July 30, 2021

GREAT. DOES THIS MEAN THEY’LL FINALLY ACTIVATE BY BETA SERVICE SOON? SpaceX Will Resume Starlink Satellite Launch in August After Two-Month Pause.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Yeah, Nobody Really Likes Kamala Harris. “Biden ended up picking Kamala Harris as a running mate because he’d been studying the Book of Things Democrats Say and barfed up a diversity promise during a debate. Apparently, his entire team hadn’t paid any attention to the primary season that their boss had just triumphed in and was unaware that even Democrats don’t like Kamala Harris.”

OOPS: Russia’s new space-station module has glitched, firing its thrusters and pushing the entire station out of position. “The long-awaited science module had already encountered several technical issues on its way to the ISS, but once it docked to the space station on Thursday morning, it seemed to be in the clear. Then about three hours after its arrival — at about 12:34 p.m. ET — Nauka suddenly began firing its thrusters.”

ICYMI: Just 41% buy into Biden re-masking and only 40% will wear one.

LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME REAL ‘DARK MONEY:’ Wes Walker at The Lid looks at a new analysis that found $1.8 billion in political spending by Big Labor unions, plus another $67 million that went to politically active left-wing outfits but which was classified as either “charitable” or “representational” spending. All of it paid for with compulsory union dues.

VIDS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN; Release the Videos Showing Capitol Rioters Calling the Crying Police Officer the ‘N Word.’

PLAINLY ILLEGAL RACE DISCRIMINATION: The City of Portland, Oregon plans to spend millions in federal funds on “struggling artists of color.” Note that Portland isn’t talking about giving money to just any struggling artist. Whites don’t count, no matter how much they are struggling and no matter how artistically gifted.

This kind of blatant race discrimination isn’t going to stop until lawsuits—lots of ‘em—are brought. To do that here, we need a struggling artist of pallor in Portland who might be willing to be the plaintiff.

Instapundit is not exactly the place I expect to find a lot of struggling non-POC artists living in Portland, so this is a long shot. But if you are such a person and might be willing to help us fight this, please contact me via email. I will pass your info on to the lawyers who are hoping to mount a lawsuit. Alternatively, if your best friend from high school or your daughter-in-law’s mom lives in or near Portland and might know a struggling artist or two, please find out if they can help.

A MIND (AND SOUL) ARE TERRIBLE THINGS TO WASTE ON CRT: Greg Smith, writing for The Dissenter, points to the doleful results of Christians going woke, as is becoming a significant problem in evangelical circles these days.

WELL, YES: Sen. Ron Johnson: It’s Democrats Who Politicized COVID.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHY CONSERVATIVES CAN’T CONTINUE TO REMOVE OURSELVES FROM THE CULTURE: How Final Fantasy VII radicalized a generation of climate warriors.

SO WHY GET VACCINATED? CDC: Vaccinated people should get tested after exposure, even without symptoms.

EIGHT CHARTS ILLUSTRATE THE BIDEN FAILURE: Context is everything, as Issues & Insights points out regarding the 6.5 percent quarterly growth rate just announced. Sounds really good, until you realize it’s dramatically lower than the consensus projection of 8.5-9.0 percent for the second quarter of 2021 and the first that reflects the initial impacts of His Fraudulency’s policies.

Similar insights are marshaled by the I&I platoon for a total of eight charts that track where America is headed under His Fraudulency. What is really scary, however, is the realization that as things get worse in the days ahead, our betters, rather than recognizing their errors, will double-down on them. Can you guess who will get the blame when that, too, fails?

 

BILL DE BLASIO AND THE DECLINE OF NEW YORK CITY:

The New York renaissance that began with the election of Rudy Giuliani in 1993 and continued through the end of Michael Bloomberg’s three-term mayoralty two decades later was literally that. When babies were born in New York City, parents stayed if they could afford to instead of fleeing because they had to. An aging city suddenly turned younger. Areas that had lain fallow were reborn. Despite, or perhaps because of, the 9/11 attacks and the surge of citizen pride that accompanied them, the 2000s saw still more people flowing into the five boroughs. Half a million souls, to be exact; the population rose to 8.5 million.

New York might have been the most expensive city in the country to live in, a bastion of income inequality and every other sin of wealth that the young people who flooded to hipster Brooklyn to eat food twice as expensive as they would have paid for it anywhere else found time to worry over on their blogs — but as their presence indicated, it was the place to be.

And what of the decade dominated by Bill de Blasio’s eight years as mayor? When he leaves office in January 2022, the population of New York City will likely be around 8.25 million. He will not only leave office with the city in far worse shape than it was when he became its chief executive in 2014; he is the key cause of its renewed depopulation.

By almost every conceivable benchmark, even his own, de Blasio has failed. Take crime. Critics predicted that under his leader­ship, crime would skyrocket, and for a while it looked like we would have to eat our words as the crime rate continued to fall. In July 2019, de Blasio announced with great fanfare that the city had booked 40,000 fewer miscreants into jails that year than in the year he took office.

“The safest big city in America is ending the era of mass incarceration,” he said proudly. “For decades, we’ve been told we can only arrest and imprison our way to a safer city. Under my administration, New York City has proven that’s not true. Instead, we can keep fathers at home and kids in school and get even safer.”

By the end of 2019, the murder rate had risen by 7 percent, with other violent crimes also increasing at a comparably modest rate. Then, in 2020, everything went south. Shootings increased by 97 percent (that is not a typo), the homicide rate by 44 percent, the burglary rate by 42 percent, and the number of car thefts by 67 percent.

A year into his mayoralty, the city found itself awash in street dwellers, many of the newer indigents apparent opioid addicts who had moved into the city because it was an easy place to panhandle and because word had gone out that vagrancy would be tolerated. De Blasio accused the everyday New Yorkers who complained about the piles of garbage on Broadway and elsewhere of “fearmongering,” even as he increased spending on homelessness.

As usual, when you subsidize something, you get more of it — and in 2020, nearly 21,000 individuals were sleeping nightly in public shelters, an all-time high. When the vagrants are not in the shelters, they’re on the streets, sleeping or raging or rampaging, degrading the daily life of the city’s working residents and their children.

Compare John Podhoretz’s article on the end of the de Blasio era with Kyle Smith’s “NYC, July 1993,” written a few months before it began, to understand how New York City has come full circle with its Death Wish-era past. Likely future mayor Eric Adams has his work cut out for him, but Giuliani and Bloomberg have shown that it’s possible to actually govern the city.

WHISTLEBLOWERS: Biden Admin Tried to Cover Up COVID Outbreak at Migrant Facility.

He has a (D) after his name so no big deal.

THERE’S NOTHING NOBLE ABOUT THESE LIES:  “The Noble Lies of COVID-19:” The lying liars and the lies they told, all for your own good of course. Of course.

I LINKED THIS ARTICLE ON SOUTH AFRICA’S DECLINE YESTERDAY, but it’s worth breaking out this sentence:

The state, rather than the market, became the main site for opportunity and enrichment.

That’s a formula for disaster, but it’s also what the political class in every country tends to push for.

Related:

The agents of government should be men and women of integrity. Unfortunately, Read observed, political office tends to rob a person of modesty, humility, and integrity, which make it advisable never to accept a political office. “Office robs men of integrity because they get to thinking that their being in office is more important than integrity. There isn’t anything in life superior to integrity. It is the rock of character on which all else is erected.”

If political office tends to rob men of integrity, contact with the affairs of government must logically be one of the most corrupting of influences to which men are exposed.

Yes.

THE STATE THINKS YOUR KIDS BELONG TO IT: Schools Trying To Get Critical Race Theory Into Classrooms Under Parents’ Noses.

And the democrats want to make them as racist as the democrats themselves are.

Oh, and btw, Tilting at Windmills is running a subscription sale.

WELL, DUH:  People arriving in this country illegally are being released…

OH DEAR LORD:  Did you know that Joe Biden used to drive an 18-wheeler?

ALL THE SHOW TRIALS IN THE WORLD WON’T MAKE US BELIEVE THE ELECTIONS WERE ABOVE BOARD:  John Hayward says what needs to be said about the Jan. 6 show trial.

THE JUNTA FEELS LIKE IT’S PUSHING ON A STRING:  Danger Phase Begins – Biden Angrily Attempts to Reconcile His Own Contradictions on Mask Mandates, Announced Mandated Vaccines and/or Testing for Federal Workers and Federal Contractors.

The peasants aren’t acting as they’ve been told they would. They’re not falling in line. So the idiots who stole our institutions are going to try escalating.

Sauve-qui-peut. This is not a drill. Sauve-qui-peut and secure your position. The map is about to go angry and arrowy.

SHOW TRIAL IS NOT MEANT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, PEASANT:  Questions that Won’t be Asked by the January 6 Commission.

UM…. WHY? PELOSI IS GIVING UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATES:  Capitol Police Will Arrest House Staffers, Visitors Who Break Pelosi’s Mask Mandate.

Someone should remind those policemen far more people died of totalitarianism than of WuFlu.

THE BRAIN DEAD PROTESTING THE BRAINLESS:  Susan Sarandon Protests Outside AOC’s Office: “We are losing hope that you represent us”.

BIDEN, MOSTLY WANTS HIS DIAPERS CHANGED:  Biden Wants to Give Newly Vaccinated People $100, Force Federal Workers to Get the Shot.

But his junta is dumber than he is.

QUIETLY, OF COURSE:  Biden Administration Walks Back Plans To Halt Title 42 Expulsions.

NO: Mask Guidance Based On Misleading Data.

Misleading data is just what they use to justify masks and lockdowns, which they need to do, because they’re terrified of us.  As I told you last year, lockdowns and curfews in my experience (and I’ve experienced a few) are not because of the announced reason. They’re because the government is scared of the people.

HAVE YOU PAID ATTENTION:  Kamala’s Root Causes Plan Is Laughably Stupid.

What else could it be? She’s a ball of malice and stupidity.

SOMETIMES I WONDER IF THEY REALIZE WE CAN SEE THEM:  Roundup Time: A Curve The Ruling Class Won’t Flatten.

July 29, 2021

RIP: Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving senator, dead at 87.

OPEN THREAD: I ain’t askin’ for much.

GLENN’S LATEST NEW YORK POST COLUMN: No, Karen, we’re not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond.

SPACE: Rocket Lab launches US military satellite on return-to-flight mission. “Electron is currently an expendable launcher, but Rocket Lab wants to change that. The company plans to eventually pluck falling Electron first stages out of the sky with a helicopter, then haul them back to land for reuse in relatively short order. Rocket Lab has been making progress toward this end goal. For example, on both the May 15 mission and a November 2020 flight, the company brought an Electron first stage down for a soft ocean splashdown under parachutes. Engineers and technicians have been analyzing these returned boosters, which company representatives said survived their space missions in good shape.”

LUCKILY, BY THEN I’LL BE TOO OLD TO CARE: Dementia cases to nearly triple worldwide by 2050, study says.

CHANGE: FDA allows automatic ‘generic’ swap for brand-name insulin.

BREAKING: House Democrats Make History by Striking the Hyde Amendment.

SAD: Longtime blog Catallaxy Files is calling it quits.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM? Virus booster shot rollout to over-60s to begin next week, Israeli Health Ministry says.

SOMETHING GOOD: Trio of U.S. Shooters Claim Olympic Gold.

THAT WAS FAST: Twitter has closed its San Francisco and New York offices just two weeks after reopening them as virus cases surge. “The closure is a blow to San Francisco’s nascent economic recovery and another sign of disruption to the tech industry’s return to work. Google and Apple are also delaying mandatory office returns until at least October. Google and Facebook will require employee vaccinations.”

TYLER O’NEIL: The Most Influential Conservative Scholar You May Have Never Heard Of. “Barry Goldwater may have lost the 1964 presidential election, but his speech at the Republican National Convention that year reinvigorated conservatism. One line particularly stood out: ‘I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.’ That line came from Harry V. Jaffa (1918-2015), a professor at Claremont McKenna College and a giant of the conservative movement who does not get the credit he deserves.”

AT HELEN’S PAGE: Books of interest: Indian Summer (Earl Town Book 1), and KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue.

CDC’S NEW MASK GUIDANCE BASED ON FAILED STUDY: Turns out, Just the News reports this morning, that our betters have no problem depending upon a study that failed peer review to justify their new mask guidance.

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: Letter to the Editor responding to Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, There Is No Good Reason You Should Have to Be a Citizen to Vote, The New York Times. Worth quoting in full:

Ms Abrahamian tells us that she “lived in New York since 2004, but haven’t once had a chance to cast a ballot here.” That is not quite true is it? Legal residents can apply for U.S. citizenship after residing in the U.S. for as little as 5 years—after which the federal government will process your application. It is now 2021. So Ms Abrahamian has had roughly 12 years to apply for U.S. citizenship and then, having secured it, to vote in U.S. elections. If she has chosen not to apply for citizenship, or not to apply in a timely manner, then it makes no sense for her to claim that she has not had “a chance” to vote. She has had that chance: a substantial one.

Legal residents are just that. They get to reside in the United States. No one will ask them or make them share the common fate of other Americans. No one in a position of authority in the U.S. government will ask a legal resident to stay in the U.S., and no one in a position of authority will ask a legal resident to leave. Ms Abrahamian is such legal resident, and as such, she can always leave and return to her former Swiss home. Once in Switzerland, the United States government will have no claim to tax her future income, and it cannot prosecute her for crimes she may commit abroad, and it cannot dragoon to her return to the United States to serve in its armed forces. It is altogether different for U.S. citizens, like me, living abroad. As a U.S. citizen, the U.S. government can tax my income earned abroad, prosecute me for crimes committed abroad, and draft me into its armed forces. And, that is why an American citizen, like me, although living abroad, gets to vote in U.S. elections, and that is why Ms Abrahamian does not, notwithstanding her being legally resident in the United States.

If you want the right to vote, you should have to commit to sharing our polity’s common fate. And if you choose not to take on American citizenship and to share that fate, then you ought not complain that you are excluded from the democratic process that will in large part determine that common fate.

I think you shouldn’t have to be a member of the editorial board, or even an employee, to choose NYT opeds, so I think Seth should get a whole column. In fact, I think that everyone who’s been reading the NYT for a while should be entitled to a column there.

LIVE AT 3:30PM EASTERN: ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ with Kruiser, Preston, VodkaPundit.

MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE: North Carolina Congressman Proposes to Kill 2,378 Pet Projects in New Budget.

SCIENCE! CDC Sentences Kids to Another School Year of Irrational Masking.

Related:

GOOD: Rules eased for vaccinated EU or US visitors to England.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! ‘Freudian Slip’: Biden Confuses Trump and Obama, Claims He Drove 18-Wheeler.

BIDENFLATION: Fed Chair Makes an Ominous Admission About Inflation. ““As the reopening continues, bottlenecks, hiring difficulties, and other constraints could continue to limit how quickly supply can adjust, raising the possibility that inflation could turn out to be higher and more persistent than we expected.”

The only things we don’t seem to be running out of are make-believe dollars and unexpectedlies.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: The Biden Administration just revealed its plan to stop the next Colonial Pipeline hack. But I’m not full of confidence.

MEDICINE: Highly potent, stable nanobodies stop SARS-CoV-2.

EVEN THE L.A. TIMES MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THE MOVEMENT:  Orange County Board of Education gets an earful from parents and panelists about the indoctrination of children through CRT.

FREE BOOK (starting tomorrow) : Howard McEwen’s Daddy Issues: A Hard Man Novel is now free to read this week.

UPDATE FROM THE AUTHOR: “It was scheduled to be free today and for the next five days but there was a glitch. It will be free starting tomorrow.”

SHOCKER: Just 41% buy into Biden re-masking and only 40% will wear one.

THE LAST 6 MONTHS FEEL LIKE ONE LONG CRUEL JOKE: Kamala’s five-pronged strategy for Biden’s border crisis and are you kidding me?

RIP: Ron Popeil, infomercial icon, dead at 86.

Mr. Microphone has left the building:

IS THE NEW YORK TIMES A LIBERAL NEWSPAPER? OF COURSE IT IS:

(Classical reference in headline.)

MAYBE THEY CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE FAMOUSLY BAD FOOD: ‘The Crowning Achievement of My Life’: ‘South Park’ Creators Want to Buy Casa Bonita.

WHIFF: Q2 GDP misses expectations at 6.5%. “Economists expected a growth rate of 8.4% in Q2, given that Biden and Congress spent $1.9 trillion of relief money beginning in March. Even the 6.5% growth rate looks a little worse once you get under the hood. Despite all of the cash that flowed into the economy, wages and disposable income dropped sharply, in part because the direct relief payments went out before the start of the quarter.”

And as a result of all that spending: Barbie maker Mattel says higher prices are coming just in time for Christmas.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The CDC’s ‘Mask Reversal’ is Bull**** and Everybody Knows It.

KAY HYMOWITZ: Runaway Degree Inflation Reinforces the Class Divide. “College graduates may have plenty to dislike about the arms race, but the biggest losers are workers at the bottom of the labor market. The more credentials, the less hope for the child of a single mother who works as a health-care aide or for a father disabled in a mining accident. The more time and money needed to get a mid-skilled job, the more likely that people will give up and continue packing orders at an Amazon warehouse. Degree inflation widens the nation’s class divide.”

READER BOOK SUGGESTION: Commenter Esther shares another of Steven Pressfield’s books The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. I read it years ago and it was a great motivating book.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor: Surfing an Olympic sport due to ‘centuries of U.S. imperialism’.

ANOTHER NEW “STAND YOUR GROUND” STATE: It’s North Dakota this time.

(Here’s my contribution to the literature on this much-misunderstood doctrine.)

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

● Shot: “I don’t think the things we espoused in the ‘60s were wrong: that love is better than hatred, that peace is better than war. I think those are true; I don’t think we were wrong about any of those.”

David Crosby Asked If ‘60s Were ‘Dream That Didn’t Come True,’ Ultimate Classic Rock, October 23, 2019.

● Chaser: Cranky Old Hippie David Crosby Wants Fox News Rupert Murdoch Creator ‘Taken Out’ & ‘Shot.’

—NewsBusters, yesterday.

I ONLY WANTED FRIES WITH THAT: Biden’s COVID and Border Policies Collide With a Discovery at a Texas Whataburger.

NEVER LET A (MANUFACTURED) CRISIS GO TO WASTE: Despite ‘Delta’ Alarmism, US COVID Deaths Are at Lowest Level Since March 2020, Harvard and Stanford Professors Explain.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ASU welcomes new prof who focuses on applying ‘critical race theory’ to music.

HMM: Beijing calls for calm after historic tech stock rout. “Chinese state-run newspaper Securities Times published a commentary Wednesday acknowledging the ‘changes in policy for certain industries’ after a market rout on Monday and Tuesday that came as investors reacted to Beijing’s widening crackdown on private enterprise.”

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? South Africa Is Falling Apart.

At the heart of the discord is the ruling African National Congress. In the 27 years since it steered South Africa to democracy, it has carried the hopes of millions of South Africans. Drawing on its reputation as the party of liberation, it has strong support and remains electorally unassailable. But it has now become squarely a source of division. A devastating battle for its soul is underway, with the country as the battlefield.

Though the A.N.C. always promoted the rise of a Black elite, Mr. Zuma’s presidency, beginning in 2009, changed the focus: The state, rather than the market, became the main site for opportunity and enrichment. A spurious ideology of “Radical Economic Transformation,” spun as a radical challenge to South Africa’s white-dominated private sector, provided rhetorical cover for corruption and patronage.

Let’s hope that South Africans don’t wind up like Zimbabweans under Mugabe: Black Zimbabweans nostalgic for era of white rule:

An elderly peasant in another village, Makupila Muzamba, said that hunger today is worse than ever before in his seven decades or so, and said: “I want the white man’s government to come back. Even if whites were oppressing us, we could get jobs and things were cheap compared to today.”

His wife, Mugombo Mudenda, remembered that as a younger woman she used to eat meat, drink tea, use sugar and buy soap. But now she cannot even afford corn gruel. “I miss the days of white rule,” she said.

Nearly every peasant I’ve spoken to in Zimbabwe echoed those thoughts.

But Mugabe was never demonized by the Western media the way say, Augusto Pinochet — who brought freedom and prosperity to his own country — was.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Terry McAuliffe Championed Stolen Election Conspiracy Theory for Years.

MARK JUDGE: Brat: My Parallel Life with Andrew McCarthy.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Bill de Blasio Reminds Us That He’s an Unhinged Commie Dictator. “Most of the dictators in history have been high-functioning, intelligent sociopaths. De Blasio, however, couldn’t think his way out of an open bathroom. Watching de Blasio wield that much political power in that way is kinda like watching a chimp with ‘roid rage. One of the dumber chimps in the zoo. It could be rough going for the citizens of New York until he’s out of office.”

IRAN TRIED TO KIDNAP THREE U.S. JOURNOS: All three were employees of the federal government, working at the Voice of America (VOA), according to Washington Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman. Read the whole story because, in addition to the outrageous kidnapping angle, it’s also a classic illustration of bureaucratic incompetence and political influence.

REDFACEBOOK: Facebook recalls 4 million Quest 2 VR face liners over ‘rashes and hives.’

ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE HELD UP AS NONPARTISAN STRAIGHT-SHOOTERS WERE HACKS AND WORSE: RealClearInvestigations: A Fresh Reminder of Russiagate’s Failed Guardian(s) of Integrity. “The rush to promote unsupported allegations and ignore countervailing facts shows that U.S. officials and their media allies have obsessively accused Russia of what they have in fact carried out themselves: a massive, divisive disinformation campaign aimed squarely at the Western public.”

KEY WORD: “YET.” Pop: Biden sinks to his lowest approval yet.

Related: Inflation fears surge 10%, double 2018 worries.

THE GERMANS CALL THE STRATEGY “WANDEL DURCH HANDEL” (“CHANGE THROUGH TRADE”): But doing business with China seems to be changing the wrong countries.

(Why am I reminded of the Rolling Stones’ 19th Nervous Breakdown? “On our first trip, I tried so hard to rearrange your mind. But after a while I realized you were disarranging mine.”)

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

Matt Margolis: Here’s the Real Reason the CDC Is Mandating Masks in Schools.

Paula Bolyard: Did Fauci Just Accidentally Let the Cat Out of the Bag on Recovered Immunity?

Bryan Preston: It’s Too Late, Jenny. Democrats Used the Pandemic Crisis to Deliberately Destroy America’s Cities.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: BUSTED: Habitual Parking Violator AOC Shuns Pelosi’s Mask Mandate, Puts Lives at Risk.

BOOK SUGGESTION: Michael Walsh’s Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost. I am re-reading the book and it is even better than I remember. (Bumped)

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: SEIU, California’s biggest state worker union, challenges Gavin Newsom’s vaccine order.

And the only union to question vaccine mandates:

READY, FIRE, AIM: Colorado Republicans ending their primary a gift to Dems.

YOU KNOW, HE’S RIGHT.

I’M DEEPLY SKEPTICAL THAT THESE TWO HAVE SUFFERED ANY SIGNIFICANT BODY-SHAMING: Olympians Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe use lingerie to call out body shamers. But I applaud their bold move for dignity.

COLD WAR II: China Is Engaged in a Massive Nuclear Missile Buildup. “Communist China is not an adherent to any nuclear weapons limitation treaties such as New START. And they will soon have an all-new ground-based missile force (in addition to their current forces) able to deliver, at the low end, around 875 warheads — nearly double our capability.”

IF IT’S NOT WILLING TO DO SO, CAN YOU CALL PEOPLE WHO ARE HESITANT UNSCIENTIFIC? Jeffrey Singer: If the FDA is serious about vaccine hesitancy, it should fully approve vaccines now. “A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey suggests 30 percent of the vaccine hesitant, concerned they are taking an ‘experimental’ drug, are waiting for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to formally approve the vaccine. What is the FDA waiting for?”

I’M ENJOYING HER: Oh my: “I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion,” says AZ Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. “Perhaps Senate Republicans are smarter than they’ve looked in this infrastructure negotiation — or maybe they just lucked out. After the GOP’s negotiating group announced an agreement in principle on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Chuck Schumer announced that he’d move forward on both that bill and the parallel $3.5 trillion package containing everything Republicans wouldn’t support. The bigger bill would move through reconciliation, cutting out the GOP entirely as long as Schumer can hold all 50 of his caucus together. Not so fast, Kyrsten Sinema declared shortly afterward.”

Plus: “If Sinema’s getting worried about the ticket price in relation to purplish Arizona, Joe Manchin has to be getting the shakes in deep-red West Virginia. West Virginians have a long track record of being in the Bacon Party, so some of this might be mitigated by how much pork-barrel spending Manchin can direct to the Mountain State. However, with inflation burning a hole in working-class buying power and Democrats attempting an end run to get a lot of progressive wish-list items funded under the rubric of ‘infrastructure,’ it remains to be seen just how enthusiastic Manchin will be for the Pelosi-Schumer Special.”

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