January 26, 2021

CROWDSOURCING GOODTHINK: Twitter launches ‘Birdwatch,’ a forum to combat misinformation. “Twitter said it hopes to build a community of ‘Birdwatchers’ that can eventually help moderate and label tweets in its main product.”

THESE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY: Liberal Media Scream: Nuremberg trial for Trump?

HEALTH: Apple says to keep your iPhone 12 away from pacemakers. “The handsets and MagSafe accessories can cause interference.”

FROM MY COLLEAGUE MICHAEL HIGDON: If You Grant It, They Will Come: The Enduring Legal Legacy of Migratory Divorce.

He’s done a lot of fun research into the culture of people staying in Reno, and he found a number of amusing postcards from the era, some of which appear in the piece.

I REMEMBER WHEN DARK MONEY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BAD: ‘Dark Money’ Helped Pave Joe Biden’s Path to the White House.

President Joe Biden benefited from a record-breaking amount of donations from anonymous donors to outside groups backing him, meaning the public will never have a full accounting of who helped him win the White House.

Biden’s winning campaign was backed by $145 million in so-called dark money donations, a type of fundraising Democrats have decried for years. Those fundraising streams augmented Biden’s $1.5 billion haul, in itself a record for a challenger to an incumbent president.

That amount of dark money dwarfs the $28.4 million spent on behalf of his rival, former President Donald Trump.

That’s different because shut up.

Plus: “Democrats have said they want to ban dark money as uniquely corrupting, since it allows supporters to quietly back a candidate without scrutiny. Yet in their effort to defeat Trump in 2020, they embraced it.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Trump Opens Rent Free Office Space In Liberals’ Heads. “The Democrats never could see through their Trump Derangement Syndrome clearly enough to see the fun guy that those of us who supported him did. I saw him speak live during the first month of his presidency and it was an extemporaneous blast filled with a lot of laughs. The Dems see him and us as angry and bitter all the time. Of course, it’s textbook projection. They’re the pinched, miserable ones.”

IS IT MORE LIKE 1984, OR MORE LIKE BRAVE NEW WORLD? Your online activity is now effectively a social ‘credit score:’ Especially when the Morality Police get acquired.

GOOD AND HARD:

Shot: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the clear choice for Indian Country.

Indian Country Today, October 21st, 2020.

Chaser: Utah tribe blasts Biden’s drilling freeze on federal lands as ‘direct attack’ on sovereignty.

—The Washington Times, Friday.

WHISKEY ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER.

ANALYSIS: VERY, VERY TRUE. Our Pandemic Fears Are Killing What Makes Life Worth Living.

IS THIS EVEN ALLOWED NOWADAYS? Democrats question election results: ‘We just trust the machines, and we shouldn’t.’

Matt Luceen didn’t vote for former President Donald Trump in 2020, but he came to Washington last week to protest President Biden’s inauguration, saying the election was flawed.

Mr. Luceen, a supporter of Sen. Bernard Sanders, said he toted signs that read “COUNT OUR VOTES BY HAND,” and “End the charade.”

“We don’t ever really put the paper into piles and count them by hand anymore,” the 34-year-old computer programmer said. “We just trust the machines, and we shouldn’t because we have documented proof that these machines are vulnerable.”

While Mr. Trump and his supporters have been explosively vocal about their distrust of the election system, discontent runs through a broad swath of voters from across the political spectrum.

In 2016, it was Democrats complaining that the election had been tainted by Russian interference. Two years later, the party complained that Stacey Abrams had been denied the Georgia governorship because of shenanigans with voting rolls.

Ms. Abrams never conceded, and Democrats — who took control of the U.S. House in those 2018 elections — made her cause a rallying cry, vowing to repair elections.

In 2020, it was Mr. Trump sowing complaints early and often.

The above is from this week. But remember this? Democratic senators warned of potential ‘vote switching’ by Dominion voting machines prior to 2020 election.

In a December 2019 letter to Dominion Voting Systems, which has been mired in controversy after a human error involving its machines in Antrim County, Michigan, resulted in incorrect counts, Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, and Amy Klobuchar and congressman Mark Pocan warned about reports of machines “switching votes,” “undisclosed vulnerabilities,” and “improbable” results that “threaten the integrity of our elections.”

“In 2018 alone, ‘voters in South Carolina [were] reporting machines that switched their votes after they’d inputted them, scanners [were] rejecting paper ballots in Missouri, and busted machines [were] causing long lines in Indiana,’” the letter reads. “In addition, researchers recently uncovered previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in “nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states.” And, just this year, after the Democratic candidate’s electronic tally showed he received 164 votes out of 55,000 cast in a Pennsylvania state judicial election in 2019, the county’s Republican chairwoman said, “nothing went right on Election Day. Everything went wrong. That’s a problem.”

The letter continued: “These problems threaten the integrity of our elections and demonstrate the importance of election systems that are strong, durable, and not vulnerable to attack.”

Dominion’s suing Rudy Giuliani, but not these Democrats. But an “unbiased” voting machine company that only sues Republicans has kind of blown its credibility already.

From the day before the 2020 election: USA Today: Will your ballot be safe? Computer experts sound warnings on America’s voting machines.

All election systems are for the most part black boxes: proprietary software and hardware jealously guarded by the handful of companies selling them. But state reviews and court cases opening up DRE systems of all makes and models for examination have for years flagged problems. . . .

“The whole community of computer scientists is mystified why election officials will not listen to experts about technology but will listen to the vendors (selling and maintaining it),” said Duncan Buell, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of South Carolina who examined that state’s system.

Nobody should buy voting machines from Dominion, or anyone else, using secret “proprietary software and hardware.” And, really, nobody should buy voting machines at all.

Flashback: Biden Was Concerned About Manipulated Voting Machines, Called for Paper Ballots. “How are you gonna keep it from us being able to be in a position where you can manipulate the machines, manipulate the records?”

Well, he had a point.

Related: New York Times, Feb. 4, 2020: The Only Safe Election Is a Low-Tech Election: The Iowa caucus debacle proved that a 21st-century election requires 19th-century technology.

Every piece of technology involved in the voting process is a possible point of failure. And the larger and more interconnected the technical system, the more vulnerable it is to an attack.

“Many of the leading opponents of paperless voting machines were, and still are, computer scientists, because we understand the vulnerability of voting equipment in a way most election officials don’t,” said Barbara Simons, a computer scientist and board chair of Verified Voting, an election security nonprofit, in an interview with The Atlantic in 2017.

Remember when they told us to “listen to the experts?”

But look, for elections to work, people — including the losing side — have to trust that voting is basically fair. Something like 40% of Americans have serious doubts. That’s destabilizing, and trying to pretend suddenly that only kooks have doubts, and trying to silence critics with legal thuggery a la Dominion, only makes the problem worse.

I APOLOGIZE TO BALDRICK WHO AT LEAST PROVIDED SUPERIOR TURNIPS:  They Have A Cunning Plan.

MENTALLY DEFICIENT TODDLERS:  DOJ Inspector General Announces Investigation into DOJ Effort to Influence the 2020 Election.

…on LSD, playing with plastique.

THE RIOT WASN’T. THE ARRESTS ARE POLITICAL PERSECUTION:  Founder of #WalkAway Movement, Brandon Straka, Arrested For Participation in Capitol Hill Riot.

I stand with Brandon Straka. Any regime that would deprive citizens of the right to protest is an illegal and dictatorial regime.

MENTALLY IMPAIRED TODDLERS RUNNING WITH PLASTIQUE:  House Delivers Article of Impeachment, Trump Warns GOP of Primary Consequences.

SURE:  Teen Suicides Major Reason For Schools To Reopen.

But making asthmatic kids wear masks while attending is going to take those same schools to the cleaners, when the madness passes and everyone remembers ADA.

WHICH MEANS WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO RESIST:  American Exceptionalism Is Our Birthright. We’re Keeping It.

Because actually Bai Den Zhou’s puppet government is inimical to everything America is.

TO BE FAIR, AT LEAST THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO PRODUCE FICTION:  ‘No Man’s Land’s’ Own Studio Lies About the Immigration Drama.

Still, CNN is not likely to appreciate the competition.

WE’VE LEFT THE REAL WORLD BEHIND: Journalists Mobilize Against Free Speech.

We’re living in the drugged fantasies of some LSD addict. It’s still 1970 and any minute now we’re going to wake up on the green shag carpeting next to some guy who has been growing his chest hair since before he was born.  And I’ll be wondering what I’m doing there, at eight.

THE LEFT WOULD CANCEL ALL OF US: Today’s blacklisted American: A blogger about babies.

So they’re not constantly reminded of their miserable and petty smallness.

IT IS NEEDED:  The Battle for Moral Authority.

Let me put it this way: morality is not race. When you start investing any race with moral worth, while stripping it from another, you’re the one who has no morality. The end.

THE COUNTRY IS IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS:  ‘More like a snack for a toddler than a meal for an adult’: How our National Guard troops are being fed at the Capitol.

AMERICANS DO EVERYTHING DIALED TO 11:  Rule by Decree: Joe Biden Sets Record for Executive Orders in First Week.

Not even the Romans had an Emperor this senile proclaim so much crazy stuff. At this point saying he’s marrying his daughter and declaring his dogs citizens would be piddly stuff.

THIS REGIME, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: A genocide, by any other name.

This regime holds the leash on vice-roi Bi-Den-Zhou.

TODDLERS, RUNNING WITH PLASTIQUE:  Schumer: Biden Should Consider Declaring ‘Climate Emergency’ So He Can Do Things without Congress.

January 25, 2021

REALCLEARPOLITICS: Democrat Prospects of Convicting Trump in Senate Fade Away. Drag it out as long as possible, waste their momentum and make them look dumb on TV. Then crush it.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:

FAILING UPWARD: Dr. Anthony Fauci: The Highest Paid Employee In The Entire U.S. Federal Government.

JUST SENT OUT THANK-YOU NOTES TO PEOPLE WHO DONATED VIA PAYPAL. Sorry that some were a bit late; I got a bit behind with the Covid and other stuff. I very much appreciate your support, especially now that the Amazon stuff is no longer happening as before.

(Bumped).

COOL: Elon Musk Is Leasing Land to Drill for Natural Gas In Texas. Near SpaceX’s launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.

TRUMP’S NOT PRESIDENT. THEREFORE HE CAN’T BE REMOVED, WHICH MEANS HE CAN’T BE IMPEACHED. AT LEAST, THAT’S MY TAKE. Did Chief Justice John Roberts decline to preside over the Senate trial of the Trump impeachment? “I think it means John Roberts arrived at the view that there was no occasion for the Chief Justice to preside, and therefore he has a duty to refrain from participating. That’s not ducking and it’s not skipping. When he presides, it’s because he must, and when he refrains, it’s because he must. It’s based on an interpretation of law. But I can’t tell, reading this article, if he was asked to preside and communicated a refusal, or if Senate Democrats decided that the Constitution, Article I, Section 3, does not provide for a role for the Chief Justice.”

The thing is, if you’re not impeaching Trump as President, then you’re impeaching a private citizen. And you can’t impeach a private citizen. If you’re impeaching Trump as President, then the Chief Justice must preside. And since he isn’t . . .

WHEN YOU PUT CLOWNS IN CHARGE, YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A CLOWN SHOW: If You Thought the First Impeachment Was a Circus, Just Wait for Impeachment 2.0.

WELL, OBJECTIVELY THEIR PLATFORMS PLAYED A BIGGER ROLE: House GOP: If the FBI Is Investigating Parler for the Capitol Riot, Let’s Include Facebook and Twitter.

Though the notion that a communications platform is responsible for what its users say, even aside from Section 230, is pretty novel and unAmerican here.

OPEN THREAD: Be happy.

WAIT, IF TRUMP INCITED IT, HOW COULD THE SON HAVE TIPPED OFF THE FBI ABOUT HIS FATHER’S PARTICPATION BEFORE IT HAPPENED? “Weeks before the riot,” in fact. Son Tipped Off F.B.I. About His Father, Who Is Charged in Capitol Riot.

What sort of awful crime did the father commit? “The elder Mr. Reffitt, who was arrested on Jan. 16, faces charges of obstruction of justice and of knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.”

Also, I’d disown the little turd. He’s 18, he needs to move out and support himself. No home for Stalinists. . . .

A FRIEND EMAILS: “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Trump Mar-a-lago wgah’nagl fhtagn.” Heh.

UPDATE: From the comments: “That is not politically dead which can eternal lie, and in strange eons even deplatforming may die.”

Plus, something stirs.

FLASHBACK: The Cautionary Tale of Samantha Power.

POLITICS:

UPDATE: Now that Joe Biden is President, COVID is Over and California Will Re-Open. Well, also Gavin Newsom’s “looming recall election.”

NO THANKS, I’M STILL SOCIAL DISTANCING: Meet the Woman Behind Salon’s Sloppy Tom Cotton Piece. San Francisco-based researcher Michelle Pettigrew was renovating her Georgian mansion while Cotton was in Iraq.

NO ONE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE: Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen.

(MUCH) SLOWER PLEASE: Why the Biden Agenda Might Come to a Screeching Halt in the Senate.

Related: Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) “is against eliminating the filibuster, and she is not open to changing her mind about eliminating the filibuster.”

More: Report: Trump Impeachment DOA in Senate.

Which likely dovetails with this announcement: Sen. Leahy Expected to Preside over Senate Impeachment Trial, Not Chief Justice Roberts.

SURPRISE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR GUN-TOTING REPUBLICAN WOMEN: Biden Admin to ‘Speed Up’ Efforts to Place Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill.

And the design work is all set to go!

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Budweiser will sit out Super Bowl, funneling marketing dollars to boost vaccine awareness. “Budweiser isn’t the only iconic brand sitting out the game. PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have said they won’t be running in-game ads for their namesake sodas.”

#FIGHTFOR$15: New Research Debunks Claim That a $15 Minimum Wage Would Not Reduce Employment.

GO BROKE: NBC Sports Network Is Shutting Down.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Triple-Masker Looks Down On People Who Only Double Mask.

MARK JUDGE: America’s Spiritual Quest Doesn’t Lead to Las Vegas.

FASTER, PLEASE: New DeLorean, and Other Replica Cars, One Step Closer to Reality.

DUTCH ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTS MOSTLY PEACEFUL: Hundreds arrested after riots in 10 cities in the Netherlands. “Police in the Netherlands arrested hundreds of rioters, mostly in Amsterdam, as groups of young men in multiple cities vandalized shops and set fires Sunday night. . . . Earlier this week, the Dutch parliament announced new coronavirus restrictions including limits on social visiting and a 9:30 p.m. curfew.”

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: In 1110, The Moon Vanished From The Sky. We May Finally Know Why.

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS NO ONE IS ASKING: How Miley Cyrus’ ‘Preference’ Remarks Show Underlying Transphobia.

“Girls are way hotter. We know this,” the 28-year-old bisexual said in an interview with Sirius XM’s Barstool Radio. “Everyone I think can agree that from ancient times d*cks makes wonderful sculptures. Other than that, I’m not as interested. I like d*cks as art pieces. And sculptural, I love the shape, I think it looks really good on a table.”

The singer continued: “It’s good if it can just get in and go away, because I don’t want it eyeing me up. That’s how I truly feel. I felt really good about saying that.”

She dug in even deeper, adding, “everyone knows that tits are prettier than balls… That’s what ended up making female relationships make more sense to me.”

I wish I could say this news makes me excited and proud to be a woman and a lesbian, but Cyrus’ quote is littered with transphobia. This kind of gender essentialism was left behind by most of the queer community years ago. Genitals do not equal gender, and Miley should know this.

And from satiric* Twitter account “Titania McGrath:”

* Well, I’m pretty sure it’s satiric. In 2021 though, who can tell?

OF COURSE, THIS IS BASED ON LIKE, WHAT, 12 THEATERS OR SOMETHING? ‘Marksman’ tops North American box office for 2nd weekend. $2 million in box office for a #1 movie. “Few new movies have been opening in theaters this past year due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

JOEL KOTKIN: Making America California. Now that Californians are filling top spots in the Biden administration and Silicon Valley is an arm of the Democratic party, they’ll be working together to ruin the rest of the nation’s economy — and impose California’s new version of feudalism.

PETER HITCHENS: “Covid ‘denier’ is a disgusting, dog-whistle slur:

[I]t’s a revolting, dog-whistle slur, designed to suggest the person involved is equivalent to those who deny the Shoah took place. One of the first principles of political argument is that if you are explaining, you are losing. So my response to this is not to explain. If anybody actually thinks I am a denier of the Holocaust, let them say so somewhere public, where we can deal with it.

He’s not wrong — it’s simply an extension of the old “climate denier” slur: In January 2007, CBS’s Scott Pelley “was asked why he refused to include global warming skeptics in his reporting. He responded, ‘If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?’”

REP. LAUREN BOEBERT EXPLAINS WHY SHE CARRIES IN D.C.: She’s only five-feet tall, but I wouldn’t mess with her. She’s Video #2 on Thom McKee’s Daily Gouge for today. A little further down, check out Thom’s response to NR’s David French.

NO. JUST NO. How Is This a Good Idea: Car Dashboard Video Games.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Nothing to see here, just Bay Area teachers impersonating health care workers to jump the Covid vaccination line: Bay Area hospital won’t receive COVID vaccine after teachers given doses before frontliners, elderly.

According to investigative news outlet San Jose Spotlight, Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos offered district Superintendent Paul Johnson and staff the vaccine as a “gesture” of kindness after the district raised funds for a program to provide frontline workers meals.

“The COO of the hospital says we can access the appointments … and has cleared [Los Gatos schools] staff to sign up under the healthcare buttons,” the email from Johnson to district staff obtained by Spotlight read. Educators are part of Phase 1B in California and Santa Clara County, behind frontline staff, nursing home residents and those 65 and older.

Teachers, per the email, were told to impersonate health care workers despite the threat of perjury — with the approval of COO Gary Purushotham — in order to obtain access to the vaccine. “Remember to register under healthcare initially,” Johnson’s note read.

The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE. Schools in the district are closed for in-person learning.

Now, Santa Clara County is withholding vaccines from the hospital after the offer was extended and an estimated 65 doses were offered to district teachers and staffers.

You stay classy, Bay Area teachers.

 

PROGRESS: New technique builds super-hard metals from nanoparticles.

UGH: Antibiotic resistance may spread even more easily than expected.

THIS REVOLUTION WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU BY COSPLAY POLITICS.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF HIS EXECUTIVE ORDERS? Biden’s Trans Agenda Threatens the Military, Science, and Women’s Rights.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Washington Post ‘Fact Checkers’ Won’t Count False Biden Claims; ‘Assume’ He’ll Be Like Obama.

That’s quite an interesting comparison by the amnesia-suffering WaPo “fact checkers:” Obama’s repeated “If you like your plan you can keep your plan” lies were so outrageous, even his fellow Democrats at “Politifact” couldn’t ignore it, dubbng it their “Lie of the Year” in 2013.

THE “TRUMP ANTIBODY TREATMENT” ADVANCES: Germany to use corona meds that helped Trump.

GREAT MOMENTS IN PIVOTS: The Echo Chamber Era. Trust in media is down, but if journalists don’t listen to critics anyway, why should they care?

A day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, the headline in Axios read: “Trust in media hits a new low.” Felix Salmon wrote that “for the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media.” The Edelman survey showed overall faith in the press dropping to 46%.

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Balance isn’t about giving credulous coverage or equal time to Donald Trump or Josh Hawley or Ben Shapiro (though I think it’s crazy for news organizations to cut off all conservatives), it’s about being consistent. If you tell us on January 12th that all 50 state capitols are under serious threat — I was genuinely worried — you have to tell us what happens at the end of the story a week later. Was that threat real but deterred? Was it overblown? What happened to all of those warnings?

This has been an ongoing theme of coverage in the Trump years: hyping a threat for a news cycle or two, then moving to the next panic as the basis for the first one dissipates. How many headlines were aimed at our outrage centers in the last four years that were quietly memory-holed, once they’d outlived their political utility? We read dozens of stories before the election warning that Russia was already interfering in the 2020 election. A smattering of New York Times headlines alone:

  • Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump
  • Russia Continues Interfering in Election to Try to Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Says
  • ‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020
  • F.B.I. Warns of Russian Interference in 2020 Race and Boosts Counterintelligence Operations
  • Putin Most Likely Directing Election Interference to Aid Trump, C.I.A. Says

The Times almost weekly quoted people like the “American official” who said Russia was like a “tornado, capable of inflicting damage on American democracy now,” or FBI Director Christopher Wray, who said there was a “very active” campaign to influence the election and “denigrate Vice President Biden.”

Then Biden won the election, the story disappeared, and the near-immediate conclusion of the same New York Times was that the election had been “free of fraud.” They quoted the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency as saying the 2020 vote was “the most secure in American history,” and as for all of those pre-election scare stories?

A bipartisan consensus like this may tempt some people to conclude that the dire pre-election warnings were overblown, that the risks to the election were never that serious. The reality is the opposite…

Like the wider Trump-Russia story itself, which magically vanished from coverage before both the 2018 and 2020 election seasons, audiences were asked for a time to care about certain things as if their lives depended on it, then just as quickly asked to forget the issues ever came up. And they wonder why people feel manipulated?

Oceania has never been at war with Eastasia.

CHARLES LIPSON: Biden’s Biggest Decision.

How will President Biden resolve tensions between his party’s left wing and its establishment-corporate center? His first day in office showed one way. He will signal his virtue to progressives on hot-button issues like Keystone XL pipeline, the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and the Paris climate accord. He won’t build another new mile of border barrier. He wants a higher minimum wage. Those gestures are meant to please party activists without, he hopes, costing too much with average voters. Best of all, they don’t require any pesky, time-consuming procedures, like passing actual laws or ratifying treaties. They will be implemented by presidential orders and bureaucratic regulations

More broadly, President Biden will use EOs, bureaucratic regulations, and sub-Cabinet appointments to placate his party’s vital interest groups in education (teachers unions), criminal justice, race relations, immigration, and the environment. Important as those policies are, Biden has no intention of meeting the far-reaching socialist demands of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

They seem more or less happy to wait him out, which might not take all that much waiting.

WELL, YES, CALLING PEOPLE BIGOTS IS HATE SPEECH. Did it ever occur to the people accusing others of “hate speech” that what they are saying is interpreted as hate speech?

Plus: “I will say it again. If you are a conservative or libertarian; if you are an elected Republican at any government level; if you are a conservative or libertarian publication; delete your Twitter ($TWTR) account and end your share link with them. Go to another social media platform to spread your views. I wrote about Fascist Jack but read wealth manager Josh Brown’s take on Twitter here. Sometimes to create momentum and a movement you need to take a scalp. Twitter is a scalp that is there for the taking. Take it.”

I quit Twitter a long time ago — and, TBH, should never have gotten on it and provided them with free content to begin with. I’ve never once regretted leaving it.

AUDIO: On Hugh Hewitt, former commander of Ranger Regiment slams Salon for attacks on Sen. Tom Cotton. “I don’t know Senator Cotton. I mean, I’ve looked at a lot of his statements. And to your point, to my knowledge, he’s never claimed to have been in the Ranger Regiment, or one of the Ranger battalions. He’s always clearly stated he was in the 101st and the Old Guard. And he was a graduate of the Ranger school. So I think, and this is not the first time it’s come up.” You can be a graduate of the Ranger School and not be a member of the Ranger Regiment. In fact, lots and lots of people are.

Plus: ” I think, you know, if you really want to understand this, there’s one Ranger Hall of Fame, and that Ranger Hall of Fame is comprised of two different groups of people – people that served in the Ranger Regiment and the battalions, and people that are Ranger qualified. So clearly, the Rangers who created the Ranger Hall of Fame believe they’re both inside that umbrella.”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The River of Forgetfulness.

We are expected to forget that for over 90 summer days, there was utter havoc in dozens of American cities. Downtowns were ravaged. Stores were looted. Arson was customary. More than 700 police were injured and spat upon. In all, those “mostly peaceful” protests did billions of dollars in damage, leaving thousands of business owners bankrupt, and at least three-dozen people dead.

In other words, the visuals were the same old, same old we had seen during the violent 2017 Inauguration Day protests in Washington, the rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore, in New York during the final stages of the Occupy Wall Street take over, and the WTO violence over two decades ago in Seattle—with one major exception. This time the authorities saw far more election-year political advantage in defending the violence than in suppressing it, and so made the necessary adjustments, at least until Election Day.

The mayors of the targeted cities like Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and Minneapolis contextualized and supported the mayhem (“block party” and “summer of love”). They cared little for the thousands of lives that were wrecked by the destruction.

Joe Biden excused Antifa as a mere “idea” (a presidential ante facto impeachable offense?)—largely because millions of his supporters condoned or explained away the violence, and they said so publicly. The New York Times architect of the “1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones boasted at the height of the unrest, “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.” She’s lucky none of the oppressed took her literally or seriously enough to storm the New York Times. One wonders what is the further utility of BLM and Antifa after the Biden election, and whether erstwhile dead-ender “protestors” may now be recategorized as “rioters” given the suddenly bad optics.

Of course, some of us haven’t forgotten: Pelosi and Biden Get Hoisted on Their Own Petard With Latest Antifa Video.

INDEED: In 2020, Teachers Unions and Police Unions Showed Their True Colors.

UNITY: Several Super Bowl Advertisers Bow Out over Fear of Offending Viewers.

DO NOT TRUST CHINA. CHINA IS ASSHOLE. China: America Probably Created The Virus, You Know.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Rand Paul smackdown of George Stephanopoulos is what media deserve.

REFILL THE SWAMP: Hickenlooper Taps Lobbyist to Lead Senate Office.

ANIMATED POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY: It’s a jointly produced product from the Capitol Research Center (CRC) and Dangerous Documentaries, and it’s first episode of the first season (10 episodes, each 10-12 minutes long) debuts this week.

While we’re here, don’t miss CRC’s recent vidumentary on George Soros funding radically lefties seeking local prosecutorial offices. Soros has had a lot of success in this particular effort and is in part responsible for the spiraling crime rates in those jurisdictions, including Philadelphia and Chicago.

PORTMAN OUT: Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman won’t run for re-election; Republican cites ‘partisan gridlock.’ “Portman still has $5 million in his campaign account and would’ve been a heavy favorite to be re-elected in 2022. He has never lost an election, winning all of them by double-digit margins. It’s expected to remain a safe seat for Republicans, who’ve been tightening their grip on Ohio for the past decade. Potential GOP candidates for Portman’s seat include: Congressman Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken, former state treasurer Josh Mandel and ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance.”

THE CORPORATE STATE: Through an obscure startup named Rebellion Defense, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt attempts to buy his way into the Biden White House. “The Biden administration will need to tread carefully to avoid Big Tech taking over functions of government. Early in Obama’s presidency, Google representatives attended more than one White House meeting a week, leading some to jokingly call the administration Google.gov. More than 250 Google employees moved back and forth between the company and government during the Obama years. Schmidt is now poised to have even more sway within the new White House.”

Everything is worse in reruns.

IF YOU SEE MONKEYS AND THINK OF BLACK PEOPLE, YOU’RE THE RACIST: University axes ‘three wise monkeys’ from conference promotion due to ‘racial stereotypes.’ “Experts in the field differ: ‘The monkey is a sacred being. They are vehicles of delight.’”

Universities are now largely run by ignorant people concerned that other people might be offended by things they don’t understand.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: ‘CCP Joe’ Welcomes Communist Firms Back into U.S. Energy Grid.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Is it good news that President Joe Biden turns out to be one of those honest politicians who stays bought?

Answer: Not when he’s a majority-owned subsidiary of the Chinese Communist Party, it isn’t.

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

  • Prime Minister Zoolander feeds the mouth that bit him
  • Woman who knitted those Bernie Sanders meme mittens driven out of business by feds
  • Who turned off the lights at the White House?

Bonus Sanity: You aren’t losing your mind — Joe is.

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

THE CDC IS A FAILED ORGANIZATION THAT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED BECAUSE OF ITS RECORD OF FAILURE: Reuters: CDC’s early COVID response “marred by . . . career scientists and frontline staff.”

THEY ALREADY HAVE, AND HE’S JUST GETTING STARTED. NEXT QUESTION? Will Biden’s Policies Lead to Job Losses? Here Are Possible Economic Impacts of 4 of Them.

HIS PEOPLE DON’T WANT HIM TO: Biden’s Not Healing the Nation.

PRIVACY: WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update. “The exodus was so large that WhatsApp has been forced to delay the implementation of the new terms, which had been slated for 8 February, and run a damage limitation campaign to explain to users the changes they were making.”

WhatsApp claims they won’t share data with parent company Facebook, but for some reason, no one seems to believe them.

I’M SURE THESE TWO EVENTS ARE ENTIRELY UNRELATED:

Shot: California Governor Gavin Newsom expected to lift strict stay-at-home orders, sources say.

—Central California’s ABC 30, today.

Chaser: California campaign to fire Newsom nears threshold needed for ballot.

—Fox News, today.

CAN BIDEN CONTINUE TRUMP’S TOUGHER APPROACH ON CHINA?

President Joe Biden’s incoming secretary of state, Antony Blinken, agrees former President Donald Trump’s administration got communist China right.

During his Jan. 19 Senate confirmation hearing, Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China. I disagree very much with the way that he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one. And I think that that’s actually helpful to our foreign policy.”

But Hunter Biden’s China investment scandal lurks in the diplomatic and criminal background.

The mainstream media and social media magnates who stifled preelection public examination of the Biden family’s involvement in what looks like and smells like a multimillion-dollar political payoff racket may have gotten Joe Biden elected.

However, until the Biden-China scandal is fully vetted, we won’t know if Beijing has inside information (blackmail leverage) that might soften Trump’s tougher approach.

Knowing matters. Given China’s documented record of pervasive spying, global intellectual property theft, a huge military expansion program, imperialist seizure of territory, bullying of neighbors, violations of treaty commitments, police-state terror and genocide of Muslim Uighurs, a softer approach at this moment in history ultimately puts American security at risk.

Read the whole thing. (bumped)

ECO-TOURISM, KIND OF: Oklahoma lawmaker proposes ‘Bigfoot’ hunting season. “Establishing an actual hunting season and issuing licenses for people who want to hunt Bigfoot will just draw more people to our already beautiful part of the state.”

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