December 7, 2021

MEN ARE BETTER AT EVERYTHING, I GUESS, EVEN BEING WOMEN: UPenn transgender swimmer continues dominant season with more record-breaking wins. “Lia Thomas blew away her competition Friday night in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries and finals at the Zippy Invitational at the University of Akron, according to results posted by the school.”

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Mom Says Her Son Got Vaccinated for Pizza Without Her Consent.

A mother in Los Angeles has said her son had been vaccinated at school without her consent after he was offered pizza.

Maribel Duarte told NBC 4 News her 13-year-old came home with a vaccine card after saying yes to being vaccinated in exchange for pizza at the Barack Obama Global Prep Academy school in South LA.

Duarte said she should have been asked to give her written consent for her child to be vaccinated.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) website has sent a message to parents to get their children over the age of 12 vaccinated before January 10, 2022. According to the LAUSD mandate, students who are not vaccinated and do not have a valid exemption by that date will to have to follow classes through virtual, online learning.

The statement read: “Attention families of students aged 12 or older—this is your reminder to get your child vaccinated.

“Your first dose must be uploaded into Daily Pass no later than December 19, 2021. Both doses must be uploaded before January 10, 2022!”

Duarte said: “I should have been involved. The lady that gave him the shot and signed the paper was the one who told my son ‘please do not say anything, I don’t want to get into trouble.’

The reference to “the Barack Obama Global Prep Academy” is yet another reminder that the version of the Matrix that Tom Wolfe programmed shortly before his 2018 death continues to be functioning perfectly.

OPEN THREAD: Hush.

ORWELL WOULD APPRECIATE THE IRONY OF 1984 BEING REWRITTEN: George Orwell’s estate approves retelling 1984 from woman’s point of view.

JUST NBC THE LEFTISM! Remembering Yamiche Alcindor’s Greatest Hits.

COLLUSION: Report: Apple CEO Tim Cook engineered a secret $275 billion deal with China.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Chinese private firm Galactic Energy puts five satellites in orbit with second launch.

PUBLISHING HAS BECOME AN INDUSTRY DOMINATED BY WOKE GARBAGE PEOPLE: Publishers against the People of the Book. And antisemitism is central to wokeness, because both are built on a hatred of achievement.

OH, THAT WAR ON CHRISTMAS: EU Scrooges Wind Up With Eggnog on Their Faces After Trying to Ban the Word ‘Christmas.’

ROD DREHER: ‘Ve Haff Vays Of Making You Get Vaxxed.’

I don’t think these governments believe that fences and shopping restrictions directly hinder the spread of Covid. They are trying to make everyday life harder for the unvaxxed, and to turn them into social pariahs, to compel them to conform and get the vaccines.

Don’t you see what’s happening here?! This is also a trial run for the future. You will have seen academics (for example, here), medical authorities (here), and even governments (this summer, the Mayor of Chicago and the city’s public health department) declaring that “racism is a public health issue.” It is not difficult to imagine a future in which the state, in the name of health and hygiene, imposes restrictions on those it determines to be bigots. Does it sound far-fetched? Maybe. But look, if parents angry over what school systems are doing to their kids can be considered potential “domestic terrorists,” the potential is there. Do you really think that the Woke in power would not use public health as an excuse to punish their political opponents?

Read the whole thing, which has examples of a two-tiered lifestyle being imposed throughout Europe, Australia, “And, of course, China, putting its social credit system mentality to use.”

Exit quote: “The Covid pandemic has been used as an opportunity for elites with particular global economic and political interests to accelerate the process of arranging the infrastructure for a new biosecurity surveillance regime. This novel paradigm of governance will be directed and managed largely by unelected technocrats. This regime will increasingly demand ever more intrusive and burdensome interventions into the lives and bodies of individuals.”

Related: COVID Closes the Christmas Markets (And Why It’s Important), from Michael Fumento.

I’M BEGINNING TO THINK POT ISN’T AS BENIGN AS WE WERE TOLD: Large Study Links Cannabis Use to Sleep Disruption, Especially Among Heavy Users.

THE BEATLES’ GET BACK: The Long and Grinding Road.

My recap of Peter Jackson’s mini-series, just published at Ed Driscoll.com.

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FASTER, PLEASE: Can antiviral agents help immune systems fight mosquito-borne dengue?

VANDALS TEAR THROUGH CHABAD HOUSE IN KANSAS CITY, MO.

“We have full faith in the local authorities to get to the bottom of this,” said Rabbi Yitzchak “Itche” Itkin, director of Chabad on the Plaza. “We have had minor incidents in the past but nothing like this.”

After notifying the police, Itkin spread the word about what had happened on social media, writing online: “There is nothing more disturbing than walking into the Chabad House for an early-morning Torah class and finding the place torn up. Papers and books everywhere, electric wires ripped out, plumbing cut with water pouring everywhere. That was my reality this week.”

He also posted photos showing the extent of the damage and announced a fundraising campaign to rebuild. Within hours, tens of thousands of dollars had been pledged with the campaign closing on Sunday having raised more than $91,000, almost double the funds needed.

Though there has been no motive identified, the Anti-Defamation League Heartland branch said it was “deeply concerned by the shocking vandalism … . The targeting of this house of worship, especially during the festive holiday of Hanukkah, is particularly distributing and inflicts concern and fear in the larger community.”

Related: Tunnels near Anne Frank memorial in Boise, Idaho vandalized with antisemitic messages during Hanukkah.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE TRENDS AFTER POLICE DOG PRAISED FOR FINDING $100,000 CASH IN PASSENGER’S LUGGAGE. Plus an extended thread from Iowahawk:

Here’s the underlying article from CBS-DFW: More Than $100K Seized After K-9 Officer At Dallas Love Field Airport Sniffs Out Bag.

I hope there’s a follow-up to this story, with more details beyond a police dog sniffed out someone flying with loads of cash.

I’VE SEEN THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE DAMAGE DONE: Study: COVID-19 pandemic sent blood pressure of people in U.S. skyward.

JOE ROGAN: I Used To Look At CNN As Where You Get The News, Now They Are “F*cking Propagandists.”

“Maybe this is just my bias, I want the news. I want objective news. I want someone to tell me what are the facts of what’s going on? And what’s happening? I don’t want your ideological slant. And I want this left-wing propaganda network, which is what CNN has become,” Rogan said.

“The way I look at CNN now is so differently than the way I looked at CNN 15-20 years ago,” the host said. “I used to look at them as like, this is how I get the news. This is unbiased, professional news. They’re going to tell me what’s happening in Pakistan and what’s happening in, you know, Mogadishu. These are the real journalists that are telling you the news. Now, I look at them, I’m like, you f*cking* propagandists, what are you, the right arm of Pfizer?”

The late Michael Crichton coined the “Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect” in 2002:

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”

Rogan had his version up close and personal: Joe Rogan’s Dust-Up With CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Exposes the Narrative:

Rogan continued to ask why the network would lie about a Nobel prize-winning drug that had cured blindness due to a parasitic infection in millions of people, suggesting it was only used in animals. Rogan asked, “Does it bother you the news network you work for out and out lied? Just outright lied about me taking horse dewormer?” Gupta responded, “They shouldn’t have said that.”

That’s what Gupta told Rogan while in his studio. The following day, however: CNN’s Effort to Clean up the Gupta Train Wreck Interview Proves Joe Rogan’s Point:

CNN’s [Don Lemon]: “It is not a lie to say that [Ivermectin] is used as a horse de-wormer. I think that’s important. And it is not approved for Covid.”

[Gupta]: “Correct … If you look at the data, there is no evidence that it really works [against Covid].”

This is CNN. “But that’s the problem with CNN in a nutshell, and it’s the point that Rogan was making,” Red State’s Nick Arama writes. “They don’t care about the truth; it’s all about narrative.”

HIGHER EDUCATION’S CRIPPLING TOLL: Survey: 1 in 3 college freshmen deals with depression, anxiety.

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS (CONT’D): These universities are paying for menstrual products in men’s bathrooms.

OUT TODAY FROM TONY WOODLIEF: I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance.

TO BE FAIR, THIS REALLY WAS THE FUTURE I WAS PROMISED IN THE 1970s: Controversial ‘suicide pod’ that ‘kills peacefully’ gets go-ahead in Switzerland.

A coffin-like capsule that allows people to end their life could be used in Switzerland from next year, its creators say.

The Sarco suicide pod allows a user to lie down and activate the process themselves within a matter of minutes.

Individuals are asked a series of questions before they can press a button, which brings oxygen down to a critical level.

Nitrogen fills the 3D-printed device, quickly bringing oxygen down from 21 percent to only 1 percent in about 30 seconds.

A “disorientated” and “euphoric” feeling then follows, before they eventually lose consciousness.

Death takes place due to hypoxia (low oxygen in the body’s tissues) and hypocapnia (reduced carbon dioxide in the blood), followed by critical oxygen and carbon dioxide deprivation.

Dr. Philip Nitschke, whose Exit International organization came up with the capsule, told local media there is “no panic, no choking feeling”.

“The machine can be towed anywhere for the death,” he said.

“It can be in an idyllic outdoor setting or in the premises of an assisted suicide organization, for example.”

I’m pretty sure that Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson didn’t intend for Soylent Green to be a how-to guide for euthanasia.  On the other hand, points to the designer for his timing:

UPDATE: Man-Bear-Pig!

 

DASVIDANIYA, COMRADE: Saule Omarova Withdraws Name From Comptroller of Currency Consideration.

President Joe Biden’s pick to lead a key U.S. banking regulator has withdrawn her name from consideration, according to a statement from the White House.

Biden accepted Saule Omarova’s request to no longer be the nominee to serve as Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, according to a statement Tuesday.

Headlines like this didn’t help Omarova’s case: Biden Comptroller pick Saule Omarova refuses to turn over Moscow State University thesis on Marxism.

Not to mention:

● “Omarova has endorsed radical proposals for government control and regulation of the banking sector. In a paper entitled The People’s Ledger, she argues for a ‘systematic democratization of finance’ where citizens have government bank accounts with the Federal Reserve that ‘fully replace—rather than compete with— private bank deposits.’ Omarova openly admits that her ‘proposed reform will effectively ‘end banking’ as we know it.’”

Biden Banking Nominee Scrubs Karl Marx Paper From Résumé: Saule Omarova attended Moscow State University on a Lenin scholarship.

Study: Nets Silent on Radical Biden Nominee: Praised Soviet Union, Wants to Destroy Oil, Gas.

This may be the most radical Biden nominee you’ve never heard of. On Thursday, Saule Omarova is set to face Senate hearings to head Comptroller of the Currency, a branch of the Treasury Department. Who is this woman? She appears enchanted with Soviet Russia, and “wants” to bankrupt industries. And ABC, CBS and NBC haven’t said a word about her.

The Cornell University law professor back in February appeared at a “social wealth seminar” and said this: “What I’m thinking about primarily is primarily the coal industry and the oil and gas industry. A lot of the smaller players in that industry are going to probably go bankrupt in short order. At least we want them to go bankrupt if we want to tackle climate change, right?”

But that’s only the start. Back in 2019, she praised the old USSR, a regime that murdered tens of millions of people, because they didn’t have a “gender pay gap.”

Also on Omarova’s mind: “Omarova has endorsed radical proposals for government control and regulation of the banking sector. In a paper entitled The People’s Ledger, she argues for a ‘systematic democratization of finance’ where citizens have government bank accounts with the Federal Reserve that ‘fully replace—rather than compete with— private bank deposits.’ Omarova openly admits that her ‘proposed reform will effectively ‘end banking’ as we know it.’”

Biden Nom Saule Omarova Stole Hundreds of Dollars of Merchandise from a T.J. Maxx.

IT WAS A SHORT TRIP: Jussie Smollett’s Takes the Stand and His Story Goes From Ridiculous to Outrageous.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE SIX MONTHS MAKE: Imagine buying a 1964 Falcon from your Ford dealer in late 1963 inspired by this ad…

…And then in April of 1964 the Mustang arrives:

I AGREE: Why Ankle Holsters are a Great Option for Concealed Carry. They’re much easier to access while seated in a car, for example.

THE TURTLE IS CANNY: BREAKING: Did McConnell just win the debt-ceiling standoff?

RETURN OF THE PRIMITIVE: Critical Race Trove From California District Tells Students How To Use Witchcraft On People Who Say ‘All Lives Matter.’ “One section titled ‘Hex’ tells the reader, ‘Hexing people is an important way to get out anger and frustration.’ It becomes increasingly deranged, suggesting that those who say ‘all lives matter’ or commit ‘microaggressions,’ should be targeted. ‘Write your own hex poem, cursing that person,’ it instructs.”

BAD-ASS SANTA: Santa Gets a Pistol Permit. Liberals Go Nuts.

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COUNTRIES ENGAGING IN GLOBAL BIOLOGICAL WARFARE SHOULDN’T HOST THE OLYMPICS, PERIOD: China Threatens U.S. Over Expected Diplomatic Olympic Boycott: ‘China Will Take Firm Countermeasures.’

ARE YOU KIDDING? THEY STRUGGLED WHILE MANAGING IT BADLY. European governments struggled to manage pandemic well, finds 3-country study. “A lack of transparency around policy decisions, mixed messaging, and increased questioning of government legitimacy and technical capacity fuelled public distrust, conclude the researchers.”

JUSSIE SMOLLETT: Funniest. Trial. Ever.

Spare a thought for Jussie Smollett’s lawyers. Think of them being much like infantrymen who walk through fire on the way to glory, except they’ve been slogging through a mire of bulls*** on their way to absurdity. While wearing flip-flops. Their field commander is an insistently moronic fraud. The Iwo Jima flag they struggle to raise is the reputation of a dim actor who thought he would raise his profile by telling the world that he was attacked by the world’s least likely lynch mob — a duo of black MAGA-heads who just happened to have bleach and a noose on them in case Jussie Smollett should walk by. At two o’clock in the morning. On an exceptionally cold Chicago night. Then walked away after 30 seconds without robbing their victim or doing him more than superficial harm.

The man Dave Chappelle dubbed Juicy Smollé may not have been much of an entertainer when that was his profession — admit it, you’d never heard of him before January 29, 2019, and that’s part of the reason he needed Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Buff to stage a fake beating. (Get a gander at these guys, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo: If they were inclined to beat you up, your injuries would be something other than scratches. Smollett’s face would have looked like Cubist portraiture if they had really attacked him. Ten seconds of actual punching and they’d have Picasso’d this guy.) Yet Smollett should be dubbed American Reality Entertainer of the Year for the hilarity he has brought us all in Chicago for the last week as he has steered his lawyers to argue outright fiction.

He really is the King of Comedy!

THE WAR ON FAMILIES: California School Bribes Boy to Get COVID Vaccine and Not Tell His Parents.

THAT’S THE PLAN, YES: Twitter’s New ‘Privacy’ Policy Could Destroy Its Value for Decentralized Citizen Journalism.

“Why give legacy media a stranglehold over information that Twitter at its best is great for sharing?” Reason’s Brian Doherty asks.

Because both Twitter and the legacy media are threatened by the citizen journalism Twitter used to enable.

OUT ON A LIMB: Kamala Staffers Say She’s Is A Mean, Morale-Destroying Bully As A Boss.

HAS IT BEEN TESTED AT THE WHITE HOUSE? Study: Self-administered test accurately predicts early dementia sooner.

SOHRAB AHMARI: Goodbye, Gotham.

Then there are the addicts and crazies. Please, liberals, don’t gaslight us. Don’t you dare say, “Welcome to New York—it’s always been like this.” No, it was not ever thus. It has gotten much worse, despite the nearly $1 billion City Hall spent on its ThriveNYC mental-health program, with much of the money wasted on fighting mental-health “stigma” and combating generalized depression and anxiety, rather than getting the severely mentally ill off the streets and into the involuntary inpatient programs they need.

Why do ordinary families have to be treated to the sight of a humongous crazy lady taking a dump on the corner? When will the self-talking, needle-jabbed, leaning-over-half-dead heroin addicts be cleared off Broadway and Penn Station? Where is the compassion in letting the crazy lady s**t on the open street? What humane end is served by not confronting the addicts and getting them the help they need, even if they’re too f***ed in the head to realize it?

Now layer the Covid biomedical security state on top of all this: the cruel and development-warping masking of kids, which won’t end anytime soon, if ever, though we have known for more than a year that they are at minuscule risk from the virus and transmit it at a much lower rate than do adults; the prolonged lockdowns that carved a swath of destruction through some of the most beloved small businesses in my little rectangle and many other neighborhoods, as well; the endless vax-mandate and booster-shot treadmill, just extended to children as young as 5; and, yes, the added informal enforcement of it all by sad, mostly childless middle-aged white women henpecking you in elevators and in department stores, even when and where mask mandates aren’t in effect.

You know what? Take the Big Apple dream and shove it—for now, at least.

I hope the Fresh Start States Initiative’s Welcome Wagon program is up to the task of reminding leftists fleeing their Blue State blues not to vote again for the initiatives that caused them to leave.

HE NEEDS MORE TIME TO INVENT THEM: Biden Misses Deadline to Provide Congress Afghanistan Withdrawal Details.

A DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY: Pearl Harbor 80 years on.

…Pearl Harbor was more of a culmination than a surprise.

In the late summer of 1945, historians Samuel Eliot Morison and Henry Steele Commager reflected on the WWII’s origins. In a short article published in November 1945, they wrote, “The explanation (for WWII) was to be found in the breakdown in the system of collective security and the growth of international anarchy, moral and political, in the post-war years.” Post-war meant post-WWI, the war to end all wars.

Collective insecurity sounds so academic, and so I’ll translate: The more sober and more good failed to stand up to the fanatics.

Did Pearl Harbor start WWII? No. Let’s go to Mukden (Shenyang), China, Sept. 19, 1931, when Japanese soldiers attacked the Chinese Mukden garrison and invaded Manchuria.

There’s a very good case Mukden is the surprise attack that started WWII.

The Mukden attack was what current observers call “an emerging threat.” Emerging? It was a threat that Washington could ignore. So was the Nanking Massacre, commonly called the Rape of Nanking, an imperial Japanese mass atrocity committed against the Chinese in 1937.

Dead history? No, instructive history. In 2021 America and its allies — including a democratic Japan — face emerging threats that are, frankly, deadly threats thrust in our collective face.

Check it out.

WELL, GOOD: Viagra, cataract surgery may reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk, studies find.

81 MILLION VOTES: I&I/TIPP Poll Stunner: Just 22% Of Americans Want Joe Biden To Run For President Again. “Even Democrats seem less than enthused about Biden holding the top spot. Just 37% want him there. And only 16% give Harris the nod as presidential standard-bearer, alarming given that Vice President Harris is next in line to be president should Biden not complete his term in office.”

If Biden isn’t going to run again, he’ll have to announce within the next 12-18 months (18 would really be pushing it) to give Democrat contenders time enough to spin up their money machines and ground organizations.

The resulting scramble — against the backdrop of a failed-but-sitting Democrat president, no less — would be delicious.

UNEXPECTEDLY: White House quietly tries to reshape economic coverage.

The White House, not happy with the news media’s coverage of the supply chain and economy, has been working behind the scenes trying to reshape coverage in its favor. Senior White House and admin officials — including NEC Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti, along with Ports Envoy John Porcari — have been briefing major newsrooms over the past week, a source tells me.

The officials have been discussing with newsrooms trends pertaining to job creation, economic growth, supply chains, and more. The basic argument that has been made: That the country’s economy is in much better shape than it was last year. I’m told the conversations have been productive, with anchors and reporters and producers getting to talk with the officials…

And right on cue! Media Give Biden More Negative Coverage Than Trump: The Washington Post.

Nonetheless, Milbank speculated that the media, “pressured by Trump’s complaints about the press, pulled punches” in its coverage of President Trump during the months of civil unrest throughout the country and the 2020 election.

On the other hand during his first 60 days in office, President Biden received less negative coverage than any president on record, dating back to President Bill Clinton, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Milbank described the media’s coverage of Biden’s first months in office “slightly positive.”

It’s true that the media criticized the Biden administration’s execution of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which left an unknown number of Americans stranded under Taliban rule. Yet the media soon defended his foreign policy actions, with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell opining that at least Biden’s abandonment of Kabul was not as bad as the fall of Saigon.

The study also ignores that much of the cable news networks’ critiques came from the Left, repeating progressives’ allegations that the president had been too harsh toward illegal immigrants and that he compromised too readily with congressional Republicans and centrist Democrats on the eye-watering cost of his “Build Back Better” bill.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

Evergreen:


UPDATE: MSNBC rushes in to polish Ron Klain’s apple:

(Updated and bumped.)

MARK JUDGE: Alec Baldwin Should Have Become a Conservative. It Would Have Saved His Life.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Hey Gen Z, Madonna has every right to be sexy on Instagram at age 63. “The snark hurled by Gen Z after Madonna got frisky on Instagram is rich coming from a generation so chaste, they’ve been called the ‘puriteens.’ Meanwhile, male celebrities at Madge’s age are routinely fawned over.”

To be fair, we older men are inherently sexier.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR WEEKLY INSANITY WRAP: Media Frenzy Over Fake ‘White Supremacy’ Protest Hyped by AI FaceBot (Really). “Apparently, a hundred or so members of the white supremacy group marched through Washington. More would have shown up, but due to supply chain disruptions, the Feds couldn’t buy enough new pairs of Dockers.”

Plus:

  • San Francisco restaurant does an about-face, suddenly re-loves the police
  • Joe Biden says he will rescue you from Ukraine, has already forgotten Kabul
  • Trump on Milley: “That’s when I realized he was a f****** idiot.”

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

IT’S TRUMP’S PARTY: Looks like the former Chief Executive is the key figure in the GOP in 2024 regardless if he seeks the presidential nomination for a third time (actually, it would be his fourth, but the 2012 bid ended in just five weeks).

Odds are, a Republican will succeed His Fraudulency and whatever the name, restoring Trump’s policies will be the first order of business. The Liz Cheney/Never-Trumper faction is all but irrelevant. But the social issues could be a big problem again.

JOANNE JACOBS: Districts use Covid $ to protect status quo. “A few districts are downsizing to match the fall in per-pupil revenue, but federal Covid aid is allowing districts to keep ‘under-enrolled schools open and fully staffed in the hopes that students come back.’ That’s a dangerous gamble.”

More likely it’s a cynical cash-grab.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON ON PEARL HARBOR: New video from Prager University.

Related: Taking a Second Look at WWII with Victor Davis Hanson’s ‘The Second World Wars.’

UPDATE:

LIKE A DROWNING PERSON DESPERATELY CLINGING TO AN ANVIL: Vulnerable House Democrats Finally Decide to Focus on Policy over Trump.

Their policies aren’t popular.

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HMM: SpaceX Begins Building Orbital Starship Launch Pad in Unexpected Location.

SpaceX aims to launch the first orbital test of a full-stack Starship as soon as January. But instead of the Texas “Starbase” facility where prototypes of Starship’s upper stage have been made and tested, the orbital flight will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, CEO Elon Musk said Friday.

“Construction of Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape has begun,” Musk tweeted. In later comments he confirmed that the launch pad is located at the historic Launch Complex 39A, the same pad used for SpaceX commercial crew flights to the International Space Station for NASA.

“39A is hallowed spaceflight ground—no place more deserving of a Starship launch pad!” Musk explained in a separate tweet. “Will have similar, but improved, ground systems and tower to Starbase.”

Well, it isn’t like SLS needs 39A anytime soon.

NICE: Taking Viagra cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 69 percent.

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CAUSE, MEET EFFECT: Liberals Bemoan ‘Random’ Violent Attacks in Places Where They Want Fewer Cops.

NOBODY CARES KID, SHUT UP: The campus left comes for TikTok’s ‘digital racism.’

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE JOE’S ABILITY TO F*** THINGS UP: Biden’s proposals spark phase 2 of supply chain crisis.

Our economic woes are not going away anytime soon, and President Biden seems to be doing his best to prolong them. New restrictions on travel to the United States, especially for the transit of cargo, coupled with a newly emerged strain of COVID, may cause the frail economy to spiral into 2022. The White House’s policy errors will further exacerbate the delicate national recovery from the pandemic and become the greatest contributing factor to a worsening of our supply chain crisis and inflation.

While information surrounding the omicron variant is still emerging, if officials respond with more spending and lockdowns in the name of “emergency measures” it could lead to further pain for American households and a worsening supply situation — at a time when our nation simply cannot afford it.

With the holidays around the corner, Americans are experiencing inflated prices, goods shortages, and long shipping times. Right now would be the perfect time to simplify the transport of needed goods from the United States’s No. 1 trading partner: Canada. More than $300 billion in truck freight came into the U.S. from Canada in 2020, and the loss of any significant portion of this will further hike prices and cause more empty shelves. Canadian and international goods arrive through our border crossings, and the White House is imposing a stiff travel restriction for all residents entering the country. Not only do tourists and visitors need to show proof of vaccination, but so do truck drivers. The new regulation, taking effect on Jan. 22, will further ensnare the arrival of both raw materials and finished goods into the country.

Considering that more than half of the freight entering the U.S. from Canada comes via truck, the effects will be immediate. Approximately 20 percent of Canada’s truckers are unvaxxed. Even worse, it comes a full year into the Biden administration and the general rollout of vaccines. The White House is consciously breaking its promise to shut down the virus and not the economy.

You might call it a crisis by design.

WHEN CURRENCIES ARE DEVALUED: The Unfolding Tragedy In Turkey Underscores Preeminence of Currency Policy.

THERE AREN’T MANY LEFT. I REMEMBER WHEN MOST PEOPLE REMEMBERED PEARL HARBOR. Survivors return to Pearl Harbor to mark 80th anniversary of attack that put U.S. in WWII.

AD ASTRA: Space Force mission blasts off from Florida after multiple delays.

A REICHSTAG FIRE WITHOUT THE FIRE: Liberal Media Scream: Joe, Mika push Jan. 6 ‘decomposition’ of GOP.

OH, AND ABOUT THAT GUN THE CRUMBLEYS KEPT IN AN UNLOCKED DRAWER: “Well, maybe not…Sound familiar? We don’t know which version is true, but my guess is that it’s more likely to be the prosecutor who’s blowing smoke.”

MARK JUDGE: Let Us Now Praise Cultural Appropriation.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Democrats’ Unhinged Trump Hatred Isn’t Really Working Out Well for Them. “The Trump Derangement Syndrome symptom that had the most damaging consequences was the ability of the Democrats to convince themselves that Joe Biden was a functioning human being who would bring some overwhelmingly presidential aura to the Oval Office and be able to play president without breaking everything.”

WELL, HE’S RIGHT YOU KNOW: Top Dem Economist Says Woke Math Is a National Security Threat: Larry Summers blames ‘social justice warriors’ for giving China a leg up.

Related: Squaring Up to Defend Mathematics: America’s top scientists warn about the political erosion of education standards.

The last few years have seen a proliferation of “open letters” by academics in politics and the humanities in favor of progressive causes. The hard sciences are different, and when mathematicians, physicists and engineers speak up to defend the integrity of their fields, Americans should pay attention.

The latest example is a new public statement from hundreds of the country’s top quantitative scientists warning about the assault on math in schools. “We write to express our alarm over recent trends in K-12 mathematics education in the United States,” the statement begins. The social-justice wave of 2020 accelerated efforts to eliminate standardized testing and lower standards in math to give the appearance that achievement gaps don’t exist.

The scientists delicately describe the politicized erosion of standards as “well-intentioned approaches to reform mathematics education.” They zero in on the California Department of Education’s proposed new math framework, which encourages math teachers to take a “justice-oriented perspective.” The signatories say the course roadmap will reduce the “availability of advanced mathematical courses to middle schoolers and beginning high schoolers” and discourage students from taking calculus.

This is supposed to advance “equity.” But in addition to damaging America’s global competitiveness, the letter says, the decline of rigorous math in public schools “may lead to a de facto privatization” of top-tier instruction and “harm students with fewer resources.”

Woke policies always hurt poor people and minorities. They’re practically designed to.

SPEAKING OF THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS: Erik Manning takes on the 12 typical objections to the Christmas story, as put forth by talented skeptic Holy Koolaid, and demolishes each in turn. It’s lengthy, but comprehensive, and does a solid job of presenting the dozen objections fairly and the responses with a certain, shall we say, firm grace.

THIS IS CNN: Jussie Smollett’s Testimony About Don Lemon Shows What a Dumpster Fire CNN Is.

Jussie Smollett may have just thrown Lemon under the bus during his testimony today. Smollett testified that he’d been in contact with Don Lemon during the early part of the Chicago Police Department’s investigation into the phony attack on him. He testified that one of the reasons he didn’t want to turn over his phone to the police during the investigation was because Don Lemon texted him that the Chicago Police didn’t believe his account of what happened. Lemon has already said that he was in constant contact with Smollett early on in the case and that the story was “personal” to him.

So why is Don Lemon tipping Smollett that the police don’t believe him? Was Lemon trying to pass on information that he knew in his media capacity to help Smollett? That would sound similar in some ways to what Chris Cuomo did. Why are CNN anchors becoming enmeshed with news subjects/subjects of criminal investigations? At least Lemon previously acknowledged to his audience that he had contact with Smollett. But again, if it’s someone he knows and he’s having conversations like that with him, that compromises Lemon’s objectivity, not that he ever cares about that.

Exit question: “Are there any CNN hosts NOT using their sources to secretly help [alleged] criminals cover up their scandals?

Related: Nicholas Fondacaro of NewsBusters tweets that “At 10-to-midnight [Monday night, Don Lemon and Omar Jimenez] finally discuss the Jussie Smollett trial. But neither ‘journalist’ mentioned how Smollett testified under oath that Lemon tipped him off to police skepticism of his hoax claims. The whole segment lasted 5 minutes and 7 seconds.”

MAYBE THIS WILL FINALLY GET THE LEFT SERIOUS ABOUT FIGHTING INFLATION: Inflation threatens record pace of renewable power rollout.

IT’S CULTURAL GENOCIDE AIMED AT THE SPANISH: Obama pollster to Dems: “Latinx” is still not a thing despite your wokest efforts. “This is hardly the first poll to show that “Latinx” is not just a fringe construct but actively annoying to Hispanic voters. Bendixen & Amandi pollster Fernand Amandi wonders why Democrats keep insisting on promoting its usage. . . . The answer is simple — Democrats have invested themselves far more into the faculty lounge and activist donor base than they have with Hispanic voters. This isn’t the only reason why Hispanics are moving to the GOP in the last couple of cycles, but this disconnect certainly doesn’t help matters.”

HE’S NOT WRONG, BUT I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT: You’d better believe there’s a war on Christmas, says … Pope Francis?

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

Matt Margolis: The Trans Movement Only Survives by Bullying. “The fear of being dubbed a bigot and a transphobe compels many to perpetuate the insane notion that people can change genders. Only bullying is causing transgender ideology to be forced into the mainstream.”

AJ Kaufman: The Biden Administration Has No Interest in Combating China. “Tis administration has proved all year they’re unwilling to confront Beijing in consequential ways.”

Yours Truly: Science™ vs Science: Twitter Silences American Heart Association Warning About mRNA Vaccines. “Science™ is a species of gnostic knowledge known but to a few, usually named Anthony ‘Doctor’ Fauci, our nation’s most celebrated medical spokesmodel.”

FROM KEITH HEDGER:  Sandblaster: A Burn and Bad Karma Cycle Story.


When Micky’s old military unit called him in, he knew it was going to be tough…

Snatching the commander of the Holy Mexican Empire’s special forces from the war zone in west Texas was beyond tough. And the soldiers didn’t want any fingers pointed back to them.

That was a tough job for even the best special operations unit.

Fortunately, Micky knew plenty of mercenaries, starting with Burn and Bad Karma, who were loaded up with high tech equipment and implants. They would do what it took to get the job done and get paid.

Of course, the soldiers of the Holy Mexican Empire and the other countries fighting in the area would have their own say in how things went.

You’ll love this near future military science fiction story because high tech mercenaries with tools and attitudes always try to get the job done.

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I PREFER GLOBAL WARMING, THANKS: A “Mini-Ice Age” Could Hit Earth By 2030, Scientists Warn.

IT WAS 80 YEARS AGO TODAY:  “A date which will live in infamy.”  I can tell you exactly where my mother was standing in her farm house in Nobleboro, Maine when the news came over the radio.  I know exactly what my grandfather said, and exactly how my grandmother responded.  It’s Vannah family lore.

D*MN IT, BEE:  Bob Dole Switches To Democrat Party.

America’s paper of record…

AS ANYONE WHO KNOWS VIROLOGY WOULD EXPECT:  COVID19 micro-update: good news about the omicron variant?

BEHOLD, MY SHOCKED FACE:  Florida Continues to Record Lowest Coronavirus Cases Per Capita.

RIGHT, OF COURSE:  Irony Alert: Joe Biden to Tackle Political Corruption With New ‘5 Pillar Strategy’.

Also, is that the most Maoist name for a program you’ve ever heard, or what?

STOP IT, JUST STOP IT, BEFORE THE MARXISTS BURY US ALIVE IN A BOX:  Stop being afraid!

ONE OF THE GREAT TRICKS OF THE LEFT IS MAKING THE VICTIMS BEG FOR IT:  Welcome To The Return Of Segregation.

And make no mistake, these are victims, particularly when treated like mascots.

SO, NORMAL DEMOCRAT FEMALE?  Kamala: “Soul Destroying” Critic And Bully.

GOOD:  Devin Nunes To Helm Trump’s “Truth Social” Platform.

ALL IS PROCEEDING AS EXPECTED:  De Blasio Announces COVID Vaccine Mandate for Private Businesses in NYC.

Team Heads On Pikes is going long on wood supplies.

SIC SEMPER SAVAGES:  Hamas Terrorist Dies In Gaza Attack Tunnel Collapse.

December 6, 2021

MY LACK OF RESPECT FOR OUR GENERALS HAS BECOME MORE PRONOUNCED: LIES! Ex-D.C. Guard Officials Say Generals Lied To Congress About January 6.

OPEN THREAD: Hang on to your hopes my friends.

NOW OUT FROM TONY KATZ AND FINGERS MALLOY: Let’s Go Bourbon!: The Bourbon Reader You’ve Always Needed. They host the radio program Eat! Drink! Smoke! And they’re generally cool guys, as you can guess from the title.

BIDEN TO UYGHURS: DROP DEAD.

This isn’t just a scandal. It’s a moral stain on the Biden administration, whose chief diplomat, Antony Blinken, routinely invokes his stepfather—a Holocaust survivor—when it’s politically convenient.

No word from him yet on the Uyghurs, but we assume his deputy speaks for him, and the president, in urging Democrats to toss human rights under the bus in service of a climate deal.

Who knew “restoring the soul of America” meant turning a blind eye to slavery overseas?

The people who crafted this ad, last year?

Related: White House Confirms U.S. Will Play China’s Genocide Olympics.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Military interest in the moon is ramping up.

“Cislunar space has recently become prominent in the space community and warrants attention,” a recent Air Force Research Laboratory document states.

There is growing interest in protecting strategic assets in cislunar space, the realm between Earth and the moon.

The U.S. Space Force is not the only entity engaged in reflecting on the topic of how best to extend military presence far from Earth. Other nations such as China are doing so as well.

Parallel to air, land and sea skirmishes between nations here on Earth, is cislunar space, and perhaps the moon itself, an emerging military “high ground” and new territory for conflict? There’s a variance of views, according to experts Space.com talked to.

Indeed.

Related: America is behind in the new space race China is determined to win.

INSTITUTIONAL SEXISM: Lawmakers drop proposal to add women to the draft as defense bill headaches mount.

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