February 8, 2023

SEPSIS UPDATE: Standard sepsis-ID systems miss cases in trauma patients.

UNEXPECTED HEADLINES: Portland anarchists attack goat refuge as revenge over homeless encampment removal.

I ORDER SHARK IN RESTAURANTS SOMETIMES, SO THAT EVEN IF ONE OF THEM EVENTUALLY GETS ME, I’LL STILL BE AHEAD: Number of unprovoked shark bites worldwide drops to 57 in 2022.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Hormone shot kisspeptin may improve low libido.

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS AS THURSTON HOWELL III:

Shot: The chief justice said he wanted to dispel a myth. “Not all justices went to elite institutions,” he said. “Some of them went to Yale.”

Chaser:

FACT CHECK: Biden Says COVID Caused The 2020 Crime Spike. “These trends come amid a revival of jailbreak liberalism. Soros-backed prosecutors have let violent criminals off easy in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and countless other cities. The Democrat-dominated D.C. Council voted in January to reduce sentences for car-jacking, robberies, and gun-related felonies. Obama era civil rights policies have made schools reluctant to discipline and flag potentially dangerous students, which may be why a Virginia elementary school ignored warnings that a six-year-old was brandishing a gun.”

DEAL OF THE DAY: GORNEL Wireless Meat Thermometer. #CommissionEarned

SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB: Shock as unknown blues singer beats Beyonce, Adele, Taylor Swift, to win Song of the Year Grammy.

Bonnie Raitt appeared gobsmacked as she scooped the Song of the Year award at the Grammys on Sunday, beating a star-studden field that included superstars Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Adele and Harry Styles.

The 73-year-old singer’s ‘Just Like That’ beat Swift’s (All Too Well (10 Minute Version), Lizzo (About Damn Time), Styles (As It Was), Steve Lacy (Bad Habit), GAYLE (abcdefu), Beyonce (Break My Soul), Adele (Easy On Me), DJ Khaled (God Did), and Kendrick Lamar (The Heart Part 5) to take home the coveted prize.

Related: “Twenty million albums sold” and, “Earlier in the evening, [Raitt] earned two additional trophies: best American roots song for ‘Just Like That’ and best Americana performance for another song, ‘Made Up Mind,’ giving her a total of 13 Grammy wins over the course of her career, including a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2022…In 2000, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

HARD DIPLOMATIC TRUTHS: The reality that Europe can’t (or won’t) stand on its own.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Bruce Springsteen’s ticket prices are so high that his fan site Backstreets is shutting down after 43 years.

Springsteen’s team has defended the prices as being in line with what is charged today by many of his peers. Like many artists, he says he’s annoyed when unscrupulous ticket brokers — not the musicians — benefit from high markups.

Ticketmaster has said the vast majority of fans were able to buy tickets at face value, which averaged $202. The tour began Feb. 1 in Tampa, Florida.

Many Springsteen fans have been with him for decades, appreciating his working class New Jersey roots, and can remember when a ticket for a four-hour, high-energy show on the “Darkness on the Edge of Town” tour in 1978 could be had for $7.50.

That’s not reality anymore. Springsteen hasn’t backed down, telling Rolling Stone magazine that fans unhappy with the price after seeing the show can have their money back.

“You certainly don’t like to be the poster boy for high ticket prices,” he told the magazine, but said you have to own your decisions and do your best.”

[Former publisher Christopher] Phillips wrote that many Backstreets readers have lost interest because they can’t afford to go to the show.

Just say goodbye, it’s Independence Day.

THIS KINDA SURPRISES ME, BUT GOOD: Yale students vote overwhelmingly in support of democratizing trustee elections.

The Corporation holds significant power at Yale, ruling on issues ranging from budget oversight to administrative appointments and long-term University priorities.

In May 2021, the University took unilateral action to jettison the long-standing alumni fellows petition process, which allowed Yale alumni to petition for candidacy in the annual trustee election. Now, only candidates nominated specifically by the University may appear on the ballot.

Many students and alumni have renounced the decision over the past two years. In addition to alumni petitions and student government resolutions condemning the change and imploring the University to reinstate its former election process, Victor Ashe ’67 and Donald Glascoff ’67 sued Yale for the change, arguing that the new policy violates Yale’s legal obligations to its alumni.

“One of the reasons students and alumni feel unhappy is because they feel unheard,” Ashe said. “They have no seat at the table, and the University has demonstrated little interest in listening to them.”

Ashe said that he was not surprised by the overwhelming student support for a more democratic trustee election process. He said that if the University were to conduct a similar referendum for alumni, he would expect the alumni — like students — to vote overwhelmingly for democratization.

Ashe argued that this is why the Corporation scrapped the petition process unilaterally rather than with an alumni vote.

“There’s a huge divide between what the administration thinks and what students and alumni think,” Ashe told the News. “Alumni are treated as useful for donations, but otherwise as a nuisance.”

Victor, who I’ve known for years, is a very smart man — and a very effective gadfly.

BOMBSHELL: Yep, It Looks Like Team Biden Blew Up Europe’s Nord Stream Pipeline.

WE’D BETTER: Can the US bring nuclear power back?

And if the greens actually cared about the planet, they’d be the ones pushing it.

FORMER SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” STILL TRYING TO GENERATE PR: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Suggests Border Patrol Agents Should Be Fired for Working With SPLC-Designated ‘Hate Groups.’

COLD WAR II: China Has More ICBM Launchers Than U.S., American Military Reports.

“The number of land-based fixed and mobile ICBM launchers in China exceeds the number of ICBM launchers in the United States,” the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees nuclear forces, wrote the Senate’s and House’s Armed Services Committees on Jan. 26.

The notification comes as the U.S. is facing the challenge of deterring Russia’s substantial nuclear forces as well as China’s growing nuclear arsenal. U.S. lawmakers are involved in an increasingly heated debate about how best to counter Beijing, including the Pentagon’s response to the Chinese surveillance balloon that recently traversed the U.S. and hovered over Montana, where a portion of the American military’s ICBM arsenal is deployed.

The U.S., which is modernizing all three legs of its land, sea and air based nuclear arsenal, has a much larger nuclear force than China.

Also: The Russians Aren’t Complying With the New START Nuclear Arms Control Treaty — Now What?

Previously: Don’t Look Now, But There’s a Nuclear Nightmare A-Brewing.

TESTED AND FOUND WANTING, INDECISIVE, AND IN THE END, DISHONEST ABOUT IT: Biden’s Empty Threats to China Underscore His Weak Response to Chinese Spy Balloon.

CDR SALAMANDER: Our Navy at its Best: ‘Yeah, we can do that.’ “Over at DVIDS, a nice series of pictures that represents one part of our Navy that doesn’t get to see the light of day often enough. Those who have served know it, probably been part of it, and nothing is more memorable that being right in the crunch of it all.”

SOMEBODY’S GETTING READY TO GO OUT ON THE ROAD WITH ROGER WATERS: Joe Rogan Slammed for Saying Jews Are ‘Into Money.’

THAT’S NOTHING. YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT HE MADE WHILE STILL A PUBLIC SERVANT: Unindicted COVID Warlord Fauci Making $100K Per Speech.

WHY IS HIGHER EDUCATION SUCH A CESSPIT OF RACISM AND HATRED: Anti-white, anti-cop activist headlines UChicago racial justice event.

CHANGE: Microsoft announces new Bing and Edge browser powered by upgraded ChatGPT AI. “Microsoft says it’s using conversational AI to create a new way to browse the web. Users will be able to chat to Bing like ChatGPT, asking questions and receiving answers in natural language.”

But: “The new Bing is live today ‘for desktop limited preview,’ but it appears users are only able to ‘ask’ one of a number of preset queries and receive the same results each time. There is also a waitlist to sign up for full access in the future.”

I’m not sure if the limitations are because of the horsepower required to run AI queries, or whether Microsoft doesn’t fully trust ChatGPT out in the wild.

LIGHTNING DEAL: FAIRWIN Men’s Ratchet Web Belt. #CommissionEarned

WHO WAS THAT MASKED DEFENSE OFFICIAL? “The Free Beacon’s Chuck Ross reports that the Department of Defense won’t identify the senior Pentagon official who told the press on background this weekend that the Trump administration let Chinese spy balloons transit the United States at least three times. The senior defense official omitted the critical fact that these incidents went undetected by the defense and national security establishments. Ross links to the Pentagon transcript of the call here and notes that reporters reporters from CNN, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CBS, Fox News, and Reuters were those invited to participate on the briefing held by conference call. What is the point? The identity of the senior defense official would let us determine the level at which the Pentagon is working the public relations issues raised by the Chinese spy balloon in the service of the Biden administration. . . . Whoever he is, he is in effect lyin’ for Biden. That by itself should be news. And he must be lyin’ because the truth hurts so bad.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Hear Me Out — Let’s Scrap the State of the Union Address. “A gifted orator the man never was. Now he’s just the weird uncle at the Thanksgiving table who everyone is waiting to do something that makes them all uncomfortable.”

THAT’S DIFFERENT BECAUSE SHUT UP: When trans-activists stomp into a capitol building, aren’t they kinda insurrectiony, too?

WHY DOES THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION NOT CARE ABOUT THE MURDER OF A BLACK COUNCILWOMAN? Family of Murdered New Jersey GOP Councilwoman ‘Haven’t Heard Anything’ From the Police: Authorities, including the FBI, are tight-lipped.

KOREA UPDATE: China gets a reality check.

NATO: US approves $10 bn sale of Himars rocket launchers to Poland.

Poland announced a sharp increase in defense spending in late January to four percent of gross domestic product, with the prime minister saying the country needed to arm itself “faster” in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Warsaw had spent the equivalent of 2.4 percent of its GDP for the military in 2022, the third highest percentage among NATO countries, according to figures from the transatlantic alliance.

Other European nations have also announced increases in the budgets for their armies since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year.

Poland and the Baltic States are leading and showing the way for the rest of NATO. No surprise, given their proximity to Russia and long memories of Russian occupation.

PROFILES OF THE FUTURE: Five Technologies That Five Billion Will Use by 2050. New video from Reason TV:

Note this section:

Since Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for delivery drones a decade ago, progress has been slow.

Today, there are only a few thousand delivery robots currently operating in the U.S. But that’s about to change: In December, Prime Air successfully completed commercial deliveries in College Station, Texas, and Lockeford, California.

On the other side of the world, Meituan and Alibaba have just started rolling out this service to customers.

In the U.S., delivery drones have been hindered by the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval process, and it’s the same regulatory story in China. But I predict that won’t be true much longer because of the overwhelming benefit this service brings in terms of convenience for customers and in reducing the traffic problems caused by delivery trucks clogging up our streets.

By 2050, I’m confident that the urban skyline will be buzzing with what will look like a swarm of carrier pigeons bearing books, spatulas, bottles of vinegar, or whatever else you might order on Amazon—not to mention, hearts and kidneys racing toward hospitals.

The guys at the “Birds Aren’t Real” parody* conspiracy theory Website are going to have a field day over that.

* Well, that’s what they want you to think…

DON SURBER: The Real State of the Union. A must-read.

ANALYSIS: TRUE.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MUCH BIGGER BLOG: Four misleading claims in Biden’s State of the Union address.

HOT!:  My colleague J. Christian Adams discusses Americans’ civil right to be free from violent crime (and how the progressive members of the Commission on Civil Rights’s thwarted our efforts to look into rising crime).

MARK JUDGE: To solve the journalism crisis, honor is more important than objectivity.

With that crowd, I think honor is even harder to achieve than objectivity, which is basically impossible.

CRISIS BY DESIGN: An Arizona Rancher Is Being Held for Shooting an Illegal Immigrant on His Property.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS’ RESPONSE: She Killed It. “I have never paid too much attention to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Not for any particular reason, other than the fact that she was overshadowed by the looming presence of her boss Donald Trump. So it was a revelation to me when she gave the first watchable response to the State of the Union address that I have ever seen. I have no idea how many people watched it, but I am pretty sure that clips from the speech will run for days in the media and on Twitter.”

THIS SORT OF THING HAS A TENDENCY TO END BADLY:  Boston’s mayor just appointed two high school students to the city’s Reparations Task Force.  What do you suppose their role will be?

DENVER: Rocky Mountain High to Rocky Mountain Hellhole.

In 1963, an unknown singer named Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr was urged to change his name if he wanted to pursue a musical recording career. “He took his stage name from the beautiful capital city of his favorite state, Colorado. Later in life, Denver and his family settled in Aspen, Colorado and his love for the Rocky Mountains inspired many of his songs.”

The rest is history. What would John Denver think of his namesake now? Would he still, “See it rainin’ fire in the sky, the shadow from the starlight softer than a lullaby”? Probably not. Now it’s raining crime, drugs, homelessness, illegal immigrants, and many other big city urban blights.

The Chronicle, noted above reports, “Crime in the Mile High City is now worse than New York City or Chicago, and growing increasingly dangerous as the new year begins.” This includes violent crime, where on a scale of 1 to 100, Denver outranks NYC by 2.5 points, and property crime where Denver surpasses Chicago by 4.5 points. Bet you haven’t heard that on the news.

“Auto theft is now an epidemic in Denver and the second highest in the nation”, according to Denver Police Department data. Nearly 100 vehicles are stolen every day in Denver and rather than “rainin’ fire in the sky”, Colorado is raining car thieves, now leading America in auto thefts per capita.

Other statistics are not flattering. Ranking, “U.S. cities for home and community safety, natural disaster risk, and financial safety”, Denver falls between Little Rock and New Orleans. For home and community safety, Denver sits between Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale. Not a flattering position for the Mile High City.

Gooder and harder, Denver.

ONLY MORONS THINK OTHERWISE: No, slavery didn’t create capitalism.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS SUMMED UP THE STATE OF THE UNION BETTER IN ONE LINE THAN BIDEN DID IN AN HOUR AND A HALF:

Despite all these failures — or in some cases, if you’re a Democrat, smashing culture war successes — Americans were treated to an evening-long, real-time revisionist take on our state of affairs from President Joe Biden. It was long. And it was ultimately a lie.

Yet in one single sentence of her response speech, Arkansas’ first-term Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders summed up the state of our union better than Biden did in nearly an hour and a half:

While you reap the consequences of their failures, the Biden administration seems more interested in woke fantasies than the hard reality Americans face every day.

For an increasing number of Americans, everyday life in 2023 is precisely that: a hard reality. Talk to any dedicated nurse who slaved through the height of the pandemic and was thanklessly fired for declining an experimental shot. Ask any professor who was dragged through the mud for refusing to instill racial division or deny basic biology. Speak to any parents who religiously pled with their school board to keep pornographic books out of their kids’ library and boys out of their daughters’ locker rooms. “Biden and the Democrats have failed you,” Huckabee Sanders summed it up. “They know it. And you know it.”

Exit quotes: “‘The dividing line in America is no longer between right or left. The choice is between normal or crazy,” and “At 40, I’m the youngest governor in the country. At 80, he’s the oldest president in American history.”

It’s not the years, Sarah. It’s the Trunalimunumaprzure.

JEFFREY CARTER: Never Trust A Politician With Your Money: They Don’t Understand Economics.

This past week, a giant in the accounting professorial profession passed away. Roman Weil was a Chicago Booth prof. I never took him for a class, but my friends did. He was a maniac. He had a gong in front of the class, and like John Houseman in the “Paper Chase”, he’d grill people in his class. He was old school.

One piece of his research was that the financial literacy that corporate board audit committee members have is surprisingly weak and that the gains in shareholder wealth accompanying improvement in such financial literacy are both significant and large. I would have loved to see him research politicians because, in my experience, most of them are pretty dumb.

Here is a recent tweet about the price of eggs from Nevada Democratic Senator Carol Cortez Masto. It’s so ignorant, it is offensive.

Well, consider the source.

KEVIN DOWNEY JR: An Open Letter to the WEF: Dear Klaus, You Will Not Own Me, and You Will Like It.

THEY’RE CULTISTS WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND MATH OR PHYSICS: LA Time editorial delusional about fossil fuels.

NEWS FROM 2015. IT’S ALMOST LIKE WHAT THEY HATE IS COMPETENCY:  MARSCON- DAVID WEBER WEIGHS IN.

I’d say I don’t find the science fiction squabbles funny anymore, but I never did. Stupid, however, the left continues to be.

BEHOLD! MY SHOCKED FACE:  Sea Level Is Stable Around the World… The Good News the Media Don’t Want Us to Hear.

A MEDIA OUTLET FABRICATING CORRUPTION CLAIMS? THAT’S HARD TO BELIEVE!  I MEAN, IT’S NOT AS IF HE WERE A REPUBLICAN:  Boston-area reporter ‘fabricated corruption claims’ against mayor, lawsuit says.

WHEN DEMOCRATS TALK UNITY THEY MEAN “REMEMBER YOUR PLACE, PEASANTS!”:  Biden to call for unity in State of the Union — after year of White House bashing the GOP.

AT THIS POINT, WE NEED ALTERNATIVE LEARNING INSTITUTIONS:  Today’s blacklisted American: Leftist professor fired by university for questioning its racist agenda.

THAT MEMBERS OF A PSYCHEDELIC ROCK BAND SHOULD TURN OUT TO BE UNSTABLE IS A SHOCK:  Pink Floyd and the Gilmour-Waters spat: even crazier than I thought.

Behold, my shocked face.

Look, kids, we’re not going to show you videos of frying eggs. We’re not millionaires. But drugs are bad, m’kay?

WHEN EVERYTHING IS RACIST:  Another racist plot.

Nothing is.

EW. NOT EVEN UFOs WOULD PROBE THAT:  House Republicans to Probe Climate Czar John Kerry’s Negotiations with China.

Oh, his negotiations. Not him.

Fine, fine, fine. Add him to the Disney container ships.

AGAIN, GUYS, IT’S GOOD BUSINESS TO SEND PURCHASERS WHAT THEY BOUGHT:  Disney Cartoon Pushes Claim America is Racist, Repeats ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Lie.

Send Disney to China. Add the Obamas, Bidens and Pelosis to make up the weight. Oh, and Fartswell too.

DEPART FROM US IN PEACE. AND LET US FORGET YOU WERE EVER WORTHY OF FREE MEN:  Disney Pulls Simpsons Episode in Hong Kong Due to Line About China’s ‘Forced Labor Camps’.

Or, IOW, send Disney to China in container ships. All of it. Remember to punch air holes in the containers. No reason for needless cruelty.
However, I believe in giving purchasers what they bought.

FOR THE LOVE OF BOB. THE LEFT TOOK OVER PUBLISHING ALMOST 100 YEARS AGO:  The left took over an important cultural institution while you weren’t looking.

And little golden books have had leftist overtones as long as I’ve known them.
The left is just less competent now, so it’s more obvious.

IT STARTS WITH FALSIFIED ELECTIONS:  Denver – Rocky Mountain High to Rocky Mountain Hellhole.

Also, quoting from The Puppet Masters: They’re too stupid to keep slaves.

February 7, 2023

VIDEO: WATCH: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Delivers the GOP Response to the State of the Union Address.

HE’S SHOWING MORE BACKBONE THAN I HAD EXPECTED: McCarthy to U.S. Chamber: Of course you realize, this means war. “This is not your Uncle John Boehner’s Kindly Congress, and the two Republican House leaders aren’t playing, period.”

Well, good.

HARSH, BUT FAIR:

IT’S ALIVE! Drunkblogging the State of the Union.

I HOPE WE’RE NOT TOO MESSIANIC, OR A TRIFLE TOO SATANIC: CBS Deletes ‘Ready to Worship’ Tweet After Blowback.

Turns out, one of America’s biggest TV networks saying it was “ready to worship!” right before a literally Hellish performance didn’t go over so well. The blowback was quick, with the normal criticism from the left of those who dared to object to what was considered objectionable. Apparently the whole “my feelings are more important than your rights” schtick is a one-way street for leftists. Who would’ve thought it?

But the pressure from those who found CBS’ tweet about Smith’s performance to be unbecoming worked, because by Tuesday morning CBS had deleted its tweet:

Since 1964 at least, I’m sure a certain number of conservatives have viewed CBS as having Satanic leanings. It’s good to see them finally confirm them, if only for a few hours or so. But this nostalgia is even older than that depicted in CBS’s 1970s series, The Waltons. That was a show set 40 years prior, during FDR’s Depression. Smith’s satanic posing has roots dating back over half a century!

UPDATE: Speaking of which:

(Updated and bumped.)

OPEN THREAD: Play nice, kids.

IT’S COME TO THIS: North Dakota town rejects Chinese project near US military base after Biden administration refuses to act.

A small city in North Dakota rejected a Chinese government-linked agricultural project located right near a key U.S. military drone base after the Biden administration refused to act against the “significant threat to national security.”

Early last year, Fufeng Group, a massive agricultural company with strong ties to Beijing, purchased 370 acres as a location for its new wet corn mill near the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

After months of consideration, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States declined to block the project despite urging from North Dakota’s Republican senators and other congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill. However, the Grand Forks City Council stepped in on Monday to unanimously block the Fufeng project from moving forward. The vote came just days after a Chinese spy balloon was allowed to traverse the U.S., including floating over a Montana military base, before being shot down off the coast of the Carolinas.

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The Grand Forks base is one of the key locations for the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, a “remotely piloted aircraft with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities” used by the U.S. around the world.

Last year, dozens of House Republicans also warned top Biden Cabinet secretaries about the “alarming” efforts by the Chinese government-linked company.

When the sale was first announced last year, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, also a Republican, initially told the Grand Forks Herald that “with Fufeng in Grand Forks, it will be North Dakota — not China — that reaps the benefits of the jobs, facilities, economic activity and tax revenue.”

And the spying and sabotage from the CCP as well.

Related: Chinese Spy Balloon Was Part of Widespread Aerial-Surveillance Program by People’s Liberation Army: Report.

FASTER, PLEASE: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott unveils plan for statewide TikTok ban.

Abbott is moving forward on plans to ban state employees from using the popular video-sharing app TikTok. On Monday, the Republican leader unveiled a statewide model security plan outlining objectives for state agencies to “address vulnerabilities presented by the use of TikTok and other software on personal and state-issued devices.”

Following a December 2022 directive from Abbott prohibiting employees from downloading or using TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company Bytedance Ltd., on government-issued devices. He also ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Department of Information Resources to develop the plan to guide state agencies on managing personal and state-issued devices used to conduct state business. State agencies have until Feb. 15 to issue their own policies to enforce the statewide ban.

Earlier: Wray warns about ‘threat’ posed by TikTok’s connection to China’s government.

(As Steve noted in November, “Wray Was Too Busy Weaponizing the Bureau Against Trump and Conservatives to Notice Until Now.”)

THE NEW SPACE RACE: Intuitive Machines moves landing site of first mission to lunar south pole. You prospect where the prospecting is likely to be good.

RAVING AND DROOLING: Pink Floyd’s Waters, Gilmour at war over ‘anti-Semitic, Putin apologist’ rant.

All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall.

The longstanding feud between former Pink Floyd frontmen Roger Waters and David Gilmour got even uglier Monday after the latter’s wife, novelist Polly Samson, lambasted Waters over alleged “anti-Semitic” remarks on Twitter.

“Sadly @rogerwaters you are antisemitic to your rotten core,” fumed “The Kindness” author, who became one of PF’s main lyricists after Waters left the band in 1985.

She also labelled the 79-year-old Pink Floyd co-founder a “Putin apologist and a lying, thieving, hypocritical, tax-avoiding, lip-synching, misogynistic, sick-with-envy, megalomaniac.”

It’s yet unclear what inspired the scribe’s online salvo. However Samson, 60, could have been reacting to a recent interview Waters did with Germany’s Berliner Zeitung, in which the rabble-rousing rock star doubled down on his prior comments analogizing the State of Israel to the Nazis over its treatment of Palestinians. Elsewhere in the interview, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had defended Russian President Vladimir Putin over his decision to invade the Ukraine.

She could also be responding to this: Will Roger Waters’ Explosive New Comments About Israel and Ukraine Sink a $500 Million Pink Floyd Catalog Sale?

Much more details about the “(d)evolution of Roger Waters,” the “anti-Zionist…bully…woke…authoritarian” at JNS.org, in an article brilliantly headlined: Roger Waters: The Leni Riefenstahl of rock and roll.

Classical reference in headline:

BRAD THOMPSON: Untimely thoughts on a world in transition.

JOHN HINDERAKER: At SOTU, expect an Amir Locke lie. “I don’t know whether Biden will talk about the Locke case tonight. If he does, what he says about the case will be a lie. And in any event, Ilhan Omar is using the case, and Locke’s parents as props, to advance a bad policy idea based on fabrications.”

I’m in favor of banning no-knock raids in drug cases and the like. Where lives are in danger, or where dangerous criminals are in hiding, I’m okay with them.

MARK JUDGE: Communism is a Religion, and It’s Rising Again From the Ashes.

It allows low-quality people to band together and achieve power and self-importance.

THIS HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF LIFE ELSEWHERE: More Life Than We Ever Realized Could Survive in The Deep Dark of The Ocean. “Chemosynthesis, as it’s known, was speculated as a potential source of energy for microbes in the 19th century, though wasn’t confirmed until ecosystems surrounding deep ocean hydrothermal vents were discovered in the 1970s. Since then, the means of harvesting energy through the oxidation of inorganic compounds has been considered rare, confined to extreme habitats. But emerging research from the sea suggests this strategy for survival is actually abundant, from pole to pole.”

HENCE THE BIG SOLAR ARRAY? China’s Spy Balloons May Have Used Ground Penetrating Radar. We may never know the truth. But the balloon isn’t an optimal altitude for an EMP strike, and I have questions about the expertise of someone who says otherwise.

ED MORRISSEY ON THE STATE OF THE UNION: Can we please, please, PLEASE end the Annual Imperialism Prom? “Thomas Jefferson had it correct. The Constitution requires a report to Congress on ‘the State of the Union,’ but it doesn’t require Congress to treat the head of the co-equal branch of government like a Roman emperor returning on a triumph. Jefferson sent Congress a letter, which set a tradition that lasted a hundred years-plus. Jefferson worried in 1801 that a presidential appearance would blur the constitutional lines and give the appearance of imperial royalty.”

IT’S A DISGRACE: Study highlights nationwide reliance on emergency departments for mental health care.

And if you have someone who needs longterm residential treatment, forget it. They get three days and are handed a prescription on the way out the door.

GOODER AND HARDER:

WHY DO YOU KEEP DISAPPOINTING YOUR PRESIDENT? Biden Is Upset That We’re Not in Awe of His Lousy Economy.

THE EKRANOPLAN OPPORTUNITY: DARPA Funded Two Wing in Ground Effect Transport Planes.

Two teams — General Atomics working with Maritime Applied Physics Corporation and Aurora Flight Sciences working with Gibbs & Cox and ReconCraft — will develop designs for DARPA’s Liberty Lifter Seaplane Wing-in-Ground Effect full-scale demonstrator. The Liberty Lifter program aims to demonstrate a leap-ahead in operational capability by designing, building, floating, and flying a long-range, low-cost X-Plane capable of seaborne strategic and tactical heavy lift.

The planned Liberty Lifter demonstrator will be a large flying boat similar in size and capacity to the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. Goals include takeoff and land in Sea State 4, sustained on-water operation up to Sea State 5, and extended flight close to the water in ground effect with the capability to fly out of ground effect at altitudes up to 10,000 feet above sea level.

Interesting.

Also, “The Ekranoplan Opportunity” sounds like a Robert Ludlum title.

THE STOWAWAY FROG THREAT: Stowaway frog triggers alarm during screening at Pennsylvania airport.

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Biden Spending All Night In Bacta Tank In Preparation For State Of The Union.

QUESTION ASKED:

BE PREPARED: Smart Meat Thermometer with Bluetooth. #CommissionEarned

EXCELLENT ADVICE: Safety Basics: Reholster Your Gun Slowly and Deliberately.

THAT GUY IS THE PUDGY, SMUG, IGNORANT FACE OF THE 21ST CENTURY MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: Alexander Vindman and the Road to World War III.

READER FAVORITE: Surge Protector, Outlet Extender with Night Light. #CommissionEarned

QUESTION ASKED: Is technology discreetly, but thoroughly, rendering parents expendable?

About 10 years ago, my younger son stopped me in my tracks with a thoughtful observation.

I wasn’t surprised that he could be thoughtful — he often is — but this time his thought seemed momentous to me: “Parents don’t get to teach their children anymore. When I was little,” he explained, “if I wanted to know almost anything, my first instinct was to go to you or Dad about it: ‘What’s a bowline knot? Why does everything get dusty? What is a shillelagh?’ We would always talk it through. Now, if I’m curious about something I just go to Google. Younger kids don’t even develop the habit of going to their parents for answers. They’ve been googling since they could reach a keyboard.

“Parents have become expendable,” he concluded. “They aren’t even in the equation.”

Well, that’s one of the left’s goals — and it’s Politico, Comcast, Nation magazine, and even Celion Dion(!) approved:

 

THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: Google to release ChatGPT-like bot named Bard.

GREAT MOMENTS IN DIVERSITY: Senator’s Twitter account temporarily suspended for publishing a hunting photo.

And, he’s back. The senator looks to be back on Twitter again. It’s 12:30 p.m. Central time as I make this update. I noticed a tweet from Elon Musk and thought, hmm. Don’t know if it’s related but nonetheless, [Steve] Daine is back on Twitter.

I’m so old, I can remember the left’s lengthy “tolerance for diversity” modified limited hangout before it expired.

TO BE FAIR, THERE ARE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM: Pontiac Fiero History and FAQ: GM’s Most Famous Failure?

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Extra vitamin D during pregnancy may increase chance of a ‘natural birth.’

SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE IS TAKING A MUCH-NEEDED BREATHER: Biden Admin Doesn’t Appear to Have Evidence of Trump-era Spy Balloons.

THE PANDEMIC BROUGHT A LOT OF UGLY TRUTHS HOME: Britain’s NHS was once idolized. Now its worst-ever crisis is fueling a boom in private health care.

One of the cleverest moves of the British left was convincing people to embody their patriotism in the BBC and the NHS.

Related: Trudeau Eyes Billions to Patch Canada’s Creaking Health System: Expert sees ‘crisis point’ with shortages of doctors and staff.

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