May 5, 2021

THIS DOES NOT SURPRISE ME: Youngest children in class are more likely to be diagnosed with a learning disability.

UH HUH: The Supreme Court Needs 15 Justices. “There are good reasons to want to pack the court: the conservative court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, has been laying the groundwork to undermine desperately needed electoral reform, endangering the democratic foundations of the nation.”

SPACE: SpaceX completes first successful landing of Starship rocket. “Like previous flights, the prototype rocket soared about 6 miles high over the launchpad into overcast skies before the spacecraft flipped over, glided downward and reignited its Raptor engines for landing.”

BE A TRUE CHRISTIAN: Carry Your Gun to Worship.

TODAY IN COUNTER-INTUITIVE HEADLINES: This Porsche 911 Is the Ultimate High-Performance Camping Rig.

IF YOU PAY PEOPLE NOT TO WORK, MANY WILL CHOOSE NOT TO WORK: Montana governor ends extra unemployment payments, citing worker shortage.

SO THE RALPH NORTHAM/ANDREW CUOMO ROUTE INSTEAD: Gary O’Connor’s resignation for “oreo” comment rejected by local Democrats.

A LOOK AT THE 2022 Tesla Cybertruck.

OLD AND BUSTED: Republicans Pounce!

The New Hotness? Republicans Salivate! NY Times: Republicans are ‘salivating’ over chance of taking the House in 2022.

Salivate as much as you like, but don’t get cocky.

MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE: Trump Allies Launch the Election Integrity Alliance to ‘Combat Election Fraud.’

ANALYSIS: TRUE. The experts can stay wrong longer than you can stay alive:

If you had attended the conference (alongside Lawrence O Gostin) at which the international pandemic preparedness index was created, a conference which judged a country less prepared for a pandemic if it favoured closing borders in response to a disease outbreak, and said you thought that idea was silly and anyone thinking about it for five minutes would reach the obvious conclusion that a disease which spreads from person to person will not spread if a person doesn’t cross the border and encounter another person, you’d have been right of course, but what does that count for? Is there any mechanism at all for alternative views to surface? After all, you can’t short their belief. Maybe you can get them to bet you money that’ll pay out in the event of a pandemic, but you’d actually have to convince them to take the bet. Maybe you could buy property in New Zealand like Peter Thiel did in what looks now like a pretty prescient move? None of this sounds realistic for anyone likely to be in those rooms. I think if you were an early career researcher in public health and sceptical about the prevailing beliefs, there basically isn’t much of a way for you to speak your mind at all and even if you did, if global pandemics happen every 100 years, you could have lived your whole life before being proved correct. The experts can stay wrong longer than you can stay alive.

Found via the Covid One Year Ago twitter account. Speaking of which, I wonder if the folks who run it will be looking back at flip-flopping health officials, who went from demanding nationwide lockdowns, to cheering on masses of protestors (read: rioters) starting around June of last year: 

After telling GOP to downsize convention due to COVID-19, N.C. governor marches in crowded protest.

NJ governor admits COVID-19 double standard, says recent protests are different from business owners’ complaints.

De Blasio: Large Group Protests Are Acceptable, Religious Observances Are Not.

● NPR: Dozens of public health and disease experts have signed an open letter in support of the nationwide anti-racism protests. “White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19,” they wrote.

‘Did I miss the memo?’: Hospital workers in full PPE applaud George Floyd protesters as they march past.

Related: The Suicide of Expertise.

INTRODUCING: Day Drinking With KDJ: Jenna Ellis Cocktail Edition.

Standup comedian Kevin Downey Jr has joined PJ’s stable of writers with a new, regular feature: Day Drinking with KDJ.

UPDATE: Here’s the MAGA-Rita Edition.

That was fast.

THE PALACE GUARD, HOUSE OF STEPHANOPOULOS EDITION: ABC’s Terry Moran Grills RNC Spox Nine Times On If He Accepts 2020 Election Results: ‘I’m Asking You to Affirm Our Constitution.’

Flashback: When the Media Cast Doubt on an Election Outcome. “‘Did Russian hacking help Donald Trump win?’ ABC’s Dan Harris wondered at the top of the December 10, 2016 edition of Good Morning America.”

Related: It’s Important To Be Honest About What Today’s Media Actually Are. They are Democrat propagandists and should be treated as such.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): The way to stop these questions is to always answer “No.” Followed by “why are you so afraid to talk about the election?” They’ll quit asking fast. And why are they so eager to end all discussion here? As noted above, that’s never been the case in the past. And there’s no surer way to make people think the election was stolen than to loudly assert that it wasn’t and demand that everyone agree.

JENNER WOULD BE A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OVER NEWSOM, BUT YOU COULDN’T GET ME BACK TO CALIFORNIA UNDER THREAT OF MEDIEVAL TORTURE DEVICES: I May Move Back to California Just to Vote for Caitlyn Jenner.

GOOD LORD: Honeywell Admits Sending F-35, F-22 Part Drawings To China.

YOUR BLOOD, HER GUTS: Gov. Whitmer among seven awarded for courage by JFK Foundation.

MODELS: Antarctic ice-sheet melting to lift sea level higher than thought, Harvard study says.

I don’t know how reliable this is, but just to be safe we should probably tax the blue zones.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND THE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARY: Professor and speaker at ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ event limits interactions with white people ‘as much as possible.’

TO BE FAIR, IT’S WHAT BIDEN HIRED HER TO DO: Watch Jen Psaki Lie About the Border.

NORMALCY SLOWLY RETURNING: Federal Judge Tosses National Eviction Moratorium.

AND SOME PEOPLE ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO KEEP IT THIS WAY: COVID-19 anxieties still high in U.S. one year into pandemic, poll shows.

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: Dem Megadonors, Officials Financially Tied to Electric Bus Company Boosted by Biden.

FURTHER PROOF THAT 2020 WAS NOT MESSING ABOUT: Lucinda Williams Had a Stroke Last Year. She’s Ready to Sing Again.

LONGEVITY: Just ran across this: Preventing Alzheimer’s disease-related gray matter atrophy by B-vitamin treatment. “In an initial, randomized controlled study on elderly subjects with increased dementia risk (mild cognitive impairment according to 2004 Petersen criteria), we showed that high-dose B-vitamin treatment (folic acid 0.8 mg, vitamin B6 20 mg, vitamin B12 0.5 mg) slowed shrinkage of the whole brain volume over 2 y. Here, we go further by demonstrating that B-vitamin treatment reduces, by as much as seven fold, the cerebral atrophy in those gray matter (GM) regions specifically vulnerable to the AD process, including the medial temporal lobe.”

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF TRANSPHOBIA? ‘Horrible Person:’ Liberal Critics And Trans Activists Rage Against ‘Hateful’ Republican Caitlyn Jenner.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: Biden’s Open Border Is Fueling the ‘Deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History.’

AT HELEN’S PAGE : Why hire the skinny inspector?

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Coke Drops Woke Faster Than They Dropped New Coke.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What does it mean when one of America’s wokest corporations starts learning the steps to the Backpedal Tango?

Answer: It means we might just be winning, baby.

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

  • New photos show that Biden’s masks are all for show
  • Top Dems beating a fast retreat from “America is racist”
  • If a Beta talks in a falling network, does he make a sound?

Bonus Sanity: Have a Pepsi… and a smile.

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

COMMIES ARE EVERYWHERE: Purging Whiteness to Purge Capitalism.

TAKE OFF AND NUKE THE FBI FROM ORBIT. IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE: FBI’s Failed Ron Johnson Set-Up A Case Study In How Agencies Use Corrupt Reporters To Peddle Lies, Hurt Their American Enemies.

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Bleak Biden Way.

Biden frowns. He grimaces. He occasionally barks and yells as he delivers a gloomy view of America and its people, past and present.

Admit it: We are all racists, then and now, captives of Jim Crow still. Biden needs as many fabricated enemies as he can find; otherwise, his speeches, his demeanor, his agenda are little more than absurdities. They cannot stand or fall on their own merits because they have none. So grumpy Biden, in his latest and final incarnation, is always anti-something, usually anti-Trump, anti-racism, and anti-everything traditional America is for.

Lots of bad white people still need to be rooted out—outside of the beltway. These are the ones never woken by Wall Street, Silicon Valley, the media, academia, the corporate boardroom, professional sports, and the foundations. These retrograde deplorables apparently won’t give up their “privilege” without a fight.

Biden frowns. He grimaces. He occasionally barks and yells as he delivers a gloomy view of America and its people, past and present.

Admit it: We are all racists, then and now, captives of Jim Crow still. Biden needs as many fabricated enemies as he can find; otherwise, his speeches, his demeanor, his agenda are little more than absurdities. They cannot stand or fall on their own merits because they have none. So grumpy Biden, in his latest and final incarnation, is always anti-something, usually anti-Trump, anti-racism, and anti-everything traditional America is for.

Lots of bad white people still need to be rooted out—outside of the beltway. These are the ones never woken by Wall Street, Silicon Valley, the media, academia, the corporate boardroom, professional sports, and the foundations. These retrograde deplorables apparently won’t give up their “privilege” without a fight.

Bidenism demands these environmental desecrators must stop boiling the planet. We are a xenophobic nation that won’t let pioneering migrants enter the United States. We are a Neanderthal America full of people who won’t wear their masks when vaccinated and outdoors. We are a battered America still reeling from the Trump disasters on the border, the Trump failed coup on January 6, the Trump racism that led to peaceful equity marches all last summer.

So America needs a booster shot, a new way of electing presidents, a rebooted Supreme Court, new Senate rules, more states, and so much more—with so little time. The downer message makes Jimmy’s Carter’s old cardigan sweater sermons look inspiring, as the grey and sullen Joe himself makes Carter in retrospect seem sunny.

No wonder the president’s photographer was determined to make the Bidens seem to symbolically tower over their equally malaise-obsessed progenitor:

So at the recommendation of Sarah Hoyt, I read Cry Bullies: Protecting yourself against social muggers and victimhood aggression and it was worth the time. It is a short read from a few years ago that packs a lot of information that is still relevant in dealing with the current lot of Karens, SJWs and beta males who think they run the show. They don’t. This book teaches you how to fight back by understanding the mindset of the social harasser and how to put a stop to their nonsense. The right tools and the will to fight back is the only way to deal with our current political climate. Better arm yourself. (Bumped)

THEY’RE A MINORITY-FUNDED CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP THAT ENGAGES IN MOSTLY PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS: Proud Boys reportedly getting huge Asian American support due to immigrant fears BLM, Antifa will bring about communism.

MISSING FROM THIS STORY: ANYTHING ABOUT THE RACE OF THE ATTACKER. ‘Disgusting and horrific’: Two Asian women stabbed in downtown San Francisco, police say; suspect arrested. But an en passant effort to blame Trump, because of course. USA Today is functioning here as a PR Newswire for Democratic press releases.

THE CIA: Once feared, now mocked.

COME SEE THE RACISM INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Texas Dem Party Leader Calls Tim Scott Racial Slur, Then Resigns. Texas Dems Won’t Accept His Resignation.

JOHN MCWHORTER ON HOW TO RESPOND TO THE WOKE: ‘We need to start telling them no.’ At Hot Air, John Sexton links to McWorter’s new interview with Nick Gillespie of Reason TV:

“We have to understand that you can not reason with people like this,” he said. “It’s very rare that you teach somebody out of their religion and this is a religion. And so to try to talk these people down doesn’t work. All they know is that you’re a racist and that’s all you’re going to get. So the idea is not to try to have a dialogue with them about these sorts of issues…I think we simply need to start telling people like this no.”

McWhorter added that it won’t stop them from calling you a racist but by ignoring those attacks and going about your business you can demonstrate that “screaming that you’re a racist isn’t going to get them what they want.” He added, “We need to start telling them no.”

I think he’s largely right but it only works to the degree that, for instance, your boss happens to be one of the people willing to tell them no. Because if you tell them no and the woke mob responds with attacks (as they do) your boss might be tempted to solve the problem by pushing you out the door rather than risk becoming the next person on the mob’s target list.

I think he’s diagnosed the problem accurately but there’s still a lot of work to be done on how to resist a religion of freelance heretic hunters in the public square. That said, I’ll be interested to see how McWhorter deals with that problem as his book project proceeds.

Note for those watching at work, or listening on speakers, the first twenty minutes or so of Gillespie’s interview with McWhorter focuses on his new book, Nine Nasty Words, and needless to say, contains some very salty language. The topic shifts to McWhorter’s upcoming book, currently titled The Elect, at about the 22 minute mark. As the video’s Reason.com page notes, “‘Anti-racism as currently configured has gone a long way from what used to be considered intelligent and sincere civil rights activism to today [being] a religion,’ said McWhorter. ‘I don’t mean that as a rhetorical thing. It actually is what any naive anthropologist would recognize as a faith.’”

But what elements of the left aren’t a substitute for religion? Since we’re currently living in the version of the Matrix that was programmed by Tom Wolfe before his death in 2018, it’s worth quoting from in his epochal 1976 article, “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening:” “It is entirely possible that in the long run historians will regard the entire New Left experience as not so much a political as a religious episode wrapped in semi military gear and guerrilla talk.” (That line was written with early ‘70s radical chic in mind, but reverberates quite nicely today, given Antifa’s love of paramilitary cosplay.)

THE TECH LORDS GET ALONG WITH THE POLITICAL CLASS BECAUSE BOTH ARE DEATHLY AFRAID PEOPLE WILL FIGURE OUT WHAT’S BEING DONE TO THEM: Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned. “Based on this kind of minute data, Signal was able to create some super-targeted ads that were branded with the exact targeting specs that Signal used. If an ad was targeted towards K-pop fans, the ad said so. If the ad was targeted towards a single person, the ad said so. And if the ad was targeted towards London-based divorcees with degrees in art history, the ad said so.”

AN URBAN EXPERT’S POST-COVID FORECAST: Urban Growth Will Continue.

The glue that binds information-rich industries to cities can be summarized in a word: meetings. The need to meet will return. Hurried businessmen and women will again run from meeting to meeting, iPhones glued to their ears. The business lunch will return, to the relief of downtown restaurant and bar owners. This optimistic prediction, I understand, is of scant solace for those who have borne the brunt of urban lockdowns, which have turned many downtowns into wastelands. But it will happen, I believe.

But hasn’t Covid demonstrated that transactions previously requiring a physical presence can be replaced by electronic communications? Won’t downtowns be less necessary? We’ve been here before, too. With each new technology, pundits predict a major shift—think of Frances Cairncross’s 1997 bestseller, The Death of Distance. Yet distance did not die with the Internet. Instead, the concentration of knowledge-rich jobs in large cities accelerated. More than a century ago, the arrival of the telephone and other communications improvements didn’t slow urban growth, either.

But how many people will value meetings enough to stay in Democrat-run cities with rising taxes and soaring crime?

THAT’S DIFFERENT BECAUSE HE’S SO MUCH BETTER, SMARTER, AND MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU ARE: DCCC Chair Spent Big on Travel as He Urged Constituents to ‘Stay Home’ and ‘Stop Spreading the Virus.’ “Maloney—who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—halted his campaign’s in-person signature-collecting push in March 2020. Days later, he urged constituents to ‘stay home’ and ‘stop spreading this virus.’ Over the next nine months, however, he spent nearly $29,000 on ‘ground transportation’ and “automobile expenses,’ financial disclosures show. The disbursements included nearly $20,000 in lease and insurance payments, more than $3,600 in collision repairs, nearly $2,200 in gas, more than $2,100 in rental car fees, and nearly $500 for a satellite radio subscription.”

Collision repairs? I bet there might be a juicy story in that for some enterprising reporter.

DECOLONIZE HIGHER EDUCATION: Reclaiming American higher education: Idaho is cutting off social justice universities. “In one general education class at BSU a social work professor taught what he called the ‘solid viewpoint’ that ‘white people should be slaves.’ Social justice fanatics at BSU even bullied a small business off campus for supporting the police.”

As taxpayers tire of subsidizing this sort of thing, we’re told it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

Plus:

The House of Representatives decisively rejected (13-57) Senate Bill 1179, which would have imposed a minor fiscal reduction on Idaho’s public universities as a consequence for their social justice agenda. In its place the legislature passed a bill cutting an additional $2.5 million from university budgets as a penalty for misusing public funds on social justice activism.

At the same time, a bill banning public universities from compelling students to adopt the divisive tenets of critical race theory and using public money to do so became law.

Expect more of this.

WELL, BYE: Liz Cheney’s Days in GOP House Leadership Are Numbered.

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! Iowa State professor says she limits interactions with white people ‘as much as possible.’

BUT THE NARRATIVE! Combined China and Russian Defense Spending Exceeds U.S. Defense Budget.

Here’s a myth often repeated: “The United States defense budget is larger than the next 10 countries combined.” You hear it all the time from progressives, led by the Senate Budget Committee Chairman, in their arguments to cut funding for our military. It’s time to remove this false talking point from our vernacular. Here’s the truth: our defense budget is almost certainly smaller than the combined Chinese and Russian military budgets after you adjust for basic economic realities.

Let’s be clear. Because the Chinese and Russians manipulate their defense budgets, measuring their actual spending is very difficult. Both Beijing and Moscow lie about just about everything—the coronavirus, genocide, poisoning political opponents—so it should be no surprise they intentionally hide significant parts of their defense spending. For instance, the Chinese don’t report any research and development spending in their defense budget, and significant portions of their space program and basing costs are omitted.

This once I wish the narrative were true.

FACEBOOK “SUPREME COURT” UPHOLDS TRUMP BAN: But says the decision must be reviewed in six months. That “time limit” is a clever way of trying to limit his reach while recognizing a reality that social media companies and the political establishment will have to face, but that nobody talks about. If Trump decides to run again in 2024, they keep him banned from their platforms, and he loses, there will be no way to convince his supporters that the election was fair — because it wouldn’t be. And if he were to win in spite of the bans, they would have to expect severe revenge from his supporters. This is a very dangerous game they’re playing, and I see no evidence that they are even aware of it. But self-awareness is not Silicon Valley’s strong point.

WALKBACK: Coca-Cola pauses aggressive diversity plan after chief lawyer resigns.

DID ANYONE DOUBT THIS WOULD BE THE OUTCOME? Donald Trump’s Facebook suspension upheld by oversight board. Potemkin oversight.

BUT IS ANYONE STILL LISTENING? Groundhog Day: Dr. Doom Spits Out More Bad News. “As someone who has handled public communications in science, you have to be clear and you have to be consistent. When data changes the facts, you have to clearly communicate that repeatedly. I’d grade Fauci an F. He was against masks, for masks, admitted he lied about masks, and then said we should wear multiple masks. He should be telling Biden to knock it off with the masks since he’s vaccinated, and he should try to offer Americans some hope.”

Hope is anathema to the Biden Administration.

MARK PULLIAM: Obedience Fatigue.

Americans are an obedient people, especially when summoned in response to a national crisis. Citizens bought war bonds to support U.S. soldiers fighting enemies overseas, submitted to rationing and blackout orders (and cooperated in scrap drives) during World War II, and participated in civil defense drills during the Cold War. An entire generation practiced “duck and cover” and retreating to the nearest fallout shelter in the event of a nuclear attack. Obedience, however, depends on a fragile bond of trust, and our national leaders have recklessly tested the limits of that bond during the COVID-19 pandemic. The limits, although elastic, are nearing the breaking point. . . .

John Hinderaker calls for Americans to begin disobeying our feckless public health czars. He says “We need people to say, I’m taking this damn mask off. And if a harpy complains, to tell her or him to get stuffed. Seriously. The time has come.” I fully concur. The time for patience and forbearance is over. Let freedom ring.

It’s time. I’ve noticed a lot more people ignoring masking rules lately, even in places like Whole Foods.

FREEDOM IS NEVER MORE THAN ONE GENERATION PANDEMIC AWAY FROM EXTINCTION: Freedom Becomes a Long-Haul COVID Victim. “Emergency measures to deal with the crisis are likely to linger long after COVID-19 is gone.”

KARENS SELF-IDENTIFY: Poll: 25% want mask use until 2023, some ‘indefinitely.’ I know, big deal: Karens always self-identify.

WHEN YOU CAN’T TRUST THE NUMBERS: Why Did Biden Census Bureau Add 2.5 Million More Residents to Blue-State Population Count?

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Caitlyn Is Easily the Greatest Jenner Since Bruce. “I want to emphasize that the California Republican party doesn’t get many opportunities to accomplish anything at the state level because it’s incompetent and can’t create them for itself. The California GOP’s usual m.o. is to find a sacrificial lamb to run in two or three gubernatorial elections in a row. They’re living the high life over there if a Republican becomes Insurance Commissioner.”

I READ KINDLES FOR ENTERTAINMENT, BUT PREFER REAL BOOKS FOR RESEARCH: Stephen L. Carter: A Book You Remember, a Kindle You Forget.

THE LURCH TOWARD LEFTISM AT K-12: In case you haven’t heard, the Biden Department of Education has proposed a new “rule” that will prioritize federal grants to schools that teach Critical Race Theory (and specifically the 1619 Project curriculum). If that doesn’t make you want to scream in horror, you’re not paying enough attention.

Adam Smith is remembered for (among other things) his quip, “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” In context, he meant that it takes a whole lot to bring down a great and prosperous nation. Alas, no nation’s storehouse of “ruin” is infinite.   I can think of no more effective way to bring down the United States of America than to teach a generation of American children that their country is racist to the core.

Right now the best way we have at our disposal to stop this is to deluge the Department of Education with comments before the May 19th deadline. You can do so at this link provided by Parents Defending Education. The software provides you with a simple message that you can send with a click. Even better, you can substitute your own message.  Either way, it’s easy.

I tend be a pessimist at heart, but there is no need for pessimism here.   The grassroots opposition to wokeism in our schools is already winning in some jurisdictions. Even the dimmest politician should be getting the message that the Biden Administration’s proposal is going to lose the Democratic Party votes in 2022 and 2024.

If you’ve got the time and the inclination, please throw in your two cents.

AT HELEN’S PAGE (scroll down and click on blue logo) : The author of Before I Go also offers financial planning here. (Bumped)

OOPS: Fact-Checkers Missed Stealth Edits to Abrams Op-Ed.

The stealth edits went unnoticed by some fact-checkers, who cited the USA Today piece prior to the addition of the editor’s note. In an April 21 essay called “What Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams and Georgia senators said about a MLB boycott,” PolitiFact’s Amy Sherman criticized Kemp and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro for claiming that Abrams initially supported boycotts in Georgia and later changed her mind. “But Abrams repeatedly spoke against boycotts before and after Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star Game from Georgia,” Sherman wrote.

As evidence, PolitiFact cited Abrams’ USA Today op-ed, and quoted her revised assertions in the stealth version: “Boycotts invariably also cost jobs. To be sustainable, the pain of deprivation must be shared rather than borne by those who are least resilient. They also require a long-term commitment to action.”

Sherman initially failed to recognize that these comments did not exist in the original op-ed. On April 27, after a RealClearPolitics reporter reached out for comment, PolitiFact added an editor’s note and a disclaimer following the above quote, noting, “Abrams originally wrote the op-ed March 31, but it was updated to include those comments days after MLB’s announcement. Her initial op-ed also raised concerns about boycotts.”

Twitter also used the revised version of Abrams’s op-ed to dismiss claims that she had supported the Georgia boycotts.

She got caught, and when she tried to deny it, the “fact-checkers” helped provide cover.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Elon Musk is too funny for Saturday Night Live. “Still, I hope he kills it.” Me too! Oh, wait.

FASTER, PLEASE: A Model for Fighting Critical Race Theory in America’s Schools. “On Saturday, parents of various ethnicities, faiths and ideologies scored a victory against Marxist critical race theory in highly publicized school board races in the Dallas suburb of Southlake. Organized and conscientious parents voted in new board members committed to resisting left-wing indoctrination with landslides of nearly 70 percent. As parents across the country fight back against attempts to institutionalize critical race theory in their children’s schools, Southlake developed a blueprint for winning back our school districts.”

THE ATLANTIC IS NOTICING: The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown: Progressive communities have been home to some of the fiercest battles over COVID-19 policies, and some liberal policy makers have left scientific evidence behind. Some.

Consider the experience of Somerville, Massachusetts, the kind of community where residents proudly display rainbow yard signs declaring in this house … we believe science is real. In the 2016 Democratic primary, 57 percent of voters there supported Bernie Sanders, and this year the Democratic Socialists of America have a shot at taking over the city council. As towns around Somerville began going back to in-person school in the fall, Mayor Joseph Curtatone and other Somerville leaders delayed a return to in-person learning. A group of moms—including scientists, pediatricians, and doctors treating COVID-19 patients—began to feel frustrated that Somerville schools weren’t welcoming back students. They considered themselves progressive and believed that they understood teachers’ worries about getting sick. But they saw the city’s proposed safety measures as nonsensical and unscientific—a sort of hygiene theater that prioritized the appearance of protection over getting kids back to their classrooms.

With Somerville kids still at home, contractors conducted in-depth assessments of the city’s school buildings, leading to proposals that included extensive HVAC-system overhauls and the installation of UV-sterilization units and even automatic toilet flushers—renovations with a proposed budget of $7.5 million. The mayor told me that supply-chain delays and protracted negotiations with the local teachers’ union slowed the reopening process. “No one wanted to get kids back to school more than me … It’s people needing to feel safe,” he said. “We want to make sure that we’re eliminating any risk of transmission from person to person in schools and carrying that risk over to the community.”

Months slipped by, and evidence mounted that schools could reopen safely. In Somerville, a local leader appeared to describe parents who wanted a faster return to in-person instruction as “fucking white parents” in a virtual public meeting; a community member accused the group of mothers advocating for schools to reopen of being motivated by white supremacy. “I spent four years fighting Trump because he was so anti-science,” Daniele Lantagne, a Somerville mom and engineering professor who works to promote equitable access to clean water and sanitation during disease outbreaks, told me. “I spent the last year fighting people who I normally would agree with … desperately trying to inject science into school reopening, and completely failed.”

In March, Erika Uyterhoeven, the democratic-socialist state representative for Somerville, compared the plight of teachers to that of Amazon workers and meatpackers, and described the return to in-person classes as part of a “push in a neoliberal society to ensure, over and above the well-being of educators, that our kids are getting a competitive education compared to other suburban schools.” (She later asked the socialist blog that ran her comments to remove that quote, because so many parents found her statements offensive.) In Somerville, “everyone wants to be actively anti-racist. Everyone believes Black lives matter. Everyone wants the Green New Deal,” Elizabeth Pinsky, a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, told me. “No one wants to talk about … how to actually get kindergartners onto the carpet of their teachers.” Most elementary and middle schoolers in Somerville finally started back in person this spring, with some of the proposed building renovations in place. Somerville hasn’t yet announced when high schoolers will go back full-time, and Curtatone wouldn’t guarantee that schools will be open for in-person instruction in the fall.

Shorter version: It’s all tribalism with these people, even as they go on about science — which hardly any of them understand, because they didn’t get much science in their gender studies programs.

Related: The Covid-19 Emergency Did Not Justify Lockdowns. 

While I believe that the evidence is now decisive that lockdowns were a huge mistake, my point here is not, strictly speaking, anti-lockdown. My point here, instead, is pro-science and good sense: Whatever the novelty and dangers of Covid-19, the novelty and dangers of Covid-19 lockdowns are at least arguably of the same magnitude. The dismissal of the unknown possible horrors of lockdowns in order to focus attention exclusively on the unknown possible horrors of SARS-CoV-2 is as unjustified by science as it is unpardonable as policy.

The lockdowns were trickle-down epidemiology serving the interests of politicians and the laptop class, as Boudreaux has been chronicling at Cafe Hayek.

EXPANDING THE BATTLESPACE: GOP Expands Target List of Democrats for 2022 House Races.

THE GLOBAL WAR AGAINST THE MIDDLE CLASS: Joel Kotkin: Yeomanry’s Global Decline.

For much of the last part of the 20th Century, the world’s middle class was ascendant, expanding and, in most countries, firmly in control of national politics and culture. Yet in more recent decades, this process has been slowly reversed, in the United States as well as in Europe and, increasingly, East Asia.

This erosion of the middle class has many roots. Globalization has savaged many middle-class jobs, whether in factories or increasingly services, transferring employment to China, India, and other developing countries. In many countries, immigration, much of it from poor countries, has posed a threat to wage rates, particularly for lower skilled workers and increasingly professionals as well.

In the United States, long seen as the great land of opportunity, the chance of middle-class earners moving up to the top rungs of the earnings ladder has dropped by approximately 20 percent since the early 1980s. Across the thirty-six countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the richest citizens have taken an ever-greater share of national GDP, and the middle class has become smaller. Much of the global middle class is heavily in debt, mainly because of high housing costs, and «looks increasingly like a boat in rocky waters,» suggests the OECD.

Traditionally, those classes hurt most by what pundits may praise as «transformative change» would turn to the political class that identifies with their interests. But in many countries where parties once strongly tied to middle- and working-class interests – the Australian and British Labour Parties, the German Social Democrats, or the American Democrats – are no longer working class in nature but dominated by an alliance among the ultra-rich, particularly in tech, well-paid professionals, government workers and those most dependent on government aid. . . . China’s autocratic state increasingly looms as the future role model in which the yeomanry is allowed to exist but wields little influence. Certainly, after the events of the past year, Europe and much of the developing world seems anxious to fall into Beijing’s economic and even political orbit.

Flashback:

The best short credo of liberalism came from the pen of the once canonical left-wing literary historian Vernon Parrington in the late 1920s. “Rid society of the dictatorship of the middle class,” Parrington insisted, referring to both democracy and capitalism, “and the artist and the scientist will erect in America a civilization that may become, what civilization was in earlier days, a thing to be respected.” Alienated from middle-class American life, liberalism drew on an idealized image of “organic” pre-modern folkways and rhapsodized about a future harmony that would reestablish the proper hierarchy of virtue in a post-bourgeois, post-democratic world.

The oligarchy isn’t an accident. They never are.

FROM CEDAR SANDERSON:  Pixie for Hire: Omnibus Edition.

 


He’s a pixie for hire, and she’s just another job.

Lom is a bounty hunter, paid to bring magical creatures of all descriptions back Underhill, to prevent war with humans should they discover the strangers amongst them. Bella is about to find out she’s a real life fairy princess, but all she wants to do is live peacefully in Alaska, where the biggest problems are hungry grizzly bears. He has to bring her in. It’s nothing personal, it’s his job…

Lom lay dying. Bella was tasked with not only the job she never wanted, but the one she did. Could she keep Lom alive long enough for him to come to the rescue when their kingdom needed them? And what did Raven, mysterious trickster spirit and honorary uncle to Bella, want with them? If the threat was big enough to have the trickster worried, Bella knew she needed to have Lom at her side. Underhill might look like a soap-bubble kingdom, but Bella and Lom knew there was a gritty underside. Why else would fairyland need a dark man willing to carry a big gun and be the Pixie for Hire?

This omnibus edition includes the full text of all three books in the Pixie for Hire trilogy: Pixie Noir, Trickster Noir, and Dragon Noir. With a new author’s foreword, you’ll be introduced to the books and then plunge into the world Underhill.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GIVE IT UP FOR AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD:  ‘I Have Changed My Mind And Do Not Want A Divorce From This Amazing Handsome Man,’ Says Glossy-Eyed Melinda Gates After Receiving Vaccine.

And yes, it’s the bee. What else would be America’s paper of record?

HURRAH!   Trump Launches His Own Twitter-Like Platform on His Personal Website.

What? Mean tweets? Dear Lord, people. these asshats who have forcibly taken over our country and underhandedly taken over our institutions need mean tweets aimed at them. Actually I lie. They need Cthulhu. But mean tweets will do.

NEVER. TRUTH IS BIDEN’S KRYPTONITE:  When Do Biden’s Gaffes Become Truth?

 

DEAR LORD. THERE ARE SO MANY ROUTES TO HAVING THIS CONSIDERED A MISTRIAL:  Chauvin Juror Was BLM Protestor, Mistrial Possible?

It would already be done, if our system of justice had any interesting in you know, justice.

THE LEFT ACTUALLY BELIEVES THE GOVERNMENT IS THE PEOPLE:  Governments, People, and Labels.

That whole “Government is the name for that which we choose to do together” and “everyone has to belong to something, so we belong to government” from the DNC in Obama’s years: they mean that. Yes, it’s creepy, absurd and a bit disgusting, but they really think it’s how it’s supposed to work.

IF THEE I DO FORGET, JERUSALEM:  David Bernstein on Biden’s “Jewish Heritage Month”.

SO, YOU’RE SAYING THEY KNOW THEIR AUDIENCE?  New dating site for Christians slams feminists and ‘soy boys’.

SOME OF THEM WERE (GASP) DANCING!  Iranian authorities break up mixed-gender party, arrest 16.

THE INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCES OF IDENTITY POLITICS:  Ethiopia ‘at a crossroads’ amid spiraling ethnic conflict.

WHAT IS WITH THE WOULD BE “ELITES” AND THEIR OBSESSION WITH MAKING PEOPLE EAT BUGS?  EU nations putting mealworms on the menu.

LOOK, IT’S THEIR TOURISM RECOVERY PLAN:  This town used its $228K in COVID relief funds on a giant squid statue.

This will really bring in those hentai fans!

I THINK THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T BELIEVE THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH IS ALREADY 2/3 OF THE POPULATION:  Optimism, Inc.: One Too Many Lies?

I also believe the liars have absolutely convinced themselves first. And that they’re going to choke on it.

May 4, 2021

OUCH:

Plus:

People do seem to be catching on.

THE OLIGARCHS DON’T LIKE COMPETITION: Yellen says U.S. pushing to end global ‘race to the bottom’ on corporate taxes.

“IN AN UNEXPECTED DEVELOPMENT, THE PROVOST OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO ACTUALLY DID THE RIGHT THING:” U. San Diego Law Prof. Tom Smith Vindicated: Blog Criticising Chinese Government Held Protected By Academic Freedom.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): This is obviously right, and it’s sad we live in a world where it took weeks for someone in authority to state the obvious. Still, it’s a win. Now I think the mob who went after him needs a remedial course in civilization.

ANOTHER UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Univ. of San Diego Provost Rejects Complaints Against Prof. Tom Smith Over His Criticism of China. “I would have much liked to see a stronger defense of academic freedom. Still, the result is correct.”

I’d like to see information on any connections between the organizations calling Tom Smith “racist” for attacking the Chinese government, and the Chinese government. When people parrot the talking points of a foreign adversary, certain inferences present themselves.

IT’S ODIOUS, AND DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN OPENLY GLOATING ABOUT IT FOR YEARS. IT JUST HASN’T WORKED OUT THAT WAY.

The “Great Replacement” theory is referred to elsewhere in the article, here: “Contrary to what Tucker Carlson says repeatedly on Fox News about the rise of ‘white replacement theory’ as a Democratic electoral strategy, the country’s growing racial diversity has not drastically upended the party’s chances.” That’s carefully worded. It doesn’t say that the Democrats do not have that strategy, only that it hasn’t worked as well as you might think. If it’s an odious strategy, then it’s bad whether it works or not.

Here’s how Publisher’s Weekly described the argument: “In support of their thesis they argue that the electorate is becoming increasingly diverse, with growing Asian, Hispanic and African-American populations-all groups that tend to vote Democratic. On the other hand, the number of white Americans, the voting population most likely to favor Republicans, remains static.”

OPEN THREAD: What’s next?

CALIFORNIA RECALL RACE: A hard-hitting ad from Jenner for Governor.

CHANGE: Space industry in midst of transformation following record private and public investments.. This is all happening 20-25 years later than I’d hoped, but at least it’s happening.

NOT OVER YET: Derek Chauvin requests new trial, claims jury misconduct.

MORE: Chauvin juror who attended pre-trial rally may jeopardize guilty verdict.

A juror in the Derek Chauvin trial may have jeopardized the guilty verdict by attending a rally last year and wearing a “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks/BLM” T-shirt, raising questions about whether he told the truth during jury selection.

Brandon Mitchell, known as Juror #52, told Minneapolis news outlets Monday that he attended the Aug. 28 march in Washington, D.C., featuring speeches by George Floyd’s siblings, while a photo circulating online shows him with two cousins wearing the T-shirt as well as a “Black Lives Matter” hat.

What may come back to haunt the prosecution is that Mr. Mitchell, 31, answered “no” when asked during jury selection if he had attended any protests for George Floyd.

This is serious, and it’s only one of the arguments they’ll be raising in favor of a new trial.

I WISH AMERICANS GOT THIS UPSET ABOUT TAX INCREASES: Colombian president withdraws tax hike; 19 people killed in protests.

NOW OUT FROM MICHAEL Z. WILLIAMSON: Freehold: Defiance.

Also, I’m currently reading Larry Correia & John Brown’s Gun Runner, and finding it quite entertaining. In fact, the world this is set in reminds me a bit of Williamson’s.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Biden Goes Off the Rails in a Gaffe-Arama, Including One Word That Has People Talking.

RODNEY, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US, HOW BIG IS THE PRESIDENT? What’s up with this photo of the Bidens and the Carters?

Uh, why do Joe and Jill look roughly twice the size of Jimmy and Rosalynn?

I hope the president and first lady enjoyed their trip to the Shire.

Carter’s parting advice to Biden after their visit was to follow the yellow brick road.

No, really, what happened here, photographers? Is it as simple as using a wide-angle lens to get everyone in the frame, with the two people at the outer edges appearing enlarged as a result? We should try to solve this mystery before Tucker invites Alex Berenson on to try to puzzle out why getting vaccinated seems to have made the Bidens grow and the Carters shrink.

I blame the Pepsi Syndrome.

HMM: The enzyme that could help 700 million people worldwide. “This enzyme, NEDD4-2, is critical for kidney health, says UniSA Centre for Cancer Biology scientist Dr. Jantina Manning in a new paper published this month in Cell Death & Disease. . . .Even people on a low salt diet can get kidney damage if they have low levels of NEDD4-2 due to genetic variations or mutations in the gene.”

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