August 5, 2021

OPEN THREAD: Your chance for immortality.

ROGER KIMBALL: The new McCarthyism.

Are you now or have you ever been a supporter of Donald Trump?

I am wondering when we are going to have Congressional Committees grilling people about such matters. I suppose they could, in homage to a certain senator from Wisconsin, be called the House and Senate American Activities Committee. Nancy and Chuck should preside. They could share some of that expensive chocolate ice cream that the always well-coifed Nancy likes as they root out people who say things they don’t like and vote for people with whom they disagree.

I’m sure they would get a lot of academic support. Just a week or so back, one professor suggested that criticizing St Anthony Fauci or other government officials should be a federal hate crime.

Why not? If you object that such a move would be unconstitutional and therefore against the law, expect to be met with pitying looks. After all, the President of the United States, in flagrant violation of his oath of office, just extended the CDC’s eviction moratorium after it had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. ‘The bulk of the constitutional scholarship says it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster,’ Biden admitted, but he decided to do it anyway. After all, this whole ‘separation of powers’ fetish is so, well, so 18th-century. We’re better than that now. We know about The Environment. And Systemic Racism. And Masks for the Little People. And the Evils of Donald Trump.

In the meantime: Small-Time Landlords ‘Hanging On by Their Fingernails’ as Eviction Moratorium Drags On.

SPACE: SpaceX lifts huge Super Heavy rocket onto launch stand (photos).

DAVID BERNSTEIN: Revisiting the Right to Bear Arms after Summer 2020 Rioting. “The basic theme of the article is that the inability or unwillingness (often under standdown orders from politicians) of law enforcement to protect life and property during the summer 2020 riots and looting in cities across the country undermines the claim of opponents of the right to keep and bear arms that individual firearms ownership is obsolete given the existence of modern police forces.”

The full article is available here.

CHILLY: 40 Years Ago, a Woman Famously Survived Being ‘Frozen Solid’. Here’s The Science. “She was – apparently – frozen. Her face was ashen, eyes solid, and her skin reportedly too hard to be punctured by a hypodermic needle. . . . Yet within just a few hours, warmed by heating pads, Hilliard’s body returned to a state of health. She was talking by noon, and with little more than some numb, blistered toes, was soon discharged to live an unremarkable life unaffected by her night as a human popsicle.”

Note to the editors, though: The human body doesn’t have an “insatiable need for oxygen.” It has a specific need for oxygen, which is readily sated by appropriate quantities.

REVOLUTION: North Korea official seen not applauding for Kim Jong Un in recent photo.

AUSTIN BAY: Sue the Chinese Communist Party for Coronavirus Destruction.

Eighteen months ago, “correct-thinking people” and media like The New York Times and The Washington Post dismissed the possibility of a viral leak from Wuhan’s Level 4 bio-lab as conspiracy theory folly, in a nutshell. “Correct thinkers” included President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris all but said she wouldn’t trust a vaccine produced by the Trump administration. Now she bewails vaccine hesitancy, without confessing her own self-serving conspiracy theory folly.

In February 2020, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) suggested the virus may have leaked from the Wuhan lab. Yes, courage and foresight. At the time, however, biased leftist media, from The New York Times to CNN to Xinhua, ridiculed Cotton. Xinhua is the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) official news agency. Xinhua provides some honest coverage, but when the CCP dictatorship says jump, the Xinhua frog spews CCP propaganda.

In June of this year, new evidence emerged that the virus did indeed escape from the laboratory.

On Aug. 2, the House Foreign Affairs Committee minority staff (minority at the moment means Republican) issued an updated report titled “The Origins of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Including the Roles of the Chinese Communist Party and the World Health Organization.”

The update hasn’t received a lot of notice. But the biased left-wing media have a political investment in ignoring it. Remember, they dismissed Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation. The laptop is criminal evidence. Apparently, some of Hunter’s laptop files indicate he has connections to CCP-financed companies.

What does the House Foreign Affairs Committee minority staff update say regarding the coronavirus pandemic?

I’ll paraphrase and quote. The preponderance of evidence suggests the virus “was accidentally released from a Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory sometime prior to September 12, 2019.” The virus “was genetically manipulated” and likely collected in Yunnan province “between 2012 and 2015.” Chinese researchers, “officials within the CCP, and potentially American citizens directly engaged in efforts to obfuscate information related to the origins of the virus and to suppress public debate of a possible lab leak.”

It is time for the Biden administration to take this report seriously. The U.S. government, American businesses, and individual Americans harmed by the virus should sue the CCP and its various corporate cutouts for gross negligence and criminal cover-up. Seek triple damages.

If the feds won’t do it, State AGs should.

HMM: France to offer COVID booster shots to elderly, vulnerable from September.

Plus: Moderna says new COVID-19 boosters appear to work against Delta variant.

But: W.H.O. chief urges wealthy nations to pause COVID-19 vaccine boosters. “The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday called on wealthier countries to stop allowing people who are fully vaccinated to receive booster COVID-19 shots and instead send those doses to poorer nations.”

SO WOKE, SO BROKE: CNN Achieves Embarrassing Viewership Milestone.

LAWMAKERS PROBE BIDEN ADMIN BID TO NIX SANCTIONS ON IRAN.

HAS CIVILIZATION LED TO FEMINIZATION?

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Biden Wants to Cut Funding for ‘Border Security Assets and Infrastructure’ by 96%.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Shocking Photos Show the Horrifying, Inhumane Conditions of Biden’s Border Crisis.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Mote in God’s Eye.

LET THE GOVERNMENT PUT ITS MONEY WHERE ITS MOUTH IS AND COVER SIDE EFFECTS/REACTIONS GENEROUSLY: My New York Post column: Incentives, not bullying, are the way to get vax-hesitant to take the jabs.

STRATEGYTALK: To Train The Fleet. Jim Dunnigan and Dr. Al Nofi discuss Al’s now classic naval history To Train The Fleet. The books is especially relevant now.

SHUT UP, KAREN: ‘Freedom, not force’: Hundreds protest Jeffco Schools mask mandate days before kids return to class.

The district wants to force children as young as three to wear masks at school, despite the science.

GIVEN THEIR RECORD, THE MORE THEY TALK, THE MORE “HESITANT” PEOPLE ARE: Is the CDC trying to deter the vaccine-hesitant from getting jabbed?

LIVE AT 3:30PM EASTERN: ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ with Kruiser, Preston, VodkaPundit.

GORDON CHANG: The Delta Variant Could End The Chinese Communist Party.

There have been more than 30 outbreaks around China after the initial cases in Wuhan of last year, including a particularly devastating flare-up hitting Guangdong province ports beginning in late May. Draconian measures were seemingly successful in isolating China’s COVID-19 cases, however. The Party, beginning early last year, used its handling of the virus as proof of the superiority of its system over, among others, “Western democracy.”

Totalitarian-style tactics, unfortunately for China’s rulers, have not worked with the hardy Delta variant. The coronavirus, unlike other pathogens, has become more transmissible and more virulent over time. Delta, as a result, is now killing off the triumphalism of the Communist Party.

Therefore, a nationwide spread of the disease is a potentially existential threat to the Party. At the moment, Delta is running through many societies around the world, but China appears to be the only one where the variant could end the ruling group’s tenure.

Don’t get your hopes up — Chang has been predicting the end of CCP rule any day now for 20 years.

WELL, THEY’RE NOT WRONG: Police Recruiting Ad Lists “Qualified Immunity” as “Unique [Job] Benefit.”

Though it’s not really unique, since university bureaucrats, unaccountably, enjoy it as well.

IN STOCK: OPR’s Sandalwood Shave Soap.

JIM TREACHER: California Uber Alles: 2021. Vax fascists will control you:

I’m vaccinated. If you want my opinion, you should get vaccinated. If you don’t want my opinion, you should get vaccinated. The vaccine works. An overwhelming majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the summer of 2021 are among the unvaccinated. If you refuse to take the vaccine, you’re a fool. I won’t gloat if you get sick, like the scumbags we rely on for our “news,” but I won’t have any sympathy for you either.

And, also, in addition to that: Nury Martinez and all the people who think like her are fascists. This pandemic is a perfect opportunity for them to seize control of your life. Are you going to let them?

Totalitarianism in the Golden State. If you won’t protect yourself, the state will do it for you. California Uber Alles!

Read the whole thing.

I DID YEARS AND YEARS AGO AND IT’S BEEN MARVELOUS: Americans Are Willing to Take Pay Cuts to Never Go Into the Office Again.

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER WORD ABOUT GLENN REYNOLDS’ CARBON FOOTPRINT: It’s good to be the Climate Czar! John Kerry’s family jet has taken 16 trips this year.

THE INSTA-WIFE, WHO’S SCHEDULED TO GET HER BATTERY CHANGED SOON, WOULD APPRECIATE THIS: Researchers present battery-free pacemaker powered by the heart.

A HIGH HURDLE, EASILY CLEARED: Is Cori Bush the Biggest Hypocrite on All of Capitol Hill? This Video Says ‘Yes!’ “A typical politician is two things: A hypocrite and at least somewhat savvy about it. So give credit where it’s due to Congresscritter Cori Bush (D-Suck It): She is not a typical politician.”

BUT IF WE DID THAT, HOW COULD WE DEMAND VACCINE PASSPORTS? WHO chief urges wealthy nations to pause COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Charles Murray’s Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America.

CRISES BY DESIGN: Biden admin to require vaccination for legal foreign visitors. Others? Not so much.

JUST ANOTHER DC MONEY & POWER GRAB: The ‘Infrastructure’ Bill: The Deeper You Get, The Worse It Gets. “It has just $110 billion, or less than 10%, for what’s historically been considered infrastructure—roads and bridges. The other 90% is to fund mass transit waste, green energy nonsense, and more items that the states or the private sector could do.”

GREAT MOMENTS IN TIMING: Mask Mandate Reinstated in San Francisco—as Daily COVID Deaths Hit Zero.

Meanwhile San Francisco seems to be going full Bane: Woman leans out of car, holds AK47 in San Francisco.

AFL-CIO PRESIDENT RICHARD TRUMKA DEAD AT 72, SOURCES SAY: “Trumka, 72, had served as president of the federation, which represents more than 12.5 million workers, for more than a decade and has been a close ally of the Biden White House. Trumka died of what was believed to be a heart attack, a source familiar with the matter said.”

MAYBE THE FACT THAT SHE COULDN’T WIN A SINGLE DEMOCRATIC DELEGATE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A TIPOFF THAT NO ONE LIKED HER: Scoop: Inside a Kamala Harris crisis dinner.

SHOCKER: Johns Hopkins Professor Says COVID Infection Provides More Immunity Than Vaccines. “A doctor and professor with Johns Hopkins University said in a recent television appearance that, contrary to the official government narrative, those who actually catch the coronavirus and recover are approximately seven times more immune from future infections than those who receive a vaccine.”

People with natural immunity are also less likely to transmit the disease should they be reinfected than people who have been vaccinated.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Biden Admin Has Dropped Thousands of COVID+ Illegal Migrants Into Just One Texas Town.

TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, 80, pulls out of band’s US tour after undergoing emergency surgery in London.

Watts, who learnt drum along to old jazz records, will be temporarily replaced by session drummer and long-time friend of the band Steve Jordan.

According to the Sun, the band hope to have him back for their 60th anniversary celebrations in 2022, when they will release their first album of ­original songs in 17 years.

Hopefully Watts recovers quickly; meanwhile the Stones will be in good hands this fall with Jordan, who was (is?) the drummer in Keith Richards’ solo project, the X-Pensive Winos (which played loads of Stones songs while touring), and prior to that, the Blues Brothers and David Letterman’s house band.

AT THE VERY LEAST, IT WILL BE ENTERTAINING WATCHING LEFTIES EMBRACE THE MAN THEY USED TO CALL “DARTH CHENEY”: Liz Cheney says her father is ‘deeply troubled’ about the state of the Republican Party.

TED RALL: Why I Got a Third Covid Shot: Better safe than sick, and I have a history of respiratory problems.

I was fully vaccinated six months ago. I walked into a pharmacy last week and got another Pfizer shot. I didn’t tell the pharmacist it was my third; she didn’t ask. Since the U.S. has no central database of immunization records, the store had no way to know I’d been vaccinated at a federal facility.

My friends and family disapprove. “A one-man study of the effects of three doses?” one said dryly. “That sounds safe.” Another, left-leaning and vaccine-skeptical: “This won’t be the last ‘booster’ shot you’ll ‘need.’ Every couple months you’ll be showing up for the latest injection.”

There’s a lot of this. Meanwhile the W.H.O. wants us to delay second shots and send vaccine overseas.

UPDATE (From Ed): Moderna recommends third shot of vaccine to defend against new coronavirus strains.

(Updated and bumped.)

ALLISON GOLLUST, CNN EXEC TIED TO GOV. CUOMO, ACCUSED OF BEING REASON CHRIS GETS A PASS:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t just have his brother Chris at CNN, he also has ties to one of its top executives — sparking accusations that it’s why the network has turned a blind eye to its star host’s involvement in his sibling’s sexual harassment scandal.

Allison Gollust was Cuomo’s communications director before becoming executive vice president at CNN — where she was even recently tapped to replace Jeff Zucker as Worldwide President, Fox News has noted.

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

Evergreen:


ROGER SIMON: To Save America, Run for School Board.

Forget Congress, the Senate, or whatever glamorous position you ever fantasized about or not, even president of the United States, if you want to have a serious impact from your work, if, as they say, you want to make a difference, to change this country for the good in the short and long term, run for your local school board.

You would be saving America from turning into the bleakest, socialist-communist state imaginable because that is what our current educational system, K-12, is designed to do and, sadly, has been successful in doing, literally for decades—and it’s only getting worse.

You would in the process also be a true revolutionary in the tradition of the Founders of our country in bringing back truth, justice, and the American way to our children and our children’s children.

Someone’s gotta do it—the hour is late. But you, dear reader, can save us, especially if we band together—and there are plenty of us to do it.

Please consider running for the school board to radically change a highly-corrupt and evil leftwing educational system, which has crossed the border into child abuse.

It’s both necessary and fun to point out the errors of the DNC-MSM, but education reform should be the ultimate focus: The End of the Long March. “Remember those halcyon days when our biggest concerns were Howard Zinn textbooks and mainstream media bias? The left is long past that. Victory begets victory, and they feel no pressing need to shore up their wins. Now they’re gunning to control the guns—and not necessarily in the way you think.”

NOT MUCH MORE: Is There More Than Anti-Trump Politics Behind a Reported New York Times Decision Not to Investigate COVID’s Origins? “The New York Times reportedly decided not to use its considerable influence and resources to investigate the origins of COVID-19 at the same time China was lying and delaying, early weeks in the pandemic that cost lives. That story is perhaps the most important story of our time. COVID has killed millions and transformed the entire world. Where it came from and who, if anyone, is responsible is important.”

RIOTS FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME: Cori Bush Defends Her Own Private Security While Advocating For ‘Defunding the Police.’

Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) made a strange argument for defunding the police while defending her own expenditures on private security.

“I’m gonna make sure I have security because I know I have had attempts on my life. And I have too much work to do, there are too many people that need help right now for me to allow that. So if I end up spending $200,000, if I spend 10 more dollars on it, you know what, I get to be here to do the work. So suck it up,” Bush said on CBS News. “Defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets.”

That should make a great soundbite for the GOP in 2022, along with: After the governor pardons Mark McCloskey, Rep. Cori Bush tells CNN ‘his day will come’ because he spat on her name.

(Classical reference in headline.)

UPDATE ON WEDNESDAY’S SCRUB: Launch of Boeing’s Starliner Delayed Indefinitely Due to Vexing Technical Glitch. “Now is the part of my article when I’m obliged to say this is all a normal part of development and testing, that it’s good to be safe, and that problems should be expected, and bla bla bla. But as much as I’m rooting for this project, it’s clearly been a shitshow. Boeing needs to get its act together.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Professor suggests it should be a federal hate crime to criticize Fauci and other government-funded scientists.

The desire for a taxpayer-funded aristocracy is palpable with these people.

STILL SELLING FAST, FROM KURT SCHLICHTER: The Split (Kelly Turnbull).

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Stacey Lennox: If Criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci Is a Hate Crime I Plead Guilty – And I’ll Do It Again. “Apparently, wanting border security, a strong military, and viewing China as an economic and military threat makes you anti-science and an authoritarian.”

Bryan Preston: If You Think 2021 Has Been Rough So Far, Wait Until the Democrats Wage Their Next Horrible Battle. “As ugly as things are now, from bolting a whole state to deny the democratic process to flouting their own mandates to bashing mainstream election reforms as ‘Jim Crow 2.0,’ things are likely to get a whole lot uglier and worse later this year.”

Yours Truly: Science vs ‘Teh Feelz’: A Genderfluid Seesaw. “You can imagine the Left’s response to a Harvard womyn insisting that there’s such a thing as biological reality.”

BLUE ON BLUE ON THE FRONT RANGE: Hancock not sticking his neck out for Polis this time around.

Back in March of 2020, when Covid was just getting started and we were all told that it would just be two weeks to flatten the curve, Governor Jared Polis was reluctant to impose a statewide lockdown of any kind. He preferred to let local governments get out in front on that. Denver’s Michael Hancock did just that, announcing a city-wide travel and business lockdown (although he couldn’t quite decide whether or not liquor stores constituted essential businesses). Governor Polis followed suit shortly thereafter.

This time, All-Star Game aside, Hancock isn’t playing ball.

In the face of revised CDC guidance advising even fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors, Denver announced that it would not even issue a new mask mandate, trusting businesses and individuals to do what was best for them.

Why the change? The overall political climate surrounding the virus has changed, and the effects of that change are exacerbated by factors specific to Denver.

According to his own Department of Finance, in the Budget Kickoff briefing given to the City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee back in April, small business in the Denver metro area has been devastated, with the total number of small businesses operating down 30%, and the entry-level-friendly Leisure and Hospitality Sector down over 40%.

Read the whole thing.

SHE GETS A PASS BECAUSE REASONS: Rep. Rashida Tlaib Accused of Using ‘Anti-Semitic Dog Whistles’ During Speech (Again).

IF YOU LIKE YOUR VITAMIN D, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR VITAMIN D: While they scare you with “variants,” Congress wants to make dietary supplements prescription only. A reader emails: “Sen. Richard Durbin has been trying for years to make dietary supplements available only by a doctor’s prescription, which will have the practical effect of making them far less available and far more expensive. In the past he’s failed, so this time he’s trying to bury his ban deeply inside the gigantic “infrastructure” bill being considered by Congress. If he succeeds, many normal and beneficial dietary supplements such as high-dose vitamin D are going to become difficult or impossible for most adults in the U.S. to obtain.”

There’s a petition here.

THE ESTABLISHMENT HAD DETERMINED THAT THIS WAS NOT NEWS: Daniel Hale exposed the machinery of America’s clandestine warfare. Why did no one seem to care?

OH, PLEASE: Bezos’ Blue Origin calls Musk’s Starship ‘immensely complex & high risk’ for NASA moon missions.

There’s a lot less risk involved in never launching a single gram into orbit, too.

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: Lawyer: Capitol Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt ‘Ambushed’ Her on Jan. 6 Without Warning.

The officer’s name — still kept largely secret and out of the news — is Lt. Michael Byrd.

VOTERS HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES THAN THE POLITICAL CLASS: Election cheating surges to top US issue, most want photo ID.

The battles over the 2020 presidential election and subsequent fight between Democrats and Republicans on reforming the system have pushed the issue to the top of those Americans are now worried about.

In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, 90% said it is “important” to end cheating, long the bane of elections and made a national issue by former President Donald Trump and his loss to President Joe Biden in 2020.

Voters polled, however, do not believe it affected the overall 2020 election, though they are concerned about it intensely, said Rasmussen.

The pollster said that many voters believe the answer is a simple one and one that is called for in many states and GOP proposals: photo identification.

In early results shared with Secrets, 74% support the photo ID requirement, a blow to liberals fighting it. They called it a “reasonable measure” to prevent cheating.

And while the poll found doubts about the impact of cheating in 2020, it did suggest that voters believe politicians fighting the use of photo ID just want cheating to continue.

Well, that’s because they do. Voters want trustworthy, fraud-resistant voting. The political class wants to be able to do what it wants, regardless of what voters want.

AS THE SLAVE WHISPERED TO THE CONQUEROR: All glory is fleeting. New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is learning the truth of that maxim. Issues & Insights explains the real reason why his former partisans are now his aspiring political pall bearers.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: The New York Times Is An Anti-Journalism Clown Car. “The organization worked 24/7 for years to pimp the Russia collusion hoax. The “reporters” there spent the entire Trump era writing flimsy, poorly-sourced attacks on him. It was as if a slew of toddlers were writing a feelings journal in crayon.”

IT’S AS IF ALL THE “MORALITY ACTIVISTS” ARE REALLY JUST POLITICAL HACKS: Time’s Up Founder Helped Cuomo Team Smear Governor’s Accuser: Anti-sexual harassment group worked with Cuomo aides to discredit Lindsey Boylan.

A report released by the New York attorney general’s office said Roberta Kaplan, the cofounder of Time’s Up, advised the Cuomo team about an op-ed the governor wrote to discredit Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo adviser who accused the governor of sexual misconduct in December 2020. A top Cuomo aide said Kaplan and Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen largely approved of the op-ed. The piece, which was never published, “denied the legitimacy of Ms. Boylan’s allegations, impugned her credibility, and attacked her claims as politically motivated,” according to the attorney general’s report.

The finding could undercut Kaplan and her organization’s claims to be champions of the #MeToo movement. Kaplan and Tchen, a former Obama White House official, cofounded Time’s Up in 2018, in the wake of allegations of sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The allegations against Cuomo are arguably the biggest #MeToo case in the past couple years.

#MeToo was a political torpedo aimed at Trump that circled back around and blew up the Democrats, because their leadership is packed with abusers and abuser-enablers. Including the people championing #MeToo.

STILL POPULAR: Michael Walsh’s Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost.

You can see all book recommendations at the bookclub list here.

LAURA BASSETT FOR MSNBC: Biden calls on Andrew Cuomo to resign. He’s not the only Cuomo who needs to go. “His brother, too, should resign from covering politics or be fired. It’s extremely inappropriate and unethical for a journalist to advise and craft the statements of a politician, regardless of family relation.”

THIS IS STUPID, AND A FIRST-AMENDMENT VIOLATION: A New Florida Bill Could Criminalize Filming Cops on the Job.

FIGHT THE POWER, STICK IT TO THE MAN: They Were Accused of Wearing Blackface. Now They’re Suing Their College.

In the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California last week, the team accuses Cal Lutheran administrators of misinterpreting the students’ costumes as blackface. The members and their coaches say the university, its president, and its vice president for mission and identity “allowed the softball team and their coaches to be publicly shamed and harassed, placed in fear for their safety, and to otherwise suffer lifelong injury to their mental health and reputations.” They asked for damages, but did not specify an amount.

The softball team alleges that the university manufactured “a sham racially-derogatory event” and punished the team “to deceive the public into believing that the university is active in combatting racism on campus,” the complaint says. This was all, the suit says, an attempt to distract the community from the university’s poor record of racial inequality. The team claims in the suit that the university’s accreditor was investigating Cal Lutheran “in part for its history of racial and gender equality-related failures.”

Cal Lutheran, shockingly, denies all wrongdoing. Anyway, blackface isn’t a crime. It’s not even a disqualification to serve as Governor of Virginia.

ICYMI: RealClearInvestigations: 1619 Project, Touted as Racial Reckoning, Ignores Democratic Party Racism.

Democrats who advanced a bill in June to remove statues of white supremacists from the U.S. Capitol ignored a central fact about those figures: All of them had been icons of their party, from Andrew Jackson’s adamantly pro-slavery vice president, John C. Calhoun, to North Carolina Gov. Charles B. Aycock, an architect of the white-supremacist campaign of 1898 that ushered in the era of Jim Crow.

At a time when governments, sports teams, schools and other bastions of American society are rushing to expunge legacies of slavery or racism, this was another instance of the Democratic Party’s failure to acknowledge that it did more than any other institution in American life to preserve the “peculiar institution” — and later enforce Jim Crow-style apartheid in the Old South.

“I think it’s absolutely fair to criticize the history of the Democrat Party when we’re literally changing the names of birds because they’re named after racists,” said Jarrett Stepman, author of “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past,” referring to a new racism-cleansing push in, yes, ornithology.

Democrats’ circumspection in the face of this trend is especially noteworthy because it comes at a time when they are criticizing Republican legislation to block the teaching of critical race theory on the ground that the GOP wants to whitewash American history. But one of the most noteworthy efforts to reframe American history in terms of race, the New York Times’ 1619 Project, virtually ignores the Democrat Party’s role in advancing and sustaining racism in the United States.

Ignores it? It’s meant to obscure it.

August 4, 2021

WELL, HE KNOWS THE PRESS WILL HELP: As Biden Fails to Convince Democrat Constituencies to Get the Vaccine, and As He Allows Hundreds of Thousands of Infected Illegal Aliens to Infect Americans, Biden Tries Shifting the Blame to Florida and Texas.

Okay, to be fair, Biden doesn’t know much beyond when his butt was wiped. But his handlers know the press will help.

WHEN SLATE CHASTENS THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY. SLATE. When you’re not sure but can’t let on.

THE REAL STORY of the “Central Park Karen.” “Wow- that is what you call journalism.” To be fair, that’s why Bari Weiss can’t be at the NYT anymore.

LESLIE EASTMAN: The Current Pandemic Isn’t the First Caused by a Coronavirus. “The ‘Russian Flu’ is considered the last great pandemic of the 19th century; yet, today’s variants are just common cold viruses.”

AS HE OCCASIONALLY DOES, DAVID BROOKS DIMLY GRASPS THE TRUTH: HOW THE BOBOS BROKE AMERICA: The creative class was supposed to foster progressive values and economic growth. Instead we got resentment, alienation, and endless political dysfunction.

They’re just so arrogant and hatable. And this is right: “The bobos have coalesced into an insular, intermarrying brahmin elite that dominates culture, media, education, and tech.”

To be fair, Angelo Codevilla said it over a decade ago.

Plus: “I got a lot wrong about the bobos. I didn’t anticipate how aggressively we would move to assert our cultural dominance, the way we would seek to impose elite values through speech and thought codes. I underestimated the way the creative class would successfully raise barriers around itself to protect its economic privilege—not just through schooling, but through zoning regulations that keep home values high, professional-certification structures that keep doctors’ and lawyers’ incomes high while blocking competition from nurses and paralegals, and more. And I underestimated our intolerance of ideological diversity. Over the past five decades, the number of working-class and conservative voices in universities, the mainstream media, and other institutions of elite culture has shrunk to a sprinkling. When you tell a large chunk of the country that their voices are not worth hearing, they are going to react badly—and they have.”

Related: How David Brooks Created Donald Trump.

Brooks’ sycophancy toward Joe Biden — a variant of his pants-crease love for Obama — illustrates where his understanding stops.

DON SURBER: “Democrats in Washington want Andrew Cuomo to resign to allow the Democrat lieutenant governor to run New York state. If a Republican were next in line for the job, Democrats would be falling on grenades for Cuomo. That is, after all, what happened in Virginia when Governor Black Face unleashed his oppo research on the Democrats in the line of succession.”

Plus: “Cuomo’s problem is not sexual harassment. His problem is Democrats see him as a threat if he chooses to run for president. . . . Congressional Democrats can control a Biden or an Obama. Cuomo would be a wildcard.”

Also:

But why should I defend Cuomo?

He killed 15,000 grannies by forcing nursing homes to accept covid patients.

Those deaths should be the subject of a criminal investigation, not this he said/she said garbage.

But charging him with manslaughter might implicate other Democrats. A sexual harassment scandal is a nice safe way to dispose of a governor who could seek the presidency in 2024.

Well, maybe it’s safe.

OPEN THREAD: Stay Frosty. Three words: Tempo, tempo, tempo.

ROSE MCGOWAN: “Governor Andrew Cuomo, can’t you stop being a prick?” No, no he can’t. I mean, at least, he never has.

THE FAA NEEDS TO BACK OFF: SpaceX surges Starship work despite FAA environmental review uncertainty.

Many people are starting to suspect that the bureaucracy is trying to slow SpaceX down for the benefit of its competitors.

LYNCH MOB JUSTICE: Mark McCloskey’s “day will come,” threatens Cori Bush after St. Louis couple is pardoned by governor.

Democrat Rep. Cori Bush expressed outrage over Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s pardons of the St. Louis McCloskey couple, who fended off a mob of protesters outside their St. Louis home by bearing firearms before the crowd. Bush, a progressive and Missouri native who represents the state’s 1st Congressional District, threatened Mark McCloskey and promised that “his day will come” because McCloskey “has spat on my name.”

To be fair, McCloskey knew her. And now so do we.

Plus: “Nine members of the Black Lives Matter protest group were given citations for trespassing, but prosecutors have stalled on their cases. The McCloskeys’ attorney said that demonstrators tore down a gate to their private street. Evidence on social media supports the veracity of the McCloskeys’ claims.”

IS THE NEW YORK TIMES A LIBERAL NEWSPAPER? OF COURSE IT IS:

1619 Project, Touted as Racial Reckoning, Ignores Democratic Party Racism.

Is There More Than Anti-Trump Politics Behind a Reported New York Times Decision Not to Investigate COVID’s Origins?

Abhorrent! New York Times Calls Osama Bin Laden ‘Devoted Family Man.’

The latter story is par for the course for the newspaper that accidentally ran a piece praising Bill Ayers on September 11th, 2001.

UPDATE: Why the New York Times praises ‘cancel culture’ but skips over its own racist history.

(Classical reference in headline; updated and bumped.)

ANDREW CUOMO SINGS “WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS:”

Human Rights Campaign president allegedly helped leak personnel file of Cuomo accuser.

Time’s Up Founder Helped Cuomo Team Smear Governor’s Accuser.

Facebook executive helped Cuomo smear sex harassment accuser: AG report.

New details emerge about how CNN anchor Chris Cuomo advised Gov. Andrew Cuomo in sex harassment inquiry.

That last link is from NBC. When NBC attacks a fellow Democratic Party operative with a Chyron, you know it’s bad. Ordinarily, the guild protects its own. QED: Jennings and Brokaw Defend Rather Who Sees Effort to “Smear” Him.

ONCE AGAIN, NOT THE PANDEMIC BUT THE RESPONSE THERETO: The Global Pandemic Could Be Causing More Shortsightedness in Kids Than Ever Before.

NOT EXACTLY GRAVITY, BUT UNSETTLING: Space station mishap caused orbiting lab to rotate 1 1/2 times, NASA says.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What is the secret of Duran Duran’s durability?

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World.

LOCKDOWN COSTS: Seniors at risk for more falls due to less physical activity during pandemic. Could the pandemic response kill more seniors than the pandemic? Would we know if it did?

“WE HAVE TO IMPEACH:” NY State Lawmakers Call for Cuomo to Resign or Be Removed.

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Tuesday that an independent investigation into Cuomo found that he sexually harassed multiple women in violation of federal and state law.

“For over three months, Executive Assistant #1 kept this groping incident to herself and planned to take it “to the grave,”4 but found herself becoming emotional (in a way that was visible to her colleagues in the Executive Chamber) while watching the Governor state, at a press conference on March 3, 2021, that he had never ‘touched anyone inappropriately’ She then confided in certain of her colleagues, who in turn reported her allegations to senior staff in the Executive Chamber,” the report said.

Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou says she has drafted articles of impeachment against Cuomo.

She said she’s had impeachment articles drafted for a long time.

“I had them drafted yesterday,” Niou said. “I had them drafted months ago.”

Related: Cuomo The Mad King, Alone Upon His Throne.

HONESTLY, THIS DOESN’T SOUND SUPER-IMPRESSIVE: Fully vaccinated one-third as likely to get COVID: England study.

OHIO-15: Trump’s Guy Wins. Soros and Steyer’s Guys Come in Fourth – and DNF. “Yes, Soros and Steyer. In a Republican primary. Because so many seats nationwide are so gerrymandered, Soros and Steyer tested trying to slip first one and then another fake Republican past the Ohio Fifteen’s fine R primary voters. To attempt to play in a place they otherwise couldn’t get a game. Soros and Steyer propped up (at least) two “conservative environmentalist” candidates – because there is no way a Democrat will ever win the district as currently drawn. For Team Fake R – it didn’t go well.”

DESANTIS BLASTS BIDEN: ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear a Blip About COVID From You.’

UNIQUE GIFTS: Biblical Greek T-shirts makes some great gifts for those people you know who are hard to buy for, including yourself.

CHEAP: 2022 Nissan Leaf Gets a Huge Price Cut, Now Starts under $30,000.

SPYING ON YOU IS INFRASTRUCTURE: Infrastructure Bill Would Require Alcohol Monitors for All New Cars. “Buried in the massive proposal—which is already longer than 2,700 pages—is a section titled, ‘ADVANCED IMPAIRED DRIVING TECHNOLOGY,’ which mandates new vehicles include ‘a system that … passively and accurately detect[s] whether the blood alcohol concentration of a driver of a motor vehicle is equal to or greater than the blood alcohol concentration” of .08, in which case the system would ‘prevent or limit motor vehicle operation.’ Automobile manufacturers would have a three-year grace period to comply with the regulation.”

HYGIENE THEATER, CAUGHT ON VIDEO: AOC Puts Mask on for Selfie, Takes It Right Back Off.

NOW BACK IN STOCK AND ON SALE: The whole dang game. 410 cards total.

ANTISOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook bans academics who researched ad transparency and misinformation on Facebook. “Laura Edelson, an NYU researcher involved in the project, and whose personal account was banned by Facebook, says the company wants to end independent scrutiny of its platform.”

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