Thursday, September 30, 2021
Here in my neck of the woods, two stories have been getting national attention. Hot Air: "Smith & Wesson bailing out of blue Massachusetts."
This battle of cultures has been going on for ages here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts and about once a year the anti-gun protesters show up outside the Springfield factory. Last month, a billboard was put up right across the plant on I-291:
Just over Interstate 291, a billboard appears a few hundred yards from the Smith & Wesson factory of slain high school student Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, who was shot four times with a M&P15 rifle made by the Springfield-based factory.
“I can’t turn 21 and enjoy my first legal beer because a Florida teen was allowed to get his first legal AR-15,” the billboard reads.
Now Smith & Wesson is moving some production to Tennessee and laying off 550 workers from really well-paying jobs.
The second story is a report that Black students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have received anonymous hate emails. But the university is hot on the trail: "UMass Amherst enlists leading cybersecurity firm in effort to unmask sender of racist emails sent to Black student groups."
At this point, I'm 90-95% sure this is yet another hate crime hoax so if/when these cybersleuths uncover the actual perpetrator, the story will either be buried or turned into a "teachable moment" for us all.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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Saturday, September 25, 2021
National Review: "Biden’s Shameful Attack on Border Patrol." - "After saying nary a discouraging word about the Taliban as they chased us from Afghanistan and held us to an exit deadline that meant abandoning American citizens, green-card holders, and Afghan allies behind enemy lines, Joe Biden has finally found a focus for his moral indignation — Border Patrol agents on horseback."
Friday, September 24, 2021
“The media in general and The New York Times in particular have taken a lot of shots in recent years, and every poll will tell you that the media is not trusted,” one source said. “How do we, in this era of so much distrust in the media, show the rigor we use in preparing our report to sort of win people over?"
"The fact that we have a Supreme Court reporter who’s a lawyer, or that we have a medical doctor writing about COVID—we know that stuff, but how do we get that across?” The other source familiar with the project said, “It’s about ensuring that people understand how and why we do what we do.” And crucially, that this sense of understanding transcends the Upper West Side, or any other stereotypical Times constituencies. “This work, more broadly,” the source said, “will hopefully resonate with right of center people, centrists, left of center people—a lot of the work is just to ensure people understand what the Times does.”
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Without getting too deep into the racial themes of 1968 Alabama, the show captured the spirit of the original with the confusion of a 12-year-old living in troubled times.
One aspect of the original "Wonder Years" that I always loved - carefully recreated here - is the strong father figure. It seems like every other sitcom has the "silly Dad" Homer Simpson character, bum-stumbling from one crisis to another. Dan Lauria's original dad was a hard-working, occasionally bitter man who above it all loved his family and wanted to do the right thing. In the reboot, Dule Hill plays the cool and confident, nonplussed father, anchoring his own family.
By the way, I LOL'd when the parents suggested sending their daughter to Spelman College, a black all-female college, calling it a "win-win" proposition. As in a "win-win" for the two parents.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Mitt Romney, of all people, explains the thinking: If the Democrats are making all spending and taxing decisions without bipartisan give-and-take, why should Republicans have to help Democrats with this vote?
Monday, September 20, 2021
Even for the woke NYT, this is a new low. Almost couldn't believe it was real at first.— Archie N. 🇺🇸 (@ArchieN1966) September 19, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
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Thursday, September 16, 2021
PARIS (Reuters) -France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a historic defence export contract to supply Australia with submarines.The United States, Britain and Australia announced they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will help Australia acquire U.S. nuclear-powered submarines and scrap the $40 billion French-designed submarine deal.“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr Trump used to do,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told franceinfo radio. “I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.”
SYDNEY — Pal. Fellow Down Under. Hey … you.Sure, Washington, London and Canberra have just signed a huge new defense pact. But what Australians are talking about is U.S. President Joe Biden appearing to forget their prime minister’s name.
Twitter lit up with hundreds of comments calling out Mr Biden, with social media users describing him as "hopeless" and "embarrassing".
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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Friday, September 10, 2021
Thursday, September 09, 2021
“No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it be mandatory,” Biden said of vaccines at a press conference in Delaware.“But I would do everything in my power — just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide — I will do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing. And when they do it, demonstrate that it matters.”
I cannot imagine what the constitutional basis for such an order would be. But then, I am old-fashioned. I assume that we still have a Constitution.
Joe Biden is a full-on fascist. He has the most divisive administration ever. His plan is not constitutional. None of it is legal.
This recently updated Congressional Research Service report on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) authority & Covid notes that the agency “has rarely used this authority in the past—not since the courts struck down its ETS on asbestos in 1983.”
Today proves once again that the administrative state is merely a giant fungible blob of authoritarianism. The CDC can issue eviction moratoria! OSHA can mandate that you force your workers to vaccinate! None of this has a shred of Congressional approval.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 9, 2021
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
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Sunday, September 05, 2021
Since May 1, Oklahoma's poison control center has received 11 reports of human exposure to ivermectin. One call was in May, three calls came in July, and six calls reported a total of seven patients in August. Most people developed only minor symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, and there have been no reported fatalities.
It should go without saying, but inventing a narrative out of thin air simply because it confirms your priors is not going to help rebuild trust in the media.It would’ve taken a single phone call to shoot this story down.Why didn’t that happen?
Saturday, September 04, 2021
Friday, September 03, 2021
Thursday, September 02, 2021
National Review: "Another Biden Pay-For Comes up Short"
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today published its revenue estimate for President Biden’s proposed increase in IRS funding to close the tax gap, which is the difference in the amount taxpayers owe compared with what the IRS actually collects. The CBO estimates that an $80 billion increase in IRS funding would raise an extra $200 billion over the next ten years, so it would increase revenue by $120 billion on net.
So that extra $12 billion a year will be swallowed up in a single day of federal spending. (Actually it's closer to 12 hours of spending).
Wednesday, September 01, 2021
When Social Security launched in 1935, the average life expectancy for Americans was 61. That means the average person died four years before qualifying for benefits. It was imagined as a safety net for the truly needy, not a conveyor belt to transfer wealth from the younger, working population to the older, relatively wealthier retired population.Now, the average American lives to 78, more than a decade past the age (67) when they can start collecting Social Security benefits—and 16 years beyond the eligibility age (62) for early retirees to collect partial benefits.