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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 »

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Featured image Let’s catch up on some updates to the regular themes and stores we’re covering right now. • Here’s our feel good story of the day: Mayor Bill De Blasio Plans 22,000 Layoffs, As People Flee New York City In Droves New York City may lay off tens of thousands of municipal workers. Even with this massive downsizing, it won’t be enough to stem the financial hemorrhaging plaguing the city. The Wall »

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Featured image • Nice to see the “peaceful” protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, transitioning so easily into Trump re-election rallies. • How is it possible that Sean Connery is 90 years old today? • This week in self-owning tweets: The Times says this like it’s a bad thing . . . or untrue. Of course, Nikki Haley is the daughter of two Indian immigrants. But to the melanin-obsessed liberals, she’s not a true »

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Featured image • The estimable James Lileks—the third greatest living Minnesotan after John and Scott—has come up with the perfect one sentence slogan about the hapless nominee of the Democratic Party: “The soft bigotry of Joe expectations.” File that one away and use it often. • Some unsurprising headlines from imploding Democrat-run cities: Movers in N.Y.C. Are So Busy They’re Turning People Away SF condo inventory spikes, with price reductions skyrocketing • »

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Featured image • So the news out this morning is that Joe Biden won’t travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic nomination later this month. Because COVID. Question: If Biden wins the election, will he come to Washington to be inaugurated on January 20? Or will he be sworn in by a local justice of the peace and conduct his administration from his Delaware basement? I expect the Trump campaign can make »

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Featured image • This weekend’s body count from Chicago: 18 dead, 47 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings Chaser: Trump’s letter to Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. Lightweight: “More Americans have been killed in Chicago than in combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq combined since September 11, 2001, a deadly trend that has continued under your tenure. . . Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you »

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Featured image • Obama’s national security aide Ben Rhodes famously remarked that young journalists “literally know nothing,” but today someone at The Hill newspaper abused their ignorance privilege with this epic tweet: What—did Germany murder seven million Jews before noon today? I musta missed that breaking news. The tweet has been deleted, but seriously Hill people, shouldn’t you just delete your entire Twitter account? If The Hill had any sense of shame »