December 8, 2022

MORE LIKE THIS, PLEASE: Vanguard Group, One of ‘Big Three’ Index Fund Managers, Quits ESG-Oriented ‘Net Zero’ Group.

AT AMAZON, Klipsch Cinema 400 Sound Bar + 8Inch Wireless Subwoofer with HDMIARC.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Mega-study: Omega-3s, folic acid, CoQ10 benefit heart, but beware of beta carotene.

Good, I take all of those except the beta carotene.

TYLER O’NEIL: Rachel Levine Enlists Doctors as Evangelists to Preach the Gospel of Transgenderism.

NICE FELLA: Meet the Merchant of Death, Viktor Bout. “This is the guy Presidentish Joe Biden just sprung from prison in exchange for a basketball player stupid enough to bring her personal stash of drugs into a country like Russia.”

PROGRESS: U of M male contraceptive grant focuses on access, affordability.

WE SHOULD HAVE SUNK IT: Iranian ship tries blinding 2 US Navy ships, gets ‘dangerously close’ to them.

SCHEDULED FOR 5:27 PM ET TODAY: Watch SpaceX launch 40 OneWeb internet satellites Thursday.

So routine it isn’t really news anymore, but that fact itself is noteworthy.

THE ESG SCAM IS BREAKING DOWN: Vanguard Group, One of ‘Big Three’ Index Fund Managers, Quits ESG-Oriented ‘Net Zero’ Group.

I was talking with a fund-manager friend recently who said that sales people in his shop all wanted ESG stuff, but the firm manager said ESG is a scam, and will end badly.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Incoming House Oversight Committee Chair Promises Investigation Into Biden Impeachable Offense.


Musk responded on Tuesday by highlighting the irony of San Francisco wasting time inspecting Twitter’s headquarters when the city overall remains in disarray. He directed his response at Mayor London Breed (D).

“So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl,” Musk responded. “Where are your priorities @LondonBreed!?”

Musk linked to a horrific story detailing how a 10-month-old baby died last week after having “suffered an accidental fentanyl overdose” while playing at a San Francisco park.

The baby’s tragic death remains under investigation.

Don’t underestimate the magnitude of Musk’s accomplishment:

WNBA’S BRITTNEY GRINER RELEASED BY RUSSIA IN 1-FOR-1 PRISONER SWAP FOR ARMS DEALER VIKTOR BOUT: “To secure Griner’s release, the president ordered Bout to be freed and returned to Russia. Mr. Biden signed the commutation order cutting short Bout’s 25-year federal prison sentence. Notably, the Griner-for-Bout exchange leaves retired U.S. Marine Paul Whelan imprisoned in Russia. Whelan has been in Russian custody for nearly four years. He was convicted on espionage charges that the U.S. has called false. ‘We’ve not forgotten about Paul Whelan,’ Mr. Biden said Thursday, adding ‘we will never give up’ on securing his release. U.S. officials told reporters that it became clear in talks with the Russians that the prospect of exchanging both Griner and Whelan for Bout was a nonstarter, with one saying the U.S. had was ‘a choice between bringing home one particular American — Brittney Griner — or bringing home none.’”

Jim Geraghty dubs the trade “A Terrible Concession to Putin’s Russia.” “It is likely that one of the reasons the Biden administration went ahead with this deal was their confidence that enough allies would choose to characterize it as a major diplomatic victory, not an epic concession to a hostile state that is likely to try to use the same strongarm tactics again in the future.”

KNOWN WOLF: FBI Confirms It Got Tip About Colorado ‘Nonbinary’ Mass Shooting Suspect.

The disclosure by the FBI creates a new timeline for when authorities were first notified about the suspect as it was believed that he only became known to officials after he made the threat in June of last year.

An FBI assessment is the lowest level, least intrusive, and most elementary stage of an FBI inquiry. Such assessments are routinely opened after agents receive a tip and investigators routinely face a challenge of sifting through which of the tens of thousands of tips received every year could yield a viable threat.

People hold a vigil at a makeshift memorial near the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Nov. 20, 2022. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
It’s not clear why Colorado officials dropped charges against Aldrich after he threatened his family members. He was previously charged with felony kidnapping and menacing charges.

During the aforementioned incident, Aldrich had threatened to kill members of his family and allegedly had told them he wanted to be “the next mass killer.” He also said that if a police SWAT crew came inside his Colorado Springs home, he would blow the house up.

Local authorities are much more culpable than the FBI is for this screwup. Heads should roll, but I doubt they will.

FACEPALM: Karine Jean-Pierre Reads Wrong Answer During Press Briefing.

BE PREPARED: Tactical Portable LED Flashlight. #CommissionEarned

PRIVACY: Apple announces plans to encrypt iCloud backups.

Apple announced that it plans to encrypt additional iCloud data on its servers, including full backups, photos and notes.

The feature, called Advanced Data Protection, will prevent Apple from seeing the contents of some of the most sensitive user data stored on its servers.

The move will please security advocates, but it may upset law enforcement, since it will be impossible for Apple to provide authorities with the content of an encrypted backup.

But: iOS 16.2 implements 10-minute AirDrop time limit globally.

Before 16.2, AirDrop had no time limit and was a favorite tool to share information among protestors in places like Communist China. But instead of restoring full functionality to China after getting busted for it last week, Apple extended the time-out globally.

I WAS TOLD THIS WAS ONLY ABOUT CONFEDERATE GENERALS: Lincoln statue must go, article in Syracuse student newspaper argues. “The author writes that ‘the ironic placement of Lincoln, cradled by a school that values citizenship, ethics and justice to promote the public good, is indeed, contradictory.'”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: 87% of students say college is ‘too difficult’ but refuse to study more.


All of this suggests a war of attrition. Think World War I but without trenches. The Russians initiated combat, and any admission of failure would threaten the government. Ukrainian concessions would be tantamount to an end of the country, or at least an abdication of its independence. From the American point of view, continuing the war is better than defeat, since U.S. security guarantees to other allies would be on the line. (For this reason, I don’t think Washington will involve itself too much in the fine print.)

Under these circumstances, it would appear that the war cannot end. But each country has an imperative not to be broken and not to capitulate. And no one, save the Americans, can walk away. Reality is the ultimate gut check. Ukraine and Russia will posture until the end, even if neither knows exactly what its breaking point is. Each hopes the other is approaching that breaking point, and each wants to avoid reaching it first.

It is this mutual fear of failure that drives each to a negotiated settlement, however contemptible and belligerent that process will be. The opening gut check is followed by an emerging reality of how much you can play and how much your enemy can play, two variables that are considered every day by leaders and soldiers alike. Unthinkable concessions then become thinkable. The hazier this is, the more each side will be frightened that they will suddenly break.

Jaw, jaw really is better than war, war. The trouble is getting the leadership to publicly admit it and come to the table.

It’s even more troublesome for Russia, where a losing war usually leads to political turmoil — or worse.

LIKE MOST SPLASHY UNDERTAKINGS OF THE CHATTERING CLASS: U.S. News Law School Rankings Boycott Is A Big Nothing Burger. “Elite law schools opting out of the U.S. News ranking won’t change a damn thing. If anything, it highlights the big class divide among law schools.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Squeaky in the Doghouse — AOC Gets Some Ethics Scrutiny. “This ain’t my first rodeo, so I’m not naive enough to think that members of Congress are called to the carpet every time they receive gifts that are related to their positions. What, pray tell, could our girl Squeaks have done that would make the committee announce this during the last month that the Democrats were chairing it? They could have made it look like a petty Republican hit job if they’d waited another month.”

#METOO WAS ALWAYS A SCAM: Allegation: NY AG Letitia James protected top aide from harassment allegations.

PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO DO THEIR JOBS OUGHT TO BE FIRED, PERIOD: California English teacher says proper grammar is ‘white supremacist,’ refuses to teach it.

I WONDER IF SHE’LL BE GLAD TO HEAR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM NOW? Brittany Griner swapped for Russian arms dealer, on way back to US.

JONATHAN TURLEY: An End to the Deep Twitter State? “Conservatives often cite Baker as part of a ‘deep state’ committed to opposing former President Donald Trump and working closely with Democratic interests. Now he is accused of essentially being part of a deep state at Twitter sabotaging or obstructing efforts of Musk to release information.”

Plus: “What is also clear is that, despite the full mobilization of Washington against Musk, the billionaire is undeterred. Once again, the normally unstoppable forces of Washington may have met their first immovable object.”

RISE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS: Los Angeles doesn’t want to prosecute criminals if they are illegal immigrants.

YOU’RE NOT BEING PARANOID WHEN GROOMERS ARE VIRTUALLY EVERYWHERE: American Girl Uses Body Positivity Guide to Groom Girls for Transgenderism.

THE BUILDING INSPECTORS ARE IMPERILING SF’S SHRINKING TAX BASE: Anti-Musk Twitter Users Sic San Francisco Building Inspectors on Company’s San Francisco HQ.

EPIC HOLIDAY DEALS are here. #CommissionEarned

FALLOUT: Russia’s Oil Exports Nosedive Following Price Cap. “According to one commodity-analytics firm Kpler, Russia’s seaborne exports fell by nearly 500,000 barrels per day on Tuesday, a 16% decline from the November average of 3.08 million bpd.”

MEN ON STRIKE: Men are dropping out of the labor force because they’re upset about their social status, according to a new study.

Men without four-year college degrees, between the ages of 25 and 54, have left the workforce in higher numbers than other groups. And they’re leaving because of their perceived social status relative to better-educated men of similar age, according to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Non-college-educated men have seen their pay shrink by more than 30% since 1980 compared to the average earnings of all other prime-age workers. Their weekly earnings have declined 17%, while those of college-educated men rose by 20%, adjusting for inflation. That earnings loss has caused a decline in their social status, prompting them to walk away from work entirely, Pinghui Wu, the author of the study, wrote.

“For many workers, a job not only offers financial security, it also affirms their status, which is tied to their position relative to their age peers and many social outcomes,” Wu wrote.

The study found that the decline in earnings for non-college-educated men over the last four decades has increased their likelihood of leaving the labor force by nearly half a percentage point. That also accounts for 44% of the increase in their exit rate.

This seems to conflate a very real decline in earnings, with a decline in social status — though, to be fair, that’s also real.

CORN, POPPED: AOC Is Under Investigation by the House Committee on Ethics.

THE BUREAUCRACY WAS WEAPONIZED TO PROTECT DEMOCRATS: Judicial Watch: Secret Service Has Repeatedly Changed Story on Existence of Hunter Biden Gun Records.

FROM LAURA MONTGOMERY:  Long in the Land: A Science Fiction Lost Colony Adventure.


Long in the Land: A Science Fiction Lost Colony Adventure (Martha's Sons Book 2) by [Laura Montgomery]

He’s a man on the run. But on this harsh alien world, freedom doesn’t mean he’s safe.Peter Dawe can’t face his mother’s relentless grief. With her anguish deepening his guilt and the colony’s governor out for revenge, he’s desperate to escape a deadly situation ready to explode. So he jumps at the chance to journey north away from danger, chasing the rare sight of a long-lost aircraft.

Buoyed by the glimpse of a machine he’s never seen before, Peter discovers the pilot desperately needs aid for his newborn son. But with sinister agents searching for them both, the remote planet may not be big enough to preserve the young fugitive from his enemy’s vengeance.

Can Peter find them refuge before they all fall to their doom?

Long in the Land is the thrilling second book in the Martha’s Sons science fiction series. If you like captivating world-building, edge-of-your-seat tension, and memorable characters, then you’ll love Laura Montgomery’s high-stakes tale.

Buy Long in the Land to make a stark choice today!

NEWS YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE:  You could have a penny worth $7K in your pocket — and not even know it.

SOMETIMES YOU ESCAPE:  The Pleasures of Yew-Toob.

SO, THAT’S A YES?  White House won’t say if Biden team told Twitter that Hunter laptop was ‘hacked’.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CAN NO LONGER VOTE THEM OUT:  Headlines you never would have seen just a few short years ago.

AND 2022. AND ALL FUTURE ELECTIONS, UNLESS WE FIND A WAY TO STOP THEM:  The worst form of fascism from the far left: Rigging 2020.

WWII vets are spinning in their graves.



WELL, THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG:  San Francisco: Don’t Release The Killer Robots.

YEP:  Twitter Files – Musk Fires Fox In The Hen House.

A LOT OF VERY VISIBLE ERUPTIONS. THERE’S ONLY ONE CONCLUSION:  Volcanic Eruptions Now Occurring in Indonesia and Italy.

Yep. You got it. Gaia hates it when Democrats are in power in the US.

WHAT’S THE FUN OF FREEZING IN THE DARK WITHOUT A LITTLE FAMINE THROWN IN?  Germany Bans Proper Farm Fertilizing to Serve Climate Insanity.

December 7, 2022

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: In Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Address, Kamala Harris Urges Nation Not To Forget January 6. “‘Pearl Harbor was bad. They dropped bombs on big, big boats. But January 6 was even more bad,’ said Harris in her speech. ‘They did an insurrection. An insurrection on the government. And we almost became a Nazi country. Remember it? We should all remember. The passage of time is very significant, but it will never make January 6 go away from our hearts. Amen.’”

JOHN HINDERAKER: The Mystery of Woke Capitalism.

OPEN THREAD: God rest ye merry commenters, let nothing you dismay.

FINAL MOONWALKING MISSION SO FAR: Happy anniversary, Apollo 17! Final moonwalking mission launched 50 years ago today.

REMINDER: December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor…and Midway.

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY: Jennifer Lawrence Makes Bizarre Claim, Takes Credit for Work of Female Actresses Before Her.

Did you know that before “The Hunger Games,” there were no female leads in cinema?

That’s what Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence is claiming, at least.

In a recent conversation between Lawrence and actress Viola Davis, the lead actress in the movie “The Woman King,” Lawrence claimed that before her famous movie, women in lead roles in action movies were effectively unheard of because “girls and boys could both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead.”

This is a ridiculous sentiment, seeing as how women in lead roles did indeed happen before Lawrence showed up on the scene. This includes:

  • Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver): Alien (1979)
  • Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton): Terminator (1984)
  • Natalie, Dylan, and Alex (Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu): Charlie’s Angels (2000)
  • Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie): Tomb Raider (2001)
  • Alice (Milla Jovovich): Resident Evil (2002)
  • Selene (Kate Beckinsale): Underworld (2003)
  • The Bride (Uma Thurman): Kill Bill (2003)
  • Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron): Æon Flux (2005)
  • Elektra (Jennifer Garner): Elektra (2005)

And this is hardly an exhaustive list.

Diana Rigg, Stefanie Powers, and Monica Vitti would also like to put in a word as well from the 1960s.

UNEXPECTEDLY! House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters doesn’t plan to subpoena Sam Bankman-Fried to testify at hearing on FTX collapse.

Bankman-Fried’s fall from grace was swift and unforgiving after spending years as the crypto “darling” on Capitol Hill. He donated almost $40 million toward the 2022 congressional midterm elections, with much of it going to Democrats.

Nishad Singh, who became FTX’s lead engineer in 2019 following a stint at Bankman-Fried’s trading firm Alameda Research, has donated more than $13 million to Democratic Party causes since the start of the 2020 presidential election.

Ryan Salame, the co-CEO of FTX Digital Markets, donated another $23 million, with most of his contributions benefiting Republicans.

So no SBF this month. Starting next month, things could be very different: For the banks, a ‘more hostile GOP.’

THEY JUST WANT TO DATE HER: AOC under investigation by House Ethics Committee. “A spokesperson for AOC expressed confidence the matter, whatever it is, would eventually be dismissed: ‘The Congresswoman has always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations, or other special interests,’ said Hitt. ‘We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.’ The fact that the new Republican congress will be the one making the decision on this makes me wonder if a dismissal is really a given.”

I BLAME CLIMATE CHANGE AND PLASTIC STRAWS: Volcanic activity increases worldwide.

“PREGNANT PEOPLE:” Drug overdose deaths rise dramatically among pregnant people. Follow the science!

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: College degree value plummets as woke insanity spikes.

COLLEGES HELPED CAUSE THE ENROLLMENT CRASH.’ In myriad ways. Like all of our other institutions, higher ed is cashing in all of its built-up goodwill and credibility just to make the racket last long enough for the current folks to cash out.

EPIC HOLIDAY DEALS are here. #CommissionEarned (Bumped)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:  Here’s the Federalist Society panel I did on the Supreme Court’s Harvard/UNC case in November with Mike Carvin and Eric Segall.  (I’m mostly talking about this article.)

FIGHTING THE WAR CHINA STARTED: Time to Rid the World of China’s Trojan Horse Communications Gear.

For two decades we’ve had evidence that equipment manufactured by several Chinese corporations are potentially “dual use” systems.

At one level their equipment does what it’s supposed to do: connects communications systems like phones and computers. However, the systems have “backdoors” that give Chinese spies access to steal classified government secrets and your personal email.

Conceivably, the Chinese systems are offensive weapons: Trojan horses with intercontinental power. The CCP could use these pseudo-civilian systems to launch a cyber-Pearl Harbor attack on an adversary possessing them. The attack could damage the adversary’s economy (e.g., shut down banking). If executed quickly and pervasively, the sneak attack could disrupt military communications channels and disable high-tech sensors.

Check it out.

AFTER LAST NIGHT: Scott Johnson at Powerline assesses the Georgia Senate election.

According to the left-wing media, a star is born. Warnock for president! According to me, Warnock is a ludicrous, America-hating figure with the gift of gab. He’s a Jeremiah Wright kind of guy whose time has come…

Read all of Scott’s commentary.


FOR OUR VIP SUPPORTERS: On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, No Conspiracy Theories, Please.

READER FAVORITE: Klipsch Heritage Wireless The One II Tabletop Stereo. #CommissionEarned

I LIKE THIS MOVIE ALREADY: ‘Old Way’ Will Enrage Gun Control Crowd. “Nicolas Cage, Nick Searcy star in western about empowered, gun-toting teen.”

KIDS ARE AT EXTREMELY LOW RISK, AND THE SHOT DOESN’T KEEP THEM FROM GIVING IT TO GRANDMA: Pfizer seeks FDA greenlight for bivalent COVID dose in kids under 5 years.

HOW CONVENIENT: MSM: Democrats Can’t Be Election Deniers.

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: ‘Food Inflation Is New Grinch’ as Survey Finds Nearly 70% of Shoppers Struggle to Afford Groceries.

AT AMAZON, Holiday Deals in Home. #CommissionEarned.

I’M NOT SURPRISED: Archaeologist claims human relative used controlled fire for light, cooking.

ANOTHER PUBLIC-HEALTH SOLUTION FAILS TO DELIVER AS PROMISED: Ban on fruit-flavored e-cigarettes didn’t reduce vaping.

HEH: New AI Chatbot Covers For Biden, Says Rachel Levine Is A Woman. Can It Replace The Washington Post?

At first glance, an online entity that “discovers new knowledge” with the capability to generate written content for a broad audience sounds an awful lot like a journalist. Below are some simple questions presented to the chatbot to discover what kind of journalist this character of artificial intelligence might be.

“The concept of gender is complex and can be difficult to define, as it can refer to a person’s biological sex, their gender identity, or their gender expression,” wrote the computer. “Because of this complexity, it’s difficult to say exactly how many genders there are.”

When independent journalist Jordan Schachtel asked the AI which killed more children, the demonstrations on Jan. 6 or President Joe Biden’s drone strikes, the computer covered for the White House.

“President Biden has not carried out any drone strikes that have resulted in the deaths of children,” the computer wrote, oblivious to a drone strike in Kabul last year that killed 7 kids.

Schachtel also asked the AI machine if “communism is bad.”

“Whether communism is ‘bad’ is a matter of debate and depends on one’s perspective,” the computer wrote.

Nothing can replace the Washington Post, easily.


DECEMBER 7 THOUGHTS: That Such Men Lived.

FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOLARS:  New Study Tracks Rise of DEI in STEM Departments, Associations, Grants, and Literature.  (One of the authors has chosen to remain pseudonymous.  I guess an academic can’t be too careful these days.  It’s way too late for me.)

Link that bypasses the press release and cuts straight to the report here.

CAR AND DRIVER TAKES ONE FOR THE TEAM: We Watched the New Lamborghini Movie. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t. Lamborghini: The Man Behind the Legend is a total mess.

Racing on the streets, scandalous love affairs, V-12s, and Enzo’s scarves: It shouldn’t take much to make a watchable film about sportscar development in 1960s Italy, especially if it’s written and directed by Oscar-winning Bobby Moresco.

Well, anyone can have an off day. We recently watched Lamborghini: The Man Behind the Legend and caught up with Smoking Tire podcaster (and Road & Track editor-at-large) Matt Farah to compare notes. Spoiler: All notes were bad.

Don’t read on if you don’t want plot point spoilers because you plan to see the movie—but also, if you plan to see the movie, we can only say we warned you.

That’s too bad. I saw Ford vs. Ferrari in the theater in 2019 and absolutely loved it; I was hoping for a similar experience.

MEGAN FOX: New Information in Ohio Child Rape Case. “The sad case of the child who was used by left-wing media and abortionist Caitlin Bernard to prop up their abortion narrative back in July is still roiling with controversy. Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has filed an official investigation into Bernard’s actions, accusing her of violating her patient’s privacy by talking to media, and also of not reporting the crime to Indiana authorities properly. New documents obtained by PJ Media reveal more information than we were told initially.”

SETH BARRETT TILLMAN: East Wall and the Plantations: Ireland and Its New Migrants: Recent protests in Dublin reveal a government indifferent to Irish history and people.

Governments everywhere in the West are largely indifferent to their nations’ histories and people.

LIBSOFTIKTOK: Documents reveal Ohio superintendent admitting to sexual fantasies involving children.

Parents in Lakota Local Schools in Ohio are demanding that Superintendent Matt Miller resigns after his highly compromised sexual history and statements regarding sexual fantasies with children have come to light.

Miller heads the second-largest district in southwest Ohio and the eighth-largest school system in the state, serving more than 16,000 students in 20 schools in Butler County.

On August 8, Vanessa Wells, a Lakota parent, filed a police report against Miller with the sheriff’s office. In that complaint, Wells provided police with numerous text messages, including messages between Miller and his ex-wife, which seemingly show Miller admitting to fantasizing about raping minors.

Read the whole thing, if you can stomach it.

THE SWAMP IS DEEP AND WIDE: Well, Well, Well… Guess Whose Daughter Worked for Twitter During the Pandemic?

HOLIDAY DEAL: Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Wallet. #CommissionEarned

OUT: DEFUND THE POLICE. IN: Following killing, University of New Mexico students demand more cops: Resolution passed 19-0.

GLEICHSCHALTUNG: The Montreal Canadiens Apologize for Their Goalie’s Instagram Post. “I love my family, I love my country and I care for my neighbour. I am not a criminal or a threat to society. What @justinpjtrudeau is trying to do is unjust. I support the @ccfr_ccdaf to keep my hunting tools. Thank you for listening to my opinion.”


YESTERDAY: U.S. manufacturing orders from China collapse. “U.S. manufacturing orders in China are down 40 percent, according to the latest CNBC Supply Chain Heat Map data. As a result of the decrease in orders, Worldwide Logistics tells CNBC it is expecting Chinese factories to shut down two weeks earlier than usual for the Chinese Lunar New Year — Chinese New Year’s Eve falls on Jan. 21 next year. The seven days after the holiday are considered a national holiday.”

TODAY: U.S. Trade Deficit Rises 5.4% to Four-Month High.

Imports are up but not with China.

Then there’s this: In a major shift, China eases draconian ‘zero-COVID’ policy restrictions.

His power secure and his ability to lock down major cities at will tested and not found wanting, Xi can start letting the economy fully function again.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Stop Blaming Trump for Failed GOP 2022 Candidates. “Another day, another lament from me about the messiness in the Republican party. It is utterly amazing how much chaos one little failed red wave can unleash.”

THE NEW ANTIRACISM LOOKS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE THE OLD RACISM: Rutgers Professor Advocates ‘End Date’ for ‘Whiteness.’ “‘Whiteness is going to have an end date,’ she warns. ‘We gotta take these muthafuckers out.'”

#JOURNALISM: Liberal Media Scream: Video flashback of NYT in the tank for Team Biden.

CDR SALAMANDER: There Must be Consequences for Germany: NATO must show some self-respect.

The final part of the Merkle administration was problematic, but under the present SDP government led by Olaf Scholz – the Cold War socialist and Soviet apologist, Germany’s irresponsible stance in the face of European and NATO security requirements cannot go without consequences. The present, “Just do enough in security to look like we’re doing something, but not too much…” should be called out for exactly what it is.

Germany, even more than France, is the keystone to Europe. Too many nations look to her for leadership culturally, economically, and security. Poland is an emerging leader, but she does not have the population or GDP power to match Germany.

Though Germany’s present dysfunction is multi-causal, the core of the problem is that the German people chose the wrong leader at the wrong time.

Of course, America doesn’t need to point too many fingers on the “wrong leader at the wrong time” aspect.

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