August 12, 2022

I’M POSTING LIVE UPDATES AS THEY COME IN: Salman Rushdie Stabbed on Stage in New York.


OPEN THREAD: Keep it clean. Well, relatively.


“The news is not good,” the 75-year-old writer’s agent, Andrew Wylie, told The New York Times.

“Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” said Wylie.

Rushdie, who is still unable to speak, was attacked by a lone man while speaking at an event at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY, about 75 miles south of Buffalo.

Related: The best response to Salman Rushdie’s stabbing. What happened in New York today cannot be allowed to win. The illiterate cannot be allowed to dictate the rules of literature.

SPACE: Army looking at new ways to use space technology for unconventional warfare.

I IMAGINE THERE WAS AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: New study of moon rocks finds they contain gases from Earth. “A new study of six moon rocks has discovered proof that the moon includes chemical elements from Earth’s interior — a finding that supports the theory that the moon was created when something smashed into Earth.”

READER BOOK PLUG: Now out from Mitzi Perdue: Relentless: Mark Victor Hansen: The Wisdom Behind the Incomparable “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Series.

Lots of useful lessons about life, career, and everything.




♬ original sound – Josiah T Alipate

BEWARE OF MUCUNA PRURIENS: Study: Dangerous levels of levodopa found in certain botanical supplements.


But why are pickup trucks so big? “In brief, Obama-era fuel regulations incentivized automakers to build bigger trucks.”

But of course.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: The Rise of Lonely, Single Men.

A couple of points: First, in my own observation, there seem to be a lot more lonely single women. But that’s just anecdotage.

Second, one of the takeaways here is that men need to raise their game. This may in fact be true, but if the article were about lonely single women, the takeaway would be that . . . men need to raise their game. Because rule number one in articles about dating and relationships is that men are always the problem.

BREAKING: Search Warrant and Property Receipt From Mar-a-Lago Raid Released.

FLORIDA MAN FRIDAY: He’s Got an Appetite for Destruction. “This week we have a joyriding construction equipment thief, the quickest case of recidivism ever, and Utah Man’s stolen raccoon.”

It’s VIP, so don’t forget that VODKAPUNDIT promo code if you’ve been thinking of joining us.

BACK WHEN I WAS A SOUND ENGINEER I COULD DO THIS KIND OF THING; MY EARS AREN’T AS SHARPLY TUNED NOW: Human echolocation is real—and you might be able to do it.

MATT MARGOLIS: Another Huge Red Flag in the Trump Raid Story.

RIP: Actress Anne Heche dead at 53 after horror car crash. “Though the actress is legally dead, her heart is still beating and she remains on life support in order to donate her organs, her rep said.”

MAKING WAR ON AMERICANS: Biden’s War on Guns: A Multi-Generation Florida Family Gun Business is the Latest Casualty.

I ASSUME A CUSHY MSNBC GIG WILL EASE THE PAIN: New Poll Shows Liz Cheney Getting Absolutely Crushed.

SO I WAS DONATING BLOOD EARLIER TODAY, and as I’m lying there filling the bag, a guy walks past me on the way out and says he passed his donation time by catching up on InstaPundit. Glad blog readers are out there donating too.

THE KNISH MAN: Dead Man Found in NYC Surrounded by Biohazard Cans and WMD Plans.

DEAL OF THE DAY: Calphalon Premier Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware. #CommissionEarned

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MUCH BIGGER FINE: Australia fines Google $40 million over location tracking on Android.

WAR ON WOMEN UPDATE: Gender-neutral Joan of Arc at Globe. “Joan of Arc will be portrayed as a gender-neutral character in a new play at the home of Shakespeare in London, in a radical departure from the usual depiction of the historic figure. Audiences for I, Joan, which will open on August 25 at the Globe and run for two months, will hear Joan use the pronouns ‘they’ and ‘them.’”


NOW FIND A WAY TO BLOCK IT: Study uncovers what happens inside artery plaque to trigger strokes.

JIM TREACHER: Wait. The Bad Orange Man Had… Nuclear Documents? Seriously? “It’s been seven years since You-Know-Who rode down that escalator and threw his hat into the ring, and the Democrats have learned absolutely nothing. The more they try to hurt this guy, the more they end up helping him. Now they’re galvanizing the right behind him. Even traitors like me, who think 1/6 was bad and probably wanted Hillary to win, are incredulous that they’re abusing their power like this. It’s already backfiring, but at least the libs can still air out their bloodthirsty fantasies:”

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Liz Warren Says She’d Be President If She Had a Penis and I Can’t Stop Laughing.

A PROBLEM WITH A DELICIOUS SOLUTION: Wild boar runs loose through Spanish beach.

THE LEFT’S WAR ON… PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING: 5 Transportation Industries the US Government Is Crushing With Regulations.

Energy is how you get things done and transportation is how you move things around and the Left wants control — and rationing, really — over both.

I’ll TAKE THINGS NO ONE IS SAYING FOR $500, ALEX: “We’d talked about the dynamics of Iowa, her competitors and the pressure she put on herself not ‘to screw this up.’ But here and now [Elizabeth Warren] offered her plainest view of the landscape yet: ‘Everyone comes up to me and says, ‘I would vote for you, if you had a penis.’”

POLITICIANS ARE SAFE: Study: Thinking hard makes people tired because of ‘noxious’ accumulations in brain.

THEY WEREN’T OFF BEFORE? WOW: ‘Now, the Gloves Are Off’: Christina Pushaw Resigns as DeSantis’ Press Secretary.

BURGERS AND FRIES, BEST THING FOR YOU: Women who eat vegetarian diets at higher risk for hip fracture.

THINKING ABOUT JOINING THE IRS? Babylon Bee helpfully provides the 17 job requirements you must satisfy in order to be considered. Instapunditeers should pay particular attention to #14.

COLORADO: What’s Happening With ‘South Park’ Creators’ Casa Bonita? “The answer to that question’s a complicated one, and first, we need to review exactly what’s going on with the South Park creators’ quest to reopen the shuttered landmark with actual ‘good food,’ not the stuff that makes everyone only remember the fountain-waterfall attractions and maybe the sopaipillas.”

SCHEDULED FOR 5:40 PM ET: Watch SpaceX launch 46 Starlink satellites, land rocket today.. It’s a big deal that this has become so routine.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Eisgruber’s Emails: A nine-month correspondence with Princeton’s president sheds more light on his administration’s deceitful embrace of woke fanaticism at the expense of excellence.

Our institutions are run by people who are substituting their own agendas for the institutions’ missions.

AND NOT A CLEVER OR BELIEVABLE HOAX: Trump: Nuclear Weapons Documents Story ‘a Hoax’


I’ve been at FIRE almost 19 years, and I continue to be amazed how scared administrators are of flyers.

RESEARCHERS SAY REGULAR BIBLE READING IS HEALTHY? Well, yes, according to HillFaith, that’s what the authors of the American Bible Society’s (ABS) 2022 State of the Bible Report say they found among Gen Zers, the youngest and typically least happy generation. The report is a product of a joint effort between University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC) analysts and those with the ABS.

SALMAN RUSHDIE ATTACKED ON LECTURE STAGE IN WESTERN NEW YORK. “An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. The author was taken or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained.”


THE HOME FRONT: Russians Fleeing Crimea. “For all the talk of how Crimea is ‘inseparable’ from Russia, it seems like an awful lot of actual Russians are separating from it as quickly as they possibly can.”

This is fallout from the mysterious explosions at Russia’s Saki airbase, previously thought to be safe behind the front lines.

NO, 87K NEW IRS AGENTS WON’T JUST AUDIT MILLIONAIRES: The Heritage Foundation’s Rachel Greszler digs into the data and the history and concludes that “even increasing recent audit rates 30-fold for taxpayers making over $400,000 — including 100 percent audit rates on taxpayers with incomes over $10 million — still would fall more than 20% short of raising the estimated $35.3 billion in new revenues in 2031.” 

Ergo – the auditors will focus on everybody making less than $400,000, especially those filing W-2 and 1099-based returns claiming multiple deductions. Those claims will be red flags for the auditors.

IT’S AS IF TWITTER IS A GARBAGE PLATFORM RUN BY GARBAGE PEOPLE: Ex-Twitter Manager Convicted of Being Secret Agent for Saudi Arabia + Leaking Private User Information.

IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: As FBI Raids Trump’s Home, Hunter Biden Rides Off on Air Force One to Vacation With the Big Guy.

HELPFUL BOOK: Stretching Anatomy. #CommissionEarned

THE CALL CAME FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE: FBI Informant ‘Really Close’ to Trump; 6-8 People Knew About Mar-a-Lago Safe.

SUNLIGHT IS A DISINFECTANT: College deletes race-based job posting after news inquiry.

POLL: Mar-a-Lago Raid Backfires Spectacularly on Democrats.

DIVERSITY PROBLEM: Democratic professors dominate University of Nebraska-Omaha departments. And pretty much every other university department everywhere.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Republicans Better Not Wuss Out If They Win Big in November. “If the Republicans get some power back we’re going to need more than a lot of dog-and-pony show hearings. And we definitely won’t need any ‘above the fray’ garbage. If there are hearings, there had better be results. Democrats in orange jumpsuits kinds of results.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Why Americans are increasingly dubious about going to college.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: WSJ: Chinese Student Visas To U.S. Plunge 50% From Pre Pandemic Levels, Imperiling University Finances.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN IS ON PUBLIC-CHOICE ECONOMICS: Woke elites control the institutions meant to serve us.

DEAL OF THE DAY: Zitahli Men’s Slim Wallet. #CommissionEarned


IT’S GOOD TO BE THE NOMENKLATURA: Move Over, Hunter Biden: Pelosi Takes Her Investment Banker Son Along on Taxpayer-Funded Taiwan Trip.

CHANGE: Denmark outlaws the COVID vaccines for children. “Yesterday, we learned that the CDC is basically pulling the plug on the pandemic and telling everyone to just get on with their lives. When NPR covered the story, they gave the impression that there wasn’t going to be as much of a push to get people vaccinated, either. But that’s just here in the United States. Across the pond, the changes to official government policy are coming in a more fast and furious fashion. It was just announced in Denmark that vaccinations for children are ending entirely. We’re not talking about removing mandates. Denmark is effectively outlawing the vaccination of children for COVID, saying it will ‘no longer be possible’ for children under the age of 18 to receive first shots immediately and second shots will be banned in September. . . . I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect that some very big news may be coming about the vaccines. If the shots were simply ‘not needed’ for kids, wouldn’t you just make them optional? Flatly outlawing the vaccines for children at least suggests that Denmark’s government believes they are potentially harmful in some fashion.”



NEWS YOU CAN USE: Workers in These States Would Pay Most Under Biden’s New Business Tax.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: ‘An Assassination of Our Careers’: How faculty layoffs have forever changed the University of Akron. “Angela Bilia made $18,000 last year as an adjunct at the University of Akron. She once made more — triple, in fact — doing nearly the exact same job. In the early months of the pandemic, the Ohio university laid off close to 100 faculty members, including Bilia. But the service Bilia had provided to the university — teaching “the bread and butter courses” of the English department for over 15 years — was still needed. So the university hired her back as an adjunct.”

All is proceeding as I have foreseen.

REVIEWING THE FBI’S RECENT BAD APPLES: Ken Braun of the Capital Research Center (CRC) lays out the disturbing details.

(Bumped, by Glenn).

IT STINKS: After Garland’s Statement, Does Anyone Else Smell a Cover Up?

IT’S HARD TO KEEP ‘EM DOWN ON THE FARM WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO SHUT DOWN THE FARM: Why Greens Can’t Keep Angry Farmers Down on the Farm, in the Netherlands or Globally.

Farmers in the Netherlands reduced nitrogen pollution by nearly 70% through a voluntary system. But the government says that is not enough and is demanding that they cut pollution by another 50% by 2030.

By the Dutch government’s own estimates, 11,200 farms out of the roughly 35,000 dedicated to dairy and livestock would have to close under its policies; 17,600 farmers would have to reduce livestock; and total livestock would need to be reduced by one-half to one-third. The Dutch government has demanded that animal farming stop entirely in many places. Of the over $25.7 billion the government has set aside to reduce pollution, just $1 billion is for technological innovation, with most of the rest for buying out farmers.

This effort has sparked a fierce backlash among Dutch farmers, who argue that the government seems more interested in reducing animal agriculture than in finding solutions that protect the food supply and their livelihoods.

Farmer protests in the Netherlands come at a time of heightened global food insecurity created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a major wheat exporter.

The Netherlands is the largest exporter of meat in Europe and the second largest exporter of food overall by economic value in the world, after the United States, a remarkable feat for a nation half the size of Indiana. Farm exports generate nearly $100 billion a year in revenue. Experts attribute the nation’s success to its farmers’ embrace of technological innovation.

The Netherlands is just one of the countries where governments are pushing for sharp limits on farming. Canada, for example, is seeking a 30% reduction in nitrogen pollution by 2030. While the Canadian government says it is not mandating fertilizer use reductions, only pollution reductions, experts agree that such a radical pollution decline in such a short period will only be possible through reducing fertilizer use, and thus food production. The cost to farmers would be between $10 billion and $48 billion.

“If you push farmers against the wall with no wiggle room, I don’t know where this will end up,” said Gunter Jochum, president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. “Just look at what’s happening in Europe, in the Netherlands. They’ve had enough of it.”

The rest of us should be just as angry.


Sri Lanka Begging Russia and India for Fuel: A Nation Wrecked by Green Agricultural Policies.

Here’s What Life Looks Like in a Country That’s Run Out of Fuel.

Could It Happen Here? 200 Dead, as Sri Lanka Literally Runs Out of Gas.

In Sri Lanka, Organic Farming Went Catastrophically Wrong.

Sri Lanka facing imminent threat of starvation, senior politician warns.

Looming food shortages is the next ‘slow-moving disaster’ to hit world.

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  Why Red Meat Negative Health Claims are False.



WE ARE THE TARGETS. ALL OF US:  Biden Admin Keeps Contradicting Itself on Targets of the New IRS Audits.

The Infernal Revenue Stasi is going after soft targets.

IS ANYONE SHOCKED BY THIS? THE GOAL IS SOCIALISM, NOT THE WEATHER:  Calculations Show Schumer-Manchin Green Boondoggle Bill Will Have Little Impact on Global Temperature.

THAT’S A FUNNY WAY TO SPELL “ANYTHING AGAINST DEMOCRATS”:  Remember How They Suppressed Hunter’s Laptop Story? Twitter Announces Midterms Crackdown On “Misleading” Election Claims.

THEY DROPPED THE NEW ABNORMAL:  CDC Finally Drops Quarantine, Distance, and School Testing COVID Guidelines.

EVERYTHING IS PROCEEDING AS COULD BE FORESEEN: China fired missiles into… Japanese maritime territory; Garland disowning Mar A Lago raid; “Islamophobic” attack turns out to be internecine violence.

By a blind man, in a coal cellar, at midnight. But not by the congenital idiots of the Junta.


THEY ARE SOWING THE WIND:  More Trump raid fallout: is there anyone on earth naive enough to believe the DOJ on this?

HE NEVER HAD ANY IMPARTIALITY:  Reinhart Recused Self from Trump-Clinton Suit.

HAPPY HAPPY FAMILY:  Hunter Goes On Vacation With Joe And Jill.

HE’S RIGHT. WE CAN’T ATTACK THE DOJ INTEGRITY. THEY DON’T HAVE ANY:  Garland Personally Ok’d Warrant, Whines About Attacks On DOJ “Integrity”.

REPORT: Actress Anne Heche ‘not expected to survive’ car crash.

August 11, 2022

AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Report: Eight explosions at Russian air base in Belarus just across the border from Ukraine.

JOHN HINDERAKER: OBSERVATIONS ON THE MAR-A-LAGO RAID. “The Democrats crossed the Rubicon when they raided Donald Trump’s home. Never before in American history has anything like this happened. I think the consensus of the commentariat is correct: the Democrats had better have something really good up their sleeve, or the blowback will be intense. Hence Merrick Garland’s sad performance today.”

My prediction: The search warrant application will be supported by vague stuff that sounds explosive, but is dubiously sourced. That’s been the pattern ever since the bogus “Russian collusion” narrative, which the FBI and DOJ shamelessly promoted even though they knew it was false.

OPEN THREAD: What’s happening?

KIMBERLY STRASSEL: The Payback for Mar-a-Lago Will Be Brutal.

Democrats may be betting that adverse coverage of Mr. Trump will help them in November, or in 2024. They’d better hope so. Their media defenders recklessly ignore the boomerang history of unleashed governmental powers and the long-term political danger of violating precedents and norms. A Democratic Congress enacted, and Jimmy Carter signed, the first independent counsel law in 1978. Two decades later it led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

If anything, a perceived political persecution of Mr. Trump could help him to a second term. And he would be even more unrestrained as the 47th president than he was as the 45th. A second Trump administration wouldn’t have the caliber of grown-ups who signed up for the first tour. Mr. Garland’s raid has made even the highest political figures fair prosecutorial game, and the media’s new standard is that the department can’t be questioned as it goes about ensuring “no one is above the law.” Let’s see how that holds when a future Republican Justice Department starts raiding the homes of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, James Comey and John Brennan.

Payback could come even sooner. Democrats set a new low with their Ukrainian impeachment circus, and a GOP House next year might be up for a reprise. Get ready for a few more select committees—perhaps excluding the minority party, as the Democrats effectively did with the Jan. 6 committee—to investigate Mr. Garland’s politicized department or Hunter Biden’s finances. Watch them subpoena sitting Democratic representatives, as the Jan. 6 committee did to Republicans. Reps. Adam Schiff, Ilhan Omar and Eric Swalwell may find themselves on the back bench with a new Republican majority eager to follow Mrs. Pelosi’s example and strip the opposing team’s members of committee assignments.

All this tit for tat will further undermine our institutions and polarize the nation—but such is the nature of retributive politics. Which is why the wholesale Democratic and media defense of this week’s events is so reckless. Both parties long understood that political restraint was less about civility than self-preservation. What goes around always comes around. What went around this week will come around hard.

To coin a 2016-era Insta-phrase, choose the form of your destructor.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Increased solar activity creates new challenges for smallsats.

MY NEW YORK POST COLUMN IS ON PUBLIC-CHOICE ECONOMICS: Woke elites control the institutions meant to serve us.

PIVOT! Biden relaunches national initiative Cancer Moonshot to accelerate fight against cancer.

President Joe Biden is relaunching a national campaign to accelerate the rate of progress against cancer, he announced Wednesday.

First launched in 2016, Cancer Moonshot aims to reduce the cancer death rate by at least half over the next 25 years. It will also aim to improve the experience of survivors or those fighting cancer. A Cancer Cabinet will be formed as part of the initiative.

The announcement included a call to action to jump-start cancer screenings, more than 9.5 million of which have been delayed due to COVID-19. The administration has also set aside budgets for biomedical and health research through entities like the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

Typing up press releases on the “Cancer Moonshot” seems to be the Biden administration’s regular “Stray Voltage” fallback in a desperate attempt to get bad news out of the news cycle. Flashback: Desperately Unpopular Biden Makes Play to Control Cancer Cures With ‘Moonshot.’

—Athena Thorne, PJM, February 2nd.

No word yet if the “Cancer Moonshot” will cure the deadly strain of #OilCancer that emanates from oily windshields.

Flashback to January, 2016: Obama’s new, new!, new!!, new!!!, new!!!! war on cancer. ICYMI: Nixon started giving cancer the Apollo treatment in 1971.

Obama, 2016: “Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources that they’ve had in over a decade. So tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done. And because he’s gone to the mat for all of us on so many issues over the past 40 years, I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control. For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.”

To be fair, between the out of control inflation and oil crisis he triggered, and this week’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, Biden has been doing quite a fair Nixon impersonation himself.


The United States isn’t a banana republic. It is doing quite a convincing impression of one, however. On Monday night, the FBI raided Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, apparently looking for evidence that the 45th president, a spring chicken at seventy-six, had hidden official documents in contravention of the Presidential Records Act — an offense that could see him barred from returning to office. Legal scholars are by no means sure that anybody would be able to prove that Trump willfully withheld sensitive government records — after all, the FBI said that Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” with her emails as Secretary of State, then a State Department investigation declared her not guilty of deliberately mishandling evidence. Still, the authorities didn’t break into any of Clinton’s homes (not publicly, anyway), and so Monday’s raid looks a lot like what Trump says it is — an act of political intimidation you might expect from a tinpot dictatorship in the developing world; a desperate bid to find something — anything — that might prevent Trump running for the White House again in 2024.

Within a few hours, almost as if he knew it had been coming, Trump released a video that resembled nothing so much as a presidential campaign announcement. “We are a nation that has in many ways become a joke,” declares the Donald on film, as gloomy black-and-white images turn to vivid color. “But soon we will have greatness again.”

Perhaps the FBI knows something very damning about Trump that we don’t. If not, why would the Bureau, or possibly Attorney General Merrick Garland, do something that appears so neatly to validate the Trumpist refrain that the “Deep State” will stop at nothing to take down their hero? Why would Trump’s enemies give him a near-perfect launchpad opportunity?

Conspiracy theories sprout everywhere. One is that the FBI — led as it is by a Trump appointee, Christopher Wray — is at some level working with — not against — Trump in order to help absolve him in the public eye over his behavior in the aftermath of the November 2020 election. Another, slightly less far-fetched idea is that the Democrats are trying to goad the Donald into announcing his 2024 campaign before the fast-approaching midterm elections. That would be because the dreaded idea of a Trump comeback might mobilize Democratic voters in the coming months and help prevent a Republican “red wave” at the ballot in November.

What’s certain is the Republicans are itching to start counter-investigations into the Biden administration as soon as their party seizes control of Congress. Hours after the Trump raid, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy declared: “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”

Biden’s White House has gotten so bad that actual banana republics are looking down at us: President of El Salvador bashes US government over FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. “The leader of El Salvador chided the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, rhetorically asking what the United States would say if he did something similar.”

RACISM, STRAIGHT UP: Bari Weiss: New York Times editor wanted Schumer to OK op-ed by GOP Sen. Tim Scott.


“Why can’t tech fix its gender problem? A new generation of tech activists, organizers, and whistleblowers, most of whom are female, non-white, gender-diverse, or queer, may finally bring change.”

“The Download: psychedelics for women, and Roe v. Wade online.”

“Psychedelics are having a moment and women could be the ones to benefit.”

“The cognitive dissonance of watching the end of Roe unfold online.”

Really bearing down on the science and engineering there, folks. I remember when people thought woke politics was something that didn’t affect STEM.

MADE IN THE USA: Flag Pole Kit 6 Ft Flagpole with Embroidered American Flag. #CommissionEarned (Bumped)

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