☕️ CHAINSAWING ☙ Monday, December 11, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
Criticism tsunami hits woke colleges; Alex Jones back on Twitter; more mysterious military mishaps; Arizona sends spicy letter to President Peters; HIV vaccine fails; spicy president axes gov't; more.
Good morning, C&C, it’s Monday! Welcome to a new week of roundups, beginning with: CNN host shocks with commonsense analysis of leftwing institutional problems; Twitter welcomes back censored Alex Jones and Musk calls out evil leftwing media companies and their accomplices; more military mishaps as we lose another fighter jet in a single-plane accident under mysterious circumstances; Arizona becomes the next democrat stronghold to start criticizing Joe Biden over runaway border; HIV vaccine trials go down in flames, for the foreseeable future; and the new “Argentinian Trump” slashed federal government in half in his first act as president.
🗞💬 WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY 💬🗞
🔥 If you still weren’t convinced the conservative counter-revolution is real, prepare to have your mind changed. Yesterday CNN aired a remarkable segment on the weekend’s Global Public Square with Fareed Zakaria. Not only did Fareed spend the entire segment making the case against higher education — and he framed the argument as well as Christopher Rufo might have — but Fareed also shattered a whole glass cabinet of precious lefty sacred cow creamers.
In case you somehow missed it, late last week three woke, sexually-atypical Ivy League presidents at Harvard, U. Penn, and M.I.T., all testified before Congress and were unaccountably unable to adequately explain the apparent contradiction that their students can be expelled for calling a bearded male professor “he” — in a private conversation! — but at the same time it's also perfectly fine under the schools’ Orwellian speech codes to call for genocide against Jewish students using a bullhorn.
I’m still analyzing where the three extra-diverse academics went off the rails, and why the left has completely abandoned them in their time of need. The three ladies’ performances were a perfect storm of failure. But part of the explanation must be how smug and arrogant they were as they linguistically wielded messy bowls of word salad like they were medieval maces.
Grinning nearly to the point of shattering their botoxed cheeks, the three presidents seemed to revel in annoyingly refusing to answer sensible questions from attractive House Representative Elise Stefanik, who was in all ways their exact opposite making for a fascinating study in contrasts.
As evidence for how completely Mrs. Stefanik owned the three academics, not only has one of the three — Penn’s Liz Magill — already resigned, but here was Saturday’s New York Sun headline, starkly suggesting that the hearing may in fact lead to much more significant changes in higher education than just replacing a few woke presidents:
I covered this story more fully in yesterday’s post, but the difficult lesson the three academics are now learning is that while politicians may smugly not-answer questions, college presidents are expected to be sincere and give understandable answers, or evidently pay the price.
But, back to Fareed, and to the Sun’s predicted ‘earthquake in higher education.’ At one point early in his segment, soberly reflecting about how white male applicants might as well pray to the Flying Spaghetti Monster as apply for an Ivy League professorship, Fareed flatly identified the actual, real-world problem — without even a little virtue-signaling or using any woke buzzwords — proving that after all, they do know how to speak plain English.
Fareed explained to CNN’s viewers that the universities are failing, badly, by pursuing diversity instead of merit:
“American Universities have been neglecting a core focus on excellence, in order to pursue a variety of agendas, many of them clustered around diversity and inclusion. It started with good intentions … but those good intentions have morphed into a dogmatic ideology, and turned these universities have turned these institutions into places where the pervasive goals are political and social engineering, not academic merit.”
You will miss the significance unless you notice what Fareed did not focus on. He did not complain about the free speech issue. He did not even complain about antisemitism. Instead, he aimed his rhetorical cannon right into the heart of the infection, at pervasive leftwing campus ideology and the excesses of D.E.I.
Listen to all six minutes of Fareed’s segment if you have time. Every bit of it was just as commonsense and direct as was the short part I quoted above.
There was nothing revolutionary about Fareed’s observations, of course, since conservatives have been ringing this alarm bell and even filing reverse-discrimination lawsuits over this issue for more than a decade. But what was revolutionary in that the segment was that it appeared on CNN at all, and that it was delivered by a “trusted (leftwing) news source” like Fareed Zakaria.
Think about this: What is happening in the culture to cause CNN — not to mention nearly everyone else — to side with conservatives against woke college culture as though it were common sense? Think about pendulums and how they swing back.
🔥 The biggest Twitter news yesterday was about how Elon Musk un-banned the twitter account of highly-censored, controversial talk-show host, and ne plus ultra conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. On a celebratory Twitter Space last night including Alex Jones, Matt Gaetz, the Tate brothers, Vivek Ramaswamy, Patrick Bet David, and Jason Calicanis, Musk boldly called out corrupt media companies, in particular Media Matters and all its accomplices:
“Media Matters is an evil propaganda machine … We are suing them in every country that they operate. And we will pursue not just the organization, but anyone funding that organization. I want to be clear about that. Anyone funding that organization, we will pursue them. So Media Matters is an evil propaganda machine, they can go to h—ll. I hope they do.”
I’m not exactly sure why Musk’s plain language is so captivating. What he said does not seem that controversial. Media Matters is evil. Maybe Musk’s unadorned talk is so engaging because it’s so obviously true; because, perhaps, all of our other public figures are too chicken to call “evil” out for what it is.
Love him or hate him, Musk continues to yank the Overton window back in the right direction.
🚀 Look out below! Fox News ran an ironically-suggestive story yesterday headlined, “US F-16 crashes into Yellow Sea following in-flight emergency; pilot rescued after ejecting safely.” The unidentified pilot is said to be fine. The plane is a write-off.
The fabulously-expensive high-tech fighter jet wasn’t in a dogfight. It wasn’t completing a dangerous training mission. The Russians didn’t harry it with a drone. It was just a routine flight, combined with a mysterious, undisclosed “in-flight emergency,” whatever that could be. It was an emergency, and you have no evidence that it had anything to do with the experimental shots.
Anyway, the pilot ejected, or was ejected, and the pilotless, hundred-million-dollar jet fighter crashed into the ocean and sank below the waves. Splash! Glug, glug, glug.
They were stingy with any details, but it sounds remarkably similar to that F-35 single-jet ejection and crash in South Carolina a few months ago. Hopefully, this latest ‘little lost plane’ story isn’t some kind of larger metaphor for the U.S.’s readiness to handle three or more fronts in the emerging World War.
Enjoy this headline from two-weeks ago, published in the Dayton News:
Everything is going fine. You have no evidence that the military is flying diverse but poorly-trained pilots. Just remember that.
🔥 Uh-oh! The UK Daily Mail ran a story Saturday headlined, “Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs demands $512M reimbursement from Biden in scathing letter accusing him of failure to secure southern border.”
Democrat Katie Hobbs might want to check in with New York Mayor Eric Adams, before she gets too far down the risky road of complaining about the mafia-like Biden Administration’s open border policies. But Katie Hobbs is not, as they say, an intellectual giant.
Last Tuesday, Lukeville, Arizona’s daily count of illegal migrant ‘encounters’ topped the historic record, shooting over 12,000 per day for the first time. At that rate, new arrivals total +120,000 every ten days, or +1.2 million every three months — and that’s just the ones streaming through Lukeville.
At this rate, illegals could soon outnumber citizens.
Lukeville’s illegals hailed from all over the world, including far-flung places like China, India, and Senegal. And they were mostly male.
When asked, Customs and Border Patrol agents blamed, not Joe Biden, but the smugglers for the surge in illegals. Those wily smugglers! Refusing to enforce U.S. border policy!
Maybe Katie isn’t as dumb as she looks. Maybe there’s safety in numbers. Along with Governor Hobbs, both Arizona Senators — Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema — slammed the Lukeville situation and demanded better solutions from Biden's administration.
You have to give her credit for getting right down to it. The final paragraph in Katie’s short letter to President Robert L. Peters demanded a half-billion dollars:
Additionally, due to the federal government's failure to secure our border, the State of Arizona has spent $512,529,333 on border operations including migrant transportation, drug interdiction, and law enforcement. Pursuant to Section 26-105(E) of the Arizona Revised Statutes, I am requesting the federal government reimburse the state for these expenses. I anticipate coordination between our offices to secure these funds. I look forward to your prompt response on the above matters.
Haha, don’t hold your breath waiting for that “prompt response,” Governor.
You know, it’s hard to say what happens next. It’s one thing to unleash the FBI on a mayor like Eric Adams, and quite another to go after a sitting Governor. But on the other hand, there is precedent, since the FBI did almost try to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
So, Governor Hobbs may want to buff up her security team. Just saying.
💉 CNN ran a story Saturday headlined, “HIV vaccine trial dubbed ‘last roll of the dice’ halted over poor results.” But don’t panic! The failed, experimental HIV ‘vaccine’ was described as being perfectly safe. It just doesn’t stop you getting HIV, is all. All vaccines are safe, so.
No ‘HIV vaccine’ trial has ever panned out. And according to CNN, there isn’t anything else even scheduled to enter trials until the 2030’s. So, that’s that, for now. In the most unintentionally-hilarious part of the story, Luwano Geofrey, the very first trial participant, told CNN that it took “a lot of courage” to participate in the research.
A lot of courage? You could say that. It sure was a lot of something.
🔥 Don’t cry for Argentina, because things are looking up in that socialism-suffering country. I need to find a new decoration for terrific counter-revolutionary stories like this one. It is so good that you won’t find it reported anywhere in corporate media; they’ve blacked it out so we don’t get too encouraged or something. Ready?
The People’s Gazette ran a story yesterday headlined, “Argentina's President Javier Milei reduces ministries from 18 to nine on first day in office. The sub-headline added, “President Milei immediately streamlined his government, consolidating federal ministries from 18 to nine on his first day in office.”
If there’s one thing that the former economist, “ultra right wing” politician, “Argentinian Trump,” and now President Javier Milei can’t stand, it’s marxists. And Argentinian marxists created hyper-inflationary conditions in Argentina (200% per year) basically wrecking the country’s economy. Then Argentinians elected a super-spicy, profane, almost over-the-top, just-short-of-a-caricature conservative who’s promised to surgically excise the left in that country using a chainsaw.
Literally. I’m not joking. He literally showed supporters the chainsaw he plans to use.
So yesterday, as his first official act after being sworn in, Milei fulfilled one of his grandest campaign promises and chainsawed the size and expense of his country’s federal government. He told Argentinians that righting the economic ship would be painful for a while, but the government would share their pain.
In other words, Milei is pursuing a radical conservative scheme of deregulation and privatization. He will be opposed by every leftwing group in the world seeking to ensure it fails, so that Argentina won’t become some kind of example to the rest of the world.
To my knowledge, nothing quite like this has happened, maybe ever, certainly not since the Cold War. The closest I could find was Sweden’s consolidation of 22 ministries into 11 in 1991 (which was more consolidation for management efficiency than it was cutting anything). Obviously, government does not voluntarily reduce itself. It always goes the other way. Even Greece under IMF-imposed austerity never reduced the size of its government as much as it appears Milei just did.
I don’t know Milei, and I have no conflicts about or investments in the man. But I would like to point out to all the black-pillers who poo-poo’d Milei’s election and called him a WEF mole, maybe just wait a minute before declaring nothing good could come from conservative sea-change in Argentina. As I’ve said before, the unfolding events there say more about the mental state of Argentina’s population — maybe even the world’s population — than it does about any particular candidate.
We should do the same thing here! I’d like to volunteer the full U.S. security state, the whole CDC, 90% of the FDA, the entire NIH, the Department of Energy, the EPA, and the Department of Education as initial cutting candidates here in America. That could be a good start. Start your chainsaws. Let’s goooooo!
Have a marvelous Monday! We will expand and enhance our roundup in tomorrow’s delicious and appropriately seasonal Coffee & Covid.
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