May 13, 2021

PLAUSIBLE: If you prefer city living over nature, you might be a psychopath: study.

BIDEN’S RETURN TO LAWFULNESS: Biden HHS Secretary Attempts to ERASE a Federal Abortion Law He Doesn’t Like.

CHANGE: Norway drops AstraZeneca, offers J&J to volunteers only.

FOLLOW THE ACTUAL SCIENCE: Lockdown Mongers Can Point Fingers, But The Science Is In: They’re To Blame. “As is so often the case, however, the conventional wisdom was wrong. A new study from Chicago University economist Casey Mulligan validates what the anti-lockdowners knew all along: Lockdowns are a bad idea. After workplaces implemented mitigation measures, they became far safer environments than people’s homes.”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: The Left Loves Nothing Like Women-Oppressing, Gay-Murdering Terrorists.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What’s the best way to show your support for women, gays, and oppressed minorities?

Answer: By celebrating misogynist, gay-murdering, rocket-wielding terrorists, of course.

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

  • An Army of none
  • Toure — remember him? — calls for racial violence
  • Jennifer Granholm says, “Let them eat lithium”

Bonus Sanity: Texas working on a law that says steak is meat.

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

LAWN GUYLAND FOR TRUMP: What’s All the Noise From Long Island? It’s the Pro-Trump Long Island Loud Majority.

BIDEN TO NOMINATE CATHERINE LHAMON TO LEAD EDUCATION DEPT’S OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. She was the head of OCR under Obama, and was the primary person responsible for all of the Obama Administration’s Title IX policy. I wrote a short book about how well this policy worked, called Twisting Title IX.

AND WE’RE NOT QUITE FOUR MONTHS IN: Biden’s Middle East Failure.

The first is the U.S. Navy’s seizure over the weekend of a significant weapons shipment. It contained “dozens of advanced Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles, thousands of Chinese Type 56 assault rifles, and hundreds of PKM machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launchers … [and] advanced optical sights,” the Fifth Fleet said in a statement.

The cache was destined for Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, whom the Biden administration recently delisted as a terrorist organization. No serious person believes the arms didn’t originate in Iran, though for obviously political reasons the United States Navy prefers not to state the obvious.

In neighboring Iraq, a prominent Iraqi political activist and critic of Iranian influence in his country, particularly the arming and funding of pro-Tehran militias, was gunned down—the latest in a series of Iran critics to turn up dead. The early reporting suggests an Iranian militia is to blame.

Finally, there is the escalating security situation in the Persian Gulf. After several years of tranquility along one of the world’s most important shipping lanes, Iran has returned to harassing American ships.

Let’s not forget that Iran-backed Hamas is testing Biden’s support for Israel — and finding it wanting.

EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT THE END TIMES, BUT NOBODY DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT. The Center for Applied Eschatology aims to change that. From its FAQ:

Q: Why do you want to end the world?
A: CAE is devoted to practical, pragmatic solutions. We’re interested in the how, not the why.

We can’t keep waiting around in our gas lines (or, for folks unfortunate enough to be anywhere near the Capitol on January 6, jail) for the SMOD to make good on its string of broken promises.

WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK YOURSELF “WWTD?”: The Biden Regime’s Response to Its Many Crises Will Make You Facepalm So Hard You’ll Hurt Your Neck.

(What Wouldn’t Trump Do?”)

AT HELEN’S PAGE: A Breast Cancer Surgeon links to his interesting site answering the important questions: “What Is Actually Considered ‘Family History’ Or ‘High Risk’ Of Breast Cancer?”

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA: American Idol finalist Caleb Kennedy out after KKK-themed video surfaces.

MICHAEL WALSH: ‘Things Fall Apart’ With No End in Sight.

They’re publicly gunning for the Second Amendment now and, over the course of the post-FDR period, have rendered the Ninth and 10th amendments (which were intended to establish expressed powers/limited government) as nullities.

Now, in a capital still ringed by barbed wire, a confused old man sits at a desk signing “executive orders” designed to overturn any vestiges of his predecessor—whose aim, you may recall, was to “Make America Great Again.” The economy boomed, the nation became energy self-sufficient, race relations had at least stabilized, the Middle East was moving toward stasis, and both the Russians and the Chinese were under no illusions about our international intentions.

And then came the election and huge blunder of Jan. 6, and it all vanished. Well, as they say, elections have consequences.

“Surely, the Second Coming is at hand,” writes Yeats in the second stanza of his great poem. But be careful what you wish for: “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last / Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

If you thought Biden’s first 100 days were bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

As Glenn recently wrote, “To be honest, a rerun of the Carter years is now a best-case scenario.”

20 MINUTES FROM NEW YORK TO PARIS: Oblique wave detonation engine may unlock Mach 17 aircraft. “Rotating detonation engines, in which the shockwaves from one detonation are tuned to trigger further detonations within a ring-shaped channel, were thought of as impossible to build right up until researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) went ahead and demonstrated a prototype last year in sustained operation. Due for testing in a rocket launch by around 2025, rotating detonation engines should be more efficient than pulse detonation engines simply because the combustion chamber doesn’t need to be cleared out between detonations.”

BIDEN ENERGY BACKERS CLEANING UP: Washington Free Beacon’s Collin Anderson and Matthew Foldi connected some green dots and found a bunch of energy folks who are doing quite well for themselves, courtesy of Joe Biden and friends:

“Shortly after becoming president, Biden virtually toured Proterra’s South Carolina plant before hosting company CEO Jack Allen at his State Department’s Leaders Summit on Climate. The move sparked a barrage of ethics concerns from federal lawmakers given that Biden’s energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, holds up to $5 million in Proterra stock. Biden’s infrastructure package includes a $45 billion government investment in ‘clean, zero-emissions buses’ such as those produced by the company.

“Other Clean Energy for Biden leaders also stand to profit from the administration’s promotion of Proterra. At least three members of the group’s finance council work as partners at venture capital firms that list Proterra on their portfolios: Energy Impact Partners‘ Shayle Kann, Ajax Strategies‘ Veery Maxwell, and G2VP‘s Brook Porter. Popple left Proterra to join G2VP in February, according to LinkedIn.”

Trust me, there is much more to come along this same line in the days ahead.

BUT THEN SOMEONE REMINDED HIM THAT HIGHER ED IS PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC APPARAT: FLASHBACK: Biden once blamed rising professor salaries for contributing to ‘skyrocketing’ cost of college.

Though to be fair, it’s got more to do with exploding numbers of administrators.

JIM TREACHER: Sophia the Talking Robot Goes Into Journalism.

I haven’t been able to find video of this robot doing whatever the hell this is supposed to be, but here it is on a “date” with rapper and robot-fighter Will Smith:

That was three years ago, so maybe since then they’ve taught that thing how to recognize sarcasm, and that it should search online for a prospective suitor’s net worth before turning down a kiss. But if a robot is this adept at comedy, how tough can journalism be? It requires skill to make people laugh, but pretty much anybody can say things that aren’t true.

Journalists had better hope robots don’t take over their profession, because those things don’t need sleep or paychecks and they’re almost as easy to program.

That is, if robots haven’t already infiltrated the industry. Come to think of it… has anybody ever actually seen Wolf Blitzer walk through a metal detector?

At least interacting with Will Smith, Sophia seems awfully clunky. Why not dust off Ananova instead?

CRISES BY DESIGN: Trump Explains Why Joe Biden Is Worse Than Jimmy Carter. “I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter. It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter. Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis.”

I’M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN WE WORRIED ABOUT RAPE ON CAMPUS: If we defund police on college campuses, ‘we will certainly see an increase in violent crime’ in academic institutions.

NOW OUT FROM SOHRAB AHMARI: The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos.

WHATEVER WORKS: Vlad the Vaccinator: Dracula’s Castle Lures Visitors With COVID-19 Jabs.

COLD WAR II: Taiwan’s TSMC joins American chip coalition in another blow to China’s self-sufficiency drive.

While ostensibly created for lobbying purposes in the US, the coalition showcases US influence over the globalised semiconductor supply chain, and is likely to complicate Chinese government efforts to reduce the country’s reliance on US technologies, analysts said.

China’s chip self-sufficiency ambitions “continue to face headwinds from surging efforts in America to reshore and ring-fence semiconductor value chains and technology” said Alex Capri, research fellow at the Hinrich Foundation and lecturer at the National University of Singapore.

TSMC’s increased investment and participation in building leading edge 5-nanometer (nm) and even 3-nm chip manufacturing plants in America may increase the pressure on Beijing because it appears the Taiwanese company will not do the same in mainland China, Capri said.

You’d have to be a fool, suicidal, or on the take to build an advanced fab in mainland Communist China.

UNFIT: Adults in the Room: Retired Military Brass Not Afraid to Voice Their Concerns About Biden. “On Tuesday, 124 retired military leaders released an open letter warning about key threats to America, from China to the border crisis to the ideologies undermining American freedoms. They also proved willing to address a major elephant in the room: President Joe Biden’s mental capacity and how Democrats’ concerns about nuclear codes undermine the chain of command.”

Much more at the link.

FIRST FRANCE, NOW THIS: ‘His mental and physical condition cannot be ignored’: More than 120 retired generals and admirals sign open letter questioning Biden’s mental health and backing election fraud claims. “‘The FBI and Supreme Court must act swiftly when election irregularities are surfaced and not ignore them as was done in 2020,’ they wrote.”

Related: Doubts about Biden’s mental acuity aren’t the only reason to limit prez’s nuke power.

NO TRANSPARENCY IN CALIFORNIA: State Controller Helen Yee’s office issued $320 billion worth of checks but is unable to track a single one of them. That’s what her lawyers told Open the Books anyway. I’ve covered transparency-in-government issues for more than two decades and this may be the most incredible illustration ever of the lengths to which officials will go to avoid accountabillity.

TEXAS HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO BAN PLANT-BASED FOODS FROM USING ‘MEAT’ ON LABELS. “The Texas House approved a bill Monday that would prohibit plant-based foods from using ‘meat’ or ‘beef’ on labels because it could be misleading to some consumers. South Dakota passed a similar bill in 2019 that was an effort to protect the state’s livestock industry and effectively allows the term ‘meat’ to be used only for protein harvested from animal carcasses.”

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Black Parent Compares Critical Race Theory to KKK Intimidation Tactics.

Unexpectedly:

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: The High-Pressure Business of Selling Woke Corporate Armor.

You know what’s real armor? Not caring.

CHICAGOLAND: The Chicago Police reportedly bought secret drones using drug money.

The Sun-Times was privy to an email sent by Karen Conway, Chicago PD’s director of police research and development, last summer (the emails leaked as part of a huge hack last month). Conway says explicitly in the email that the department’s counter-terrorism bureau “utilized 1505 funds for a pilot Drone program that operates within the parameters of current laws.”

Those 1505 funds are forfeiture proceeds: assets seized during criminal investigations. As such, that cash is not included in the police department’s official budget and is, for all intents and purposes, untraceable. Unless you’re willing to put that information in an email, apparently.

The Chicago Police says its secret drone program was limited in use to take crime scene photos and work on terrorism-related investigations. These cases are both allowed by Chicago law, despite the city’s drone restrictions being generally tight.

And yet the department still hid its drone program, going as far as to use that off-the-books cash — at least $26,000 of it, according to the leaked emails.

As a general rule, people don’t hide the things they should be doing.

IT’S ACTUALLY SORT OF IMPRESSIVE THAT THEY’VE MANAGED TO WRECK THINGS SO QUICKLY: ‘Biden’s America’: GOP hits jump in gas prices, unemployment, and illegal crossings.

WAPO’S HAWLEY HIT PIECE DRIPS DISGUST FOR MIDDLE AMERICANS: John Daniel Davidson in The Federalist looks at that Washington Post “profile” of Sen. Josh Hawley by “national political investigative reporter” Michael Kranish. You may recognize the name from two of his previous books, “Trump Revealed” and “The Real Romney.”

Davidson, who has forgotten more about real journalism than Kranish appears ever to have known, concludes the Post writer’s attack isn’t merely about the Missouri Republican, it’s really all about us.

You know, Middle American Bigots with our White Privilege, spewing on and on about Jeeezus, committing insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 and generally dragging our knuckles on the ground. Next, Kranish will “profile” that glorious apostle of tolerance and free thought, Josef Stalin.

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LET’S CLEAR THIS UP: Is exercising your constitutionally guaranteed right to religious practice equivalent to imposing your religious beliefs on others? Sharon Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview thinks not and she offers three solid reasons why.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: The GOP Isn’t In Turmoil, It’s Growing the Hell Up. “There was a lot to choose from when pondering what to lead off with this morning. I was tempted to write about Ol’ Gropes again but, as I said, I’m sober. I want to stay that way a while longer. I will give brief mention to a rather disturbing post that Tyler wrote, however. It details the fact that 124 retired generals and admirals have confirmed our worst nightmare: the current President of the United States of America is a drooling moron who is mentally unfit to deal with a military crisis.”

JASON RILEY:  The Biden Administration is gearing up to bring back the Obama Administration’s policy on school discipline (and take it further).  Here’s an explanation for why that’s probably illegal.

RACIAL HATEMONGERING AS JOB QUALIFICATION: ICE Nominee Worked With BLM to Push False Claim That White Man Murdered 7-Year-Old Black Girl.

WELCOME BACK CARTER: ‘Déjà Vu?’ CNBC’s Joe Kernen Warns of 1970s Stagflation Repeat Under Biden Administration.

Related: Trump mocks comparisons of Biden to Jimmy Carter: The current president is worse. Trump says Carter failed to manage crises, but Biden has ‘created’ them.

EVERYBODY BUT FACEBOOK LIVES HAPPILY EVER AFTER? Nobody’s Allowing Facebook To Track Them. So What Now? “Facebook was right to be afraid of iOS 14.5. Apple’s new privacy tracking opt-out is proving even more popular than expected: About 85% of users worldwide have opted out of ad-tracking when prompted, Flurry Analytics found, and that number leaps to around 94% for U.S. users.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

KAMALA SMILES: 124 retired generals and admirals question Biden’s mental health.

JUST DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT BIDEN WANTS AND YOU’LL BE OK: Tennessee Governor Takes Bold Step to Get His State Back to Work.

FROM PAM UPHOFF:  Cool as Ice.

Ice is back. He’s got a job, a girlfriend, four talking horses, and now he bought a wreck of a house, hemmed with conflicting requirements of the Historical Society, building codes and fire regulations . . . He’s almost too busy to worry about the looming trial of a former president.

BUT FOR HOW LONG ARE THEY EFFECTIVE?  Why people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxes.

WHEN TIMELY INFORMATION IS ABSOLUTELY UNESSENTIAL, HAVE THE UN INVESTIGATE:  UN experts: Islamic State committed genocide against Yazidis,

My mom had this things, when I was being slow at some task, where she would say “if I ever need someone to fetch death, I’ll send you.”  But honestly, she should send the UN. Chances are death will never be fetched.

GO YOU AND DO LIKEWISE:  Today’s blacklisted American: Mom criticizes school board, gets blacklisted by Facebook & Instagram, fights back and wins.

Keep in mind of of my friends — American — got smacked by facebook for …. making fun of the NHS.  Yeah.

YES. EVERYONE KNOWS:  Betsy DeVos: ‘Let’s be Really Clear. The 1619 Project is Not History’.

EVERY SINGLE THING PROPOSED BY THE GREEN FREAKS TURNS OUT TO BE WORSE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:  These People Are Mad – Rare Earths And Electronics Recycling.

At this point I am running on a deep assumption that their ultimate purpose is to scour the Earth clean of all living things.

OH, DEAR. REALLY? SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED:  Bombshell Report: CDC Exaggerated Risk of Outdoors Coronavirus Transmission.

Anyone with a modicum of biological knowledge (me) knew that back a year ago.

AH. ARE THEY CATCHING ON?  Disney Reportedly Removes Critical Race Training From Internal Company Portal.

ONLY STUPIDLY, AT GREAT COST, AND AFTER GREAT DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE:  Report: Biden Admin Will Resume Construction of Border Wall in Rio Grande Valley.

THE JUDICIAL PROFESSION HAS GONE WHORING:   Judge Finds “Aggravated Factors” For Enhancing Derek Chauvin’s Sentence In Death of George Floyd,

It lies, craven and supine, beneath the boot of the Communist invader.

WELL, HE HAS A POINT:  President Trump Says it is Unfair to Compare Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter, Biden is Much Worse.

In fact, what struck me about that bizarre picture of the Bidens patronizing the Carters was what no one said: Every normal American cringes at the mention of Jimmy Carter, but Biden wants to associate himself with the Carters? Why?????

MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHY ARE WE VACCINATING PEOPLE WHO ARE UNLIKELY TO SUFFER FROM CATCHING DISEASE?   Vaccine for teens! What could go wrong?

THEY GASLIGHT OVER EVERYTHING:  Biden Admin And Media Gaslight U.S. Over Gas Shortage.

GOOD:  Israel Strikes Back Against Hamas, Taking Out Leaders.

May 12, 2021

OPEN THREAD: It’s a show with everything but Yul Brynner.

DISPATCHES FROM THE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARY: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary Changes Meaning of ‘Anti-Vaxxer’ to Anyone Who Doesn’t Support Mandated Vaccines. “This redefinition follows a new trend. When the Left doesn’t like something and can’t bring it down with sound arguments, they change the meaning of the word.”

GETTING SERIOUS about the Office of Space Commerce.

MUSLIM ACTRESS AS HAMAS RAINS ROCKETS ON ISRAEL: ‘I Would Have Killed All the Jews of the World.’

Move over, Ilhan Omar — there’s a new Israel-loathing, anti-Semite in town. I’m not saying you don’t still have your stuff, but this woman is downright Hitleresque.

Pakistani Muslim actress Zahida Malik — better known as Veena Malik — who has worked for at least two decades, appearing in multiple hit Bollywood and Lollywood films, tweeted the following apparently made-up Adolf Hitler quote to her 1.2 million followers:

Screenshot of the since-deleted tweet:

And on the flip-side: Gal Gadot slammed after calling for unity for Israel and ‘neighbors’ in Gaza amid ongoing conflict.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers To “Resume” Border Wall Construction.

JOE’S OFF TO A GREAT START: This Week’s Anti-Israel Attacks Wouldn’t Have Happened Under Trump.

JURASSIC PUTIN: Russia Is Going to Try to Clone an Army of 3,000-Year-Old Scythian Warriors.

What could go wrong?

HMM: How fasting diets could harm future generations.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Biden Continues Rollback Of Trump Policies Like Peace In The Middle East.

BIG BROTHER RAISES CHOCOLATE RATION TO TWENTY GRAMS A WEEK! New York Times forced to walk back ‘no gas lines, shortages’ narrative.

STACY MCCAIN: “I’m the bad guy? How’d that happen? I did everything they told me to.”

Plus: “The real point — why it reminded me of Falling Down — is that ordinary citizens are powerless to fix this manmade disaster. The people in charge don’t give a damn about ordinary citizens, because if they did, they wouldn’t have done what they’ve done. We find ourselves in a broken system, where the incentives have gone haywire, and the world has stopped making sense.”

GARFUNKEL AND OATES EXPLAIN why there’s a market for sex robots.

BUT OF COURSE: I used to work with Fauci — now I sell my orgasm art on OnlyFans. “It’s hilarious to me that, now the pandemic is actually happening, I’m an artist rather than a scientist.” Eh, she’s contributing at least as much as Fauci, and is also more entertaining.

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH DON LEMON IS A VOICE OF SANITY. Don Lemon Tells Liberals: ‘Believe In The Science,’ Take Off Your Mask. What, and give up a chance to virtue signal to the Deplorables?

Lemon gently referenced his mother’s age before saying he’s ready for life to return to the pre-pandemic standards after widespread vaccinations. “I want to live my life. I want to see my loved ones. So, can we get back to some semblance of normalcy?” he asked.

His mother may fear for her safety, but the media have been replete with articles by people who have thrived during the COVID-19 lockdowns and do not want its extraordinary conditions to end.

In March, Medium published an article titled, “The Side of Me That Doesn’t Want the Pandemic to End.” Later in the month, Yahoo News republished an op-ed stating, “There Are Some Aspects Of The Pandemic I Don’t Want To End.” BuzzFeed proclaimed that a return to normal life “for many people” isn’t “a good thing.” CNBC explained:

For some, this comes from an extreme fear of the disease. For others, it’s about the anxiety that comes with the idea of reacclimating into society. Others, meanwhile, have found that the pandemic has brought about positive changes in their lives, and they’re afraid of losing what they’ve gained. 

Yet as the vaccine rolled out, the fear continued unabated. In April, New York Magazine posted a lengthy article profiling “The People Who Don’t Want to Return to Normalcy.” And last week, The Atlantic exposed “The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown,” noting that “some liberal policy makers have left scientific evidence behind.”

“This is real,” Lemon said on Monday night. “People are having trouble re-emerging into society after COVID-19 lockdowns.”

I blame The Shawshank Redemption.

WELCOME BACK, CARTER:

Inflation over last 12 months: 4.2%, highest year over year rate since September 2008. Inflation in March: 0.9%, highest since April 1982 (note a monthly rate of 0.9% is 10.8% annualized). Avg. price gallon of regular gas: $2.99, highest since November 2014. Used Car prices: up 12.4% in last year. New car prices up 7.0%. Median home price: up 18.4% over year.

April jobs report: 266,000 new jobs, vs. predicted 1 million.

Stagflation, anyone?

Ugh.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot:

● Chaser:

As Glenn Greenwald tweeted in April, “Trevor Noah speaking on the 2012 Marikana massacre — where South African police shot and killed 34 striking miners — is really quite something given the new persona about policing and crime he presents these days.”

Related: Twitter has banned Trump, but permits celebration of attacks on Israel.

UPDATE:

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FASTER, PLEASE: Colonial Pipeline restarting operations after cyberattack.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Carjacking victims told to pay DC tickets racked up by the criminals who took their car.

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: ICE Nominee Worked With BLM to Push False Claim That White Man Murdered 7-Year-Old Black Girl.

SHOCKER: April Gun Sales Indicate Gun Industry Continues to Thrive.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? In the Middle East, Biden is finishing what Obama started. And his top advisers are all on board.

The alarm in Jerusalem is justified, if the May 1 statement by Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s lead negotiator in Vienna, is anything to go by. The American negotiators, he claimed, had already agreed in principle to remove sanctions on Iran’s energy sector, automotive industry, financial services, banking industry, and ports—to eliminate, in other words, all of the most significant economic sanctions ever imposed on Iran. Recent statements from Biden administration officials give us no reason to disbelieve Araghchi, and the smart money is now on a full resurrection of the JCPOA in relatively short order.

But even the Israelis have yet to absorb the full scope and magnitude of Biden’s accommodation of Iran. The problem is not that Sullivan and Blinken are failing to restrain Malley, but that they are marching in lockstep with him. A consensus reigns inside the administration, not just on the JCPOA but on every big question of Middle East strategy: Everyone from the president on down agrees about the need to complete what Obama started—which means that the worst is yet to come.

At this point — and we’re less than four months in — my best hope for the Biden Administration is that they don’t get us into more than one major war.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Israel’s ‘full scale’ war, US gas crisis take backseat to media’s Cheney obsession.

Related: Journalist Drops an Inconvenient Truth on the Liz Cheney Concern Trolls. “If you think Liz Cheney’s GOP leadership post is an issue voters are going to care about in the midterm elections… prepare to be sorely disappointed.

OLD AND BUSTED: Gas Rationing.

The New Hotness? Chick-fil-A sauce rationing! Chick-fil-A sets sauce limit as industry-wide shortage hits chain.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Adam Kinzinger’s Low-T Never Trump Shtick Is Just Sad. “Republicans in the House picked up seats last year when NOBODY expected them to. Exactly what does Rep. Kinzinger think his caucus needs to heal from? All the unexpected winning?”

URBAN CAMPING: Denver Fire Removes Hundreds Of Pounds Of Propane From Homeless Encampments, Worries About Large-Scale Disaster. “Firefighters say many camps — in populated areas, along busy streets, and under bridges — have several tanks of propane. It’s a dangerous mix that led to a close call in northeast Denver last month. Explosions rocked the area after 500 pounds of propane erupted in a tractor trailer-turned-homeless encampment.”

WELCOME BACK CARTER: Laws Against Price Gouging Won’t Fix the Long Lines at the Gas Station.

WELL, CERTAINLY IN CHINA: University of Washington study suggests COVID-19 deaths far higher than official reports.

BIDEN’S RETURN TO NORMALCY: Trump Blasts Biden For Middle East Violence. “Because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked. Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies. America must always stand with Israel and make clear that the Palestinians must end the violence, terror, and rocket attacks, and make clear that the U.S. will always strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself.”

AS LONG AS IT CAN TELL THEM APART: Ultrasensitive antigen test detects SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.

JOHN KERRY HAD ASSURED ME YEARS AGO THESE HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF AND ASSAD COULD BE TRUSTED: UN finds undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in Syria.

I’M SORRY, BUT ACCELERATION FEELS AWESOME: Scientists Just Identified a New Kind of Stress Response Triggered by Driving.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: Here’s a 97-item “Privilege Checklist” courtesy of the YWCA that is 100% real. You’re welcome.

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Wait — considering the omnipresent chance of a cavity search, who isn’t nervous in an airport security line?

WELCOME BACK CARTER: Breaking: U.S. Inflation Soars.

GOODER AND HARDER: Whitmer Can’t Hurt Michigan Enough, Threatens to Close Another Pipeline.

THANKS, PRESIDENT TRUMP! Want a coronavirus vaccine? U.S. pharmacies say walk right in.

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