September 17, 2021

FEMINISTS ARE ALWAYS YAMMERING ABOUT WOMEN’S UNPAID “EMOTIONAL LABOR.” IT’S TIME MEN GOT PAID TOO: China’s hottest new rental service: Men paid to actually listen. “The sessions cost over 400 yuan ($60) each time, but Zheng says they’re worth every cent.”

But note: “Some butlers, meanwhile, privately admit they dislike China’s feminist movement. Though they treat their female customers like royalty at work, several make clear they’re only doing so for money. Junxi hates when women talk about feminism online: ‘They’re too irrational,’ he says.”

Hence the need to be paid. Hey, nobody thinks the Hooters waitresses are listening for free.

OUR OVER-THE-HORIZON CAPABILITY IN ACTION: Biden’s Drone War in Afghanistan Seems to Be Killing More Civilians Than Terrorists.

SCIENCE: Refrigerator blindness: selective loss of visual acuity in association with a common foraging behaviour. “Three male offspring, aged 9–14 years, of one of the authors (M.B.) were observed to experience visual problems profound enough to imply functional blindness. The visual deficit was evident on almost every occasion when any one of the children of this physician went to the refrigerator and opened the door. The acute visual problem encountered was noted to be part of a consistent behaviour pattern, wherein a few seconds after the fridge door was opened a cry would be heard from the affected child of ‘Mum, where’s the milk [or any other item being sought]?’ This vocalization was made without regard to the physician’s distance from the fridge or engagement in any other activity. Shouted directions as to the location of the object only occasionally led to it becoming visible. Even with calm and constructive maternal encouragement and direction the desired object typically would remain unseen until the mother-physician attended the fridge-side and physically identified the precise location of the item.”

This is moderately humorous, and since it’s women making fun of boys it can’t be sexist.

TIN EAR: A Cheney imperiled. “Since her vote to impeach Trump and her appointment by Speaker Pelosi to the January 6 Committee, she has, to my knowledge, made no publicized visits to the state, save to attend the funeral of former senator Mike Enzi a couple of months ago. Word has it that she does fly occasionally into Jackson (which is to Wyoming what the Hamptons are to upstate New York), where she spends her time with friends, benefactors and perhaps a Republican politician or two while sedulously avoiding the rest of the state, 70 percent of which voted for Donald Trump last November.”

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE JOE’S ABILITY TO F*** THINGS UP: Biden’s Drone War in Afghanistan Seems to Be Killing More Civilians Than Terrorists. “On Friday, the Pentagon admitted that a drone strike in Kabul last month killed 10 civilians, not ISIS-K terrorists, as was originally claimed.”

More here: Pentagon acknowledges Aug. 29 drone strike in Afghanistan was a tragic mistake that killed 10 civilians. “The explosives the military claimed were loaded in the trunk of a white Toyota sedan struck by the drone’s Hellfire missile were most likely water bottles, and a secondary explosion in the courtyard in a densely populated Kabul neighborhood where the attack took place was probably a propane or gas tank, officials said. In short, the car posed no threat at all, investigators concluded…Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had said that the missile was launched because the military had intelligence suggesting a credible, imminent threat to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where U.S. and allied troops were frantically trying to evacuate people. General Milley later called the strike ‘righteous.’”

THE NEW ANTIRACISM LOOKS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE THE OLD RACISM: Woke English Opera Fires 14 White Musicians for Having Wrong Skin Color.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SIENCE: Medical School Hosts Seminar on ‘Body Terrorism’ Against ‘Fat LGBTQ+ People.’

It’s also a great moment in timing: More Severe Obesity Leads to More Severe COVID-19 in Study.

BREAKING: FDA Panel Rejects Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Booster.

TAMARA KEEL: Better Guns Than Karate.


So are the mandates BS or does Los Angeles have a death wish for the homeless?

CORRECTION: I mis-ID’d the photo. That’s the Texas border crisis, not the LA homeless crisis.

HMM: Biden Can’t Budge Manchin on Budget-Busting Infrastructure Bill.

BUT SINCE THE FAA HAS BANNED DRONE FOOTAGE, IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? 12,000 migrants wait under Del Rio bridge to surrender to Border Patrol.

Related: Can’t stop the signal!

ROBOTS THAT CAN OPEN DOORS: SKYNET SMILES. Boston Dynamics’ Spot can now handle push-bar doors and dynamically replan in complex environments.

A NATION RULED BY A CABAL OF ITS ENEMIES: Federal Court Ruling Just Made the Border Crisis Infinitely Worse. “It doesn’t seem to bother the ACLU that the government does not have the facilities to house and care for the tens of thousands of families who will now make a mad dash for the border.”

DAVID BARON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Wyoming to ask US to lift Yellowstone grizzly protections. “Wyoming will ask the federal government to remove its protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region and permit the region’s three states to manage and potentially allow hunting of the big bruins in certain areas, Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday. . . . The Fish and Wildlife Service considers Yellowstone’s grizzlies ‘biologically recovered.’ The Yellowstone region’s population has rebounded from about 100 in 1975, when they were first listed, to as many as 1,000 today. As they’ve recovered in number, the bears have been showing up ever farther and more frequently away from their core habitat in and near Yellowstone National Park.”

The good news is that if people shoot at them now and then, they’ll become much more shy of people.

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THE CAYMAN COMPASS EDITORIALIZES: It’s time to take the reopening leap.

We’ve heard the phrase “guided by the science” over and over during the past 18 months, which is why government’s decision to “pause” Cayman’s border reopening plan makes little sense. It’s a decision we believe was based on fear rather than logic; one that will have dire consequences for all of Cayman. . . .

It would be sad and tragic if Cayman were to open its borders and we were hit with a dozen or so deaths from COVID among the unvaccinated – something other small island territories have experienced.

But the elevated risk is something that many of those who insist they will not get the jab, say they are prepared to take.

In the same way that we don’t ban cars because some people drive without seatbelts, we can’t continue to close the island off to the world because of COVID-19.

The vast majority of people in the Cayman Islands have willingly accepted and respected enormous limitations on their own freedoms during the pandemic.

The right to travel, the right to a family life, the right to make a living are all fundamental entitlements that continue to be impacted. It is time for those rights to be restored.

Most of Cayman’s tax revenue comes from banking and insurance, and of course that’s where most of the rich people’s money comes from too. Most of the employment, though, is in tourism. That’s been basically destroyed, to the point where one major dive operator just relocated to Turks & Caicos.

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA (DENVER EDITION): Tay Anderson to get time out for flirting with school girls, intimidating board member.

What’s next for Denver School Board Director Tay Anderson now that he’s been deemed super creepy, intimidating, and clearly overstepped his bounds by trying to date and flirt with two high school girls?

The school board plans to censure him, which carries about as much weight as 10 minutes in the time-out corner.

Then we just have to wait and see if Anderson has learned his lesson and stops hitting on girls in the workplace or schoolyard. Not at all assuring to Denver school parents.

Plus: “Investigators also examined complaints by two witnesses and a school board member who believed Anderson was trying to intimidate them in tweets while the investigation was underway this summer into remaining silent.”

I HOPE WE’RE NOT TOO MESSIANIC, OR A TRIFLE TOO SATANIC: Spanish bishop known for exorcisms resigns after falling for writer of satanic erotica.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Thousands of Migrants Huddle in Squalid Conditions Under Texas Bridge: The temporary camp in Del Rio has grown with staggering speed in recent days during a massive surge in migration that has overwhelmed the authorities.

To be fair, the authorities at the top want us to be overwhelmed. Still it’s bad:

Thousands of migrants were crowded under a bridge outside the border community of Del Rio on Thursday, part of a massive surge in migration across the Rio Grande this week that has overwhelmed the authorities and caused significant delays in processing the arrivals.

The U.S. Border Patrol said that more than 9,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti, were being held in a temporary staging area under the Del Rio International Bridge as agents worked as quickly as they could to process them.

The temporary camp has grown with staggering speed in recent days, from just a few hundred people earlier in the week. The authorities and city officials said they expected thousands more to cross the ankle-deep river between Mexico and Del Rio in coming days.

But hey, no coverage, no problem: FAA grounds Fox News drones near where thousands of migrants are sheltering under a bridge. That’s an abuse of authority, by all appearances. “The FAA’s website said the temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the Del Rio Port of Entry and the International Bridge was put in place for ‘special security reasons,’ but did not elaborate.”

Trying to secure the Biden Administration from the consequences of its disastrous policies is certainly special.

SUPPLY CHAIN: Why a record number of container ships are backed up off the coast of California. “The implementation of COVID restrictions caused many of the problems at the ports.”


As Stephen Kruiser suggested: Let’s Start Jailing Lawmakers Who Violate Their Own COVID Restrictions. “Imagine the pure, poetic justice of seeing Newsom, Cuomo, and some of the other Hitler youth (stole that from Animal House) cooling their heels in a holding cell after being caught with their masks off and their pants down.”

MATT TAIBBI, NADINE STROSSEN, AND AMNA KHALID RESPOND TO NPR’S SMARTY-PANTS ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH. On FIRE’s excellent podcast, So To Speak. (Or catch it on YouTube if you love Google.) Yes, I know, “government-owned station attacks rights of people opposed to government” is one of those dog-bites-man stories, but the level of smugness NPR brings to the table (“Harpsichord music will tell people something is old and therefore dumb, hyuk yuk yuk”) has to be some of the weirdest kind of propaganda known to man.

THE BLACK FACE OF WHITE SUPREMACY: CNN Clown Don Lemon Shames Unvaxxed People (i.e. Majority of Blacks in NYC).

WELL, OF COURSE. HE’S INCOMPETENT AND TREASONOUS. Howie Carr: Gen. Milley is now the Democrats’ latest crush.

Why is that the most reprehensible person in any big national news story always seems to be from Massachusetts?

C’mon down, Gen. Mark “Thoroughly Modern” Milley, the 63-year-old Winchester-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It turns out that last January, in the final days of the Trump administration, this bloated beribboned buffoon phoned the head of the Chinese military, took the proverbial knee and basically begged for absolution for non-existent sins:

“Gen. Li, if we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”

In other words, the groveling generalissimo was going to surrender before the war — any war — began.

Never mind that there was no such armed conflict in the works anywhere except in Milley’s unhinged mind.

The fact is, when it came to committing the U.S. military to foreign entanglements, Donald Trump was the least bellicose president since Eisenhower. Apparently Milley, suffering as he did from a full-blown case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, never noticed this.

Milley was — and is — far crazier than even the fictional coup-leading general in the old movie Dr. Strangelove, Gen. Jack D. Ripper.

Sadly for Milley, he didn’t get the opportunity to surrender to the Red Chinese. He had to wait seven months before he could preside over the greatest military humiliation the United States has ever endured, in Afghanistan. . . .

Think back in history — what usually happens to a general who conspires with his nation’s foes to defeat his own military.

Usually they’re allowed to smoke a cigarette, after which they are blindfolded and rudely pushed up against a wall …

How is that single phone call alone not disqualifying for the nation’s top uniformed military service member?

But it’s not. Milley is now the Democrats’ latest crush, their flavor of the month. He’s the new Michael Avenatti, the next Robert Mueller.

By the way, Milley is the same guy who just described the Predator drone strike in Kabul last month as a “righteous strike.” Now we find out the dead were not terrorists, but 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children. The driver of the car that was bombed was a worker for a humanitarian nonprofit who’d been picking up not explosives, but water bottles.

Imagine if a Trump general had described such a misguided hit as a righteous strike.

It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome for a reason. But why are we allowing ourselves to be ruled by the deranged?


I’VE SEEN THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE DAMAGE DONE: Pandemic-related screen time increases tied to rise in kids’ near-sightedness.

TO ASK THE QUESTION IS TO ANSWER IT: Today’s Cowardly Liberal Comedians Loved Norm MacDonald, So Why Can’t They Be Funny Like Him? “Norm wasn’t a great comedian because he was conservative. He was a great comedian because, without any boasting or self-aggrandizement, he actually did what most comedians merely pretend to. He challenged the sacred beliefs of the society and particularly the privileged elites around him. He deflated the arrogant, the smug, and the self-righteous. He was honest, consequences be damned.”


Shot: AOC wears ‘Tax the Rich’ dress to Met Gala.

—The New York Post, Monday.

Chaser: SALT Break Would Erase Most of House’s Tax Hikes for Top 1%.

High-earning taxpayers would face much smaller tax hikes — or even cuts — if Democrats decide to restore the federal deduction for state and local taxes in legislation that’s now moving through the House.

If the SALT deduction were fully reinstated, the top 1% of taxpayers — those earning at least $401,601 — would face a tax increase less than half as large as that if the current cap on the write-off were retained, according to data from the right-leaning Tax Foundation.

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The figures shed light on a key debate among House Democrats over how to address the politically important tax break that benefits residents of Democratic strongholds, including New York, New Jersey and California. The tax portion of the economic legislation that passed the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this week omitted any plans to address SALT, instead leaving the issue to be negotiated by Democratic leaders.

Bloomberg News, today.

Hangover: Sorry, AOC, The Rich Already Pay Their Fair Share.

You don’t have to agree with me that (over)taxing the wealthy undermines job creation and growth, or that a tax system that relies so heavily on the fortunes of the few creates more cronyism in Washington and more volatility everywhere else. But the idea that the rich don’t pay their “fair share” is absurd.

At this point in the conversation, progressives will set aside their calls for a “wealth tax” and start complaining about capital gains. Here, we simply have a point of disagreement: Ocasio-Cortez would see investment profits in the hands of Bernie Sanders, head of the Senate budget committee. I would rather see them in venture-capital projects and private-equity funds that churn investment dollars and boost technology and jobs. Progressives grouse about accumulation of wealth and then want policies that dissuade risk.

—David Harsanyi, Jewish World Review, today.

HOW THE MEMORY HOLE GETS BUILT: Border Crisis: Biden’s FAA Bans Drones Over Migrant-Packed Texas Bridge.

AN ARMY OF KARENS: Deaf Woman Terrorized by Mask-Obsessed Store Clerks After Asking to Read Their Lips.

PRECEDENTS: Will Biden override Trump on executive-privilege claims on January 6 records?

And given the catastrophic and cowardly debacle just executed by Joe Biden in Afghanistan, perhaps this one in particular. Or does Biden relish the idea of having a Republican-controlled congressional committee getting the green light from a Republican president to strip away all of his privilege requests to get to the bottom of how Biden abandoned thousands of Americans to the Taliban?

To paraphrase Breyer, karma will be a real beeyotch under those conditions, and not just for Biden. It might end up burning some of Biden’s advisers who can expect a longer time living with what the betrayal they perpetrated in Afghanistan. Even if Biden can be expected to indulge his desire for revenge against Trump, at least some of his advisers don’t follow Biden’s lead in playing checkers in a 3-D chess world. They know what the risks are if they set this precedent.

Read the whole thing.

LOCKDOWN FALLOUT: Rising Shipping Costs Are Companies’ Latest Inflation Riddle.

Transportation costs—typically a fraction of a finished product’s price—are emerging as another supply-chain hurdle, overwhelming some companies already paying more for raw materials and labor.

The fabric and crafts retailer Jo-Ann Stores LLC said it has spent 10 times more than its historical cost in some cases to move products from one point to another.

“Sometimes the ocean freight now is actually more expensive than the cost of the product,” Chief Executive Officer Wade Miquelon said in a recent interview. The company hasn’t raised any base prices and is hoping the extra supply-chain expenses are temporary. “I think they probably are, but does transient mean six months or 24 months?” he said.

“We are not counting on material improvements in 2022, especially in the first portion of the year,” Michael Witynski, CEO of the discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc., DLTR 0.94% said last month. He noted that experts expect ocean-shipping capacity to normalize no later than in 2023.

The longer the supply chain, the easier it is to disrupt — and the longer it takes to unravel.

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE: The Data Are In: Trigger Warnings Don’t Work.

#RESIST: New York superintendent and CRT advocate ousted by school board, parents.

SCIENCE! Brown suspends in-person gatherings despite nearly 98% vaccination rate, no COVID outbreak. “Vaccinated students have also been told to wear masks inside their off-campus residences except when eating alone”

MERKEL’S RIGHT HAS BEEN A DISASTER: Without Merkel, the Right in Germany Prepares for Election Disaster.

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! EXCLUSIVE: Virginia Tech syllabus apologizes for instructor’s White skin.

Seems like it might create a hostile educational environment on account of race.

MEANWHILE BIDEN WANTS TO RUN THE UNITED STATES ON WINDMILLS: Experimental reactor could hand China the holy grail of nuclear energy. “China is due to fire up an experimental nuclear reactor this month that could revolutionise the atomic energy industry. The reactor is fuelled by thorium, a weakly radioactive element, instead of uranium. If successful it could deliver safer and cheaper nuclear energy, helping the country to reduce its carbon footprint. It will use molten salt rather than water as the coolant and its by-products are less suitable for weaponisation.”

SHOCKER: European Energy Prices Set Records.

How can that be? They’ve gone green! Oh, wait: “According to the Wall Street Journal yesterday, due to a rare lack of North Sea wind, already high European energy prices are climbing higher.”

It gets better: “Gas and coal-fired electricity plants were called in to make up the shortfall from wind. Natural-gas prices, already boosted by the pandemic recovery and a lack of fuel in storage caverns and tanks, hit all-time highs. Thermal coal, long shunned for its carbon emissions, has emerged from a long price slump as utilities are forced to turn on backup power sources.”

Funny how “green” power is never a backup for coal and gas, only the other way around.

ANOTHER INSTITUTION OVERRUN BY THE WOKE MOB: Labeling The Founding Documents ‘Offensive’ Is Just The Beginning Of The National Archives’ Spiteful Plans.

In a 105-page report issued by the task force in April 2021, the National Archives suggested it, like the United States, is full of “structural racism,” including “a Rotunda in our flagship building that lauds wealthy White men in the nation’s founding while marginalizing BIPOC [black, indigenous, people of color], women, and other communities.” Since the report’s release in April, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero has “accepted the recommendations in full.”

The report further stated other examples of structural racism at the Archives are “legacy descriptions that use racial slurs and harmful language to describe BIPOC communities.” According to the task force, the Archives must revise these descriptions as part of a long-term program to transform its exhibits, archival information and descriptions, and policies.

Alongside obviously offensive language, the report included many harmless or historically accurate “slurs” to be purged or “recontextualized,” such as “crippled,” “elderly,” “handicapped,” “slave,” and “Eskimo.” Following the recommendations of the report, descriptions will be altered to remove not only overtly racist language but also “information that implies and reinforces damaging stereotypes of BIPOC individuals and communities while valorizing and protecting White people.”

The Archives further says its website and catalog must be changed because their descriptions “over-describe the records and achievements of White men by using more extensive, superlative, and subjective language.”

Read the whole thing.

INDIA’S BIGGEST STATE IS ALL BUT COVID-FREE: That’s the news from the Hindustan Times. As it happens, public health authorities in a state there that has as many people as the entire U.S. do not block use of Invermectin to treat Covid patients. Probably just coincidental, right?

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Chinese astronauts land after historic 3-month mission to new space station. “Shenzhou 12 was in space three times longer than any previous crewed Chinese mission.”

BUMPER STICKER OF THE DAY: This one would be funny if not so true.

DON SURBER ON THE UNRAVELING RUSSIA HOAX: Media, Unindicted Co-Conspirators.

Today, after 2 federal investigations covering 4 years, we finally have someone indicted for something related to Russiagate.

And it turns out to be the fellow who peddled the Russiagate Hoax.

The unindicted co-conspirators are CNN, Jake Tapper, Carl Bernstein, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Pulitzer Committee which honored and vouched for the Post and the Times, and just about every political reporter and columnist in country.

So is anyone in the media going to apologize for lying for more than 4 years about Putin somehow fixing the 2016 election for Donald Trump?

Of course not. I should save my breath. But I breathe for the truth and have known from the get-go that Russiagate was BS.

So did the press, of course. They just didn’t care.

Plus: “Let me be the first to say ‘Sussman did not kill himself.'”

SHUT UP, THEY EXPLAINED: Facebook Blocks Ad For Song Critical of Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal. “The social media giant twice prohibited Five For Fighting’s John Ondrasik from purchasing an ad to promote his new single ‘Blood On My Hands.’ Facebook claimed the song, which slams the Biden administration for abandoning hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies, ‘violated their policy on either politics or social issues.’ The song singles out Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.”

HACKS: Media coverage of border mayhem drops 94% under Biden.


KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Mask/Vaccine Nazis Are Getting More Unhinged Every Day. “Yes, we are suffering from a plague in this country — a plague of rudeness. This pandemic is causing a lot of people to act out in ways that we shouldn’t be tolerating. The mask/vax types are under the false impression that they are morally superior and can threaten or mistreat anyone they want. There were several different stories on Thursday that got my blood boiling a bit.”

WITHOUT LIES, HE HAS NO CAMPAIGN: Terry McAuliffe Employs Debunked Attacks Against GOP Opponent: Criticism from Washington Post, PolitiFact has not stopped Virginia Dem from repeating false claims.

I mean, when you’re a Virginia Dem who’s being busted by the WaPo and PolitiFact . . . .

IF NOT, IT’S ONLY BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T THINK OF IT YET: Too bad to check: Is Biden punishing red states by restricting COVID treatment supplies?Maybe not, but as you’ll see, there’s a shortage of rational explanations otherwise — and Joe Biden has only himself to blame for creating that impression. The Biden administration has decided to recalculate the distribution of monoclonal-antibody treatment supplies in order to prioritize equity among the states, rather than the urgency of demand between them. That’s an odd decision for medical supplies in a shortage and public-health crisis anyway. But is it just a coincidence that the immediate impact of that will be felt by Southern states where the seasonal spike in cases is highest?”

Related: Florida’s DeSantis Responds to Biden Limiting Florida COVID Therapeutics – Announces Monoclonal Antibody Purchases Directly From Glaxo Smith Kline.

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SO HOW ARE THINGS GOING IN CHINA? Enraged Evergrande Investors Go Full Pitchfork, Hold Management Hostage In Company Offices. “As the collapse of Evergrande reverberates throughout the Chinese economy, pissed off retail investors have gone from storming the company’s headquarters to taking management hostage, according to the Straits Times, citing posts ‘making the rounds’ on social media. What we know so far: over 70,000 retail investors forked over vast sums of money, in some cases their entire life savings, after the country’s second largest, ‘too big to fail’ property developer wooed them with promises of 10%+ annual returns. And while the company most likely is TBTF (as you can read in gory detail here, although Beijing has yet to make an official proclamation), these anxious retail investors may be in more of an ‘Alive’ situation than a Sully Sullenberger landing when it comes to resolving this mess.”

Well, America is taking on a lot of Chinese values, so I kind of hope we pick up this one too with regard to leaders who have betrayed us.

September 16, 2021



POLITICO: The Jennifer Rubin <–> WH symbiosis.

West Wing Playbook first reached out to Rubin on March 31 to see if she’d be willing to participate in an interview about the Biden administration and White House aides’ frequent promotion of her columns. She didn’t respond last spring and then declined to comment in response to an Aug. 22 email.

On Thursday, we reached back out with our reporting. Rubin responded in an email with the subject line “OFF THE RECORD.” Since we never agreed to conduct such an off-the-record conversation, we are publishing it below in full:

How utterly predictable that Politico would run the zillionth hit piece on a prominent woman, especially one candid in her critiques of Politico’s hysterical, clickbait style of coverage. The notion that I am polarizing in a newsroom (as opposed to any of the dozens of other opinion writers) is a “take” only Politico could come up with — by of course running around to ask the question in the first place. I trust the Post’s superb news side folks spend zero time thinking about me (as is entirely appropriate). My only surprise is that Sam [Stein, POLITICO’s White House editor], a very good journalist, would become enmeshed in such an obviously misogynistic publication. Surely there are finer publications that would have him.

And btw, what a low class move to do this on Yom Kippur at the last moment.

Exit quote: Chief of Staff RON KLAIN has retweeted or @ mentioned Rubin more than three dozen times since mid-May. The White House press team, the Democratic National Committee, the State Department, and the vice president’s office have all promoted various columns and tweets from her in recent weeks. That’s because Rubin usually backs up the administration.”

Come for the incredible love-story of @JRubinBlogger and the Biden White House. Stay for the outrageous crazy lady email she sent attacking Politico for writing about it,” the GOP’s Matt Whitlock tweets.

OPEN THREAD: So for the past couple of weeks these posts have had links to the Roy Scheider/Bob Fosse film All That Jazz. Some colleagues of mine and I were talking about different teaching techniques, inspired by The Paper Chase, and I shared this clip as an example of a tough-love approach to teaching. (In response to this clip from Whiplash, shared by a colleague.) That got me sucked into the whole film, which I hadn’t seen since it was new. Really a terrific piece of work by Fosse, who directed and choreographed, and by Scheider, with great supporting work, and top dancers like Ann Reinking. Plus Jessica Lange as the Angel of Death.

As Reinking and Erszebet Foldi (who played the daughter) note, Bob Fosse was a much nicer man than the semi-autobiographical character of Joe Gideon that he created here. And while he was a real “taskmaster,” as they note, that’s how it should be to get the best work out of people.

Teaching law is pretty different from this, but not entirely. The Whiplash approach, in my opinion, takes it too far — even if you believe in “train hard, fight easy” — but on the other hand, students shouldn’t be too comfortable in the classroom, because if you’re too comfortable it’s because you’re not learning and not being challenged.

On a related note, I remember that my old mentor Charles Black mused late in life that he wished he’d given more attention to dance. I suppose I feel the same way. I knew a few dance majors in college in my honors program (all female, oddly enough), enough to know just how hard they work and how much discipline it takes, but that was all. Martial arts and yoga gave me some appreciation of the physicality involved, but the artistry is something I appreciate only at the most superficial level, unfortunately. And that’s despite spending quite a few years as a Dance Dad while the Insta-Daughter did ballet, jazz, and modern. I was a bit relieved when she bailed and went to fencing instead. (She did spend a summer in college at the Joffrey Ballet School, but as staff, not as a student).

Anyway, long digression, but I’ll find some other theme for the coming Open Threads.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE– PART DEUX: I never blame someone for having a really stupid idea. I do blame a room full of executives who say “Yeah! Let’s do it!”

Without further ado, I present to you the latest and greatest attempt to monetize “social justice” and its invariable meltdown: “CBS Backtracks On ‘The Activist’ After A Backlash, Including From One Of Its Hosts.” My favorite part:

“Besides the fact that there will be millions of dollars spent on hair, makeup, travel, celebrity hosts and judges, production, distribution that could have gone to the activists and organizations that will be featured, this is deeply dangerous,” said Brittany Packnett Cunningham, an anti-police-violence activist whose organization, Campaign Zero, has helped shape police-reform efforts around the U.S., speaking on MSNBC.”

My second favorite part:

“This extends a societal belief about what a good activist looks like: someone who is ready for prime time, someone who fits a particular archetype and is great on social media and is perfectly marketable,” Cunningham said.”


I’D PREFER SOME DISCONTINUITY, TO BE HONEST. WHAT WE HAVE NOW ISN’T WORKING VERY WELL. Advocates calling for fresh look at continuity of government.

I suspect that the end result here would be formalizing and legitimizing the Deep State.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Democratic Socialism is Just Socialism.

THE AMERICA THAT WORKS: SpaceX Inspiration4 crew circles the Earth on mission’s first full day.

FLASHBACK: Electric Heroes.

VDH: ‘Science,’ They Said.

We saw just that in early June 2020 when over 1,200 “health care professionals” signed a petition demanding exemptions from mandatory lockdowns and quarantines for Black Lives Matter protestors marching en masse. And they concocted medical excuses such as “vital to the national public health,” to insist that violating quarantines was less unhealthy than not pouring into the streets

Why did both candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris warn the American people on the eve of the vaccination rollouts that a Trump Administration inoculation could be unsafe—thereby at the very outset undermining confidence in mass vaccinations?

Why was the medical community largely silent about such dangerous sabotaging of a new vaccination, but months later became vociferous in warning the public that any prior doubts about the safety of these Operation Warp Speed vaccinations were scientifically misplaced? Was there a medical breakthrough on January 20, 2020 to alter their consensus?

When a Yale-licensed psychiatrist tele-diagnosed the former president of the United States in absentia as mentally ill and in need of an intervention, did medical professionals object to such a perversion of science and medical ethics?

If such pop diagnoses are the new Ivy-League medical norm, will they insist that Joe Biden take and pass the Montreal Cognitive Assessment in the fashion of Donald Trump? Or do the medical findings of competency depend on ideology?

Yes, of course. Read the whole thing.


“For New Yorkers earning more than $5 million, the combined city, state and federal tax rate would skyrocket to 61.2% under the House plan,” Fox Business reports. “The combined rate in California, meanwhile, would spike to 59.7%, while the wealthiest individuals living in New Jersey could pay a rate as high as 57.2%. In Hawaii, the combined marginal rate would be an estimated 57.4%.”

That’s right: High-earning residents of these states could end up paying nearly 60 percent tax rates on their income earned above a certain level. That’s an obscene and fundamentally unfair level of taxation. But such punitive levels of taxation are also highly impractical and certain to have adverse economic consequences.

Voters in these blue states knew what would happen when they punched the card for Biden: Biden calls paying higher taxes a patriotic act.

And this was uttered by a 2008-era pre-trunalimunumaprzure Biden.

FREDDIE DEBOER: The Original Matrix is Pretty Bad — and that doesn’t really seem contrarian to me.

The Oracle when she said that Morpheus was going to die, and Neo saved him, so we have free will! But Morpheus says she told him exactly what he needed to hear, suggesting she manipulated him and he had no agency. But then isn’t Agent Smith right? I am le confuse. Also, I know the movie cares about these questions because Morpheus literally says “Do you believe in fate?” to Neo, which is part of its larger habit of just telling you what’s on its mind. That would just be clumsy, except that (again) it doesn’t know what’s on its mind, not really, so the tic is even more obvious. Do you believe in fate, movie? Wachowskis? I sat through like 7 hours of this stuff and never found out.

But then a rack of guns comes out from nowhere, and it goes whooooosh!

Look, I want to like all of this more than I do. I too just want to lay back and enjoy a bravura and kitschy triumph of aesthetics that articulates several different kinds of pre-millennium tension. I want to enjoy the guns and the Czech raver clothes and the (pre-Crouching Tiger) balletic martial arts. But for whatever reason it just never congeals; the style is too ridiculous and the substance is too confused. Perhaps what colors this for me is that there’s another 90s movie that I think pulls off the aesthetics and the action The Matrix is going for, with precisely the goofy spirit people say they like and without the go-nowhere brain teasers – Blade. The Blade trilogy, which started a year earlier, pulls off the ridiculous(ly cool) black leather and shades look with more panache than The Matrix, and it did so without posing existential riddles it didn’t want to solve or crawling too far up its own ass. And watching Blade today is a pleasure because, in contrast with the previously-mentioned Fast franchise, the movie doesn’t constantly let you know that it’s winking along with you. It premiered before this awful Age of Knowingness, and so did The Matrix, which in hindsight I think is the thing I like the most about it.

Oh well. At least “I know kung fu” is cool.

But the song “Kung Fu Fighting” was dubbed evil racist hate speech a decade ago: Mark Steyn Wishes He Were As Funky As Those Funky Chinamen From That Funky Chinatown.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Study: Couples in supportive marriages have better mental, physical health.

HOT, HOT, HOT!:  The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released its report on racial disparities in maternal mortality.  The report claims, among other things, that (1) mothers today are 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their mothers were a generation ago; (2) racism is a root cause.  My dissent shows why neither claim is makes sense. 

Maternal mortality is a fashionable topic on the Left.  Here in San Diego County, there was recently a billboard/poster campaign to alert African-American mothers that they were more likely than white mothers to die in child birth “because of racism.”  Go figure.


Time contends that the prince and former actress, who specialize in the cringe-inducing regurgitation of every trendy puerile progressive societal grievance they hear, “not only prompted deep re-appraisals of British society and the monarchy’s place within it, but have also catalyzed essential conversations on topics from mental health to misinformation.” This might come as a surprise to Time editors, but the British have been re-appraising the monarchy’s role for quite some time! Ask Robert Fitzwalter or Johnny Rotten. Of course, Time is in the business of selling magazines — just as People and Us are. There’s nothing at all wrong with it. But there’s no reason anyone should take the publication seriously anymore. As Walter Kirn notes, Time is alive in name, but its “original, defining mission — grounding the American mind in a moderate, shared reality — is dead.”

To be fair, Time’s “original defining mission” died in the late 1960s.

QED: Time Magazine Takes Chinese Cash To Promote Controversial Drone Business. Iconic mag fails to properly disclose $700k from China.

Henry Luce, the son of Presbyterian missionaries to China, who created Time magazine in 1923, and who sided with Chiang Kai-shek during China’s communist revolution, has rolled over many times in his grave learning this news.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY UNDER THE NEW BIDEN-HARRIS FOREIGN POLICY: Situation in Indo-Pacific ‘deteriorating,’ says Australian defense minister.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Clint Eastwood on Politics: It’s Complicated.

LIVE AT 3:30PM EASTERN: ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ Introduces the Seat of Uncomfortable Ecstasy.

Hot takes, cold drinks, special surprise guest.

THIS IS TRUE ONLY FOR CERTAIN SETS OF “WE”: There’s A Hostage Crisis in Afghanistan, and We’re Not Talking About It. “The Taliban is blocking flights, and the United States, the world’s number one superpower, has done everything they think they can. This sounds like a hostage crisis.”

Related: Afghanistan Hostage Crisis: Family of Navy Vet Wants Biden Official Fired.


CRISIS BY DESIGN: Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues. “The 208,887 migrant encounters mark a 317% increase over last August.”

THAT’S THE EXCUSE, PROBABLY JUST TRYING TO HOOK UP WITH HOT DENISOVANS: Scientists pretend to be Neanderthals to explore how they caught birds in caves for food.

ROGER SIMON: Abandon Ship! Time for Conservatives to Leave California.

Do not pass GO! Do not collect $200. Just get out and be grateful. You really are getting out of jail free.

California and Californians are beyond repair. If they couldn’t vote Newsom out after all that has happened and after the obvious condition of the state almost everywhere you go, except perhaps the French Laundry, it will never happen. Stop kidding yourself.

And you’ll be surprised there are a lot of good places to eat outside the state at less than a fifth of the freight of that over-priced Napa Valley redoubt.

If you have a house to sell, you can have one twice that size outside California.

I’m not gloating here, just because I got out myself over three years ago. Actually, it makes me sad. I may never see Yosemite, Big Sur, or a single Joshua tree again. But so what? C’est la vie. There are wonders all over the world.

And starting over in a new location has a lot to recommend it. It makes you younger and expands the mind, like learning to use a computer mouse with the opposite hand.

Larry Elder, a fantastic man with a great talent and a wonderful sense of humor, is also more than welcome to come, if he should be, most justifiably in his case, fed up with California.

But to my fellow conservatives and libertarians, if you do come, please remember why you left. Some are concerned here in Tennessee, and I assume in other red states, that you might, I’m sure inadvertently, bring some of your blue state values with you.

How’s that Welcome Wagon program coming along?

MICROBIOME NEWS: Common factors within the gut associated with depression and bipolar disorder.



If you are the kind of person who would choose to not get a vaccine to protect against a virus that has killed more than 4.6 million people around the world, because you heard that Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend in Trinidad had his testicles swell up, there’s really not much that can be done to save you. Your ability to discern a trustworthy source of information is fatally flawed. You should not get your health advice from hip-hop stars who have no idea who you are, just as you should not take your personal-hygiene tips from Steve Jobs, you should not get your tax advice from Wesley Snipes, you should not take marital advice from O. J. Simpson, and you should not ask Armie Hammer to cater your next party. Nicki Minaj may have the best of intentions, but she is not a doctor and no, wearing a nurse’s outfit in a music video does not count.

Jim Treacher adds: “Well, who you gonna trust: some doctor, or the unfortunate friend of Nicki Minaj’s Trinidadian cousin? I don’t know what else the White House is supposed to do here, but it definitively busts the Democrats’ myth that vaccine hesitancy is the fault of Donald Trump, or his voters, or white supremacy, or whichever boogeyman the libs come up with next. People are hesitant about vaccines for a lot of reasons, not always good reasons, but it’s not necessarily political.”

NPR-AMERICANS ARE ALREADY PROOF OF THIS: We hear what we want to hear, new study confirms.

HMMM: Signs point to Milley’s exit. “Baseball fans know the score. When the general manager says he’s behind the manager 100%, that means the manager has two weeks left. Biden just said, ‘I have great confidence in General Milley.’ Look for Milley to soon decide to spend more time with his family.”

SPACE RACE SNUB: NASA Adds Insult to Jeff Bezos’ Injury with Puny Blue Origin Contract. “Imagine what Bezos and his billionaire ego must feel like now that NASA has announced Blue Origin’s consolation prize? A puny $26 million to develop a lunar lander concept that might, someday, possibly lead to building an actual landing system.”

HE SHOULD NOT MERELY BE FIRED, HE SHOULD BE COURT-MARTIALED. Gen. Milley must go for subverting civilian control of the military. “The most grimly amusing thing about these reports is that they come after four years of tedious self-aggrandizing lectures from journalists and liberal politicians about the sacredness of our ‘norms.'”

Related: Was it treason? The general vs. the president. Telling an adversary you’ll warn them if we attack is at least a promise to commit treason under the circumstances.

The funny thing is, it was presumably meant to reassure the Chinese, but they certainly wouldn’t believe such a promise, which they might make, but would never honor, themselves.

NICE. THEN THEY SHOULD START VOTING REPUBLICAN: Majority of black parents oppose critical race theory curriculum.

BIDENFLATION, PART DEUX: Three Glaring Problems With Congress’s Plan to Raise Taxes on Cigarettes and Vaping. “resident Biden and his political allies have long promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. But their new plans for increasing taxes on cigarettes and vaping products would stretch that pledge far past its breaking point.”

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