September 24, 2020

OPEN THREAD: Outdo yourselves tonight.

WHY NOT? WE FIND MARS ROCKS ON EARTH. Earth life may have traveled to Venus aboard sky-skimming asteroid.

MORE ON METFORMIN: Study: Diabetes drug metformin may protect the aging brain.

WHY DOES NOBODY TRUST “PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS?” IT’S A MYSTERY: Health officials seek to block Trump rally in Virginia.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Duke prof’s new computer science course will focus on diversity.

AND SO IT BEGINS: Military Ballots Found in the Trash in Pennsylvania, All Were Trump Votes.

I WANT TO BE WELLINGTON, NOT NAPOLEON: Legal Education’s Waterloo.


It all started as an idea to relax negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia delegations, but the idea to name the Gazivoda/Ujman Lake “Lake Trump” as seen in the photo seems more serious than initially thought.

An idea that started as a joke for the Ujman Lake, which Serbs refer to as Gazivoda, to find a compromise name seems to be taking shape. During the negotiations at the White House, the US Presidential envoy for the dialogue, Richard Grenell, gave the idea to name the lake after Trump.

Initially everybody laughed with the idea. But not today. Gazeta Express has learned that  Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah  Hoti expressed his readiness to support Grenell’s idea at a meeting with him. The same idea was endorsed also by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at another meeting.

This has to be Mecca for all of the speedboats with Trump flags I’ve seen this summer.



BIGOTS: ABC Pushes Vile Fake Claim Barrett Christian Group Inspired Handmaid’s Tale.

Beyond the usual leftist wailing about abortion, [ABC’s Tom] Llamas went on to push a vile assertion that he knew was fake:

Also under the microscope, Barrett’s link to a small charismatic Christian community called People of Praise….According to its website, “many of its members choose to make a lifetime commitment to the community – a covenant.” Members are assigned a personal adviser. Men were called “heads” and women were called “handmaids.” But those titles since changed to “leaders,” amid speculation the group may have inspired the novel and Emmy-award winning drama The Handmaid’s Tale.

After hyping the made-up smear, he then admitted that it wasn’t true: “But author Margaret Atwood saying that’s not accurate, telling ABC News there were several inspirations.”

Related: Pence to ABC: Don’t repeat “intolerance” shown Barrett over her faith.

Why is the House of Stephanopoulos such a cesspit of anti-religious bigotry?

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: State With No Electricity Orders Everyone To Drive Cars That Run On Electricity.

TEN MORE YEARS OF THIS, HUH? Welcome to the Turbulent Twenties. “Our model is based on the fact that across history, what creates the risk of political instability is the behavior of elites, who all too often react to long-term increases in population by committing three cardinal sins.”

It doesn’t help that we have the worst political class in American history.

GOOD AND HARD: Seattle City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto, Begins to Defund the Police.

WELL, FONDA HAS ALWAYS LOVED TOTALITARIAN LEFTISTS: Kamala Harris to Appear Alongside Hanoi Jane. Event comes one week after Biden hosted veterans outreach roundtable. “The Biden campaign, which has bombarded President Donald Trump with attacks about his respect for U.S. soldiers, will be campaigning this weekend with Jane Fonda, a celebrity best known for fraternizing with enemy troops during the Vietnam War.”

I’M NOT SURE I WANT TO KNOW. Swalwell 2.0: Did Jerry Nadler Have an ‘Accident’ on Live TV?

I’M EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Review: Colt Python Revolver in .357 Magnum.

Seriously, that’s one reason I’d never carry a .357. I think its crack is more likely damaging to the ears than any other handgun. Not an issue at the range, with ear protection, but as a carry gun it’s a genuine drawback.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Where’s Waljoe? Tired Joe Biden Ditching 1/3rd of Campaign, Harris Shaking Off the Press. “Presumably, Biden is so exhausted from his rigorous morning routine of plug and denture maintenance that he only has energy enough to campaign fewer than two out of every three days.”

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DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: UW-Madison student newspaper fires conservative columnist after refusing to run his op-ed.

Tripp Grebe, its author, called for better pay, better training, and police union reforms.

“If we’re expecting police officers to be better, why would we be taking money away from them? When schools are failing, we don’t ‘Defund Schools,’ we give them more money and implement new plans to ensure their success,” Grebe wrote in his submission.

“The city of Milwaukee has been defunding the police department for years. This past year the city cut the department’s budget by 60 officers, and the homicide rate in Milwaukee has more than doubled,” he argued. “… As we continue to stare directly into the eyes of police brutality’s harsh existence, let’s continue to fight for solutions. Let’s increase training and funding for police while extending Act 10 to cover police unions.”

After he submitted it, he was told by the Herald’s opinion editor Samiha Bhushan via email in late August that although the piece was “well written” that it was “too much of a hot take,” and that upper management of the paper was worried it may “alienate” incoming freshmen, according to a screenshot of the email.

“Additionally,” the email continues, “we just posted an editorial board supporting BLM and another article publicly endorsing two candidates who want to defund the police. As a result, your article would cause a lot of backlash that we cannot afford right now.”

Gentlemen, you can’t be controversial here – this is a newspaper!

ARSON, BEATINGS AND COP-MURDER CAN LOSE YOU PUBLIC SYMPATHY. WHO KNEW? AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines.

ANDREW KLAVAN: Late Night Comics ‘Provably Wrong,’ Then Colbert Makes Point for Him.

CAPITOL HILL BAPTIST CHURCH SUES DC MAYOR, GOVERNMENT: It’s tough to survive as a congregation when government officials bar any worship gatherings of 100 or more people, regardless if they are indoors or outdoors.

That’s why the 850-member Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) is suing Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District of Columbia government. Church leaders told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that for CHBC there is no theologically acceptable alternative to meeting together in person for fellowship and worship. Thus, the church has no virtual meeting capacity.

This suit could prove to be much more significant than at first glance it might appear because the D.C. government is the creation of Congress, which is itself explicitly barred by the First Amendment from prescribing what is acceptable worship practice and what is not.

There is also an element of basic hypocrisy, as the church pointed out in its filing:

“Defendants have been discriminatory in their application of the ban on large scale gatherings. For example, on June 6, 2020, Mayor Bowser appeared personally at an outdoor gathering of tens of thousands of people at the corner of 16th and H Streets, NW and delivered a speech describing the large gathering as ‘wonderful to see.’”

The church is represented by the First Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas, which has successfully defended multiple individuals and congregations that have tangled with authorities as a result of Covid-19 enforcement policies.


THAT SEEMS RIGHT JUST BASED ON CASUAL OBSERVATION: Older People Are Physically And Mentally Fitter Than 30 Years Ago, Says Finland Study.

I HOPE WE’RE NOT TOO MESSIANIC, OR A TRIFLE TOO SATANIC: The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pushed Me To Join The Satanic Temple.

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ON THE HORNS OF A WOKE DILEMMA: Leftists outraged at Biden quickly condemning violence and offering prayers for officers shot in Louisville.

HYGIENE THEATER: Schools aren’t spreading coronavirus. “The new National COVID-19 School Response Data Dashboard released its first data showing low levels of infection among students and teachers. Emily Oster, a Brown economics professor who helped create the dashboard, said school coronavirus rates are ‘much lower’ than those in the surrounding community.”

NOBODY TELL HOWARD WOLOWITZ: Researchers develop biomimetic hand prosthesis uniquely similar to a human hand.

BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN ELECTION THEY’RE TRYING TO WIN. NEXT QUESTION? Why is the media downplaying the Hunter Biden story?

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K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: What led to Utah’s K-12 enrollment dropping for the first time in 20 years. “The biggest factor that contributed to the decline was parents pulling their kids out to do home schooling this fall. . . . A change like this, even if it is temporary, has huge ramifications.”

It probably isn’t temporary. People are realizing that public schools aren’t essential services and teachers aren’t essential workers.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen — with a boost from the pandemic.

I’M PRETTY SURE NEIL ARMSTRONG WASN’T CHOSEN FOR HIS CHARISMA: Experience, charisma will steer NASA’s choice for first woman on moon.

IN THE ABOVE THE LAW RANKINGS BASED ON EMPLOYMENT, Tennessee is #41, #16 among public law schools.

DISPATCHES FROM THE BIDEN RIOTS: Why the Violent Unrest After the Breonna Taylor Decision Only Sabotages Progress.

THEY CAN’T EVEN KEEP THE A/C ON: California bans new internal combustion engines, starting in 2035. “California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state from 2035 be zero-emissions vehicles.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Resuming sex soon after heart attack may boost survival, study says. Makes sense to me.

POTEMKIN HEALTH MEASURES: Marriott CEO Admits Hotels are Engaging in ‘Hygiene Theater,’ Again Praises Totalitarian Measures. “It’s communicating to folks we care about what you feel and want you to stop and think about if you’re having any symptoms, and we also want to communicate to you that you’re now entering a place in which we’ve got protocols in place to protect you and others in the environment.”

It’s all about the feelz.

BATTLESWARM BLOG: Why Does The Liberal Overclass Hate Joe Rogan? “Social Justice Warriors hate liberals far more than they hate conservatives, and not just for the fact they stand in the way of the more immediate and important goal of seizing control of the Party. Social Justice Warriors hate liberals the same way the Islamic State hated Shiites far more than they hated Christians. You and I may be infidels, but to Social Justice Warriors, regular liberals are heretics who must repent or be destroyed.”

QUESTION ASKED: What the hell is going on with Joe Biden?” Joe Biden Basement-Campaign Strategy Risky.

Related: With Just 40 Days To Go, Biden Campaign Calls A ‘Lid’ Before 9:30 AM.

TYRANNY IMPOSED FOR THE GOOD OF ITS VICTIMS: Ohio Woman Arrested and Tased For Not Wearing a Mask at Son’s Outdoor Football Game.