News of the Week (September 27th, 2020)

 

News of the Week for Sept. 27th, 2020


 

Supreme Court Vacancy

 

7 Things to Know About Upcoming Supreme Court Process, Picks
With the unexpected death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday, Republicans face a tight timeline to get a new Supreme Court justice in place before the election.

You Don’t Have Enough Ammo for the Post-Ginsburg 2020 Apocalypse
The news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing on Friday certainly ratcheted up the 2020 crazy by several orders of magnitude, didn’t it?

A Lame-Duck Confirmation Vote May Be a Chimera
It is entirely possible that a confirmation vote prior to the election doesn’t happen, either because the timing is simply too tight or vulnerable Republicans don’t want to be put in an awkward spot (Tillis, Gardner, et al.). But the odds of confirming a justice would drastically decrease in a lame duck if Republicans lose the Senate and the presidency, and at this juncture you’d say the Democrats winning is more likely than not. In that circumstance, the pressure from the media and the Democrats would be crushing, and it’s easy to see Republicans buckling. So it may be that a confirmation needs to happen before the election, or it’s not happening at all.

Mitch McConnell, “Apex Predator”!
Writing in the Washington Post, Howard Fineman declares, “Mitch McConnell is the apex predator of U.S. politics.” He does not mean it as a compliment, writing that “no one since the Southern segregationists of the 1940s and 1950s did more to cripple the proper functioning of all three branches of government, not to mention faith in the very idea of one America.”

Romney on board with considering Supreme Court nominee
Mitt Romney reportedly has agreed with Republican leadership’s decision to move ahead with the process of confirming a Supreme Court nominee. With Romney apparently on board, Lindsey Graham says that leadership has the votes to get a nominee confirmed, assuming no unexpected developments.

Democrat Mobs Gather at Homes of Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham Over RBG Replacement
“dozens of gatherers turned out in the dark after the Senator expressed over the weekend that he’d support Pres. Donald Trump’s nomination to replace the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court”

Republicans Shouldn’t Tolerate Political Hostage-Taking from the Left
As we wait for Donald Trump to announce his pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there has been some division on the right over the most prudent course of action for the GOP to take. Some conservatives, especially on the anti-Trump right, including my good friend and former colleague David French, have suggested that Republicans ought to wait to hold a vote on a nominee until after the election.

As SCOTUS Fight Brews, Republicans Act to Fill Remaining Judicial Vacancies
Republicans have already confirmed more than a dozen federal judges so far this month. And the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to advance more nominees and hold hearings on others, guaranteeing a pipeline of potential judges.

Susan Collins Will Vote No on Trump SCOTUS Nominee: “We’re Simply Too Close to the Election”
“…and in the interest of being fair to the American people — and consistent, since it was with the Garland nomination.”

What Does an Incumbent Think Is Worth Losing an Election?
Over on the home page, Dan McLaughlin has an excellent and persuasive column arguing that Republican senators should do what they believe is right, regardless of any potential political risk in November: Consider President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court and, presuming they find the nominee qualified and worthy addition to the court, vote to confirm the nominee.

Lisa Murkowski Reverses Position on Filling SCOTUS Vacancy, Won’t Rule Out Vote to Confirm
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) made a stunning reversal of her position on filling the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. According to a report from Alaska Public Media, Murkowski now can’t rule out voting to confirm a nominee before the election.

Here’s How Democrats Plan to Block Trump’s SCOTUS Pick
Democrats looking to block Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick have a surprisingly large array of weapons they can employ in that effort. The Senate is particularly well suited to the task of obstructing and interfering with the process because of its long history in which built-in delays, procedures, and rules slow down the mechanisms of government to a crawl.

Is Amy Coney Barrett an Originalist?
President Donald Trump will nominate a Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday. Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, is widely considered the frontrunner. When Trump was deliberating on whom he would nominate to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the president said of Barrett, “I’m saving her for Ginsburg.”

The Judicial Branch Ragnarök Is Upon Us
As expected, President Trump selected Amy Coney Barrett as his third nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now the Judicial Branch Ragnarök and Related Festival of Catholic-Bashing is upon us.

 

Riots & Revolution

 

The Floyd case revisited
Roshini Rajkumar invited former prosecutor George Parry to discuss Parry’s take on the case of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd on WCCO News Talk’s Facebook page yesterday (video below). Roshini’s interview follows up on Parry’s American Spectator columns “Who killed George Floyd?” (August 7) and “The George Floyd fall guys” (August 13). The links go to Parry’s columns posted at Knowledge is Good, which also has several other interviews.

DOJ Designates New York City, Portland, Seattle as “Anarchist Jurisdictions”
Barr: “It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”

“Black” Indiana Black Lives Matter Activist Outed As White
“I have taken up space as a Black person while knowing I am white. I have used Blackness when it was not mine to use”

Minneapolis Has A George Floyd Autonomous Zone Where Police Struggle To Respond To Calls For Help
There’s a sign set up in the street in Minneapolis that reads “You are now entering the free state of George Floyd.” Four square blocks were blocked off from traffic by the city to protect those visiting the George Floyd memorial but over time this has apparently been turned into an autonomous zone similar to the CHAZ/CHOP that existed in Seattle over the summer.

Seattle pays ex-pimp $150,000 to offer “alternatives to policing”
Seattle now has on its payroll a convicted pimp who once vowed to “go to war” with the city — a $150,000 “street czar” whose mission is to come up with “alternatives to policing,” reports said.

Today’s Riots Comparable to “Late Stage” Violence of ’60s, ’70s
The riots of today are potentially more dangerous and divisive than the riots of the 1960s, said scholars during a Heritage Foundation forum Wednesday.

Black Lives Matter Website Scrubs Section Calling for Destruction of “Nuclear Family”
Coincidentally, polling has BLM popularity down substantially over the last three months

Louisville Police Declare State of Emergency Ahead of Grand Jury Announcement in Breonna Taylor Shooting
The Louisville Metro Police Department announced on Monday it was declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of violence resulting from a widely expected announcement of a grand jury decision in the shooting of Breonna Taylor.

UChicago activists vow year of protest without “peace or quiet” after school refuses to defund police
Protests included camping outside provost’s home

The Prelude to World War II: The Spanish Civil War and Today’s America
The Prelude to World War II: The Spanish Civil War and Today’s AmericaAmerica is definitely not Europe, but we can find a number of parallels between European history and contemporary America. For example, we’ve previously written about the Italian Years of Lead as a possible template for urban unrest and low-level inter-tribal warfare in the United States. Another example of how things might play out in the United States is the Spanish Civil War.

Report: Pro-China Group Funds Black Lives Matter Co-Founder
The Daily Signal revealed that a group called the Chinese Progressive Association, an ally of the Chinese Communist Party, partnered with Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, to fund the Black Futures Lab.

U Buffalo Graduate School of Education cancels class for anti-racism teach-in
The University of Buffalo Graduate School of Education canceled classes for students and staff to attend mandatory sessions on anti-racism.

Ex-cop cleared in Breonna Taylor death, indicted for shooting into neighbor’s apartment
A Kentucky grand jury has cleared current and former police officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor — indicting one ex-cop for “wantonly” firing shots into another apartment the night she died.

Unlawful Assembly Has Already Been Declared In Louisville (Update: Two Officers Shot)
The announcement that no charges were brought against officers for the death of Breonna Taylor has led to a BLM protest march through the city. There have been some scuffles with police and about an hour ago (as I write this) police declared an unlawful assembly and ordered everyone to clear the area. There are several reporters on the ground.

Hazards of the Trade
Earlier today, I mentioned that Shelby Talcott of the Daily Caller had apparently been arrested while covering the Louisville riot, now it turns out she wasn’t the only one who got the cuffs.

Louisville Democrat Mob: “Burn It Down” After #BreonnaTaylor Grand Jury Ruling
The Mostly Peaceful™ Protesters didn’t wait for dark to start breaking windows in Louisville, and I expect it to get much worse after nightfall

The Daily Caller Threatens to Sue Louisville PD After Arresting Two Reporters During Riots
Daily Caller attorney: “But this is not China. Those reporters flat out have a constitutionally protected role to play on our streets.”

Townhall Media’s Julio Rosas Threatened by Antifa Tweeting His Location in Louisville
Townhall Media’s Julio Rosas was on the ground in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday night reporting on the violent protests that erupted after police were not charged in the death of Breonna Taylor. Two police officers were during the Wednesday night riots.

‘Biden 2020,’ ‘BLM,’ Anarchist Sign Spray-Painted on Garage Door Amid Suspected Arson Attack
In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, a Minneapolis family awoke to find their garage on fire. They rushed to get everyone out of the house, which only suffered minor damage. After the fire, they saw three symbols spray-painted on the garage door: the anarchist A, “BLM” for Black Lives Matter, and “Biden 2020.”

My Slow Conversion to ‘Existential Crisis’ Mode for Election 2020
Throughout my entire voting life I’ve never viewed a presidential election as a watershed event in my American life. Any American life. We do this every four years, after all.

Portland Riot: Mostly Peaceful Molotov Cocktails Thrown At Police
The rioters in Portland escalated their attacks on police last night. Most of the action took place near the central precinct where large rocks were used to break glass above the doors and slingshots were then used to fire rocks inside the building. An unlawful assembly was declared. When officers went out to push the group away from the building they were hit with bottles and fireworks.

AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines
As the decision in Kentucky to bring charges against only one of three police officers involved in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor sparks renewed protests nationwide, a new survey finds support has fallen for demonstrations against systemic racism.

Americans Are Losing Patience With Riots
Poll data, including data generated by my own organization, show that Americans draw a clear distinction between demonstrating and rioting. Large majorities have no problem with demonstrations, but strongly disapprove of riots, looting and arson.

Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes
Did you know that Breonna Taylor’s father was a drug dealer? He’s serving life in prison because he murdered a guy over drugs. Did you know that Breonna Taylor twice posted bond for her drug dealer boyfriend Jamarcus Glover? Did you know that police surveillance shows Breonna dropping off Jamarcus at the “trap house” where he dealt drugs? Somebody ought to ask the Mostly Peaceful™ Protesters exactly how much they know about the case, because the more you actually know about Breonna, the less she looks like a candidate for sainthood, which is what the Black Lives Matter movement wants you to think of her.

Louisville, Other Cities Struck by Violence, Riots for Second Night After Breonna Taylor Decision
Louisville police arrested 24 people, including a state rep.

Mandatory class at Idaho college tells students to list examples of white and male privilege
If you can’t name examples of white privilege, “that in itself represents a privilege”

The Many Times Nikole Hannah-Jones Argued 1619 Was Our “True Founding”
This story isn’t really that complicated except for the fact that the person at the center of it, 1619 Project author Nikole Hannah-Jones, has been doing her best to gaslight everyone else. If you cut through that intentional fog of misdirection and deleted tweets what you’re left with is a clumsy effort to obfuscate what was the most oft-used summary of the entire project by the author herself: The idea that 1619, not 1776, should be considered America’s “true founding.”

Abbott: The Eyes Of Texas Will Be Upon Rioters In New Get-Tough Legislation
Governor Abbott held a news conference in Dallas on Thursday to announce new legislative proposals to address the riots that break out during protests in Texas. He isn’t on the ballot but he spoke during a campaign event joined by police union officials, other Texas leaders, and Republican politicians. They hope to take Texas House seats from Dallas County Democrats in November.

Oregon Governor Finally Gets Tough on Protesters … Conservative Protesters
Nothing says hypocrite like the governor of Oregon sounding the alarm about conservative protesters on the streets of her state’s largest city after letting leftists run amok for months.

Enough! BLM Protests Are Even Losing Support From Black Americans, New Poll Shows
Every time you look at your television there is a new Black Lives Matter protest in another city and it invariably involves violence and looting.

Defense Lawyer Offers Cop’s Side of Jacob Blake Shooting
This is a key point: “He said he used deadly force during the chaotic encounter because he was afraid Blake, while attempting to flee the scene, was trying to kidnap a child in the backseat of the vehicle.”

I Was Only Going To Stab You
Mr Ricardo Munoz, 27, the noble, oppressed citizen in whose name our betters rage, can be seen being lively here. Mr Munoz had a history of involvement in stabbing incidents, including the stabbing of women and children, and a history of resisting arrest. The stuff of sainthood, clearly.

Car plows through Trump supporters at BLM protest in California
A car reportedly plowed through a crowd in California as Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with counter-protesters. This is the third vehicle to hit protesters in California in just one week.

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Woman Who Tried to Drive Her Car Into Group of Trump Supporters Charged With Attempted Murder
A California woman who was part of a Black Lives Matter “Caravan for Justice” group protesting the grand jury verdict in the Breonna Taylor death drove her car directly into a group of Trump supporters counterprotesting. Two people were injured and taken to the hospital.

Black Lives Matter Activist Arrested for Using $200,000 in Donations to Buy a House
The FBI arrested a Black Lives Matter activist on fraud and money laundering charges after it was discovered he used donations raised for the group on Facebook for a variety of personal items.

Winthrop will hire prof who threatened to expose ‘White K-12’ teachers who express ‘pro-police’ rhetoric
Winthrop University will proceed with hiring a professor who threatened to expose teachers who expressed “pro-police” sentiments..

University of Louisville apologizes for crime alert that failed to be “anti-racist”
The University of Louisville issued an apology for a crime alert, which described the suspect as a “Black man wearing a red hoodie.”

Federal Charges for BLM Scammer
Talk about foreshadowing. In January 2019, “local activist” Tyree Conyers-Page, “also known as Sir Maejor Page,” was arrested for disrupting a city council meeting in Toledo, Ohio. Three months later, he was arrested for trespassing at a gun violence conference in Toledo, where he was carrying an unlicensed concealed pistol. Given that Page was “local” in Toledo, does it make sense that he would be president of an organization called Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta (BLMGA)? Last time I checked, Atlanta was nearly 700 miles from Toledo, but nevertheless, Page in 2016 had incorporated BLMGA as a 501(c)3 non-profit. After the George Floyd case gained worldwide attention, Page collected nearly half-a-million dollars in contributions

The Truth About Breonna Taylor, Part 1: Separating BLM’s Myth From Reality
Take a close look at those photos. They were taken Jan. 2, 2020, in the 2400 block of Elliott Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. These police surveillance photos show a 2016 white Chevrolet Impala, with the Kentucky tag 140 ZAT. Getting out of the car is convicted narcotics trafficker Jamarcus Glover. He is exiting the Impala in front of the so-called “trap house” where he and his associates were dealing drugs.

 

Corona Virus

 

UK council bans workers from smoking at home during lockdowns
Now people are working online, employers are dictating what employees can do at home.

UK supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons are rationing toilet paper and hand sanitizer as fears of panic buying return. One worker said their store was ‘worse than a bad Christmas.’
British supermarket chains Morrisons and Tesco have reintroduced product limits of three per person on staple goods such as long-life food and hygiene products.

 

Election 2020

 

Wargaming the Electoral College: 5 Scenarios, 3 Startling Finishes
Wargaming the Electoral College is back, and just in time for RGB Replacement Madness to frustrate nearly everyone’s plans and predictions.

Poll taken partly after Ginsburg’s death: Susan Collins still trails Democrat by five — or more
I find myself constantly torn between an immovable object and an irresistible force in trying to size up this Senate race. The immovable object is my sense that Collins will be the toughest purple-state senator for Democrats to dislodge, partly because she’s been in office for so long and partly because she’s taken such care to cultivate her brand as a centrist. It paid off for her too: She consistently runs a few points ahead of Trump in Mane polling this year, proof that she’s picking up some Biden voters. It’s one thing for Dems to oust a first-term incumbent like Cory Gardner or Joni Ernst. But Susan Collins?

McClintock on the Ballot Propositions
Proposition 14 – Brewster’s Billions: NO. “Brewster’s Millions” tells the story of a fictional character in 1902, who, in order to inherit $7 million, must first spend $1 million in a year and have nothing to show for it. In 2004, California voters were convinced to spend $3 billion on Stem Cell research – or about $260 (plus interest) for every family in California. A recent report found that $2.1 billion went to beneficiaries with links to the board that doles out the money. That money is now all but spent, with nothing to show for it. So, they’re back with another bond, this one for $5.5 billion (about $478 per family). This is amusing only as fiction.

Woman Driver Crashes Car While Flipping the Bird at Trump Supporters
TDS is very real.

House Democrat Collin Peterson Denounces Ilhan Omar: “She Doesn’t Belong in Our Party”
Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) denounced his colleague and fellow Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar, as someone who “doesn’t belong” in the Democratic Party in response to a question shouted at him by a person with a cellphone camera.

An Anti-Asian Proposition
An effort to undo a California ban on racial discrimination is floundering.

Poll: California voters don’t want racial preferences reinstated
In 1996, voters in California passed Proposition 209, which amended the state’s constitution to prohibit public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, or ethnicity. I wrote about the beneficial effects of Prop 209, including higher graduation rates for Blacks and Latinos, in this post.

California Law Makes It A Crime To Spread “Misinformation” About Mail-In Voting
I’m old enough to remember when speaking out about political issues was actually considered “a good thing.” You know… raising your voice, participating in the debate and voting. Those were all admirable activities in a participatory democracy. Not so in California these days, particularly after the passage of a new law that will leave you subject to a penalty in court if you talk about mail-in voting in a way not approved of by the Democratic majority. That’s right. Gavin Newsom just signed a new bill into law that makes it a misdemeanor to “spread disinformation” about voting by mail, either in person or on social media. And the bill’s sponsor wants law enforcement to start prosecuting people immediately.

Biden Campaign to Appear Alongside Hanoi Jane
Event comes one week after Biden hosted veterans outreach roundtable

Military Ballots Found in the Trash in Pennsylvania—All Were Trump Votes
Mail-in ballots from the military serving overseas were found in the trash in Pennsylvania. The ballots were discovered during an investigation into election issues in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. They were all votes for President Trump.

Several Arrests Made, Felonies Charged in Texas Vote Harvesting Scheme
While the Democrats continue to stick to their narrative that incidents of ballot harvesting and rampant voter fraud are just a bogeyman conjured up by Republicans to disenfranchise people (or something), more evidence continues to prove just how wrong they are. In Texas, four people have been arrested in a ballot harvesting scheme, including a Gregg County commissioner.

More In-Kind Contributions to the Trump Campaign
Last night in St. Petersburg, Florida, BLM/Antifa thugs harassed people who were eating in local restaurants.

Election Fraud Already Underway?
You would like to think that things like this could never happen. Then you remember who Democrats are, and of course it’s happening

Military Mail-In Ballots Cast for Trump Discarded in Pennsylvania, Federal Investigation Finds
Nine military mail-in ballots cast for President Donald Trump were discarded at a local Pennsylvania board of elections office, a federal investigation concluded.

Y’All Remember Democrats Used to Win in the Midwest and South, Right?
Related to the argument that the Senate somehow unfairly overrepresents Republicans because largely rural states in the interior have as much say as more heavily populated coastal states . . . these folks know that a bunch of those rural interior states had Democratic senators not that long ago, right?

UCLA prof’s ‘non-partisan’ voter registration org partners with leftist activist group
A UCLA professor recently launched “100 for the 100th,” a website which outlines the voter registration process, and gives information on absentee voting, voter suppression, and the 19th Amendment.

Biden Compares Trump To Nazi Goebbels, As Dems Scream About “Reichstag”
WaPo: “This is not a drill. The Reichstag is burning.”

 

Gun Rights

 

San Francisco Police Use Banned Tech to Build Gun Case
The city’s police received information on a gun case suspect from another law enforcement agency that used facial recognition to identify the person. The technology has been banned from use since May 2019.

Fourth grader suspended for having a BB gun in his bedroom during virtual learning
A 9-year-old Louisiana student was suspended after a teacher reported seeing a gun in the boy’s bedroom during a virtual class.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

California governor signs executive order to ban gas-powered cars and trucks
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order to ban gas-powered cars and trucks in California by 2035, a move he said would cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third.

CA Gov. Newsom signs executive order banning sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2035
Sure to feed the exodus from California.

California city bans junk food from checkout aisles
Berkeley in northern California will ban the sale of junk food from supermarket checkout displays — becoming the first US city to do so, according to local media.

Is a “Climate Lockdown” Next?
You knew they would try to pivot off the draconian COVID policies and use climate change as the pretext to deploy the same rigid controls over our lives. Now, perhaps a trial balloon is being floated for a “climate lockdown.”

Global warming causes snow in SA, Victoria, NSW and “coldest day for 50 years”
Spring snow has fallen in Ballarat and even parts of mid north South Australia, and regional NSW. Unlike warm spells which are caused by air conditioners and SUV’s, cold spells are due to “polar air masses” that evidently got lost on the way to school or something.

Wind turbines generate mountains of waste
Blade waste, other factors prove wind is no more green than solar

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Conservatives say the SCOTUS threat to Obamacare is remote even with new Trump justice
Conservative legal experts say the chances are slim that the Supreme Court will invalidate Obamacare, even with President Trump’s pick for a new justice.

 

War & Terror

 

Chinese Air Force Propaganda Video Included A Scene From Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
The Chinese Air Force has started putting out propaganda videos similar to the sort of thing North Korea has released in the past. A two minute clip that appeared on a Chinese social media site this weekend depicts H-6 bombers attacking a U.S. air force base in Guam. It was titled “The god of war H-6K goes on the attack!”

Video shows Chinese soldiers crying as they allegedly head to Sino-Indian border
PLA ‘cannon fodder’ mocked for crying on bus as they apparently depart for border with India

Student wrongfully accused of racism receives death threats after being targeted by Disney star
Molly Akin, formerly a student at Samford University, was photograd by a friend after getting a spray tan. The photo was captioned “we changing races tonight!!”

NYPD Officer Charged With Spying On Chinese Citizens In New York And Reporting To The PRC
The Department of Justice announced yesterday that it had brought charges against Baimadajie Angwang, a naturalized citizen and NYPD officer, for acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China.

US House passes forced labour bill that would bar Xinjiang imports
The legislation, which now goes to the Senate, would require any importer of Xinjiang-sourced products to prove they were not made using forced labour

Chinese Poet’s Verse, Comments Led to Arrest of Couple For ‘Subversion’
Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan have formally arrested a dissident poet who spoke out in support of the Hong Kong protest movement and his wife on “subversion” charges.

China has built 380 internment camps in Xinjiang, study finds
Construction has continued despite Beijing’s claim “re-education” system is winding down

America’s Pacific Island Partnerships Preserve Peace, Progress
The Freely Associated States in the South Pacific Ocean aren’t well known to many Americans, but President Donald Trump and his administration continue to provide unprecedented focus and support to these allies to help preserve their peace and prosperity in the face of China’s growing interests in the region.

China has built 380 internment camps in Xinjiang, study finds
Construction has continued despite Beijing’s claim “re-education” system is winding down

Man Arrested After Knife Attack Near Former Charlie Hebdo Offices As Trial Continues
Don’t bet on coincidences here, but also don’t jump to a conclusion just yet. Parisian prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation into a stabbing attack that wounded two employees of a video production company. The attack took place outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine at the heart of a trial in France over the radical-Islamist terror attack five years ago that left 11 dead. It also followed the decision by the magazine to republish some of the same cartoons of Mohammed.

A Pakistani father’s ordeal: China seized his Uighur son and sent his daughters to an orphanage
Sakandar Hayat wanted it to be a special Ramadan. He and his teenage boy Arafat left northwestern China and crossed the border into Hayat’s native Pakistan. It was a journey to bring father and son closer together. But it would end up tearing their family apart.

All out war broke out this morning between #Azerbaijan & #Armenia after Azerbaijan launched an offensive along the entire Line of contact between Azerbaijan and disputed Artsakh (Nogorno Karabagh).
#Turkish UAVs & mercenaries from #Syria are also involved in the offensive.

 

National

 

Here’s a List of White Liberals Caught Pretending to Be Black
Three different white liberals in authority roles within universities and activist movements have apologized this month for pretending to be black—and they aren’t the only ones to get caught lying about their racial identities.

Swarthmore College student paper: Mandate critical race theory for graduation
In a recent editorial where the Swarthmore College Phoenix tells the school to “prioritize Black [and] Indigenous Studies,” the editors also state they want critical race theory implemented as a graduation requirement.

Students shocked to learn of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s ‘racist’ quote
Campus Reform recently asked students about the nationwide movement to remove “racist” institutions, statues and figures from society.

1619: Revisionism about Revisionism
“The history of the American Revolution isn’t the only thing the New York Times is revising through its 1619 Project. The ‘paper of record’ has also taken to quietly altering the published text of the project itself after one of its claims came under intense criticism. . . .”

A Note on Diction: Latinos, Hispanics, Brazilians, and the Awful “Latinx”
One thing I didn’t mention in my article on Hispanic support for Trump over on the homepage is the impact that Brazilians could have in this election. There are 300,000 of them in South Florida alone, and they tend (so far as I can tell first-hand) to be frenetically entrepreneurial. Trump’s appeal to small business owners and to those who really want to “make it in America” may prove particularly effective with them.

President Signs Executive Order Abolishing Critical Race Theory
The President has issued a full Executive Order abolishing critical race theory from the federal government, the military, and all federal contractors.

Democrats Fear 87 Year-Old Dianne Feinstein Not Up For Looming Supreme Court Battle
“If you take a look at Kavanaugh, we may be short two senators because of that. And if this gets [messed] up, it may be the same result.”

32% growth in the GDP this quarter
The media wrote us off this summer. Josh Barro of New York magazine wrote on July 20, “The Economy Won’t Be Recovering Anytime Soon.”

Blackouts, Wildfires, Homelessness, High Taxes And Far Left Politics Are Driving People Out Of California
There have been some high profile moves out of California recently including Ben Shapiro, who moved his company to Nashville, and Joe Rogan, who recently moved to Austin. They are just part of a growing exodus of people, especially conservatives, who have had enough of the state’s high taxes, high cost of living, far-left politics and endless problems including homelessness, wildfires and self-inflicted blackouts.

Princeton Denies That Its “Embedded” Racism Violates the Civil Rights Act
Princeton University has responded to a federal civil rights inquiry with a seemingly contradictory claim: Although the university does not discriminate against minorities, it is nonetheless systemically racist.

Do You Want 51 or 52 States Next Year?
“The prospects of statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., have never been greater, but many significant obstacles loom,” The Hill declares.

Cancel Culture College Administrators Put on Notice
Whether public or private, they will lose federal funding if they stifle free speech and religious freedom, according to new rules from the Department of Education.

Duke prof’s new computer science course will focus on diversity
Alicia Washington, a computer science professor at Duke and diversity advocate, hopes to increase representation in the field with a new course.

Roadmap to Increase Antimatter Production by 10 Billion Times
Fermilab was able to produce 2 nanograms of antimatter per year, but a new NASA NIAC plan by Gerald Jackson could increase this by 10 billion times to 20 grams per year with a $670 million per year energy cost antimatter factory. They also have a theoretical solution for long-term antimatter storage. They would use the antimatter to trigger nuclear fission to get propulsion up to 10% of light speed.

Ron Paul Hospitalized After Suffering On-Air Medical Emergency
Libertarian former Texas Congressman Ron Paul was hospitalized on Friday after suffering what appeared to be a stroke or similar medical event while he was on the air recording his show “The Liberty Report.” Out of respect for Paul and his family, we will not post the video here.

Ithaca College theatre students threaten to out “white supremacist” faculty
Activists accused the department’s curriculum of being “steeped in white supremacy”

“I Did It A Bunch Of Times”: Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Caught In College Admissions Scandal
Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, has been named in a college admissions scandal. This scandal is different than the one that has dominated headlines for months. Unlike the FBI’s Operation Varsity Blues, this isn’t a story of wealthy parents paying handsomely to get their unqualified children accepted into a college or university. This is a story of connections and the arrogance of the privileged.

Women’s March Co-Founder Calls Kentucky’s Black AG a ‘Sell-Out Negro’
The co-founder of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, called Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron a “sell-out negro” who is no different from those black tribes that sold Africans into slavery.

Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions
Chokeholds, no-knock raids, and mass torts.

The War on Merit Comes to Suburbia
What happens when working hard to succeed doesn’t matter? Or when doing well in academics is actually considered wrong or bad?

Brain-eating microbe: US city warned over water supply
Residents of Lake Jackson, Texas, have been warned about using tap water after a deadly brain-eating microbe was found in the city’s public water supply.

Cancel Culture: SJWs at Spotify Demand Censorship of Network’s Newest Star Joe Rogan
“would include the ability to directly edit or remove sections of upcoming interviews, or block the uploading of episodes deemed problematic”

 

Economy & Taxes

 

CBO Has a Terrifying Warning About the Federal Debt
The Congressional Budget Office released its long-term budget forecast yesterday and it’s a hair-raising forecast, indeed.

32% growth in the GDP this quarter
The media wrote us off this summer. Josh Barro of New York magazine wrote on July 20, “The Economy Won’t Be Recovering Anytime Soon.”

 

International

 

Transgender woman cannot be child’s ‘mother’: French court
France’s highest court ruled Wednesday that a transgender woman cannot be officially recognised as the biological mother of the child she conceived with her wife, in a ruling described as “scandalous” by her lawyer.

Christian school secretary, 44, reveals shock at being sacked for opposing plans to teach LGBT relationships to primary pupils and says it is ‘morally necessary to defend the Bible truth against harmful doctrines’
Kristie Higgs was dismissed by Farmor’s School in Gloucestershire, last year

Man accused of slashing pregnant wife’s stomach ‘to check gender’
A man has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh after slashing his pregnant wife’s stomach with a sickle, leaving her critically ill and causing the death of their unborn baby boy, police and her relatives said.

Knife-wielding man wounds five including schoolchildren in a stabbing spree near a kindergarten in China
Five were injured in the knife attack in southern Chinese metropolis Guangzhou

Neandertals have adopted male sex chromosome from modern humans
In 1997, the very first Neandertal DNA sequence—just a small part of the mitochondrial genome—was determined from an individual discovered in the Neander Valley, Germany, in 1856. Since then, improvements in molecular techniques have enabled scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology to determine high quality sequences of the autosomal genomes of several Neandertals, and led to the discovery of an entirely new group of extinct humans, the Denisovans, who were relatives of the Neandertals in Asia.

Europe Makes Its Choice
The president of the European Council does not usually make news when addressing the UN General Assembly. In fact, the current occupant of the post, Charles Michel might be used to giving UN addresses that attract minimal attention. He is, after all, a former prime minister of Belgium.

Parliament: Tory MPs to refuse unconscious bias training
Several Conservative MPs say they will not take part in unconscious bias training provided by the House of Commons.

Cuban Doctors Report Castro Regime’s Slavery to the United Nations
The repression of Cuban doctors and professionals starts from the Cuban legal framework itself. For example, the so-called Migration Law No. 312 prevents Cuban professionals from having an ordinary passport.

Australia asks Google to remove images from top of sacred site Uluru
Australia has asked Google to remove pictures on its Maps service taken from the top of Uluru, the sacred Aboriginal monolith that visitors were banned from climbing last year.

Hololive Vtubers Kiryu Coco and Akai Haato Get 3-Week Suspension for Mentioning Taiwan During a Livestream
We’ve learned some unfortunate news – Hololive vtubers (virtual YouTubers) Kiryu Coco and Akai Haato have been suspended for a few weeks. Both YouTubers have been suspended for three weeks by their management company Cover for reportedly mentioning Taiwan, when talking about their viewer ratings. The suspension will run from September 28th to October 19th, 2020.

 

Opinion

 

My generation is being raised to hate America — it’s time to stand up for our history
You can’t love what you don’t know. When young Americans say they aren’t proud of their country, it proves our education system has failed them.

Suicide of the liberals
We have previously drawn attention to Professor Gary Saul Morson’s New Criterion essay “How the great truth dawned,” Professor Morson’s New Criterion lecture “Leninthink,” Professor Morson’s New York Review of Books review “The horror, the horror,” and Professor Morson’s book Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time

Civilization Requires Collective Common Sense
After the summer protests and rioting in many large cities, activists demanded a defunding, or at least radical pullbacks, of the police. So-called crime experts often concurred. So some city governments ignored public warnings and diminished their police presence despite a sharp rise in crime in many cities. Looting and arson were often ignored.

Transrational
Over at the indispensable Unherd.com, Sam Leith questions why an interview with Judith Butler received so much overpraising. Butler is widely credited for popularizing the conceptual split between sex and gender that has driven transgenderism. The United Kingdom, more than anywhere else, has produced dissent against transgenderism from feminists. Leith had hoped to find some clarity from a veteran academic. Instead, Butler was evasive. Maybe there’s less here than meets the eye.

Supreme Court Precedent Killed Breonna Taylor
And it will kill again.

I’ll Take “Things Not to Say to a Jersey Cop While You’re Holding a Knife” for $400
What is “I’m gonna stab him”?

Diversity makes us dumber
Remember the cliche parroted by every Australian general ever interviewed that we have the smartest and most well-trained soldiers in the world?

President . . . Mike Pompeo?
As I’ve been watching all the commotion of possible election chaos in November, and the various wild scenarios being played out involving military coups, or the ascension of Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the presidency on January 20 if the election is somehow not settled by then. I’ve been pondering one possibility that I’m surprised has drawn little attention. And it is quite relevant to the demands some Democrats apparently want to make that Amy Coney Barrett pledge to recuse herself from any election-related case that might reach the Supreme Court, as it did in 2000.

Fascism: the most abused term in America
I doubt there has ever been a time when fewer actual fascists and actual socialists existed than today

L.A.’s Failed Homeless Policies Turned My Home Into a Prison
I never wanted a gun. In fact, I wanted to never own one—until around noon on Thursday, August 20th.

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