November 30, 2020

CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER: Reasons why the 2020 presidential election is deeply puzzling: If only cranks find the tabulations strange, put me down as a crank. “To say out-loud that you find the results of the 2020 presidential election odd is to invite derision. You must be a crank or a conspiracy theorist. Mark me down as a crank, then. I am a pollster and I find this election to be deeply puzzling. I also think that the Trump campaign is still well within its rights to contest the tabulations. Something very strange happened in America’s democracy in the early hours of Wednesday November 4 and the days that followed. It’s reasonable for a lot of Americans to want to find out exactly what.”

Related: Legitimacy of Biden Win Buried by Objective Data: Emerging information from the states renders his victory less and less plausible. “A growing body of evidence ranging from straightforward ballot audits to complex quantitative analyses suggests that the tabulation of the votes was characterized by enough chicanery to alter the outcome of the election. Consequently, a consensus has gradually developed among the auditors of publicly available information released by the states, and it contradicts the narrative promulgated by the Democrats and the media. The more data experts see, the less convinced they are that Biden won.”

THE RADAR IS DOWN: Losing Arecibo’s giant dish leaves humans more vulnerable to space rocks, scientists say. First SMOD takes out our radar. Then the strike is launched. . . .

MORE HOUSE SEATS: R win in CA-25 and NY-01.

Plus: Iowa certifies Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks won Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat — by 6 votes.

For a guy who supposedly lost, Trump sure had a lot of coattails. And for a guy who supposedly won, Biden sure didn’t.

REST IN PEACE, BEN: Legendary Science Fiction Author Ben Bova Has Passed at the Age of 88.. As a kid, I was inspired by his books — including his excellent nonfiction science work. As an adult, I was on the National Space Society Board with him.

WEIRDLY, ADDING A FEMALE KICKER DIDN’T SEEM TO TURN THINGS AROUND: Vanderbilt fires football coach Derek Mason amid winless season.

Related:

Plus, harsh but fair:

FRONTIERS IN FRAUD: Ga. Secretary of State Investigating Warnock-Led Voter Registration Group. “A voter registration group that was led by Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock until earlier this year is under investigation for allegedly sending ballot applications to non-residents, the Georgia secretary of state announced on Monday. The New Georgia Project, where Warnock served as CEO until February, is one of four voter sign-up groups being probed for improper registration activities, Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger said in a press conference.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Politics in Academia: A Case Study. Which values matter most to professors? Researchers at the State University of New York at New Paltz surveyed nearly 200 academics around the country and found variations according to the professors’ gender, political ideology, and department. Females, liberals, and professors of education prioritized prioritized social justice and students’ emotional well-being; males, conservatives and business professors prioritized academic rigor and knowledge advancement.

The lead author, Glenn Geher, is a tenured psychology professor who has published more than 100 academic papers, but he couldn’t find any journal to publish this one. So he published it himself along with an account of his saga. Good for him — and shame on the journals that turned it down.

KURT SCHLICHTER: Liberals Want You Demoralized, So Don’t Be. “Here’s how it’s going to be. Whether Trump ends up winning or losing – the court battles continue – you’re going to support the Republicans in Georgia in January and everywhere else thereafter. You’re not going to pout in performative despair about how the mean old Democrats cheated and how there’s no point in voting and boo hoo hoo. You’re going to elect people to stop the libs, winning outside the margin of fraud, and you’re going to keep fighting against fixed elections in court and elsewhere. Is it always going to be fair or right or honest? No. So what?”

Kurt’s sounding like the Insta-Wife here, and there’s no higher compliment.

Say, have I mentioned that he’s got a new book out?

THE NOT-SO-SOFT BIGOTRY OF THE ANTI-RACISM GRIFT: Black Fragility? Colman Hughes exposes the absurd premises of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility, starting with the assumption that all whites in America are racists at birth — the progressives’ version of Original Sin, which can be expiated only through the rituals of the woke church. (She’ll officiate — for a fee.)  That’s bad enough, but her view of blacks is even worse.

The second unstated assumption in White Fragility—and this is where the book borders on actual racism—is that black people are emotionally immature and essentially child-like. Blacks, as portrayed in DiAngelo’s writing, can neither be expected to show maturity during disagreement nor to exercise emotional self-control of any kind. The hidden premise of the book is that blacks, not whites, are too fragile.

Read the whole thing (the essay, not the book).

 

MARK JUDGE: Slanted: Our Dumb, Incompetent, Dangerous and Awful Media.

TRUMP HAD NO ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Trump Makes One Last Bid for Historic Israel Middle East Peace Deals.

I had exactly that argument with a friend on Twitter today. Was told that “we just have different truths.”

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, LIKE WOKE RACIAL POLITICS GENERALLY, IS DEEPLY UNPOPULAR WITH MOST AMERICANS AND DEEPLY REVERED BY ELITES: Will Democrats Learn from Their Identity-Politics Disaster in California?

So, no. I’m saying no.

EVOLUTION OF AN ARGUMENT, VIA A FRIEND ON FACEBOOK:

“There is no evidence of election fraud!”
“There is no evidence of widespread election fraud!”
“There is no evidence that any fraud would have changed the results!”

Next: “Any evidence that might have existed was lost in our totally accidental server outage / flood / fire / dragon attack / interdimensional rift opening.”

KAROL MARKOWICZ: School chaos is why you should teach your kids the truth about politicians.

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ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What Does it Mean to Proof a Firearm?

YOUR HARD-HITTING PRESS HARD AT WORK, HITTINGLY: CNN’s Chris Cillizza Gushes Over Biden’s Injured Foot as the Epitome of Transparency. It’s Not.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE:Media Say Biden’s Female-Led Comms Team Is A First. It’s What Trump Has Now.

I BLAME CLIMATE CHANGE: Our Solar System Is Going to Totally Disintegrate Sooner Than We Thought.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Democrats Are Finally Dissecting Their Overall Awful 2020 Election Performance.

As Glenn has noted, “For a guy who supposedly lost, Trump sure had coattails. And for a guy who supposedly won, Biden sure didn’t.”

ANOTHER TRUMP TRIUMPH: ‘Absolutely remarkable’: No one who got Moderna’s vaccine in trial developed severe COVID-19.

I think we should start calling the vaccines developed under Operation Warp Speed “the Trump shot” just for fun.

LATEST: Team Trump Demands Signature Audit as Dominion Server Crash Delays Georgia Recount.

Who could argue? Signature audits are Obama-approved:

SPACE: Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid soil samples nears home.

GOOD AND HARD: Plans to disarm Portland State campus police on hold after too many quit.

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS NOBODY IS ASKING:

Also answers to questions nobody is asking: how many campers can a Vulva owner jump?

WELL, GOOD: House Republicans Form ‘Freedom Force’ to Counter AOC’s ‘Squad.’

BASICALLY THE “LINCOLN PROJECT” OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: ‘Turncoat’ macrophages in the tumor ‘micro-environment’ underlie breast cancer progression.

AMITY SHLAES’ GREAT SOCIETY: How Poverty Won America’s War on Poverty.

In which I take a very deep dive into Shlaes’ latest book over at Ed Driscoll.com.

(Bumped.)

TODAY’S NON-SHOCKING HEADLINE: It’s Not ‘Woke’ To Be Broke: Major Liberal Cause Turns Out To Be Just Scheme Enriching A Few.

#RESIST:

UPDATE: A friend emails:

Great to see this #Resist repurposed.

A close female relative and I had a conversation recently. She was making conciliatory verbal gestures, in effect, saying that if everyone who supported Trump admits he lost, agrees they were wrong, and that Trump was evil, we can all move on amicably.

I responded, very calmly and dispassionately, which I was able to do because I was expecting this conversation, more or less as follows.

Using game theory, it has been determined that the proper way to respond to defection from optimal behavior between two parties, is to match any bad behavior by equal retaliation. Acquiescing in bad behavior without consequences simply gets you more of it.

So, the only rational rational response for Trump supporters, after the last four years is to respond to Biden exactly as Trump was treated:

#NotMyPresident
#StolenElection
#FuckBiden
#Resist

First, no one who voted for or supports Trump will recognized Biden as legitimate. Second, everyone who voted for Trump will believe and continue to proclaim that the election was stolen, in this case with far more factual basis. Third, Biden will not be given any deference or respect due to his office, but will be given only contempt and profane disrespect. Fourth, there will be no prospect of cooperation but only opposition, in every lawful way, to everything he says, does, or proposes, all day, every day, until he is gone.

At some future date reconciliation may be possible. But not until the last four years has been repaid in full.

And the foregoing is on the presumption that Biden will be sworn in as President, which he should not be, and which may not happen.

#RESIST.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: How The Once Elusive Dream Of Laser Weapons Suddenly Became A Reality.

FLASHBACK: The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine.

CALIFORNIA DINER OWNER REFUSES TO CLOSE OUTDOOR DINING, PUTS UP SIGN RIFFING ON GOVERNOR’S DINNER AT SWANKY FRENCH RESTAURANT:

A restaurant in California is refusing to follow new coronavirus restrictions and erected a banner reading “The French Laundry” over its sign, in reference to the swanky French restaurant where Gov. Gavin Newsom was seen breaking his own virus orders.

“This Redondo Beach restaurant has a not so subtle message for CA. Owner Alex says he’s defying LA County orders to close outdoor dining because it’s not about him, it’s about all the workers that rely on him for livelihoods, and he can’t leave them stranded right before Christmas,” KTLA reporter Christina Pascucci tweeted, accompanied by a photo.

Earlier: It’s The Winter Of Love On Staten Island.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. School chaos is why you should teach your kids the truth about politicians. “Cuomo and de Blasio have grown-up kids, so their comedy-of-errors leadership doesn’t affect them. One day of supervising virtual kindergarten, and they would be forced to taste their folly.”

CHANGE: House To Vote On Bill That Would Delist China-Based Companies If They Fail U.S. Audit Standards. “As we reported about 2 weeks ago, the proposal will be issued for public comment in December, and will address a problem that has plagued Chinese companies on U.S. capital markets for more than a decade: China hasn’t let the work of Chinese auditors be inspected.”

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH GLENN GREENWALD IS A VOICE OF SANITY: Biden Appointee Neera Tanden Spread the Conspiracy That Russian Hackers Changed Hillary’s 2016 Votes to Trump.

AMERICA’S RIDICULOUS “RACIAL” CLASSIFICATIONS: Speaking of East Asians and Covid, it would be useful if we could compare Covid rates among Americans of East Asian descent to other Americans, to see if there is an indication that genetics plays a role in infection rates. But the U.S. gathers health and medical data via the same unscientific categories it uses for civil rights enforcement and affirmative action programs. So we have an “Asian” category, but 40% or so of that category is made up of people with origins in the Indian subcontinent or the Philippines; both groups are genetically distinct from East Asians. I address the implicit racism and stupidity of the U.S. government requiring researchers to use racial rather than genetic classifications in medical research here, and I have a forthcoming article on the origins of our official racial and ethnic classifications. Want to know how Indian-Americans got lumped into the same category as Chinese-Americans? Read on.

STACEY LENNOX: What Is Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Thinking?

IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, A NICE REVIEW for Joe Pappalardo’s Inferno: The True Story of a B-17 Gunner’s Heroism and the Bloodiest Military Campaign in Aviation History.

Excerpt:

In “Inferno,” Joe Pappalardo tells the story of B-17s over German-occupied Europe before long-range escort fighters could help them survive. His major character—and what a character!—is an over-aged juvenile delinquent, a 31-year-old among teenagers who as a little guy gets the ball turret.

Maynard Smith doesn’t have much to commend him, but the American military isn’t fussy in 1942. The Army willingly takes him on when he is delivered to the induction center in handcuffs. (He failed to pay child support, and the judge made him choose between prison and patriotism.) He earns sergeant’s stripes at the end of his training, such as it is, and finds himself in England as part of the nascent 8th Air Force.

On his very first mission, Sgt. Smith runs into the worst sort of trouble, and for once he does everything right. He saves himself, the airplane and those still alive in it. For this, he is awarded the Medal of Honor, the first enlisted airman to receive America’s highest award for valor. Naturally, he will eventually lose those stripes and finish the war as a private.

I haven’t read it yet, but Pappalardo never disappoints.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Communist China Lies Worse Than Our 10-Year-Old Does.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What does it take to get a Communist to tell the truth?

Answer: No, you may not use a car battery and nipple clamps.

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

  • Another Colorado town joins the COVID #Resistance.
  • Separated at Birth: Donald Trump and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?
  • News media turns the gaslight down to -11.

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

UNEXPECTEDLY: AOC’s Latest Viral Post Flunks Econ 101.

GOOD QUESTION: 195 Million Chinese Students Are In School. Why Aren’t Our Kids?

OUR RISIBLE ACADEMIC SECTOR: Academics: Biden administration will have to undo US’s ‘history of hate.’

As taxpayers tire of paying for this, we’re told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

JAMES LILEKS ON MINNEAPOLIS IN THE WAKE OF “DEFUND THE POLICE:”

At 8 AM a few days ago a housekeeper was sitting in her car outside the house where she worked. No, let’s say 7:58. She started at 8. That was probably the arrangement. She was probably looking at her phone, whiling away the time as we do when we have these empty moments in between. What did we do before? Twiddle the radio knobs, woolgather, try to sort our marginal thoughts into little packages we can put on the shelf before the day begins.

A car came up and stopped, angled, boxing her in.

* * * * * * * * *

No, I am not getting out. No, I am not sitting back and posting twitter snark because lol they have a Biden sign. The people in other threads on other sites are dunking on the people who put up the sign, but they don’t know that the victim in this case was a housekeeper who doesn’t live in this neighborhood. Is she entitled to our sympathy? Of course. As are my neighbors. But if you want to go the whole lol Biden route, then we’re indifferent about the fate of millions of our fellow citizens. Do I stop caring about a neighborhood and its inhabitants who may have, in the aggregate, voted a certain way, if they’re 12 blocks to the north? Fifteen? Seven? It would be good to know the rules so I can lol at the right people.

Then again . . .

This isn’t to say there’s no connection between how one votes and what happens down the road. Of course there is. I’m pretty sure they would have voted for Crime Bill Joe if he’d been the nominee years ago, because the alternative is unthinkable. (The other side would also want to put crooks in jail, but for the wrong reasons.)

Plus a look at the Hollywood adaptation of Inherit the Wind — co-starring Gene Kelly(?!) as H.L. Mencken.

Read the whole thing.

EVERYTHING GETS HACKED: A Bluetooth attack can steal a Tesla Model X in 90 seconds.

WHY HAVE EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES FARED SO WELL WITH COVID-19?: Maybe it’s genetics: An ancient coronavirus-like epidemic drove adaptation in East Asians from 25,000 to 5,000 years ago. A lot of commentators, including one I heard on the radio this morning, have suggested that China, Japan, South Korea, and so on have had few deaths from the Coronavirus because of some combination of an obedient, public-regarding culture and good government. But in China, the virus was raging undetected for two months or more, and during peak holiday season. Culture and government can’t respond to a pandemic that no one yet knows exists. In fact, back in the winter I was optimistic about how bad Covid would be, in part because the Chinese, even accounting for state censorship, didn’t seem to be hit that hard even though they had many weeks where the virus was silently spreading. So, a higher level of genetic or other immunity makes intuitive sense, and here’s a study that backs that theory up.

THEY’RE STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW MUCH. DON’T GIVE INTO THEIR IGNORANCE, EDUCATE THEM: Catholic University, under fire from students for espousing Catholic views.

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KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Are We Ready for the Hell of a COVID-19 Days of Christmas? “Christmas is a bigger deal for most of us, however. Thanksgiving is about celebrating America, which liberals hate. Christmas is about religion, which liberals hate even more. That’s why everybody’s least favorite elf on a shelf made sure he got in front of a camera on Sunday to let everyone know he’s going to try and crap all over that.”

HOW TO EXPLAIN TAIWAN, FEWEST COVID DEATHS AND LEAST RESTRICTIONS: Taiwan has one of the world’s densest populations, has tested only those with symptoms, yet has suffered the fewest Covid deaths (per capita), while imposing the least restrictive public health measures.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROTECT YOU: CDC Report: Officials Knew Coronavirus Test Was Flawed But Released It Anyway.

BEWARE THE DEMOCRAT-MEDIA COMPLEX: If Voters Had Known About 8 Stories Media Ignored, Trump Would Have Won, Says Media Watchdog.

INVESTIGATE AND PUNISH: New: FBI requests files of people voting ‘in multiple states.’

CHRISTIAN TOTO: How Ron Howard Brought ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ to Life Without Lectures. “The Oscar winner gets honest about the film adaptation’s ties to Trump’s America.”

DEMOCRATS SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT:  As John Fund explains, by putting Proposition 16 on the ballot, California’s deep-blue legislators help elected Republicans Michelle Park Steel and Young Kim to Congress. Washington State’s Democrats may want to take note.

OF COURSE: A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story: Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries.

It’s a Chinese virus. It came from China.

Flashback: Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis.

A competent, honest response would have placed the world on notice much earlier. A China that cared about the rest of the world would have halted flights abroad while this disease was spreading, instead of allowing its citizens to spread willy-nilly around the globe. (As Brian Kennedy writes: “China seems to have taken the position that if they were to suffer the coronavirus, so too was the United States and the rest of the world. What else is to explain the continuation of flights from China to the United States at the rate of some 20,000 passengers a day, until President Trump wisely shut them down?”)

Related: Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis. “From the moment the coronavirus emerged in central China, Beijing has acted in a way that made a pandemic possible and then inevitable. It covered up what was happening in Wuhan. It silenced whistleblowers who sought to warn the world. It stole medical supplies from other countries, even while claiming the sickness was no big deal. . . . If Beijing had given the real number of infected people and deaths, other countries would have recognized the danger, and taken necessary steps.”

OBVIOUSLY STUPID AND DISHONEST LEADERS HAVE TROUBLE LEADING: Senseless Restrictions on Outdoor Activities Undermine the Goal of Curbing COVID-19.

CHANGE (IT BACK): Philippines Looking to Reverse Course on Scrapping U.S. Military Pact.

CHINA MOVES TO BAN FOREIGN MISSIONARIES: A government agency controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — but I repeat myself — has issued a 40-article regulation that extends the government’s suppression of Christian congregations in China to foreign missionaries coming into the country. It’s Mao’s Cultural Revolution all over again but this time the Red Guards are government bureaucrats and secret police armed with digital weapons.

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INEZ STEPMAN: Contra your neighborhood hipster bar, there is no such thing as “craft vodka.”

Plus: “Now, I realize the French have made quite a reputation for themselves in matters of gastronomy and intoxication. Their wine, their cheese, their duck confit; far be it from me to push the people out of their well-deserved lane. To be honest, their accomplishments generally outshine my own hereditary Slavs in that department. But vodka, vodka we know.”

BIG TECH OCCUPIES THE UNITED STATES: “Big Tech has infiltrated the American homeland and is imposing speech laws that resemble those of Europe, challenging the authority and longevity of the First Amendment.”

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: ‘Good riddance’: Tech’s flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates. “Software engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas. Some San Francisco residents are fine with it.”

Many urban centers have seen residents move out in large numbers since the start of stay-at-home orders in March, but the shift has been especially dramatic for San Francisco, a city that was already experiencing rapid change because of the tech industry.

Software engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas, citing housing costs, California’s relatively high income tax and the Bay Area’s general resistance to rapid growth and change.

The scale of the departures is visible in vacant high-end apartments, moth-balled offices and quieter streets in neighborhoods popular with tech workers. And while no one is exactly celebrating, especially as Covid-19 has devastated the incomes of many people, some residents were ready to take a break from the rich.

“The gentrification pressure has been at least momentarily relieved,” said John Elberling, executive director of Todco, an affordable housing nonprofit that operates in the South of Market neighborhood alongside the shuttered headquarters of countless tech companies and startups.

Who will pay for the “affordable” housing once the tax revenues dry up?

WORST POLITICAL CLASS EVER: The Political Class’s Hypocrisy Long Predates Covid-19.

On some level, politicians have always believed that they deserve special treatment, that the ordinary rules don’t apply to them. They have pushed for limits on school choice for the poor while sending their own children to private schools. They have advocated for gun control and defunding the police while being protected by armed security guards. They have denounced the influence of money in politics while courting wealthy donors at closed-door fundraisers.

But the coronavirus protocol breaches we’ve witnessed this year could wind up being far more consequential if they lead to less support for nanny-state policies. Conservatives, who are more constitutionally averse to busybody politicians making decisions for people, were always warier of lockdowns and the rationale behind them. What has changed since the spring is growing skepticism of public-health edicts among liberals. . . .

These people are perfectly aware that infection rates are rising and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly cautions against celebrating the holiday with people outside your household. Alas, many of them don’t seem to care anymore. According to the American Automobile Association, there could be as many as 50 million Thanksgiving travelers this year, only 10% less than in 2019.

This is a form of mass civil disobedience like nothing the country has seen since the 1960s. Some of it is born of Covid fatigue, to be sure. But the endless parade of politicians flouting their own rules surely has also played a role. It began shortly after the spring lockdowns and if anything has become more commonplace, even farcical.

We are ruled, in many places, by clowns. Often vicious clowns, but still clowns.

IF YOU LIVE IN THE DENVER AREA, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Toast.  Like many places, it’s going to have a hard time surviving the completely insane second lockdown mandated by the crazy people in our state government. Get some take out, and give them a hand with the survival thing, until we come out the other side, okay?

Oh, and the food is great. It would be nice if we can have at least some good things on the other side, no?

ADOLESCENT BOYS OF ALL AGES AND GENDERS ARE ROLLING ON THE FLOOR AS YOU READ THIS:   November ‘beaver moon’, lunar eclipse to light up sky.

Can confirm….

AND, AS WE ALL KNOW, CHINA IS COMPLETELY RELIABLE:  China now claims India is original source of Wuhan Coronavirus.

OBAMA MUST RETIRE TO IRAN ALREADY, SO SAY THE REST OF US:  Trumpism Must Be Purged Say Obama Counsels.

HARK, IS THAT A HELICOPTER I HEAR?  Biden Hurts Ankle, Kamala Prepares To Ascend.

I HAVE A BETTER IDEA! REIN IN THE GUARDIAN TO SAVE THE WORLD:  Guardian: Rein in Advertising to Save the World from Climate Change.

TO BE FAIR, WE ALSO REGRET THEIR HAVING CHILDREN. OR AT LEAST RAISING THEM:  The Guardian: Climate Activists Avoid or Regret Having Children.

ONCE UPON A TIME THIS WOULD HAVE THE MAKINGS OF A HIT MOVIE, BUT HOLLYWOOD NO LONGER MAKES MOVIES WITH HEROIC JEWS:   Iran’s Mohsen Fakhrizadeh killed hit squad, report says.

WOW – THIS MOVEMENT DEGENERATED INTO A RACKET IN RECORD TIME:   Star-studded Time’s Up charities spent big on salaries, not victims.

Also, has anyone seen my shocked face? Because I really need it.

DOES ANYBODY ACTUALLY CARE?  Does Matt Drudge even work at The Drudge Report anymore?

The more important question is: are there any journalists who aren’t democrat operatives with bylines, or have they all been pushed out of the field?

OH, COMMUNISM:  ‘Sovereign Citizens’ claiming ownership of occupied mansions.

I MEAN, SERIOUSLY:  Cause of Death: A Primer.

AND IF WE TALLIED OURS FAIRLY, WHAT DO YOU THINK?   More people died of suicide in Japan in one month than the entire coronavirus pandemic.

WHAT IF WE ELECTED TRUMP, AND PEACE BROKE OUT?  Surprise exodus of Jewish Americans moving to once-hostile UAE.

November 29, 2020

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OPEN THREAD: With nothin’ to do but feed all the kangaroos.

THE “FACT-CHECKERS'” HISTORY HAS NOT BEEN EXACTLY BRILLIANT: Candace Owens Challenges Fact-Checker, And Wins. “I wanted to show that these fact-checkers just lie, and they usually go unchecked because most people don’t have the money, don’t have the time, and don’t have the platform to go after them — and I have all three.”

THERE IS UNREST IN THE FOREST. THERE IS TROUBLE WITH THE TREES. FOR THE MAPLES WANT MORE SUNLIGHT, AND THE OAKS IGNORE THEIR PLEAS: “I hope we can create some kind of trend, that actually people are going to run to the parks and start complaining to the trees. This is one way of healing at this moment of our history.”

Well, it’s one way. David Thompson has much fun with this suggestion, so read the whole thing.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Solar power stations in space could be the answer to our energy needs.

BECAUSE THE U.S. PRESS IS GARBAGE: Three professors, two from Dartmouth and one from Brown, have produced a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?” It focuses on the U.S. press, and its findings are disturbing.

Plus: “Why are ‘major’ U.S. news sources so massively more negative than their international counterparts? I think the widespread hostility toward President Trump is the obvious answer. The fact that Fox isn’t much different from its left-wing competitors probably tells us more about Fox than about the American press in general. But that isn’t the whole story. This NBER article suggests that the pessimism of major news outlets is a response to reader demand.”

TRANSLATION: IS TRUMP GOING TO SPILL THE SECRETS ABOUT US THAT WE GOT HIM OUT OF OFFICE TO PROTECT? When he leaves office, can ex-President Trump be trusted with America’s national security secrets? The intelligence community’s campaign against Trump started with a leak about a “briefing” about the fake Steele Dossier.

The intelligence bureaucracy is an unprincipled, self-interested player in American politics, and it doesn’t want people to know how, what, or who it’s been playing.

HMM: Computer mouse movements may reveal appetite for risk-taking.

ROGER KIMBALL: Crime Hiding Crime: A Motive for the Steal.

My point is this: fear as well as greed has been a powerful motivating force in explaining the desperate tactics employed by the Left to secure the presidency for the disagreeable and senescent political hack at the head of the Democratic ticket.

The agenda he and—more to the point—his leftwing puppeteers hope to enact was one motivating factor.

Their desire to free themselves from scrutiny for their years—in some case, decades—of corruption was another, equally powerful motivation.

Doubtless, many of them of them believe they can breathe easy now. Joe is almost president, isn’t he?

Well, is he?

I said that the whole Russia Collusion hoax was the biggest scandal in American history.

That award might be about to be transferred to the 2020 presidential election.

Fair and free elections are essential to the maintenance of democracy.

Perhaps we have just witnessed how difficult it is to assure their perpetuation in the face of concerted partisan interference.

The first U.S. presidential election was held in December, 1788. We’ve come a long way in two hundred and thirty-two years.

It was a good run, maybe the best in history. It would be sad to see it go.

Stay tuned.

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