October 23, 2021


Many historians argue that without the participation of the Tlaxcalans and other indigenous soldiers, Tenochtitlán might never have fallen to the Spanish.

They are also revising the accusation of treachery, arguing that Tlaxcalans and other city states were in fact fighting a war of liberation against the oppressive Mexica (as the Aztecs were known).

“It wasn’t 600 to 800 Spaniards who conquered [Tenochtitlán]. It was thousands and thousands of Tlaxcalans, Huejotzingas or other peoples, who were under the Mexica yoke and wanted to liberate themselves,” archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma told Radio Formula.

“Cortés had 30,000 to 40,000 Mesoamericans fighting with him,” said Aurelio López Corral, an archaeologist in Tlaxcala. “He couldn’t have done it on his own.”

The conquest is a singular event in Mexican history, seen both as a moment of national trauma and the founding act of the nation – and it remains deeply controversial.

Events to mark the anniversary have been met with tepid enthusiasm, as Mexico struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. A towering replica of the Templo Mayor – the Aztec civilization’s most sacred site – is being erected in Mexico City’s central Zócalo plaza.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has called on the Spanish Crown and the Vatican to apologize for their roles in the “so-called conquest”. Spain declined; Pope Francis apologized while visiting Bolivia in 2015.

Spain was right to decline. Francis is, well, Francis.

Jim Bennett emails: “The entry of allied Tlaxcalan and Spanish forces into Mexico CIty should be viewed in the same manner as the entry into Berlin of allied troops in 1945. A bloody death cult that had subjugated its neighbors and rounded up mass civilian prisoners for execution and ghastly butchery was overthrown by its victims with the help of technologically advanced allies from overseas. Its ideology that justified these grotesque deeds was banned and its propaganda destroyed. Sure Cortez had his rough edges, but so did Stalin.”

To be honest, I think comparing Cortez to Stalin is unfair — to Cortez. But I take the point.

BEST TO BE PREPARED: Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500, 518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator. #CommissionEarned (Bumped)

OPEN THREAD: They’re runnin’ with the dogs, afraid to die.

I SUPPORT THEM: SpaceX Boca Chica environmental review draws strong public support and criticism.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Your Cat Could Carry ‘Good’ Bacteria That Fight Resistant Staph Infections.

SCIENCE: Machine learning predicts antibiotic resistance spread.

ZOOM: Tiff Needell drives the new Corvette Stingray! (Video.)

Sharp looking car. I totally cracked up when Tiff pointed out the tiny front trunk which you might get a briefcase into, has an emergency trunk release button. (Don’t try kidnapping G.I. Joe in the new ‘Vette.)

WELL, THAT INSPIRES CONFIDENCE: Hackers Have Been Using a Rootkit That Somehow Got Microsoft’s Digital Seal of Approval.

SOMETIMES THE LEFT HAND DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE FAR LEFT HAND IS DOING: NBC Nightly News Ignores Terrible CNBC Survey Showing Biden Econ Disapproval at 54%.

Just think of Lester Holt as a Democratic Party operative with Chyron, and it all makes sense.


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PAST TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Biden claims the US would defend Taiwan—White House walks it back.

THE AUTOMATION OF McJOBS: I just saw these statistics on Wikipedia: In 2013, McDonald’s had 35,429 locations, a net income of $5,586 million and 440,000 employees. In 2019, it had 38,695 locations (more locations!), a net income of $6025 million (more profit!), and 205,000 employees (less than half as many employees!).

ROBOTS WITH GUNS: Q&A: Ghost Robotics CEO on Armed Robots for the U.S. Military.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: “Politifact” Suddenly Makes ‘Okay’ Sign Great Again in Comedy Gold of a Biden ‘Fact Check.’

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE JOE’S ABILITY TO F*** THINGS UP: The Biden Admin Said It Left 100 Americans in Afghanistan. They Now Admit It’s Far More. In off-the-record call with congressional staff, Biden admin says nearly 400 still stranded.

(Classical reference in headline.)

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: National School Boards Association Apologizes for Letter Comparing Parents to Terrorists.

As Josh Hawley tweets, “Now Joe Biden and Merrick Garland must apologize for mobilizing the FBI against parents based on misinformation the NSBA has disavowed.”

SPACE: SpaceX conducts 2 test firings of Starship 20 in Texas.

IT’S SUPER-CEREAL: Kellogg’s Goes Woke While Its Workers Go Broke.

“Kellogg recognized, along with the rest of the country and world, that we had entered a point of no return in terms of social justice,” a quote in Kellogg’s Equity newsletter screams. “What if we created a dialogue about the intersectionality of race and food?”

Or what if Kellogg’s stopped firing workers while telling them they’re racist?

While Kellogg’s touts the “Fight for Food Justice”, it treats its food workers like garbage. C-suite woke virtue signaling can cover up a multitude of sins. That’s why it’s taken over corporations. Instead of actually practicing ethics and decency, major corporations now hire diversity executives to assemble social justice word salads that make Corporate America sound like Che.

The more jobs Kellogg’s cuts at its Battle Creek birthplace, the more it talks about equity.

Kellogg’s boasts that it’s a Top 50 Company for Diversity and that diversity and equity are “paramount to achieving our success”, but the real secret sauce is cheap foreign labor.

An Amnesty International report accused Kellogg’s and a variety of woke food multinationals, including Unilever, the parent company of antisemitic BDS advocate Ben and Jerry’s, of getting palm oil from plantations where 8-year-olds worked under hazardous conditions.

While the C-suite virtue signals about social justice, children are dropping out of school to labor on plantations, women are working for $2.50 a day, and breathing in toxic pesticides.

Earlier: Walmart vs. Whiteness. The company’s new training program tells hourly employees that they are guilty of “internalized racial superiority.”



● Shot: Every Day, Biden Smells Like More of a Loser.

—Matt Lewis, The Daily Beast, yesterday.

● Chaser: This Virginia Conservative Republican Is Ridin’ With Biden.

—Matt Lewis, The Daily Beast, March 4th, 2020.

● Hangover: “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*** things up.”

—Barack Obama, as quoted by the Politico, August 8, 2020

(A quote that’s missing from Lewis’ latest article.)

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Treat Your Own Neck 5th Ed. #CommissionEarned

I BLAME THE SPACE LASER: San Francisco State University Prof Says Jewish Pot is Making Black Men Gay.


But why would he want them to?

Flashback: Aren’t California’s High Gas Prices What The Left Have Wanted?

Well, it’s a start, as Steven Chu, former President Obama’s then-incoming energy secretary, told the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2008: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

So is it fair to ask if Biden is on the payroll of Putin? As Walter Russell Mead wrote in 2017:

If Trump were the Manchurian candidate that people keep wanting to believe that he is, here are some of the things he’d be doing:

Limiting fracking as much as he possibly could
Blocking oil and gas pipelines
Opening negotiations for major nuclear arms reductions
Cutting U.S. military spending
Trying to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran.

“Yep,” Glenn added in late 2019. “You know who did do these things? Obama. You know who supports these things now? Democrats.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Via a friend on Instagram:

The #Resistance, Simon Jester division, is at work.

GUITARLINGTON! A Short Video Recap of Last Week’s Arlington Guitar Show:

Shot on my Apple 12, edited in Premiere Pro.


YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: Biden’s CNN Town Hall gestures fodder for internet mockery.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘F*** your God,’ leftist protesters yell at pro-life college students.

They’d never yell that at Muslims, though, because then it would be a hate crime.

HIGHER EDUCATION TAKES SIDES: Washington and Lee College Republicans told that they cannot endorse Glenn Youngkin.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How You Can Help Destroy The Green New Deal With Six Little Words.

PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM OR CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY? Email shows Loudoun County School Board knew about sexual assault the day it happened.

IT’S GOOD TO BE PREPARED: Augason Farms Vegetable Stew Blend Certified Gluten Free. #CommissionEarned

LIFE UNDER A LEFTIST GOVERNMENT: Zogby Poll: Inflation starving 3 in 10 of daily meals.


Related: WSJ Video: What America’s Supply Chain Backlog Looks Like.

GOODER AND HARDER: Squalor By the SeasideHomelessness and RV fires have overrun Venice Beach, California.


Shot: How ‘missing White woman syndrome’ has real life implications.

—CNN, September 22nd.

Chaser: We regret to inform Chris Cuomo and everyone else that CNN is hosting another Gabby Petito special tonight.

Twitchy, last night.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UC Berkeley Students Happily Pledge Money to Help the Taliban Kill Americans Inside the U.S.

REPLACEMENT, NON-UNION WORKER WAS IN CHARGE OF ALEC BALDWIN’S DEADLY PROP GUN: SOURCE. “Los Angeles lawyer Louis Shapiro predicted Thursday’s shooting would lead to a wrongful-death suit and potentially a criminal case. ‘The question is: Who is the one who is exercising negligence here?’ he told The Post. ‘Where is the duty of care to make sure that that gun is properly loaded and properly used? That duty doesn’t lie with the actor. The actor was just handed something. ‘The duty of care lies with the prop person.’”


How do you say “we come in peace” when someone steals your probe?

When a petty bureaucrat confiscates the communications relay, the aliens and their human partners must unite to rescue their property and protect those they love from the clutches of corruption and blackmail.

To help those she loves, Mindy must boldly go the last place she ever wanted to…
Back home.

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Lawsuit Targets Massachusetts Public School System for Racial Segregation, Censoring Students.

WEIRD SPELLING:  Watch the President of the United States literally mock the word “freedom”.

Look, I’m dyslexic and as those of you who’ve followed me a long time know typos are a way of life.  But there are limits. “President of the United States” is a bizarre way to spell “Usurper frauded in by a soft-coup under color of legality.” Sorry, but seriously.

THERE IS ONLY ONE CURE FOR THIS:  Garland confirms no one who participated in January 6th has been charged with insurrection.


AND MY ANSWER IS “MY MIDDLE FINGERS. I HAVE A MATCHED SET”:  The top item on the ruling leftist elite’s agenda: obedience.

ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO ELIMINATE THE HUMAN RACE SHOULD START WITH THEMSELVES:  ‘They need to breed less’: the darkness of climate zealotry.


HE DOESN’T NEED A TOWN HALL:  CNN Town Hall In Baltimore With Uncle Joe Bombs.

He needs an embalmer.

THIS IS GETTING OUT OF HAND:  Covid Unvaxxed Teen Boy Denied Medical Treatment.

INCITATUS WAS COOLER:  History Repeats Itself.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:   A “Let’s Go Brandon” song for people who like rock, not hip-hop.

Now do #teamheadsonpikes!


OPEN THREAD: Somethin’s happenin’ here.

DANA LOESCH: On Alec Baldwin and the Prop Gun Accident. “Please join me in being human and saying a prayer for the Hutchins family, Joel Souza, and Alec Baldwin.”

ABOUT TIME: Cayman Border Reopening Set for November 20.

BEWARE THE EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Physicists Created a Supernova Reaction on Earth Using a Radioactive Beam.

WELL, THAT’S NOT GOOD: Alec Baldwin’s Movie Set Was Plagued by Gun Misfires Before Halyna Hutchins’ Tragic Death. “There were at least two prior incidents of a gun being misfired on the set of the upcoming Western film Rust in the days leading up to Alec Baldwin discharging a prop gun on Thursday that killed the film’s cinematographer and injured the director. . . . He said Hollywood propmasters will ‘only put the amount of blanks into the gun that are meant to be shot in the scene… They’re pretty strict, they’ll always yell out, “Gun is hot!” before they hand it over to the actor. However, the source who was on set when Baldwin discharged the prop gun on Thursday said the cast and crew were told it was a ‘cold’ firearm during the rehearsal as they were setting up the framing. And despite Baldwin having recently gone through a firearm-safety training session, the source said safety protocols were all but ignored by both Baldwin and the responsible production members.”

UPDATE: Thoughts from John Hinderaker.

LET’S SEE WHO FOLLOWS THIS SCIENCE: Yale Study Shows Natural Immunity Protects Against COVID Three Times Longer Than Vaccine.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Senators: U.S. aims to stay on top in international space race.

RIP: Actor Peter Scolari, Known For Bosom Buddies, Girls, Dies At 66.

FASTER, PLEASE: Researchers design antibodies that destroy old cells, slowing down aging. Or maybe “slower, please?”

LONGSHOT: Crabby Marylanders Want Out.

HMM: Camera crew walked off set of Baldwin movie due to working conditions hours before shooting. “In fact, the bombshell here — if true — is that there were problems with props on the set before the fatal shooting yesterday.”


Roll the scope of federal power back to pre-1913 levels and we’ll talk about the filibuster. Otherwise shut up about what the Framers would have wanted.

I LIKE A STORY WITH A HAPPY ENDING: Watch a Former Marine Prevent an Armed Robbery With One Punch.

LET’S GO BRANDON: Logistics Crisis Will Lead to Long-Term High Prices, Ports Council Chair Warns.

WELL, THAT’S GOOD NEWS FOR SOMEBODY: AutoNation Wildly Profitable While Car Prices Are Grotesquely High.

NOT ANTIWAR, ON THE OTHER SIDE: UC Berkeley Students Happily Pledge Money to Help the Taliban Kill Americans Inside the U.S.

TOP SELLER: Survival First Aid Kit 142 in 1, Professional Survival Gear and Equipment. #CommissionEarned

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE: New study provides robust evidence that COVID-19 is a seasonal infection.

TRUNALIMUNUMAPRZURE! Joe Biden’s Soviet town hall:

Is it more worrying that President Biden might not be in charge, or that he actually is in charge? Nobody has the power to force a president to undergo the indignities that Biden went through on Thursday night’s CNN town hall. As with the withdrawal from Afghanistan, either someone convinced him to do it or he insisted on doing it. Either way, you could not watch him, clenching his fists as though holding a Zimmer frame while Anderson Cooper spoon-fed him a prompt, without feeling that we are heading nowhere good.

On the same day that Donald Trump evoked the ghosts of Soviet propaganda by launching a social-media app called Truth — the Russian translation is Pravda — Joe Biden attempted a Brezhnev-era theatrical of his own. In the Eighties, we laughed at the Soviet leaders’ transparently crude bumbling before the cameras. Their low-grade production values and rambling, slurred speeches exposed them as a decayed and senile regime. This was the opposite of the intended effect, but the US set the global standard in political imagery, so the Soviets felt they had to keep up. They beat themselves at our game.

To be fair, we’re not quite at the Soviet Union phase just yet: CNN’s Townhall Crowd Audibly Giggles As Biden Becomes Confused Mid Sentence.

WE KNEW THIS BEFORE, BUT THE DATING IS MUCH MORE PRECISE NOW: In tree rings and radioactive carbon, signs of the Vikings in North America.

Scientists have known for many years that Vikings — a name given to the Norse by the English they raided — built a village at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland around the turn of the millennium. But a study published in Nature is the first to pinpoint the date of the Norse occupation.

The explorers — up to 100 people, both women and men — felled trees to build the village and to repair their ships, and the new study fixes a date they were there by showing they cut down at least three trees in the year 1021 — at least 470 years before Christopher Columbus reached the Bahamas in 1492. . . . But their stay didn’t last long. The research suggests the Norse lived at L’Anse aux Meadows for three to 13 years before they abandoned the village and returned to Greenland.

What Columbus did that the Vikings didn’t, though, was open up the New World to a system of global commerce.

RECOVERY: Data is stubborn: Red states are leading the way. “The problem for the United States is that the most populous states are dominated by the hard left wing of the Democratic Party. They aren’t concerned with people but are concerned about public-sector unions and power. Somewhere in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, radical terrorist Bill Ayers is smiling. Things are going swimmingly for him. His friends are patting him on the back.”

ROGER KIMBALL: Anthony Fauci’s metaphysical get-out-of-jail-free card.

Just a few weeks ago, he was saying that it was “too early” to say whether we would be allowed to gather for Christmas. We’ve known for some time now that he was involved with, and paid with taxpayer money for, “gain of function” research at the Wuhan virology lab where the novel coronavirus that has caused such upheaval was developed.

Yes, that’s right. Fauci was paid by your tax dollars to help weaponize a virus that he then went on to exploit as a means to enhance his lugubrious celebrity.

He lied, under oath, about his role in his testimony before Congress, most pointedly in his heated exchanges with Senator Rand Paul this last summer.

Now we have Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, publicly challenging Fauci, charging that he is guilty of spreading “misinformation” about taxpayer funding of Fauci’s “gain of function” research at the Chinese virology laboratory.

Of course, “misinformation” in this case is just a polysyllabic synonym for lying — and besides wasn’t it Jen Psaki herself wanted people to be punished for spreading “misinformation”?

Yes, but she didn’t mean people like Fauci, who is on team A and is therefore exempt from public obloquy, not to mention federal prosecution.

You understand this, right? If you are part of the nomenklatura, you are endowed with a sort of metaphysical get-out-of-jail-free card, an immunity inscribed like a vaccine confirmation on your soul. You can lie to Congress, lie to the FBI, lie to the public with impunity. More than that, if you are part of the nomenklatura’s shock troops — a member, for example, of antifa or Black Lives Matter — then you can burn down police stations and destroy private property with impunity — nay, you can be hailed as a hero, a campaigner for “social justice.”

As Dana Loesch tweeted last night, after the NIH admitted it funded gain of function research, “Lot of people owe [Rand Paul] an apology.”

THE NEW SPACE RACE: China’s Shenzhou 13 sends second crewed mission to Tiangong.

JIM TREACHER: Alec Baldwin Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty. “Let’s not rush to judgment, like Alec Baldwin would be doing right now if this were happening to someone he sees as an enemy.”

BREAKING: Alec Baldwin’s Gun Loaded with One Live Round in Place of a Blank. “Despite reports that Baldwin was using a ‘prop gun,’ that’s dangerously inexact. He was using a real gun being used as a prop, as is often the case in moviemaking. Somehow a genuine round was loaded into the genuine firearm.”


SADLY, THIS IS NOT THE SILLIEST OR MOST DANGEROUS THING TO COME OUT OF THE BAY AREA: San Francisco State University Prof Says Jewish Pot is Making Black Men Gay.

MAYBE WHISTLING IN THE DARK: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is all bubbly and excited because, she told reporters this morning, “We had a very positive meeting this morning; I’m very optimistic. It’s exciting, because whatever it is, it’s going to be bigger than anything we’ve ever done for the American people.”

That last “for” should probably be “to.” Note: If you have a couple of wavering votes, one way to push them across is to announce the deal is all but done, so they will finally cave.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Logistics Crisis Will Lead to Long-Term High Prices, Ports Council Chair Warns.

I LIKE THE CUT OF HIS JIB: China Pulls Celtics Games After Player Says ‘Free Tibet.’

China pulled Boston Celtics games from the streaming service Tencent on Thursday after center Enes Kanter protested Beijing’s repressive rule over Tibet and called President Xi Jinping a “brutal dictator.”

Wearing a T-shirt bearing an image of the Dalai Lama, Kanter in a Facebook video post called for China to “free Tibet,” saying the Communist Party is carrying out a campaign of “cultural genocide” in the region.

“Shame on the Chinese government,” Kanter said. “The Chinese dictatorship is erasing Tibetan identity and culture.”

More like this, please.

BLUE GOVERNANCE IN A NUTSHELL: Biden Thanks Unions for Promising to Help Solve a Supply Chain Mess They Created. “Two ports that account for 40% of all US imports haven’t been operating on weekends during the biggest supply chain crisis in generations—because of a union contract.”

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