Friday, April 16, 2021

The Answer Seems To Be 'No'

Here's one that I was puzzling over yesterday, but I got the answer and learned my lesson.

Many of you will know that the big story for some time in Chicago has been the police shooting of a 13 year old Mexican boy. His mother says she loved him and all that, but he was out at 3AM and she hadn't seem him for several days. Who says school lockdowns save lives? Well, talk to the Chicago (government) Teachers Union about that. We know he wasn't doing his homework. He was out running around with a gun and was apparently nicknamed 'Li'l Homicide', whatever that means.

But then at a certain point the mother just shut up. Which suggests that she'd been threatened by a gang--at least that's the suggestion I came away with.

Anyway, the video of the shooting was finally released and some people thought that there'd be massive riots. I was skeptical--and so was Steve Sailer.

So, Will BLM Riot Over a Mexican Tonight in Chicago?


It will be interesting to see if there will be a riot over this, and if so, who will do the rioting? Does BLM think this is an example of evil White Supremacy that they care about. Or is it racist to say that “Mexican lives matter,” just like it is racist to say “all lives matter” (and unthinkable to say that “white lives matter”)?

Or do “Person of Color Lives Matter?”

And will Antifa in Portand and Seattle riot over Mexican lives mattering?

I’m clueless.


So the answer was, No. There was a small, actually (as opposed to 'mostly') peaceful protest in Millennium Park. That was it. Lesson learned.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

GOP Enthusiastic Over Nadler's SCOTUS Packing Bill

You can read some good coverage on this issue at Red State. Earlier on the first post today I linked to Thomas Lifson explaining why Nadler's surprise move is a sign of Dem desperation--they see continuing and even increasing disasters for the Zhou Baiden regime. That's the only rational explanation for not waiting for Zhou's "Commission" to even meet. At Red State Brandon Morse addresses this:

Dems Unveil Plan to Pack the Supreme Court but Republicans Can't Wait for Them to Try

The reason for GOP enthusiasm is totally obvious: This is an incredible surefire win for the GOP going into Election 2022. Pelosi has only two votes to spare in her House--will that fail? It just may, and that signals the type of existential desperation that Daniel McCarthy talks about:

The Democratic party is dying. That may be hard to believe since Democrats control both houses of Congress and won the last presidential election with a record 81 million votes. But the exiguous margins of their hold on the House and Senate, with fewer than 51 percent of the seats in either chamber, tell another story, as does the desperation of their struggle to abolish the filibuster and federalize election law.

Those policy aims are of a piece with dreams of packing the Supreme Court — and packing the Senate too, by admitting tiny Democratic bastions as new states. The left wing of the party even assails the constitutional principle behind the Senate itself, the idea of equal representation of the states.

Simply put, Democrats know they can no longer win by the old agreed-upon rules, constitutional or otherwise. ...

So, the Dem schemes, says McCarthy are a sign of weakness--not strength. Before you argue against him, consider that the polling is strongly against the Dems on this SCOTUS issue. The GOP would not be so openly elated if they didn't know this too:

Important: Amazon Reverses Some Book Bans

From the Christian Post via FR--Amazon reverses ban on book helping parents rescue kids from transgenderism after pushback:

The online retail giant blocked the book Desist, Detrans, & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult by Maria Keffler, the co-founder of the recently-formed Partners for Ethical Care, from being sold on its platform six days after its publication.

The book's removal comes on the heels of a similar move earlier this year when Amazon scrubbed scholar Ryan Anderson's book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, which had until recently been allowed on the platform since its initial publication in 2018. Last summer, Amazon also prohibited the publisher of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by journalist Abigail Shrier from purchasing ads to promote the book.

Keffler told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday that she wasn't surprised Amazon blocked her book, though she had hoped it would last longer than six days.

"We fully expected it to happen. We knew it was going to. We decided to launch it on multiple platforms because we expected it to be canceled. And so that's why we also put it on Smashwords as well as Lulu, a print platform," Keffler said.

Shortly after CP's interview with Keffler Wednesday, the author said that the online retailer sent her an email, which she shared with CP, explaining that the scrubbing of the book was an "error." The Kindle version went live and the paperback version should be reactivated soon. Amazon had previously told her that the book had violated their terms of service, which she challenged.

In a subsequent email to CP, Keffler said it was possible that "a calling and emailing onslaught may have affected the outcome" as "lots and lots of people were contacting Amazon to complain."

I checked at Amazon. When Harry Became Sally isn't available, but the other two are. There's more at the link.

The importance of this is a reminder to avoid defeatism. 

UPDATED: The Zhou Regime Blinks

It was pretty clear from the beginning that the Zhou Baiden regime's decision to use the hapless Ukraine to push Putin around and bend him to the Zhou regime's will was going to end badly. That seems official now. After all the belligerent rhetoric emanating from the Deep State someone--probably Putin--seems to have convinced the regime that they were painting themselves into a corner. Given that all the escalation was a result of mouthing off on the part of the Zhou regime directed at Russia, this is clearly a humiliating climb down. Ray McGovern covers this:

Baiden and Blinken Blink on Ukraine

President Zhou Baiden has now taken a waiver on the "unwavering", full-throated support that he, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had been giving to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The recurring "unwavering" meme was played right up until late Tuesday after Baiden’s telephone talk with Putin Tuesday.

Zelensky’ earlier profession was comedy. But what serious people saw in his decree three weeks ago (March 24) was a de facto declaration of war on Russia. With that decree, it became the official policy of Ukraine to take Crimea back from Russia. Kiev began to dispatch by rail tons of military equipment headed south and east. And Russia did the same – south and west to Crimea, and to the Donbass where armed clashes have increased between the Ukrainian regime and anti-coup-regime forces (dubbed "pro-Russian separatists" by western media) determined to preserve a degree of autonomy.

With strong rhetorical support from the U.S. and NATO, the Ukrainian regime seemed eager to let slip the dogs of war. Then someone – whether in Washington or Moscow, or both – apparently told Zelensky that "unwavering" rhetoric was not going to protect him from disaster, should he tweak too tightly the nose of the Russian bear. On April 9, Zelensky used his Facebook page to call off the dogs of war and stress the need to establish a new truce in the Donbass. Earlier that day the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces had said that the use of force to "liberate" the Donbass is unacceptable, since Ukraine "puts the lives of its citizens in first place", and civilian as well as military casualties would be massive.

That's rather remarkable, isn't it? The CinC of Ukraine's military made a public statement to the effect of: For God's sake, Zelensky, stop acting like a Neocon puppet because you do not have our support. Talk about being chopped off at the knees! Zelensky is revealed to the world as pretty much a president in name only. Not to put too fine a point on the matter, Ukraine itself is revealed--for anyone with any lingering doubts--to be a US puppet that's being manipulated by an incompetent or mad puppet master. The stuff about NATO? Please. They're simply the DC Deep State's poodle, but you can bet that they, too, were sending some borderline hysterical messaging to DC to back off.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Email Notifications

I just got this message from Google. As I understand it, beginning in July the email subscription/notification feature will no longer work. As a result, readers who use that feature will need to adjust:

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I haven't read further or "Learned How," so I'm not sure how or whether I'll address this

UPDATED: Is This One Way?

Fire, meet gasoline:

It's not totally clear to me how "historical inequities" enter into a police officer confusing their taser gun with their service handgun. Nevertheless, we now learn that the mayor of Brooklyn Center has found one way to immediately address "historical inequities"--or something like that:

Black City Manager Fired For Saying Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Deserves ‘Due Process’

Now, here's a thought. Is there a difference between an "historical" and an "historic" inequity--or can one incident be both? If the two are different, should they be treated differently--and if so why? Here's what I'm getting at.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

In Bull Durham News

You've probably seen some of the stories that are floating around about Bull Durham. He's issuing subpoena's to Brookings--OMG! He's suspicious about the FBI's turning a blind eye to Chris Steele's use of Igor Danchenko as a primary source--Holy Cow!

If this excites you, I recommend Shipwreckedcrew's article:

Russian Hoax Prosecutor John Durham Issues Subpoena to Democrat Party Think Tank "Brookings Institute"

For my money, I'm still not impressed. SWC notes--way at the end of his article:

The continued use of information from Danchenko has always been a huge “red-flag” problem in my review of the FBI’s conduct.  There was simply too much information known to the FBI by December 2016 and January 2017 to press forward with the investigation while continuing to rely on earlier judgments that there was some substance to the Russia Hoax allegations.

Guess what? That information was also known to IG Michael Horowitz very early on in his investigation. Did Horowitz really just sit on that information until his report came out in December, 2019--no heads up to Bull Durham or Bluto Barr? I find that hard to believe. Anyway, what stood in the way of the incredibly competent and legendarily aggressive Dynamic Duo finding out that really basic information on their own? Nothing that I can think of. For example, couldn't they have asked Kevin Clinesmith about sources for the Dossier? Or any of several other FBI employees? And yet ...

Durham didn't issue a subpoena to Danchenko's employer, the Brookings Institute, until ... December 2020? A year after Horowitz's report came out? Puh-leeze! Look--if that had been my case I would have served Brookings with a subpoena for all documentation regarding Danchenko the day after I found out he was Steele's source--maybe even the same day. From where I'm sitting, none of this passes the sniff test. Were they investigating or were they not? What's so hard about issuing subpoenas for documents? Delays due to Covid? What BS. And now SWC thinks that Durham will try to flip Danchenko? Sounds to me that, now, in 2021, Durham is just getting started. So what was all the BS Barr was putting out about the supposed investigation?

ADDENDUM: Yeah, I can see this:

Also this:

It's just so hard for me to believe at this point that Durham is really trying to get the big story out. We all know what it was about, and it's taken Durham over a year to get just very, very basic records? C'mon, man!

Conrad Black's Tour de Force

Today Conrad Black has an outstanding take-down of the WSJ's foolish anti-Trump editorial (on Friday). The WSJ editorial is titled "The GOP's Trump Problem"--see, Trump is the problem. Black responds with some heavy artillery of his own:

The GOP’s Trump Solution

At some point, the former Republican establishment will have to familiarize itself with the consequences of being defeated by Donald Trump within its own party.

Black covers a lot of ground. I'll try to summarize the main points, while urging readers to follow the link--you won't regret it. Black talks turkey, explains the facts of political life in lucid terms.

Black's basic thesis is that the WSJ has things exactly backwards. Trump is not the problem for the GOP. Rather, the Never Trumps are the problem. Trump had a remarkably successful term, especially in light of the constant betrayals and the concerted Dem and Deep State assault on our constitutional order. The reality, contrary to the WSJ's view, is that Republicans want more of the Trump agenda--whether led by Trump himself or by a Trump approved proxy. In fact, the disastrous start and likely deepening national crisis we are experiencing under the Zhou Baiden regime (whoever or what cabal actually is pulling the strings) favor this solution for the GOP, in Black's view:

Who's Afraid Of Covid?

Spoiler: It's young people.

It's a Covid day, and this story from the Epoch Times (which I picked up through Zerohedge) is rather fascinating. The article is based off a YouGov poll that you can read about here. What the Epoch Times author did was to inquire into what lies behind the seemingly contra indicated results of the YouGov poll:

Why Young Adults Are The Most Scared Of COVID, Even Though They Are The Least At Risk

Back when I was in the waning years of my working life, we old timers (I was in my 50s then) were constantly being told that the Bureau would be hiring large numbers of "computer savvy young people" to lead the FBI into the brave new digital world of law enforcement. I was pretty unimpressed with these supposedly "computer savvy" youngsters--their savviness usually extended to using electronic gadgets like cell phones, but did not extend to critical analysis of the vast amounts of data made available on the internet. Nor was I able to see much interest in learning. It was old timers who seemed more interested in the implications of understanding how data is collected and used.

Sorry if I bored you with that, but it seems to play into the YouGov results. Here's what YouGov found:

UPDATED: Briefly Noted: Covid, Covid, Covid!

COVID: So while making coffee just now I listened to CBS radio announcing that states have been asked to "pause", i.e., stop, giving the Johnson & Johnson vax. A limited number of people have dropped dead as a result of blood clots associated with the injection. I presume that this will lead non-brain dead people to reconsider participating in a vast experiment that involves injecting untested substances into their bodies.

COVID: That's especially true given that study after study has demonstrated that 1) for most people Covid presents just about "zero" risk (that's a quote from Stanford's Dr. John Ioannidis) and 2) there actually are effective medical treatments. Speaking of which, a Canadian firm has come up with an anti-viral nasal spray--they liken it to a hand sanitizer for your nose. This is it:

'REVOLUTIONARY' Nasal spray kills off 99.99 per cent of Covid virus, new research shows'

The active agent is nitric oxide, which is well known as an antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, vasodilator, immuno-modulator, wound healing promotor. It was discovered by Dr. Ferid Murad, who won a Nobel (1998) for his part in the research. I confidently expect Murad's reputation to be totally trashed, now that he's gotten himself involved in developing a cheap, safe, easy to use, highly effective medical treatment for Covid. That's the way things work now, right? Anyone who suggests using known antiviral agents that are cheap and safe are smeared as quacks. We cherish our pandemic.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Briefly Noted: Margot Cleveland Shares My Hope

Today Margot Cleveland reviews the SCOTUS decision on Free Exercise of religion in Tandon v. Newsom. Yesterday we discussed Shipwreckedcrew's views on the case. SWC noted the emergence of what seems to be a solid five vote majority on the SCOTUS that 

1) favors a robust application of the Free Exercise clause and 

2) has run out of patience with CJ Roberts' go-slow approach.

I concluded by expressing the hope that the Tandon decision signals a shift in basic attitudes on the part of the SCOTUS with regard to conflicts between guaranteed constitutional rights and state regulation:

To speculate a bit on equally broad issues, I wonder whether this get tough approach when it comes to the First Amendment v. State regulation may presage an openness to reexamining the entire notion of judicial deference to the supposed "expertise" of the administrative state. We know that Gorsuch's views on that subject--and I believe the same applies to Justice Amy--were key to his nomination. In point of fact, all three of the other justices in the majority--Thomas, Alito, and Kavanaugh--seem open to that reexamination to one degree or another. That would be major good news.

You can find Cleveland's fine discussion of the case here:

Briefly Noted: 'Brown Bagging It' Takes On A New Meaning

Not long ago I did a post on the phenomenon of government checks stimulating gun sales. Today we get further confirmation in an article from the Chicago Sun Times:

One factor in rising gun sales in Chicago? Cash from coronavirus relief checks

Interestingly--but entirely predictably--whereas the weapon of choice in the past used to be "Saturday Night Specials", often .22 revolvers, the criminal element appears to have gone in for upgrading their armory, using their stimulus checks for that purpose. I've seen stories on shootings now that feature fairly upscale 9mm guns in unexpected situations.

I was bemused, however, to read about the new meaning to be attached to the familiar phrase "brown bagging it":