Victor Davis Hanson examines how ’The Great Awokening’ has morphed from a boutique obsession into a society-wide attack on meritocracy … and considers whether that is setting the state for a brutal backlash.

Strange Things Aren’t Getting Any Better…


I had a patient nearly succeed in killing herself recently, despite my best efforts to intervene. She is a type of patient that scares every doctor: She doesn’t like medicines or ‘chemicals’ that she doesn’t understand, but she takes 20 pills a day of various supplements and herbal remedies that she doesn’t understand.  She complains of an endless list of bizarre symptoms (her left eye cramps when she urinates or whatever), when the only diagnoses on her chart are fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and anxiety.  She lists 14 drug allergies, but the symptoms experienced with those drug allergies don’t make any sense.  And worst of all, she says, “I know my body.”  I get chills just thinking about it.

That patient is dangerous, because one of these days, she’ll actually get sick, and I’ll miss a recognizable disease in all the random background noise of her being in touch with her body.  And then I’ll have to explain to the husband how his wife died of a bladder infection while under my care.

On her first visit with me last year, Karen opened the conversation:  “I’ve heard a lot about you.”

Everyone Has the Floyd Arrest Wrong


I think the police and district attorney have the wrong problem and the wrong solution.

Based on the say-so of a store clerk, they arrested Floyd. That’s the real problem. They had no evidence that Floyd committed a crime except for the say-so of a store clerk. That’s weak sauce to arrest someone.

QotD – Morality


Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. – Oscar Wilde

This quote sums up the essence of Wokism. It is weaponized morality. Define everything as a moral absolute and use it as a club to beat those you dislike with. After all, if they are immoral, then you can dismiss them as not quite human.

The Religious Fervor of the Woke


Charles Lipson has written a thought-provoking essay about our latest Great Awakening Awokening.  He begins,

One of the most striking features of American history is its periodic waves of religious fervor. We are in the midst of another today, stripped of its references to God but filled with the same passionate desire to be reborn, absolved from past sins.

April Showers Bring . . . Godzilla?


Godzilla 1954What could possibly go wrong here? Japanese scientists, with the approval of government officials, will dispose of radioactive waste water from the decommissioned nuclear power plants at Fukuyama by dumping it in the Pacific Ocean. This is not from the Babylon Bee, nor is it a belated April Fool’s story. It is a tale of our time, playing on our distrust of asserted expertise and asserted public interest. The power of the story also depends on a belief in zero risk options, indeed of magical cake that all may enjoy while continuing to have. Oh, and the story has deep international cultural significance.

I ran across the story through InfoWars, hosting a ZeroHedge column. So, trust but verify. Strait Times? Check. Business Insider? Check. The Sun? Check.

The cooling water that has been accumulating at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan will be released into the Pacific Ocean after it has been treated to remove all harmful radioactive substances, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet decided yesterday.

A Tale of Two Police Officers


The first Police Officer is a 26-year veteran of the department, with an excellent record.  This Police Officer made a traffic stop, of a vehicle with expired license tabs.  When the Officer ran the plates through the criminal justice database, the Officer discovered that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding arrest warrant for assault, and carrying a firearm.  The Officer then got out of the squad car to speak with the driver.  A few minutes later, after the driver had worked himself loose from the handcuffs being applied, and gotten back into the vehicle to flee, the Police Officer shot him with her gun, while shouting “I’ll tase you, I’ll tase you!”  This Officer will be charged with second-degree manslaughter.  This Officer’s name and photo is all over the news, everywhere, and riots, burning, and looting are occurring all over the country, in support of the criminal victim.

The second Police Officer was present at a “riot” (also described in all of the Press as an “armed insurrection”).  The Officer, in the middle of a crowd of trespassers, shot and killed a “rioter”, while said rioter was standing near a window.  The person who was killed was a Veteran, with no criminal record of any kind, and was not engaging in any kind of destruction, nor was the person armed with any kind of weapon.  Due to “lack of sufficient evidence”, this Police Officer will not be charged with any crime.  This Officer has not been identified in the press, and no riots, looting, or burning are taking place in support of the innocent victim.

Call the NCAA’s Bluff


It’s time for red states to call the NCAA’s bluff.

The NCAA is a private non-profit organization funded in large part by public institutions, ostensibly for the purpose of promoting intercollegiate athletics. It has morphed into a political organization that has in recent years bullied states by threatening to withhold events due to transgender bathroom legislation, the confederate flag, holding class on Martin Luther King Day to make up for a missed class day, and now because of Georgia’s voting integrity law. It long ago should have been reined in but the threats have been effective because the target was always isolated.

You Might be Woke If…


You might be woke if: you call a guy a bigot because he doesn’t want to date a “girl” who has a penis.

You might be woke if: you think people are racists because of the color of their skin.

April Showers Bring . . . Woke Weatherproof Styles Ad


Amazon April front pageIt is perfectly natural for retailers to pitch products to the season or occasion. We should especially expect on-line retailers to pitch rain gear in April. So, the presence on Amazon’s homepage of two boxes, “Men’s weatherproof styles” and “Women’s rain-ready styles,” is unremarkable. We have also come to expect the leftist virtue signaling, in the form of the latest approved intersectional hashtag and special emphasis on Black Lives, showing that they Matter to Amazon. Yet, what are we to make of the visual presentation of how Amazon thinks a black man should look?

The top right image is a Amazon screen capture from the evening of 11 April 2021. There is a web page wide top banner advertisement that rotates. The advertisement you see is for an Amazon Prime original series, Them, with each season intended to tell a tale focused on African Americans, and apparently on white people as racists.

Them‘s first season is grounded in the historical reality of the second Great Migration (1940-1970). This was the second wave of the Great Migration (1910-1970). American blacks moved from rural areas to inner cities and from the old South to the North and West. Walter Mosley set his Easy Rawlins private eye series in Los Angeles, with the series starting in 1948. If you have not read any of the series, you likely at least recognize the Denzel Washington movie based on the first novel, Devil in a Blue DressSo, Los Angeles is a good setting for a series set in the 1950s, as well as convenient for the video/movie industry.

On Your Conservative Friends


So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

This has unintentionally turned into a sort of “Notes to Mr. Boudreaux” series, but for good reason.  He has regularly touched on what I have found to be the most discouraging (and even shocking) phenomenon of the past year.  I have written about why that surprise, for anyone well acquainted with the history of totalitarianism, is largely unfounded.  But while otherwise right-thinking individuals have always had that one event or set of circumstances that cause them to demand protection from a king, it is still somewhat jarring when it happens with your own friends, while you plead in vain with them to open their eyes and turn around.

Ayaan speaks with Dave Rubin about the future of liberalism. Can it be saved and if so, how? They discuss faith, religion, and the pseudo-religion of wokeism. Plus, they explore whether or not we still have a free press.

Dave Rubin is an author, comedian, and TV personality best known for his political commentary. He is the host of The Rubin Report, a top-ranking talk show recognized as one of the most influential spaces for candid conversations about complex issues and current events. Dave is known for his iconoclastic and honest approach to big ideas and his unwavering support for free speech.

The King of Stuff is flying solo to talk about Biden and Fauci’s fumbling of the Covid messaging, the CDC “pausing” Johnson & Johnson’s vax due to a less than one-in-a-million chance of blood clots, and the riots and looting following another Minnesota police shooting.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. Jon chose “Tom” by Damien Jurado. Also, check out his new podcast with Ricochet’s Bethany Mandel called Edit This!

Minnesota Mob Intimidates City Council


Violence works. Brooklyn Center city counselor voted against her conscience on the firing of the city manager. Her opinion was he was very competent and he was correct on the officers need for due process. She didn’t want to deal with the violent mob. Doing anything that supports the Democrat party is a mistake.

Uncommon Knowledge: Cold War II—Just How Dangerous Is China?


China is a nation with 1.3 billion people, an economy projected to become bigger than the United States’ in just a few years, and a rapidly growing military.  Hong Kong has already fallen under its authority. Meanwhile, Taiwan looms in the distance—with a population of almost 24 million, it’s a technology hub and the world’s leading manufacturer of microchips and other items essential to high tech. What are China’s ambitions toward Taiwan? And if they are ominous, what should the US response to Chinese aggression be? To answer these questions, we’re joined by two experts: former national security advisor (and current Hoover Institution senior fellow) H. R. McMaster and former US deputy national security advisor (and current Hoover distinguished visiting fellow) Matthew Pottinger. They also discuss the Biden administration’s recent diplomatic encounters with China, and which countries might be allies in a conflict with China—and which ones would not be.

Fire Wallensky Part 2


This is a sequel/update of my earlier post Fire Wallensky.

Our deeply pathetic CDC Director Rochelle (“Impending Doom”) Wallensky responded to the news of an increase in cases in Michigan by saying Michigan must “close everything.”  First off, now that we know with some certainty that SARS-COVID-19 has very definite seasonal preferences in very distinct regional patterns, an uptick at the same time of year in the same places was not a surprise or grounds for panic. Second, we know with some certainty that lockdowns and closure orders have enormous empirically verifiable costs and extensive harms but little or no impact on the spread of the virus.  Third, the COVID-19 fatality rate per case is dropping rapidly as COVID fatalities remain low.  Overall,  CDC counts of US excess death continue to drop rapidly.  (Dr. Wallensky can find that info in graphic form on this CDC web page.) Fourth, given the highly predictable curve of a COVID-19 outbreak, Michigan is likely already on the downslope for case numbers, once again averting “impending doom.”

Justice Thomas Concurs, Slams Big Tech


Justice Clarence ThomasJustice Clarence Thomas has, for a second time recently, rung the alarm bell about the tyranny of Big Tech. Instead of empty posturing, like every Senator and Congress-critter, Justice Thomas paints a road map for legal strategies and arguments to put the tyrants firmly under controls that restore our Constitution. Justice Thomas just needs the right case and three men and a woman of courage to join him.

Justice Thomas wrote his latest concurring opinion in the context of a case against President Trump, where a lawyer alleged President Trump violated the Constitution in blocking this individual from @realdonaldjtrump on Twitter. The case being brought against the president, the name of the case, when it was dismissed as moot by the U.S. Supreme Court in the first week of April 2021, had changed to BIDEN v. KNIGHT FIRST AMENDMENT INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIV. Justice Thomas points out that “public forum” law does not fit well with online platforms. He then outlines two other doctrines that have a long legal history of application to private businesses: “common-carrier law” and “public accommodation law.”

If part of the problem is private, concentrated control over online content and platforms available to the public, then part of the solution may be found in doctrines that limit the right of a private company to exclude. Historically, at least two legal doctrines limited a company’s right to exclude.

Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield roll through some of their favorite podcasts, youtubers, and binge-able shows to stream—whether you’re postpartum with a newborn or just laid up with seasonal allergies! The habit tracker Lyndsey referenced:

Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Bank and author of the new book, “Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community” re-joins Carol Roth to talk about the efforts being made to bring those formerly incarcerated back into the workforce. He talks about why the business community and free enterprise should take the lead in terms of this movement and how bringing these workers into businesses have transformed companies.

Plus, a “Now You Know” on the fastest racket sport.

“Insight” from Democrat Congressperson


Holy Toledo.  This woman serves in The United States House of Representatives.  She’s not somebody’s drunk aunt, or a wild eyed drug-addled conspiracy-screaming homeless person, or even a Sociology professor.

She’s a congressperson.  Holy Toledo.  I don’t even know how to respond to this.  The police engage in government funded murder.  Because America is inherently racist.  So no more police, and no more jails.  Right.  Ok.  That should go well.  Brilliant idea.

The Democrat Party has serious problems.

Wanted: More Safe Spaces


We need more safe spaces. No, not the sterile little cubbies that the snowflakes need to avoid being “triggered,” to avoid facing an unpleasant idea or a challenging thought; we have enough of those already. We call those spaces “universities,” and the country is littered with them. No, we need more places where normal Americans can hear and say what they believe without fear of being fired, of their children being ostracized, of their grades being ruined, and of their families being torn apart.

I’ve lived in a lot of America: Kansas City, Denver, Albuquerque, Memphis, Sarasota, Cleveland, Austin, Tucson, rural Missouri, and rural New York. I’ve lived in urban high-rise apartments and on rolling farms, owned homes in lush Florida suburbs and dusty New Mexico river valleys. I’ve met a few people who think America is a racist hellhole full of injustice and oppression, but vastly more who go to church and go to work and make sense and raise their kids and maybe believe too much of what they see on the evening news. Americans aren’t by and large a “woke” people. We’re a gloriously apolitical bunch, a nation of sensible and pragmatic and decent citizens busy making ends meet in an often challenging economy.

The Internet Reformation


I find it difficult to imagine that Martin Luther was the first Catholic priest who became displeased with how the Church was being managed at the time.  I’m sure the Catholic Church had dealt with cranks before; the holier than thou types who think the leadership of the church is losing focus on God while it pursues money or whatever.  Most Protestant churches have at least a couple of these people in them even today.  “Why are we buying new paint for our church when children are starving in Africa?!?”  You know the type.  So Martin Luther was probably not the first to question the Catholic Church.  Many had before, and many still do.  But Martin Luther had an enormous impact – more than those who came before him.  Why?

Many historians argue that it was the printing press that really changed The Catholic Church, and thus changed history, more than Martin Luther did.  I don’t claim to be an expert in this topic, but this is not a new concept.  Martin Luther came along just at the right time, and the new technology of the day changed him from just another crank to an influential figure of enormous historical significance.  It wasn’t one man who changed Christianity – it was a new technology – the printing press.  Which brings me to identity politics and modern leftism.

Meaning and purpose in life are key drivers of happiness. However, we know that to understand happiness, we must also understand unhappiness, as these virtues often come through pain and suffering. In this episode, Arthur is joined by renowned teacher, international facilitator, and author of Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds, Thomas Hübl. Together, they discuss how we can understand and process traumatic experiences. They also share some advice on how we can avoid becoming permanent victims of our trauma and pain, and instead, develop resiliency and experience post-traumatic growth.

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Free-Market Donald


Donald Trump was the most free-market-oriented president we’ve had since Ronald Reagan, and the economy showed it. Probably because of his rhetoric, many people don’t know about the Donald’s free-market proclivities. The people that don’t know about it seem to fall into two major categories:

  1. Ardent Trump supporters.
  2. Ardent Trump haters.

Protectionism prevents President Trump from being a free-market purist, but he was more marketed oriented than his four predecessors. Some, though not all, of that protectionism was justified for strategic and moral reasons.

It was the free-market side of his policies that made the economy roar. Rich, poor, corporations, workers, and people of all races benefitted. Not to mention all 37 genders. Of course, the Left will reverse it all in the name of Compassion.

The Perfect Perfect Game


Hope Trautwein struck out all 21 batters Sunday in a 3-0 University of North Texas win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff yesterday. She struck out 21 batters two other times in her career, but this appears to be the first 21 strike-out perfect game in NCAA Women’s Softball history. Hope played high school softball in Pflugerville, an Austin suburb to its northeast.

I thought this was a welcome bit of fresh air amidst the MLB’s campaign to alienate most of its audience. (I would have cross-posted this in the National Pastime Group, but our group focuses on baseball, and we baseball nuts can be a bit conservative about the game’s boundaries.)