News of the Week (Sept. 13th, 2020)

 

News of the Week for Sept. 13th, 2020


 

Riots & Revolution

 

Is Critical Race Training Illegal?
It may well be, if inflicted on a company’s or government agency’s employees. In July, the City of Seattle required employees to attend training on “Internalized Racial Superiority for White People.” Last week, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow wrote a letter to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, which is embedded below. Kirsanow questioned the legality of the City’s “training” program under federal civil rights law

Is Critical Race Training Illegal? (Part 2)
I noted here that U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow has written to the Mayor of the City of Seattle, suggesting that “critical race theory” or “white privilege” training that the city recently imposed on its employees likely violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race. Paul added that the Department of Justice has also sought information about the same training sessions from Seattle, on the same ground. Seattle’s “white privilege” training was no different from what many companies and units of government have inflicted on their employees, and if it was illegal–as I think it was–the illegality is widespread.

Antifa Inferno: “Mostly Peaceful” Rioter Torched by Molotov Cocktail in Portland
Just another fun Saturday night in Antifatown

Portland Police Stand By as Antifa Rioters Set Mattress on Fire Despite County Burn Ban
On Sunday night, antifa rioters gathered in front of the Portland Police North Precinct, chanting, “Burn it down!” as they set fire to a mattress in the street. Even though Multnomah County had a burn ban in effect due to “extremely dry conditions,” police allowed the fire to burn for some time before finally deciding to intervene.

University offers “How to Overthrow the State” course focused on Marxist revolutionaries
Washington and Lee class also has students write their own manifesto

Black Woman Takes Antifa Rioters to Task for Calling Her a ‘F***ing N****r B**ch’
As antifa rioters took to the streets of Portland on Sunday night, two black women confronted them for “tearing up” the city and leaving a mess. One of the women claimed that antifa rioters called her a “f***ing n****r b**ch.” The other pushed the antifa rioters for a commitment that they would clean up their trash when they were done rioting.

BLM Activists Attacking And Harassing People In Pittsburgh, Police Investigating
Increasingly, we’re seeing evidence that BLM “protests” on the streets of various cities aren’t aimed solely at raising awareness for an issue, they are also intended to directly confront anyone they encounter, sometimes violently. That’s what happened in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday and some of it was captured on video.

Rochester, New York Is Now Trying To Turn Into Portland
While this story hasn’t garnered as much national attention as George Floyd or Jason Blake, it’s quickly picking up steam. Back in March of this year, Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man from Rochester, New York, died after being taken into police custody. The fact that he was naked in the middle of a street (obviously unarmed) and that the police had put a bag over his head until he was apparently asphyxiated made for an ugly set of visuals. He was pronounced brain dead at a local hospital and died roughly one week later.

Colleges look to ‘decolonize’ curriculum after national protests against police brutality
Amidst protests around the country, American colleges are “decolonizing” their curriculums.

College students defend looting, say riots “justified”
Campus Reform asked students at George Washington University if they support the nationwide riots and looting.

Northwestern law faculty refuse to explain why they introduced themselves as racists
Northwestern University law school faculty called themselves racists as they introduced themselves in an online townhall recently, according to a screenshot of the event.

Entire Rochester Command Force, Police Chief Resign Over Daniel Prude Case
The entire Rochester Police Department (RPD) command staff, including Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, is resigning, reports said Tuesday.

Seattle and Washington State Are Being Sued Over Their Eviction Moratoriums
A new lawsuit argues that the city and state’s eviction bans are an unconstitutional impairment of contracts unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Transforming’ the U.S. – Into What?
Local businesses have been moving out. Greg Goodman, co-president of Portland’s Downtown Development Group recently wrote in a letter to Mayor Ted Wheeler and the city council that the number of businesses moving out of the city “is like nothing I have seen in 42 years of doing business in downtown”. Goodman said that the businesses leaving included Daimler Chrysler, Air B&B, Banana Republic and Microsoft, and argued that their departure “does have most everything to do with the lawlessness you are endorsing downtown.”

Antifa/BLM Launch ‘Bring Your Daughter to Riot Day’
Insanity Wrap needs to know: What kind of parent brings their small children to a riot? Answer: One who thinks indoctrination is more important than their child’s safety and wellbeing.

Prof: ‘Nothing wrong with’ murder of right-wing ‘fascist’ ‘from a moral perspective’
A Rhode Island professor appeared to defend the murder of a right-wing Portland protester.

Critical Race Theory Starting in Kindergarten Will Shred Our Social Fabric—and It’s Already Here
If we are going to have a Department of Education, it is time for it to set some standards that ensure our social fabric is not completely shredded. The proliferation of critical race theory in our schools following the New York Times’ “1619 Project” needs to be stopped. If the DOE can’t return public education to an institution that builds knowledge and skills that will benefit a growing, technical economy, it’s worthless.

Terry Glavin: The hypocrisy of showing up to a BLM protest wearing slave-made clothing
Canadians of even the most advanced progressive sophistication give every appearance of being completely oblivious to this ugly irony

“All White People Are Racists … Y’all Are Born into a Life to Not Be Human”
James Lindsay said, “This is Critical Race Theory in a single image.” The past few days, there has been renewed attention to Ashleigh Shackelford’s presentation at 2017 Netroots Nation

After police officer photographed in Hawaiian shirt, Oakland chief dismisses “Boogaloo” ties, says “many diverse” people wear Tommy Bahama
Chief Manheimer went to Macy’s to help explain why people wear tropical shirts

Portland Police Arrest Dem Staffer During Riot
Police arrested a top Democratic staffer in Oregon’s state legislature this weekend for interfering with a police officer during the Portland riots.

BLM activist livestreams his own arrest after allegedly setting fire in Washington State
A BLM activist and alleged arsonist charged for reckless burning in the second degree had reported a fire set in Washington and then filmed his subsequent arrest.

Weather Underground Terrorist Bill Ayers Suggests the Civil War Has Already Begun
As violent and destructive antifa and Black Lives Matter riots continue to ravage American cities like Portland and Kenosha, a self-described communist who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol in the 1970s suggested that America’s second Civil War has already started.

Professor blames “white Christian privilege” for slavery, genocide
A professor from Fairleigh Dickinson University recently presented for Rutgers University and explained how “white Christian privilege” and “”Christian privilege” are responsible for slavery, genocide and colonialism.

Rochester Officers Cover Names After Protesters Shout Their Addresses, Kids’ Names, Make Taunting Calls To Parents In Front Of Them
Rochester Police Department (RPD) officers have been given permission to cover up their names displayed on their tags to avoid harassment from left-wing protesters who are screaming out their home addresses, kids’ names and schools, and calling to taunting their parents in front of them.

Nine BLM Protesters In St. Louis McCloskey Case Cited For Trespassing
Fox News reports nine of the roughly 300 BLM activists who were captured on video protesting on a St. Louis couple’s property have been cited for trespassing. One of them tweeted her bemusement at being held accountable.

Straight Outta Marxism: BLM Protesters Take Over Grocery Store to Protest Lack of ‘Access’ to Grocery Stores
At some point, people will get sick of this.

‘We Hope They Die!’ – BLM Protesters Celebrate Shooting of Two LA County Deputies, Block Hospital Entrances
Late Saturday night, news broke that an unidentified gunman ambushed and shot two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies while they sat in their patrol vehicle. The deputies were taken to a nearby hospital and their condition is unknown. Late Saturday night they were reportedly “fighting for their lives,” having been shot in the head.

Man Who Threatened To “Off MAGA People” at Protest Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge
A man who brandished an assault rifle at a Black Lives Matter protest in Lubbock has pleaded guilty to making threats.

Despicable Video From Los Angeles: BLM Blocks Entrances to Hospitals While Celebrating Shooting of Two LA Deputy Sheriffs
On Saturday evening, in Compton, California, two Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Deputies were ambushed and shot while sitting in their patrol car.

Media hold police, BLM to vastly different standards
There is far more evidence that Black Lives Matter protesters are systemically violent than there is that police are systemically racist. Just don’t expect the national mainstream media to mention it.

LA Sheriffs: NPR Reporter Arrested For “Interfering” With Cops As They Tried To Control BLM Protests Outside Hospital
A Los Angeles National Public Radio reporter was arrested early Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriffs said, after she “interfered” with police trying to prevent alleged Black Lives Matter protesters from storming the hospital where two severely wounded LA County Sheriffs deputies were taken following a horrific ambush attack.

 

Corona Virus

 

Nerfed Out: School Suspends Boy for Obvious Toy Gun Teacher Spotted on Zoom Class
Forget the old “hide your kids, hide your wife” from criminals line that went viral a few years back. Parents, you may have to hide your kids’ toys from their own idiot teachers.

United Nations Announces Who’s to Blame for the COVID-19 Pandemic—And It’s Not China
So, you thought COVID-19 came from China? Maybe from a serving of bat soup in a wet market? Or perhaps it escaped from a lab.

Fairfax County Is Running Empty School Buses
This is like something out of some kind of Soviet central-planning misadventure: Fairfax County, Va., wants to keep paying its school-bus drivers even though its schools are operating online. The solution? Send the drivers out to drive anyway. Not only the drivers, but the attendants on the buses, will be required to go on these ghost trips. “All drivers and attendant[s] will be required to run their routes twice a week to sharpen your driving skills,” reads an email Wednesday, obtained by the Washington Post. “If you are unable to perform this task .?.?. you must put in for leave.”

Chinese virologist plans to release proof COVID-19 was made in Wuhan lab
“It comes from the lab — the lab in Wuhan and the lab is controlled by China’s government.”

 

Election 2020

 

Booze News We Can Use: Recipes for ‘Drunk-Dialling Your Elected Officials’ From ‘The New Yorker’
Booze Me, Stat

Team Trump Tours Texas: Trump Up In Texas But Race Remains Tight
The latest poll is out in the Trump versus Biden race in Texas. Texas is a must-win state for Republicans in order to hold the White House. In The Dallas Morning News/UT Tyler Poll conducted from August 28 to September 2, President Trump is up 48% to 46%.

Looking at the House Race Polls — Few and Far Between
We just don’t get a lot of public polling of U.S. House races, which is a shame, because that’s usually the aspect of most election cycles that could use the most illumination. Part of this is an expense and public-interest issue, and part of this is that because of the way House district lines are drawn, it’s tougher for the pollster to ensure that the sample resides entirely within the House district.

Election War-Gaming Jumps the Shark
I have no idea what fresh misery is going to unfold if the election is close. I am pretty sure, however, that we can’t learn anything of value from the “simulations” that have preoccupied the media for the past week.

The Minor Parties Appear Set to Be Very, Very Minor Factors This Year
One major difference between the 2016 presidential-election cycle and this year is that so far the minor-party candidates appear to be non-factors. Whether or not you think “Gary Johnson and Jill Stein helped elect Donald Trump,” as a CNN headline put in 2016, in quite a few key states, the number of votes for the Libertarian candidate Johnson, the Green candidate Stein, or both combined was larger than Donald Trump’s margin over Hillary Clinton. Nationwide, Johnson won 4.4 million votes, or 3.28 percent, and Stein won 1.4 million votes, or 1.07 percent.

Crash at the Four-Way Intersectionality
Michael Anton remarked in our podcast last Saturday that he hasn’t seen any hispanics in the videos of protests and riots going on around the country, and I’ve been remarking that out here in California, we’re hearing nothing but crickets from the hispanic community about the whole “Defund the Police” and Black Lives Matter protests. It’s almost as though hispanics may be wondering why Democrats are talking exclusively about black interests, and don’t buy the whole intersectionality/”people of color” boilerplate, still less the trendy academic term “Latinx” that surveys shows 98 percent of actual hispanics don’t use and don’t like.

Biden’s “Build Back Better” Is Essentially The Green New Deal
Moderate Joe is no more

Georgia Secretary of State: 1000 People Double-Voted In Primary
Tied to surge in absentee voting – just wait for November when mail-in balloting surges.

The Electoral College Is Not the Outlier Its Critics Insist It Is
In the New York Times, Jesse Wegman complains about the Electoral College. His argument will be familiar to anyone who has read complaints about the Electoral College.

Trump Has Gained among Latinos, Cont.
A new round of polling is causing consternation among Democrats on this point.

Joe Lieberman endorses Susan Collins, appears in ad for her in Maine
Joe Lieberman, a former U.S senator and the 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate, endorsed Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Wednesday.

Loeffler asks police to probe threatening letters sent to her campaign
U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has asked the Capitol Police to investigate several threatening letters she said were recently sent to her home and her Atlanta campaign office.

Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, And Tom Cotton Are Now On My Supreme Court Shortlist
My favorite theory on social media this afternoon of why three aspiring presidents are suddenly SCOTUS candidates is that Trump’s trying to clear the 2024 field for Don Jr (or Ivanka).

Voter Fraud Cases Emerge in Battleground States of North Carolina, Georgia
Two states seen as possible battlegrounds for the November presidential election had major revelations of alleged voter fraud within a week’s time.

Trump Adds Names to Potential SCOTUS Nominee List, Including Cruz, Cotton, and Hawley
To the left, it seems the world will literally end if Trump gets to appoint more justices to SCOTUS.

Border Wall Critic Gretchen Whitmer Building 8-Foot Wall Around MI Governor Residence
“She called President Donald Trump’s border wall ‘costly and ineffective’ in February 2017, nearly a week after suggesting that money for the wall would be better spent elsewhere.”

Politico: Republicans Up Big In PA … In New Voter Registrations
Want to see what happens when one side has a GOTV organization and the other just runs ads on television? It might not show up in opinion polling, but when it comes to new voter registrations, Republicans have taken a big lead in Pennsylvania, Politico reports today. That effort has shaved off nearly 175,000 off of the Democrats’ voter-registration advantage since 2016 — when they lost the Keystone State anyway

If PC Racial Preferences Return to California, Everyone Loses
The Center for Equal Opportunity, on whose board I serve, released a report today by Dr. Althea Nagai titled, “If California Restores Race Discrimination: Implications for Higher Education.” California voters will determine this November whether to end the state’s constitutional ban on racial, ethnic, and sex discrimination in public contracting, employment, and education — including university admissions.

“My Mentally Unfit Guy Is Better Than Your Mentally Unfit Guy!”
CNBC/Change Research asked 4,143 likely voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin what they thought of the two major party candidates this year. “A 51 percent majority said Trump is mentally unfit to be president, while 49 percent answered that he is fit to hold the job. A similar share, by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin, responded that Biden is mentally unfit to be president.”

District Judge Orders Texas To Fix Signature Verification Process On Mail-In Ballots
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, a Clinton appointee, has ruled that one part of the mail-in ballot process in Texas must be fixed before the November election. He found that the signature verification process is unconstitutional. Garcia ordered that a fix is put into place immediately.

A Reprise of 1876? Liberal Academic Group Predicts Electoral Showdown for 2020
Dystopian tales are typically based in some time far into the future and feature fictional characters.

So Much Winning: “Transgender Satanist Anarchist” Wins GOP Nomination In New Hampshire
I know what you’re thinking. “Why, Jazz? Why? Why am I seeing this article on an otherwise pleasant Saturday morning?” Hey, I don’t make the news, folks. I just report on it and comment. And did you really think I could pass up a headline like that? With that said, I suppose we should find out what’s going on here.

Data shows that half of 2019 donations to ActBlue came from untraceable ‘unemployed’ donors
A Take Back Action Fund analysis of $400M in donations to liberal causes raises red flags of possible foreign involvement

 

Gun Rights

 

SAF and Defense Distributed win Fifth Circuit case on First Amendment and 3D
On 19 August 2020, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Federal District court. The three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit found the Attorney General of New Jersey is under Texas jurisdiction for this case. The case is Defense Distributed v. Grewal.

New Jersey Governor’s Plan To Tax Your Second Amendment Rights Into Oblivion
In 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court famously wrote: “the power to tax involves the power to destroy ….”

Chicago Gun Store Looter Released, Murders Walgreens Clerk
Perhaps some bad news can at least result in a lesson being learned, though in this case, it comes too late for one Chicago sales clerk. Last week, prosecutors report that 18-year-old Sincere Williams had robbed three stores in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, including the local Walgreens. Apparently not satisfied with his take from those robberies, Williams returned to the Walgreens last Sunday with more on his mind than simple theft. Armed with either one or two knives, Williams proceeded to stab store clerk Olga Marie Calderon nearly a dozen times before calmly walking out of the store covered in blood, leaving Calderon to die on the floor of the shop.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

The Decline and Fall of California in Two Maps
Yesterday afternoon, as the temperature in many parts of the Los Angeles area topped 110 degrees, the mayor of Los Angeles issued this tweet

How Green Energy Wrecked California
California has become a third world country, in which electricity works only intermittently. Why is that? Because California relies on wind and solar energy, which produce electricity only intermittently. It isn’t hard to figure out, and yet there are some states, like mine, Minnesota, which seem determined to follow California’s downward path to third-world status. Why? Well, for some people there is a lot of money in it.

Climate Scientists Admit Clouds are Still a Big Unknown
Admitting some cloud error is as close as most climate modellers come to admitting their projections are not fit for purpose. Note the image above is from Pat Frank’s paper about cloud error, not Paulo Ceppi and Ric Williams’ paper.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Suicide M.D. Conducts Human Experiments in Making People Dead
How in the tank for assisted suicide are the media? This much. A headline in the Mercury News about assisted suicide exclaims: “How Doctors are Fixing How We Die.” Good grief.

Tribute to Henry G. Stern
Henry G. Stern, Hank, was my friend, mentor and an all around good guy. We have known each other for a dozen years, perhaps longer. Our connection was a consumer forum run by a local (Atlanta) radio personality. We quickly discovered many things in common and some areas where we were opposites.

 

War & Terror

 

Another Crackdown In Hong Kong
Around 300 pro-democracy protesters are in custody in Hong Kong following another crackdown by police. The arrests happened Sunday during an “illegal demonstration” over delayed elections.

Comrade Duch: Jailer And Executioner For Khmer Rouge Died In Prison Last Week
His name was Kaing Guek Eav but he was better known as Comrade Duch (pronounced doik), a teacher who joined the communist revolution in Cambodia and eventually became the head jailer at its most notorious prison. Last week he died in prison where he was serving a life sentence.

Disney remake of Mulan criticised for filming in Xinjiang
Film credits offer thanks to eight government entities in region where rights abuses are documented

SFSU invites terrorist hijacker for university-sponsored event
San Francisco State University will host a terrorist hijacker for an upcoming virtual event.

Why Disney’s new “Mulan” is a scandal
The most devastating part of “Mulan,” Disney’s much-anticipated live-action remake of the 1998 animated film, isn’t the story. It’s the credits. The film retells the ancient Chinese tale of Hua Mulan, a filial daughter who dresses as a man to join the army, honor her father and save the emperor. While the film engenders pride for China, it does so with a subtle touch: Besides a few mentions of defending the Silk Road, a favorite trading route of Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, little links it to the modern-day country. The New York Times called it “lightly funny and a little sad, filled with ravishing landscapes.”

Palau offers US military new sites for Pacific bases
Defense officials said Tuesday that the Republic of Palau asked the Pentagon to begin construction on ports, bases and airfields on the island nation, according to reporting from The Wall Street Journal.

China Secretly Built A Vast New Infrastructure To Imprison Muslims
China has secretly built scores of massive new prison and internment camps in the past three years, dramatically escalating its campaign against Muslim minorities even as it publicly claimed the detainees had all been set free. The construction of these purpose-built, high-security camps — some capable of housing tens of thousands of people — signals a radical shift away from the country’s previous makeshift use of public buildings, like schools and retirement homes, to a vast and permanent infrastructure for mass detention.

What They Saw: Ex-Prisoners Detail The Horrors Of China’s Detention Camps
Maybe the police officers call you first. Or maybe they show up at your workplace and ask your boss if they can talk to you. In all likelihood they will come for you at night, after you’ve gone to bed.

Students can’t answer basic questions about 9/11
Ahead of the 19th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Campus Reform spoke to students to see what they knew about 9/11

California Man Charged With Firebombing Offices Of Republican Women’s Group
A California man was charged Thursday with firebombing the offices of a Republican women’s group earlier this year, federal authorities announced.

Here’s How the U.S. Marine Corps Will Sink Chinese Ships
The United States’ force in readiness is combining a few already-existent platforms into potent ship-killers.

China Is Now Operating Two Aircraft Carriers Together in Simultaneous Training Missions
For the first time in history, China is operating two carriers together in simultaneous training missions to refine attack tactics and closely approach and ability to conduct dual-carrier operations.

 

National

 

Anonymous professors’ new “Intellectual Dark Web” website aims to publish controversial work
A new website called the “The Magazine of the Intellectual Dark Web” recently started up.

Super. Just 1 In 5 Shootings In NYC Resulted In An Arrest This Year
We recently discussed the sickening news that New York City had already passed 1,000 shootings in 2020, a number that’s in excess of the total number of shootings for all of 2019 and there are still four months to go. But as with any municipal government and law enforcement agency, the raw number of incidents doesn’t tell the whole story. How effective are officials being in solving these cases and putting the guilty behind bars? According to a new report from the New York Post, things aren’t looking all that hot on the enforcement front, either. The NYPD’s clearance rate for shootings is hovering below 20% on the year, meaning that more than four out of five shooters are still on the streets, and this has many of the locals feeling nervous.

19 Black families purchase 96 acres of land to create a ‘safe haven’ for Black people
In the face of a pandemic that has hit Black Americans harder than almost any other group, while the nation continues to confront the toxic legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, two Georgia women have come together to build a community that will be a place free of oppression, “a tight-knit community for our people to just come and breathe.”

The Myth of Harmonious Indigenous Conservationism
It seems like a long time ago. But only six months ago, pundits had convinced themselves that the great morality tale of our time was playing out in an obscure part of British Columbia. Following on an internal political fight within the Wet’suwet’en First Nation over a local pipeline project, one columnist wrote that “the Indigenous people of Earth have become the conscience of humanity. In this dire season, it is time to listen to them.”

Academy Awards: Movies Must Meet Diversity Standards To Be Considered for Best Picture Award
The film doesn’t matter. If your awesome film doesn’t have enough diversity on and off the screen then the Academy won’t give you the time of day.

Cornell Faculty Coalition Calls for Race-Based Hiring, Promotion, and Curriculum
Cornell Faculty Coalition: “every ‘colorblind’ event, mechanism, and process at the university — from new faculty orientations to selection of endowed positions — perpetuates racial disparities and reinforces an unjust status quo.”

Western Carolina University implies it expelled students for constitutionally protected speech
“As a result” of the investigation, they are “no longer enrolled”

Stanford offers sessions on ‘racial terror,’ claiming it’s ‘nearly impossible’ to think outside of White supremacy
Students with conservative views have long complained of a liberal bias on college campuses

Texas Tech students to university: Overhaul curriculum, add ‘intersectional feminism’
Hundreds of Texas Tech dance and theatre students issued a list of demands to the university to combat racism.

Major Disney Stakeholders Are Taking Disney to the Woodshed Over Embrace of China
If Disney thought that its recent cooperation with China’s human rights-violating government would blow over while suffering only a boycott of Mulan, then the corporation was very, very wrong.

Looks Like The Pentagon Has No Intention Of Sharing UFO Information
Some disappointing news on the UFO front came out this week, likely dampening the hopes of many people in the ufology community who have been eagerly looking forward to some sort of forthcoming disclosure from the government on this subject. As regular readers are already aware, there was considerable excitement in the air this summer following a number of revelations and surprising announcements on the topic of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs). First we saw a request from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led by Marco Rubio, for a public report from the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force. This came as quite a surprise to people, including many in the government, who didn’t even know that we had a UAP Task Force.

Chinese alumni compare USC to Mao for removing professor over Chinese word that sounds like n-word
Social media users in China mock black students who complained

University of North Texas president says he is ‘looking into’ conservative group after student says she feels ‘unsafe’
The president of the University of North Texas tweeted that the college is “looking into” a conservative student group after a student tweeted that she feels “unsafe” by the group’s affiliation with UNT.

Vinyl outsold CDs for the first time since the ’80s
The Recording Industry Association of America has released its mid-year report on the state of the US music industry. While there were plenty of expected outcomes (streaming way up, physical sales continuing to plunge), there were a few surprises.

Appeals Court Halts Trump Administration Plan to Exclude Illegals From Apportionment Count
A three-judge panel in New York is blocking the Trump administration from moving forward with a plan to exclude illegal immigrants from the census count. That count is used to determine the number of congressional seats states receive in the House of Representatives. It would be a separate count from the census that would still include anyone living in the U.S.

Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions
Voter fraud, Jersey Boys, and inescapable tax debt.

Eleventh Circuit Panel finds that Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act exceeds Congress’s Powers under the Foreign Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause Powers
This case may be headed to the Supreme Court.

Authorities arrest 4 people on arson charges in deadly and massive California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires
Authorities have arrested at least four people for suspected arson in the massive and still-growing wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

U.S. to block cotton, tomato product imports from China’s Xinjiang over forced labor
The United States on Tuesday will move to block imports of cotton and tomato products from western China’s Xinjiang region over allegations that they are produced with forced labor, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection told Reuters.

Your New Anti-Drilling Champion… Donald J. Trump?
Without any warning at all, “Drill, Baby Drill” was just expanded to include the phrase “unless people in some purple states don’t like the idea.”

 

International

 

Natural History Museum to review potentially ‘offensive’ Charles Darwin collection
An internal review in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests has led to an audit into some rooms and items

Confiscating Books in Sweden
The confiscation of books and the upcoming case against author and comedian Aron Flam has ignited a debate in Sweden about the value of freedom of speech. As Flam has pointed out, a Swedish writer who happens to be Jewish having his books, critical of Swedish-Nazi collaboration during the war, seized by the Swedish state is a bit ironic.

Students No Longer Want To Learn About WWII Because It Upsets Them
A young Instagram “influencer” has an important message for all the teachers in America – stop teaching youngsters about World War II. Because the Second World War involved the Nazis and concentration camps that killed millions of innocent people, a 22-year-old Instagram influencer thinks that it is “too intense” of a conflict to teach millennials. The “snowflake” argues that teaching young people about World War II would hit millennials’ mental health and do damage to their collective psyche.

China’s Xi Jinping Facing Widespread Opposition
This came up during a search for a different subject, but it appeared to be important enough to relay it to you.

Diana Rigg, Star of “The Avengers” and “Game of Thrones,” Dies at 82
Diana Rigg, the Tony and Emmy winner who splashed into the world of television with her commanding turn as intelligence agent Emma Peel on “The Avengers” in the 1960s and played Lady Olenna Tyrell on “Game of Thrones” decades later, died Thursday at her home in England. She was 82.

Alberta aims to dismiss RCMP, create Alberta Provincial Police Service
A document uncovered by Rebel News outlines the government’s plan to hire an Alberta Provincial Police Service Transition Secretariat.

Arab League Rejects Palestinian Resolution Condemning Israel-UAE Peace Deal
Arab League official Hussam Zaki: “Discussion … did not lead to agreement over the resolution proposed by the Palestinians.”

Controversial billboard tribute to JK Rowling in East Vancouver taken down
Chris Elston announced on Twitter on Friday that he had the billboard completed because he loves British author Rowling.

UK: Boris Johnson Accuses EU of Threatening Food Blockade
Nigel Farage: Submitting to EU’s trade demands “would be a breach of contract with the British people.”

 

Opinion

 

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s disgrace underscores danger of institutional capture
The tragedy of Jerry Falwell Jr. is that he turned out to be exactly the putz many people expected him to be.

America Needs a New University
So argues Professor Jacob Howland in today’s Martin Center article.

Reviving the Congress
The dysfunction of the Congress is the core problem confronting the American system of government today. The first branch is first for a reason, and when it fails to do its essential work, nothing else works either.

Two Californias: One for Government Ruling Class, the Other for the People
Pelosi’s “salongate,” SF govt. gyms open, public schools opening for teachers’ kids only

Are “Nice White Parents” to Blame for Failures in the Education System?
A new podcast from The New York Times suggests that “Nice White Parents” are the reason for failures in the education system. The podcast, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Mary Clare Amselem, cites “examples of parents getting involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, and paints this involvement as an affront to public schooling,”” implying parental involvement is somehow detrimental.

Parents—it’s time to speak out against critical race theory indoctrination in schools
There’s hardly an educational setting in the US that hasn’t been touched by the implementation of critical race theory as part of the curriculum. Parents who were afraid to speak out are finally finding their voices.

“Wokeness” Smothers Higher Education
There are new stories every day on the ways zealous social-justice warriors who are “woke” to all the world’s ills make life miserable for anyone who disagrees with them. There is, however, at least one apostate from the mob — former NYU professor Michael Rectenwald. For most of his life, he subscribed to leftist beliefs, but about five years ago turned away in revulsion.

The Dialectic of Woke
Column: Why politically correct institutions cave to Communist China

PJ O’Rourke: This is why millennials adore socialism
America’s young people have veered to the left. Opinion pollsters tell us so. According to a November 2019 Gallup poll, “Since 2010, young adults’ positive ratings of socialism have hovered near 50 percent.” A March 2019 Axios poll concurs, saying that 49 percent of millennials would “Prefer living in a socialist country.” And The Hill puts it more strongly, citing an October 2019 YouGov Internet survey in a story headed, “7 in 10 Millennials Say They’d Vote for a Socialist.”

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