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Our boy scout troop is in the middle of popcorn selling season. In August, at the beginning of the sales season, I asked a simple question. “How long does it take to make microwave popcorn?”

They said three minutes or two minutes or even, “there’s a popcorn button on the microwave and it senses when you’re done, so whatever that is.”

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Atheists, Humanists, and even the occasional Christian read the Torah and asks whether a deity who destroys the world in a flood and incinerates Sodom and Gomorrah is a G-d who values life for its own sake? In other words: why should we serve or worship a deity who commits mass murder?

Good questions!

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It’s a rhetorical question, we know why progressives aren’t pushing hard for schools: Donald Trump and his administration are in favor, and therefore they must be against. No matter that women are dropping out of the workforce at an unimaginable clip, at-risk children are even more at-risk, and the gap between the haves and the have-nots is becoming a Grand Canyon-sized hole.

Given all of this, one would think that the Democratic nominee would be pushing for schools to reopen, because the “science” is becoming increasingly clear: Kids are not at risk, kids do not spread the virus, and millions of kids’ academic and emotional futures depend on in-person schooling.

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The article in the New York Times, like its companion piece in the Washington Post, is one long dog whistle. Its warning is not about Judge Barrett herself, who will fold into the life of the Supreme Court, but the possibility that others who share or are attracted to her active religiosity might be rising out there in the country to pose a threat to the secular dominance of America’s cultural mores that began some 60 years ago.

The new counter-belief system back then argued that shared community values grounded in religious belief—or virtue of the sort evident in the Barrett family—imposes unnecessary constraints on personal or private behavior.

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Qu’elle Future!
When the 1950s and early 1960s are discussed by the retrospective experts of academia and PBS hush-toned documentaries, traditional families are generally portrayed as vehicles for an oppressive patriarchy. They are nothing more than little capsules of conformity; individual bulwarks against personal expression and freedom; a suppression of human nature and appetites.

Culture was reflected in the popular radio and television shows at the time. Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best, and Ozzie and Harriet were all shows that seemed to reinforce this notion. Today, they’re used by the progressive left and the radical feminist movement as examples of an oppressive, conformist society. They mean to scare people into thinking this would be America’s future if conservatives had their way, especially if President Trump is re-elected. Women would lose their right to vote! Birth control would be banned! Abortions outlawed!! (Okay, this one wouldn’t be bad) America would be awash in Old White Man power and no one will stop them! But these are just outlandish caricatures of the views of the time.

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“Hands are made for holding.” – Corina T., Nevada

I usually don’t get Dove chocolates but I saw some in the dollar store, had a craving, and picked up a bag. I’m a little aware of the quotes Dove includes inside the wrappers. Some find them insipid and rant against them. Others find them humorous. I enjoyed the above pre-Chinese Flu quote on my wrapper. With St. Fauci saying that shaking hands will be a thing of the past, this is a nice reminder that people need a human touch.

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Brady Harold never knew what a miracle he was.

After his car accident, he was rushed to his nearest trauma center. Unconscious, the trauma team inserted a breathing tube and resuscitated him. A CT scan of the brain revealed an epidural hematoma, life-threatening bleeding on the brain. Dr. Oliver, the local neurosurgeon, was called in and deftly removed the blood clot, preventing a catastrophic brain injury.

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These are the new Thanksgiving Edicts from the CDC:

Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.

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Purists love to talk about what is and is not a science. Clearly, for example, physics is a science, because it allows us to offer theories, and test them against data. And we learn from the results.

By way of contrast, economics or sociology or psychology are not sciences. Of course not! Those soft squishy subjects have no real predictive power after all, right?

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I work in a building two blocks from Lafayette Square in downtown DC. On top of the devastation from the friendly fire/own goal COVID policies of the District of Columbia, my immediate work environs were also badly damaged in the Floyd riots. A number of those places have not and will not re-open. Every morning I pass by the desecrated stretch of 16th Street with those stupid giant yellow letters honoring the farcical BLM. It takes up several blocks and pollutes the otherwise impressive view of the White House and Washington Monument bathed in the early morning sunlight. There are also semi-permanent barriers along all the streets that are approaches to the White House.

Apparently, the genius brigades are planning to camp out around here on election night to get ready to force Trump from the White House if he loses or if he cheats (i.e., wins). See, this article.

Earlier this month, Bret Stephens wrote a searching essay on the New York Times’s 1619 Project. Stephens is a columnist for the New York Times himself. The 1619 Project places slavery at the center of the American founding (and thus of America). With Jay, Stephens talks about this, and much else: the presidential campaign, the Middle East, New York City, and more. Bret Stephens won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Jay often says that he wishes he could give Stephens a second one.

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Today on Powerline, Steven Hayward quoted a paper from “Lorraine Whitmarsh, an environmental psychologist.” I thought, “Huh?” So I looked up environmental psychology on Wikipedia: “Environmental psychology is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the interplay between individuals and their surroundings. It examines the way in which the natural environment and our built environments shape us as individuals … The field develops such a model of human nature while retaining a broad and inherently multidisciplinary focus. It explores such dissimilar issues as common property resource management, wayfinding in complex settings, the effect of environmental stress on human performance, the characteristics of restorative environments, human information processing, and the promotion of durable conservation behavior.”

Well, ok then. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that pretty much just a cross between behavioral geography and architectural psychology? Yeah, the same thought crossed my mind, obviously. But Wikipedia addressed this hot-button controversy as well: “Although ‘environmental psychology’ is arguably the best-known and most comprehensive description of the field, it is also known as human factors science, cognitive ergonomics, ecological psychology, ecopsychology, environment–behavior studies, and person–environment studies. Closely related fields include architectural psychology, socio-architecture, behavioral geography, environmental sociology, social ecology, and environmental design research.”

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So, I was just hanging out with friends, enjoying a smoothie at this nice outdoor place – don’t worry, we had masks, everyone was distancing! We’re totally about that. We heard something coming around the corner, and it sounded like a parade? My friend Jinny gets on her phone (well TBH she was already on it) and googles whether there was a parade scheduled for tonight, like a circus thing, but before she gets her results we see them. It’s a bunch of guys dressed in black with signs and umbrellas, and they’re, like, chanting? I got it on my phone, and I think it was something like Hey Ho, Hey Ho, Oligarchical Capitalism and its Inherent Systemic Oppression of BIPOC and Non-Heteronormative Paradigm Gender Non-Conformity Has Got To Go, or something, and I’m like, whatever –

Remember the dossier? Many journalists (not to mention the FBI) worked hard to confirm its allegations against Donald Trump. They failed miserably. But even then, some Democrats, and their allies in the press, refused to admit the dossier was BS. Instead, they argued that since it had not been proven untrue, it must be true. With that in mind, what standard of proof should apply to the Hunter Biden story? One thing is certain: Republicans and conservatives should not fall into the “not proven untrue” trap. It’s the wrong standard to apply to serious allegations. Instead, media organizations should be working to confirm the details of the Hunter Biden emails. If they succeed, they’ve got a big story. If they fail, they can report that the story could not be confirmed. It’s a very simple approach — too bad many news organizations are not following it.

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Conservatives have probably never felt as criticized and condemned as they are now. We are called white supremacists, labeled Nazis, and are viewed as alien to a culture that expects everyone to toe the line of conformity to the Progressive cause. The ostracizing and censuring that the Right is experiencing goes far beyond the extremes of the past. Due to the level of malevolence, we are being marginalized and hated by the most radical of the Left. Even those who aren’t as radical are buying into the propaganda.

I believe the current environment is leading to the development of an unconscious mindset for Conservatives that is debilitating and destructive. I call it “the Ghetto Mind of 2020.” I hope that by shining a light on this mentality, we can make a conscious effort to free ourselves of this subtle yet pervasive mindset and use this awareness to strengthen our roles in, and our impact on, America.

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Remember all of the lectures we were the recipients of during the #MeToo era from Hollywood and our media betters? Hollywood, you know, the place where Harvey Weinstein was on the prowl; and the media, where folks like Jeffrey Toobin were still well respected after … well, I’ll let the Daily Mail tell it:

Toobin has been married to his Harvard classmate Amy McIntosh for 34 years. They have two daughters. But that didn’t stop him having a decade-long on-off affair with 13-years-younger fellow lawyer Casey Greenfield.

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William Huang, a prolific demographic researcher who was raised under China’s one-child policy published an article tracking how Trump is doing in the 2020 campaign with Asians versus his 2016 campaign. Some highlights:

When a blind Chinese activist named Chen Guangcheng spoke at the Republican National Convention praising Trump for standing up to the Beijing regime in August, many Democrats called him ungrateful, as the Chinese lawyer and pro-life activist who exposed the evils of the one-child policy implemented in his hometown of Linyi was rescued from China and found refuge in America during the Obama administration.

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When COVID-19 first hit our shores, cable news showcased daily death counts from the virus. The numbers jumped in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Every day, the total grew.

In May, cable news dropped its focus on total deaths. Instead, “new cases” became the go-to metric as outbreaks hit Florida, Arizona, and Texas. This new, larger number enabled CNN, et al., to intensify their panicked headlines. Better still, they could blast perfidious GOP governors over new cases while giving nursing-home Cuomo a pass.

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Houston Police Sergeant Harold Preston was killed in the line of duty Tuesday. He had been with the Houston Police Department for 41 years and was due to retire at year’s end. As tragic as that is, his death was 100% preventable. His partner also was shot and will survive his injuries. In addition, the shooter’s own 14-year-old son was shot.

The suspect, Elmer Manzano, a convicted felon with multiple prior assaults on his record, was in custody, detailed just a day before this tragedy occurred. On October 18, HPD officers responded to a call from Mrs. Santos, stated that her ex-husband, Elmer Manzano, was at the location brandishing a gun, threatening Mrs. Santos and her children.

Lanhee is joined by long-time election lawyer Ben Ginsberg to talk about what could (but probably won’t) go wrong in this year’s election. They talk about everything from ballot harvesting to recounts in a effort to help us understand what is likely to transpire in the last two weeks before Election Day, and beyond.

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From Hawk Newsome, chairman of Black Lives Matter, speaking on Fox Nation:

I think that it is a tool of white supremacy to say if you want freedom, then you get it by protesting peacefully. For a country that drops bombs on people, for a country that incarcerates people, for a country that enslaves people — to criticize us for vandalism is preposterous, Why is it a tool of white supremacy? Because the white supremacists who built this country never earned anything peacefully. They did it through bullets and blood. And that’s the American way.

Tuesday evening the PM announced that the greater Manchester area would be given the Third Tier Lockdown treatment. And for Toby and James the one thing this situation has done is highlight the divide between England and the devolved nations of the “United” Kingdom.

It has also highlighted the power struggle between the elected and the unelected in government, namely S.A.G.E. (the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), which at this point should probably be renamed C.Y.A.. In the end it has made James and Toby relieved to be married (although not to each other,) especially given that Boris’s new lockdown rules mean couples that live apart can only meet outside.

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In my last post about outcomes following the election, I suggested that no matter who wins, there will be violence. The discussion was exceptional, with a whole range of possibilities suggested. I’ve been thinking about the potential of violence a great deal, and I’m feeling even more certain that no matter who wins, there will be riots and destruction. If Trump wins, outbreaks of violence are almost guaranteed. If Biden wins, violent demonstrations are less likely, but they are possible. The extreme actors on both the Left and Right will probably show up, not necessarily for partisan reasons, and it will be ugly.

I’m making this prediction because the vicious rioters of the Left know that if Biden is elected, he won’t do anything. They will have the ability to do essentially anything they want. We already know that the local authorities are inept and won’t act. Every city in America will be threatened.

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Everyone might be well advised, even to this day, to heed the advice of Watergate informant Deep Throat. Joe Biden and the Biden campaign have not refuted the revelations from son Hunter’s laptop as reported by the New York Post, or any of the allegations made by Peter Schweizer on a separate track in released emails to him from a former business partner (now serving time in prison) of Hunter and Devon Archer. Therefore, Americans can assume that the former VP’s sudden boom in wealth and profligate real estate spending may indeed be from sources other than his salary or his book deal — specifically from Ukrainian oligarchs, Chinese oligarchs and/or the Chinese Communist Party, and others.

Back on September 11, 2019 (that date … hmm…), Ryan Grim of The Intercept described how Joe and Jill Biden managed to hide the source of their newfound wealth by using Delaware’s non-disclosure provision for S-corporations (emphasis mine):