January 23, 2022

HARSH, BUT FAIR:

January 22, 2022

OPEN THREAD: Simple and clean.

HMM: Former NASA administrator Bridenstine endorses candidate in Virginia congressional race. “Bridenstine told SpaceNews he decided to endorse John Henley, a former U.S. Air Force legislative liaison who worked on the standup of the U.S. Space Force, because of his space and national security expertise. Henley announced Jan. 20 he will be running for the House seat in Virginia’s 10th district currently occupied by two-term incumbent Jennifer Wexton (D).”

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: Is Putin Bluffing in Ukraine? “The cooler heads must know that the joyride will end badly, but the defect of the Russian system is that no one can grab Putin and tell him ‘to take it easy, bro.'”

#RESIST: 100Pcs I Did That Biden Funny Car Stickers. #Resist #CommissionEarned

THE HIDDEN COSTS OF COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS.

IF THIS WERE ABOUT NEW MOMS, THEY WOULD BE VICTIMS OF SOCIETY: Vast number of new dads lead unhealthy lifestyles, survey finds.

Also, fathers’ health isn’t important for their sake, but for someone else’s: “The findings are significant because new fathers ultimately play an important role in the health and well-being of their children, the researchers said.”

LOOTING THE TREASURY IS THE LAST ACT OF A FAILED REGIME: Fraudsters cash in as Dems shovel out billions and billions in COVID relief.

I DO LIKE SIGS BUT THIS SEEMS MORE ABOUT BLING: First Look: SIG Sauer Equinox Elite Family of Pistols.

PROTESTING VACCINE MANDATES IN CANADA: Trucker protest to Ottawa to pass through Medicine Hat. “Organizers say up to a thousand trucks will pass through Medicine Hat Monday morning. Truckers will be travelling to Ottawa saying they want to vocally protest Ottawa’s new vaccine rule. And support for Monday’s convoy is strong, say organizers. . . . As part of the new mandate, truck drivers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or face a two week quarantine when crossing into Canada, however the trucking industry is facing challenges including supply chain disruptions and a driver shortage. The Canadian Trucking Alliance estimates the vaccine mandate could result in a loss of up to 16 thousand cross border drivers.”

Related: Elevators working in reverse as Alberta cattle feeders face increasingly desperate feed shortage. “Labour shortages, due to COVID-19 and more, have exacerbated the challenge in some situations, causing delays with loading and unloading trains and trucks. Several feedlots say delays in unloading trains have resulted in the railway putting a lower priority on these shipments. In some cases, they’ve been penalized financially with demurrage fees. There’s also concern the Canadian and U.S. government’s cross-border vaccination mandates, taking effect January 15 and 22, respectively, are removing a significant number of truck drivers from the road. Several sources told RealAgriculture they’ve also heard of a train being delayed due to crew members not wanting to have to quarantine in Canada.”

MASS TRANSIT CANNOT COMPETE WITH PRIVATE AUTOS: There is a reason and it is spelled f-r-e-e-d-o-m.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: “Safe streets worker” (replacing police) gunned down in Baltimore.

MORE CHIP ONSHORING, PLEASE: Intel’s new chip-making “mega-site” in Ohio could house up to 8 factories.

BUILD BACK BRANDON: Families of US Embassy personnel in Ukraine ordered to begin evacuating as soon as Monday: officials.

I hope this ends better than Biden’s previous foreign policy debacle: Biden doubles down on Afghanistan withdrawal, snaps over question about horrific scenes. “And when Stephanopoulos tried to ask Biden about the horrific scenes of people clinging to and falling from departing US airplanes, the president grew combative. ‘We’ve all seen the pictures. We’ve seen those hundreds of people packed in a C-17. We’ve seen Afghans falling –’ ‘That was four days ago, five days ago!’ Biden cut Stephanopoulos, even though the images were taken on Monday.”

LOTS OF TEEN TRUCK DRIVERS IN THE ARMY: US to allow teens to become truck drivers to combat supply chain issues.

It might also be useful to pay drivers more, and to reduce the regulatory load the federal government has imposed.

CHANGE:

WHOOPI GOLDBERG CLAIMS ‘BLACK PEOPLE STILL ARE WHERE WE WERE UNDER THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.’

Related: “According to Celebrity Net Worth, Goldberg has a net worth of $60 million and her annual salary for The View is estimated to be around $8 million.”

GET IN SHAPE: Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (pair). #CommissionEarned

YOUR CHILDREN BELONG TO THE STATE: Calif. considers bill to allow teens to get vaccinated without parents’ consent.

“HELLO, I’M TOM HANKS. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS LOST ITS CREDIBILITY, SO IT’S BORROWING SOME OF MINE:” Ted Cruz Mocks Tom Hanks For Narrating Biden Video, Reminds Him ‘The Simpsons Did It First.’

ENZO ENDED: Mechanic totals $3.4M Ferrari after smashing into tree stump on test drive.

A mechanic totaled a $3.4 million Ferrari when he smashed into a tree stump on a test drive.

The bright red Enzo sports car, one of only 400 made, had two wheels ripped off and may be irreparable.

Local reports suggest a dealership mechanic was behind the wheel. He escaped unhurt but was taken to the hospital for a check-up.

A witness to Tuesday’s smash in Baarn, Netherlands, said: “I think he wanted to turn back to the dealership.”

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Just 400 of the mid-engine dream cars left the Ferrari production line between 2002 and 2004.

The photos are painful to look at; here’s Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s Enzo, shortly after delivery, looking much happier:

 

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: Bye-Bye Biden Edition.

BOB MCMANUS: Pols go soft on crime, and cops pay with their lives.

FUN READING: The Curry Guy: Recreate Over 100 of the Best Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home. #CommissionEarned

BUT IT FITS THE NARRATIVE, WHICH IS WHAT’S IMPORTANT: Some professors work to debunk ‘Native Children Genocide’ narrative.

HIGHER EDUCATION’S CULTURE OF BIGOTRY: EXCLUSIVE: Admissions counselor admits to anti-Republican bias when ‘reviewing college apps.’

What the hell is wrong with Clemson?

IT’S BEEN MADE CLEAR REPEATEDLY THAT THE LEFT WANTS TWO THINGS: CONTROL OF HEALTH CARE, AND THE ABILITY TO DENY HEALTH CARE TO PEOPLE THE LEFT DOESN’T LIKE: It’s a Terrible Idea to Deny Medical Care to Unvaccinated People. “I ran this argument past several ethicists, clinicians, and public-health practitioners. Many of them sympathized with the exasperation and fear behind the sentiment. But all of them said that it was an awful idea—unethical, impractical, and founded on a shallow understanding of why some people remain unvaccinated.”

If you want people to trust that the health care system has their interests at heart, maybe don’t use it like a club, or treat them as subhuman.

“I DID THAT:” Gov. Newsom Shocked California Looks Like ‘a Third World Country.’

WEIRD HOW THEY NEVER ANNOUNCE THIS ABOUT BLM RALLIES: Federal officials to monitor Washington anti-vaccine-mandate rally for potential violence and extremist activity. “Defeat the Mandates has attracted the attention of the Department of Homeland Security as well as the U.S. Capitol Police, both of which have circulated intelligence bulletins in recent days assessing the potential for violence stemming from Sunday’s march. As of Friday, none of the reports obtained by Yahoo News concerning the event have cited evidence of specific or credible threats linked to it.”

But they’ll treat it like a terrorist gathering anyway. They really don’t like it when the normies get uppity.

MATTHEW CONTINETTI: Joe Biden Doesn’t Know What You’re Talking About. “To watch Biden at the lectern was to experience shock and dismay interspersed with moments of alarm and dark humor. No wonder he hides from the media.”

THIS IS HATE SPEECH, RIGHT, LIKE PROJECTING A CROSS ON A MOSQUE? Pro-abortion rights message projected on Catholic National Shrine.

TOP SELLER: Russell Athletic Men’s Dri Power Full Zip Fleece Hoodie. #CommissionEarned

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Pressure Mounts on Biden Admin To Reapply Sanctions on Iran-Backed Houthis.

GOOD. Judge Admonished for Ad Which Said He “Got Into Law in Part to Advocate for Marginalized Communities.” “Judge Keenan admitted the ad could confuse the public into thinking that he, as a judge, advocated for marginalized communities. . . . The ad in which Judge Keenan appeared does not promote confidence in the judiciary. It has the appearance of impropriety. The language of the ad reasonably can be read to suggest that Judge Keenan has a leaning, or preference, and would advocate accordingly for marginalized communities. He is ‘changing the world.’ A reasonable reader could also infer the same message from this ad.”

BRADLEY THOMPSON: Dumb and Dumber: Watching the Education Apocalypse in Slow Motion.

January 21, 2022

THEY’VE BEEN PART OF IT ALL ALONG: Biden-Harris outrageously join the ‘war on democracy.’

BLM’S DEADLY TOLL: LASD stats show 94% jump in homicides in LA County over 2-year span, Sheriff Villanueva says.

HEH: “Hello, I’m Tom Hanks. The US government has lost its credibility, so it’s borrowing some of mine.”

From the comments: “The democrats sure do need a lot of propaganda to prop them up.”

TAMARA KEEL: So, try and guess the firearm used by the dude who took the hostages at the Texas synagogue before the FBI’s HRT helped him take the Room Temperature Challenge.

Was it:

A deadly AR-47 assault weapon bought at a loophole?

A fifty caliber sniper rifle bought from an “Iron Pipeline” crooked dealer?

A stolen handgun bought from a crook?

If you guessed the third option, you’re absolutely right!

Shocking, I know.

OPEN THREAD: Beautiful garbage.

THE ONLY PIPELINES BIDEN SUPPORTS ARE THE ONES THAT BENEFIT RUSSIA: US No Longer Supports EastMed Gas Pipeline. “Washington no longer supports the proposed EastMed gas pipeline from Israel to Europe, according to a Jerusalem diplomatic source. The Biden administration reportedly informed Israeli, Greek, and Cypriot officials in recent weeks of its change in attitude.”

See, this pipeline helps Israel, whom the Biden administration doesn’t like, and hurts Russia, by limiting its leverage with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Related: Biden acts much more like Putin’s puppet than Trump ever did.

#RESIST: A reader writes: “H-E-B Plus in New Braunfels, TX.”

Another reader sends this: “I live in a little podunk town, Clinton, Louisiana, north of Baton Rouge. Fell out when I saw an ‘I Did That’ sticker on a gas pump at the Dollar General. Only Dollar General I know of selling gas. Former Walmart Community Market with gas pumps that wasn’t open long when Walmart closed many stores a few years back. We don’t even have a street light here, but we’ve got an ‘I Did That’ sticker. AND mostly dems here, except me.”

And there’s this from Granite Bay, California:

Hey, they’re everywhere. Even NPR noticed.

SWAPPING SPIT: This Is How Toddlers Know if People Share a Special Bond, And It’s Gross.

CAYMAN PUSHBACK: Cayman’s Covid rules have been extraordinarily harsh, but also ineffective. Now Caymanians are protesting.

THE RULING CLASS IS CONSISTENTLY TONE DEAF: New York gov: My daughter got used to wearing sneakers, your kid will get used to wearing a mask.

“INFRASTRUCTURE.” White House to spend $14B on Everglades, other infrastructure projects.

MARK JUDGE: Breaking Up With Carl Bernstein and the Communist Media.

Like a lot of people from the Watergate era — Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Jesse Jackson — Bernstein has lived long enough to see himself go from hero to villain.

As with Hillary, the irony surrounding Bernstein’s hypocrisy is particularly acute. He helped expose a president who was orchestrating opposition research on opponents, including digging into their psychiatric files. Now Bernstein, like the rest of the media, celebrates the very same kind of tactics, and even kicks it up a notch. . . .

The problem with Bernstein is not just evident in his obviously deranged leftism. It’s that this totem of journalistic integrity is a founding father of fake news and has been for years. It’s not just his recent madness that calls into question his integrity. It’s his evasiveness going back decades.

The roots of it can be found in his 1989 memoir, Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir. Bernstein’s parents were members of the Communist Party. But, in his memoir, the famed Watergate sleuth plays dodge with the extent of their involvement with the Party. He was called out for this not by conservatives, but by radical lefty Martin Duberman in “Bernstein’s Left-Wing Legacy,” a 1989 review in The Washington Post. Duberman chided Bernstein for not defending his parents’ Communism, and thus revealing that Bernstein may have been hiding something about his family’s true links to that murderous and evil false religion.

Commies always lie. It’s essential to their creed.

BIDEN VOTERS POSTING THEIR L’S ONLINE: Andrew Sullivan: How Biden Lost The Plot.

One explanation, perhaps, for Biden’s dense and hard-to-sell legislative juggernauts is that if he’d broken them up and prioritized any single policy, he’d have split his own party. Look what happened when infrastructure passed the Senate first: the left went nuts. In that sense Biden is not so much governing the country as trying to keep the Democrat coalition together, and in the end, achieving neither.

Another aspect of the problem is that so many Dem activists and groups have deeply imbibed the notion that America in 2022 is a “white supremacist” country, designed to suppress non-whites, and that we are now living in a system of de facto “legal fascism,” with a minority “white” party holding the country in its undemocratic grip, perhaps forever. The Democrats and elite liberals really seem to believe that we are back in the 1960s or 1890s or even 1860s, that we live in a black-vs-white world of good vs evil, and that the choice today is literally, in Biden’s words, between backing Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis. This is as self-righteous as it is ludicrous. It’s MLK envy. It’s an attempt to recreate the moral clarity of the civil rights movement, in a country no one from 1964 would begin to recognize.

The Democrats also increasingly view the Constitution itself as a problem for democracy. Notice how frequently they bring up the anti-majoritarian nature of the Senate and the Electoral College, as if that’s a bug and not a feature of the American republican balance. Notice how adding seats to the Supreme Court is also popular among Dems, because they have been outmaneuvered by the wily and shameless McConnell in the Congress. And how many more columns in the MSM do I have to read by people who believe the next election will be our last if the Republicans win? I remember when Norm Ornstein and Ron Brownstein, for example, were solid pillars of centrist conventional wisdom. Now, they both appear to believe it’s 1933 in Weimar, and without a federal takeover of elections, our democracy is over. Our democracy isn’t over. It’s our liberal democracy that’s under threat, and this kind of morally pure Manicheanism is one reason why.

Weimar, you say? Flashback to 2020: Niall Ferguson: ‘Weimar America?’ The Trump Show Is No Cabaret. Detractors have been equating the U.S. with 1920s Germany for 85 years, and they are still wrong:

Weimerica has recurred in dystopian function: in Stephen King’s “The Running Man” (1982), Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (1985), Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” (2004) and Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” (2008). In each case, although the focus is on life in a fascist America, there is a version of the Weimar back story, for without the degeneration of the republic, the rise of the dictatorship is inexplicable. (For some reason, the Weimar syndrome rarely claims dear old Canada, which provides a bolt-hole for the U.S. resistance.)

So when my old friend Andrew Sullivan urged us last month “to be frank” about recent developments in American politics and admit that it is all “very Weimar,” he was adding to an 85-year-old tradition.

“The center has collapsed,” Sullivan wrote. “Armed street gangs of far right and far left are at war on the streets. Tribalism is intensifying in every nook and cranny of the culture. The establishment right and mainstream left tolerate their respective extremes because they hate each other so much.”

It’s not the first time Sullivan has made the Weimerica argument. Six months before the 2016 election, he warned that “our paralyzed, emotional hyperdemocracy” was leading “the stumbling, frustrated, angry voter toward the chimerical panacea of Trump” — and from there to tyranny.

As far back as September of 2007, Sullivan referred to then-President Bush as “The Weimar President,” as a way to do the Bush is Hitler analogy that every other leftwing pundit was making back then without fully redlining the Godwin Meter.

USA TODAY SEEMS DISAPPOINTED IN THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS’ UNWILLINGNESS TO SUPPORT THE PROGRESSIVE LINE:   “60% of People Awaiting Trial Can’t Afford Bail.  A Civil Rights Commission Can’t Agree on Reform.”

The article laments the Commission’s failure to agree on “findings and recommendations” for its bail reform report and extensively quotes my colleague, Michael Yaki:

“We find ourselves in a position where we lack a majority to continue our mission,” wrote Commissioner Yaki, a Democrat. . . .

. . .

Yaki placed the blame at the feet of the newly Trump-appointed commissioners.

“The first action that the conservatives took was to kill a report–much less findings and recommendations–on voting rights that took over a year and a half of investigation and testimony,” Yaki wrote in an email to USA TODAY.

Alas, the killed voting rights report was killed for a reason.  It was a partisan screed.  The bail reform report released yesterday wasn’t exactly brilliant either, but it made more sense to let it go, so long as the Commission was willing to allow the conservative to include their own (dissenting) statements as part of the reports.  Here’s mine.

Prior to Trump’s appointment of Stephen Gilchrist and Christian Adams to the 8-member Commission, my long-time colleague Peter Kirsanow and I could only dissent from reports, since we didn’t have the votes to actually stop a report (or even to affect them much).  Even clear errors in the reports often went through without correction.  We had to content ourselves with writing dissents.

Some of those dissents include this one on immigration detention centers, this one on environmental racism, and this one on jobs for individuals with Down Syndrome. And don’t forget this one on school discipline.  In each case, the Commission’s report had major flaws that in a sane world would have required the draft to be extensively rewritten.

Now that the Commission is split 4-4, you’d think everyone would understand that compromise is necessary to get anything done.  Some members of the progressive caucus, however, don’t seem to have noticed how the situation has changed.  Even small proposals for improving the Commission’s output are often ignored.

A SMALL MEASURE OF FREEDOM: Pennsylvania lawmakers make new push to privatize liquor sales. “For decades, Republicans have tried to get Pennsylvania out of the booze business, but have been unsuccessful. However, a new approach that would let voters decide may have the GOP popping champagne corks in the next few years.”

MICHAEL BARONE: Abolish parenthood? No, family trumps ‘equity.’

CHANGE: Republic of Ireland scraps almost all coronavirus restrictions.

UPDATE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARIES ACCORDINGLY, COMRADES! New York Times Refers To Women As ‘Menstruators’ For The First Time.

The New York Times referred to women as “menstruators” for the first time in a Thursday article on changing attitudes towards feminine hygiene products.

“New menstruators,” the article said in reference to young girls who have recently started their periods, “often turn to a parent for products and advice — now parents can hand over more than a disposable pad or tampon.”

The article avoided using feminine pronouns when noting that “the average menstruator can use thousands of tampons in their lifetime.”

The author did not use the words “woman” or “female” at any point in the article, and the article only says “girls” in reference to two specific girls the NYT interviewed for the piece. Instead, the author says “people” when referring to women experiencing menstruation periods and “young people” to describe girls experiencing menstruation.

Related: Watch: Matt Walsh Destroys Woke Gender Narrative With One Simple Question.

OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN: Humans probably didn’t mean to tame sheep and goats.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Oh my: Democrat support for Pelosi/Schumer-led Congress crashes by over half.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Infighting: Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain Accused of Hidin’ Biden.

As Biden’s Chief of Staff, Klain is the nucleus of office politics, which are said to be rife with “grumbling” “personal score-settling and constraints… on Biden’s ability to reach out,” though top White House officials denied the report.

When Biden was asked at Wednesday’s press conference about what his 2022 reset would entail, Biden blamed coronavirus and not Klain for his detachment from his pragmatic way of “connecting with people.”

“I find myself in a situation where I don’t get a chance to look people in the eye because of both Covid and things that are happening in Washington, to be able to go out and do the things that I’ve always been able to do pretty well — connect with people,” Biden claimed.

Biden’s decision to escape the White House and speak with Americans is reportedly not in line with Klain’s priorities.

Biden’s confidants told NBC News that “Klain knows Biden ‘can be influenced by his old friends,’ and that ‘frankly, he should be, because there’s a lot of experience there.’”

The report also accused Klain of giving “outsize credence to cable news and social media” and supported the claim with evidence of incessant tweeting and retweeting to pacify the media.

Flashback: Journo Twitter runs the Biden administration.

DON’T GET COCKY: Republicans Beware! You Ain’t Won Anything Yet.

FAKE NEWS: Things Get Salty at NPR Between Totenberg, Editors Over Botched SCOTUS Mask Story.

“Botched.”

THINK OF THEM AS DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES AND YOU WON’T GO FAR WRONG: The Washington Post Invents a Vaccine Claim Ron DeSantis Didn’t Make.

Nowhere in this quote does DeSantis suggest that getting the COVID-19 vaccine can affect fertility.

The speech, which was given at an event where DeSantis announced $2.3 million for nursing and vocational programs, focused on the critical medical worker shortage seen not just in Florida but around the country. The Post, as well as MSNBC and other outlets, are cutting off a key sentence from the DeSantis quote. A local outlet in Florida gives you the context you need. . . .

In one sentence, it’s clear that DeSantis is talking about how vaccine mandates will only make a shortage of nurses worse. Young nurses who are wanting to get married and start families are getting let go because they aren’t getting vaccinated. It’s a controversial policy because on one hand, potentially spreading the virus from staff to patients is a medical and legal nightmare, but on the other hand, you’re looking at a shortage of nurses because of the virus and other circumstances already and letting more go only hurts the quality of care you can give.

DeSantis is looking at the mathematical equation here and deciding that it’s silly to look at a health care worker shortage and think “We need more barriers to work,” which is not an unreasonable conclusion to draw.

But the media looks at the DeSantis quote, cuts off a sentence, and declares he is spreading some conspiracy theory because he’s a successful Republican governor and he’s speculated to be a frontrunner in 2024. He has dismissed the media on multiple occasions as the hacks they are, and they don’t like being undermined.

At this point, I no longer assume that they’re biased or sloppy. I assume that they deliberately make things up for partisan reasons.

TEXAS JUDGE BLOCKS BIDEN’S FEDERAL WORKER VACCINE MANDATE. CBS News is quick to get both T-words in there; Trump and Texas:  “A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by then-President Donald Trump, ruled that opponents of Mr. Biden’s vaccination mandate for federal employees were likely to succeed at trial and blocked the government from enforcing the requirement.”

Somehow I don’t think they lost much sleep over the legendary “Hawaiian Judges” blocking The Bad Orange Man’s agenda.

UPDATE: Ace of Spades writes, “your employer does not have the right of Medical Prima Nochtae over you, which leftwing professors would grasp if a conservative president mandated, say, that all female government workers not get abortions or whatever. And the president’s power to order about the bureaucracy is limited by the powers actually given to him by Congress. And Congress has not given him this power…I saw a commentator, I forget who, maybe Brit Hume, note that Presidents and their attorneys are usually mindful not just about the personal price of losing on their claims of presidential power, but about the historic price of losing on claims of presidential power for all future presidents. And so that most presidents do not roll the dice and say ‘YOLO’ on very dubious, weak claims of power, knowing that in all likelihood the courts will say ‘No’ and put up a firm limit on presidential power. Brandon doesn’t roll that way, obviously. His presidency is not just disastrous for the nation’s current citizenry, but for all future occupants of the White House. This small, nasty, weak little man is enfeebling the office of the presidency for all future presidents out of pique and senility-caused anger.”

 

SUPPLY CHAIN: Toyota Confronting Widespread Factory Stalls in Asia.

PRESSURE WORKS: UND stops work on proposed gender inclusion policy. “UND has stopped work on a proposed gender inclusion policy that caught the attention of the North Dakota Catholic Conference and sparked a community conversation. . . . Armacost ultimately made his decision after hearing feedback on the policy from various groups both on campus and off. He then informed members of the State Board of Higher Education, legislators and alumni of his decision to cease work on the policy.”

NO. Can Freight Train Cars Go Electric—and Self-Driving?

GOOD LUCK! NASA prepares final rocket tests for first Artemis moon mission launch.

WOW, THAT’S LIKE, WHAT, 1.2 MASKS PER CITIZEN? White House to make 400 million N95 masks available to Americans at no cost.

BUILD BACK BRANDON: Biden Says People Are Getting Raises—But New Data Show Wages Are Actually Going Down.

EVERYTHING IS RACIST: Oh Liberals, Spare Me Your Fake Outrage About Mitch McConnell’s Non-Racist Remark.

INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE: I’m a Public School Teacher. The Kids Aren’t Alright. “My students were taught to think of themselves as vectors of disease. This has fundamentally altered their understanding of themselves.”

DATING AND MATING: How a High Sex Drive Works Differently in Men and Women.

“NOW THAT THE NATIONAL MEDIA HAVE ‘MOVED ON,’ THE TRUTH COMES OUT:” Oh, Now They Tell Us: Texas Synagogue Terrorist Was Known Jew-Hater.

BUGATTI CHIRON OWNER TARGETED BY TRANSPORT MINISTRY AFTER 260MPH HIGH SPEED RUN ON AUTOBAHN:

Here, I should note that this was completely legal as the A2, the road used for this run, hasn’t got a speed limit and is known around the world as somewhere you can take your car to the peak of its performance – in a straight line anyway.

But now Germany’s Transport Ministry has criticised the driver and is accusing him of putting other drivers in danger after he posted a video of the stunt to YouTube (see above).

Despite the run taking place at 4:50am, where there’s barely any traffic on the road, the Transport Ministry said in a statement that it doesn’t condone driving at such high speeds on its public roads. It said it “rejects any behaviour in road traffic that leads or can lead to endangering road users”.

Passer, estimated to be worth over $300 million and is the Czech Republic’s 33rd richest person in the country, is now being accused of breaking the following law: “Anyone participating in traffic must behave in such a way that no other person is harmed, endangered or obstructed or inconvenienced more than is unavoidable under the circumstances.”

Video at link. As Richard Hammond once said on Top Gear, if there’s ever a speed limit on the Autobahn, “What’s the point in having Germany?”

MATT MARGOLIS: Can Anyone Explain Why Biden Keeps Doing This? “Aside from Biden’s brain malfunctions during his public appearances, he’s also got a very bizarre habit that defies any logic, and he did it during his press conference Wednesday.”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Go bold, GOP: 10 commandments worth running on in midterm elections.

SALENA ZITO: These girls are hurt by transgender competition.

“I have a twin brother who is an athlete but does not run competitively for his sports. We raced against each other recently, and he beat me. Not because he trained harder, but because there are biological and physical advantage boys have over girls in some sports.”

Smith, who set high school and county records as a short-distance track runner the moment she stepped on the field as a freshman at Danbury High School in Connecticut, says when she turns up to compete against male runners who identify and compete as females, she knows the cards are stacked against her.

And it has nothing to do with not being prepared.

“It is frustrating. I spend all of that time training to compete against other girls, and I find myself losing to biological males,“ she said.

Since 2017, two males who identify as female have taken 15 women’s state championship titles in Connecticut. Smith’s frustration led her last February to join with two other elite Connecticut runners, Selina Soule and Chelsea Mitchell, to file a federal discrimination complaint against Connecticut’s policy allowing transgender competition against females. The girls explained that the suit alleges the policy unfairly marginalized them and violated Title IX, the federal law designed to ensure equal opportunities for females in education and school-based athletics.

On inauguration day, President Biden issued an executive order saying a court case about transgender rights applies to Title IX, a federal education law that prevents discrimination based on sex. Elite female athletes such as Smith, Mitchell, and Soule say Biden’s pro-transgender order underscores their concerns.

Mitchell said she was ranked as the fastest girl in the 55-meter dash in Connecticut high school track in 2019. “Then I went to a high school competition, competing with two biological males who identify as girls,” she said. “I really put my all into it, [but] I ultimately came in third behind the both of them.”

I’ll bet they supported Biden in 2020 though.

DEAL OF THE DAY: Dark Iron Fitness Weight Lifting Belt for Men & Women – 100% Leather Belts, Adjustable Back Support. #CommissionEarned (Bumped)

THANK GOODNESS THE ADULTS ARE BACK IN CHARGEL Joe Biden’s gaffe may have inadvertently revealed the truth about his Ukraine policy.

According to the Ukrainians, that was a particularly dangerous thing to do as Mr Putin’s preferred option is believed to be a limited incursion.

It led to suspicions a deal was being done behind Ukraine’s back. Indeed, the fear in Kyiv was that Mr Biden had not so much been wrong, but that he had inadvertently told the truth.

Whatever he meant, it was an example of Mr Biden saying too much, and talking loosely, a failing for which he has form.

In his first press conference for 78 days, the President was perhaps seeking to demonstrate his command of detail, ultimately speaking for almost two hours.

But the moment he finished White House officials desperately scrambled to “clean up” the remarks on Ukraine.

He just isn’t up to the job.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Great Faculty Disengagement: Faculty members aren’t leaving in droves, but they are increasingly pulling away. Call it “Operation Retire In Place.”

MY NAME [WAS] BRUCE: Even Caitlyn Jenner Wants to Protect Women’s Sports From Trans Wokeism.

NOW OUT: Hollowed Out: A Warning about America’s Next Generation. #CommissionEarned

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE: Do The COVID Shots Work Against Omicron? “The Danish study results shown in the graph found the Pfizer and Moderna shots provide some protection for a couple months, followed by a higher risk of infection than no shots at all.”

I haven’t bothered with the boosters. I’d rather get omicron, instead.

MORE OF A CHASM THAN A DISCONNECT, SOMETHING COLLEGE IS SUPPOSED TO NARROW NOT WIDEN: Wharton Students Reveal the Disconnect Between Elite College Kids and Reality.

BIDEN, INC. REMAINS A PARTLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF THE CCP: Americans Deserve Answers on Hunter Biden’s Beijing-Backed Cobalt Mine Deal.

THAT’S DIFFERENT, BECAUSE SHUT UP: Biden Is Not Alone. Democrats Have Been Delegitimizing Elections for Years.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN: Biden acts much more like Putin’s puppet than Trump ever did.

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS: (CONT’D): Kent State Professor Doesn’t Think Violent Rapes in School Bathrooms Are a ‘Safety Issue.’

NINTH CIRCUIT: Shutdown of Gun Stores During Early COVID Months Violated Second Amendment.

ECUADOR: An Entire Country Switched to Bitcoin and Now Its Economy Is Floundering.

The country’s president Nayib Bukele made waves last year when he announced that the nation would accept the token for use at stores and banks. The self-described “CEO of El Salvador” even announced plans to build a “Bitcoin City“ to turn the country into “the financial center of the world.”

However, it turns out that forcing your nation’s banks and stores to accept a currency large swaths of the population are unfamiliar with and don’t trust is a good way to tank your economy.

Government’s mucking around with the currency never ends well, although in this case the bad end came with impressive speed.

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