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From Breitbart.  Someone studied their history.

U.S. Bishops Urge Shift in Focus from Skin Color to Character
The leader of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (USCCB), Los Angeles Cardinal José Gomez, lamented Friday that unfortunately, in America it is still true that skin color often matters more than the “content of our character.”

“For much of the past year, America has been reckoning with the legacy of slavery and the persistence of racial injustice in our country,” Archbishop Gomez said in his January 15 said in his January 15 message for Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“Sadly, it is still true that the ‘color of our skin’ often matters more in our society than the ‘content of our character,’ as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., said a half-century ago,” the archbishop noted.

As Rev. King said in his 1967 speech “Where Do We Go from Here?”: “Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout ‘White Power!’—when nobody will shout ‘Black Power!’—but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power.”

But that would put all the race hustlers, warlords and poverty pimps out of work.  Can't have that now can we (paging the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson - Reverends Sharpton and Jackson to the White Courtesy Phone please).

A long essay but the more you read, the more you can see where we are today and how we got here.
From New Discourses:

Psychopathy and the Origins of Totalitarianism
Many of the greatest horrors of the history of humanity owe their occurrence solely to the establishment and social enforcement of a false reality. With gratitude to the Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper and his important 1970 essay “Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power” for the term and idea, we can refer to these alternative realities as ideological pseudo-realities.

Pseudo-realities, being false and unreal, will always generate tragedy and evil on a scale that is at least proportional to the reach of their grip on power—which is their chief interest—whether social, cultural, economic, political, or (particularly) a combination of several or all of these. So important to the development and tragedies of societies are these pseudo-realities when they arise and take root that it is worth outlining their basic properties and structure so that they can be identified and properly resisted before they result in sociopolitical calamities—up to and including war, genocide, and even civilizational collapse, all of which can take many millions of lives and can ruin many millions more in the vain pursuit of a fiction whose believers are, or are made, sufficiently intolerant.

And a bit more - two root causes.  Here, a classic example of the first is Adolph Hitler and of the second? Today's liberals - the product of our educational system after it has been corrupted by the liberal teachers who flocked to it in the 1970's - the long march through the institutions.  This work has been reinforced by the complicit media (another target). They did their work well and we are all now reaping the harvest.

Only two propositions are needed to understand this ladder exists from a single deluded person with a small cult around him to a massive and devastating political movement. The first is simpler: it is that otherwise psychically, emotionally, and intellectually healthy people can be manipulated into pathologies in these domains. That is, such a ladder exists because pseudo-realists are sometimes able to persuade people that the presumptions underlying their pseudo-real construction provide a better read on reality than others, which obviously happens all the time. Cults arise and can grow quite large.

The second is that cults can become ideological, and, more specifically, Utopian. This also happens with some documented frequency, especially in situations where some oversimplification of how to arrange the entire social order in which we all live takes on a glorious vision with a Utopian endpoint—literally, nowhere, in the original Greek (there are no Utopias, only dystopias). A reliable symptom that this is occurring is a vision over a very long time period (often a millennium), after which time all social ills will be cured, that nevertheless requires a revolution in the here and now to begin. These cults of pseudo-reality are very dangerous and threaten us and our civilizations even today.

Much more at the site.  A good psychological explanation and James presents some tools on how to recognize this and how to refute it. The 120+ comments are worth reading as well. Good stuff...

Study your history

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There is a lot of good stuff there - which is why the left is trying so hard to erase it.  This for example:

“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Memes - four of them

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From Woodsterman:

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The Streisand Effect - publishing

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Someone got lucky. From the New York Times:

With ‘I Hate Men,’ a French Feminist Touches a Nerve
If it hadn’t been for a man, Pauline Harmange’s literary debut, “I Hate Men,” might have gone unnoticed.

The feminist essay, which makes a case for shunning men as a legitimate defense mechanism against widespread misogyny, was initially published in French by the nonprofit press Monstrograph. It only printed 400 copies. On the day it was released last August, however, an employee of France’s ministry for gender equality, Ralph Zurmély, emailed Monstrograph from his government account.

The book was obviously, he wrote, “an ode to misandry.” Zurmély, who hadn’t read the book, likened it to “sex-based incitement to hatred,” and concluded: “I ask that you immediately withdraw this book from your catalog, subject to legal prosecution.”

The threat backfired. No sooner was it made public than “I Hate Men” became a cause célèbre in the French news media — and brought attention to misandry, the dislike or mistrust of men, as a social phenomenon. Since Monstrograph couldn’t keep up with demand, a major French publisher, Seuil, won a bidding war to reprint the book, which has sold 20,000 copies since. The translation rights for 17 languages have been sold. In the United States, HarperCollins will release “I Hate Men,” translated by Natasha Lehrer, on Jan. 19.

The Streisand Effect? From Infogalactic:

The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. It is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware something is being kept from them, their motivation to access the information is increased.

It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose 2003 attempt to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California, inadvertently drew further public attention to it. Similar attempts have been made, for example, in cease-and-desist letters to suppress numbers, files, and websites. Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity and media extensions such as videos and spoof songs, often being widely mirrored across the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks.

Heh, yeah.  Best way to boost publication is to have it banned somewhere. I hope that she celebrates her fifteen minutes and invests the proceeds wisely.  It will be interesting to see how her second book sells.

One of the good things about censorship

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The primary good thing is that they have revealed themselves for what they are and for where their allegiances lie. They did this before Biden has been inaugurated - who knows what might happen.  Even if we do have to suffer through four years of communism, our Nation will come to its senses and recover in 2024.

The side effect of this is also wonderful - from America's Newspaper of Record - The Babylon Bee:

Conservative Mental Health Up 300% After They All Get Banned From Twitter
A recent report from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) revealed a huge spike in mental wellbeing among one segment of the American population—the tens of thousands of conservatives who were kicked off of Twitter last week. The report showed increases as high as 300% for those who are no longer engaging on the Orwellian social media platform.

“For years we knew Twitter wasn’t great for mental health, but we didn’t think it was this bad,” said NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon. “Some of these people are showing levels of good mental health that we’ve never even seen before.”

Users whose accounts were shut down only took a few days to experience the benefits of their newfound freedom.

“At first I was upset,” said Chet Bradman, one of many right-leaning Americans de-platformed by Twitter. “But after a few days, I realized how much better my life was. The sun was brighter, the birds’ songs were more beautiful. I just wish Twitter would have overstepped its reach and shown its true colors on free speech years ago.”

While the NIMH report is available to the public, Twitter, Google, and Facebook are doing their best to suppress the information in an attempt to keep users under their control and keep Americans in a toxic state of mental health.

And speaking of Orwellian - this has been making the rounds:

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Sadly true. 1984 was supposed to be a cautionary tale and not an instruction manual.

UPDATE Below:
From The Daily Caller:

PBS Fires Former Employee Following Project Veritas Video Exposing ‘Hateful Rhetoric’
PBS is distancing itself from a former employee featured in a Project Veritas video who appeared to defend violent attacks on the White House, proposed re-education for the children of President Donald Trump supporters, and praised the COVID-19 deaths of GOP voters.

And of course, a re-writing of the facts was done:

“This employee no longer works for PBS,” a PBS spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “As a mid-level staff attorney, he did not speak on behalf of our organization, nor did he make any editorial decisions.”

'Scuse me?  "mid-level staff attorney"  -  Michael Beller was not a mid-level staff attorney, he was Principal Council for PBS.  Talk about a Stalinist revision of history. Of course, Part Two is going to be released tomorrow.  Should be fun. Again, it is our tax dollars that pay for these people.  They need to have their budget cut by 30% and have their offices moved to Topeka, Kansas. That would be a good start.

UPDATE: Project Veritas released the video - this guy is a real piece of work. So full of himself:

Also, this putz is a perfect example of what will happen. He will be very publicly fired. Some business adjunct to PBS will quietly hire him in about a week or two at the same or slightly higher salary.  After about six months, he will reappear at PBS with a better job description and a much better salary and benefits package. They do this all the time.  They need a "fall guy" but they make sure that he is well compensated for his stupidity.  Accountability? Do not make me laugh.

An Earth-shattering Ka-Boom

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Mark Levin spent the first 10 minutes of his show excoriating Paul Farhi, the reporter in this story: As the long march continues - talk radio

The memo is a complete and total fabrication and has been picked up by the usual suspects (NYT, etc...)

His show is on now but he offers them as a podcast for later listening at his site: Mark Levin Show - if you are not familiar with him, this would be a great introduction.  He was in fine form tonight...

Earth-shattering Ka-Boom? Marvin the Martian of course.

Two memes and a photo

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First, two memes from the internet:

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And then, this photo has been making its way around the internet - Mark Cook and it was supposedly taken at a Sacramento, CA warehouse:

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The Made in China stamp gives me the blue-blind paralytic willies.  Even if Dominion was totally up-and-up (choking down laugh here), having the machines manufactured in China is a big red flag. Literally.  Dominion might have sent plans, specifications, code and such over there but there is zero guarantee that the received machines match those specs 100% - a secret back door somewhere? Hmmmm? So easy to do and do hard to check for. If this was an innocent mistake on Dominions' part, they are patsies and fools of the highest order.

Eaton Rapids Joe hits it out of the park this morning - here it is in full:

Joe and Jill went up the Hill
It is over.

I intend to spend today taking pictures of full shelves at the grocery store and prices. Prices of gasoline at gas stations, footwear, loaves of bread, winter coats...you know, the luxuries of life. I intend to post those pictures on the blog.

It might be a novelty to see gasoline for less than $2.00 a gallon and full shelves in two and four years.

But for the young people, it will quickly become "normal" and they will call me a liar when I claim it was so.

A good idea - I will be doing this too.  He is one of my daily reads - excellent observation and writing.

Alea iacta est

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From Infogalactic:

Alea iacta est ("The die is cast") is a Latin phrase attributed by Suetonius to Julius Caesar on January 10, 49 BC as he led his army across the River Rubicon in Northern Italy. With this step, he entered Italy at the head of his army in defiance of the Senate and began his long civil war against Pompey and the Optimates.

A civil war that Caesar won although he was assassinated shortly after becoming "dictator in perpetuity" of the Roman Empire.

The four horsemen

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Slightly updated: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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A very good analysis - Office Space

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We are nice.  Until we're not. From Black Pilled.

35 minutes but excellent. Use the little gear option and run the playback speed up to 1.5 and it is perfect.

So true - the perpetually aggrieved

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The triggered. The offended. From Knuckledraggin'

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Just wow - go here and read - China

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A long essay but an incredibly good one.  Dan is able to communicate the thinking of the Chinese government.
Long but well worth reading to understand current events and how they might unfold - from Dan Wang:

2020 letter
I. Inspiration
It’s difficult to identify a great economic reason to explore space. There are easier ways to extract minerals, doing anything at all is terribly expensive, and Mars is a hard place to make a living. The benefits of space exploration are instead mostly inspirational. Few other human activities are so grand to captivate the imagination, and doing these uneconomic projects have pulled forward technological capabilities that may otherwise have languished.

It’s difficult to identify a great economic reason to practice socialism. Its historical results have ranged from catastrophic misallocation of talent at best to mass deaths at worst. But socialism still retains appeal to broad segments of many populations, which shows that it has considerable inspirational value. For better or for worse, there are still many advocates for the creation of some form of a more equal society.

This year, I read every issue of Qiushi (translation: Seeking Truth), the party’s flagship theory journal, whose core task is to spell out the evolving idea of socialism with Chinese characteristics. For those not familiar, Qiushi reads like a cross between the New Yorker and the Federal Register. Published twice a month, the magazine features lengthy essays, thick pages, and some of the finest writers in the party. Each issue starts in the same way: a reprint of a speech or essay by Xi Jinping—in a font distinct from the rest of the magazine’s—and then commentary and reports from the rest of the party state. Accompanying pictures feature either the country’s leaders making inspections, scenes of the people, or major pieces of infrastructure and heavy industry.

Its audience? People with nothing better to do than read the party center’s commentary (like retired cadres), or those who are keenly interested in Beijing’s priorities, like local officials. Reading party speeches with its various annexes and cross references echoes my main professional activity these days. That is the study of the US sanctions regime—namely Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations and Treasury’s IEEPA-based authorities. Party speeches and US regulations are both made up of arcane, formal language that make references to more obscure texts, which themselves hint at still more distant and terrible truths. US sanctions lawyers, I suspect, can have a splendid time with Qiushi.

Steady engagement with the journal throughout the year has forced me to think more deeply about the Chinese Communist Party. There are many things that Xi wants to do, I believe that his most fundamental goal is to make this Marxist-Leninist party an effective governing force for the present century. His patient work to reshape the bureaucracy are aided by a distinctive feature of the Chinese system: the use of propaganda to create centralized campaigns of inspiration. Some of Xi’s efforts have borne fruit: the country’s governance capabilities have markedly improved, a trend that is observable in daily life. At the same time, the state has grown much more repressive. A focus on repression shouldn’t neglect the improvement in the country’s institutional and commercial strengths; and appreciation of this improvement ought to be tempered by the party center’s growing mania for control.

And this is barely scratching the surface.  The English Language website of Qiushi  can be found here: CPC Central Committee Bimonthly - Qiushi

I would expect that this version has been someone "laundered" for Western sensibilities.

Those who cannot remember the past...

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...are condemned to repeat it.   George Santayana

History never repeats itself but it rhymes.   attrib. Mark Twain

So many people take on the mantle of famous figures from the past without bothering to learn the real story.
Case in point - from The American Conservative:

A Lesson From Robert E. Lee
There once was a general who fought a war to protect slavery. That’s not how he would have described it. He would have said he was fighting to protect his way of life from a foreign invader. Whatever construction he put on it, his so-called way of life rested on the sweat wrung from forced labor on plantations and gold earned from buying and selling black flesh.

That general was Samori Touré. The West African chieftain is honored today by black nationalists for resisting French imperialism in the Mandingo Wars of the late nineteenth century, but thousands of Africans were enslaved by Samori’s raiders in the course of building up his empire. After his final defeat in 1898, for more than a decade, columns of refugees tramped into French Guinea to return to their home villages as they escaped or were liberated from Banamba or Bamako or wherever Samori’s men had sold them.

Ta-Nehisi Coates named his son Samori, after the great resister. That means that Between the World and Me, the best-selling anti-racist tract of the current century, which takes the form of letters from Coates to his son, is addressed to someone named after a prolific enslaver of black Africans.

History is complicated, isn’t it?

I always find it amusing when "black power" agitators take a muslim name and convert.  They are assuming the identity of those barbarians (and I am using the term quite correctly) who enslaved their ancestors and sold their ancestors to the slave traders in the first place.  And also, not to forget that it was only 30% of the slave trade that made it's way to America. The other 70% was to French and Spanish interests in the Caribbean and South America. History is indeed complicated.  There is not one narrative that can be pushed through the media.  History is a complicated sticky mess. On the plus side - this makes for a fascinating study.  On the minus side - people looking for a quick narrative will often cherry pick a few bright and shiny points of interest to bolster their narrative and are later surprised to know that they were rooting for the wrong side all along.

A great line - from a great article

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Don Surber on what passes for "edgy" humor these days:  What happened to fun, America?

His whole post is well worth reading but he distills it down into one short sentence right here:

In the 1970s, we had one late night host. He was funny. Now we have 7 hosts. They aren't as funny because they make angry affirmative action hires.

As the meme says: Change my mind.

100 Tips For A Better Life

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Like it says on the box - from Conor Barnes at ideopunk

A really well thought out collation.  Here are ten that caught my eye:

1 .If you want to find out about people’s opinions on a product, google <product> reddit. You’ll get real people arguing, as compared to the SEO’d Google results.

18. Keep your desk and workspace bare. Treat every object as an imposition upon your attention, because it is. A workspace is not a place for storing things. It is a place for accomplishing things. 

25. History remembers those who got to market first. Getting your creation out into the world is more important than getting it perfect.

35. Noticing biases in others is easy, noticing biases in yourself is hard. However, it has much higher pay-off. 

57. There are two red flags to avoid almost all dangerous people: 1. The perpetually aggrieved ; 2. The angry.

58. Some people create drama out of habit. You can avoid these people.

59. Those who generate anxiety in you and promise that they have the solution are grifters. See: politicians, marketers, new masculinity gurus, etc. Avoid these.

73. In relationships look for somebody you can enjoy just hanging out near. Long-term relationships are mostly spent just chilling.

79. When dating, de-emphasizing your quirks will lead to 90% of people thinking you’re kind of alright. Emphasizing your quirks will lead to 10% of people thinking you’re fascinating and fun. Those are the people interested in dating you. Aim for them. 

92. You have vanishingly little political influence and every thought you spend on politics will probably come to nothing. Consider building things instead, or at least going for a walk. 

Some really good thoughts there.

2020's advice to 2021

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Fun with apple juice

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A Russian prank from Woodsterman:

Funny if it weren't true:

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It is just as simple as that...

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From 90 Miles:

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Incredible essay at New Discourses:

The University as the Woke Mission Field: A Dissident Women’s Studies Ph.D. Speaks Out
I have a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, but I’m not woke anymore. I write under a pseudonym because, if my colleagues were to find out about my criticisms of this field, I would be unable to find any employment in academia. That someone who critiques the axioms of a field of study feels compelled to write under an assumed name tells you everything you need to know about the authoritarianism underpinning this ideology. I no longer believe that the fundamental ideas of Women’s Studies, and of Critical Social Justice more generally, describe reality; they are at best partial explanations—hyperbolic ideology, not fact-based analysis. I have seen this ideology up close and seen how it consumes and even destroys people, while dehumanizing anyone who dissents.

I’m sad to say it, but I believe that Critical Social Justice ideology—if not beaten in the war of ideas—will destroy the liberal foundation of American society. By liberal I mean principles including, but not limited to, constitutional republican government, equality under the law, due process, a commitment to reason and science, individual liberty, and freedom—of speech, of the press, and of religion. Because Critical Social Justice ideology is now the dominant paradigm in American academia, it has flowed into all other major societal institutions, the media, and even corporations. Far from being counter-cultural, Critical Social Justice ideology is now the cultural mainstream. A diverse spectrum of liberals, libertarians, conservatives, and all others who, to put it bluntly, want the American constitution to continue to serve as the basis for our society have to team up to prevent this ideology from destroying our country.

It is long but just go there and read.  The author summarizes her entry into College in 2000 and her gradual "wokeness" and then how the curtains fell from her eyes.  She sees the indoctrination and intolerance for what it is. A tyranny of ideas.

A song for 2020 - soon to be over

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Says it all:

The Best Presents

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I miss Calvin and Hobbes

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Back when men and women walked the Earth (and the Moon):

Quite the difference - two Christmases

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The White House 2009 and 2017:

And another one

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This one is from Vanderleun's back channel: Ka-ching:

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Heh - spot on

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From Woodsterman:

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Perfect for the tree

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The pandemic - a report form Holywood

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Some interesting news from The Hollywood Reporter:

Hollywood Boulevard Struggles Amid Pandemic: "75 Percent Is Boarded Up"
Hard-hit by the pandemic, the iconic street struggles amid a plunge in tourism and the months-long shuttering of theaters and other draws: "I don’t know what we're going to do."

On a street typically lined with superheroes and Disney characters, Batman, with precious few tourists to greet, sits on a quiet corner doing crunches.

This is Hollywood Boulevard today, nine months into the pandemic-induced shutdown that has stripped the tourist destination of its usual 10 million annual visitors who clamor to take photos with costumed street performers and pose with their favorite celebrity's star.

"The pandemic has canceled what I do for a living," says another street performer, Mark Roman, who for the past six years has worked on the boulevard as Captain America and Reno 911!-inspired Lieutenant Frank. He has not busked since COVID-19 hit, partly because he cannot naturally incorporate a mask into his costume. "I don't know how I'm going to financially survive," says Roman, who has attempted to replace the money he once made from tips with background acting gigs and personalized videos on Cameo, "but I'm trying to figure it out."

All of this for nothing.  This is not a public health issue, this is a political issue.

The media may not have noticed

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But the rest of us certainly did - from the New York Post:

Obama trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes — lefty media didn’t notice
The words leap out and grab you. Former President Barack Obama characterizes no other world leader in anything like the terms he reserves for former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

In his recent memoir, Obama tells us that Sarkozy is a “quarter Greek Jew.” Little wonder, then, that Sarkozy has “dark, expressive, Mediterranean features,” which resemble the exaggerated, often distorted figures “of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting.”

Little wonder, too, that he is “all emotional outbursts and overblown rhetoric,” while his conversation, which reflects unbridled ambition and incessant pushiness, “swoops from flattery to bluster to genuine insight.”

One might have thought Obama was deliberately directing at Sarkozy the insults notoriously hurled at Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), the first person of Jewish birth to become Britain’s prime minister. The colonial administrator Lord Cromer said of Disraeli that he was driven by “a tenacity of purpose” that was “a Jewish characteristic.” With his swarthy, “Oriental features,” Disraeli was consumed by an “addiction” to the “passionate outbursts” and “excesses of flattery” that were the hallmarks of his “nimble-witted” race.

And the author is just getting started.  Lots of examples and history.  We The People could see it very clearly but the mainstream media? The fellow travelers?

. . . crickets . . .

Not even the Rose Bowl is safe. From CBS Sports:

College Football Playoff relocates Rose Bowl semifinal to Dallas amid COVID-19 concerns, attendance policy
With local and regional health statutes preventing fans from being in attendance, the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl has been moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The move, announced Saturday evening by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, is a result of a "growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California along with the inability to host player and coach guests at any game in California."

The semifinal will still be played on Jan. 1, two days after the Cotton Bowl, but it's unclear whether it will still be called the "Rose Bowl". Unlike other college football postseason games, the Rose Bowl is a part of the Master License Agreement and co-owned by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the City of Pasadena.

If it does maintain the Rose Bowl moniker, it will be the first time it has not been played in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl Stadium since January 1942 on the heels of the Pearl Harbor attack.

I am waiting for the pushback to reach critical mass.  It is coming - I can feel it in the wind.

From The Coney Island Blog:

NYC Restaurants to Ban Cuomo from Dining
According to bar owner Larry Baird “ He can eat at some shitty roadside diner outside of Albany but he will not be served anywhere in New York City, known universally as the world’s greatest dining destination! If he has to use the restroom he can go pee on my street-corner! That’s what he wants anyway!”

Former life long Coney Island resident Val Torre said that he’s finally moving to Florida. “It’s 70 degrees every day. My Coney Island childhood friends have all retired to Florida now! All the restaurants and bars are open and the grannies live!”

Many members of the Facebook Group NYC Restaurants Open applaud the Executive Order banning Cuomo from being served at all New York City establishments. One member stated “Completely schizophrenic behavior! How are they coming up with these rules is beyond any logical reasoning”

Another furious lifelong New York resident exclaimed “ He can dine at Gracie Mansion if he wants hospitality in Manhattan. He ain’t getting it here!”

I do not like large cities but the people of New York are true Americans.  I love their spirit.

Some tab clearing - a couple more memes

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Here are some more:

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A new word - Journalisn't

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From retired journalist Don Surber:

Journalisn't (Times retracts award-winning series)
Readers are terrific and kind in alerting my typos and other errors. They also send me news tips, for which I am grateful. I check them out. Sometimes the stories I reject turn out to be true. Oh well. I can come back to them later.

Getting the facts right is the whole point, isn't it? Typos are regrettable. Telling people Putin rigged the 2016 election is unforgivable.

Today a reader tipped me to a Daily Mail story that had a great headline, and no facts. Clickbait. I sent the reader a one word reply:

Journalisn't.

I really should have thanked him. He took the time to tip me to what could have been a juicy story. My job is to check it out.

Sadly, there is more journalisn't than journalism these days.

Great word - spread it around.  More examples at Don's website.

That's Doctor Jill Biden to you

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Some people are starting to take a look at Doctor Jill Biden's credentials - Kyle Smith writes at National Review:

Jill Biden’s Garbage Dissertation, Explained
To call Jill Biden’s dissertation thin gruel is an insult to gruel. Whatever meager substance puddled in Bob Cratchit’s miserable bowl at mealtime was a bountiful feast compared with this paper. I wrote yesterday about the problems with this capstone project, the foundation of her Ed.D. degree and of the insistence of so many in recent days that we must call her “Dr.”

Mrs. Biden’s only original research consists of interviews with two — that’s right, two — ex-students and a few colleagues at Delaware Technical Community College, where she used to teach, plus the results of a vacuous questionnaire she wrote that was returned by about 150 people who worked or studied there. Oh, and she also called two nearby community colleges seeking interviews about their retention rates. One of them wouldn’t answer the question; the other wouldn’t assign anyone to speak to her at all. Telling us about this misadventure serves no academic purpose, though it does fill up four pages of her generously spaced paper. The transcripts of her group chats with campus figures and colleagues take up nearly 30 pages out of 129. The questionnaires eat up another 18 pages.

Kyle lists a number of things he has found and offers this:

Jill Biden looks like yet another member of the Biden family who successfully leveraged the family name to obtain things of value that otherwise would have lain far beyond the reach of someone of such meager talents.

So true. Also, this is not the work of a student in their 20's - Jill Biden was 56 when she wrote this.

If you have an evening to kill, the 137 page dissertation can be downloaded here:
STUDENT RETENTION AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: MEETING STUDENTS’ NEEDS

Tucher Carlson has a few words:

The Covid closures - an explanation

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Makes perfect sense - from 90 Miles:

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A very good point - the vaccine

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From My Pensieve:

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Lots of smoke - no fire yet...

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Project Veritas released a teaser yesterday - today, the first recording has been made public. Project Veritas.

This could be interesting.

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Junk Science
Life in the Fast Lane
Luboš Motl
Medgadget
Next Big Future
PhysOrg.com


Geek Stuff
Ars Technica
Boing Boing
Don Lancaster's Guru's Lair
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
FAIL Blog
Hack a Day
Kevin Kelly - Cool Tools
Neatorama
Slashdot: News for nerds
The Register
The Daily WTF


Comics
Achewood
The Argyle Sweater
Chip Bok
Broadside Cartoons
Day by Day
Dilbert
Medium Large
Michael Ramirez
Prickly City
Tundra
User Friendly
Vexarr
What The Duck
Wondermark
xkcd


NO WAI! WTF?¿?¿
Awkward Family Photos
Cake Wrecks
Not Always Right
Sober in a Nightclub
You Drive What?


Business and Economics
The Austrian Economists
Carpe Diem
Coyote Blog


Photography and Art
Digital Photography Review
DIYPhotography
James Gurney
Joe McNally's Blog
PetaPixel
photo.net
Shorpy
Strobist
The Online Photographer


Blogrolling
A Western Heart
AMCGLTD.COM
American Digest
The AnarchAngel
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
Babalu Blog
Belmont Club
Bayou Renaissance Man
Classical Values
Cobb
Cold Fury
David Limbaugh
Defense Technology
Doug Ross @ Journal
Grouchy Old Cripple
Instapundit
iowahawk
Irons in the Fire
James Lileks
Lowering the Bar
Maggie's Farm
Marginal Revolution
Michael J. Totten
Mostly Cajun
Neanderpundit
neo-neocon
Power Line
ProfessorBainbridge.com
Questions and Observations
Rachel Lucas
Roger L. Simon
Samizdata.net
Sense of Events
Sound Politics
The Strata-Sphere
The Smallest Minority
The Volokh Conspiracy
Tim Blair
Velociworld
Weasel Zippers
WILLisms.com
Wizbang


Gone but not Forgotten...
A Coyote at the Dog Show
Bad Eagle
Steven DenBeste
democrats give conservatives indigestion
Allah
BigPictureSmallOffice
Cox and Forkum
The Diplomad
Priorities & Frivolities
Gut Rumbles
Mean Mr. Mustard 2.0
MegaPundit
Masamune
Neptunus Lex
Other Side of Kim
Publicola
Ramblings' Journal
Sgt. Stryker
shining full plate and a good broadsword
A Physicist's Perspective
The Daily Demarche
Wayne's Online Newsletter

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