. Cuomo Killed the Elderly.

HYPERSONIC MISSILE CASUALTY: The Navy’s Railgun Is Finally Dead.

The U.S. Navy’s push to create a $500 million electromagnetic railgun weapon—capable of slinging projectiles at hypersonic speeds—appears to have come to an end. The service is ending funding for the railgun without having sent a single weapon to sea, while pushing technology derived from the program into existing weapons.

The weapon is a victim of a change in the Navy’s direction toward faster, longer-range weapons that are capable of striking ships and land targets in a major war.

Just because it’s very cool technology doesn’t mean it was the right technology. Still, I’d love to see some other application for it.

MANDATORY INDOCTRINATION: Top-ranked law school to mandate critical race theory course for graduation.

CANCEL CULTURE IS ALL IN YOUR MIND: A Young Composer Condemned Arson and Then the Mob Came for Him. Hard.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: The Chrissy Teigen Cancel Choir Is Singing a Beautiful Tune. “Teigen is one of those people who is famous for being famous more than anything else. She married a famous guy, but there’s not much on the résumé beyond that.”

THE WRONG SORT OF VIOLENCE: What’s Really Behind the Reported Spike in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes? We’re told it’s “white supremacy” and Trump’s — correct — blaming of China for the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. (See, e.g., Jon Stewart.) But in fact:

Take, for example, the vicious murder of 84 year-old Thai retiree Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco this January. In the New York Times, it was portrayed as a kind of culmination of anti-Asian hate, with the Times putting the tragedy in the context of “President Donald J. Trump repeatedly referring to the coronavirus as the ‘Chinese virus.’” which it touted as being linked to crimes such as that which was committed against Ratanapakdee.

And yet, the facts do not at all conform to this narrative. The perpetrator, 19-year-old Antoine Watson, was vandalizing a car when Ratanpakdee spotted him and began walking in the opposite direction. That caused Watson — who allegedly yelled, “Why ya looking at me?” before barreling into Ratanapakdee — to knock the elderly man over, resulting in the brain hemorrhage that would kill him. The motivation seems to have had nothing to do with race, then, as Watson comes from a biracial family that includes Asians, and Ratanapakdee’s race was likely indiscernible thanks to his being covered up head-to-toe for the winter weather.

His death was likely the product not of racial animus stoked for political reasons, but of minor criminality turned major in a moment of panic and uncontrolled rage; Watson had been cited by police already on the day of the attack for reckless driving after a dispute with his family.

San Francisco saw another attack on an Asian-American resident when a female police officer approached 33 year-old homeless man Gerardo Contreras and asked him to comply with a pat-down on Memorial Day. Suddenly in the middle of the interaction, Contreras attacked the officer, overpowering and choking her before the intervention of bystanders and other officers prevented the worst. Contreras’s history of mental-health struggles and prior arrests strongly suggest that it was circumstance, not the recently revived lab-leak theory that motivated the attack.

In fact, homelessness and recidivism have both proven to be recurring themes in many of these assaults. That same day on the opposite coast, 48- year-old Alexander Wright walked up to and punched an Asian woman in New York City’s Chinatown. Wright was living on the streets and had already accumulated 40 prior arrests at the time of the attack, including a number of them for violent crimes like assault. Video of his arrest shows Wright shouting “he hit me!,” and synthetic marijuana was found on his person.

Other attacks show similar fact patterns. Earlier that month, 37-year-old homeless woman Ebony Jackson wielded a hammer against two Asian women after they refused to shed their face coverings on the sidewalk in New York at Jackson’s request. No evidence has yet emerged that the troubled attacker was motivated by race, much less the lab-leak theory. Similarly, in San Francisco, Patrick Thompson, a 54-year-old man with mental-health issues arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in 2017, approached and stabbed two elderly Asian women from behind in February.

Another February stabbing of an Asian victim, this one by 19-year-old Salman Muflihi was ruled not to have been motivated by anti-Asian bias. Muflihi, who had previously been arrested for assaulting his own brother, ran up to a nearby security guard after committing the act, telling him, “I just stabbed someone” before asking, “Where are the police at?”

That’s okay, the press reports will tell you what you’re supposed to think.

Plus: “These attacks are a part of a larger breakdown in the social order. The de facto decriminalization of offenses such as shoplifting in California, along with the demonization of law-enforcement agencies, combines to embolden criminals, giving them a false sense of invincibility. The aforementioned Patrick Thompson? He was released into the general public after his arrest and failed to show up for his original arraignment date.”

How about that?

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