Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 15, 2020


“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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Biden’s $2T ‘Climate Agenda’

Thomas Gallatin

On Tuesday, the Democrat Party, via its presidential nominee stand-in and teleprompter reader Joe Biden, revealed its $2 trillion “climate agenda” that is essentially a slimmed-down version of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s economically untenable “Green New Deal.” Back in May, Biden, in an obvious effort aimed at pandering to his party’s increasingly powerful radical left wing, tagged AOC to co-chair his campaign’s climate platform along with former Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry. The resulting fruit is rotten to the core.

Sounding every bit the part of a radical climate alarmist, Biden declared, “There is no more consequential challenge that we must meet in the next decade than the onrushing climate crisis. Left unchecked, it is literally an existential threat to the health of our planet and to our very survival.”

The $2 trillion price tag exceeds Biden’s previous $1.7 trillion climate plan, and he claims the change is due to simply being “more ambitious.” The reality is more likely that his handlers decided he needed to show more deference to climate activists. The New York Post reports, “Biden’s announcement comes as the presidential wannabe courts idols on the left of his party including Bronx-Queens Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the hope that they will support him and steer young voters his way in November.”

Biden is also attempting to tout the supposed economic “benefits” of his climate agenda, falsely insisting that his plan would create millions of new jobs, especially for union workers, as the U.S. transforms into a “carbon pollution-free electric sector by the year 2025.” This is a clear attempt to counter President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan, while also deflecting the means by which Biden would “pay” for his plan: massive tax hikes.

His campaign noted that the plan would be paid for using “a mix of tax increases on corporations and the wealthy and stimulus spending, likely related to the coronavirus pandemic.” Yet Biden has already promised to roll back Republican tax cuts that benefit more than 80% of middle-class taxpayers. So, on the day before taxes are due, Biden proposes yet more massive spending that will demand even more milking of American taxpayers.

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Income Redistribution Day — Late and Loathed

Nate Jackson

Income Redistribution Day has arrived. In a normal year, of course, tax day occurs on April 15, but 2020 is anything but a normal year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, the Treasury Department ever so graciously (ahem) moved the filing deadline to July 15. Of course, the IRS is also sitting on $1.5 billion in tax refunds waiting to be claimed.

Think that’s bad? The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released figures this week that should alarm every American, though most either won’t notice or will shrug it off. Gone are the days of $1 trillion annual deficits. We’re now staring down monthly deficits of nearly that much. June’s deficit was $864 billion — bigger than the annual deficit in 2018. For further comparison, in June 2019, the monthly deficit was “just” $8 billion.

The annual deficit over the last 12 months is $3 trillion, and the CBO expects the fiscal year ending September 30 will sport a deficit of $3.7 trillion — smashing the previous record of $1.4 trillion and nearly equaling the entire federal budget as recently as 2017.

Back in May, we asked, How Much More “Relief” Can We Afford? Some may counter that this pandemic was a once-in-a-century anomaly and things will level out. That’s also what people said about the 2008 financial bailouts and drastic increase in spending. Do you really think Democrats — or even Republicans — won’t embrace new spending levels as the baseline? Granted, there may be some pullback as true emergency measures phase out, but don’t be surprised to see annual federal budgets from here forward include a great deal of these increased spending levels.

That means more debt now and an unsustainable burden for our children and their children.

Joe Biden’s plan? He’ll raise your taxes by quite a bit, primarily because he says the “first thing” he’ll do is repeal the 2017 Republican tax cuts. But he’d also hike taxes further to pay for his radical leftist agenda to expand the already grotesquely bloated federal budget. Remember that if you still have to file your taxes today.

It is indeed ironic that one of the biggest sparks igniting the fires of the American Revolution was the contentious subject of taxation. While some celebrate the spirit of those Bostonians who famously protested the British crown’s Tea Act of 1773, many Americans today seem content to merely utter a few grumbles over our tax burden. And for most, this is done while also wondering if everyone else has paid their “fair share” rather than challenging the government’s plunder for the express purpose of wealth redistribution.

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Bari Says Buh-Bye

Douglas Andrews

Two years ago, when the editor-at-large of a left-leaning publication tweeted, “Why she still got her teeth?” we could sense that Bari Weiss and her thoughtful ways might not be long for The New York Times. Still, in the wake of her departure yesterday, it’s remarkable to consider how deeply hate-filled and intolerant this once proud, once decent, once world-leading newspaper has become.

Bari Weiss is what we once would’ve called a classical liberal. She believes in the free and open exchange of ideas, and she believes in the full array of our civil liberties. And yet this talented young writer-editor is out at the Times, having left with her dignity intact and a scathing letter of resignation on the very public lunchroom table.

“I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago,” she writes. “I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages: first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers.”

Weiss goes on to list some of the diverse voices she’d brought to the pages of the Times during her tenure. She then reflects on the ugly forces that are now calling the shots there. “Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times,” she continues. “But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions.”

Was Weiss simply naive about her employer’s interest in an array of opinions? Perhaps. Remember, this is the same thin-skinned and weak-kneed New York Times that recently solicited an op-ed from a U.S. senator, Arkansas’s Tom Cotton, advocating a position supported by fully 58% of the American people, then forced out its editorial page editor and reassigned its deputy editor when its own newsroom melted down about the paper having published such a piece.

Conservative writer David French knows plenty about the nasty, narrow-minded mob of which Weiss speaks. He’s been viciously attacked by the far Left and the far Right for everything from his defense of the Christian faith and his opposition to same-sex marriage to his disdain for Donald Trump and his adoption in 2010 of an Ethiopian girl. His piece on Weiss, whom he rightly describes as “kind,” is titled “When Cruelty Wins,” and it provides a fine history of her turbulent times at the Times. He writes, “Cruelty bullies employers into firing employees. Cruelty bullies employees into leaving even when they’re not fired. Cruelty raises the cost of speaking the truth as best you see it — until you find yourself choosing silence, mainly as a pain-avoidance mechanism.”

So the Times no longer supports editorial diversity, and its newsroom is now populated by a vicious bunch of intolerant Groupthinkers. And that’s likely the way it’ll stay until the Times’s readership and advertisers decide otherwise.

“The cancellations will continue,” warns French, “so long as good men and women continue to praise courage in private and maintain silence in public. America’s liberal institutions can survive many things. They will struggle to survive the combination of cowardice and cruelty. Malicious men and women cannot be permitted to define the terms of America’s public debates.”

And yet that’s just what’s happening at the NYT. As Weiss herself rebuked her bosses, “I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public. And I certainly can’t square how you and other Times leaders have stood by while simultaneously praising me in private for my courage. Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.”

No, it shouldn’t.

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Ignoring Science, Pelosi Dems Fight Reopening Schools

Louis DeBroux

With a record-shattering 7.5 million jobs created in May and June, it’s clear the American people are ready to get back to work and are finding ways to do so safely.

Yet Democrats fight relentlessly against an economic recovery, willing to make children and parents suffer at least through the November elections. They understand that millions of parents depend on their children being in school during work hours.

According to one survey, 60% of parents had no help caring for their children during the shutdowns, and they can’t return to work if schools don’t reopen. That is likely why nearly 60% of parents favor reopening schools, even if 70% of parents acknowledge at least some risk. (Of course there’s risk. There’s risk every time you put your kid in a car, too, but life is about managing risks, not eliminating them entirely.)

President Donald Trump has called for a full reopening of schools in the fall, even going so far as threatening to cut federal education funding for schools that don’t. After all, why should schools get taxpayer funding if they refuse to open?

Speaking of risk, however, Trump’s stance is arguably politically risky, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to exploit and increase that risk. Pelosi accused Trump of “messing with the health of our children,” claiming, “Going back to school presents the biggest risk for the spread of the coronavirus. They ignore science.”

Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post’s ostensibly “conservative” columnist, went a step further, accusing President Trump of wanting to “kill your kids.”

It can’t ever be a mere policy disagreement; it must be an existential battle between good and evil. Then again, it seems a tad disingenuous for Democrats, who openly support murdering millions of preborn children, to pretend to care if a few kids get sick.

In reality, it is Rubin and the Pelosi/Schumer Democrats who are ignoring the science. We now have ample data showing school-age children are by far the least susceptible to infection by the COVID-19 virus. In the U.S., children represent 22% of the population but only 1.7% of all COVID-19 infections. According to the CDC, only 30 children under age 15 have died from COVID-19 — less than one-sixth the number that die each year from the flu.

In other words, the chances of children under 18 contracting COVID-19 is exceedingly small, and the chances of them dying from it is almost nonexistent.

But wait! These kids may not get sick from the virus, but Democrats and their teachers-union accomplices insist they are veritable germ factories who will spread the virus to their teachers and administrators and bring it back home to mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa!

Is that true? A study from the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment finds that, after reopening schools in early May, there has not been a single report of an employee infected by a child. A French study found that “despite three introductions of the virus into three primary schools, there appears to have been no further transmission of the virus to other pupils or teaching and non-teaching staff of the schools.”

Furthermore, schools in Germany, Singapore, Norway, Denmark, and Finland reopened months ago and haven’t experienced outbreaks, or even a significant rise in cases.

As it turns out, despite Pelosi’s ludicrous, fear-mongering claims, the science shows the far greater danger for children is in not returning to school. The 67,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics “strongly advocates” that every public policy for the upcoming year “start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

The APA explains why: “The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.”

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos supports President Trump’s decision to push schools to reopen in the fall under CDC guidelines. “There will be exceptions to the rule, but the rule should be kids go back to school this fall,” DeVos said. “And where there are little flare-ups or hot spots, that can be dealt with school by school or a case-by-case basis. There’s ample opportunity to have kids in school.”

But Democrats and teachers unions continue to vigorously fight a return to school. One of the nation’s largest teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers, claims an additional $116 billion in federal funding is needed to safely reopen. That would be more than it cost the U.S. to rebuild Europe after WWII under the Marshall Plan. That’s a lot of Lysol!

Proving the entirely political objections to reopening, the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) demands a shutdown of charter schools and a defunding of the police before returning to work.

Keri Rodrigues, a former teachers-union organizer-turned-National Parents Union founder, is highly critical of teachers unions’ objections. She blames unions for fighting against accountability and innovation and wanting only to maintain the status quo, even to the detriment of our children, who are already falling far behind academically. Many children receive an hour or less of instruction per day.

For all these reasons and more, the truth is obvious. We must reopen the schools this fall.

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BLM’s Roots Are Tied to Racists

Thomas Gallatin

One of the great ironies of the Black Lives Matter movement is the fact that it is rooted in and promotes Marxism. BLM ostensibly claims to exist to fight against the injustice of racism against black Americans. Indeed, BLM justifies its radical calls to “defund the police” with dubious claims of America’s law enforcement being “systemically racist.”

However, if BLM’s cause was truly a fight against actual racism, then why has the movement not fully divested itself from one of history’s most prolific racists, Karl Marx? Marx and his contemporary and friend Friedrich Engles are, of course, the fathers of that most murderous of political philosophies, communism. Communist tyrants have murdered well over 100 million people.

But both Marx and, more significantly, Engles were also notorious for their racist ideas. Both men viewed blacks specifically as lesser humans and more closely related to “the animal kingdom” than other races. In fact, Marx and Engels believed that race was a primary determiner for one’s economic status and ability. Using this belief, they developed a system by which they “radicalized skin-color groups, ethnicities, nations, and social classes, while endowing them with innate superior and inferior character traits,” as noted by Erik van Ree of the Institute for East European Studies of the University of Amsterdam. “They regarded race as part of humanity’s natural conditions, upon which the production system rested. ‘Races’ endowed with superior qualities would boost economic development and productivity, while the less endowed ones would hold humanity back.”

And yet, despite this reality, BLM cofounders Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza are unapologetic in their embrace of Marxism. “The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame,” Cullors stated back in 2015. “Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.”

The actual reason behind the rioting and destruction and the tearing down of statues has very little to do with race. In reality, BLM Marxists are attacking the ideology of individual Liberty, which our Founding Fathers espoused, fought for, and established. In truth, race has almost nothing to do with the BLM movement; it just serves as a cover to deflect broad criticism for its anti-American revolution. But the irony and rank hypocrisy of blacks “fighting racism” by espousing the ideas of white racists isn’t lost on us.

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One Man’s Life-Saving Catch

Douglas Andrews

“Throw the baby down!” yells a frantic woman, and in an instant the boy is airborne, spinning wildly, falling like a rock.

The video is grim, graphic, and heartrending. In the ultimate act of motherly love, a young woman, engulfed in flames and about to die, has just hurled her three-year-old son over the railing and off the balcony of her third-floor apartment. This was her only chance to save him.

Phillip Blanks, 28, is still barefoot, having heard the commotion and run across the parking lot to see if he can help. He’s not in position yet, and he has less than a second to get there. But he charges hard, spitting up sand and shooting his arms out in a desperate lunge toward the plummeting boy.

Little Jameson could’ve come down any which way, but his head lands perfectly in the muscular crook of his rescuer’s left arm, the sheer force of his fall pulling them both to the ground. Blanks has held on, though. He’s broken Jameson’s fall, and in doing so has made the catch of two lifetimes.

“I just had tunnel vision on the baby,” said Blanks. “He was twirling as he was coming down, and I was just fortunate enough to catch him.”

“Jump, lady, c'mon!” the woman now screams, but by the time Blanks has risen to his feet with her son in his arms, Rachel Long, 33, has already turned back into the fire. She’s committed to finding her eight-year-old daughter, Roxxie, or to die trying. (Roxxie, though seriously burned, was rescued by neighbors.)

“She’s the real hero in the story, not me,” said Blanks, “because she had the strength and the courage to get them outside. … It’s powerful, you know. To be in that type of situation and still care about life — and not yours. That’s very strong of her. She’s a warrior.”

Blanks, too, is a warrior, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. And though most folks throw the word around far too easily these days, Blanks is also a hero. Indeed, he’s done what each of us prays for the strength to do if ever so summoned: to behave boldly and courageously when lives are on the line.

“God was watching over us, especially him when he fell into my arms,” said Blanks, a graduate of Michigan’s Kalamazoo Central High School — the same school that produced Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.

Unlike Jeter, though, Phillip Blanks played football in high school, and he continued to play as a wideout at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. “I know how to catch,” he said, “so I’ll give some credit to football.”

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The Truth Behind Cancel Culture

Willie Richardson

On December 5, 1955, African Americans refused to ride the city buses in Montgomery, Alabama, to protest the segregation of seats. Blacks in the back, whites in the front. This protest marked the spark of the Civil Rights movement as it lasted just over a year, ending on December 20, 1955. It is regarded as the first large-scale U.S. demonstration against segregation. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ordered Montgomery to integrate its bus system. A boycott has a specific goal in mind. A boycott isn’t merely about disagreeing with someone’s opinion. It requires a sacrifice from its participants — taking aggressive action, but accomplishing a greater good for others.

Fast-forward 65 years later.

Boycotting is one thing. Cancel culture is another. Cancel culture demands perfection of opinion. In other words, if your opinion doesn’t line up with the “culture,” then your thoughts are deemed dirty, disgusting, and damaging. If you violate these undisclosed “rules,” then you are vilified, dominated, harassed, and bullied. This narcissistic culture is by nature pretending to have some sort of moral high ground by which its purveyors hurl insults at others to control them.

A tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is illustrative:

“Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling ‘how to make your own Adobo.’”

Igor Volsky tweeted: “The CEO of @GoyaFoods is at a White House event saying we’re ‘blessed to have a leader’ like Trump. Make your shopping decisions accordingly.”

The cancel culture believes:

  1. I can say whatever I want, but you can’t say whatever you want.

  2. You don’t need to think because I think for you.

  3. Two wrongs make a right.

But here’s the antidote to cancel culture in three words: “I’m not apologizing.”

The chief executive of Goya Foods, Robert Unanue, said that he would not apologize for his previous statement that the U.S. is “blessed” to have President Trump as a leader.

The CEO said of America, “It’s such an honor and such a blessing to be here in the greatest country in the world, the most prosperous country in the world, and we continue to grow. That’s what we’re here to do today.” He went on to say, “Today, it gives me great honor — and by the way, we’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a [leader] like President Trump, who is a [builder], and that’s what my grandfather did. He came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper. We have an incredible builder, and we pray. [We pray] for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country that we will continue to prosper and to grow.”

Did you hear that? A man. An American. An unapologetic Patriot. Unlike so many that get bullied by cancel culture, Unanue was not going to cower to the pressure. I hope people like Drew Brees and the rest of the crumbling conservative crew will take a page out of his book. He told “Fox & Friends,” “It’s suppression of speech. In 2012, I was called by Michelle Obama to Tampa and they wanted the African American community and the Hispanic community to eat more nutritionally. They called on us as the most recognized Hispanic brand in the United States and I went. You’re allowed to … praise one president, but not allowed to make a positive comment [about Trump]. All of a sudden that’s not acceptable.” He said, “It’s a double standard.”

I love when the cancel culture gets put in its place. The cancel culture won’t win if we do our part. What can we do? Parents, don’t spoil your children. Teach them personal responsibility. Teach them how to value the small things in life and be grateful. This way, they won’t covet what others have and feel they are entitled to the things of others. End cancel culture one house at a time.

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Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • “There are two key takeaways from the outcome of Tuesday’s primaries in Alabama, Maine and Texas,” Doug Schoen writes at Fox News. “First, the big winner of the night was President Trump. Several Trump-backed candidates defeated their opponents and unquestionably benefited significantly from the president’s support. The most notable of these was former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, who defeated former senator and attorney general Jeff Sessions for the GOP nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. Tuberville will face Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, considered a highly vulnerable incumbent. Second, Democratic primary results show the party is deeply divided, complicating the Democrats’ path to winning majority control of the Senate and defeating Trump in the November election.” Let’s hope so.

  • Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel warns: “Today is Tax Day, which serves as a fitting reminder that with less than four months until the November election, never has there been a clearer contrast between two candidates’ tax plans as exists between President Trump and Joe Biden. … Over 80% of middle-income Americans saw a tax cut thanks to President Trump, with lower-middle-class households actually experiencing the largest tax cut. Nearly 30 million American households are now better off taking the simpler standard deduction, which the president and Republicans doubled — a change that saves taxpayers $5 billion each year. … President Trump’s record of economic results stands in stark contrast to what would happen if Joe Biden ever managed to stumble out of the basement and into the Oval Office. We need not guess what Tax Day would look like under a President Biden — all the positive effects of tax relief would evaporate in an instant. He has said so himself.”

Government & Politics

  • Just in time for Tax Day, Joe Biden unveils his $2 trillion AOC-fueled Green New Deal energy agenda (New York Post)

  • “They have called me a Nazi and a racist”: Bari Weiss quits New York Times after bullying by colleagues over views (Fox News)

  • “The underlying reasons for the split are pretty self-evident”: Andrew Sullivan, who (rationally) believes in genetic differences between races, to leave New York Magazine (The Hill)

  • No biggie: Conference of Mayors backs reparations that could cost $6.2 quadrillion, or $151 million per descendant (Washington Examiner)

  • Trump prudently overhauls key environmental law to speed up pipelines and other projects (NPR)

  • Andrew Cuomo takes heat over internal nursing home report, which backs up his own theory on nursing home deaths (Fox News)

  • CNN’s Tapper unloads on Cuomo, calls for an end to the insane victory lap (The Resurgent)

  • The media don’t just overpraise Democrat governors; they overpraise the wrong ones! (National Review)

National Security

  • “Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China”: Trump rips Biden, sanctions China for Hong Kong “security” law (Washington Examiner)

  • China threatens response after U.S. sanctions (NPR)

  • Despite escalating Taliban-government violence, U.S. closes five military bases in southern and eastern Afghanistan as part of peace deal (Fox News)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • German study: Almost no coronavirus spread at schools that reopened (Bongino.com)

  • “We’ve never seen everything go perfectly”: Is too much hope being put into a coronavirus vaccine? (Yahoo News)

  • On the other hand, a tuberculosis vaccine may protect against infection (UPI)

  • Moderna Phase 1 results show coronavirus vaccine safe, induces immune response (Reuters)

  • Travel from New York City seeded the nationwide crisis, research shows (Washington Examiner)

  • More collusion: Wuhan lab that researches COVID-19 won’t be visited by WHO investigators looking into origin of virus (Independent)

Business & Economy

  • Seattle just passed a new tax on jobs in the middle of an economic crisis — but exempted government workers (Foundation for Economic Education)

  • Putin’s celebratory vodka on hold: Court halts Dakota Access Pipeline shutdown as legal fight goes forward (NPR)

  • Coronavirus costs Delta Air Lines nearly $6 billion in the second quarter (NPR)

  • Apple wins major tax battle against EU; second-highest court invalidates $14.8 billion tax bill (Fox Business)

Culture & Heartland

  • An already outrageous prosecution in Atlanta turns scandalous: Embattled District Attorney Paul Howard is suspected of issuing fraudulent grand jury subpoenas (Power Line)

  • Media blackout notwithstanding, black leaders rally to save Washington, DC’s, Emancipation Memorial (The Daily Signal)

  • New York City black activists call on de Blasio and city council to “take your handcuffs off of the police” (Washington Examiner)

  • Judge denies bail for alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell, sets trial in sexual abuse case for July 2021 (The Daily Caller)

  • Federal judge rejects Harvey Weinstein’s inadequate $19 million settlement with alleged victims (NPR)

  • In Tennessee, court halts “arguably the most conservative, pro-life piece of legislation in the country” 45 minutes after it was signed (Forbes)

  • Federal judge permanently voids Georgia “heartbeat” abortion restriction; governor to appeal (WRCB)

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator resigns after he is accused of racism for saying he would still collect art from white men (Reason)

Other Notables

  • “Jaw-dropping” global crash in children being born — but isn’t that what ecofascists want? (BBC)

  • Wave of violence overwhelms NYC: Contrary to what Bill de Blasio and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggest, criminal behavior is not an economic phenomenon (City Journal)

  • Under President Trump, Americans are breathing cleaner air (Andrew Wheeler)

  • Most “dreamers” broke U.S. law on purpose to get ahead in the citizenship line (The Federalist)

  • Former VA health worker pleads guilty to murdering seven veterans with insulin poisoning (Military Times)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Culmination of a genocide: The conversion of Hagia Sophia is the end of secular Turkey (Washington Examiner)

  • Policy: Vaccine hopes — and realities: Since effective mass immunization is not imminent, we must deal with the prospect of continued COVID infection (City Journal)

  • Humor: CDC admits to using Common Core math to add up new COVID cases (Genesius Times)

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Allen West: The ‘Woke’ Are America’s ‘Useful Idiots’ — The infestation of wokeness and idiocy seems concentrated in the very places where progressive socialist policies have failed in America.

John Stossel: Doomsayers Keep Getting It Wrong — Experts and models constantly overpredict disaster.


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Insight: “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.” —Epitaph, George Washington Carver

Observations: “I suspect that the very journalists who scoff at Trump’s description of the culture war all know that if they or their colleagues say something disparaging or even skeptical about Black Lives Matter, their jobs would instantly be at risk." —Rich Lowry

Friendly fire, Part I: "It’s factually impossible that somebody committed a crime so they could pay their rent.” —Gov. Andrew Cuomo memo to AOC

Friendly fire, Part II: “NY state has lost more than 32,000 lives to COVID-19. So while it’s great that the numbers have gone down, it’s perplexing to see crowing, Cuomo going on Fallon, etc. No other state has lost as many lives, not even close. … Yes, this has been a major challenge for every leader, but New York’s leaders do not have a success story to tell. It’s been about missteps and late actions.” —CNN’s Jake Tapper

Alpha jackass: “You are inbred racist trash. Please f—k off.” —Democrat strategist Adam Parkhomenko to GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn

Grand delusions: “I’m not a fan of the terminology ‘defunding the police’ because it’s been manipulated and misunderstood by many. I think that there is a place for, in certain local circumstances depending on what is going on in the particular area, to reimagine, re-envision the role that police play, to get them out of some of the work that they customarily do that is more akin to social work than traditional policing.” —Susan Rice

The BIG Lie: “Science tells us we have nine years before the [climate change] damage is irreversible.” —Joe Biden

And last… “The ‘experts’ and media continue to tell us #BlackLivesMatter protests are safe, but allowing businesses to open safely and kids go back to school are not. And they wonder why Americans have lost faith in them.” —Dinesh D'Souza

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