Sunday, June 28, 2020

Watching the ship sink

Jordan Peterson tells of the latest woes among higher education - what he's feared was coming.
Twitter seems to exist primarily for the purpose of generating mobs — composed primarily of individuals who are hungry for blood and desiring to bask in the joys of reasonably risk-free reputation destruction, revenge and self-righteousness. Furthermore, as far as Twitter mobs go, those who complained about the Angewandte Chemie publication were by no means numerous, constituting perhaps less than a dozen.
No matter: once the complaints emerged, the editor of the journal in charge of Hudlicky’s work — Dr. Neville Compton — removed the paper from the journal’s website, and offered an abject apology for daring to have published it.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday Coronavirus song

Everything in life now seems to have us hurting each other - statues, food, even conversations.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Life's a beach

Via Instapundit, government coming to its senses.
"We had hoped to continue the beach closure until after Fourth of July weekend, but it's become impossible for law enforcement to continue to enforce that closure," said Santa Cruz County health officer Dr. Gail Newel. "People are not willing to be governed anymore in that regard."
If the rules make sense, they can be followed.
If they are arbitrary, then government can pound sand.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

When legal authority goes bad

Do you want to join the fight against a system that nearly destroys an innocent man's life.
Then celebrate with Michael Flynn today.
The Justice Department wants to dismiss the case, after finding evidence not provided to Flynn's team before he pled guilty.
The system worked against Flynn.
Supporting Flynn will help bring us to a system we can support.
You want that, right?

Monday, June 22, 2020

You can't escape the news

MASN is showing Game 1 of the 1970 World Series, something to keep my mind occupied while live sports remain on hold.
The replay includes news breaks - of the October Crisis in Canada.
Terrorism and kidnapping in 1970 interrupt my attempt to escape from the news of 2020.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Do something that matters

Jason Whitlock, now part of Outkick with Clay Travis, offers some ideas for the athletes trying to change the world.
Change Nike.
Despite being from blue-collar Akron, LeBron James has been pampered since he was 12 years old. He can’t speak for the black factory workers who frequented the Masterpiece Lounge, the bar my dad owned the last 25 years of his life. Neither can Colin Kaepernick. He barely speaks for himself let alone for manufacturing workers of any race.
What LeBron and Kap can do, if they want to use their voice and platforms in a meaningful way, is demand that Nike build manufacturing plants in Akron and Oakland. 
 Will they listen?

After the rally

Plenty of people watched President Trump's rally speech Saturday, even if the upper deck wasn't filled.
He got his time to speak to those who wanted to hear - and those he needs in November.
The President put the Democrat left neatly in a trap yesterday firmly linking them to the violence and arson and solidly linking himself and the GOP with law and order, bluntly stating that to elect Democrats is to export this mob violence to the rest of the country. This is a nightmare for every Democrat in congress who is not on a deep blue district who will now have to choose between the radical left or the swing voters who like police and on’t like riots.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Saturday Coronavirus song

The theme song for contact tracers all across the country. Thanks, Police.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The systematic problem

The new explanation is "systematic racism."
Scott Adams has been trying and failing to get modern examples of what it means.
What's something that happens to a poor black man but not a poor man of other races.
I think I've figured out what "systematic racism" means.
It's an excuse.
Used by Democratic politicians.
To explain why, 55 years after the Civil Rights Act passed, that things aren't getting better.
Democrats have been in power of government in multiple cities and states.
They want to change things.
But they can't.
Due to "systematic racism."
If you think the system is too powerful and needs to be broken up, I have a candidate for you.
Donald Trump.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Looking good for re-election

Powerline finds two signs that Republicans will be happy on November 4.
But as usual, the Democrats can’t help themselves. They have gone much too far with absurd proposals to abolish the police, and with essentially insane attacks on white people–who, last time I looked, comprise two-thirds of the electorate. And I do think you have to get outside of D.C. to get a sense of the electorate’s mood.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Save the professor

William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has come under fire for his posts about Black Lives Matter.
How dare Cornell Law employ someone who disagrees with them?
The professor has run his blog since the fall of 2008, knowing these enemies were out there.
We are living in extraordinarily dangerous times, reminiscent of the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution, in which professors guilty of wrongthink were publicy denounced and fired at the behest of students who insisted on absolute ideological orthodoxy. It’s a way of instilling terror in other students, faculty, staff, and society, so that others shut up and don’t voice dissenting views. We are seeing monuments destroyed in Taliban-fashion because they represent an uncomfortable history, movies and TV shows cancelled, and individuals disappeared from employment due to even the slightest deviation from the prevailing political culture.
This is not going to end well unless people of good conscience, who support black lives but not the Black Lives Movement as it was founded and currently operates, to speak up and refuse to cower in fear.

Trump contact tracing

President Trump plans to hold a rally next Friday in Tulsa.
A crowd without social distancing.
Masks not required.
But you know there will be great contact tracing.
The Trump campaign will get the name and contact information of everyone who attends.
If any of them get sick, we'll know.
Trump will probably encourage attendees to talk to their friends about our economic revival.
More contact tracing.
Just one question.
Will the media show up in Hazmat suits?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Buying time

Critics like to mention Donald Trump's bankruptcies.
They miss that there's a lesson to be learned from bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy gives you time to get your plan back together.
We're in the bankruptcy phase of the news cycle.
Trump is getting battered from all sides, trying to find a way to improve his coverage.
And he's got to wait for Democratic unity to splinter as each group brings their desires to the fore - like "defunding the police vs. police unions."
A few more weeks and he'll be on the campaign trail, with new energy and support from his favorite people.
And Joe Biden can't keep hiding forever.

Buffalo fritters

President Trump picked up the case of the elderly man in Buffalo - whose head appeared to hit the pavement after police began marching.
Trump suggests he was an agitator.
People who saw the initial video disagree.
As more reporting comes out, the information Trump has will move to the focus.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

With all due respect

Now that the funerals are done and protesting has slowed, we're getting the real story of what's going on behind the scenes.
Things weren't very friendly in Chicago.
One Alderman demanded to know how she was supposed to convince Walmart and CVS to rebuild in her precinct, after having lobbied to bring them in previously while implicitly guaranteeing "Your stores won't be nearly razed to the ground by barbarian hordes supported by the local and state governments."
There will be more unhappy interactions in the future.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Understanding "defund the police"

In the future, if you try to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, the social worker will come and ask if you're ashamed of your actions.
And how you made the shopkeeper feel.
Who's going to volunteer to be the social worker on call for this?

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Do you want Frey with that?

How do you feel about Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey?
Probably not as mad as this writer.
Frey, a former civil rights attorney, is the city’s mayor. And during what feels like eternity since mobs took to the streets, burning and/or stealing everything in sight, he has shown himself to be one of the weakest and most indecisive leaders in the history of the universe.
He would get a prize for that, but someone already stole it from him.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Defund politicians, not police

The protests have entered the silly season.
Defund police.
Politicians thinking they can shift blame to police instead of their system.
Activists with no clue what will happen if they get their way.
If politicians go along with this demand, many people will be hurt - and they'll continue to dish out their power.
Take away their money and see if we can survive without them.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Bring on the troops

Andy McCarthy explains what President Trump could do - if needed - in using the military to help stem the rioting.
The contentions that invocation of the Insurrection Act would be unconstitutional, unlawful, or unprecedented are legally and historically ignorant. And how ironic is the notion that a president’s doing so over the objection of state governments would be racist? Historically, the president’s power has been deployed against the forces of racism that state governments either could not suppress or actually supported — in response to the Ku Klux Klan after passage of the 1871 Civil Rights Act, and to enforce desegregation and civil rights in the years following the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Please don't go

Chicago mayor is asking Wal-Mart to rebuild and not abandon stores destroyed by looters.
Maybe she should have thought of that before the looters arrived.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Looters' greatest hits

An Instapundit reader collects a bunch of videos from the looting from different parts of the country.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Time for moms to crack down

How many members of Antifa live at home, likely in the basement?
Mom does their wash and they run around the streets, making messes.
Should we ask the moms of these guys to ground them until the protests are over.
It's for their safety, anyway.