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Featured image • I see Dr. Fauci is saying that perhaps we should make “seasonal mask wearing” a permanent thing. How about No. This idea summons an occasion for Michael Uhlmann’s suggestion that whenever someone like Fauci comes up with some kind of nifty idea to improve the world, you should repeat the idea aloud, slowly, in a German accent, and see if it still sounds as good. Move over “your vaccine »

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Featured image • A lot of our commenters expressed great doubt if not opposition to Caitlyn Jenner’s candidacy to be governor of California. It seems to me a classic case of he-said, she-said. • Believe it or not, next week I am giving a commencement address. In person. At a university. I’ll post the text after it’s all done, but preparing a commencement address presents a unique challenge. It’s not like a »

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Featured image • Today is every Progressive’s favorite day of the year—they make us literally set the clock forward an hour into the future, this bringing us closer to the destination of the “side of history.” I prefer to think of it as taking away one hour of the Biden presidency, and in any case, we’ll get our revenge in the fall when we conservatives get literally to set the clock back. »

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Featured image • Woo-hoo! A new ranking of the Top 100 Conservative Websites is out, and Power Line is #37! The ranking is based on Alexa data, and I have no idea whether that is a good method. I see that Newsbusters has climbed since last year to nudge just ahead of us, and what’s this?—American Greatness is two notches above us? Good for them, the upstarts. And I do have to »

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Featured image • As Ronald Reagan liked to say, when politicians feel the heat, they see the light. —News item: Looking increasingly likely Gov. Gavin Newsom will have to face a recall election this summer or fall. —News item: Gov. Newsom calls for public schools to reopen “immediately.” Chaser: From a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association back in November: “The decision to close US public primary schools in »

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Featured image • Headline: Biden to Meet With Union Leaders to Discuss Infrastructure Spending What an accurate headline would say: Biden to Meet With Union Leaders to Buy Them Off for Killing Their Members’ Jobs • I have a theory about why Mitch McConnell decided to go off on Trump as he did after the impeachment vote. My suspicion is that a quite a lot of Republican Senators (maybe a majority) are »

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Featured image • So Ibram Kendi (whose real name at birth was Ibram Henry Rogers) turns out to be a “transphobe.” Speaking on a Zoom conference before the New York State Association of Independent Schools on the topic of “How To Be An Antiracist School” (for which he was undoubtedly paid a five-figure appearance fee), he let fly with this: “I think it was last week my daughter came home and said she wanted »

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Featured image • Tweet of the day from my pal Rebeccah Heinrichs of the Hudson Institute: I’ll skip over how Biden is eating his own lunch these days. • Spot the blooper here: Allies? China?? Probably Andrea Mitchell again. Chaser: Pass the popcorn, someone. I’m all out. • Irony alert: 8-Year-Old Calls Out NPR For Lack Of Dinosaur Stories An 8-year-old from Minneapolis recently pointed out a big problem with NPR’s oldest »

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Featured image • We know John Kerry regards himself as too important, so why is this story even news at all. Of course he was going to take a private jet to accept a climate award. Still, I guess it is nice to have him come right out and say it: John Kerry defends taking private jet to accept climate award in Iceland President Biden’s new climate czar John Kerry took a »

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Featured image • First of all, happy Groundhog Day: • Second of all, happy Groundhog Day. • Okay, enough with the jokes. Serious question: Who shot Ashli Babbitt? Usually after a law enforcement involved fatal shooting, we know the name of the officer within a day or two. But the officer who fired the fatal shot at Ashli Babbitt on January 6 has still not been publicly identified, even though news is »

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Featured image • News item: Recall drive against California Governor Gavin Newsom nears threshold to qualify for a special election. • News item: Gov. Newsom abruptly lifts statewide lockdown order, even though the infection rate remains little changed from a month ago. Gee—I wonder if these two stories might be related? Chaser: Unemployment fraud during COVID has cost California $11 billion California has paid out a staggering $11 billion worth of fraudulent »

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Featured image I’m away much of this week with my nose in some archives for my book project. So a few random things. • A friend emails: “I just performed a test of Facebook censorship. I posted the iconic photo of Jackie Robinson stealing home, with the caption, ‘Stop the Steal.’ Gone in under 30 seconds. Twice.” (It did finally stick on the third try, though.) I’ll bet if enough people post »

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Featured image Happy new year everybody. Some stray thoughts to get us started. • Stock market had a bad first day of 2021. I wonder if nervousness about the outcome of the Georgia Senate runoff election tomorrow might explain some of it? If Democrats sweep, then punitive tax hikes are back on the table. • I’ve been predicting for years that sooner or later a reverse-migration from the expensive coasts to the »

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Featured image There are a bunch of stray stories and curious data points right now that deserve brief notice here. • What in the world is a “violence interrupter”? If you thought that might be a euphemism for a law enforcement officer—or maybe a prison guard—you’d be wrong. Here’s what Wikipedia says it is: “Violence interruption is a community-based approach to reducing communal and interpersonal violence that treats violence as a public »

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Featured image • It is passing nearly unnoticed that the Democratic National Committee, and some in the media, are referring to the “Biden-Harris Administration.” I don’t believe referring to an administration jointly in this fashion has ever been done before. Whatever could they mean by this? • Before you start making book on how long it will be before Biden is removed from office (assuming he takes office on January 20), keep »

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Featured image A few stray items for Saturday afternoon ruminations. . . • M. Stanton Evans, writing about The New Yorker, circa 1961: “No other journal so elegantly combines the comforts of privilege with the glamor of dissent.” Some things never change. • As your deep cover operative behind enemy lines in academia, I had the opportunity yesterday to see some deep-in-the-weeds survey data (not to be confused with the daily horserace polls) »

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Featured image Whole lot of news items today worth brief notice. • The most unsurprising headline of the day, from the Times of London: Climate Experts Fly More Often Than Other Scientists Scientists who specialise in climate change fly more than other researchers, according to a study by Cardiff University that has prompted calls for them “to look in the mirror” before demanding that others cut emissions. . . The difference could »