May 15, 2021

STEPHEN GUTOWSKI: Analysis: Dogs Can’t Smell Serial Numbers and the Dangers of Mindlessly Repeating Police Narratives. “Dogs, no matter how well trained, can not tell if a gun has a serial number engraved into it or not. That is not the impression you would get if you listened to KSBY’s report on Santa Barbara, California’s new police dogs, though. The NBC affiliate chose to frame their story on the dogs through the lens of their ability to detect so-called ghost guns.”

They’re not even good at sniffing for drugs: The Police Dog Who Cried Drugs at Every Traffic Stop: Cops laugh about “probable cause on four legs” but the damage to innocent lives is real.

AT HELEN’S PAGE: Professor Carol’s book Why Freshmen Fail: and How to Avoid It.

STUMBLING ALONG: U.S. Consumer Confidence Crashes ‘Unexpectedly.’

Ok, let’s see a show of hands — who actually finds this perfectly obvious news to be “unexpected”?

No one here? Good.

So just how biased and corrupt is even the financial media now?

It’s this biased and corrupt.

Consumer sentiment in the U.S. has unexpectedly decreased in the month of May, according to preliminary data released by the University of Michigan on Friday.

The report showed the consumer sentiment index dropped to 82.8 in May from 88.3 in April. The decrease surprised economists, who had expected the index to rise to 90.4.

It didn’t take an economist to predict that keeping several large states’ economies closed, the federal government printing money faster than a counterfeiter rolling down the autobahn in a Lamborghini, and Biden deliberately strangling domestic energy producers in the name of his Green New Deal scheme, would bring about inflation.

I’m not an economist. I anticipated it. I bet every reader here did too.

What does it take to see this gigantic freight train barreling down the tracks straight at you? Eyes and common sense.

The lack of the latter inside the head of President Trunalimunumaprzure led America’s Newspaper of Record to report: Biden Worried Gas Shortages May Hurt Carter’s Chances Against Reagan.

SPACE JUNK — BETTER PUT UP MY UMBRELLA: Lasers Could Clear Space Junk From Orbit.

HOW JON STEWART KILLED COMEDY:

For those of us who grew up with it, The Daily Show’s deterioration felt like a genuine cultural loss. The issue wasn’t that Stewart had become a prominent progressive voice. It was that he’d become a pundit, another voice screaming into the void. Punditry is my job and there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. But in today’s howling mob of a mediascape, there’s nothing daring or rebellious about it either. There aren’t even any barriers to entry: a 10-year-old latchkey kid can finish his snack, log on to Twitter and start calling the president a c**t. It’s the most saturated market on earth, even as we thirst for actual insights.

So no surprise, then, that Stewart gave way not just to a successor but to about four million of them. Today, his heirs, who mimic both his approach and his politics, are spread across practically every network on TV. The ‘funnyman as newsreader’ shtick traces back to long before Stewart — Mort Sahl, SNL’s Weekend Update — but today it’s become so pervasive as to feel like newsreel propaganda. Stephen Colbert puts his hands in his pockets and mugs at Donald Trump. John Oliver reads Vox articles off the teleprompter and intersperses them with f-bombs. Samantha Bee is so edgy as to sometimes even call Republicans racists. Jordan Klepper covers hot-button issues, and while he’s never done a segment on mercy killings, his show did recently undergo one.

None of these people are in any sense of the word interesting. What they are is partisan comfort food. Are you worried that the right-wing goons are on the march again?

The key phrase there is “partisan comfort food.” In the age of a massively splintered media, the palace guard approach is the safest method to holding onto an audience that’s a sliver of what Johnny Carson enjoyed:

This is also my theory about the big entertainment awards shows like the Oscars and the Emmys. If the big, broad, general audience you used to have is gone, and deep down you think it’s never coming back, then why not make a harder bid for the loyalty of the smaller audience you’ve got left? In a time when the entertainment industry is (or thinks it is) a one-party state with no dissenters, you had better echo that politics back to your base.

What were once cultural institutions with a broad, bipartisan audience are becoming niche players with a narrow fan base. They no longer view partisan politics as a dangerous move that will shrink their audience. Instead, they’re using partisan politics as a lure to secure the loyalty of their audience, or what is left of it. Not that it’s going to work over the long term, because people who want to have their biases confirmed will just watch the five-minute YouTube clip Chris Cillizza links to the next day.

Why Late Night Hosts Like Jimmy Kimmel Are Suddenly So Political, Robert Tracinski, the Federalist, October 5, 2017.

I’M NOT SURPRISED THAT YOU LOSE CARDIO FITNESS FASTER THAN STRENGTH: Here’s How Quickly We Become ‘Unfit’ if We Drop Our Exercise Routines.

MATT TAIBBI:  On the Hypocrites at Apple Who Fired Antonio Garcia-Martinez. Much easier to ruin a career than mess with a corporate cash cow.

The Verge triumphantly reported on Apple’s move using the headline, “‘Misogynistic’ Apple hire is out hours after employees call for investigation.” Other companies followed suit with the same formulation. CNN: “Apple parts ways with newly hired ex-Facebook employee after workers cite ‘misogynistic’ writing.” CNET: “Apple reportedly cuts ties with employee amid uproar over misogynistic writing.”

Apple by this point not only issued a statement declaring that Antonio’s “behavior” was demeaning and discriminatory, but by essentially endorsing the complaints of their letter-writing employees, poured jet fuel on headline descriptions of him as a misogynist. It’s cowardly, defamatory, and probably renders him unhirable in the industry, but this is far from the most absurd aspect of the story.

I’m a fan of Dr. Dre’s music and have been since the N.W.A. days. It’s not any of my business if he wants to make $3 billion selling Beats by Dre to Apple, earning himself a place on the board in the process. But if 2,000 Apple employees are going to insist that they feel literally unsafe working alongside a man who wrote a love letter to a woman who towers over him in heels, I’d like to hear their take on serving under, and massively profiting from, partnership with the author of such classics as “Bitches Ain’t Shit” and “Lyrical Gangbang,” who is also the subject of such articles as “Here’s What’s Missing from Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up.”

It’s easy to get someone like Antonio Garcia Martinez fired. Going after a board member who’s reportedly sitting on hundreds of millions in Apple stock is a different matter. A letter making such a demand is likely to be returned to sender, and the writer of it will likely spend every evaluation period looking over his or her shoulder. Why? Because going after Dre would mean forcing the company to denounce one of its more profitable investments — Beats and Beats Music were big factors in helping Apple turn music streaming into a major profit center. The firm made $4.1 billion in that area last year alone.

Read on for the “misogynistic” language Garcia-Martinez used in one of his books that caused social media and Apple’s board to dive for their fainting couches.

FORMER PROFESSOR SENTENCED TO 37 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR USING FEDERAL GRANTS TO AID CHINA’S MEDICAL RESEARCH:

A biomedical professor has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for carrying out a scheme to use millions of dollars in federal grant money to advance research in China, according to the Justice Department.

Zheng Songguo, a former professor at Ohio State University (OSU), pleaded guilty in November to lying on his National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications, in order to use $4.1 million in research grants to develop the fields of rheumatology and immunology for China, the department said.

He was arrested last May in Anchorage, Alaska, as he was preparing to board a charter flight to China in an attempt to flee the United States. When taken into custody, he was carrying multiple items, including two laptops, three cell phones, several USB drives, several bars of silver, expired Chinese passports for his family, and deeds for property in China.

The judge also ordered Zheng to pay more than $3.4 million in restitution to the NIH and about $413,000 to OSU.

Related: Fauci Must Be Held to Account for His Role in Funding Wuhan Lab Research.

More: Report: Chinese paper discussed weaponization of SARS coronaviruses in 2015.

BASICALLY, ONLY WHEN AND WHERE THE MOB GIVES YOU NO CHOICE: I’m Fully Vaccinated. When, Where, and Why Should I Still Mask Up?.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Biden sending $10 million to unnamed Palestinian groups.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: CNBC Host Laughs at Pete Buttigieg Trying to Sell ‘Infrastructure.’

MARK JUDGE: Revisiting Fast Times at Ridgemont High.Fast Times was a huge hit and a cultural touchstone. The film, unlike anything else at the time, reflected the truth. In the audio commentary, Heckerling observes that the teens in the movie were like ‘little adults.’ She notes that while the kids struggle with issues like sex, abortion and drugs, most of them also have jobs. About half the scenes take place with characters at work, and the closing credits show the places where they all have jobs shutting down for the night.”

Plus: “Especially in light of today’s woke guidelines strangling filmmaking, Fast Times represents a genuinely free vision—and also, ultimately, a decent one.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: University of California drops SAT scores for admission.

GLENN GREENWALD: Liz Cheney Lied About Her Role in Spreading the Discredited CIA “Russian Bounty” Story.

Does this sound even remotely like what Cheney claimed to Baier? She denied having played a key role in spreading the Russia bounty story because, as she put it, “every single thing I said, I said: if those stories are true.” She also told him that she never referred to that CIA claim except by saying: “if these reports are true.” That is false.

The issue is not merely that Cheney lied: that would hardly be news. It is that the entire media narrative about Cheney’s removal from her House leadership role is a fraud. Her attacks on Trump and her party leadership were not confined to criticisms of the role played by the former president in contesting the validity of the 2020 election outcome or inciting the January 6 Capitol riot — because Liz Cheney is such a stalwart defender of the need for truth and adherence to the rule of law in politics.

Read the whole thing.

AS A STARLINK CUSTOMER, I APPROVE: SpaceX Will Launch 52 Starlink Satellites and 2 Small Payloads Tonight. Scheduled for 6:54 pm ET.

PRO TIP: DON’T BASE YOUR PRESS OFFICE IN A BUILDING THAT HOUSES HAMAS. IDF razes Gaza high-rise hosting Hamas military intelligence, intl media offices. “The IDF fighter jets razed on Saturday afternoon a high-rise building in the Gaza Strip hosting the Hamas military intelligence units. The Jala Tower complex in the Gaza Strip is also where the Gaza offices of several international news media outlets are based, including the Associated Press and al-Jazeera.”

Related: Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt Confirms the AP Works in a Hamas Operated Facility.

The CEO of the Associated Press claims he is “shocked and horrified that the Israel military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza.”

This is a very important admission from the head of a global news organization. The building Israel blew up is actually an intelligence facility for the terrorist group Hamas. This is a statement of objective fact that is not actually in dispute.

Gary Pruitt, with his statement, is admitting the Associated Press worked out of Hamas’s building. Al Jazeera and other media enterprises were in the building as well.

Do you really believe the Associated Press is capable of telling the truth of the situation when its reporters are working in the same building as terrorists and that building is owned by those terrorists?

AP having a meltdown at being caught in the same building housing Hamas makes for quite a contrast with last year’s pro-riot reporting in America:

Related: Feint by Israel May Have Delivered a Major Blow to Hamas.

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: Gas Mask Edition.

Is it merely a coincidence that the CDC abruptly announced this week that masks are no longer necessary for people who have been vaccinated? Could it be that with multiple crises piling up for the Biden Administration, they need to do something to improve the mood of Americans suddenly re-enacting the gas lines of 1979?

No. Next question?

ROGER SIMON: This Time Israel Should Finish Off Hamas.

The Jerusalem Post has an article on what can be done about these myriad social media lies about Israel. The Post’s intent is laudable, but the reality is it’s unstoppable. Social media, we should all know by now, is the Devil’s spawn. Believe it at your, and the world’s, peril.

But there is something that can be done about Hamas.

Israel, and those of us who support her—even some liberal Jews, if they can be shaken from their morally narcissistic lethargy—can ignore public opinion for once, it’s not going to get better anyway, forget this “light unto the nations” business that no one could live up to in the first place, and go full bore on the terrorists of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

No mercy, this time. Full Dresden—or enough Dresden for them to know for once you’re very serious, desperately wave the white flag and disarm the way Germany and Japan did.

If you don’t win a war, I mean really win it, as both the United States and Israel have seen to their detriments, you are going to fight it again and again and again.

Winning a war seems awfully unconventional, but it would nice to give it a try for a change.

 

SWALWELL FLIPS OUT WHEN CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER ASKS WHY HE’S STILL WEARING A MASK:

Swalwell may have been mad that Dyer’s boss, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) got the best of him in an exchange about his relationship with an alleged Chinese spy.

Why was Swalwell being ‘anti-science’ and wearing a mask, thus sending mixed signals to people about getting vaccinated?

It’s safe to say that Swalwell’s message on masks has been a complete mess.

There was this winner from March of last year from Swalwell.

Of course, since then, he’s been all-in telling people to wear masks.

So no one should be bullied for wearing a mask, but it was ok to bully people to wear a mask? He doesn’t see any irony in that?

“Douche gigolo, California congressman” is a rather irony-challenged fellow.

FIGHT THE POWER, STICK IT TO THE MAN: In reversal of initial decision, college gives Zionist student group recognition on campus.

FICTIVE COUNTING: Serious irregularities in the 2020 Census process must be addressed now.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST. Watch: John Kerry admits the solar panels that will save us from the climate end times are being produced by Uyghur slaves.

(Classical reference in headline.)

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Democrats for Hamas.

The truly multiracial coalition in the US these days isn’t the Democratic party. It’s the anti-Semitic mass movement that takes to the streets of blue-state cities every time Israel defends itself against terrorism.

Israel will no doubt survive the latest barrage of disapproval from people with a bottomless supply of personal pronouns and malicious memes. But this is a problem for American Jews today — and it will be all of America’s problem tomorrow, because the overrunning of the public square by anti-Jewish cranks and conspiracy theorists is a perennial warning sign of social breakdown.

Spend a few minutes in the open sewer that is social media, and you are left in no doubt. The Democratic left has become thoroughly ‘Corbynized’, overtaken by the hard left. Israel, they all say, isn’t defending itself against Islamist rioters within its own borders and Iranian-supplied missiles from Gaza. It’s an illegitimate ‘apartheid’ state, killing Palestinian children for kicks.

AOC and the Squad have gone all-in: AOC, ‘Squad’ members’ anti-Israel comments blasted by lawmakers and pro-Israel groups. Florida Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch said in a tweet: ‘No one should defend Hamas. Ever.’

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: America Declines, Media Obsess Over GOP Squabbles.

This is how you know the “news” today is whatever narrative the Biden-coddling “mainstream” media decide to adopt. They’re never going to sound like Ted Cruz, who says “Biden policies are failing across the board: economically, domestically and abroad.” They’re going to sound like humanoid robots programmed by Jen Psaki.

It’s not even entertaining to imagine how the media would cover these developments if Donald Trump were president. Trump would be blamed for all this, but it’s also safe to assume they would be doing a large chunk of what they’re doing now: obsessing over the dangerous Republican party, championing the protests of Liz Cheney, wallowing in “new” footage of the dreadful January 6 riot.

The media pretend that they exist to moderate our democracy and hold public servants accountable and explain complicated policy matters. Instead, they focus on food fights and clickbait and exacerbating the nastiness of social media.

Curtis Houck of the Media Research Center studied CNN coverage for 12 hours on May 12 and found they spent 151 minutes obsessing over Liz Cheney’s impending ouster and only 55 minutes and change on multiple economic problems mounting in the country. That’s almost a three-to-one disparity.

Evergreen:


CHANGE: Sean Parnell launches a critical Senate campaign in Pennsylvania. “The Pennsylvania Senate race is one of the four battleground races that will likely determine the Senate majority after the 2022 midterm elections. The other three are Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina. Arizona and Georgia have two freshman Democrats running, and Pennsylvania and North Carolina are open Republican seats. The field of critical races could grow, but these four states are the top tier for both parties.”

His campaign website is here.

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: Joe Biden Has Short Temper; Outbursts of Profanity.

That has always been true of Biden, long before he descended into his current “Trunalimunumaprzure!” phase.

CAN’T STOP LYING: Biden hit during ‘Police Week’ for pushing anti-police ‘myths.’

AT HELEN’S PAGE: Author Richard G. Tuttle’s first novel called Wyoming is now out. It looks fascinating. (Bumped)

UPDATE: You can also get the book at Bookbaby.com here.

THIS IS CNN: CNN Thinks the British Prime Minister ‘Echoes’ U.S. GOP With Voter ID. “But we’ve seen all this before. CNN was appalled with Brexit. Anchor Christiane Amanpour suffered an epic meltdown in June of 2016 as she trashed the vote to leave the European Union, calling it ‘xenophobia’ and a ‘white identity’ win.”

NOT ANTI-WAR, MERELY ON THE OTHER SIDE: US Sending New Aid to Palestinians as Conflict Intensifies.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Stumbling Along: U.S. Consumer Confidence Crashes ‘Unexpectedly.’

CAN YOU FIRE HER FROM A JOB SHE’S NEVER DONE? Arizona Attorney General to Biden: Fire Kamala as border czar now.

May 14, 2021

FIGHT THE POWER, STICK IT TO THE MAN: Josh Hawley’s Book Debuts As Top 10 Bestseller Despite Cancellation Attempts.

His book is The Tyranny of Big Tech.

SCIENCE!

Nice excuse, but let’s be honest — we’ve all seen his face, and the mask is a benefit.

UNIVERSITY TRAINING AS INDOCTRINATION: “How Often Do You Think People Make False Accusations” Related to Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, or Retaliation?.

A correspondent of mine, who is a tenured professor at a prominent public research university, e-mailed me about this item in a mandatory online training that he had to go through:

When he answered “Sometimes,” he got the answer, “Not Quite” / “You might be surprised to learn that false reports aren’t common, and frivolous claims are almost nonexistent. According to a recent study, it is far more likely that troubling behavior will go unreported than that someone will make a false report. Try again.”

He couldn’t proceed until he gave the demanded answer, which is “rarely.”

But the faculty member pushed back: “It looks like the university is indeed going to ask the vendor (EverFi) that created the module to revise the structure of its questions; I’ll report more if I learn more.”

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China successfully lands Mars rover Zhu Rong after ‘nine minutes of terror.’

DIPLOMACY IN THE BIDEN ERA:

OPEN THREAD: Time flies, doesn’t seem a minute when your new credit card doesn’t have a limit. When you pay at this level, there’s no ordinary menu.

STARLINK UPDATE: So as I mentioned earlier, I installed a SpaceX Starlink terminal, and I’m posting this using Elon’s satellite Internet. (It’s just my way of supporting a growing African-American-owned business.) People wanted to know how it handled live data streams, so I had a 15 minute Zoom call with my daughter and the experience was very normal — a couple of brief dropped frames but no more than you typically experience with a Zoom call. No significant dropouts or slowdowns.

SUBMARINE ON EUROPA: NASA partners with deep-ocean explorers to develop tech for Europa mission.

IT’S THEIR ONLY HOPE FOR POPULARITY OR EVEN ACCEPTANCE ON THE WOKE LEFT: Brendan O’Neill: Why Won’t Israelis Let Themselves be Killed?

HMM: Gut microbiomes less diverse than they were 2000 years ago.

A SWEET MUSIC VIDEO FROM KNOXVILLE: “Half My Hometown.”

#JOURNALISM:

Related:

DAVID BARON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Bears scavenge trash cans at Gatlinburg gas station.

To be fair, they probably came looking for gas and then just decided to try to salvage the trip.

YES. Have We Reached A Covid-19 Tipping Point? “Before a population can reach herd immunity, an inflection point has to occur — the point where there’s enough immunity, through vaccination and previous infection, that cases begin to decline consistently. Experts suspect the United States hit an inflection point in late April.”

IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL TO DELETE DATABASES BEFORE AN AUDIT, JUST ASK HILLARY: Dominion, Maricopa County Rebuff Arizona Senate’s Attempt to Get Election Machine Passwords: Auditors found an entire database from a machine deleted, raising concerns.

And they’re certainly acting like honest people with nothing to hide.

HOW COLLEGES SUPPRESS CURIOSITY: Effects like this are probably worse, long-term, than the political indoctrination. The political dimension is so obvious and in-your-face (especially now) that you can at least be aware of it — and people can always change their views. I’m not so sure you can restore curiosity once it’s been beaten out of a young person.

CHANGE: Ruger-57 Pistol Safety Retrofit.

THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING: Testing software so it’s reliable enough for space.

It’s very possible that SpaceX and StarLink write more code to test their software than the software they’re testing.

YES, BUT THEY’RE UP-TO-DATE ON DIVERSITY AND SENSITIVITY TRAINING: Despite Promises, USS Ford Heads To Shock Trials With 4 Broken Elevators. “U.S. Navy leaders have repeatedly assured Congress and the public that the USS Ford would be ready before the forthcoming shock trials. But with four of the USS Ford’s seven critical lower-stage weapons elevators still unready for service, naval credibility is at stake. If the shock trials go forward, testing an incomplete ship, the Navy stands to miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully validate the battle-hardiness of America’s future carrier fleet in real-world conditions.”

WELL, GOOD: Study finds lasofoxifene a promising treatment for resistant breast cancer.

AT HELEN’S PAGE: A still life oil on canvas painting of a cabbage and other vegetables with a copper saucepan by the noted South Carolina artist Pat Forsberg.

HAVING CHILDREN IS A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE FUTURE: Denver’s elementary enrollment is falling. “Denver Public Schools was once the fastest-growing urban school district in the country. But several years ago, enrollment began to plateau. While middle and high school enrollment held steady or even grew, elementary enrollment began to fall. District officials pointed to declining birth rates and rising housing prices pushing families out of the city. Neighboring school districts including Aurora and Jeffco face similar challenges.”

GOOD NEWS FOR ORTHODONTIA: As Masks Come Off, People Try to Get Their Teeth Straight.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARY AND THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Penn State Faculty Move to Erase the Terms ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’, Calling Them ‘Male-Centric.’

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Literally Everything Is Going to Hell… Who Wants a Drink?

Insanity Wrap needs to know: We have at least 44 more months of either Biden or Harris — is that more day-drinking than the human liver can endure?

Answer: Let’s find out.

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

  • Biden calls for at least some missile attack on Israel (really)
  • NBC’s Kassie Hunt follows the lemmings, not the science
  • More moral equivilance than a Karen can wag a finger at

Bonus Sanity: You wouldn’t believe what had to pass for sanity today.

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

I’M POSTING THIS VIA MY NEW SPACEX STARLINK INTERNET SERVICE, which I just installed a few minutes ago. Installation was pretty simple; mounting the dish on my roof was the hardest part. After that it was just a matter of plugging it in, letting it find the satellites (which took about 2 minutes) and then naming the network. A speed test showed 262 mbps down and 16 mbps up. My only complaint is that the proprietary cable that comes with it has kind of a thick head, which required drilling a bigger hole than the actual cable needed. Also, I’m not big on proprietary cables, but it does have to carry power to the dish as well as signal back.

Still, so far quite impressive. I didn’t do the installation myself; I used At Home Audio Video, and they did a great, fast job. The installers seemed excited to be able to install a Starlink, since this is apparently the first one in Knoxville.

UPDATE: People are asking for more info so here’s the speedtest/ping time I just got:

THESE ARE THE FOLKS WHO DECIDE IF YOU’RE NUTS: My friend, Duke emeritus professor John E. R. Staddon, has been banned from an American Psychological Association email listserv for violating its circa-2019 “Code of Conduct,” which I am 100% sure was totally adopted based on SCIENCE and not as a transparent attempt to enforce ideological conformity. In true SCIENCE fashion, these SCIENCE-oriented people failed to point to what exactly got him banned, because specific evidence is totally unnecessary for SCIENCE, leaving him to guess it was the following shocking and intemperate remark: “Hmm… Binary view of sex false? What is the evidence? Is there a Z chromosome?” (Staddon, an Englishman, is one of the politest people I know.)

But then, I am just some lawyer and not an important SCIENCE man like Jonathon Crystal, Mark Krause, and Tony Puente, the “Presidential Trio” who announced Staddon’s ban. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go not wear a mask because it will make things worse wear a mask even if I can’t breathe or else I will die wear at least two masks unless I am outside, because you gotta defer to the SCIENCE.

LIDBLOG: Why Liz Cheney Had to Go. “It Is Clear That Cheney Cares More About Earning Praise From Nancy Pelosi And The Corporate Press More Than She Cares About Fighting To Save Our Country From The Democrat’s Socialist Agenda.”

It’s a very simple thing that people seem to go to Washington to forget: If you’re going to take a party leadership position, then the party comes before your personal ambitions.

BOBBY! SHOULD I TAKE ‘EM TO THE BRIDGE? Nearly 800 Barges Stuck In Lower Mississippi River From Bridge Crack.

SOME MEN ASK, “WHY?” I ASK, WHY NOT? How to turn your cigarette lighter into a DeLorean (video):

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Trump Destroys Biden Administration: They ‘Zero to Do With’ COVID Vaccines.

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: Waking Up In The Wrong Movie.

The remarkable thing about the multiple crises facing Joe Biden is how quickly they’ve multiplied and worsened. These include, in no particular order:

the Mexican border problem;
the expanding war between Israel, Hamas, and possibly with Iran;
the gasoline supply disruption stemming from the cyberattack on the Colonial fuel pipeline;
economic trouble and warnings of impending inflation.

These sprung up in the first days of his term with an abruptness and progression that has taken pundits by surprise. The administration must have anticipated eventual problems would arise but not so soon nor from so many directions.

Not all of us were surprised, though even I have noted that it’s weirdly impressive how fast they’ve managed to wreck things:

The New York Times writes that the fighting in Israel caught Biden on the hop. Lulled by recent quiet in the region it did not seem a priority until all hell broke loose. “As spiraling riots, rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and airstrikes on Gaza threaten to escalate into a major conflict, calls are growing in the Democratic Party for Mr. Biden to play a more active role.”

They were also blindsided by the Colonial pipeline attack. CNN writes that “Biden administration officials have privately voiced frustration with what they see as Colonial Pipeline’s weak security protocols and a lack of preparation that could have allowed hackers to pull off a crippling ransomware attack, officials familiar with the government’s initial investigation into the incident told CNN.”

April’s dismal job numbers were also a total surprise. The administration had been expecting a boom. The NYT wrote that “April’s anemic job creation was so out of line with what other indicators have suggested that it will take some time to unravel the mystery.” It was so shocking that newsrooms had to junk prewritten articles announcing a Biden boom.

The progressives are hoping that the administration’s current woes are temporary in nature, that the misfortunes will soon wear away.

Yeah, don’t bet on that.

Plus: “Perhaps the biggest potential mistake the establishment might have made was that they overestimated the reserve buoyancy of the political system. With Trump gone they assumed they could rule as before, spend as before, lecture as before. Even Joe could do it. If Joe Biden’s woes are due to more than bad luck it, could be a sign that the design margin they had counted on for so long no longer exists.” They burned through that during the Obama Administration. Trump knew that, even if they didn’t.

WHAT A RIDE: SpaceX plans to send Starship to Hawaii via space. “An upcoming Starship prototype, paired with a Super Heavy booster, will blast off from the SpaceX development site in Boca Chica, Texas. Super Heavy would then separate and land, perhaps on a ship, off shore while Starship continues on to orbit, flying east all the way to Hawaii for a splashdown in the Pacific. The entire flight, from liftoff to splashdown, is expected to last 90 minutes.”

HMM: Could This Obscure Legal Case Change Control of the Senate?

CHANGE: Gun maker relocating headquarters in Middle Tennessee, investing $7.2 million. “Previously, Troy Industries, Inc. was based out of West Springfield, Mass.”

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Racists Make A Comeback With All New Ways To Be Racist! (Video.)

SPOILER: HE ISN’T. Tesla owner jailed for leaving driver seat empty says he feels safer in back seat.

RULES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE IN CUOMO’S NEW YORK: Governor Cuomo exempts faculty and staff from COVID vaccine mandate on public campuses.

WAIT, THE PANDEMIC IS OVER?

Other questions about the timing arise from the fact that this morning American Federation of Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten, who has been facing public backlash for her stances on school closures, suddenly came out and declared that schools must reopen in the fall of 2021. Dr Anthony Fauci echoed this sentiment during a cable news interview. This is a stunning reversal that suggests perhaps administration internal polling is playing a part. The further out we get from January 20, the harder it becomes to blame Biden’s stalled agenda and economic recovery on his predecessor. The Biden administration was heading into a weekend full of Sunday shows poised to talk about the administration’s current struggles. Now those programs will undoubtedly adjust their calculus to talk about the end of the pandemic, as the administration attempts to take a victory lap, one that several states like Florida and Texas have been taking since August of last year.

Flashback: The Suicide of Expertise.

INSTAPUNDIT READERS HAVEN’T BEEN: MIT Tech Review: No Need To Panic About COVID-19 Variants.

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! American University announces ‘Black Affinity Housing’: Other universities across the nation have instituted similar segregated housing plans. “Campus Reform recently covered an op-ed written by American University freshman Kayla Kelly, who argued that welcoming White students back to campus after COVID-induced shutdowns ‘could evoke similar effects of settler colonialism and negatively impact’ the Black community of Washington, D.C.”

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Democrats refuse to prioritize REAL infrastructure — like Colonial Pipeline.

GENTLEMEN, YOU CAN’T COMMIT JOURNALISM HERE, THIS IS A NEWS WEBSITE! The Intercept Attacks Conservative Journalists For Reporting On Violent Black Lives Matter Riots.

THE NEW ANTIRACISM LOOKS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE THE OLD RACISM: Lawsuit Alleges Racism in Biden Administration’s Covid Relief for Restaurants and Bars.

WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT: How The New York Times Manufactures Lies For Democrats To Attack Their Opponents.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China’s Mars Orbiter Is About to Attempt a Risky Landing on The Red Planet.

SHE’S TOTALLY MET MY EXPECTATIONS: Biden urged to dump ‘absolutely abysmal’ Harris as border czar, poll agrees.

TUCKER CARLSON TORCHES BIDEN’S MASK ‘ULTIMATUM.’

“‘Well, it’s not a request, it’s a demand, and the president of the United States does not get to tell me or any other American citizen what to wear.,’ Carlson said. ‘He’s not offering a choice. He’s laying down an ultimatum. He’s saying if you don’t get vaccinated, you must wear a mask. Again, that’s not within his powers to demand.’”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Biden Needs To Stop the COVID Vaccine Harassment Already. “The relentless mask/vaccine one-note messaging from the Biden administration is getting more wearisome by the minute. There are other things going on in the world that the empty husk’s handlers should be making him pretend to deal with.”

Look around. It’s all they have.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Muslim Brotherhood Praises Dems for Abandoning Israel in Time of War.

Related: Why won’t Israelis let themselves be killed? The global woke loathing for Israel is taking an even darker turn.

LAWFARE: Pentagon Backs Off Xiaomi Blacklisting After Legal Challenge. “The U.S. Defense Department agreed to remove Xiaomi Corp. from a blacklist banning U.S. investment in the Chinese tech giant, opting against further defending a Trump administration action that alleged ties between the smartphone maker and the Chinese military.”

IF ALL CONSERVATISM, INC. HAS IS LIZ CHENEY, DAVID FRUM, AND CHRISTINA TODD WHITMAN, IT’S NOT MUCH: Populists, Revolutionaries, and Conservatism, Inc.

QUESTION ASKED: How are we enjoying the Biden presidency so far?

HOWEVER, TAKING IN ACCOUNT THE TROUBLES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, I’D LIKE TO LEAVE YOU WITH THIS:

Only Israel (video).

But hey, there is a solution.

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