October 21, 2021

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Is Big Law’s Addiction To Elite Law Schools Hobbling Diversity Efforts?

Related: To Reduce Inequality, Abolish the Ivy League.

SENT OUT A BUNCH OF THANK-YOU NOTES TO FOLKS WHO DONATED VIA PAYPAL: If I somehow missed your donation, thanks very much!

TEN DOLLARS OR TEN MILLION DOLLARS, DEMOCRATS NEED TO MIND THEIR OWN DAMN BUSINESS: Democrats Now Say They Will Only Snoop on Bank Transactions Over $10,000.

ARE THERE ANY INSTITUTIONS LEFT THAT ARE NOT CORRUPT? Are Film Industry Insiders Covering Up Fauci Film Flop. “IMDB just got caught with its pants down. Social media is noticing that they changed the Fauci film 1.6 audience score to 5.8, but they neglected to change the demographic data or the raw distribution, so it looks like they just faked the top-line number. Meanwhile at Rotten Tomatoes, after being humiliated on social media for blocking the audience rating feature on Fauci, they just turned it on…and the film is getting an incredible 2%. Note the contrast with the rave (left-wing) professional review score of 90%.”

SIGNS OF THE TIMES: I Will Not Comply T-Shirt. #CommissionEarned

OUR OWN LEADERS DID THIS TO US:

Related: NIH Contradicts Fauci, Admits Funding Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan Lab. “Fauci testified to Senators at a hearing in May that the NIH ‘has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.'”

TO BE FAIR, INFLATION MAY MAKE ALL OF US TRILLIONAIRES BEFORE THIS IS OVER: SpaceX could make Elon Musk world’s first trillionaire, says Morgan Stanley.

Welcome back, Carter.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: The Car Shortage is About to Get a Whole Lot Worse.

Meat, gas, and cars becoming scarce and expensive — we’re living the lefty dream here.

HEADLINES FROM 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011: The Marathon Race Toward Fusion Power Could Be Reaching a Sprint.

NOT SELFISH AT ALL. SPREADING THE JOY:  Virginia Tech Very Angry About ‘Selfish’ Students Chanting ‘F Joe Biden’ at Football Games.

WELL, THEY’RE RIGHT: Growing majority say Biden not ‘up to the job.’

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Tyranny of the Minority—Mob Pushing Netflix Around Isn’t Really Even a Mob. “This is yet another tedious case of a very small but vocal group of people with empty lives getting WAY too much attention for standing in the corner and blowing snot bubbles. They need to be left there to cry it out. Instead, they are coddled by most in the mainstream media and allowed to cry even louder.”

WORLD’S OLDEST CRAB FOUND IN AMBER: Meet Cretapsara, a 100 million-year old crab remarkably preserved in Amber, according to phys.org.  It appears to have been unearthed somewhere in the vicinity of Myitkyina, Burma, and was obtained by researchers in China.

Being a long-time resident of Maryland, which is all about crabs, this discovery instantly caught my eye. Fossils found in amber typically are land creatures, so finding a crab preserved in this manner is extraordinarily rare.

BEST SELLER IN BUMPER STICKERS: 200 Pcs I Did That Stickers Funny Sticker – Pointed to Your Left and Right – Funny Sticker for Car Motorcycle Helmet Laptop Window. #CommissionEarned (Bumped)

BING WEST DOESN’T LIKE STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL’S NEW BOOK: A General Who Failed in War Assesses Risk. “General McChrystal was the prime leader in the Afghanistan nation-building effort that resulted in America’s catastrophic and total withdrawal. As the commander of more than 100,000 American and NATO troops, he insisted upon a fantastical strategy. . . . In denying the reality encountered by his own troops, McChrystal grotesquely overreached.”

EUGENE VOLOKH: Lawyers, Law Students, Law School Administrators, and Language: Yale Law School’s diversity miseducation.

But as importantly, we see Yale teaching the wrong lesson to students on the other side of the controversy: The lesson that, when you see a statement that has a bad connotation to you, the right thing to do is to ignore the reality of diversity—the reality that different people honestly perceive words to have different connotations—and instead immediately label the statement as “racist” and in need of addressing as “Discrimination and Harassment.”

Read the whole thing.

#RESIST: Tesla bulls—and Elon Musk, too—are in open revolt against Biden’s new NHTSA adviser.

A Duke University professor of engineering, Mary Louise “Missy” Cummings, has been reportedly picked as the agency’s new senior safety adviser, putting her at the front line of any regulatory battles around autonomous driving technology. The choice could hurt the company’s fortunes, as she’s been highly skeptical of what she considers Tesla’s reckless approach to full self-driving (FSD) in the past.

Musk believes his $10,000 FSD feature will eventually mint tens of billions of dollars in software profits, as people pay extra for an autonomous vehicle. Several times, however, Cummings has gone on the record with critical remarks regarding Tesla’s—and Musk’s—autonomous driving ambitions. A few landed like—well, this being Twitter—a gut punch.

Making matters worse in the eyes of Tesla investors, Cummings is an independent board member of Veoneer. The Swiss auto parts supplier specializes in active safety systems and advanced driver assistance technology including lidar, a laser sensor that can create detailed three-dimensional maps of the environment by scanning their surroundings.

I’m not a huge fan of Tesla (unlike SpaceX) or autonomous driving, but this looks like yet another potential case of Biden Administration grift.

DON’T GET COCKY: Upset brewing: Another poll of Virginia shows race between Youngkin and McAuliffe tied.

A ZUCK BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD STILL STINK: Facebook Might Change Its Name, But Not Its Stripes. “Imagine Apple changing its name to ‘Garage Consumer Electronics’ to highlight the company’s humble origins. Or Coors switching its name to ‘Colorado Pisswater.’ Or McDonalds going with ‘Tiny Little Burger Patties You’ll Hardly Notice.'”

SCARCITY PROVIDES AN EXCUSE FOR RATIONING, WHICH EMPOWERS THE ESTABLISHMENT: Jon Gabriel: Democrats and the Politics of Scarcity.

SOMEBODY HAD FUN REVISING OLD COVERS:  Introducing America’s latest hero: Woke Superman.

WATER REMAINS WET, FIRE CONTINUES TO BURN:  US college students pledge money to the Taliban in shocking video.

And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire

YES:  COVID allows us to see one of the real problems of censorship.

GOREBULL WARMERING: Antarctica Chills with Coldest Winter on Record.

They have stolen my future and my old age. But they can’t have my furry slippers till they take them from my cold (Ah!) dead hands.

BE LIKE WATER: Game Over, Man, Game Over.

BUT BUT BUT, THEY’RE BEING GREEN:  China Economy Slows Amid Power Cuts and Real Estate Crisis.

The Middle Kingdom is about to find out their installing of Zhou Bai Den to destroy America was just a slow path to suicide. And we’ll survive this.

LET’S GO BRANDON:  San Fran In-N-Out Shutdown After Refusal ‘to Become the Vaccination Police’.

PROGRESSIVISM, AKA ADVENTURES IN INSANITY:  Should a Tree Be Able to Sue the State?

I DON’T THINK WE GIVE HIS SERENITY ZHOE BAI-DEN ENOUGH CREDIT FOR UNITING THE WORLD!   Protesters in Rome Chant F**k Joe Biden while Marching Past the American Embassy.

Let’s go Brandon!

October 20, 2021

SHE’S EDUCATED, ACCOMPLISHED, AND A REPUBLICAN, SO HER VIEWS DON’T COUNT: Inject Into My Veins: Condi Rice Stuns ‘View’ Hosts With Knockout Argument Against Critical Race Theory.

K.C. JOHNSON:  “The Return of Catherine Lhamon Is Another Biden Betrayal.”  (She was confirmed as head of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie vote.)

DON SURBER: They promised to destroy Big Brother. They became him. “Super Bowl XVIII is remembered not for the game (Raiders 38, Redskins 9) but for an ad: Apple’s 1984 ad. In one minute, Apple said personal computers would set us free. As Maury Povich would say, that was a lie.”

HMMM: Translating Netflix CEO’s Shooting Down of Every Demand LGBT Employees are Making.

Sarandos was then asked if he’s willing to adopt a list of demands he’s going to receive from transgender employees. His response was very middle of the road, but beneath it was a lack of guarantee:

Going forward, I want to make sure that everyone understands that we are deeply committed to supporting artistic freedom with the creators who work at Netflix. We’re deeply committed to increase representation on screen and behind the camera, and we’ll always learn and improve on how to address these challenges as they arrive.

In other words, “I want more people to feel like they can make content for us to attract a variety of people to our platform so I’m probably not going to cave to many, if any, of these demands, some of which will undoubtedly be a demand to limit what kind of content can be on Netflix.”

Sarandos was told that his employees want a disclaimer to be put up ahead of Chappelle’s special in lieu of it being taken down. His response:

The content is age restricted already for language, and Dave himself gives a very explicit warning at the beginning of the show, so I don’t think it would be appropriate in this case.

Translation: “If you’re not a child then you should be able to work out for yourself if you want to view this content or not.”

Meanwhile, the small group of Netflix employees protesting Chappelle end up overreaching, smashing the sign of a counter-protester that read “We Like Dave” and “Jokes Are Funny!” and looking ridiculous in the process:

Jokes really are funny. And chanting “jokes are funny” in the middle of progressive activists rending their garments over a few minutes from a Dave Chappelle routine is a funny joke. Or half-joke.

The guy with the glasses got under the crowd’s skin so much that one demonstrator grabbed his “Jokes Are Funny” sign and smashed it — and then accused him of having a “weapon” when the broken signpost was handed back to him. (Speech is violence!) That’s the woke id laid bare, but the guy with the sign didn’t let it faze him. Instead he couldn’t keep a straight face at the absurdity of protesters trying to drown him out as he yelled things like “I like Dave!” They came off looking ridiculous at seeming so threatened by him, which I’m sure was what he was going for when he showed up.

“‘There is no humor in Islam,’ Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini famously remarked. ‘There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.’”

The Ayatollah Khomeini had nothing on today’s woke crowd.

More here: Transgender Netflix Rally Leader Targets Dave Chappelle with Racist Taunt: ‘I’m Here to Talk to His Master.’

UPDATE: Speaking of the woke left not having a sense of humor, Twitter loses yet another fun account, the DPRK News parody:

 

OPEN THREAD: I know that there will come a day, when I have nothing more to say. I wonder if they’ll think I’ve lost my way.

But today is not that day!

THIS IS CNN: Sen. Joe Manchin has ‘committed violence’ on climate legislation before.

In an analysis for CNN, Zachary B. Wolf notes that this isn’t the first time Manchin has “committed violence” on climate legislation. No, really. He literally fired a bullet into climate change legislation.

* * * * * * * *

The headline is now, “What’s driving Manchin’s resistance to climate change legislation.” Wolf writes:

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — a Democrat — appears to be intent on ripping the heart out of President Joe Biden’s climate change agenda.

With his all-powerful 50th vote as leverage, Manchin’s reported opposition to Biden’s plan for a $150 billion plan to pay power generators to further cut reliance on fossil fuels, kills the plan.

It wouldn’t be the first time he’s committed violence on legislation to address climate change.

Back in 2010, when he won as a Democrat in a red state in a very red year, Manchin did it by running an ad in which he literally fired a bullet into climate change legislation. That legislation, the last major attempt to enact climate change legislation, did fail.

If you’re trying to make us love Manchin more, it’s working.

The headline can still be seen in a cached version of a Mississippi TV station that picks up CNN’s feed:

For CNN, rejecting a climate change bill is “committing violence.” But when faced with actual violence, CNN lies about Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson not having a motive to shoot up a GOP baseball game and nearly killing Steve Scalise. Then there was this show-stopping moment:

PRETTY SURE BLUE ORIGIN’S LOBBYISTS ARE BEHIND THIS: Senate directs NASA to choose another company to build a lunar lander: report.

WOEING: Humidity caused corrosion of Starliner capsule valves, Boeing, NASA say.

PROGRESS: FDA issues proposal to create new category of over-the-counter hearing aids. “Once finalized, the rule would allow the hearing aids to be sold to consumers in stores and online without a medical exam or a fitting by an audiologist. It would apply to certain air-conduction hearing aids intended for adults age 18 and older who have mild to moderate hearing loss.”

SARAH HOYT: After the Wave.

I’VE SEEN THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE DAMAGE DONE: Goodbye Middle Class: 50 Percent Of All U.S. Workers Made $34,612.04 Or Less Last Year.

Income for the lower 50% was sharply up under Trump, which is a solid indicator of an incumbent president winning reelection.

The lockdowns changed that — even more more sharply — which, as far as I’m concerned, explains the lockdowns.

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

Athena Thorne: ‘Rachel Levine Is a 4-Star Admiral’ Is Our ‘Caligula’s Horse Is a Senator’ Moment. “Comparisons between the United States and the collapsing Roman Empire are plentiful, and Tuesday’s swearing-in of Rachel Levine as the Historic First! (everyone do a shot) ‘female’ four-star admiral is a perfect modern-day version of Incitatus’ elevation.” (My nominee for Headline of the Year.)

AJ Kaufman: Howard Stern: Once a Rebel, Now a Bitter and Obedient Tool. “Stern, who used to stand up against his bosses, is now just an angry, selfish old man, who’d apparently rather use his megaphone to wish death on fellow Americans and demand people follow rules. Stern also brags that he’s barely left his house since the start of the pandemic.” (Coward.)

Yours Truly: China Paper Tiger: Communism Explained in 30 Words (And a Lot More). “Sometimes, at least from the comfort of an ocean away, the central planners’ follies can bring a smile to your face.”

JIM TREACHER: Katie Hill Got Knocked Up By a Journo Who Defended Her During Her Sex Scandal.

GUN-CONTROL IS A MOVEMENT WITHOUT MUCH ACTUAL POPULAR SUPPORT: Northeast Anti-Gun Governors’ Dog and Pony Show is a Damp Squib.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Cancel Culture Already Won the Chappelle Fight. “So, of course, [Netflix CEO Ted] Sarandos finally backtracked on his initial stance. He gave a new interview to Variety in which he served up the three-word phrase the woke mob demanded.”

REPORT: Manchin Tells Associates He’s Considering Leaving the Democratic Party and Has an Exit Plan.

Manchin is denying it, but as one Red State contributor notes, “I don’t know whether Manchin floated that rumor as a negotiating tactic or if Mother Jones made it up. What I do know is that him denying it was always going to be his only answer. I don’t think that tells us anything.”

BEYOND VITAMIN D? A global effort to understand why some people are resistant to SARS-CoV-2 infections. “The authors note that the pandemic has served to remind the global community of the remarkable variability in viral response—some people are asymptomatic while others get so sick that they die. They note also the clear differences that researchers have observed; for instance, cases in which a single person in a family remains uninfected while everyone around them gets sick; or people who work in a high-risk environment but who do not get sick. The authors also note that as of right now, no one really knows why there is such variability in response to SARS-CoV-2 infections, though there are clues.”

NETFLIX CEO CAVES TO OUTRAGE MOB: Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special. ‘I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting,’ Ted Sarandos says in interview.

As Bari Weiss tweets, “‘Screwed up’ is about as close to ‘I apologize’ as one can get without apologizing. Also: the whole nature of this reply legitimizes the complaint. And the complaint is a kind of blackmail.”

MATT MARGOLIS: Liz Cheney Goes Full Wack Job Conspiracy Theorist Over Capitol Riot.

HMM: Gulf Coast welders dying from anthrax-like disease, researchers say. “A common group of bacteria may be causing deadly pneumonia or anthrax-like disease among metalworkers in the southern United States, health officials report. The bacteria, called Bacillus cereus (B. cereus), naturally occurs in soil and dust.”

THEY’RE BACK ON THEIR HEELS, KEEP PUSHING: Democrats narrow IRS bank reporting proposal to $10,000 transactions.

ANALYSIS: True.

Not to mention romanticizing away the failures of the far left at its worst:

I BLAME BILL CLINTON: ‘Broken heart’ syndrome diagnoses up in last 15 years, study says. “The number of Americans diagnosed with ‘broken heart’ syndrome has steadily risen in the past 15 years — with the vast majority being women, a new study finds. The condition, which doctors call stress cardiomyopathy, appears similar to a heart attack – with symptoms such as chest pain and breathlessness. But its cause is entirely different: Experts believe it reflects a temporary weakness in the heart muscle owing to a surge in stress hormones.”

TIM BLAIR: Miserable Misinformation Malcolm.

Writing for the Guardian (of course), Turnbull is particularly upset about events surrounding the January 6 uprising in Washington DC:

They assembled in their thousands. Trump wound them up with a typically inflammatory address, culminating in a call to march on the Capitol.

The mob proceeded to besiege and break into the home of US democracy. They surged through the corridors, threatening to hang Pence and the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

Several security guards were killed …

In which multiple Grauniad corrections are corrected. Read the whole thing.

HMM: FEC Complaint Seeks to Force Joe Biden to Officially Confirm He Is Running in 2024. “The Committee to Defeat the President’s complaint alleges that Biden or his authorized committees received contributions above the $5,000 threshold by November 2020 and after he was sworn in as president in January 2021. Therefore, he is a candidate for the 2024 cycle and must file a Statement of Candidacy reflecting that fact. It also asserts that if Biden says he is not a candidate for 2024, he impermissibly raised approximately $2 million in contributions through his authorized committee, the Biden Victory Fund.”

MARK JUDGE: “I Serve No Man.” Thank God for the Courage of Truth-Telling, Dissident Journalists.

If only there were more of them.

OFF-MESSAGE:

COASTAL CAROLINA SUSPENDS PROF FOR NOT BEING OUTRAGED ENOUGH ABOUT SOMETHING MISTAKENLY DEEMED RACIST. Colleges really think that taxpayers and tuition payers will tolerate this kind of stupidity forever. They won’t.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: What Pope Francis Gets Wrong About Corporate ‘Greed,’ Global Hunger, and Inflation.

JAN. 6 PROBE: House Committee Votes to Hold Former Trump Confidant Steve Bannon in Contempt.

THE RIGHT NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO DO THIS SORT OF THING: A Dangerously Seductive Idea: New York’s proposed Green Amendment could usher in “vigilante regulation through litigation.”

YES:

DEMOCRATS WANT TO BUILD A POLICE STATE, BUT ALSO OPENLY HATE THE POLICE. HOW’S THAT WORKING OUT? Unvaccinated Police Officers Could Become America’s Own Insurgents.

Normally in establishing a police state, one first moves to ensure that the police favor the regime. Crapping all over them instead is a novel tactic.

YOUR WOKE NAVY: Long Chain of Failures Left Sailors Unprepared to Fight USS Bonhomme Richard Fire, Investigation Finds. “A cascade of failures – from a junior enlisted sailor not recognizing a fire at the end of their duty watch to fundamental problems with how the U.S. Navy trains sailors to fight fires in shipyards – are responsible for the five-day blaze that cost the service an amphibious warship, according to an investigation into the July 2020 USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) fire reviewed by USNI News.”

Damage control used to be one of the Navy’s not-so-secret weapons, but at least now our sailors are trained to be more sensitive.

SMELLS LIKE PANIC: It’s one thing to lose ground in polling, but walking out during a TV interview is a no-win situation.

“C’mon, man. You should have asked better questions early on,” the Democrat admonished his interviewer, whose bio lists interviews with a who’s who of political leaders.

Not unrelated, The Hill’s Joe Concha reported last week that:

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) scolded the press on Tuesday, insisting that journalists do a better job of selling President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending bill to the public.”

It’s nice to see that reporters are starting to tire of being stenographers.

DON SURBER: Forget her murderer. Who was Sharma Ruth Johnson?

Newsweek ran a sob story about Willie B. Smith III, the man who murdered Sharma Ruth Johnson, 22, on the night of October 26, 1991. She was at an ATM. He did not know her. He asked her for directions to a fast-food restaurant.

Then he pulled a sawed-off shotgun, ordered her into his trunk, and with his girlfriend, Angelica Willis, cleaned out the last $80 from her bank account.

The Trussville (Alabama) Tribune reported, “The suspects then drove to Huffman to pick up Willis’ brother. Angelica Willis testified that once her brother learned the woman was in the trunk, he taunted her. The three then drove to Zion Memorial Cemetery, where Smith shot Johnson, execution-style. Willis said before the shooting she and her brother tried to tell Smith he didn’t have to kill her. She said Smith told Johnson, ‘I’m going to have to kill you’ because he thought she would call the police. He then shot her in the head.

“A secret recording of Smith explaining to his friend what happened was later played in court.”

He randomly picked out a stranger and then executed her for $80.

Newsweek made him a hero with its “Who Is Willie Smith? Alabama Death Row Inmate With IQ in the 70s Set to be Executed.”

The magazine did not disclose Sharma Ruth Johnson’s IQ.

The liberal argument is he is too stupid to be executed.

And yet he was not too stupid to execute a woman for a lousy $80.

To be fair, a lot of folks at Newsweek have an incentive to promote the “too stupid” defense.

FLORIDA MAN: DeSantis Shuts Up the COVID Panic Pimps Yet AGAIN.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease and How to Fight It. #CommissionEarned

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: The Car Shortage Is About To Get A Whole Lot Worse. “A global shortage of magnesium could result in a near-total shutdown of the auto industry — one that experts say could come by the end of this year.”

STANDING UP TO BULLIES: Nationwide alumni group launches to defend free speech, academic freedom, viewpoint diversity. “The Alumni Free Speech Alliance announced its formation in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today. The group will connect like-minded alumni groups to defend free speech, academic freedom and viewpoint diversity on college campuses.”

RESPONDING TO BIGOTRY: Virginia Tech replaces prof who apologized for being White on syllabus.

UPDATE ON ‘THE CHOSEN’ TRAIL-BLAZING SERIES: “The Chosen” crowd-funded series on the life of Jesus Christ is nearing the launch of its third season and to date it has set new high marks in multiple categories. Among the most notable is how the series has proven crowd-funded entertainment has an exciting future, and not just in religious programming.

Writer and director Dallas Jenkins conveniently summarizes the first two seasons and provides a peek at what’s coming in season three. Things are about to get significantly more tense! BTW, one need not be a follower of Jesus to appreciate the stagecraft, acting and screenplay quality of this production.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Joe Biden Plays the ‘Inside Game’ Because He Doesn’t Have an Outside Game. “The bully pulpit has been reduced to a walker. Nine months into his tenure, Biden is already a spent force that nobody listens to. In terms of his influence, he went directly from honeymoon to lame duck. It is still likely that the Democrats will pass something this year — and whatever they pass, Biden will sign, and everybody knows it, so his actual leverage is zero.”

I called it back in June: Bye-Bye, Biden Infrastructure Blowout — Hello, First-Term Lame Duck?

LIFE IN THE BLUE ZONES:

WELL, CERTAIN PEOPLE PRETENDED NOT TO NOTICE: There Was an Insurrection Last Week and No One Noticed.

YALE LAW’S DUMPSTER FIRE CONTINUES: Racism, Conservatism And Free Speech At Yale Law School.

The thing is, all the made-up charges of racism are just a way to silence the conservatism. They’re barely even trying to hide it now.

ED MORRISSEY: Dems’ dawning realization: Manchin’s serious.

Salena Zito warned everyone first, and Punchbowl follows up today with the same message: Joe Manchin means what he says. Democrats and the media may not grasp this as it happens so rarely in Washington, and neither group has included that in its calculations. However, that reality keeps getting clearer and clearer, and the Punchbowl crew warn Democrats to figure it out — fast.

No kidding. That’s always been the reality, right along with the reality of an evenly split Senate. One would think that Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer would have put those two realities together and realize that launching a massive progressive-agenda reconciliation bill would have been a no-sale from the very beginning. Up to now, Democrats seem to have talked themselves into a fantasy that Manchin was just looking for a deal, or that they could pressure him into folding.

Read the whole thing.

Related: CNN Democrat Budget Freakout.

HIGHER EDUCATION’S INTELLECTUAL TOXIC WASTE: College students: Whites need to be ‘re-educated’ on race, 59% back CRT.

Flashback: Watch: Students support diversity quotas…until it comes to football.

GOD FORBID DONORS SHOULD GET SOMETHING FOR THEIR MONEY: Leader of Prestigious Yale Program Resigns, Citing Donor Pressure.

Yale is a dumpster fire, and the donors represent the last vestiges of adult supervision.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: ‘Following the Science’ Sure Seems a Lot Like ‘Winging It’. “The ‘throw everything at the walls and see what sticks’ stuff is getting weirder and – Surprise! — less helpful. For over a year, we’ve been relentlessly hammered by the panic porn crowd to ‘follow the science.’ The problem is, there isn’t always a lot of science involved in the science they want to follow.”

STILL POPULAR: When the Grid Goes Down: Disaster Preparations and Survival Gear For Making Your Home Self-Reliant. #CommissionEarned (Bumped)

BRENDAN O’NEILL: The hate that dare not speak its name: Britain is in the grip of a pathological unwillingness to talk about radical Islam. When you realize that the ruling class wants to use Islam to break the power of the bourgeoisie, it makes more sense.

DEMS SEE NO END TO BORDER SURGE: That appears to be the case, judging by the budget Senate Democrats are proposing for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Joe Simonson of the Washington Free Beacon ran the numbers in the bill text and concluded CBP would get $500 million less in 2022 than it did this year.

Not to worry, though, because, Simonson reports, the bill also provides for construction of more immigrant processing centers on the border. That way there will be minimal delays to the border crossers on their way from wherever they come from to wherever in the U.S. they decide to go.

But wait, there’s more!

“The bill forbids Homeland Security Investigations, an arm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, from enforcing immigration laws. It instead directs the agency to only focus on ‘the disruption of transnational crime,’ such as drug trafficking or money laundering.

“The proposed cuts come as the southern border faces a decades-high surge of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the United States. Immigration authorities expect to report nearly two million migrant encounters at the border this fiscal year, the first time the number has exceeded one million since 2006.”

 

JIM MEIGS: How Alan Sokal Won the Battle but Lost the ‘Science Wars.’

THIS IS CNN: CNN Democrat Budget Freakout: ‘Implosion of Mother Earth, Last Act for Democracy.’ “People are literally losing their lives and livelihoods while people play games….West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the United States of America. And you have a senator who is set for the rest of his natural life, and so are his children, and his children’s children. And he want to negotiate away? Senator Manchin, what do you want to negotiate away? Is it child care? Is it the implosion of Mother Earth?”

To be fair, if climate were to somehow make the Earth implode, there would be a lot less call for government child care.

JOEL KOTKIN: Have we reached the high water mark of woke? American progressives are provoking a furious backlash. No matter how furious it is, it’s not furious enough.

IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT THE GRAFT, NOW THAT’S CATCHING UP TO THEM: Lights out. Report details how spiking energy prices show that renewable energy is not up to the task.

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