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Mayorkas sounds alarm on coming border surge crisis - oks airline tickets for illegal migrants

Mayorkas sounds alarm on coming border surge crisis - oks airline tickets for illegal migrants

Posted at 7:01 pm on February 26, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSecretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and others in the Biden administration are panicking about the coming surge of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border. A crisis situation is quickly developing and in order to get out in front of it, Mayorkas is reversing a policy of the Trump administration. Instead of purchasing airline tickets to fly illegal migrants back to Mexico, he instructed ICE to “purchase airplane tickets and cover other transportation costs for minors whose relatives are already living in the...

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WaPo: "Logistical" problems behind vaccination stall last two weeks; UPDATE: Why are stockpiles growing while delivery rates decline?

WaPo: "Logistical" problems behind vaccination stall last two weeks; UPDATE: Why are stockpiles growing while delivery rates decline?

Posted at 10:49 am on February 26, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterWhat vaccination stall, readers might ask? It’s been very apparent here in Minnesota, where appointment availability in participating pharmacies dried up early last week before the worst of the storm hit, and have yet to materialize almost a week after it passed. I’ve mentioned it on Twitter the last few days; the only participating pharmacy still scheduling vaccinations is mainly-rural ThriftyWhite.The media, however, has seemed curiously incurious about the lack of supply. that “logistical” problems kept pharmacies...

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Finally: Okay, yes, vaccinated people can get together and socialize, says Fauci

Finally: Okay, yes, vaccinated people can get together and socialize, says Fauci

Posted at 12:29 pm on February 26, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterNow, see, was that so hard?Three days ago he warned that he , not because it’s dangerous for them but because it’s potentially dangerous for the majority of the population that hasn’t been immunized yet and with whom they’d be mixing in those public spaces. Vaccinated people *could* still spread the virus, even if they’re spreading it less than an unvaccinated person would. Surely, though, in the name of giving people who’ve done their duty by getting the jab a reprieve from the misery of pandemic isolation, we could...

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China: Sorry we accidentally performed anal swabs on U.S. diplomats

China: Sorry we accidentally performed anal swabs on U.S. diplomats

Posted at 7:10 pm on February 25, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterIf there was ever a good reason for claiming diplomatic immunity, this is it. In the midst of the ongoing tension with China over Taiwan and Xinjiang, Chinese authorities have literally been poking our diplomats in the rear. It’s China’s of testing for traces of COVID. After complaints from the State Department, China swears it was all a .“The State Department never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when we learned that some staff were subject to it,” a State...

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BREAKING: Senate parliamentarian rules minimum-wage hike out of bounds in reconciliation

BREAKING: Senate parliamentarian rules minimum-wage hike out of bounds in reconciliation

Posted at 8:15 pm on February 25, 2021Share on FacebookShare on Twitterand an early win for Senate Republicans, but this might do some Senate Democrats a favor too. The attempt to shoehorn a minimum-wage hike in the COVID-19 relief/stimulus bill has come to an abrupt halt, thanks to the parliamentarian’s ruling on reconciliation:The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that Democrats would be deemed out of order if they include a $15 minimum wage hike in their coronavirus relief package, a major blow to Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and progressives.Democrats for...

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DA Gascon's newest prosecutor is a former public defender who labeled the LAPD an 'occupying army'

DA Gascon's newest prosecutor is a former public defender who labeled the LAPD an 'occupying army'

Posted at 9:00 pm on February 25, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterWe already know the kind of prosecutors LA County District Attorney George Gascon , the ones who are eager to put the worst of the worst offenders in prison for a long time. Now we also know the kind of person Gascon would like to see as top prosecutors. He just hired a former public defender who has previously called the LAPD “Barbarians” and and “occupying army” and also called for the abolishment of prisons. Tiffany Townsend Blacknell’s tweets are currently protected but you can see a couple of them below:Another one:...

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Another revealing school board hot mic moment: Returning to school is like...slavery?

Another revealing school board hot mic moment: Returning to school is like...slavery?

Posted at 4:40 pm on February 25, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterThe latest school board hot mic moment happened in southern California in the La Mesa-Spring Valley district which is east of San Diego. The board was meeting Tuesday to discuss a date for reopening but the board’s Vice President, , got into a disagreement with most of the rest of the board, comparing asking teachers to return to classrooms to slavery. What seems to have kicked off the argument was one school board member said, “We have to give the teachers, we have to give the students, the parents a date.”“We don’t...

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Paul to deputy HHS nominee: If we condemn genital mutilation of minors, why do you support transgender therapies for children?

Paul to deputy HHS nominee: If we condemn genital mutilation of minors, why do you support transgender therapies for children?

Posted at 3:01 pm on February 25, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterWant to guess how this question went over in the media? : “Rand Paul Launches Into Transphobic Rant Against Trans Nominee.” : “Rand Paul tried to derail Rachel Levine’s historic confirmation hearing with transphobic misinformation.”What was Paul’s crime? The Republican senator asked Rachel Levine, nominee for deputy Secretary at Health and Human Services, to explain how the US rightly condemns genital mutilation of children while allowing minors to get transgendering therapies, including surgeries. Levine, whose...

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NY Times covers the real story of false accusations and identity politics at Smith College

NY Times covers the real story of false accusations and identity politics at Smith College

Posted at 6:20 pm on February 24, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterLast weekend the resignation of Smith College staffer Jodi Shaw. Shaw had been battling the school since last year when she announced in a YouTube video that she was tired of her employer “reducing my personhood to a racial category.”Shaw, who is white and liberal, said that ever since an incident in 2018 when a black student accused a white staffer of racism the school had embraced a strain of critical race theory which emphasized identity politics. In practice that meant being shamed in front of fellow staffers when...

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"That was a complete nonsense answer": Sasse grills Becerra on lawsuit to force nuns to cover contraception

"That was a complete nonsense answer": Sasse grills Becerra on lawsuit to force nuns to cover contraception

Posted at 8:01 pm on February 24, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterA sequel to in which Becerra continues to insist at length that he never sued any nuns to force them to provide contraception coverage. He simply sued the feds to make sure they couldn’t protect nuns from having to provide contraception coverage.See the moral distinction? Neither do I. And neither does Sasse. Neera Tanden’s gotten most of the attention this week among Biden’s nominees but that should end, as Becerra’s a more radical and sinister figure who used his power as California AG to target various social...

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Tucker Carlson, BLM and the admission in Philip Bump's latest piece

Tucker Carlson, BLM and the admission in Philip Bump's latest piece

Posted at 3:30 pm on February 24, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterPeople are talking today about a segment on Tucker Carlson’s show last night in which Carlson focused on a recent report from Skeptic Magazine’s Skeptic Research Center. Given the protests over the shooting of Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, to name two recent examples, what do people actually know about police shootings? The Skeptic report is just a brief look at the following question: “How knowledgeable are people when it comes to the available data on fatal police shootings of Black Americans?” Here’s a description...

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They did it. Illinois eliminates cash bail.

They did it. Illinois eliminates cash bail.

Posted at 4:31 pm on February 24, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterIt looked like there might be more resistance in the Illinois state legislature, particularly since similar measures had failed to pass on five different occasions. But this week, and eliminated the cash bail system entirely. The measure was quickly . Without even a hint of irony, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that the new system would bring Illinois a step closer to “true safety, true fairness and true justice.” The one catch is that the law doesn’t take effect until January of 2023, leaving time for challenges to...

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Sauce for the gander? Texas judge indefinitely suspends Biden's immigration EO

Sauce for the gander? Texas judge indefinitely suspends Biden's immigration EO

Posted at 8:19 am on February 24, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterLooks like we will have another debate on the national reach of federal district court judges on immigration policy — but bet on the tone changing considerably. Last night, a judge in Houston issued an injunction . The state of Texas argued — successfully, for now — that departing from statutes even under the aegis of prosecutorial discretion would impose an unfair financial burden on the state:A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on...

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Elon Musk responds to Washington Post hit piece: 'Give my regards to your puppet master'

Elon Musk responds to Washington Post hit piece: 'Give my regards to your puppet master'

Posted at 5:20 pm on February 23, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterThe Washington Post published a piece today which clearly intends to be a hit piece on Elon Musk and Tesla. The headline gives a sense of the piece’s take: “Elon Musk moved to Texas and embraced celebrity. Can Tesla run on Autopilot?” But in the very first paragraph, the story undercuts the claim that Tesla is running .The chief executive of both electric car manufacturer Tesla and rocket company SpaceX bounces nearly daily on his private jet between locations — traveling to his longtime home in southern California,...

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Say, why are House Dems calling on Biden to give up full control of nuclear weapons?

Say, why are House Dems calling on Biden to give up full control of nuclear weapons?

Posted at 6:01 pm on February 23, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterWhich answer do you want first — the fun answer, or the better answer? Let’s start off with the fun answer, but first, let’s specify precisely what House Democrats want from Joe Biden. A letter signed by three dozen of his party’s caucus urges the new president to in favor of a committee approach:Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Monday called on Biden to relinquish his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, in the latest appeal to reform the command-and-control structure so that no single person can initiate a...

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NRSC chair Rick Scott: The Republican civil war is canceled

NRSC chair Rick Scott: The Republican civil war is canceled

Posted at 8:01 pm on February 23, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterYeah, sorry, Rick. Only one person gets to decide whether that’s true. And it sounds like he’s in a warlike mood.Perdue had dinner with and played a long round of golf with Trump last week. It did not go well. Two ppl briefed on the meetings said Trump was very focused on McConnell and Kemp and retribution. One person close to Perdue says that wasn’t related to his decision.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) Scott’s currently in charge of the NRSC, tasked with taking back the Senate in 2022 and restoring the Republican...

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Climate activists want to get rid of gas stoves, whether you like it or not

Climate activists want to get rid of gas stoves, whether you like it or not

Posted at 1:55 pm on February 23, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterToday the Washington Post published a story about the battle over the use of natural gas in homes and kitchens. This is ultimately a battle between consumers, many of whom like their gas stoves, and activists who want to see gas removed from home heating and cooking in favor of electric appliances. Naturally, this is a fight that began in .The issue started heating up in July 2019, when Berkeley, Calif., became the first city in the nation to ban natural gas hookups in new construction or substantially renovated...

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Becerra to Romney: Let's find common ground on ... partial-birth abortion?

Becerra to Romney: Let's find common ground on ... partial-birth abortion?

Posted at 1:23 pm on February 23, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterIt’s good to be an optimist, perhaps especially in political office. This is what’s known as overdoing it. Xavier Becerra tries to dodge a question pointing out his radical position on partial-birth abortion by jollying Mitt Romney about finding “common ground” on the question.Er … what? .: You voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion. Why?Xavier Becerra: I think we can find some common ground…Romeny: I think we can reach common ground on many issues, but on partial-birth abortion, it sounds like we're not going to....

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City in New York "abolishes" police by renaming them

City in New York "abolishes" police by renaming them

Posted at 12:45 pm on February 23, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterThe entire “abolish the police” movement has pretty much failed in spectacular fashion in terms of actually attracting any high-profile support around the nation. Even President Biden reiterated that he doesn’t support the idea during his recent town hall on CNN. There has been plenty of defunding going on, frequently with very bad results, but the idea of completely reimaging an America without cops has been a political loser. But that’s not entirely true everywhere. The folks at GQ Magazine this week about one city in...

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Andrew Sullivan on the 'majority-minority' myth

Andrew Sullivan on the 'majority-minority' myth

Posted at 5:20 pm on February 22, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterThere’s general agreement on the left and right about the demographic changes in America and how that might change the country over time. One particular point of inflection is the coming moment when American becomes a majority-minority country, i.e. when Latino, Black and Asian minorities collectively make up a larger percentage of the population than the white majority. Will this bring about the end of white supremacy as the woke left desires?Over the weekend Andrew Sullivan wrote an interesting piece about this...

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Portland as seen by the guy who installs plywood over broken windows

Portland as seen by the guy who installs plywood over broken windows

Posted at 7:45 pm on February 22, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterThe Apple store in Portland had just reopened when the George Floyd riots took place at the end of May 2020. The store was that weekend as were a number of stores nearby.Rioters smashed the windows of dozens of stores. They raided the shelves of a CVS Pharmacy and a locally owned cigarette shop. They snatched products from the Apple Store and sprinted up the escalators at the City Target. Some people set bonfires—including outside a pharmacy. Today at 6 pm the Apple store is for the first time in nine months. The plywood...

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Slate suspends staffer for discussing whether or not NY Times was right to push out Donald McNeil

Slate suspends staffer for discussing whether or not NY Times was right to push out Donald McNeil

Posted at 9:30 pm on February 22, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEarlier this month the NY Times longtime science writer named Donald McNeil Jr. after it came to light that McNeil had used the n-word during a NY Times’ sponsored student trip to Peru. In a statement released after his resignation, McNeil clarified that he’d been asked by a student on the trip if another student should have been disciplined for using the n-word. McNeil asked what the context was, i.e. was the student quoting a rap song or were they using the word as a slur. And in asking the question about context,...

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Biden's labor purge sparks court challenge

Biden's labor purge sparks court challenge

Posted at 8:55 am on February 22, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterDuring the flurry of activity that took place “On Day One” of Joe Biden’s presidency, he before demanding the resignation of Peter Robb, the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board. When Robb refused to resign, Biden fired him the same day, replacing him with Peter Ohr. The firing of an NLRB official ten months before the end of his scheduled term was unprecedented, but the effects of that decision didn’t take long to be felt. An ongoing labor dispute in Oregon was promptly quashed by Ohr in favor of the...

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After shocking attacks on elderly Asians, activists hold a rally against 'white supremacy' (there's just one problem)

After shocking attacks on elderly Asians, activists hold a rally against 'white supremacy' (there's just one problem)

Posted at 3:00 pm on February 22, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEarlier this month I wrote about in San Francisco that really shocked people around the country. An 84-year-old man named Vicha Ratanapakdee, an immigrant from Thailand who was nearly blind, was knocked to the ground by a 19-year-old man later identified as Antoine Watson. The unprovoked attack was caught on video.LATEST: Horrific video of fatal attack Thursday on 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee. Details -> — Evan Sernoffsky (@EvanSernoffsky) Ratanapakdee was taken to a hospital with a head injury and later died. His...

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Jill Biden's really amazing first month as first lady vs that Trump woman

Jill Biden's really amazing first month as first lady vs that Trump woman

Posted at 11:01 am on February 21, 2021Share on FacebookShare on TwitterYou probably remember all the fawning news and magazine coverage during Melania Trump’s four graceful years in the White House.The oohs and aahs about a stylish first lady who speaks five languages, an immigrant from Slovenia who crafted a successful career as a super model, how supportive yet carefully candid she is about her controversial husband, how protective she is of her only son. Her investment in and clear fondness for children, especially sick ones both at home and abroad. And her campaign to combat childhood...

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