Friday, March 5, 2021

How The World’s First Burger Was Made At Louis’ Lunch | Legendary Eats

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I remember these from law school days.

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Johnnie's Iconic Italian Beef Is A Delicious Mess Of Beef And Gravy | Legendary Eats

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Chantilly Potatoes (Pommes de Terre Chantilly)

Chantilly potatoes, or Pommes de Terry Chantilly, are the ultimate fast-and-fancy side dish. They’re essentially fluffier, creamier mashed potatoes. And it’s all thanks to one smart ingredient.

This ingredient is where these French-style potatoes get their name: Chantilly cream, or crème Chantilly, is the French term for classic whipped cream. The cream gets folded into the potatoes before they bake, creating the most unbelievably light and fluffy texture. To really gild the lily, there’s a layer of golden brown, melted cheese on top. Here’s how to make them.

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I don't know about this. If anybody cooks it, let me know.

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China subjects some travelers to anal swabs, angering foreign governments. - The New York Times

China is requiring some travelers arriving from overseas to receive an invasive anal swab test as part of its coronavirus containment measures, a move that has outraged and shocked several foreign governments.

Japanese officials said on Monday that they had formally asked China to exempt Japanese citizens from the test, adding that some who had received it complained of “psychological distress.” And the United States State Department last month said it had registered a protest with the Chinese government after some of its diplomats were forced to undergo anal swabs, though Chinese officials denied that.

It is not clear how many such swabs have been administered or who is subject to them. Chinese state media has acknowledged that some arrivals to cities including Beijing and Shanghai are required to take the tests, though the reports said the requirements might vary depending on whether the travelers were deemed to be high-risk.

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Sounds unpleasant.

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FAKE NEWS FROM AL JAZEERA

Sorry, but I take this one personally. As many of you know, last year, I co-chaired the “No on Proposition 16” campaign here in California. I was also the campaign’s second largest donor (behind the first highest by 1 cent), even though I am by no stretch of the imagination a wealthy woman. Our campaign was outspent by about 14 to 1. We tried as best we could to make up for that disadvantage by working 14 times as hard. And somehow, we managed to win. (It helped a lot that California voters agreed with us .)

Al Jazeera, however, has managed to find an American academic who attributes Proposition 16’s defeat to the supposed big money financing of an “anti-affirmative action industry.” I know … it’s just Al Jazeera.   What was I expecting?  Still, it’s annoying.  I assume I’m not supposed to cuss on this blog, so I’d better stop now …

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Gail Heriot. H/t GB.

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San Diego Armless Musicians – NBC 7 San Diego

Goffeney, who was born without arms and often played guitar while busking, sang and played electric bass with his band Big Toe. He would lie the instruments on the ground, then strum with the nail-polished, ring-laden toes of his left foot, using his right to change chords.

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Skier survives backcountry avalanche by jumping off 100-foot cliff | FOX 5 San Diego

“Due to the way the avalanche broke, it broke above me and not below me. I just got really lucky, simply put. Where it was taking me, if I had gone with it, was taking me to where I felt a really bad outcome,” Johnson said.

Instead, Johnson jumped off a 100-foot cliff.

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Gnarly.

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Head-on crash on SR-94 in Jamul leaves 2 injured

JAMUL, Calif. — Two drivers were seriously injured Thursday morning in a head-on crash in Jamul.

The collision happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. on state Route 94, just south of Vista Sage Lane, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow. A 20-year-old man from Chula Vista was driving westbound in a 1999 Honda Civic when he crossed into the eastbound lane, Garrow said. The Honda slammed head-on into a 2017 Subaru WRX driven by a 22-year-old man from San Diego.

Both cars involved had severe front end damage. The engine of Honda was ejected from the car by the force of the crash.

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Pray for me. I drive the 94.

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Why Pope Francis chose Cardinal Tobin for Vatican appointment | National Catholic Reporter

No one should be surprised by the news that Pope Francis named Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, to be a member of the Congregation for Bishops. There are three reasons why the appointment makes perfect sense.

First, from 1991 until 2009, he worked in the curia of the Redemptorists in Rome, initially as general consultor and then for two terms as superior general. In that post, he would have become acquainted with the situation of the church throughout the world in ways few American bishops have. This knowledge of the global church is a desirable trait in all dicasterial appointments in Rome, but it is especially important in the Congregation for Bishops, which is charged with selecting the next generation of church leaders in most of the globe. For example, the largest national hierarchy in the world is that of Brazil, and the Redemptorists have a large presence in that country.

Second, the Redemptorists are a missionary order and Francis is the fourth pope in a row to be urging the Catholic Church to conceive of itself in missionary terms. The structures and attitudes of the Catholic Reformation Church served the faith very well for centuries but are now outmoded and ill-suited for the times. The church is vibrant in mission territory in Africa, Asia and Latin America even while it is declining in Western European countries that were dominant for the past two millennia. Tobin brings the charisms of the Redemptorists to the table when bishops are being selected.

Third, Tobin is not only the kind of leader Francis wants — someone close to the people, not a culture warrior, and with a heart for the poor and the marginalized — he is also genuinely well liked by his brother bishops. This past November, Tobin was elected by his fellow bishops to serve on the board of directors at Catholic Relief Services.

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Hmmmph.

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Opinion: The Perpetual Covid Crisis - WSJ

Vaccines were supposed to enable Americans more or less to get back to their before-Covid lives—youth sports, eating out, family gatherings, and even walking outside without a mask. It’s probably still prudent to wear masks in public settings indoors for a few more months, and businesses like Starbucks and Target plan to continue requiring them.

But liberals and their public health friends don’t seem to want the pandemic to end—ever. Some lockdown advocates are warning that myriad new gene variants may be more infectious—though it’s unclear if they are—and could render vaccines less effective. They also warn that vaccinated individuals might still transmit the virus if they are asymptomatic (though the probability is low).

Ergo, pandemic restrictions must be maintained until we achieve herd immunity—which the experts also say may never happen because of new more transmissible variants and the potential for reinfection. This eternal public health crisis is unsustainable politically and economically. Washington can’t keep passing trillion-dollar spending bills with jobless benefits, food stamps, cash payments, rent subsidies and other welfare to help unemployed (and many gainfully employed) Americans. Forget the mental health toll on people who have been cooped up for a year.

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Dr. Seuss Books Deemed Offensive Will Be Delisted From eBay - WSJ

“EBay is currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items,” a spokeswoman for the company said in an email. New copies of the six books were no longer for sale online at major retailers such as Barnes & Noble on Thursday afternoon, which put eBay among the most prominent platforms for the books to be sold.

Hundreds of listings for the six books could be found on the platform as of Thursday morning, though the number appeared to be lower than it was on Wednesday evening. The eBay spokeswoman said that it would take some time to review seller listings and that the company was monitoring newly published listings.

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Maybe eBay should be broken up as well.

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‘Equity’ Is a Mandate to Discriminate - WSJ

Those who push for equity have hidden these crucial differences for a reason. They aren’t merely unpopular; they challenge America’s bedrock principle that people should be treated equally and judged as individuals, not as members of groups.

The demand for equal outcomes contradicts a millennium of Anglo-Saxon law and political evolution. It undermines the Enlightenment principle of equal treatment for individuals of different social rank and religion. America’s Founders drew on those roots when they declared independence, saying it was “self-evident” that “all men are created equal.”

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Charles Lipson.

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Why Did Amazon Cancel Justice Thomas? - WSJ

Early last month Amazon deleted a documentary film about Justice Clarence Thomas from its popular streaming service. Titled “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” and culled from more than 30 hours of interviews with its subject, the film recounts Justice Thomas’s rise from poverty in segregated Georgia to Yale Law School and, eventually, to the Supreme Court. Along the way, viewers learn about the justice’s views on race, religion, politics and the role of the judiciary.

The documentary began airing on PBS in May 2020 and streaming on Amazon in October. But it was taken down by Amazon on Feb. 8, according to the director, Michael Pack, and he has never been told why. “Our distributor, who’s the one who made the deal with Amazon, has repeatedly asked them for explanations but they haven’t given any,” Mr. Pack told me by phone this week. “They have the right to pull anything from their site, and they don’t have to give an explanation. So it’s not a contract violation. But many people have complained, and they haven’t put it back up.”

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Break Amazon up. It will be better for their shareholders.

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Baltimore Student Who Failed All But Three Classes In Four Years Was Ranked In Top Half Of His Class – JONATHAN TURLEY

As teacher unions fight to keep schools closed, the true cost is being felt by students who are racking up failing gradesdropping out of virtual classesincreasing drug use, and, in rising numbers, committing suicide.  In response, some union officials like the President of the Los Angeles Teacher’s Union has labelled calls to return to class examples of white privilege despite overwhelming science supporting resumption of classes. However, for minority students, this shutdown has taken a dire situation and turned into a freefall disaster. The pandemic led to the closure of an already failing public school system, as evident in a shocking story out of Baltimore. As recently reported, a high school student almost graduated near the top half of his class after failing every class but three in four years. He has a 0.13 GPA.  His mother finally went public in exasperation with the failures in the public schools.

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Cartels Introduce Wristband 'Inventory System' For Illegal Immigrants

The bands are put on migrants’ left wrist at stash houses in Mexico, just across the border, before the groups come into the U.S., Jones told The Federalist. The bands all have numbers linked to a database of personal information: name, phone number, destination in the U.S., and information about family members in the country of origin, in case payments are late. Jones said smugglers will verify cell phone numbers, both of the migrant and his family back home, at the time the wristbands are distributed in the stash house.

Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies reported earlier this week on the wristbands, quoting a U.S. Customs and Border official who confirmed that Border Patrol agents have been finding wristbands for months now. “It’s an inventory system,” the official told CIS. “They’re all over the place.”

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Nevada governor proposes giving tech firms power to govern

While the legislation does not specifically mention the company, the proposal is geared toward Blockchains LLC, a cryptocurrency company that owns 67,000 acres of land (270 sq. kilometers) in rural Storey County. Blockchains LLC hopes to build a smart city 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of Reno that would include underground data storage bunkers, 15,000 homes and a research and development park where entrepreneurs could invent applications of blockchain technology.

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Hmmm. Sounds promising.

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The new border chaos: a crisis of Biden’s own making

A crisis is a terrible thing to create. This, nonetheless, is what President Biden has done at the southern border.

His rhetoric during the campaign suggesting an open-handed approach to migrants coming to the US, and his early moves to undo Donald Trump’s border policies, are creating a migrant surge that risks running out of control.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says the situation isn’t a crisis, but “a challenge” — an “acute” and “stressful” challenge with some “urgency,” but merely a challenge all the same.

Consider the contours of this challenge. Twice as many people, about 80,000, tried to cross the border illegally in January of this year as compared with January a year ago.

Even though it isn’t peak traveling season yet (that traditionally comes in May and June), the US Border Patrol has already begun releasing migrants into US towns on the border

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Corporations Support the Equality Act | The NatCon Squad | Episode 6

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Please watch at least the first 10 minutes of this.

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Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll - The New York Times

Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed: A report written by state health officials had just landed, and it included a count of how many nursing home residents in New York had died in the pandemic.

The number — more than 9,000 by that point in June — was not public, and the governor’s most senior aides wanted to keep it that way. They rewrote the report to take it out, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times.

The extraordinary intervention, which came just as Mr. Cuomo was starting to write a book on his pandemic achievements, was the earliest act yet known in what critics have called a monthslong effort by the governor and his aides to obscure the full scope of nursing home deaths.

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Why that's just dishonest!

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Lord Sumption: mass civil disobedience has begun

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H/t d.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Ep. 1848 Professor Tom DiLorenzo on "America's Stalinist Universities" - YouTube

Tom DiLorenzo, recently retired as a professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland, recently wrote an article called "America's Stalinist Universities" that looked at the uniformity of thought and the hostility toward dissident voices to be found on most American college campuses.

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1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe | Tribute by Superformance

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The rich vs the very, very rich: the Wentworth golf club rebellion | Golf | The Guardian

The ongoing clash between Yan Bin and his club’s members has witnessed several dramatic phases: threats, lawsuits, duplicity, negotiations, truces, even death. But the tale isn’t just about the preposterousness of the wealthy. Rather, it’s impossible to learn about all this turmoil – in a place called “the Island”, for crying out loud – and not see it as an allegory. With its groves of pine and rhododendrons, its houses named Heatherbrook or Bluebell Wood or Silver Birches, and the gentle hillocks of its club’s fairways, Wentworth Estate holds dear a vision of pastoral Englishness. But since the 1980s, Wentworth has been reshaped – just like England itself – by money: first the wealth of the homegrown 1%, which considered itself immune to the turmoil of change, but which then found itself subject to the whims of the globalised capital held by the 0.001% like Yan Bin. The saga is familiar: a small locality unsettled by the arrival of an outsider. Except that the outsider is a transnational holding corporation, and the locality is Wentworth Estate, a slice of England overtaken by the world.

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LA Teacher’s Union Under Fire For Effort To Racially Classify Critics – JONATHAN TURLEY

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is under fire after Maryam Qudrat, a mother of Middle Eastern descent, was asked by the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) to identify her race after criticizing the union’s opposition to reopening schools despite overwhelming science that it is safe. The response of the UTLA was evasive to the point of incomprehension. However, the controversy is fueled by recent efforts to portray parents demanding a return to school as racist or examples of white privilege, including recent controversial comments from the UTLA President.

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Texas governor lifts mask mandate and allows businesses to open at 100% capacity, despite health officials' warnings

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he's lifting the mask mandate in Texas, even as health officials warn not to ease safety restrictions.

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It will be very interesting to see how this works out. I wish Texas the best. I suspect it will be just fine and a lot of our precautions will seem excessive -- but we'll see. Some people in my extended family are quite ill or dying from Covid, so I'm hardly inclined to declare it's just a hoax. But people have to live and that means getting back to work and school.

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Pediatrician: The pandemic is taking an alarming toll on children (Opinion) - CNN

(CNN)Almost a year into the pandemic, what began as a public health emergency is turning into a mental health crisis among our nation's children and adolescents as they struggle with social isolation, grief, and the switch to remote learning. It is becoming increasingly clear that this crisis will endure well beyond the pandemic.

It's why recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association launched an awareness campaign to highlight the escalating crisis and share ideas about what government and communities can do to ensure families have access to mental health services.

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Gov. Newsom suggests teachers 'not comfortable going back in' won’t be required to return to schools | Fox News

But Newsom said the funding goes beyond basic sanitation support, and provides "flexibility" for schools to establish systems to help accommodate individuals who do not feel comfortable returning to the classroom -- whether it is school staff or students.

"No one is compelling anybody," Newsom said Monday. "We’re creating conditions where we expect in-person instruction. We’re going to provide supports, supplementary supports for people with compromised immune systems, people that are not comfortable going back in," he told reporters.

 "That flexibility is not just ventilation, it’s not just PPE, it’s not just sanitation, it’s also personnel to help address those concerns as well," he said in response to a reporter’s question on whether the funding assisted with additional substitute teacher’s in lieu of absent teachers.

Newsom's remarks went largely unnoticed at first but gained renewed attention on social media Wednesday, by frustrated parents who want to see increased policies surrounding in-person teaching.

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It is pretty comfortable "teaching" from home.

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‘Françaises, Français’: Could the French language be less sexist?

After stirring heated debates about “Islamo-leftism” in universities and meat-free meals in school canteens, France’s ruling party has fallen back on another cause célèbre of the conservative camp: defending a status quo in the French language that is unmistakably sexist.

According to French grammar rules, all pronouns, nouns and adjectives carry the gender of the object or person they refer to. There is no gender-neutral pronoun like “they” and the masculine form is considered dominant in the plural: Thus, 10 French women make up a group of Françaises; but add just one male and they become Français.

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Je ne sais pas.

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Petaluma bans all new gas stations in push to curb emissions

Petaluma has become what officials said is the first city in the country to permanently ban the construction of new gas stations, a move intended to signal a faster transition to zero-emission vehicles ahead of California’s sweeping efforts to curtail climate change.

The Petaluma City Council voted unanimously Monday to prohibit the creation, expansion, reconstruction and relocation of gas stations, encouraging owners to transition to stations that serve electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. Petaluma hopes to become carbon neutral by 2030.

“We need to do our part to help mitigate and adapt to our changing weather patterns that exist because of all the carbon we put in the atmosphere,” Councilwoman D’lynda Fischer, who spearheaded the initiative, said Tuesday.

via www.sfchronicle.com

My dentist just got a Tesla but I don't know.

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Google says goodbye to individual user tracking - Axios

Google made clear Wednesday that after it finished phasing out third-party cookies over the next year or so, it won't introduce other forms of identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web.

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Good.

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Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol pawns: Devine

Have we really reached the point where National Guard soldiers in their third month of protecting the Capitol are poisoned with rotten food, worms and metal shavings and no one cares? 

The contempt shown to these soldiers by their Washington, DC, masters is as sickening as the rancid slop they’ve been served. 

Barstool Sports last week was the first to publish stomach-churning photos of raw chicken and beef, moldy bread rolls and rotten fruit, along with firsthand complaints from anonymous soldiers. 

At least 50 soldiers were struck ill with “gastrointestinal complaints” after eating the meals and several required hospital treatment. 

It’s not as if the troops are in a hardship posting like Afghanistan. Where is the respect? 

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Maybe Nancy should spring for some of that fancy ice cream for the troops? Or the Newsomnator buy a bunch of box dinners from the French Laundry.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Why I Left "Racially Hostile" Smith College - Jodi Shaw

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Idaho lawmaker seen making 'bunny ears' at the statehouse | KBOI

"As the Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives, it is my responsibility to maintain the order and decorum of the House," Speaker of the House Scott Bedke said in a statement. "It is our responsibility as Representatives to conduct the people’s business in a serious and dignified manner. Civility is an important part of the legislative process and should be cultivated by all members as they work in the best interest of their constituents."

"Unfortunately, lines were crossed today, and Rep. Christensen exhibited behavior unbecoming of a Representative. I have spoken with him regarding the incident and have made clear my expectations going forward.

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H/t BC.

Perhaps just a tiny bit uncivil.

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US efforts to force Google, Facebook to pay for news gain steam

Australia’s bold move to force tech giants to start paying for the news appears to be reigniting US efforts to hold Google and Facebook to account for the gloomy state of the local news industry.

Momentum is building for a new version of a bipartisan bill first introduced in 2019 that would allow US news publishers to band together to negotiate for payments by tech giants that link to their news content.

A hearing for the Journalism Competition and Protection Act has been tentatively set for March 12 by the House Judiciary Committee, sources said.

As before, the bill would give news publishers a “safe harbor” to collectively negotiate for payment without running afoul of anti-trust laws that normally prohibit group pricing discussions among competitors. But the new version will invite local broadcast TV news stations to join in on the talks — not just newspapers, according to a source close to the situation.

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Opinion | Israel, the U.A.E. and a New Middle East - The New York Times

I was Googling around the other day for a factoid: how many Israelis had visited the United Arab Emirates since the signing of their normalization agreement, known as the Abraham Accords. Answer: more than 130,000.

Jumping Jehoshaphat, Batman! In the middle of a global pandemic, at least 130,000 Israeli tourists and investors have flown to Dubai and Abu Dhabi since commercial air travel was established in mid-October!

I believed from the start that the openings between Israel and the U.A.E., Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan — forged by Jared Kushner and Donald Trump — could be game-changing. We are still in the early phase, though, and having lived through the shotgun marriage and divorce of Israelis and Lebanese Christians in the 1980s, I will wait a bit before sending wedding gifts.

That caveat aside, something big seems to be stirring. Unlike the peace breakthroughs between Israel and Egypt, Israel and Lebanon’s Christians and Israel and Jordan, which were driven from the top and largely confined there, the openings between Israel and the Gulf States — while initiated from the top to build an alliance against Iran — are now being driven even more from the bottom, by tourists, students and businesses.

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Thomas Friedman makes a fair point here but why on earth someone who writes so execrably should rate a column in the NYT is beyond me.

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Cuomo’s Biggest Political Problem? ‘Everybody Hates Him’

The normally efficient governor’s office had been spinning out of control ever since a bombshell New York Times story broke the prior evening detailing how Cuomo had made a series of inappropriate comments to Charlotte Bennett, a young female aide, including asking her if she had ever had sex with older men and if she was monogamous in relationships.

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That seems like an inappropriate thing to say alright.

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Archdiocese Bans COVID Vaccine Over Tenuous Link to Abortion

In a ruling reminiscent of medieval speculation over the number of angels that could dance on the head of a pin, the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has issued a split decision on the religious acceptability of major COVID-19 vaccines. It has deemed the Pfizer and Moderna versions okay but called the new Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine “morally compromised” because it was derived from cloned stem cells distantly related to tissue from fetuses aborted back in the 1970s. Here’s the key language from the statement:

The Archdiocese of New Orleans, in light of guidance from the Vatican, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and The National Catholic Bioethics Center affirm that though there was some lab testing that utilized the abortion-derived cell line, the two vaccines currently available from Pfizer and Moderna do not rely on cell lines from abortions in the manufacturing process and therefore can be morally acceptable for Catholics as the connection to abortion is extremely remote.


It is under the same guidance that the archdiocese must instruct Catholics that the latest vaccine from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson is morally compromised as it uses the abortion-derived cell line in development and production of the vaccine as well as the testing.

As Religion News Service notes, this judgment (binding only on Catholics in a single area — and then only on those who pay attention to such guidance from the hierarchy) reflects an old hairsplitting argument:

The statement is part of a longstanding debate regarding the use of what are referred to as HEK293 cells, which reportedly trace their origins to an aborted fetus from the 1970s. Scholars and ethicists have noted that HEK293s and similar cell lines are clones and are not the original fetal tissue.

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I wonder where the old canard of "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" actually comes from.

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Zero COVID Risk Is the Wrong Standard

Oregon governor Kate Brown has been fighting to reopen the state’s schools, some 80 percent of which remain fully remote. Her efforts included providing schools with masks, testing, and ventilation, and giving teachers access to vaccines. Portland Association of Teachers president Elizabeth Thiel remained unmoved by these offers. “It landed a bit as a trap,” she told the New York Times. “It was, like, ‘We’re giving you the vaccine — now open schools for live instruction, no matter what.’ But these are life-and-death decisions that we need to get right.”

Thiel’s stance lies toward the extreme end of the spectrum, but it is hardly unique. Many teachers unions have insisted, in contradiction to the CDC’s official guidance, that schools should be reopened only when all teachers are vaccinated, and in some cases not even then.

The misalignment between the self-interest of teachers and the public interest certainly helps explain these decisions. Many cities and states have closed schools while opening bars and restaurants because bar and restaurant owners have a huge personal stake in accepting health risks, while teachers do not.

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Catholic nun gives Myanmar own Tiananmen moment

ROME – On Sunday, Myanmar had its own “Tiananmen moment” when a Catholic nun stopped military forces from advancing on protesters by dropping to her knees and pleading with them to refrain from making arrests and resorting to violence.

The scene was reminiscent of the June 5, 1989, images of a lone man blocking a path of tanks in Beijing, after the Chinese government violently suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations in the city’s Tiananmen Square.

On Sunday, Sister Ann Nu Thawng, a member of the Missionaries of St. Francis Saverio of Myitkyina, knelt in tears before a row of police officers and security forces vehicles to plead with them stop the violence.

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Venezuelan bishop warns of Iran's rising influence in the country

ROSARIO, Argentina – According to one Venezuelan bishop, the world should be concerned by the growing military presence of Iran in his country.

This presence, Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal argued, is not based on an interest in the Venezuela’s mineral resources but is part of an effort to establish a geopolitical base.

In a letter published earlier this week, Moronta warns that, “far from what many think, the Iranians are not as interested – as other nations are – in Venezuelan resources (certainly there is an interest here);” instead, what encouraged this Middle Eastern country to do business with this South American nation is the possibility of “penetrating” Venezuela to “establish a strategic base, geopolitical in nature.”

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Newsom blasts Abbott for removing Texas mask mandate: 'Absolutely reckless' | Fox News

After eight months, Abbott announced Tuesday that beginning next Wednesday, March 10, Texans will not be required to wear masks in public.

In a bid to reopen Texas "100 percent" Abbott also said he will rescind the state’s previous executive orders and allow all businesses to reopen at maximum capacity. 

"Removing state mandates does not end personal responsibility," Abbott cautioned. "Personal vigilance to follow the safe standards is still needed to contain COVID. It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed."

Meanwhile, 96 percent of California’s population remains in the most restrictive purple tier, though a number of counties are expected to move to the less restrictive red tier this week. Newsom is facing a recall effort, which could be nearing a vote, over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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This could end up making Newsom looking pretty stupid. Or perhaps Abbott.

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California crash, what to know: 13 dead; 25 people in Ford Expedition

Authorities were still searching for answers Wednesday after at least 13 people in a packed SUV were killed as the vehicle collided with a semitruck near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday.

A 1997 Ford Expedition, with seats removed, had 25 people inside when the big rig slammed into the side of it at the intersection of State Route 115 and Norrish Road near Holtville, California, said Omar Watson, Highway Patrol Division chief. 

Federal authorities also said late Tuesday they were investigating any possible links to human smuggling. The crash occurred about 10 miles north of the border, and a Mexican government official said at least 10 of the victims were Mexican nationals.

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Dr. Marty Makary: I Hope There Is A Look Back And Fair Analysis On How We Handled Schools | Video | RealClearPolitics

Dr. Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins University professor, on the physicological toll that COVID has taken on school-age youth who continue to remain at home. "We're going to see a lot of research come out on the restrictions particularly against kids. This is the first of many research studies and it looks pretty grim. This is a nonprofit National Fair Health study, a 91% increase in kids who come to us as doctors because they tried to hurt themselves. At a time when all medical utilization has been cut in half, a spike -- a 300% increase in some parts of the country where there are very strict restrictions against kids and school closures. A 300% increase in kids coming to us as doctors because they tried to hurt themselves, a 63% increase in overdoses. 23% of all emergency room visits at one point last year were from mental illness complaints so this is the first of many studies that's going to tell us that many of these policies were basically an abuse by one group that has power over another group and they exercised that power unfairly just because they could."

via www.realclearpolitics.com

I can't really talk about this because it makes me too angry.

March 3, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Andrew Cuomo reaps what he's sown.

Andrew Cuomo is, or was, one of the most immovable objects in American politics. He began his career as an adviser to his father, three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, then became a member of Bill Clinton’s Cabinet. He succeeded Eliot Spitzer as New York’s attorney general, and has since won three straight gubernatorial races himself—the last of which involved a landslide victory over high-profile progressive primary challenger Cynthia Nixon.

This has all been achieved in spite of a reputation for behind-the-scenes unpleasantness so extreme that New York magazine described it as “staggering” in 2006, before he’d ever even won an election of his own. Since then, without having become any more beloved on a personal basis, Cuomo has also developed a reputation among reporters and activists for protecting and perpetuating a corrupt “pay to play” political system, resisting changes to the state’s arcane and anti-democratic electoral process, and vastly exaggerating the extent of his commitment to attacking wealth and racial inequality.

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Looks like the Guv has lost Slate, and it looks like it's richly deserved. And it looks like the lefties below him want to spread their little wings and fly.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Superformance Shelby Cobra with Roush 427 Making Over 500 hp

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Wray: FBI deemed Jan. 6 attack domestic terrorism | TheHill

"That attack, that siege, was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it’s behavior that we, the FBI, view as domestic terrorism," Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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We'll be sorry.

March 2, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Senate GOP takes aim at Pelosi's 'tunnel to nowhere,' Schumer's bridge in COVID-19 package - Washington Times

“An earmark to help cover the cost of Big Tech’s subway construction costs has nothing to do with combatting COVID-19,” said Steve Kelly, spokesman for Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee. “It doesn’t help one person get the vaccine or boost testing capabilities.”

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Can't Silicon Valley pay for their own tunnel?

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U.S. Supreme Court signals more leeway for voting restrictions | Reuters

One of Arizona’s measures made it a crime to provide another person’s completed early ballot to election officials, with the exception of family members or caregivers. Community activists sometimes engage in ballot collection to facilitate voting and increase voter turnout. The practice, which critics call “ballot harvesting,” is legal in most states, with varying limitations.

The other provision disqualified ballots cast in-person at a precinct other than the one to which a voter has been assigned. Voting rights advocates said voters sometimes inadvertently cast ballots at the wrong precinct, with the assigned polling place sometimes not the one closest to a voter’s home.

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Democrats push to limit guns, but more people want them

Democrats on Tuesday announced plans to re-up their push for new gun control measures, but they face a recently changed landscape of more people than ever, especially black people and women, buying firearms for protection.

What’s more, the promoters of the package to expand FBI background checks are facing demands from liberals to do far more, including banning the sale of semi-automatic firearms and registering ammunition.

In reintroducing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler are hoping for a quick approval.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a gun control advocate, introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

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DHS warns Biden of crisis: Record 117,000 unaccompanied children expected at border this year

The Biden administration reportedly expects an unprecedented surge of unaccompanied migrant children showing up on the southern border in hopes of being admitted into the United States during its first year.

Border officials anticipate 117,000 children will arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian in 2021, according to a White House domestic policy council document to be shared with President Biden this afternoon, which Axios reported Tuesday. The number is higher than the 68,000 taken into custody during the 2014 surge of solo children and the 80,000 who arrived during the 2019 humanitarian crisis at the border.

"I actually think that’s an undercount," Victor Manjarrez, Jr., a former senior Border Patrol agent who teaches about law and human behavior at the University of Texas at El Paso, told the Washington Examiner.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

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