HOW’S THAT SPACE PROGRAM COMING ALONG? Asteroid as big as Golden Gate Bridge to pass Earth ahead of spring.

CANCEL CULTURE FAIL: Dr. Seuss Dominates Amazon Charts.

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Almost 40% of university students surveyed are addicted to their phones.

CUOMO DIDN’T JUST KILL GRANDMAS: Father’s death in New York nursing home leaves daughter ‘beyond angry with the governor.’ “Arbeeny was one of nearly 15,000 nursing home residents who died in the wake of the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo administration’s March 25 directive that barred nursing homes from refusing people just because they had COVID-19. . . . One month to the day after the order was put in effect, April 25, Arbeeny died.”

THEY DON’T CALL HIM “FREDO” FOR NOTHING: Why Andrew Cuomo is falling on all fronts.

Then there’s his brother Chris, known as “the other Fredo.” Michael wouldn’t have gotten in this situation:

He could legitimately claim that the harassment allegations remain just that — if he himself hadn’t loudly insisted that due process wasn’t necessary in past cases, from the dubious accusations against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former Assemblyman Micah Kellner to the far more serious ones against late Assemblyman Vito Lopez and others.

More important, his dodging and distraction on the nursing-home scandal no longer work: Emerson found a full 45 percent of voters say he should resign now over his deadly handling of that issue.

His arbitrary use of his emergency powers — special low-capacity rules for city eateries only, setting bar- and restaurant-closing hours, insisting that even winery patrons order “substantial food” and so on, all with zero basis in science — also ate away at the public’s trust.

As for the Legislature: Cuomo’s made a lot of enemies over the years, from his cynical and deceptive handling of pay raises to his hard-knuckle manipulation of factions in both parties to his regular outmaneuvering of the angry left.

And now that he’s wounded and bleeding, those enemies no longer fear him.

It’s better to be feared than loved, until people don’t fear you anymore.

REMEMBER WHEN THEY TOLD US THINGS WOULD GET LESS CRAZY IN 2021?

NEVER TRUST A “MALE FEMINIST:” Cuomo’s alleged harassment “derailed” aide’s career, lawyer says.

“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared.” Who wouldn’t?

BUT OF COURSE. Earlier this year I purchased an expensive, fancy competition-oriented Sig. So now Sig has come out with a more expensive, fancy competition-oriented Sig.

SPOILER ALERT: SHE WASN’T THE VICTIM. Cop-Hating Portland City Councilor Involved in Hit-and-Run Accident. “PJ Media reached out to Hardesty’s office for comment, but the number listed on her city website is disconnected.”

WHY YOUNG PEOPLE are having less sex.

WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE ’21? White House curbs press, public access as Biden struggles with public demands of job.

A CNN report last month stated that the president regularly returns to his private residence at 7:00 p.m. each day and is “more of an early-to-bed type” than both Obama and Trump. Biden has thus far failed to host a single West Wing news conference, though the White House hosts daily news briefings.

The president became well-known over the course of his presidential campaign for having difficulties speaking publicly, so much so that the New York Times in 2019 ran a feature report on his struggles to give public addresses. A fifty-year veteran of Washington politics, Biden has logged hundreds and hundreds of hours of public speaking, where he has been known to make gaffes on occasion, such as his remark in 2007 that then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.”

His latest struggles, meanwhile, often appear less gaffe-like and more fundamental, such as at a recent Pentagon appearance when he struggled with teleprompter-fed words such as “Tuskegee,” “because of,” “defeated” and “dishonor.”

But no mean tweets, so there’s that.

LIVE IN FIVE… FOUR… THREE…‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ with Kruiser, Preston, VodkaPundit.

BRYAN PRESTON, JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE VET: ‘Seven Minutes of Horror’ – How the Mars Rover’s Batteries Survived Landing and Keep Perseverance Rolling and Flying.

And my latest is for our VIP supporters. WANTED: 8 Civilian Crewmembers for a Private SpaceX Flight Around the Moon.

I signed up for a (very small) chance at joining the crew.

SPOILER: IT’S THE SUN. Scientists locate source of hazardous, high-energy solar particles.

I HAD BEEN ASSURED VOTER FRAUD WAS A MYTH: Notary Arrested, Charged With Voter Fraud In Connection With Aberdeen Alderman Election.

In his ruling, the judge said that sixty-six of eighty-four absentee ballots cast in the June runoff were not valid and should never have been counted. Nicholas Holliday was declared the winner by a 37 vote margin. Robert Devaull challenged the results in court.

Judge Weill found many irregularities with absentee ballots. He issued a bench warrant for notary Dallas Jones, who notarized absentee ballots. During a hearing, Jones admitted violating notary duties.

“When you have an absentee ballot, there’s an envelope, you vote, fold the ballot, put it in an envelope, lick the flap, sign across the flap, then notary signs your election certificate, she testified that she didn’t sign in front of anybody, didn’t see anybody sign it, she just notarized it, just stamped them,” said Lydia Quarles, attorney for Robert Devaull.

In fact, Jones testified that she was called to the home of then Alderwoman Lady Garth in June to correct her father’s absentee ballot paperwork. While there, Jones testified she notarized “about 30 something ballots.”

The judge also found that 83 regular ballots were counted without being initialed by election workers.

Those are big numbers for a small election.

EBAY BANNING SALES OF NOW-FORBIDDEN DR. SEUSS BOOKS. This isn’t normal or reasonable and don’t let them gaslight you into thinking it is. This is warped and un-American and the people pushing it should be ashamed.

CAVEAT EMPTOR, SUCKERS, A RICK WILSON JOINT: After 3+ years, $65k in crowdfunding, Lincoln Project co-founder mum on promised anti-Trump film.

I’M SIGNED UP FOR STARLINK WHEN THEY OPEN UP IN MY AREA: SpaceX successfully launches 20th Starlink mission.

BLOOD ON BIDEN’S HANDS: SUV Crammed With 25 Migrants Crashes; at Least 13 Dead.

MORE EVIDENCE: Study reveals blood type may increase risk for COVID-19 infection.

A WORTHY CAUSE: Campaign raises repair funds for USS The Sullivans.

Park officials are now focused on raising $1 million needed for permanent repairs to the historic USS The Sullivans.

The plan to permanently repair the hull of the USS The Sullivans requires a full underwater team of divers that will apply an epoxy coating to the entire exterior hull of the ship. The process which creates a water-tight barrier that strengthens and protects the thin steel of the hull from further deterioration is expected to take 3-4 months to complete.

The Naval Park is now extending the All Hands On Deck campaign to Save the Sullivans with a goal of raising the $1,000,000 it needs to permanently repair the USS The Sullivans. Contributions can be made securely online at keepingourshipsafloat.org.

It’s a terrific museum ship in need of a little TLC.

TYLER COWEN: My history of manual labor.

Plus, his teenage insights on labor economics.

GOOD ADVICE: Go Back To Ignoring the CDC’s Impractically Cautious Guidance. “It’s important to keep in mind that the CDC has always urged people to follow impractically cautious health guidelines. For instance, the CDC currently recommends that men consume no more than two alcoholic drinks and that women consume no more than one drink, each day. The agency’s clear preference is for people not to consume alcohol at all. It recommends that all women who possess the capacity to be pregnant abstain from drinking entirely. It would be very funny, then, if the CDC suddenly published guidance that it was once again safe to flock to bars and restaurants. That’s not something the CDC believed, even in normal times. If COVID-19 vanished from the earth overnight, government health officials would still urge you to never eat raw cookie dough.”

I LIKE THE CUT OF HIS JIB: Mississippi Gov Fires Back After Biden Mocks Lifting Lockdowns As ‘Neanderthal Thinking.’ “Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Actually, it’s Neanderthals who probably would have tried to ward off sickness by relying on magical amulets. In limited circumstances, masks do a lot of good. In others, they’re no better than a bear-tooth necklace and a rattle. And the way masks are being treated these days, it’s more like the latter.

THE GUYS GET SHIRTS! Large Group Of Illegal Aliens Arrive At Border Wearing Brand-New ‘Biden, Please Let Us In’ T-Shirts. Who Is Paying For The T-Shirts?

If the stupid party™ had any brains at all, there’s a campaign ad here.

(Classical reference in headline.)

YEP, THAT’S CNN: CNN Tried to ‘Fact-Check’ Mike Pence’s Op-Ed. It Backfired.

MICHAEL BARONE ON THE DEMOCRATS’ POLICIES: Is there any reason to think this time will be different?

When public policies have produced disastrous results and when alternative policies have resulted in immediate, seemingly miraculous improvement, why would anyone want to go back to the earlier policies? Is there any reason to suppose that this time will be different?

Not that I can see. The earlier policies, a pullback from active policing and certain punishment and open-handed welfare system providing incomes for single mothers were put in place in the 1960s, within living memory for some of us. The intentions were good. It was a time of high hopefulness that America’s shameful history of racial discrimination and mistreatment was over.

The public accommodations and employment sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, controversial when passed, were more successful than even their most enthusiastic advocates dared to expect. The justifiably draconian measures of the Voting Rights Act of 1968 resulted almost immediately in full enfranchisement of black people.

Some sought more advances. As violent crime rates rose alarmingly among the blacks who had been streaming into cities for 25 years, prison populations actually declined and police in major cities were reined in. As national unemployment rates fell, births to unwed mothers and welfare dependency rose. In the decade from 1965 to 1975, violent crime and welfare dependency, both heavily concentrated among blacks, nearly tripled. Tripled.

For two more decades, crime and welfare dependency remained at the same high levels, sometimes zooming higher. Only with the work-required welfare reform of Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin and the active-policing pioneered by Rudy Giuliani in New York in the 1990s did the numbers come sharply down.

Left behind were central city neighborhoods with burnt-out houses and empty lots, empty and bombed-out storefronts, downtowns and entertainment districts abandoned and boarded-up.

Now it looks like we’re starting the same cycle again. The deaths of a suspect in Minneapolis last May led to a resurgence of “mostly peaceful” (which is to say, “often violent”) Black Lives Matter protests in cities across the country. An even sharper rise in murders than after Black Lives Matter emerged after the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, incident.

Murders were up about 30%, far above the previous record of 13% in 1968, with blacks eight times more likely than whites to be both perpetrators and victims. Police departments are being defunded, effective crime-stopping procedures banned, and criminal penalties are being reduced and low-dollar burglaries are left unprosecuted.

We know where such policies led before. Is there any reason this time will be different?

The explanation is that Democrats don’t care about the downsides to these policies, because they feel like the upsides offset them. So what are the upsides that they see?

I HAD HIM PEGGED AS THE VOLCANO LAIR-TYPE, BUT THIS IS COOL, TOO: Elon Musk Is Creating a City in Texas. It Will Be Called Starbase and It Will Be Ruled by ‘The Doge.’’

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Embarrassing! Biden Handlers Cut Him Off After He Offered to Take Questions.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: Who’s in charge of Presidentish Joe Biden’s White House?

Answer: We’d really like to know because it sure as hell isn’t Joe.

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

  • You’ll sleep better at night knowing the Cornell has decolonized the English Department or whatever they’re calling it now
  • Another nominee, another history of mean tweets
  • You will never believe what just happened at a Milwaukee Bucks game

Bonus Sanity: Enjoy Colorado “MeatOut Day” the Insanity Wrap way — with a giant ribeye.

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

GLORY HALLELUJAH FOR TEXAS!

Florida’s and South Dakota’s recent economic reopenings, engineered by popular Republican governors, preceded Texas’s without inspiring it. Reopening was coming anyway to Texas and its diversified, if pandemically pinched, economy. Immediately upon Abbott’s March 2 announcement neighboring Louisiana announced major loosening of its restrictions, and nearby Mississippi declared itself open for business. The loosening goes on even in Massachusetts, where Gov. Charlie Baker has opened restaurants to full capacity. Montana and Iowa have abolished face-mask requirements. This unmasking business has legs, whether the experts like it or not.

The love of democratic citizens for experts shouldn’t be overestimated. The nature of democracy is preference for or deference to popular wisdom, however unwise that wisdom may prove in action. It’s been a long time since this pandemic started. People are tired. People want to see, and relate to, each other. That’s human nature. The human nature-affirmers like Greg Abbott, with a little luck and sense of timing, are likely to come out way ahead of their castigators and vilifiers, Robert Francis (Beto) O’Rourke conspicuously included.

That’s all well and good, but leave it to America’s Newspaper of Record to suss out what Abbott is really up to: Texas Removes Mask Mandate To Scare All The Californians Away.

WAS THIS BEFORE OR AFTER HE ISSUED THE ORDER RESULTING IN THOUSAND OF UNNECESSARY NURSING HOME DEATHS? Cuomo Signed Law Lowering the Bar for Sexual Harassment. “’Love Gov’ likely liable under new standards.”

A SMALL MEASURE OF GOOD SENSE: Harvard Law School administration ignores demand to promise not to hire Trump alumni.

HOW THE WOKE STOLE CHILDHOOD:

One irony of this latest cancel-culture episode is that Geisel himself was a man of the Left, a progressive who opposed fascism, decried “red baiting” in the 1950s, and devoted an entire book to educating kids about the budding environmental movement of the early 1970s, as described in a 2011 article, “Dr. Seuss’s Progressive Politics.” With the outbreak of World War II, Geisel even put aside writing children’s books and worked as an editorial cartoonist for PM, a liberal New York newspaper published during the war and noteworthy for refusing to accept advertising so as not to compromise its values. Geisel’s cartoons from that era revealed a man who vigorously opposed fascism, steadfastly supported Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s prosecution of the war, and lambasted the president’s congressional opponents, especially Republicans.

When Geisel resumed writing children’s books after the war, it was with an eye toward shaping young minds. As entertaining as the Seuss books are, you don’t need to be a literary critic to see the messages in many of them. Horton Hears a Who!, a book about an elephant who persuades his neighbors to protect a small, vulnerable group of people known as the Whos, is seen as a “parable about protecting minority rights,” a plausible reading of a book by a man who, in a 1947 university lecture, urged writers to avoid racist stereotypes. In Yertle the Turtle, an arrogant king of his local pond is indifferent to the suffering of his subjects, who complain, “I know up on top / You are seeing great sights / But down at the bottom / We, too, should have rights.” The Lorax, adapted by Hollywood as both a TV series and a movie, tells the story of the Once-ler, a creature who finds and cuts down a precious tree to sell and is warned by the Lorax, who “speaks for the trees,” of the consequences of a business built on using up natural resources. Geisel himself called the book, published in 1971 in the wake of the first Earth Day, “propaganda.”

Not surprisingly, social media became a battleground over the family’s decision to cancel the six Seuss books. One defender of the move said that it was time for critics to “evolve.” But Geisel has hardly had that opportunity himself. The academic attack on him in Research on Diversity in Youth Literature includes a section on cartoons he published during his college years in the 1920s deemed anti-Semitic and anti-black. It apparently counts for nothing that, for the rest of his life, he pursued progressive causes, decried the targeting of Jews in Germany, criticized the segregationist policies of the U.S. armed forces during World War II, and became an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. The Geisel episode is further evidence that, these days, anything remotely suggesting an unacceptable opinion by twenty-first-century standards, issued at any point in an artist’s life, is sufficient cause for cancellation.

As Steve wrote of another leftist superstar of the ‘60s and ‘70s, “I’d just add that perhaps the saddest part about Woody Allen et al. is that they never understood they’d become disposable once they were no longer useful to the cause.”

MOST AMERICANS ARE MORE COGNIZANT THAN BIDEN: Most Americans Oppose Biden’s Order Destroying Women’s Sports.

NEW YORK: Bipartisan calls from NY students for Cuomo to step aside.

OPENING UP WITH A GATLING: U.S. Marines fire a Gun Aircraft Unit-17 (GAU-17) machine gun (minigun) from a UH-1Y Venom during a live-fire close-air support exercise in Somalia. Photo taken December 22, 2020. Here’s a side angle photo of a GAU-17 which provides a better view of the weapon. This Air Weapons update from 2015 has background data on the GAU-17.

A FEW WHO KNOW HISTORY ARE DETERMINED TO REPEAT IT: The Cancellation Of Dr. Seuss Should Disturb You, Because You’re Next. “America is entering its very own Mao-like Cultural Revolution. The iconoclasm of the left’s culture war isn’t a side effect, it’s the point.”

To grasp how a man known as much for his messages of tolerance as for his artistic genius could be canceled for racism, you have to understand what’s actually happening here. The left’s war on the past, on long-dead authors like Geisel, isn’t really about the past, it’s about the future. It’s about who gets to rule, and under what terms.

There’s a predictable pattern to what we’re seeing now. It’s predictable because it has happened before in much the same way it’s happening now. During China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and ‘70s, the Chinese Communist Party, at the direction of Mao Zedong, called for the destruction of the “Four Olds”: old customs, old culture, old habits, old ideas. All of these stood in the way of Mao’s socialist ideology, so they had to be destroyed.

Children and students were encouraged by the communist government to inform on their parents and elders, to shame and condemn them in public. The guilty were forced to recant in “struggle sessions,” during which they were mocked and humiliated, sometimes tortured, sometimes murdered. Before it was over, millions were dead.

Read the whole thing.

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Gov. Bill Lee’s bill to allow Tennesseans to carry guns without permits advances in legislature. “The legislation would allow for both open and concealed carrying of handguns for people 21 and older without a permit, as well as for military members age 18 to 20. It also increases punishments for certain gun crimes, such as boosting theft of a firearm from a misdemeanor to a felony and mandating six months of incarceration for the offense, up from the current 30-day sentence.”

STANDING UP AGAINST FRAUD: Georgia House Passes Omnibus Election Reform Bill.

Georgia’s House of Representatives passed an omnibus bill that would reform a range of election rules, including over absentee voting, voter ID for absentee voting, time limits for voting, and more.

The 66-page bill, HB 531 (pdf) passed the Republican majority chamber on a party line vote of 97-72 and is headed to the state Senate for further debate.

State Rep. Barry Fleming, a Republican, the main sponsor of the HB 531 bill, said that the proposal was designed to restore voters’ confidence in Georgia’s election system following the 2020 presidential election, which saw numerous allegations of voting irregularities and allegations of election fraud.

Separately, the GOP-majority Senate on Feb. 23 introduced its own version of an omnibus election reform bill, SB 241 (pdf) that has some overlap with HB 531. One difference is that the Senate bill would eliminate no-excuse absentee voting, something that has been allowed in Georgia since 2005, whereas the House bill would still allow no-excuse absentee voting.

I like the Senate bill.

ABUSING THE TROOPS: Nancy Pelosi’s Capital Pawns:

Have we really reached the point where National Guard soldiers in their third month of protecting the Capitol are poisoned with rotten food, worms and metal shavings and no one cares?

The contempt shown to these soldiers by their Washington, DC, masters is as sickening as the rancid slop they’ve been served.

Barstool Sports last week was the first to publish stomach-churning photos of raw chicken and beef, moldy bread rolls and rotten fruit, along with firsthand complaints from anonymous soldiers.

At least 50 soldiers were struck ill with “gastrointestinal complaints” after eating the meals and several required hospital treatment.

It’s not as if the troops are in a hardship posting like Afghanistan. Where is the respect?

It was bad enough when they were thrown out of the Capitol into a freezing garage in January.

These soldiers have left jobs and families to protect lawmakers in their nation’s capital, however ­politicized that duty is.

Do any lawmakers care about them? Sure a few members of Congress have huffed and puffed.

But no one will explain why they still are there, guarding a Capitol walled off by razor wire, other than as human props in a narrative concocted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Dems to traduce their political opponents.

Presuming upon the loyalty of troops you treat badly is a kindergarten-level error. Pelosi et al. want to turn America into a banana republic, but they aren’t even good at banana republicking. I suppose in a way that’s a positive sign.

INDUCEMENT TO RIOT: Under Biden Administration, Feds Dismiss Dozens of Charges Against Portland Rioters.

OLD AND BUSTED: California’s “Road Diet.”

The new hotness? California’s gas station diet: California City Bans New Gas Stations in Latest Climate Change Effort.

The goal of this policy is clear. By banning new gas stations, the City Council wants to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from driving gas-powered vehicles.

However, the opposite could actually occur. Why?

Well, the only reason new gas stations would be built in Petaluma is if businesses can observe a strong demand for additional gas stations in the area. Banning them from constructing new stations does not eliminate this demand. So, what could end up happening, ironically, is that more emissions are released as Petaluma residents have to drive farther to existing gas stations than they would have had to otherwise, or if they eventually have to start leaving the area to get gas.

Similarly, this law will artificially restrict the supply of gas in Petaluma—meaning that, as basic economics teaches, the price of gas will likely rise significantly. Higher fuel prices disproportionately hurt poorer citizens and strain household budgets.

Unexpectedly.

NICE, BUT…: Google says goodbye to individual user tracking.

Privacy-minded consumers are turning to privacy-minded browsers, and Apple’s mobile operating systems already have user anonymity built-in, so this looks more like a PR move than anything else. Or maybe a recognition of changing habits and concerns.

JAMES BOVARD: “What could possibly go wrong with sweeping the 2020 election controversies under the rug? Clues can be found in a recent report, ‘Elections: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan,’ produced by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).”

Plus: “Perhaps the real Afghan lesson is that there is no ‘guardian angel of democracy.’ Politicians permitting citizens to vote does not assure that election results will receive even a whiff of legitimacy. Once fraud or suspicions of fraud reach a certain level, any election winners will be suspected scoundrels. More than 15 years of corrupt elections in Afghanistan have resulted in a central government with little or no popular support or credibility.”

That can happen here. Kleptocrats, of course, don’t care.

Also:

Regardless of any Trump tweets to the contrary, U.S. election processes remain far more credible than Afghanistan’s. But last year’s election was the fourth U.S. presidential election since 2000 that was widely perceived as heavily tainted. When the Supreme Court voted last week not to hear cases challenging arbitrary changes in state election procedures, Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, “The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence.” Unfortunately, almost no one is talking of the peril of the “Afghanization” of American democracy.

Except Jim Bovard. Good piece.

BIDEN WILL BE TRUMP’S BEST SALESMAN: Top pollster: Trump’s agenda ‘more popular than ever.’

BECAUSE THEY’RE USELESS? Why didn’t Congress fund Operation Warp Speed? Because Pelosi didn’t want the Trump Administration to have a success?

VOTER FRAUD: THE CRIME THAT MUST NOT BE MENTIONED. Texas Justice Of The Peace And Three Others Arrested, Charged With 125+ Counts Of Voter Fraud.

(Classical reference in headline.)

LAW IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE, OR WHAT’S THE POINT OF BEING AN OLIGARCH? Facebook, Apple, Google do not obey the law. Lawmakers know it.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Democrats’ HR 1 Is a Force Multiplier for Election Fraud. “This is a dangerous, naked federal power grab that would put quite a few nails in the coffin of the good old Republic. It would also make it nigh on impossible to clean up any of the very real messes that need to be dealt with. Dealt with at the state level, that is. HR 1 is like using a machete to close up a wound that needs a tourniquet. It’s not a cure, it’s an exacerbation of the problem.”

IF THIS IS A REAL PANDEMIC, WHY DON’T ANY OF THEM ACT LIKE IT?  Migrants Crossing Border and Being Released Into the U.S. Test Positive for COVID.

JANE FONDA’S VIETNAM ACTIONS WERE WORSE THAN YOU THINK:

Back around the time Jane Fonda was giving aid and comfort to America’s Communist enemies in North Vietnam, yukking it up with anti-aircraft gunners who shot down our troops — I wonder if there are any laws against that sort of thing — she also headlined an anti-U.S.O. tour. Despising the actual U.S.O. for its policy of giving aid and comfort to American troops, Fonda went on the road with a hippie rebuttal to bolster the chances of the North Vietnamese Stalinists who, after the war turned out the way she wanted it to, forced 300,000 people into prison camps for reeducation. Fonda’s tour was called “F.T.A.,” and in the opening moments of the documentary of the same name, you can see her on stage with her pal and Klute co-star Donald Sutherland screaming out what it stood for: “F*** the Army.”

* * * * * * * *

The average starstruck Private Snuffy attending these shows might reasonably have surmised that Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland wanted him to shoot his superiors, refuse lawful orders, maybe even launch a mutiny. Doing any of these things would, of course, likely lead to a court-martial and imprisonment. Fonda says in the intro, “As I became involved in the GI movement, I started to understand its class significance.” Does she understand the class significance of rich Hollywood actors telling uneducated working-class kids to do stupid things that could ruin their lives? As usual when dealing with Bolshie Bourgies, the only connecting impulse is hatred of America. If American troops have to suffer for what they learn from Hollywood dopes, they’re just collateral damage in the larger war against America.

Read the whole thing.

BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES: CDC to release guide for life after vaccination—with normalcy still far off.

They’re incentivizing a “Why bother?” attitude towards vaccination.

SOMETIMES A STAGE IS JUST A STAGE: Left-Leaning Design Firm Takes Responsibility for ‘Nazi’ CPAC Stage.

FROM PAM UPHOFF:  Double Dragon.

Lieutenant Scarlet Magana was trained as ship’s crew, but it’s a good thing she also had dirt-side scouting training . . .

A distant planet. A damaged hyperspace colony ship. Lieutenant Magana and the rest of the crew discover that not only are they not the first arrivals . . . they may well be the third.

And then there are the dragons . . . and a serial killer.

REE. DISENFRANCHISING NON-EXISTENT VOTERS:  Why The Freakout Over Georgia Voting Bill Is Telling.

How dare you discriminate on the basis of ontological issues?  You h8ter, you.

INTERESTING:  KDHE orders Riley County to halt COVID vaccine distribution.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE:  KDHE threatened to withhold vaccines from Riley County.

Its shenanigans everywhere you look!

NOBLES HAVE PRIVILEGES:  House COVID Bill Includes Paying Federal Employees Up to $21K if Kids Have No School.

IF YOU HEAR DOG WHISTLES, YOU’RE THE DOG:  CPAC Stage Designer ‘Fesses Up.

MR. POLIS, TEAR DOWN THIS POINTLESS PANDEMIC COSPLAY:  In the Game of COVID Lockdowns, Blue States Lose Big.

THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES AND THROW BOULDERS:  We Need to Talk About Jason: Jason Sanford’s Writing, Underage Girls, Torturing Children and Child Abuse.

SERIOUSLY? IT GIVES KANGAROO COURTS A BAD NAME:  A Swamp Tale: The Bizarre Final Hours of ‘Impeachment Fail 2.0’.

I HAVE IT ON GOOD AUTHORITY DEFENDING THE BILL OF RIGHTS MAKES YOU A DANGEROUS TERRORIST:  Today’s blacklisted American: Non-profit blackballs student for daring to defend free speech.

ON ITS TAIL LIKE G-D AND HEINLEIN INTENDED:  The Starship has landed!

RUNNING IN POSSESSION OF OUR GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES RIGHT NOW:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Idiots.

March 3, 2021

EXPLODING AFTER THE LANDING IS PROGRESS: SpaceX launches and lands Starship prototype, which later explodes.

OPEN THREAD: What are you doing to make things better?

THE ARMED CAPITOL HILL INSURRECTION — THAT WASN’T: FBI Official Says No Guns Were Recovered During Capitol Riot Arrests.

I LOVE SPACEX BUT I’M GLAD THEY’RE FACING COMPETITION: Interview: A new rocket, Venus missions and more: Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck is aiming big in space.

THE GRAUNIAD: Equivalent of Covid emissions drop needed every two years – study.

Carbon dioxide emissions must fall by the equivalent of a global lockdown roughly every two years for the next decade for the world to keep within safe limits of global heating, research has shown.

But isn’t far too late for all that, when the Grauniad warned in January of 2009 that then-President Obama “has four years to save Earth?”

Earlier: Are you ready for the climate lockdowns?

I THINK IT WAS MORE THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE HYSTERIA THAN THE ACTUAL PANDEMIC: Teens’ Mental Health Took a Hit During Pandemic.

THE NEW YORK TIMES IS LOOKING FOR A DEPUTY OPINION EDITOR: For the sake of genuine diversity, I hope Ed Driscoll, Sarah Hoyt and Mark Tapscott will apply.

The NYT’s job description editor has a real sense of irony given the NYT’s now run by a cabal of woke scolds. Here’s one of the paragraphs describing the top talent the paper seeks.

We’re looking for an editor with a sense of humor and a spine of steel, a confident point of view and an open mind, an appetite for risk and exacting standards for excellence in writing and visual presentation. We’re looking for someone who wants to grow big ideas to make the world a better place, and to have fun doing it.

No, I don’t think this is Babylon Bee satire. Suggest you read the other verbiage — some of it is even funnier.

IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE GOVERNMENT, WE’D BE AT THE MERCY OF UNSAFE PRODUCTS: Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning.

A TRILLION HERE, A TRILLION THERE, PRETTY SOON YOU’RE TALKING REAL MONEY:  Stanford University panel on ethics puts price tag on slavery reparations:  $10 to $12 TRILLION.

HMM: Mercedes-AMG Confirms Higher-Performance GT Four-Door Hybrid.

CORRECTION: ONLY MOST EVERYTHING WRONG. Chris Cuomo Is Everything Wrong With the Media’s Coverage of Andrew Cuomo. “The brothers’ buddy-cop routine on CNN was a low point in the press’s fascination with the New York governor.”

Another correction: There will be lower points.

HE’S TOO SHAMELESS TO FEEL ANY EMBARRASSMENT: Cuomo WON’T Resign, Claims He’s ‘Embarrassed’ by Sexual Harassment Allegations.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: The Complete Guide to AR-15 Cartridges.

UGH: US Life Expectancy In 2020 Saw Biggest Drop Since WWII.

Life expectancy had been steadily decreasing since it reached its record peak of 78.9 in 2014, in large part due to increased drug overdose deaths, unhealthy lifestyles and suicides in the country. The CDC noted a decrease in drug overdose deaths in 2018, contributing to a higher life expectancy. Other factors include a 2.2 percent decrease in cancer deaths, as well as a decrease in unintentional deaths for the year.

Suicide rates are also continuing to rise, with a 1.4 percent increase between 2017 and 2018 in the country. The U.S. has perennially held one of the highest rates of suicide in the world.

But the pandemic added hundreds of thousands of deaths to the total and pandemic-driven restrictions have drastically weighed on future expectations.

The trendline was going the wrong way even before the lockdowns.

ABOUT THOSE INCREASING LGBT NUMBERS FROM GALLUP: Focus on the Family’s data meister, Glenn Stanton, writing in The Federalist, gets behind the numbers and turns up some interesting facts that cast a different light on the matter:

“Gallup’s report backs up this fact, showing that young adults today are more than three times more likely to report ‘being LGBT’ than even Gen Xers are. Gen Xers are certainly not so traditional that they would be reticent to admit any alternative sexual practices to pollsters or their peers.

“It is simply becoming increasingly fashionable to be seen as sexually experimental today, evidenced in the fact that 55 percent of those who told Gallup they were “LGBT” said they were bisexual. Most of those are coupled with opposite-sex partners when they do have a romantic partner.

“Queer advocates and their media partisans regularly tell us that ‘being LGBT’ is a normal, natural thing. But the data is beyond dispute that young people are far more likely to identify as being LGBT than are all other age groups. Also, that identity is often at odds with their actual sexual behavior, as evidenced by the fact that women who openly identify as lesbian tend to have stunningly high unwanted pregnancy and abortion rates.”

 

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Late Night Laughs at Cancel Culture Crushing Dr. Seuss, the Muppets. “Colbert and Meyers can’t see the dangers tied to erasing our cultural institutions.”

‘VIAL OF DEATH:’ Louis Farrakhan Pushes Vaccine Conspiracy Theories In Videos Posted On Facebook, Twitter.

And yet curiously, Farrakhan won’t get deplatformed for doing so.

NO BOYZ ALLOWED IN THE GIRLZ TREE FORT:  Biden’s new “Gender Policy Council” focuses  only on women’s issues.  But these days it’s boys and men who are struggling most. 

TO ASK THE QUESTION IS TO ANSWER IT: Why Does Big Tech Censor Conservatives And Not Terrorists?

OF COURSE, IT PROBABLY SENDS YOUR DATA BACK TO THE CCP: Review: DJI’s New FPV Drone is Effortless, Exhilarating Fun.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED:

● Shot:

Remember when Donald Trump’s administration incarcerated kids who had illegally crossed the Mexican border? That was literally fascism. These children-packed detention centres were ‘concentration camps’, said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Trump is taking the world ‘back to the 1930s’, said a breathless scribe at the Guardian.

Or how about when Trump dropped bombs on the Middle East? He was branded an insane warmonger. This is the imperial logic of his alt-right leanings, we were told. As for his administration’s targeting of Iranian forces – in particular Iran’s top military commander, Qasem Soleimani, killed by an American bomb in January last year – that was held up by some leftists and liberals as proof of just how deranged Trumpism had become. #WorldWar3 trended on Twitter. ‘Could tension between the US and Iran spark World War 3?’, asked one headline. Trump was always either embodying the evils of the Second World War or propelling humanity into a third.

—“So is Joe Biden a Nazi, too?,” Brendan O’Neill, Spiked, Yesterday.

● Chaser:

“They oversaw the design for the Biden Cancer Summit in 2018. The owner, Annie, is very liberal and was so excited for Biden’s victory. Great work conspiracy theorists.”

Are you listening, liberals? Your craziness got this liberal-run company canceled at a time when such companies probably are really hurting a lot. And now you’re linking a pro-Biden company that’s done work for Biden to a Nazi symbol. Good job. What a way to backfire.

—“Designer of CPAC Stage, Accused of Looking Like Nazi Symbol, Is Identified, Kicker Is Who They Are and For Whom They’ve Worked,” Nick Arama, RedState, today.

As Frank J. Fleming tweets, “Where do dummies get the idea that conservatives are pro-nazi? They hate nazis. They think the left are a bunch of nazis. And commies.” Well, national socialists and international socialists, to be precise.

IT’S GOING TO BE A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS WITH OR WITHOUT THE WUHAN VIRUS: Are Biden’s Border Rhetoric and Policies Creating a COVID Super-Spreader?

Related (From Ed): ICE locks Twitter account that alerted public of illegal immigrants freed by sanctuary cities.

THAT’S WHY I’M RESISTING FASTING: Belly fat resistant to every-other-day fasting: study.

MAYBE THEY OUGHT TO BRIEF HIM ON THE MEANING OF ‘PERVERSE INCENTIVES,’ INSTEAD: Biden to be briefed on need for 20,000 beds to cope with child migrant surge.

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