May 10, 2021

WELL, THEY ARE AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: The Babylon Bee predicted the Elon-Musk-doge-moon-mission 6 months ago with freakish accuracy.

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH PIERS MORGAN IS A VOICE OF SANITY. Morgan to Biden: The lesson of UK elections is — get woke, go broke.

Or, in the picture is worth a thousand words department:

SCIENCE: Review: Most human origins stories are not compatible with known fossils. “When you look at the narrative for hominin origins, it’s just a big mess–there’s no consensus whatsoever. People are working under completely different paradigms, and that’s something that I don’t see happening in other fields of science.”

Well, now that Darwin is being chucked as a racist because evolutionary theory is a tool of ‘White Supremacy,’ I guess William Jennings Bryan is ready to get the last laugh.

PARTY OF SCIENCE UPDATE: Biden HHS Redefines Sex as Non-Biological in New ‘Anti-Discrimination’ Rule Change.

ACTUAL INSURRECTION VS FAKE INSURRECTION: It’s Cool if You’re a Violent Antifa/BLM Rioter but Don’t You Dare Take a Selfie at the Capitol.

WHY NOT GIVE HER BACK HER JOB INSTEAD? Lucasfilm pushes fired Mandalorian star Gina Carano for Emmy nod.

“MOST OF THE WORLD’S WORK IS DONE BY PEOPLE WHO DON’T FEEL VERY WELL.” I thought of Churchill’s saying as I started reading Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life this week. After reading the introduction, I really wondered how people make it through so many health crises. His wife almost died, his daughter is sick and Peterson wakes up in intensive care in Moscow of all places. I think ill health gives people a lot more insight and understanding of life, but I think most of us would trade that for feeling well. That said, the book seems good so far, and is more personal and heartfelt than the first. Give it a try if you like Peterson’s work. (Bumped)

PRIVACY: Facebook and Big Pharma exploited disease awareness’ for personalized marketing. “Facebook’s ad targeting allows drug companies to zero-in on likely patients by aiming not for their conditions but for Facebook-defined interests that are adjacent to their illnesses, according to a report by The Markup. The site used a custom web browser to analyze what ads Facebook served to 1,200 people and why, and it found that Big Pharma frequently used illness ‘awareness’ as a proxy for more sensitive health information.”

YES: Put the squeeze on Woke Corporations:

Professional sports are staffed by mercenary multimillionaire athletes with no connection to your hometown. These professional sports leagues snub their noses at your traditions, and then exploit your desire to identify with a team and a locality. They then humiliate you by kneeling for our National Anthem and making you pay to watch. Turn them off.

Well, I’d boycott them but I already didn’t watch.

BOMBSHELL: Bill Gates’ Ties to Jeffrey Epstein Feature in Billionaire’s Divorce. “Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Bill Gates’ dealings with Epstein feature in the divorce, however. A former employee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation told the Journal that Melinda Gates’s concerns about the relationship with Epstein trace back as far as 2013.”

RELIGION ON CAMPUS: A good thing unless it’s “Western Religions.”

2+2= WHATEVER THE PARTY NEEDS IT TO IN THE MOMENT: California’s New Math Framework Demands Educators ‘Teach Toward Social Justice.’

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Is Joe Biden Trying to Make Jimmy Carter Look Good?

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Is anyone else looking forward to Joe Biden becoming the most reviled failed Democratic former president since Jimmy Carter, or are the Dems past that kind of accountability now?

Answer: Yeah, they’re past it.

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

  • The magnetic attraction of getting vaccinated
  • Andrew Cuomo is not only more disgusting than you imagine, he’s more disgusting than you can imagine
  • Russiagate conspiracy theorist appointed to Biden DOJ National Security post

Bonus Sanity: Sweden says “Nej!” to hormones and puberty blockers for children.

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


In 2004, Wes Anderson released The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, a film that tanked at the box office despite an all-star cast and lavish budget. One reason the film may have failed to find its audience is that this send-up of Cousteau, played by the dyspeptic, thin-skinned, money-grubbing Bill Murray, seemed so unlike the beloved Cousteau we thought we knew. As it turns out, the film portrayed Cousteau more honestly than Cousteau did himself.

The ownership of Calypso was not the only secret the diver maintained in life. He also kept a secret family and married his much younger mistress upon Melchior’s death in 1990. As his philandering has come to the surface, the dysfunction exhibited between the two sides of the family has divided the Cousteau legacy and kept Calypso rotting in dry dock after it was sunk and salvaged in the port of Singapore in 1996. A 2016 French biopic called L’odyssée took even more air out of Cousteau’s reputation, focusing on the troubled relationship he maintained with his sons — leading up to the death in 1979 of Philippe Cousteau, who died while piloting the Calypso II, the PBY Catalina flying boat that featured in the opening credits of the television series.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau was the boulevardier of the oceans. He explored the seas as a post-Napoleonic savant. He told its story as a latter-day Jules Verne. He was not, as it turns out, a saint in life. But nor should he be seen as a sinner in death. Cast aside our Anglo morality, our enviro-puritanism, and the Cousteau who bubbles up is, simply put, French.

Read the whole thing.

THE MOST RADICAL DEMOCRAT TO HOLD THE OVAL OFFICE SINCE THE LAST ONE: Yes, Biden Is Swindling Americans: White House Staffer Lets the Cat Out of the Bag.

CORRECTION: THAT SHOULD READ ‘ANTI-HUMAN,’ NOT ‘FEMINIST.’ Feminist Jill Filipovic On Mother’s Day: I Want To Hear More Men And Women Who ‘Regret Having Children At All.’

CENTRAL MICHIGAN U. FORCES PROF OUT FOR QUOTING THE N-WORD. Prof. Timothy Boudreau, having settled his lawsuit, speaks out for the first time about his concerns. His “crime?” Pronouncing the forbidden words while quoting and discussing important First Amendment cases like Matal v. Tam and Dambrot v. CMU (the latter, an early campus speech code case, even involved his own institution).

This is how you make a generation dumber and more easily led.


UPDATE: Report: Bill Gates’ Relationship With Jeffrey Epstein One Factor Behind Divorce.

(Updated and bumped. Classical allusion in headline.)

CIRCLE BACK HOME: Jen Psaki Is Already Planning to Step Down Next Year.

ROGER SIMON: How ‘Woke’ May Be Leading Us to Civil War.

The other day I wrote that “Woke” was the new conformism.

It is, of course, but I undersold it. It is much more than that and more dangerous.

As Tal Bachmann notes at Steynonline, it is now our state religion, a state religion in a country that—constitutionally and for good reason—is not supposed to have one.

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“Woke” gains adherents much in the manner of “est”—the cult-like Erhard Seminars Training—that I attended in the 1970s at the behest of a movie producer interested in making a film about it. (It never happened.)

If you’re too in, you’re out.

For est, several hundred people sat in a large conference room listening to the “training” for hours under instructions not to get up, even to go to the bathroom, until they raised their hands signaling they “got it” (i. e., effectively joined the cult). Nature’s calling being what it is, most eventually did.

Although operationally similar, “woke” is exponentially more perilous than the now defunct est training. Our position in society, our livelihoods, our childrens’ educations and futures are being held over our heads, not our mere use of a rest room.

An iron-fisted, ideologically extreme minority has our country under its thumb—play along or face excommunication. This is stronger than anything in our history and almost identical to what we see and have seen in totalitarian countries.

It is a psychosis approaching mass hallucination. In Franco’s Spain, they shouted “Viva la muerte!” (“Long live death!”). Here we are asked to proclaim just as loudly “Black Lives Matter,” to display signs saying as much on our lawns, although we never thought otherwise, always thought (naively, we are told) that all lives mattered.

Earlier: John McWhorter on how to respond to the woke: ‘We need to start telling them no.’ “‘We have to understand that you can not reason with people like this,’ he said. ‘It’s very rare that you teach somebody out of their religion and this is a religion. And so to try to talk these people down doesn’t work. All they know is that you’re a racist and that’s all you’re going to get. So the idea is not to try to have a dialogue with them about these sorts of issues…I think we simply need to start telling people like this no.’”

COLORADO: After Facing Numerous Recall Attempts, Democratic Lawmakers Want To Change Rules.

Now, as part of a larger election law “clean up” bill, lawmakers could change some of the rules for future recalls.

If the bill becomes law, recall petitions would be required to include an estimated cost of conducting a special election, as well as a statement from the official being targeted for recall, if they provide one.

“This is a big, disruptive force in our democratic process. I think it’s important that voters have, maybe not the full picture, but at least a sentence from both sides,” said Sen. Majority Leader Steve Fenburg, one of the bill’s sponsors. “It’s really just to make sure the information is out there, in that these recall efforts are being used for legitimate purposes and not for purely routine political attacks.”

I’m not a huge fan of recall elections, but I’m even less a fan of politicians telling me what’s “legitimate.”

REMEMBER WHEN HIGHER EDUCATION WAS SUPPOSED TO FOSTER CRITICAL THOUGHT? University: Charles Darwin a ‘racist’ because theory of evolution ‘justifies white male superiority.’

AMITY SHLAES ON BIDEN AS THE NEW FDR: It’s the same old bad deal for jobs.

Not until World War II did joblessness finally begin to subside, in good measure because of military mobilization — important, but not the same as peacetime employment.

As often discussed, errors in monetary policy contributed to the misfortune that was the 1930s. The cause of the duration of the Depression, though, was Washington’s persistent intervention. The chief economist at Chase, Benjamin Anderson, noted that after failing by playing God, the government chose not to retire but simply “to play God more vigorously.”

The first lesson of this sorry account is that an arbitrary national economic campaign from atop generates damaging uncertainty in the economy. However charmingly it reverberates, the very phrase “bold persistent experimentation”  stifles growth.

The second point is that what helps the union hurts the worker. President Biden’s proposal to end “Right to Work,” if it becomes law, will dramatically stifle employment.

Flashback: FDR’s policies prolonged Depression by 7 years, UCLA economists calculate.

GOING FOR BROKE: Mickey Mouse Goes Woke and Customers Don’t Like It.

ANYTHING THEY DON’T LIKE COUNTS AS WHITE SUPREMACY NOWADAYS: WMU administrator reportedly calls ‘Back the Blue’ and ‘All Lives Matter’ slogans ‘white supremacist.’


The interview is a dead medium, mostly because nobody alive today—whether interviewer or interviewee—is interesting enough to hold most people’s attention. Occasionally, a public figure comes along with enough of a personality and intellect to almost merit watching (think Boris Johnson); or an host presents enough raw energy to draw a captive audience and hide the lack of substance (like Joe Rogan); or the sheer weirdness of a subject reels a few people in (Bruce Caitlyn Jenner on Hannity).

Every once in a while though, somebody actually says something worthwhile, and the rarity alone of such occurrences means that people will take notice. The source of such a standout, too, is often unexpected—as in the case of Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, a clip of whose November interview with BBC journalist Orla Guerin went viral last week on Twitter. Aliyev—who, despite his reputation as a pro-Western moderate Muslim, is hardly known as a champion of civil liberties and democratic values—is not the first person one would expect to speak with moral clarity about the state of free society in 2021.

Saul was not a likely prophet either.

Guerin, who was born in Dublin in 1966 but has chosen a career reporting for the royally chartered network of the British crown, had challenged the Azeri leader on alleged censorship of media under his 18-year (and running) administration, particularly concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that was then ongoing with Armenia. With an almost Trumpian opening, Aliyev let loose:

The fireworks start about 30 seconds into this clip:

Read the whole thing.

REDSHIFT: Trump Red-Pilled Hispanics. “Strangely enough, things always seem to get in the way of this ‘natural’ Democratic Party majority. First the white working class started defecting, then came the 2010 and 2014 Democrat off-year election wipeouts. Now the good ship ‘Demographics Favor Democrat Destiny’ has run aground on the rocky outcropping known as ‘Donald Trump.'”

UNITY! Analysis: The Biden Regime Has Declared War on Trump Supporters.

THE RETURN OF THE BLOGOSPHERE? So now Donald Trump is, basically, blogging in response to being kicked off of Facebook and Twitter.

And in response to having her posts throttled, Hannah Cox now has her own website. Is it back to the future? When you abandon the big platforms, you lose a ready-made audience, but you also gain freedom. And the “audience” on social media is pretty thin: My experience was that people almost never followed links, and quitting Twitter didn’t cost me any detectable traffic; rather the reverse.

HE ALSO GOT THOUSANDS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE DEAD: Cuomo in More Hot Water as Investigation Widens to Include Using Vaccine for Political Gain.

SOCIAL JUSTICE — FREE COKES AND NIKES FOR BLACKS: Woke Companies Must Provide Their Products, Services to POC for Free. It’s simple fairness.

LEGAL EDUCATION UPDATE: Northwestern Law Faculty To Vote Today On New Dean Hari Osofsky’s Tenure In Controversial Search Process. To the extent there was a “process” at all.

SPACE (AGAIN AND AGAIN): SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites in record 10th liftoff (and landing) of reused rocket “The veteran Falcon 9 rocket blasted off before dawn from Space Launch Complex 40 here at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 2:42 a.m. EDT (0642 GMT), marking the company’s 14th launch of the year. It was also one for the record books as the flight was this particular booster’s 10th launch and landing attempt. The rocket’s once pristine exterior was almost black, charred by its many trips to orbit and back. “

STALLED: Zogby grades ‘a bad week for Joe Biden.’

THANK YOU, FEDERALIST SOCIETY:  It published a note on my new anthology.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: What Are Democrats So Afraid of in Maricopa County? “There’s been a lot of recent drama about the audit that’s been going on in Maricopa County. The Democrats have been trying to shut it down and not having much success so far. They are persistent little buggers though, and now they’re upping their game.”

JOHN FUND:  “Pete du Pont, Conservative Ahead of His Time.”

TRUST ME, AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF BIDEN, WE DIDN’T NEED ANY PROMPTING: Shutdown of US pipeline after cyber attack prompts worry over gas prices.

DECIVILIZATION: Homeless Camps Are Taking Over the West Coast.

THAT THESE CONTROVERSIES EVEN EXIST IS A SIGN OF DYSFUNCTION: Recent Developments in Controversies About Quoting Slurs from Court Cases.


*Or, on the other hand, it might not. I mean, can you know for sure?
What is certain is that this post has double the vitamins and minerals of last week’s post.**
** Think about it a minute.

SO THAT’S WHERE THE MYTH COMES FROM?  Today 66 years ago: VE Day 1945, and the very last German holdouts by… the North Pole.


NO!  Should We Trust The Government And Courts?

SIR, IT’S TIME TO ESCAPE TO FREE AMERICA!   Oregon Police Officer Under Investigation For Extremist Views – Infraction, He Carried ‘Molon Labe’ Key Chain,

BUT IT’S WHERE WE’RE HEADING. AND THEY, POOR BASTAGES….  Well, at least we’re not Canada.

This, ladies and gentlemen is what happens when they subvert our ability to vote them out. That’s where tyranny starts.

THE MEDIA ARE TRAINED SEALS:  WH Visitor Logs Released. . .With A Catch.

THEY’RE MOSTLY AT WAR WITH REALITY:  Wave of Violent Crimes Against Asian Americans Does Not Fit Media, Democrat Narrative.

AS HAPPENS THE SOMETHING ELSE IS TRIBAL WARFARE, USUALLY:  The Wokest Place On Earth: Disney Training White Employees To “pivot” From “white dominant culture” To “something different”.

ARISTO, ARISTO, A LA LANTERNE:  Washington Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Requiring Critical Race Training For Public School Teachers.

SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED:  Ransomware Cyber Attack Shuts Down U.S. Fuel Pipeline.

FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE DAY:  Iranian Man Accidentally Sets Himself On Fire While Burning Israeli Flag.

May 9, 2021

COLOR ME UNSURPRISED: Report: Chinese People’s Liberation Army 2015 Dossier On Bio-Warfare Plans Included Coronaviruses. “A document obtained by The Australian, titled ‘The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons,’ predicted that World War III would be fought with biological weapons.”

REPORT FROM THE BLUE ZONES: Angry Residents Say Venice Beach ‘Crippled’ by Rampant Homelessness and Crime.

BOB MCMANUS: Cost of left’s anti-anti-crime folly: 4-year-old shot in Times Square.

OPEN THREAD: One night in the open thread makes a hard man humble.

THAT’S FAST: Pfizer, BioNTech ask FDA for full approval of COVID-19 vaccine.

HELEN TRIED IT: There is a book listed at Helen’s Page that I read a while back called Before I Go: Preparing Your Affairs for Your Heirs. I have it sitting on one of my bookshelves and have used it from time to time to help me update a list of important information in case someone in my family needs it. It is not a very uplifting topic but the book is really good at helping you organize your financial and important documents to help your family in case you become sick or die. Though I don’t recommend the topic, I do think the book is worth a read if you ever wondered what kinds of things like bills, insurance, finances etc. your family needs to know about if something does happen to you. (Bumped)

UPDATE: For those of you who are interested, there is also an accompanying workbook called Before I Go Workbook. (Bumped)

WOULD IT NOT BE EASIER FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DISSOLVE THE PEOPLE AND ELECT ANOTHER? Defeated Labour councillor: ‘The voters have let us down.’

Related: The working-class revolt against Labour.

Another problem is Labour’s embrace of identitarianism and its shamefacedness about Britain. From Emily Thornberry’s haughty sneer at a working-class household that was flying the English flag to Starmer’s taking of the knee to the regressive politics of Black Lives Matter, from Corbynistas’ claim that British history is one horrendous crime after another to Labour politicians’ rage against the Sewell report for daring to suggest the UK is not actually a racist hellhole – working-class voters clock all of this. Not surprisingly they do not feel enthused by the ideology of national shame now promoted by many in Labour, or by the snotty suggestion that loads of Brits are racist. A cartoon in Private Eye captured it well – it featured a Labour candidate doorstepping two working-class voters and asking: ‘Why won’t you racist fascists vote Labour?’

But will the GOP, dubbed “The Supine Loser Party” by Roger Kimball, learn from this?

GOOD. In fight against COVID variants some firms target T cell jabs. As I’ve been saying for a while, I think the role of T-cell immunity has been underplayed.


DEMOCRATS CAN’T QUASH THE ‘BIG LIE.’ The “Big Lie,” of course, isn’t that the 2020 election was stolen—it’s that the election was perfectly fair and lawful.

Texas and Arizona have passed several proposals that will tighten election requirements; Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a massive election reform bill in March that enraged Democrats across the country including Joe Biden.

Which is why Democrats, the media, and NeverTrumpers like Liz Cheney must keep the “Big Lie” taunt alive. The cowardice of congressional Republicans notwithstanding, political leadership at the state level and rank-and-file Republicans are working to ensure a redo of the 2020 election doesn’t happen again—most would rather be considered liars than craven bystanders while the country burns.

Unfortunately, the “Big Lie” faces more headwinds than just a Jake Tapper tantrum or a Liz Cheney op-ed: Joe Biden’s Justice Department is poised to use its power to halt election reform in advance of the 2022 election. During a congressional hearing this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland made clear he would use the agency’s Civil Rights division to fight Republican-backed election laws in court, especially those requiring photo identification.

“The question on voter ID is what kind of disparate impact it has on voters of different races, colors and language groups, and whether it violates the Constitution by having a disparate impact on people’s ability to vote,” Garland told a House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. “The Supreme Court has held that voter ID as a concept is constitutional. And the issue is what, in any individual cases [sic], the record shows about whether it deprives certain groups protected by the 14th Amendment right to vote.”

Or as America’s Newspaper of Record puts it: White Liberals Watch In Amazement As Black Man Acquires ID.

HOW MARK ZUCKERBERG PUT JOE BIDEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Writing in The American Conservative, Capital Research Center’s Hayden Ludwig reports the results of his in-depth examination of the $400 million in activities of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) during the 2020 presidential campaign and found a distinct pattern:

“Our conclusion is that across the board, the CTCL’s grants favored the biggest, most vote-rich Democratic counties, which helped turn out the most left-leaning voters in U.S. history—and secure Joe Biden as the country’s 46th president. Far from ‘nonpartisan,’ CTCL’s oceans of money made it easier for fraudsters to cheat and the Democrats to win in 2020.”

Ludwig may well be pointing to the most significant unwritten story of the 2020 election. And you can bet Zuckerberg will be looking for repeat performances in 2022 and 2024. After all, when your estimated net worth is $118 billion, $400 million every two years is barely pocket change.

CHANGE: Porsche Boxster EV Concept Could Be Coming Soon.

RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! Hillary Clinton blames the Russians for Brexit.

Flashback: Hillary Clinton May Have Cooked Up a Trump-Russia Hoax Back in July 2016.

Related: “A biography of Hillary Clinton, written by Gail Sheehy and published in late 1999, stated that Mrs. Clinton had refused to talk to the president for eight months after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. She resumed talking to her husband only when she phoned him and urged him in the strongest terms to begin bombing Serbia; the president began bombing within 24 hours.”

REVIEW: Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP Pistol.

ALSO ELECTRICITY SHORTAGES: EVs Will Drive A Lithium Supply Crunch.

BOMB CANADA — THE CASE FOR WAR: Canadian Pastor Swarmed and Arrested by ‘SWAT’ Team for ‘Inciting’ People to Attend Church.

(Classical reference in headline.)

ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE FEAR CURVE: States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes. Well over 100 million Americans have had Covid, of course, and thus probably see the vaccine as superfluous.

OLD AND BUSTED: “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: The police, who investigate crime, and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.”

The New Hotness? Maryland Judge Bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ Clothing For Court Employees. The judge cited concerns about a perception of bias.

I’VE HAD SOME THAT WAS BAD ENOUGH TO MAKE DEATH PREFERABLE: Hospital Food Is Never Great, But For Some Patients It Means Death.

RIP: Former Delaware Governor Pierre ‘Pete’ Du Pont IV Dies. “As a [1988] presidential candidate, du Pont attracted attention for staking out controversial positions on what he hoped would reverberate with voters as ‘damn right’ issues. They included random drug testing for high school students, school vouchers, replacing welfare with work, ending farm subsidies, and allowing workers to invest in individual retirement accounts as an alternative to Social Security. Some of those ideas have since become more mainstream.”

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ. TBS’s Samantha Bee Just Says It: I ‘Want to Take your Guns.’

DOUBLE-WHAMMY: Gene tied to balding may also raise COVID-19 risks for men.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Non-Menstruating Partner Wishes Menstruating Partner A Happy Birthing Person’s Day.

IT’S THE DEMOGRAPHY, STUPID: The great American birth dearth has arrived.

(Classical reference in headline.)

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: UMass Gives Incredible Punishment to Students Not Wearing Masks Outdoors, off Campus. “Wild story. Three UMass-Amherst students were sent packing- losing credits and tuition — for taking a picture outdoors without a mask. Parents are furious and wonder why same rules didn’t apply to hockey players celebrating on campus after nat’l championship.”

‘IS THIS SATIRE?’ Journo lists things ‘Trump’s un-American regime’ did and what ‘journalists never expect.’

If Kosinski “never expect[s]…your own government to lie to you, repeatedly,” then she’s definitely misspelled “Democratic Party operative with byline wrong.”

It’s some ratio on her tweet – perhaps she’s not used to being in the deep water that is Twitter:



A long time reader of Instapundit has a new book out The Material Image: Reconciling Modern Science and Christian Faith.

LEGENDARY EMMY WINNER LOSES PR REP: Cuomo’s communications director resigns.

OCEANIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH GEORGIA: Gannett apologizes for stealth-editing Stacey Abrams’s op-ed.

THE 1933 PROJECT: Defounding America.

But, though the traders and Tea Partiers didn’t quite understand it, the federal government long ago had turned from the shield of individual liberty into a vast engine of redistribution. That transformation could occur because the Framers’ Constitution was body-snatched by the doctrine of the “living constitution,” which—as Woodrow Wilson first formulated it—saw the Supreme Court sitting as a permanent Constitutional Convention, making up laws as it went along, heedless of the 1787 scheme’s checks. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal used Wilson’s doctrine as a license to remake America’s economy and society. Once the Supreme Court buckled to FDR’s threat to pack it and started voting his way, the justices allowed an utterly foreign governmental structure to devour the Framers’ republic from within, until it broke out of the shell as something altogether different.

Not that FDR was entirely frank about his transformative enterprise. Where Wilson had dismissed the Framers as obsolete relics in a Darwinian age, Roosevelt claimed to extend their great work even as he undid it. In his second inaugural address of 1937, he hailed the 150th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention, which had “created a strong government with powers of united action sufficient then and now to solve problems utterly beyond individual or local solution”—a wildly false characterization. Chastened by America’s near-loss in the Revolution, the Framers sought to create a government strong enough to protect national and individual independence but not so strong that, given mankind’s inherent power-hunger, it could become what they called an “elective despotism.” So they limited that power to such clearly enumerated tasks as raising an army, a navy, and taxes; coining and borrowing money; and regulating foreign and interstate commerce. All other matters they emphatically left to “individual or local solution.”

They certainly didn’t mean to put the whole U.S. economy under federal regulation. But as FDR later admitted, when he took the oath to defend the Constitution just before delivering the 1937 address, he had wanted to shout, “Yes, but it’s the Constitution as I understand it.” The New Deal’s main thrust, after all, was precisely to take total control of the economy, under the ruse of federal power to regulate interstate commerce.

Read the whole thing.

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE — SELECTIVELY: Stanford officially suspends COVID restrictions for… basketball parade?

THE 1939 PROJECT: Moscow’s war on history.

In the wake of Russia’s Victory Day military parade on Sunday, Russian lawmakers plan to ban any comparisons between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The parade marks the 76th anniversary of the end of World War II and, as is traditional, will be held in Red Square.

The bill follows President Vladimir Putin’s orders to prohibit publicly equating the role of the two collaborationist powers during the war. Such moves illustrate that Putin’s expansionist ambitions not only involve the revision of post-Cold War borders but also the rewriting of European history.

The key event in Putin’s restoration mythology is the “Great Patriotic War” that ended in victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. The Kremlin’s historical myths have become state scripture and entail the omission of key events and the whitewashing of Soviet crimes. Histories in Russia remain silent about Stalin’s collaboration with Hitler. The two dictators jointly launched World War Two with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, after signing a nonaggression pact to carve up and incorporate Central-Eastern Europe in their growing empires. Putin has criticized the European parliament and neighboring capitals for condemning the Soviet-Nazi pact.

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

Of course, Oceania has also been reported to have retconned WWII as well: Was It Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor During the ‘European Civil War?’

Between Moscow’s war on history, the EU’s war on history, and the New York Times’ war on history, Orwell didn’t know the half of it, when it comes to how malleable history can be.


SNL BRIEFLY BECOMES INTERESTING AGAIN: ‘SNL’: Elon Musk brings mom to monologue, jokes he’s giving her Dogecoin for Mother’s Day. “To anyone I’ve offended, I just want to say I reinvented electric cars and I’m sending people to Mars on a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?”

Honestly, this is genius-level undercutting of the villainization he’s been subjected to.

LOGJAM! A journey to the heart of the lumber shortage.

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT! Hunter Biden May Have His Own Chinese Spy Scandal.

Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” shows he had a “flirty” relationship with his secretary, who worked for a Chinese Communist Party company where he conducted business. The Daily Mail has the details:

After launching his multi-million-dollar joint venture with CEFC, Hunter was assigned a 29-year-old Chinese-American assistant, JiaQi Bao, who quickly struck up a close and intriguing relationship with her Biden boss.

At first, emails show the New York-based Bao diligently scheduled flights, hotels and even doctor’s appointments for the president’s son.

But mysteriously, the young assistant also sent him opposition research to help Joe Biden’s 2020 election bid, urged him to take cash from the joint venture’s accounts as the business collapsed and wrote flirty and personal messages and even ended up with Hunter’s military dog tags in her New York apartment – the same tags he can be seen wearing in home-made porn videos he recorded on his laptop.

After partnering with Chinese oil giant CEFC in the multi-million-dollar deal, Bao was appointed as his secretary and assistant, acting as a go-between for his Chinese business partners, translating documents and performing clerical work for Hunter in the joint venture.

According to Bao’s LinkedIn page, she has worked as an analyst and assistant in finance and private equity in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and New York since 2011.

As CEFC started to collapse, Hunter Biden’s assistant encouraged him to withdraw money from the accounts held by the company. Further, the company’s Secretary General was known as the “spy chief of China.”

Does every man in the Democratic party have his own personal CCP honey trap? Beijing evidently has a whole gang of Fang Fangs to bang Democratic yanks.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: England is on for its Coldest May since Record-Keeping Began back in 1659.

(Classical reference in headline.)

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