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KAREN STRIKES AGAIN: BLM Activist Harasses CVS Store Manager for Calling the Cops on Shoplifters (video).

ANTIFA HAS A DIVERSITY PROBLEM: NYPD releases mugshots of alleged rioter Clara Kraebber, comrades.

UPDATE: Heh.

From the comments: “Wow. Six Karens and Zippy the Pinhead. And all as honkie as me.”

MICHAEL BARONE: “Were the lockdowns a mistake? To that nagging question, the answer increasingly seems to be yes.”

For two weeks, no. That’s the kind of thing we did in 1918. But in 1918 our polity was much more mature and sensible. And even I — who should know better — failed to appreciate just how much worse our political class and political culture are now than they were then, which wasn’t exactly a great time either. But at least in 1918, the Karens didn’t have the vote.

BECAUSE HE’S A DEMOCRAT, AND THAT’S WHAT THEY DO? Why did Joe Biden meet with a racist anti-Semite in Kenosha?

DECOUPLE FASTER: It’s Happened Again – Professor, NASA Researcher Accused Of Collaborating With China.

SUMMER RERUN SEASON CONTINUES ON NORTH KOREAN TV. Rumors Abound: Is Kim Jong-Un In A Coma Or Not?

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot: Elizabeth Bartholet, The “Karen Wants To Speak To The Manager” Professor Of Law At Harvard, Doesn’t Like Homeschooling.

Instapundit, April 20th.

Chaser: Will online schooling increase child abuse risks? HLS Child Advocacy Program Director Elizabeth Bartholet ’65 and child welfare expert James Dwyer warn of dangers and call on officials to adopt new safeguards to protect children forced to learn at home.

Harvard Magazine, August 14th.

Exit quote from the latter article via Corey DeAngelis: “Some parents have discovered that public schools are worse than they thought, and have been surprised at how little their kids have been learning.”

PUBLIC HEALTH’S TREATMENT OF THIS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN A DEBACLE ON ALL LEVELS: The Fun Police Should Stand Down: Social gatherings provoke moral indignation—but bringing in law enforcement will promote injustice, not reduce infections.

As long as any clusters of infections are linked to parties, public-health officials will need to figure out how to help people avoid these dangers. Public health is a service industry, and it cannot serve customers without first trying to understand them. Instead of yelling at people for being careless and selfish—a perfectly understandable reaction—let’s start by asking why people are partying.

The end of the coronavirus pandemic is not, unfortunately, nigh. As these months drag on, people are seeking out social contact not out of selfishness but because, like going to the grocery store, human connection is an essential activity. Americans are experiencing a pervasive, long-term collective trauma, and our endurance will come from the relationships we’re able to sustain during the pandemic. Social capital—that is, the norms, values, and connections that people share—is an important determinant of how well they can weather and recover from a crisis. If public-health professionals want Americans to persist, they need to adopt messaging and policies that minimize infection while also maximizing resilience and well-being. Instead of turning partygoers into criminals, officials can offer safer ways for people to stay connected—and support struggling businesses in the process—by opening, redesigning, and loosening restrictions on the use of outdoor spaces. . . . The combination of criminalization and unscientific moralism is ineffective and counterproductive, and often leads authorities to take actions that may yield more infection.

It’s also rapidly robbing public health officials of any moral authority. But people tend to be control freaks in this field, and they mostly hear from angry, control-obsessed Karens.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Democrat women to media: Don’t even think about sexist or racist coverage of Biden’s running mate.

It is as though these liberal women expect conservatives to forget how Sarah Palin was treated. Democrats said she was uneducated, ignorant, possibly having a child that wasn’t her husband’s, a hick from Alaska, she wore the wrong clothes, she didn’t speak well, they mocked her religion, and so on. It was hideous. Sadly, the Democrats were often joined by McCain’s own staff in treating Palin badly. So, forgive me if I’m less than sympathetic of whatever coverage the Democrat women now think is coming down the pike for a Democrat woman running for vice-president.

Sunday’s article at the Daily Beast was a tiny bit of battlefield preparation:

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Lincoln Project Retroactively Endorses Obama.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Who will the Lincoln Project endorse next in their anti-Trump delirium?

Answer: Karl Marx, we’re pretty sure.

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

• Portland Mayor admits the obvious.

• A possible cure for lockdown fever: Math.

• Karens, defined.

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

OF COURSE SHE DID: Karen Bass, finalist for Biden VP, eulogized Communist Party USA leader as “friend and mentor” in 2017.

TOO LATE. THE MASKS ARE OFF:  Just like Castro himself, Karen Bass claims she’s ‘not a communist’.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: ‘Kindergarten Cop’ Triggers Cancel Culture Police.

Insanity Wrap believes that cancel queen Lois “Karen” Leveen has never actually seen Kindergarten Cop because there’s no way she could have let slide the movie’s second-funniest line.

”Boys have a penis, and girls have a vagina.”

Her head would have literally figuratively exploded.

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

OLD AND BUSTED: ‘I’m Not A Witch,’ Republican Candidate Christine O’Donnell Tells Delaware Voters.

The New Hotness? ‘I’m not a communist:’ Potential Biden running mate Rep. Bass reassures Cuban American voters.

Bass may have her work cut out for her, particularly in Florida: Trump Ad Ties Biden to Fidel Castro as Dem Considers Former Castro Sympathizer for VP.

UPDATE: Karen Bass eulogized Communist Party USA leader.

Awesome vetting by team Biden.

(Updated and bumped.)

I AM INTRIGUED BY HER IDEAS, AND WISH TO SUBSCRIBE TO HER NEWSLETTER: Karen Bass, VP contender for Biden, renounces her praise of Fidel Castro.

Earlier: Bass, on Biden VP shortlist, addresses past praise of Scientology.

NO MALARKEY: Joe Biden has a long history of claiming arrests which never happened.

Also not happening this week: Biden delays VP announcement another week.

Perhaps this is a factor: Karen Bass, on Biden VP shortlist, scrambles to explain remarks on Castro, Scientology.

I am intrigued by her ideas, and wish to subscribe to her newsletter.

DESPICABLE: Karen Wishes Death on Kids for Going Mask-Less.

DESIGNER FACE MASK: $185; SIGNALLING YOUR VIRTUE AND WEALTH? PRICELESS!  Sensible and chic: the $185 luxury face mask from Belgium.

Who said Covid Karens can’t have more money than sense?

VIRGINIA POSTREL: Reopening Schools Is Critical. Teachers Should Do More to Help: Coronavirus risks can be successfully managed, but a powerful lobby is blocking the classroom door.

When the Los Angeles Unified School District announced on Monday that it will not resume any in-person instruction this fall, it was a political victory for teachers and a defeat for families, science and opportunity for all.

The teachers’ union opposed reopening schools amid the continuing rise in Covid-19 cases locally, and lobbied for an early resolution to eliminate uncertainty.

Individual teachers were adamant about not taking risks. “As a teacher of 20 years, I can tell you there is NO WAY I would agree to go back to the classroom this year without hospital-grade PPE,” one wrote on the NextDoor social media site.

“I’ve taught for 15 years,” wrote another. “I catch every cold, sniffle and cough that enters my room. Call me selfish but I’m not willing to die so we can be less inconvenienced.”

Parents weren’t thrilled, however. “The prospect of another few months, an additional semester or, God forbid, a full year of studying from home is enough to make many parents, and their kids, burst into tears,” wrote Kerry Cavanaugh, a Los Angeles Times editorial writer with two kids in district schools. Political leaders, she complained, “have dedicated far more energy in reopening restaurants, bars and tattoo parlors than in figuring out how to safely educate the next generation. Schools are essential but they’ve been treated like optional services.”

Cavanaugh’s kids aren’t typical. Most L.A. public-school students are poor (nearly 80 percent qualify for free lunches) and Latino (73 percent). Although most aren’t themselves immigrants, about one in five is still learning English. Assuming parents still have jobs, they are likely to be essential workers who have to leave the house every day.

These students and their parents are not, in other words, the people debating and deciding whether schools should resume in-person instruction. They have no voice in the discussion. Yet they bear the brunt of the burden—and provide a central justification for public schools. Tax-funded education is supposed to give every child a chance to learn, regardless of income, to the economic and civic benefit of the general public.

Coronavirus policy in many places is being made by a coalition of Karens and activists who have less skin in the game than average people, much less the disadvantaged.

SAN FRANCISCO OFFICIAL INTRODUCES ‘CAREN ACT’ TO STOP ‘RACIALLY-BIASED’ 911 CALLS:

A San Francisco city official is taking aim against so-called “Karens” — by introducing an ordinance making it illegal to report bogus “racially biased” calls to cops.

Supervisor Shamann Walton said he introduced the CAREN Act – or the Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act – during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting in response to several high-profile 911 calls involving people of color.

In accordance with the prophecy: De Blasio Announces System For Reporting Social Distancing Violations: Knowledgeable Actors Reporting Edict Noncompliance (KAREN).

DISPATCHES FROM THE LULULEMON RIOTS: The gentrification of revolt — liberals distract from real change in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. “The most selfish generation isn’t doing this for Black Lives. They are doing it for Instagram.”

Hollow gestures of corporate solidarity are meant to appease everyone apart from the people living with the every day stigma of police profiling, who couldn’t care less. Nobody asked to remove old episodes of the Golden Girls over mud masks or for white actors to give up their work voicing black characters. But the companies know that if the media and politicians will use a a private citizen in Central Park’s confrontation with a bird watcher as a symbol of systemic racism to distract from their disastrous decades of policies, then they will surely come after a corporate brand of rice or syrup.

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Renaming a plaza in Washington DC or painting giant yellow letters down 5th Avenue in New York outside Trump Tower is the perfect kind of shiny object for the media to focus on. Just keep ignoring the Democrat politicians who have failed these communities over and over again.

Earlier: The neoliberal counter-revolution. “Does anyone seriously believe the American establishment — Walmart, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, the trustees of Ivy League universities, the major sports leagues, even Brooks Brothers, for God’s sake — would sign on to a movement that genuinely threatened its material interests?”

WHY IS THE WASHINGTON POST SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACIST, SEXIST HATRED? Washington Post opinion editor calls America a ‘racist and patriarchal society’ and thinks ‘it’s time to bury the cutesy “Karen” nickname for dangerous white women.’

DON SURBER: Cool Hand Trump. “As the president takes heat from Chicken Littles who whine about acting presidential, President Trump remains coolly presidential in handling two nation-paralyzing events simultaneously. In both cases, the president gave Democrats plenty of rope and watched them hang themselves.”

Plus:

Covid 19 so failed Democrats that they unleashed Antifa to turn cities aflame in the summertime. How is that working for them? Seattle’s Karen mayor, Jenny Durkan, stuck her tongue out at the president and turned six blocks of her city over to these thugs. Three weeks later, she had police shut it down after the thugs went to Her House. How dare they? She wants to talk to their manager.

Democrats thought President Trump would send the riot police to shut them down. He did when the thugs took over the park across from the White House and torched a church. The press made it look awful. President Trump adapted to the situation. He took a step back. Democrats went crazy and tore up city after city after city. Their thugs acted like the criminals they are and eventually got arrested.

The Washington Post today complained, “Trump’s Twitter feed reads like a local crime blotter as he stokes a culture war.”

Hahaha.

No, dearie, he is just shining the light on these hooligans because otherwise, democracy dies in the darkness of a mob of Democrats. . . . The last 24 hours have returned the election to normal. Democrats are doomed.

Possibly related: Liberal Group Plans Protests Against July 4th in 13 Cities.

KAREN SHRUGGED: We won’t go to school. “Teachers say they won’t return to classrooms in Fairfax County, Virginia, reports Hannah Natanson in the Washington Post.”

Most teachers aren’t in a COVID-19 risk group, and children barely transmit the disease, but it’s been a long time since our schools became a part of Zero Risk America.

CHANGE: “Last year, the question What law-abiding person needs an assault weapon? was asked as if it were self-answering and the answer was Obviously, no one. Last year.”

Flashback: “It is impossible to understand the politics of the Left without grasping that it is all about deniable intimidation.”

That’s why they don’t want you to own guns. And that’s why the Ken-and-Karen case has the left and its media enablers so upset. They want you cowering in your home, calling for police protection that their political action has made sure won’t come. Or worrying that that might happen so that you yield to their demands. If you’re out on the steps with guns in your hands, suddenly the script has flipped. Either they’re intimidated, which is bad for morale when you’re running a mob, or they escalate and become so violent that the “deniable” part of the intimidation is gone, because they can’t pretend even to themselves that this was a “parade” of “peaceful protesters,” and a more violent response to the mob becomes certain in the future. And while mobs can dish out violence, they usually don’t take it very well, lacking discipline and cohesion. That’s why the goal is to keep the violence ongoing, but at a low enough level that it seems easier to go along than fight. Open resistance interferes with that, and sets an example for others.

UPDATE: Seen on Facebook:

FAR LEFTY REVEALED TO BE FAR-FAR LEFTY: Biden VP Hopeful Rep. Karen Bass in Hot Water for Praise of Castro.

WHY DOES THE WASHINGTON POST HATE WHITE WOMEN? This now-deleted tweet may explain why:

Boy the NYT and WaPo certainly are filling their ranks with hate-filled editors.

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76! “Biden said Thursday. ‘Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.’ Wow! That is quite a pandemic, right? What he meant to say, I hope, is that the death toll as of Thursday was 122,000 according to Johns Hopkins…The way the press has kowtowed to Biden so far in the campaign, they may as well be paid staffers.”

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.™

THIS FEMINIST WANTS TO SPEAK TO YOUR MANAGER: The Karen/Becky meme has officially gone too far: The male centred progressive left has successfully made woman-hating trendy.

SHUT UP, KAREN: Videos Emerge of White Leftist Agitators Attempting to Lecture Black Police Officers on Racism.

SHUT UP, KAREN: HOA tells local police chaplain to remove ‘thin blue line’ flag.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: News From the Non-Lockdown States: Per-capita Covid fatalities were 75% lower in open states.

GOP governors have faced enormous media pressure to lock down their states in solidarity with Democrats, and some now are getting browbeaten to shut down again amid coronavirus flare-ups. So it’s worth pointing out that states that didn’t lock down this spring kept the virus under control and experienced fewer deaths than most that did.

A new analysis by The Sentinel, a Kansas nonprofit, compares the 42 states that shut down most of their economies with the eight that did not. The latter group includes mostly rural states with some small metropolitan areas: North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Utah. Private employment on average fell by 7.8% between May 2019 and May 2020 in these states while plunging 13.2% in the others.

Rural state economies generally rely more on “essential” services like agriculture and food production, and some industries like energy and hospitality would have shed jobs regardless of the lockdowns. Still, private job losses were higher in states that locked down like Colorado (9.5%) compared to economically similar ones that didn’t like Utah (4.6%).

Yet per-capita Covid fatalities in states that stayed open were on average about 75% lower than those that locked down. One reason is that deaths in most states, regardless of whether they locked down, have been concentrated in nursing home facilities and minority communities that have higher rates of underlying health conditions and multigenerational housing.

This is a main reason hospitalizations and deaths continued to surge in states like New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts long after lockdowns took effect. About half of deaths in New Jersey and Illinois have been in nursing homes, and most others have been in dense low-income minority neighborhoods where social distancing is difficult.

Deploying more tests and protective equipment can help shield these vulnerable communities, and citizens can do their part by donning face masks in public indoor locations like supermarkets. But governors don’t need to intubate their economies to save lives.

Tell it to Karen.

SUMMER’S HERE, AND THE TIME IS RIGHT, FOR THE LEFT’S DOXXING IN THE STREET:

New York Times threatens to out science blogger after protecting identities of White House turncoats and Chapo Trap House podcasters.

Viral justice and the demented war on Karens.

Great moment for American media: WaPo doxxes woman no one’s heard of, gets her fired for…2018 Halloween costume.

And at Ricochet, a podcast: “How can you protect yourself—and your family—from the mob? How can we help make our society a healthier place and finally begin to cancel ‘cancel culture?’ Two ladybrains with a little experience dealing with online rage mobs—Bethany Mandel and Lyndsey Fifield—give their best advice and insights on how they think we can finally stop doxx mobs.”

SO IS IT TIME FOR DE BLASIO TO GET THE PUNCH-A-NAZI TREATMENT? De Blasio Orders Gates Welded Shut at Jewish Park While Approving Mass BLM Gatherings.

Say, his real name is Warren Wilhelm, you know . . .

UPDATE: De Blasio’s Out Sick With Symptoms Associated With Coronavirus. Why Isn’t He Getting Tested?. “De Blasio spent the weekend in close proximity to a wide swath of New Yorkers. On Saturday, he toured a Cure Violence site in Jamaica, Queens. On Sunday he spoke to a group of protesters at the Exodus Transitional Community in Harlem, and was seen painting a Black Lives Matter mural in Bed-Stuy with Councilmember Robert Cornegy, Jr.” And even if he’s positive, they won’t contact-trace the people he was around because they don’t do that for protests . . .

Can we find some shrieking public-school-teacher Karen to loudly hope that he dies in pain from coronavirus?

SHUT UP, KAREN: Racism Karen Harasses ‘White Neighbor,’ Says Dismantle Racism or ‘GET THE F**K OUT.’

THE KARENS HAVE GONE FROM OBSESSIVE VIRTUE-SIGNALING OVER MASKS TO OBSESSIVE VIRTUE SIGNALING OVER RACE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE:

HE’S NOT WRONG: A.G. Barr: “They’re not peaceful protesters, that’s a big lie promoted by the media.”

ONLY IF ABSOLUTE RAGE IS NOT CARING:  Dear Karens, The More You Hector, The Less I Care.

PROPER RESPONSE: “SHUT UP, KAREN!” To the Person Who Mask-Shamed Me on the Trail. Masks on hiking trails are ridiculous and unnecessary. So is interfering self-importance.

SHUT UP, KAREN: Woman scolds mom for letting kids drive toy car without a license.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “The same Karens who were calling the cops on you for not social distancing are now out in crowds carrying signs saying Abolish Police in ‘solidarity.’ We live in deepy serious, deeply unserious times.”

I’m beginning to think that our problems revolve around a self-reinforcing Karen/media hysteria loop.

AMAZINGLY PREDICTABLE:

An Army of Karens went overnight from scolding people for not wearing masks or social distancing to expressing solidarity with rioters.

SELECTIVE MERCY: No Clean Slate for Karens! Progressives demand a second chance for perpetrators of violent crimes, but they consider one unwoke comment to be unforgivable.

NO SPITTING, KAREN: Connecticut woman spits in man’s face for walking wrong way in supermarket aisle: police. “She felt it was necessary to tell him to turn around and enforce Bit Y’s aisle rules herself.”

A lot of people are using the pandemic as an excuse to just be awful to other people.

ANNALS OF KAREN AUTOPHAGY. Cooped up: A shameful Central Park encounter demands all New Yorkers be better people.

The fallout has been typical. Despite apologizing, she’s since been fired. Her dog’s been taken into protective custody. (I’m not joking). Those are pretty high prices to pay.

But while Christian’s video evidence (and his sister’s Twitter account) damn Amy’s actions, Christian’s Facebook post is actually the best evidence that he is not guilt-free here:

“ME: Ma’am, dogs in the [Bramble] have to be on the leash at all times. The sign is right there.

“HER: The dog runs are closed. He needs his exercise.”

At this point, Christian performs a self-own for the ages:

“ME: Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it. HER: What’s that? ME [to the dog]: Come here, puppy!

“HER: He won’t come to you.”

“ME: We’ll see about that… I pull out the dog treats I carry for just such intransigence. I didn’t even get a chance to toss any treats to the pooch before Karen scrambled to grab the dog.

“HER: DON’T YOU TOUCH MY DOG!!!!!”

KARENS GENERALLY ARE; IT GOES WITH THE GENERAL SENSE OF RECTITUDE AND ENTITLEMENT. It looks like Amy Cooper, the white woman in the viral Central Park video, is a liberal. That’s important. “In response to the video, many on social media began to speculate and insist that Amy Cooper was a Trump supporter and a member of the ‘MAGA’ movement.”

Nope. White liberals are the most racist people around. And the most entitled and officious.

YOU WENT FULL KAREN, KARYN. NEVER GO FULL KAREN, KARYN. Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito Hosts Dozens Of Friends At $1.5 Million Lakefront Shrewsbury Mansion Despite Social Distancing And Mask Orders. “Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recently reminded Massachusetts residents that they should stay at home unless they need to go out to pick up “essentials,” and urged citizens to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Likewise, Governor Charlie Baker on Friday urged people not to get together in groups for barbecues this memorial day weekend. However, it appears as if Polito is not heeding her own advice. Sources are reporting to TB Daily News that the Lt. Governor had a party at her $1.5 million home in Shrewsbury on Saturday. According to the source there were over a dozen cars parked at the lakefront property at 2 Tatassit Circle at one point.”

Rules are for the little people.

YOU WENT FULL KAREN. NEVER GO FULL KAREN: Video of white woman calling cops on black man in Central Park draws outrage.

KAREN HAS SPOKEN: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan stay home order to June 12.

Given that Dr. Fauci has said, as CNBC reports, “staying closed for too long could cause ‘irreparable damage,’” I’m assuming Gov. Karen is fine with that notion.

On the other hand, as Melissa Mackenzie of the American Spectator tweets, “I want Whitmer to lock down Michigan until the state is punished so severely for voting Democrat, they don’t do it again for a generation.

Related:

I BLAME THE KAREN MEDIA: Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety.

THE KAREN NEWS NETWORK:

KAREN IS ANGRY: Mika Brzezinski Demands to Speak to Twitter’s Manager to Complain About Trump’s Account.

YOU WENT FULL KAREN. NEVER GO FULL KAREN: Mika Brzezinski Demands Twitter Cancel President Trump in Embarrassing Rant.

L.A.’S KAREN: Barbara Ferrer, Social Welfare Queen of Los Angeles County. Non-doctor health boss locks down the people, throws away the key.

TAKE VITAMIN D, IGNORE THE KARENS, AND REFUSE TO BE LOCKED DOWN ANYMORE. OLLY, OLLY OXEN FREE:  COVID19 update, May 19, 2020: scaling up drug production; super-spreading events; reopening churches and synagogues; Matt Ridley on vitamin D.

KAREN HAS SPOKEN: Oregon Gov. Decrees Residents in Closed Counties Cannot Shop in Open Counties. “As we approach the tail end of the pandemic, and as Oregon has consistently ranked in the bottom five states in terms of infections and deaths, [the] scattershot approach [of Gov. Kate Brown (D)] to the virus has raised more questions than answers.”

WITH DOCTORATES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MEDICAL BIOMETRY HE CAN’T POSSIBLY HAVE GREATER EXPERTISE THAN KAREN:  YouTube censors epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for opposing lockdown.

HEY, JOURNALISTS: IF YOU DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK OF YOU AS GARBAGE, TRY NOT BEING GARBAGE. Surprise: The Mask-Shamers in White House Press Corps Turn Out to Be Hypocrites. Plus, a Karen named Kaitlan.

NOW THAT JOE BIDEN HAS FINISHED OFF #METOO, BUBBA IS BACK! Bill Clinton is alive and well and speaking again.

And with Biden’s camp employing Chris “Waitress Sandwich” Dodd to help in the female veep selection process, the gang’s all here!

BIDEN WOWS MSM!

It is far too early for Democrats to panic over Biden.

—Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, Friday.

Biden’s Virtual Campaign Is a Disaster.

—Andrew Ferguson, the Atlantic, Friday.

Biden campaign doesn’t consider Latinos ‘part of their path to victory,’ political operatives say.

—Kathryn Krawczyk, the Week, Thursday.

Unlike Roger Simon, I think it’s way too soon, given the craziness that is 2020, to go with “Why Joe Biden and the Democrats Are Going to Lose Big” headlines. Or to even assume Biden will be on the ticket come November. (Bob Torricelli, tanned rested and ready!) But the above headlines are a far cry from the hagiographic prose that Obama and Hillary were receiving about this time in the election cycle.

FEATURE NOT A BUG: ‘Contact Tracing’ Jobs Create Terrifying Army of Karens.

THIS WILL END WELL:

No word yet if Los Angeles is employing the Knowledgeable Actors Reporting Edict Noncompliance (KAREN) system that America’s Newspaper of Record reported that Bill de Blasio experimented with last month in Manhattan.

Related: Woman Dictating LA County Shutdowns Isn’t a Medical Doctor, Paid More than $500K. “Dr. Ferrer received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.”

HERE IS HOW YOUR NEXT UBER RIDE WILL BE DIFFERENT.

IF YOU HAVE TO ASK, YOU MAY ALREADY BE ONE:  What does it mean to be a ‘Karen’? Viral name memes explained.

MOCKING THE KARENS: IT’S A START. Kevin James’ Short Film Mocks Coronavirus Minders.

BILLIONAIRE KAREN NARCS ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: Mark Cuban’s Secret Shopper Study Finds That 96% of Dallas Businesses Don’t Comply With Reopening Guidelines. The Dallas Mavericks owner hired a research firm to conduct secret shopper studies at hundreds of restaurants and businesses across the city.

THIS IS A REAL QUESTION ON QUORA:

I THINK WE NEED A MULTIFRONT OFFENSIVE TO ROLL BACK THE KARENS’ INFLUENCE: Don’t let Karen kill your community: If our leadership wants us to listen to them, they should discourage Karens.

It occurs to me that after prohibition — which was very much a project of the Karens of its day — there was a 50 year period in which bossy, officious, interfering middle-aged white women were systematically mocked, from Margaret Dumont to Gladys Kravitz. That ended and we got the reign of the Karens. Start mocking again. They can’t take mockery.

A JOB FIT FOR A KAREN: Hard-Hitting Chicago ‘Reporters’ Gleefully Snitch on Neighborhood Ice Cream Man, Urge Viewers to Call 911.

DON’T LET KAREN KILL YOUR COMMUNITY:

But now, Karen is queen of enforcing mask-wearing. Everyone must wear one at all times, even if they are not near other people. Karen takes to the Nextdoor message boards to complain about all the people she sees without one. Joggers are currently the  main target, because engaging in a solitary exercise with a covering on your nose and mouth should apparently be easy, but that could shift at any time.

‘Why is this so hard?’, Karen asks. Yes, it’s hard for people to understand how we went from ‘masks are pointless’ to ‘masks are mandatory’ in a few short weeks with Karen lecturing us the whole way. Even now the World Health Organization suggests ‘if you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19.’

It’s almost unfair that the term for this kind of busybody has a gendered name. Men can be, and often are, Karens.

Just ask CBS Chicago: CBS Chicago Slammed For Segment Harassing Ice Cream Truck Driver During Stay-At-Home Order, Encouraging Folks To Call 9-1-1.

KARENS WITH RIFLES AND RIOT GEAR: Texas Sheriff Raids Bar Protest With Military-Style Assault Vehicle, SWAT Team: Arrests and Outrage Ensue.

ONE OF THE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS AN UNWILLINGNESS TO TAKE CRAP FROM WASHED UP ATTENTION-SEEKING CELEBRITIES.

And reading Axl’s Twitter feed is just sad. From fearless rocker to . . . male Karen.

AN ARMY OF KARENS: Social Distancing Informants Have Their Eyes on You.

Largely confined to their homes and worried about the spread of the coronavirus and its risks to their own health or that of loved ones, a segment of the United States has turned informant, calling the police, public health authorities and the employers of people they believe are violating social-distancing decrees or stay-at-home orders.

Across the country, these complaints have led to shutdowns of dog groomers and massage establishments as well as citations and police scoldings to restaurant and bar owners whose patrons are lingering too close to one another. . . .

Some people are resorting to anonymous acts of public shaming. The tone is nasty at times.

In Manhattan’s East Village, profanity-laden posters have been tacked to telephone poles chastising people for not wearing face masks. In Long Beach, Wash., a popular weekend getaway for Seattleites that had been closed, a flyer left on car windshields said, “Your vacation is not worth our lives.” On Twitter, the hashtag #FloridaMorons was used to shame citizens by posting photos of crowded beaches after they recently reopened.

In Wisconsin, after a local TV news outlet published a story saying that Dr. Murdock had been suspended, people cheered in messages on a private Facebook group backing stay-at-home orders

Related: Be Warned, Coronavirus Snitches: You Too May Be Snitched On. St. Louis tattlers discover their complaints about open businesses are public records.

KSDK, a local NBC affiliate, reported in late April that a man named Jared Totsch received a copy of these tipsters’ records and shared them on Facebook. When a KDSK reporter reached out to him to point to him that these tipsters are now worried about retaliation, Totsch responded that was partly the point.

“I’d call it poetic justice, instant Karma, a dose of their own medicine,” he responded. “What goes around, comes around. They are now experiencing the same pain that they themselves helped to inflict on those they filed complaints against.”

A friend on Facebook comments: “We are in unchartered terrritory in dealing with this pandemic — but that’s precisely why we need epistemic humility not technocratic certitude. This is the time to listen to many different points of views not shout them down by going into one’s high dudgeon.”

Yes.

NEIGHBORHOOD KAREN* WANTS HOUSTON AREA RESIDENTS TO SNITCH ON BUSINESSES: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo asking people to report businesses violating Gov. Greg Abbott’s closure order. The result is a pretty staggering Twitter ratio:

And the results are apparently going about as well as Bill de Blasio’s earlier efforts at baiting New Yorkers to rat on their fellow citizens:

Note that the brief Houston-area ABC affiliate’s article doesn’t list Hidalgo’s party affiliation. Which means of course

* No word yet if Hidalgo’s is employing the same Knowledgeable Actors Reporting Edict Noncompliance (KAREN) system that America’s Newspaper of Record reported that de Blasio experimented with last month.

LIVING UP TO THE STEREOTYPE: On Facebook yesterday, my mayor got a multi, multi-paragraph rant from a woman upset about all sorts of people and places that weren’t social distancing to her satisfaction. The woman’s name was actually Karen.

KARENS IN THE WILD: This flyer is being stuck up and left on cars in Downtown Knoxville.

It’s legal for restaurants to reopen now although — making this flyer even worse — some of these places aren’t reopening yet.

But to the extent the information on this is false, the perpetrator could be liable to a lawsuit. And should be, because this is a dick move. However, a lot of the reaction is hostile, like this comment that appeared on Facebook: “I’m gonna eat at these places even harder now. Thanks, Karen.”

I’m hoping that 2020 will mark the silencing of the Karens. They’ve had their way, and their sway, too long.

UGH: You’re not supposed to travel more than 10 miles for outdoor recreation during Colorado’s safer-at-home phase.

The new safer-at-home order is in effect through at least May 27, meaning that Coloradans are expected to stay close to home past Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer and a popular weekend for camping and hiking. The fear is that visitors will either contract or spread the virus in areas of the state not as well equipped to deal with mass infections.

“You made the sacrifice of staying at home for 32 days,” Polis said at a news conference on Monday. “I think you can make the sacrifice of going to your second or third favorite park for another month.”

I think Karen should mind his own business.

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Two Americas: Karens and Everybody Else. “For the slightly more daring, Karens are prone to outrageous outbursts and, better yet, are easily provoked. Do you have a smartphone camera, a social media account, and a willingness to push a Karens’ buttons? Then you could very well create the next viral sensation here in Non-Karen America. Maybe not the viral sensation we deserve, but the one we need right now.”

Karens include pushy neighbors, the Wuhan Stasi, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

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AN ARMY OF KARENS: NYPD telling cops to prioritize 311 calls over 911.

SHUT UP, KARENS: Stop shaming people for going outside. The risks are generally low, and the benefits are endless.

KARENISM ISN’T A GOOD LOOK: Undercover Cops Arrest 2 Women for Operating Home Beauty Businesses In Violation of Coronavirus Lockdown Order.

WHEN KARENS ATTACK: Teacher reportedly wishes teens in park die ‘long, painful death’ from coronavirus.

UPDATE: Related:

WEIRDLY, THEY WERE ALL NAMED KAREN: Personal information from 900+ St. Louisan tipsters exposed on social media. “A spree of social media posts this week warn that St. Louis County released the information it got from people who reported businesses in violation of the stay-at-home order. The document, released in response to a Sunshine Law request, included names and contact information of the people making the reports. In their messages, some asked for anonymity. . . . The Missouri Sunshine Law gives the public and media the right to request records made or received by any public agency, with some exceptions. Among those exceptions is a clause allowing tips to municipal hotlines about abuse and wrongdoing to be withheld. But the county’s review of the request found no reason to withhold information about who sent the tips.”

You can ask for anonymity, but you may not be entitled to it. And the presumption should be against anonymity.

LIFE IN TENNESSEE: I listened to Gov. Lee’s reopening plan press conference on the radio a few minutes ago. Sounds sensible to me. The press was better than the one at Trump’s briefings, but not by much. The very first question, on behalf of the state’s Karen population I guess, was basically why the Governor wasn’t unleashing thousands of inspectors to keep everyone in line. The second was why the Governor wasn’t issuing a mask to each Tennessean before reopening anything. The third question, on daily numbers, actually produced a useful discussion of testing populations, where we got a one-day bump in the numbers because we tested the Bledsoe County correctional facility which had multiple cases.

Meanwhile, in my neck of the woods: 24 active Knox County COVID-19 cases; 207 total. “The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Knox County grew by one on Friday to 207 with active cases at 27. The total number of recovered cases rose to 179 from 173. Of the 207 cases, 31 of them have resulted in hospitalization at any point during the illness. This figure does not reflect the number of patients currently hospitalized in the county. Six cases currently require hospitalization.” Still just four deaths, a number that has held steady for quite a while. (The headline, which says 24, appears to be correct.). The 27 in the text appears to be a typo, judging by what’s on the KCHD site.

UPDATE: Here’s a report on Lee’s plan.

ELIZABETH BARTHOLET, THE “KAREN WANTS TO SPEAK TO THE MANAGER” PROFESSOR OF LAW AT HARVARD, DOESN’T LIKE HOMESCHOOLING.

Government run schools are institutionalized child abuse. They teach little and much of what they teach is wrong. And for most Americans, they’re the only place where they routinely fear physical violence.

Also, Harvard Magazine doesn’t know how to spell “arithmetic,” which doesn’t bolster their case.

THE LONELY LIVES OF LIBERALS: CBS’s Anti-Trump Drama Fantasizes: President Hillary Cures Cancer, Saves Rainforest.

I thought Newsweek owned the controls to the DNC multiverse:

If Gore Had Won — An alternate oral history of the last decade.

—Headline, Newsweek, December, 2010.

Hillary Clinton Is President in an Alternate Universe, Where America Is Great Again.

—Headline, Newsweek, July 12, 2017. (Newsweek also famously dropped the handle on a “Madam President” issue on election night, in a classic “Dewey Defeats Truman” move.)

If Beto O’Rourke was president, here’s how he would handle migrant caravan.

—Tweet by Newsweek, November 26, 2018.

And of course, the ultimate leftwing fantasy moment from Newsweek immediately after the November election: “Madam President: how Newsweek reported a Clinton victory.”

#JOURNALISM:

In the Age of Trump, White House press briefings have become a time for some reporters to have their fifteen minutes of fame. Reporters no longer try to disguise their own personal political opinions in the name of professional journalism. Few reporters are able to participate without looking like they are more concerned about a gotcha question against the president, his administration, or even the press secretary herself or himself. A prime example of this behavior is CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta. He’s even written a book about covering Trump though the president is not even finished with his first term. He’s not the only one to do that, he’s just the most obvious example.

During the Great Hunkering Down period of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump and his coronavirus task force have been giving daily press briefings. He’s been so good at it that his approval ratings are up and his harshest critics in cable news, CNN and MSNBC, decided to stop carrying them in their entirety. Imagine that – cable news networks so unhinged about a president that they don’t bother to cover press briefings concerning a pandemic. It is as though they cheer for failure just to be able to say Trump couldn’t handle the crisis. Those networks are only too happy to do puff piece interviews with the likely Democrat nominee Joe Biden, though.

Indeed they are.

OH BOY, IS AUNTIE MAXINE GONNA BE PISSED: A Democratic state representative from Detroit — who is also a woman of color — is crediting hydroxychloroquine and Republican President Donald Trump who touted the drug — for saving her in her battle with COVID.

“Whitsett said she was familiar with “the wonders” of hydroxychloroquine from an earlier bout with Lyme disease, but does not believe she would have thought to ask for it, or her doctor would have prescribed it, had Trump not been touting it as a possible treatment for COVID-19 […] “It has a lot to do with the president … bringing it up,” Whitsett said. “He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority.”

I can just imagine Maxine Waters saying she should have died like a “true sister” rather than acknowledge being helped by Bad Orange Cracker.

THE LEFT’S GARBAGE POLITICS: Robert Kraft criticized for good deed – friendship with Trump cited.

CHOOSE THE FORM OF YOUR DESTRUCTOR: Trump: Schiff’s New Partisan Investigation Amid a Pandemic Will Just ‘Build Up My Poll Numbers.’

Related: Former Obama staffer David Plouffe: Trump’s going to win in November, you know.

Don’t get cocky (especially now that we’re in seriously uncharted waters), to coin an Instaphrase.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MANCHURIAN MEDIA: Austin newspaper slams Cornyn’s words on COVID-19, it doesn’t end well.

Related: Time to ban wet markets.

(Classical reference in headline.)

FINALLY, JANE FONDA HAS HER CANDIDATE: Hollywood’s favorite commie endorses Sanders, the “climate candidate.”

Wow — Biden throws away his “moderate” status, endorses AOC’s Green New Deal, babbles that fossil fuel executives should be jailed, and plastic bags should be banned, and this is the thanks he gets.

Related: Hollywood Mad Warren’s Out: U.S. Would Vote for ‘Coronavirus Before a Woman.’

Why is the Democratic Party such a cesspit of sexism? And why aren’t Democratic primary voters flocking to Tulsi Gabbard?

REALLY? REALLY?

Well, okay Karen.

Related (From Ed):